One of the most popular parables in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. What is Jesus trying to teach us? What does it mean to love your neighbor? Who is your neighbor? As Jesus often does, He takes it a step farther. This is not about salvation. Doing good deeds to your fellow man or woman does not save you. But it is the right thing to do. It is what a saved person would do. And as we discussed in the previous post, there are no excuses.Continue reading “Being a Good Samaritan”
Worship with Psalms
As you spend time with God and as you worship Him, it is good to look through the Psalms and remember what a great God He is. Take time each day to pray and read some of these (maybe even out loud) to give God praise as your act of worship. As we discussed in the previous post, this is not the only way to worship God. Also as we discussed, worship is more than singing in church. It is your daily devotion to Him. Let us start each day with an attitude of worship to the God who loves us beyond measure and has given us so much to be thankful for.Continue reading “Worship with Psalms”
I Can Do All Things…
Most people know Philippians 4:13. But do we understand what it means? Out of context, its meaning can be much different from what it was intended. Just like any scripture, read at least the entire chapter. Who is the author speaking to? What is the theme and setting of the book? Thanksgiving has just past. It is a time of giving thanks for all that we have. We should be grateful in good times and bad, because God has blessed us in so many ways, sometimes we don’t even realize it until later in life. So, what does Thanksgiving have to do with what Paul was talking about in his letter to the Philippians, anyway? Continue reading “I Can Do All Things…”
Pray for Others
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
God wants us to be intercessors. To stand in the gap. A city fortified by a wall has a sense of security and protection. But, if there is a breach, a gap, it becomes vulnerable. We too have vulnerabilities. The devil looks for these gaps to attack us. It may be a weakness, a relationship (a bad one, tension within one, heartache), struggles at work, home, church, health, finances, decisions, feeling guilty or pride, lack of confidence, being complacent or rebellious, sin in your life, and the list goes on. Do not be afraid to share that vulnerability with someone. You don’t have to go through it alone. Also, seek those who are struggling and pray for them.
God Answers Prayers
Paul says pray without ceasing. No matter what the circumstance, good or bad, seek God…first. Praise Him. No matter what He will be with you. I think that is what Paul meant when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It doesn’t mean we can do everything, it means we can handle anything when we put the Lord first and we trust Him to take care of our needs. Jesus says do not worry because the Lord will provide. Continue reading “God Answers Prayers”