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at 10:32 AM
Thursday, December 15, 2011
No Other Way by Dr. Woodrow Kroll
1 Kings 8:33-34
"When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and when they turn back to You and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication to You in this temple, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to their fathers."
No Other Way
In The Essential Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson, the cartoon character Calvin says to his tiger friend, Hobbes, "I feel bad that I called Susie names and hurt her feelings. I'm sorry I did it." "Maybe you should apologize to her," Hobbes suggests. Calvin ponders this for a moment and replies, "I keep hoping there's a less-obvious solution."
We're all like Calvin, aren't we? But sometimes there are no other solutions. The consequences of sin are serious. Wise King Solomon pointed out what Israel eventually would experience as a disobedient nation: defeat and enslavement to her enemies. The Northern Kingdom was taken into captivity in 722 B.C. The Southern Kingdom lasted a little longer, but sin brought about its defeat in 586 B.C. Yet when Israel sincerely confessed her sins before God, as Solomon promised, He restored the people to their land and to Himself.
Sin in a Christian's life also brings defeat. Satan needs only a small foothold in a believer's life, and he will use this advantage to hinder spiritual growth in every possible way. Continued, unconfessed sin ultimately will result in bondage. The only way out is the obvious solution. The apostle John says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
If you are experiencing spiritual defeat in your life, if you are in bondage to sin, you know what you must do. The solution is obvious. Repent of your sin, confess it to God, agree with Him that in thought, word or deed you have transgressed against Him, and receive His forgiveness. Let the blood of Christ cleanse and restore you.
Don't wait for other solutions; confession of sin is the only way.
at 9:15 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
How Big is God? by Dr. Woodrow Kroll
1 Kings 8:27
"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!"
How Big Is God?
Years ago when the city fathers of New York contemplated the future growth of their city, they plotted the streets and numbered them from the center outward. At the time, New York consisted of only six or seven streets. In their planning maps, they projected how large they thought the city might grow. Reaching beyond their wildest imagination, they drew streets on the map all the way out to a 19th street. They called it "Boundary Street" because they were sure that was as large as New York City would become. But history proved them to be shortsighted. At last count, the metropolis had reached beyond 284th Street.
Solomon labored under no such delusions when it came to God. He had built the largest man-made structure in Israel. (Interior dimensions of the temple were at least 90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high, according to 1 Kings 6:2.) Yet this builder-king knew that even the heaven of heavens was unable to contain God, not to mention a building. God was far larger than anything Solomon could build.
In our desire to be intimate with God, we often try to shrink Him down to a size we're comfortable with. If God were too big, so our thinking goes, His awesomeness would threaten to overwhelm us. Therefore, we are prone to think of God in the small, cuddly size--someone little enough to fit in our back pocket. Yet in doing so, we miss the comfort of knowing a God who is greater than any challenge life may set before us, a God so majestic and exalted that everything else shrivels up into nothingness in comparison.
Instead of downsizing God, let your imagination go and contemplate His true size. Imagine His filling the whole universe. Picture His reaching out to the farthest stars and even then spilling over into the outermost limits of space. Then kneel before Him and confess that, even so, your vision is still too small.
at 3:30 PM
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And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
David had returned to his capital city, Jerusalem. All serious challenges to his authority were now behind him. He was about to die at age 70, having ruled Judah for 7 years and as king over all Israel for another 33 years.
Indeed David was a very remarkable man. He had great ability, great insight, great grace. As a soldier he was a mighty man of valor. As a poet he was the "sweet psalmist of Israel." He was decisive in politics and chivalrous in war. But he was as human as he was great. Perhaps it's that quality about David that makes the man so lovable to us. David had boundless love for Jehovah and an unshakable faith and loyalty to Him. While he frequently stumbled and fell, he always knew how to get hold of God, ask forgiveness and go on for God. He had a true hunger to know the will of God and do it.
Second Samuel 23:1 claims to record the last words of David. Although these are the last literary or poetic words, David's final dying words are not recorded until 1 Kings 2. David describes the kind of man God would have as king of Israel. "He that ruleth over men must be just" (2 Samuel 23:3). One who would be king, president, prime minister or any leader can never assume he or she possesses the qualifications for these important tasks unless that person has a sense of justice that is more than human. Human justice views all men as created equal. Divine justice views all men as created equal before God, a God with whom all men have to do. This is why the next clause is so important. A godly leader is one "ruling in the fear of God."
When Jethro counseled Moses about organizing Israel, he said, "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens" (Exodus 18:21). As important as it is that a ruler be just, the capability to be just arises only out of a fear of God. God would have no one rule Israel who did not fear Him.
How can we draw upon the resource of the fear of God in order to be just to all men? We must depend upon our hidden resources. All nature depends on hidden resources. Rivers, deep and wide, have their sources in the snowcapped mountains. Great trees are only as strong as the part you cannot see, their root system. The entire earth draws upon the water and minerals under the ground, their hidden resources. A ruler in America, in Israel or anywhere in the world will only be as great as his fear of God, and his fear of God will only be as deep as his hidden resources in God. This is why choosing a nation's leader must go beyond partisan politics, beyond basic morality, beyond simple decency.
David was keenly aware that he had not always exhibited the fear of God, the kind of fear that is pure, pristine, and clear. He describes the just man who fears God as one who "shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds" (2 Samuel 23:4). This kind of clearness and brightness comes only to a man who seeks the Lord, his hidden resource, early in the morning, before he begins to make the decisions of his day. Let's pray that God will give us that kind of ruler...Have a great day. Thank God and thank you.
at 12:16 PM
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Put Your Heart into It
Pray without ceasing. —1 Thessalonians 5:17
The prayer that prevails is the prayer that is prayed with intensity—the prayer that is offered continually and passionately.
Acts 12 opens with some tragic events in the life of the early church: King Herod had James executed, and he threw Peter into prison. Then we read, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (verse 5).
Think about what they were facing. James, the beloved apostle who was always there with John, had gone to heaven. It must have been a shock. They were mourning the loss of this great man of God.
And then Herod arrested Peter. It was the night before his trial and potential execution, so they were praying. But their prayer was not just a kick backed yawn: “Lord, help out Peter. . . . What’s for dinner?” Rather, it was more like, “Oh, Lord, help Peter! Oh, Lord, deliver Peter!” In fact the word used in this verse for “constant” could be translated “earnestly” or “stretched outwardly.” It is the idea of a soul stretching toward an earnest desire. It was praying with agony, with intensity.
The same Greek word is used in Luke 22:44 to describe Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, where “being in agony, He prayed more earnestly.”
A lot of times our prayers are so laid back, so casual. Much of our prayer has no power in it because there is no heart in it. Yet the prayer that prevails with God is the prayer into which we put our whole soul, stretching out toward God with intense and agonizing desire. We need to keep bringing our requests to God again and again.
If we put so little heart into our prayers, we can’t expect God to put much heart into answering them.
at 8:24 PM
Monday, November 28, 2011
The Power of Affirmation
This devotional was written by Jim Burns
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. —James 1:26
Back in 1980, Cheryl Prewitt Salem became Miss America. Cheryl is a beautiful person on the outside but more importantly, her inner beauty radiates God’s love in her life. When she was four years old she often hung around her father’s small country store. Almost daily the milkman would visit, and she would follow him around as he lined the display cases with shiny bottles of milk. He always greeted her in the same way: “How’s my little Miss America?” At first she giggled, but by about age 11 she became very comfortable with this idea of becoming Miss America. Before long it was her childhood fantasy and teenage dream. It became a prayer and a solid goal.
Later she did become Miss America. She traveled the world spreading goodwill and, because Cheryl is a deeply committed Christian, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It all started because God used a milkman to speak a word to this young and impressionable mind. It was embedded in her subconscious. Her prayer became a reality.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21
Can God use your tongue to offer an affirming word to someone?
Sorry about how I have been off lately with the daily devotionals. Sometimes we get too busy and forget about God. We have it all backwards. Without God I would be nothing and trusting in Him is what gets me through. You never know who may need your encouragement or even just looking at you to see what you do. Always let Christ be shown through your actions. Speak it and it will happen. Whatever you are going to just have faith. As stated in the passage the little girl heard that over and over and believed it. Same thing for us. Whatever good or bad repetition is the key. Encourage yourself. Encourage others. Then watch and see how positive your life changes. Have a great day. Thank God and thank you.
at 12:34 PM