Let God speak to you daily from His Word. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
" So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." You must allow God to speak to you from His Word. You must be strong in the Lord by the building up of your faith. Take time to read, study and meditate on the Word of God. Get alone, open your Bible, focus on a small portion of Scripture, write down what God is saying to you. Then obey.
The book of Ephesians is full of those blessings which the apostle invites us to remember, and on this day of Thanksgiving, how better to spend our time than to contemplate such riches? God – Father, Son, and Spirit – has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places. He has blessed us with blessings that are infinitely superior to any merely earthly gift. And not only that, but he is infinitely generous with his gifts. Over and over again the apostle speaks of God’s riches. “The riches of his grace” (1:7); “the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” (1:18); “God, who is rich in mercy” (2:4); “the riches of his grace in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (2:7); “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (3:8); “the riches of his glory” (3:16). No believer is a beggar in Christ. God has lavished his gifts upon us with unbounded kindness.
Our earthly fortunes may wax and wane. Our earthly riches may come and go. Our health will eventually give way. But there is no time in the believer’s life when any one of these spiritual blessings are not true. The one who is in Christ is always accepted and loved, and forgiven. We always have a reason to hope. The life that God has given to us can never be taken away. The word of God is always true and reliable. And so we, of all people, have a reason to be thankful. Remember God’s goodness toward you and do not forget. And let our thankfulness be appropriate to the blessings we have received.
Many consider Ferrante and Teicher to be the greatest piano duet team of all time.
Their collaborative presentations were so precise that their style was described as four hands but only one mind.
Hearing their music, one can begin to grasp the amount of effort required to perfect their craft.
But there’s more. They loved what they did. In fact, even after they had retired in 1989, Ferrante and Teicher would occasionally show up at a local piano store just to play an impromptu concert. They simply loved making music.
David also loved making music—but he teamed up with God to give his song a higher purpose. His psalms affirm his struggle-filled life and his desire to live in deep dependence upon God. Yet, in the midst of his personal failures and imperfections, his praise expressed a kind of spiritual “perfect pitch,” acknowledging the greatness and goodness of God even in the darkest of times. The heart behind David’s praise is simply stated in Psalm 18:1, which reads, “I love you, Lord, my strength.”
David continued, “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise” (v. 3) and turned to Him “in my distress” (v. 6). Regardless of our situation, may we likewise lift our hearts to praise and worship our God. He’s worthy of all praise!
By: Bill Crowder
Our Daily Bread
" A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power."- Ephesians 6:10
Have you memorized this verse yet? Better do so. I want to stop right here before I proceed and tell you that I have two motivations for writing and sending out these devotions. One is selfish. I want to learn and reinforce my faith through this discipline. I want to be strong in the Lord. Secondly, I want to help and encourage whoever is reading this. I know of two men who are so that is enough for me. I want to see more followers of Christ do the will of the Father and complete their mission on this earth.
Without Barzillai the history of God's people might have been vastly different. In one of the saddest events in the Bible, King David's son Absalom revolted against his father and attempted to take the throne by force. David and his men had to flee for their lives, and by the time they reached the vicinity of Barzillai's home they were out of supplies and in danger of starvation. But Barzillai came to their aid and David's army was saved.
Barzillai was eighty when this happened and he easily could have said," I'm too old to do anything," or " It's too risky; what if Absalom wins?" But he didn't. He step up and step out to help.
" Now Barzillai was averyold man, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim." - 2 Samuel 19:32
What we Learned on Sunday? Insights, ideas and Inspiration