Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
2 Corinthians 2:12b
Based on 2 Corinthians 2:5-6:7 (NLT)...
Father in heaven, forgiveness can only be done with Christ's help (2 Cor. 2:10), and it must be done so that Satan doesn't have another way to take me down (2 Cor. 2:11). To forgive is just a small part of living a Christ-like life. It is a door we must open in order to allow Your love to cross the threshold, and it is a sweet aroma emanating from a Christ-centered heart. How I desire to be sweet perfume to all those I encounter (2 Cor. 2 :15)!
May my life be a letter recommending You to those who don't know You personally, and may I be a readable letter showing all the good You do for me (2 Cor. 3:2). Lord God, the only qualifications I ever need comes from You (2 Cor. 3:5).
May Your glory be revealed through me always! Continue to remove the veils that cover this glory (2 Cor. 3:16-18). I want to see and reflect it. I turn to You, Father, and desire your glorious image. Please keep Satan away from me and from blinding my mind (2 Cor. 4:4). I want Your glory to shine in my heart and be the power of my life (2 Cor. 4:6-7).
I want to be able to live in the face of death so that the life of Jesus may be evident in me (2 Cor. 4:10-12). May I never miss the open doors of opportunity. Help me, O Jesus, to fix my eyes on thing that cannot be seen (2 Cor. 4:18), so that I may live by believing (2 Cor. 5:7) and live by desiring to please You and You alone (2 Cor. 5:9). May I cease, then, to live for myself (2 Cor. 5:15).
Today is most definitely a new day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2) and full of opportunities. May I prove myself, God Almighty, by Your power working in me (2 Cor. 6:6-7). Amen.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
When we become aware of a wall (or walls) in our lives that blocks out the Light and Love of God, we can begin work on tearing that wall down. What's so wonderful about God is that He's there to help, and He doesn't just chip away at the wall, He takes a sledgehammer to it.
The LORD detests that which separates us from Him, "Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." (Exodus 34:14) We cannot build an intimate relationship with God when we have other structures in the way. There is room only for one god, the Holy God of Israel.
There is a time for everything under heaven "a time to tear down and a time to build." (Ecclesiastes 3:3) Is it time to tear down that wall and let the God of heaven and earth in? His power is unfathomable, His goodness unmeasurable. May the LORD bless you and keep you and build for you a wall like you have never seen before of His power, might, and glory.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I’ve got to stop trying to make things happen in my life. When I do that, I deny God’s plan. I deny His power and trust, and ultimately I deny Him. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11) I lack sometimes the patience to wait. Even worse than that, I lack belief.
I think that because we are limited as humans, we have an innate fear to the unknown. Therefore, belief in God with His all-knowing, all-encompassing powers is difficult for us. I trust in God and I know what He can do and I believe in Him, but do I really believe Him? I'm afraid I don't. I feel like the father in Mark 9 when he says to Jesus, "If you can do anything," and Jesus is saying to me as he did to this father, "If I can? Everything is possible for him who believes." Oh, Lord, help me to overcome my unbelief!
Do you believe God has a plan for your life? Do you believe it is perfect? Do you believe it is better than what you have planned for yourself? Then, believe God. Perfection is made known in this.