“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14
Most of us at some time or another have probably heard the saying, “life is short.” Compared to eternity that is a definite fact. No matter how many years you live, it will be no real comparison to eternity. Our lives here in the earth truly are a vapor that appears for a short time, then…they are gone. With that being said, we need to get busy serving God and advancing His kingdom. We need to focus so much more of our attention on the things that will make a mark on eternity; things that will last in the sight of God. Maybe on the inside of you and me today there are things that we want to accomplish for God, or, maybe even things that we know that He has told us to do. And we are plodding along as if we are going to be living on the earth for 500 years before we expire physically and go to the presence of the Lord. My suggestion: stop putting off for the future what you know you can do today. Get started! If there are things you are uncertain of, do the part that you know can be done and get serious about your prayer and Bible searching time in order to become secure in the rest. It’s time to get busy…your life is but a vapor.
Scripture reading: John 9:4
How Do YOU Measure The Word?
“And He said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.” Mark 4:24
When God says something to or about us, He really means what He says. Our traditions and our fears have kept us from stepping out fully on what He has said. A good example of this is the above Scripture. It is a very simple yet powerful truth and it is working for every one of us even though some of us may not even realize it. However each of us measures what we will believe of the Word of God, and that is exactly what we will receive. We have made God and the experiences of other men the measuring stick for our own receiving. The only responsibilities God has toward us is: giving us His Word to believe, then standing behind its producing for the one who truly stands in faith for that Word to come to pass in his or her life. It is not His responsibility to believe for us; we must search the Word, find what it says and then on purpose believe what He says. When an individual experiences either limited blessing from the Word of God or a total failure in receiving God’s blessing, we are not obligated to accept that man’s experience as the proof of what God has promised as His blessing toward us. Pray and believe that the Holy Spirit will help you to remain conscious of this truth. It will prove to be invaluable to you. You may have to stand alone; you may need to be a pioneer in some areas of the Scripture, but isn’t this a “personal relationship” that each of us has with the Lord? So let each of us receive our own responsibility to measure the Word and take the limits off of God and His desire to richly bless our lives.
Scripture reading: Mark 4:14-41
A new creation: 2 Corinthians 5:17
His righteousness in Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:21
His workmanship created in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:10
The salt of the earth: Matthew 5:13
The light of the world: Matthew 5:14
Crucified to the world: Galatians 6:14
Blessed of the Lord: Psalm 115:15
More than a conqueror: Romans 8:37
A world overcomer: 1 John 5:5
The head and not the tail: Deuteronomy 28:13
Above only and never beneath: Deuteronomy 28:13
The lender and not the borrower: Deuteronomy 28:12
Sing Your Praise To The Lord
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” Acts 16:25
Are you at a challenging time in your life? Does it seem as if you are in “prison” with no hope or means or release? Are you suffering wrong for the right thing that you did? Are the circumstances that you are facing “unfair?” Paul and Silas could have sung these songs. But they chose to sing praises unto God…and the heathen heard them. Determine today, that in the midst of all these “issues” that you might be facing, to sing songs of praise to the Lord. Determine that your praise will be an instrument through which God shows His delivering power on your behalf.
Scripture reading: Psalm 9:1-4; Psalm 18:46-49
Remember His Benefits
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles.” Psalm 103:1-5
One of the first things that many people consider when they look for employment is the type of benefits that the company has to offer its workers. Those “benefits” are good things that come along with the employment package. It could include things such as vacation time, personal time, health insurance and some kind of investment, just to name a few. But notice this, these are things that come along with the package. Once you accept employment, these things become yours as long as you are employed. The company is now responsible for keeping its word to you…and you won’t forget YOUR benefits. Well, when we answered redemptions call and gave our lives to the Lord, there are some things that came along with the “package.” It is up to us to remember these benefits that are already ours, stand up for them and not let satan nor life’s circumstances cheat us out of what is ALREADY OURS! Receive these Scriptures today as your own and determine to let the Holy Spirit help you to receive in your life what is already yours. Thank you Jesus!
Scripture reading: Psalm 68:19-20
See The Invisible
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
How in the world do we see the invisible? By looking at the Word of God. The Believer is to see things through a different set of eyes than natural man. We must remember that everything that we can see with our eyes, in this natural world, is subject to change. So, no matter what anything looks like in the natural realm, IT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE! This lets us know that we should keep our focus on the Word of God because it is the only thing that is eternal and unchanging. Don’t let the enemy or your senses sidetrack you into fixing your mental gaze on all of the natural instabilities around you. Keep your sights on the Word of God. The application of the Bible will bring about change in the natural things around you.
Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18
The Word Will Never Fail
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:8
If there is one thing in this universe that cannot fail, it is the Word of the Living God. You can rest assured of that. Let that be your confidence today. Not one Word, not one promise, not one fact concerning our redemption can ever be made null or void. In your prayers and in your confessions today, in all that you live this day, remember that His Word will never fail…it will stand forever!
Scripture reading: Isaiah 55:11; 1 Kings 8:56
“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” 1 John 5:14, 15
Yes, answered prayer. Emphatically “yes”, answered prayer! When we pray, we are to expect results. God declares it. This Scripture tells us that if we ask according to His will that we have confidence that we are heard, and confidence that we are heard is confidence that we have what we have asked. Don’t get cheated by satan or the traditions of men: ask and receive in the way that God says to and enjoy the results of Him giving you what you asked for.
Scripture reading: Matthew 21:21, 22; James 4:1-3
Power To Get Wealth
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
Notice this Scripture says that God gives us the power or the ability to produce wealth, not money. There is a difference in wealth and money. Money is what we use as a means of exchange for things; wealth actually is that which continues to produce over time. It can be likened to a good or a service that one has that is lasting and just keeps producing. Every believer should believe God, not just for money, but for the “ability to produce wealth.” Ask the Lord to open your eyes, give you an idea, something that people need, a good or a service that will continue to produce over time, that will open the door for lasting wealth, not just money to spend.
Scripture reading: Matthew 25:14-30; Proverbs 10:4-5
The Portrait of a Blessed Man
“Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house; and his righteousness endureth forever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favor, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever: his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it and be grieved; he shall nash with his teeth, and melt away. The desire of the wicked shall perish.”