Friday, February 26, 2010

Faith Grows

Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live."
The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour." Then the father realized taht this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed.

John 4:50-53

Jesus' miracles were not mere illusions, the product of wishful thinking. Although the official's son was 20 miles away, he was healed the instant Jesus spoke the word. This is is no problem because Christ has mastery over space. We can never put so much space between ourselves and Christ that he can no longer help us. Notice how the official's faith grew. First, he believed enough to ask Jesus to help his son. Second, he believed Jesus' assurance that his son would live, and he acted on it. Third, he and his whole house believed in Jesus. Faith is a gift that grows as we use it.

God Bless you,


Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Word of the Lord

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 The Word of the Lord was meant to be used by men in travel from earth to Heaven. Perhaps the reason we have run into so many dark and gloomy roads along the way is because we have not recognized it. I pray we recognize it today.
God Bless you, J.H.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Who Am I?

Since you are a saint in Christ by God's calling, you share in Christ's inheritance. That which is true of Christ is now true of you, because you are in Christ. It's part of your identity. The list below itemizes in first-person language who you really are in Christ. These are some of the scriptural traits which reflect who you become when you accept Christ into your heart. You can't earn them or buy them any more than a person born in America can earn or buy the rights and freedoms he enjoys as an American citizen. They are guaranteed to him by the Constitution simply because he was born in the United States. Similarly, these traits are guaranteed to you by the Word of God simply because you were born into God's holy nation by faith in Christ.

Who am I?

I am a salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13)

I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)

I am a child of God. (John 1:12)

I am part of the true vine, the channel of Christ's life. (John 15:1,5)

I am Christ's friend. (John 15:15)

I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear his fruit. (John 15:16)

I am a slave of righteousness. (Romans 6:18)

I am enslaved to God. (Romans 6:22)

I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father. (Romans 8:14, 15; Galatians 3:26; 4:6)

I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing his inheritance with him. (Romans 8:17)

I am a temple - a dwelling place-of God. His spirit and His life dwells in me. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)

I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.(1 Corinthians 6:17)

I am a member of Christ's body. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30)

I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19)

I am the son of God and one in Christ. (Galatians 3:26, 28)

I am an heir of God, since I am a son of God. (Galatians 4:6, 7)

I am a saint. (Ephesians 1:1)

I am God's workmanship-his handiwork-born anew in Christ to do his work. (Ephesians 2:10)

I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God's family. (Ephesians 2:19)

I am a prisoner of Christ. (Ephesians 3:1, 4:1)

I am righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:24)

I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now. (Ephesians 2:6)

I am hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

I am an expression of the life of Christ because he is my life. (Colossians 3:4)

I am chosen of God, holy and dearly love. (Colossians 3:12)

I am the son of light and not of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling. (Hebrews 3:1)

I am a partaker of Christ; I share, in his life. (Hebrews 3:14)

I am one of God's living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:5)

I am a member of a chosen race, all royal priesthood, a holy nation, people for God's own possession. (1 Peter 2:9, 10)

I am an alien in stranger to this world in which I temporarily live. (1 Peter 2:11)

I am an enemy of the devil. (1 Peter 5:8)

I am a child of God and I'll resemble Christ when he returns. (1 John 3:1, 2)

I am born of God, the evil one cannot touch me. (1 John 5:18)

I am not the great "I am" but by the grace of God, I am what I am. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Because you are in Christ, every one of those characteristics is completely true view, and there's nothing you can do to make them more true. But you can make these traits more meaningful and productive in your life by simply choosing to believe what God has set about you. One of the greatest ways to help yourself grow in maturity in Christ is to continually remind yourself who you are in Him. Read the list once or twice a day for a week or two. The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity. If you're beginning to think you are someone special as a Christian, you're thinking right-you are special! Your specialness is not the result of anything you have done. It's all God's doing. What is the believers hope? That he will someday be changed in the Christ's image? That's part of it, but that's only a future hope. What is your hope for today and tomorrow? That your child of God now! And the person whose confidence is in being a child of God "purifies himself"-he begins to live according to his perception. Let me state that again: no person can consistently live in a manner that is inconsistent with how he perceives himself. You must see yourself as a child of God in order to live like a child of God. The blessed hope for the believer this side of the rapture is "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27)

Monday, February 22, 2010

The light

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life is the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

John 1:1-5

When God created the universe, he made something from nothing. We, too, are part of God's creation, and therefore, we have no basis for pride. We are not better than anyone else. We are all the same in His eyes. We are all His children. Remember that you exist only because God made you, and you have special gifts only because God gave them to you. With God you are something valuable and unique, apart from God you are nothing, and if you try to live without Him, you will be abandoning the purpose for which you were made. If you have accepted Christ, His spirit is living within you, and His love is bigger than any problem you may face. Sometimes, we focus on the problem when we should really be focusing on the Solution. Where is your focus today?

God Bless you,


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sprouted wheat's a cinch

Yes, I made bread with nothing but sprouted wheat...and it worked, sort of. I studied up on it on "CHEF TESS BAKERESSE" blog. See my profile and you can get to her blog through "blogs I follow" I adapted her recipe, which she credits to someone else. Chef Tess has alot of experience and wisdom that she if "success" is important to you, I suggest you study her blog!
Anyways, it's very easy. For one loaf you need:
3 cups sprouted wheat
2 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 heaping tablespoon of yeast
1 teaspoon of salt.

Sprout the wheat just until the germ breaks...don't grow rootlets! It takes about 36 hours, so plan ahead! You will need to sprout about 2 1/2 cups of wheat to be sure to get 3 cups of sprouts. SELECTION OF WHEAT IS CRITICAL! USE ONLY CANADIAN WESTERN HARD RED SPRING WHEAT #1. To be sure your wheat is up to snuff...use Grandma Lou's whole kernel hard red spring wheat available from McDougall Acres.

To set up the food processor...just use the two blades that sit at the bottom . Remember, they are sharp. They don't look very sharp, but trust me, they are!

Put the three cups of sprouts into the food processor. Also add the 1 teaspoon of salt at this time. Turn it on turbo for about 30 seconds. Take the top off (it should've been on) scrape the wheat down, mix the sugar, water, and yeast together and pour the resulting syrup into the food processor.

Put the lid back on...turn the processor on turbo for a couple more minutes. You will be amazed at what happens. In no time it forms a ball that rolls around inside. Leave it until it cleans the sides of the bowl. You will have a perfect ball, that is surprisinlgly white-ish and smooth-ish.
Put a towel over it and put it somewhere warm to rise for an hour or two. Let it rise until it at least doubles in size, and you can stick a wet finger into it and the finger comes out clean and the hole stays formed.(thanks Tess...thats a great test).
Punch it down, form it into a log, and put it into a greased bread pan. Let it rise again for a half hour or an hour until it pretty much fills the pan. Have the oven pre-heated to 350. Bake it for about 40 minutes. Use an oven thermometer to be sure it is done (175 degrees...thanks again Tess for that bit of wisdom I'll definately use again).
That's all there is to should now have a perfect loaf of sprouted wheat bread!! If not, keep trying, practice makes perfect! And remember...always use Canadian Western Hard Red Spring Wheat for all your breads!
If you have any questions...don't ask me.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Living Word

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Hebrews 4:12-13

The Word of God is not simply a collection of words from God, a vehicle for communicating ideas; it is living, life-changing, and dynamic as it works in us. With the incisiveness of a surgeon's knife, God's Word reveals who we are and who we are not. It penetrates the core of our moral and spiritual lives. It discerns what is within us, both good and evil. The demands of God's Word requires decisions. We must not only listen to the Word; we must also let it shape our lives. How are your lives being shaped today? I pray that you allow the Word to minister to you and rest on your heart all day long. God Bless you and keep you, J.H.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Grace of God

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for us . . . But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! Romans 5:6,8-10

While we were still sinners - these are amazing words. God sent Jesus Christ to die for us, not because we were good enough, but because He loved us. Whenever you feel uncertain about God's love for you, remember that He loved you even before you knew Him or accepted Him. If God loved you when you were a rebel, He can, according to His Word, strengthen you in His Power, now that you love Him in return. The love that caused Christ to die for us is the same love that sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide us every day. The power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that saved you and is available to you in your daily life. Be assured that, having begun a life with Christ, you have a reserve of power and love to call on each and every day, for help to meet every challenge. I pray for God's power and love in your life today. God Bless you, J.H.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wiped clean

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24

Justified means to be delcared not guilty. When a judge in a court of law declares the defendant not guilty, all the charges are removed from his record. Legally, it is as if the person had never been accused. When God forgives our sins, our record is wiped clean. From His perspective, it is as though we had never sinned. Faith springs from hope. Where are you placing your hope today? I pray that it is in Christ Jesus our Lord. God bless you, J.H.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:1-4

This often-quoted passage of Scripture is full of God's promises. If you follow Jesus, He promises you will be content right where you are. In the midst of turmoil, he promises Peace. He promises you food to eat (green pastures) and water to drink (quiet waters). He promises you direction as you walk the path of purpose in your life, fulfilling the destiny that He gave you. And while He does not promise to control every circumstance or keep you from going through some stuff in life, He does promise to be with you every step of the way. Who are you following today? God Bless you, J.H.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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For in Christ all the fullness of the Trinity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Colossians 2:9-10

You have been given the fullness of Christ. He is in you. And He is head over EVERY power on earth. There is nothing that can come against you in this world that Christ has not already overcome. Where is your power coming from? I pray that you recognize that it is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Seek him and declare his peace and power in your life today.

God Bless you,


Monday, February 15, 2010

Verse for Today

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and remember, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 28:18-20

Sometimes, we "feel"as if God is a thousand miles away; that He has forgotten about us. But, we must understand that our feelings, our emotions are not representative of the Truth. For the Truth, we must go to the Word of God and accept God's promises. He promises that he will ALWAYS be with us, not just when we FEEL Him, but even when we don't feel Him. I pray that you look to Him today and let Him fill you with peace and joy. I pray that peace and joy will serve as a witness to others as the Holy Spirit is working in you and through you.

God Bless you,


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day ;)

Wherever I May Go

You’re in my thoughts and in my heart
Wherever I may go;
On Valentine’s Day, I’d like to say
I care more than you know.

By Joanna Fuchs

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Veggivore Soup

1 cup Grandma Lou's whole lentils

8 cups water

4 bouillon cubes

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup of celery 1 cup of diced potatoes

28 oz (790ml) can of diced tomatoes

1 healthy tbsp of Itallian seasoning

Salt to taste

Simmer for 45 minutes untile the lentils and vegetables are tender.

Serve topped with grated mooarella cheese.

I adapted this recipe from Grandma Lou's Lentil Soup recipe.

For more great lentil recipes see Grandma Lou's website.

I will try to add a link... but I suck at that

Verse for today

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

II Corinthians 12:9

Where are you finding your strength today? I pray that you are resting and relying on our Lord Jesus and receiving His grace. When we are weak, He is strong. Declare that in your life today.

God bless you,


Friday, February 12, 2010

I lost the rest of Feb. OOPS!

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God's eyes and acknowledge it as evil.. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus' example -to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those that don't believe. But I thank you that I believe.

I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.

This is my prayer. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sing a New Song

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation, day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Psalm 96:1-3

The psalmist sings out his praises to God, overwhelmed by all that God has done. If we believe that God is great, we cannot help but tell others about Him. The best witnessing happens when our hearts are full of appreciation for what He has done. God has chosen to use us to "declare his marvelous deeds among all peoples." Praise for our great God overflows from His creation and should overflow from our lips. How well are you doing at telling others about God's greatness? Don't let your religion be a weekend matter for a weekend religion is a weak one. But every day, by work and by life, show forth his salvation. Heavenly Father, I thank you Lord for this day, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Thank you for Your grace and Your mercy. Allow us to recognize everything that You have done for us that we may not boast of ourselves, but reveal to others Your greatness and the necessity of Your presence in our lives. Allow our witness to be strong and clear. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

God Bless you,


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Our strength in the Lord

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing Love.

Psalm 147:10-11

Fear is a much understood word when it is used in the context of God. Fear does not mean that we cower in the corner, shaking uncontrollably, for fear of God's immediate judgment over something that we have done. Fear simply means that we revere and trust in the Lord; we recognize His authority over our lives. When we were little children, we feared our parents. We revered and trusted them unconditionally. God wants us to return to that childlike trust in our relationship with Him. As we get older and more mature in our walk with Christ, we spend much of our time and effort trying to sharpen our skills or increase our strength. There's nothing wrong with doing so, and in fact, our gifts can be and should be used to glorify God. "Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God." But when we use our skills with no regard for God, they are indeed worth little. It is our fear (our reverence) and trust that God desires. When He has those, then He will use our skills and strength in ways far greater than we can even imagine. Expect to be used by God today. Your gifts have been given you for a purpose.

God Bless you,


How Do You Handle Prosperity?

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws, and His decrees that I'm giving you this day. He lead you through the vast and dreadful desert, the thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end, it might go well with you.

Deuteronomy 8:10-11,15-16

In times of plenty, we often take credit for our prosperity and become proud that our own hard work and cleverness have made us rich. It is easy to get so busy collecting and managing wealth that we push God right out of our lives. But it is God who gives us everything we have, and it is God who asks us to manage it for Him. We must learn to praise God in spite of our circumstances. We must praise God when things are going well and when we are blessed. We must also praise Him when we are down and when things do not go the way we want them to. Winning the desires of your heart is a great thing and a gift from God; but losing, or not achieving that which you thought was yours is also a result of God's timing and sovereignty. At times like this, we must practice patience and wait on the Lord and seek His face. God is not through with you yet.

God Bless you,


Monday, February 8, 2010


My heart is steadfast, oh God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul!

Psalm 57:7

David's firm faith in God contrasted sharply with his enemies loud lying and boasting. When confronted with verbal attacks, the best defense is simply to be quiet and praise God, realizing that our confidence is in His love and faithfulness. In times of great suffering, don't turn inward to self-pity or outward to revenge, but upward to God. It's a great day in our lives when our hearts are right with God and our minds are at peace. Out of this experience will come joy unspeakable. It can happen today as we invite the Prince of peace in. "My peace I give unto you." Heavenly Father, I pray for peace that surpasses all understanding for everyone reading this right now. I pray for the ability to make wise choices today about things that concern themselves and their loved ones. I pray that You would speak to their hearts and remove all doubt, worry, and condemnation. I pray You would be with us to comfort us and that we would honor You with our lives today. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

God Bless you,


Sunday, February 7, 2010

We Shall Overcome

"I have told you these things, so that in me. You may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

John 16:33

With these words, Jesus told his disciples to take courage. In spite of the inevitable struggles they would face, they would not be alone. Jesus does not abandon us during our struggles either. If we remember that the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of Christ in the most troublesome times. Claim that peace today; the peace that surpasses all understanding. Heavenly Father, I pray Your Peace upon Your people today. I pray that they would be able to sense Your Presence in their lives. I pray that they would be able to see You working in the circumstances of their every day. I pray that you break up the routine that we have become accustomed to; that he would shake us gently out of the doldrums of our daily lives. I pray for the extraordinary. I pray for a miracle for those that need, right now in the name of Jesus! Amen.

God Bless you,


Saturday, February 6, 2010


But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

This statement is the key to spiritual growth and personal fulfillment. We should honor God and center our desires on Him, and we should be content with what God is doing in our lives. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, most people still believe that money brings happiness. Rich people craving greater riches can be caught in an endless cycle that only ends in ruin and destruction. Paul instructs us to love other people, to love God's work, and freely share what we have with others. It is often helpful to distinguish between needs and wants. We may have all we need to live, but let ourselves become anxious and discontented over what we merely want. Like the apostle Paul, we can choose to be content without having all we want. The only alternative is to be a slave to our desires. Heavenly Father, I thank you Lord for this day. I thank you for all the gifts that you have given us. I know that Your grace is sufficient. I pray for peace in the hearts of those that love You; allow them to be content with what they have and not focused on what they do not. Provide us the grace to live in the here and now, and not continually look ahead to things that are beyond our control. I thank You and praise You in Jesus' Name. Amen.

God bless you,


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rawk of Ages!

Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Nehemiah 8:10

This became a time of celebration. Celebration, as we understand it, is not to be self-centered. Once again, it is not about us. Ezra even connected celebration to giving. This gave those in need an opportunity to celebrate as well. Often when we celebrate and give to others (even when we don't feel like it), we are strengthened spiritually and filled with joy. Enter into celebrations that honor God, and allow him to fill you with His joy. Where did people get the idea that Christianity wasn't fun? Where did people get the idea that Christians are stiff, bland people that can't do anything fun because of all the rules they have to follow? These are Old Testament people having a party in honor of the Lord! Everything you do, do for the glory of God.

RAWK on,



These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Since you've kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

Revelation 3:7-8,10

The key of David represents Christ's authority to open the door of invitation into His future kingdom. After the door is opened, no one can close it - salvation is assured. Once it is closed, no one can open it - judgment is certain. Some people believe that "I will also keep you from the hour of trial" means that there will be a future time of great tribulation from which true believers will be spared. Others interpret this to mean that the church will go through the time of tribulation, and that God will keep them strong in the midst of it. Still others believe this refers to times of great distress in general, the church's suffering through the ages. Whatever the case, our emphasis should be on patiently obeying God, no matter what we face.
Whenever we are going through, we have to look to Him. We have to acknowledge God in all our ways. We have to praise Him when we are up, AND when we are down. So many of us need something bad to happen to us before we give God any attention at all. Pray against that selfishness right now, and understand that all good things come from above. Accept the gifts that God has given you and use them for His Glory. After all, to whom much is given, much is required. Your purpose and destiny in Christ is revealed slowly through the process of doing and striving; not waiting for the clouds to open up and have God reveal everything then and there. We are still His children and He knows how much we are able to handle. He gives us just enough to get us to next step and then He gives us a little bit more. He encourages us and lets us rely on Him and as we rely on Him, we will one day open our eyes and realize that we have moved further than we ever imagined we could. Nothing is impossible with God. Accept it. Believe it. Live it.

God Bless you,


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Joy of your Salvation

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:12

Do you ever feel stagnant in your faith, as though you are just going through the motions? Has sin ever driven a wedge between you and God, making Him seem vastly distant? David felt this way. He had sinned with Bathsheba and had just been confronted by Nathan the prophet. In his prayer he cried, "restore to me the joy of Your salvation." God wants us to be close to Him and to experience His full and complete life. But sin that remains unconfessed makes such intimacy impossible. Confess your sin to God. You may still have to face some earthly consequences, as David did, but God will give back the joy of your relationship with Him. When God forgives our sin and restores us to a relationship with Him, we want to reach out to others who need this forgiveness and reconciliation. The more you have felt God's forgiveness, the more you will desire to tell others about it. The power of your witness is tied directly to what God has done in your life. If you don't tell others about it, it will remain hidden forever. Speak today, and share the joys of the Lord.

God Bless you,


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Good Shepherd

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. I am the good Shepherd; I know my sheep in my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep."

John 10:11-12, 14

The hired hand tends the sheep for money, while the Shepherd does it for love. The Shepherd owns the sheep and is committed to them. Jesus is not merely doing a job; He is committed to love us, and even lay down His life for us. False teachers and false prophets obviously do not have this commitment. On the cross, Jesus identified Himself with every sin, struggle and crisis of life. In this moment, right now, receive Him as a cure for every problem and you may go free forever. Heavenly Father, I ask for salvation for everyone and liberation from every hurt and habit that may be harassing them. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

God Bless you,