We can do nothing apart from You, O God! We are totally dependent on You! You deserve all the glory and the praise!
Who are we that you are mindful of us? Who are we that you even call us by name? May we forever be humble before your throne and praise You always!!!
Exodus 21:22-23:13, Matthew 24:1-28
Psalm 29: 1-11, and Proverbs 7:6-23
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Exodus 19:16-21:21, Matthew 23:13-39
Psalm 28:1-9 and Proverbs 7:1-5
I pray to you, O Lord, my rock.
Do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you are silent,
I might as well give up and die.
Listen to my prayer for mercy
as I cry out to you for help,
as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
Do not drag me away with the wicked--
with those who do evil--those who speak friendly words to their neighbors
while planning evil in their hearts.
Dear God, this is my prayer today. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. Amen
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Is God First In Your Life?
God makes it very clear in our reading passage today that He will not tolerate us have any other gods before Him. I know right off back, we may reply, oh, I only serve God almighty. But I would like to encourage you to examine your life. Is it really God that we have as first in our lives. There are telltale signs. 1) The way we treat others show whether we love God or not. For its impossible to say we love God whom we have never seen and then mistreat the people right in front of us (1 John 4:20 ). Secondly, who or what do you spend most of your free time with (outside of work and family time)? Is it your computer, the facebook, your music, etc.? Now don't get me wrong, God wants us to work on and sharpen our skills, but not at the expense of our relationship with Him and our love ones. If your schedule is so busy that you can't read your word daily, and don't spend one on one time with God daily, then you are too busy and are on the devil's plan, and not God's.........GOD's PRIORITY & BALANCE IS THE KEY! I pray now that God will show us the areas of our lives that we need to clean up and that we will submit to the Holy Spirit's teaching on how to keep God and His ways first in our lives!
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BIBLE READING for February 3, 2014
Exodus 17:8-19:15, Matthew 22:34-23:12
Psalm 27:7-14, and Proverbs 6:27-35
Psalm 27 is one of my most favorite psalms. When I was 19 years old and living in my own apartment in Decatur,Georgia, I was scared out of my mind. This Psalm gave me peace many a nights. It actually lulled me to sleep. Even now, this is my 'go to' Psalms whenever I'm in need of reassurance of God's divine protection. Meditate on this today and be blessed by God's word:
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
Exodus 15:19-17:7, Matthew 22:1-33
Psalm 27:1-6, and Proverbs 6:20-26
The Lord is my light and my salvation--so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a might army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid.
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Exodus 13:17-15:18, Matthew 21:23-46
Psalm 26:1-12, and Proverbs 6:16-19
Go Ahead and just let out a blast of a laughter! Yep, you look to the right and there's a past due bill staring at ya. Now Look to the left and you see relationship trouble or the loneliness of desiring that special someone to be there. Yes, the enemy wants us to look at our circumstances and wallow in self-pity. The children of Israel still didn't get it when Pharaoh's army surrounded them in the wilderness. They were sore afraid, and blamed Moses and God for putting them in that situation. But God wants us to throw that devil a curve ball in his plan and just burst out laughing with joy for we know all of heaven is backing us! Just as God delivered the Israelites, He has and will deliver us! Now Give God a Krazy Praise because it's already done!!!!! What the enemy meant for our bad is working for our good! Now go get your stuff, all that God has for you!
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TOUCHDOWN You completed the 1st Month Bible Reading All Things Are Possible Thru Christ Jesus!
Exodus 12:14-13:16, Matthew 20:29-21:22
Psalm 25:16-22, and Proverbs 6:12-15
Today as we give God the praise & glory for making it through our first month of the bible reading challenge, let's meditate on His word spoken through our Savior, His son Jesus Christ which encourages us that if we have faith, anything is possible:
Then Jesus told them , I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don't doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, 'May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it." Matthew 21:21-22
Our 1ST MONTH IS A TOUCHDOWN for the bible reading challenge!!!
I would also like to congratulate my cousin Cornerback Byron Maxwell and the Sea Hawks team for making it this far against all odds!!!!! Our prayers are with you and remember...... All things are possible through Christ Jesus!
So Let's get ready to gear up for Month 2 Bible reading and don't be afraid to jump in at any time! It's okay if you are behind schedule because the word of God is always on time! Just Keep Reading the #1 Playbook for Life!
TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN!
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Exodus 10:1-12:13, Matthew 20:1-28,
Psalm 25:1-15, and Proverbs 6:6-11
So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.
Perhaps, your life has not been a crystal stair or things just seem to go from bad to worst, don't let the mirage fool you. Once you ask God into your heart and life, you are made new with a heavenly Father to look after you, protect you, and bless you real good. Of course, you know His hands has always been there, even when you didn't know Him. But now, you can experience God and all the benefits of your salvation on a whole new level.
At the same time, we do have an enemy that doesn't want us to see who we really are in Christ Jesus, and he will create a lot of 'smoke' to distract you. Just remember this, that no matter what it looks like, God's word will prevail in your life if you don't faint and give up! Sometimes, in life, we may have to steal away to quiet moments to refresh and renew our spirits in God, but never, ever give up.
It may seem like you are in last place, but God has a way of giving you that extra push, that wind from the holy spirit, and all of a sudden, the one no one ever expected to make it, is now the one they must look up to. When God does exalt you, remember to stay humble, and give Him all the Glory!!!! The last shall be first!
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Exodus 8:1-9:35, Matthew 19:13-30
Psalm 24:1-10, and Proverbs 6:1-5
Proverbs 6:1-5 gives it to us plainly: don't cosign a loan for someone else. There are many living witnesses who have felt an ugly blow by putting their name on someone else's loan which cost them in money, credit, and peace. This is just wise biblical advice on how to protect yourself from unnecessary financial drama.
Another side note, if a brother starts asking you for money and to cosign for his car, RUUUUUUUUUUUUUN (lol, but this sort of thing happens all the time to smart, beautiful women who are naive). God cares about everything that concerns us, and the word has an answer for everything!!!!!!
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Sow good seeds in your garden by forgiving and repenting!
Exodus 5:22-7:25, Matthew 18:21-19:12
Psalm 23:1-6 and Proverbs 5:22-23
Forgiveness is a crucial and vital part of a believer's love walk. It's not an option. We have to forgive. At the same time, the offenders need to know that forgiveness is not a license for them to keep hurting others. It's crucial to understand that you can forgive a person and yet choose not to reconcile the relationship with the offender if he or she chooses not to change their abusive ways or if the trust has been severely damaged.
Forgiveness is the process of letting go of the anger or bitterness that you may feel and allowing God to fill your heart with love, mercy and compassion for the individual. Depending on the situation, mercy and compassion could be manifested in various ways. For instance, if a person has a remorseful spirit and repents from stealing from his place of work, you can show mercy by praying for the person and providing him or her with counseling resources. In another scenario, if the person continues to lie and refuse to be honest about stealing the money, mercy and compassion will pray that this person will repent and ask Jesus Christ to do the work in his or heart.
God requires us to forgive others, but He doesn't want us to be foolish. He clearly states that if a brother or sister refuses to repent after we confront them one on one, with a witness, and then to the church, we are to disown them as if they were a sinner (Mathew 18:15-17). So everyone will be held accountable for their actions. The one who offends, and the offended have a part to play: whether its forgiving, repenting, or both.
Because we all have made mistakes and need God's mercy, we must extend that grace and mercy to others. While we are extending mercy and forgiveness to others, God will give the same right back to us. The offenders receive the fruit of their seeds sown and can be forgiven by God if they repent. Forgiveness and repenting allows the offended and the offender to be free from negative emotions or behavior so that they can grow in the character of Christ.
Our Prayer: God give us a humble, caring spirit towards all mankind. Let us be quick to show love and mercy to others. Let us not be lackadaisical about how we treat our brothers and sisters. When we do fall short, let us be quick to sincerely ask for forgiveness and do what it takes to restore the relationship. If someone sins against us, let us first remember how much you've forgiven us for and let us have a pure heart to extend that same forgiveness to all. In Christ Jesus Name, amen.
Exodus 4:1-5:21, Matthew 18:1-20
Psalm 22:19-31 and Proverbs 5:15-21
Are you a faithful lover to God? Is He the one leading and directing your life or does your life start falling apart if Danny doesn't call back? Before you ever say I do, you need to have a passionate, love relationship with God: faithful in your mind, body, and spirit to our Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, you are not giving your milk to a boyfriend, because you recognize that your body belongs to your husband Jesus and sexual intimacy is sacred and only to be given in the marriage bed. Proverbs 5 declares "Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?" No matter your status, right now, you can make up in your mind that today is the day that you will become a faithful lover and give all of you to Jesus. He is waiting arms wide open, willing and ready to receive you, will you accept His proposal?