Encouragement Through Songs?
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
I have seen that it has been quite easy for the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, as a whole, to overlook the importance of worship and praise expressed through the vehicles of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. This Scripture reveals to us that singing to the Lord can serve as a means of our being able to both encourage and teach one another. Wow! I believe that we should pray and believe the Father to reveal this type of ministry to the church. Even for those who have a respect for worship and praise and the part that it can play in our fellowships, we still need a corporate revelation of the fact that our singing to the Lord, with others being able to hear our singing with “grace in our hearts to the Lord”, can serve as means of encouraging and teaching the saints. Let’s believe God!
Scripture reading: Ephesians 5:17-20
Sin Pays A Salary
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
I realize this is not too popular amongst the people of God, however, it is something that we need to be reminded of. Sin is an issue that we need to deal with. It is not a light one. The Bible teaches us that sin pays wages; its reward is in the realm of death. The things that the Scriptures exhort us to avoid are the things that will manifest the principles and fruit of death and satan in our lives. We live in the realm of life and the Father desires for us to enjoy the fruit of righteousness in our lives. Don’t take sin lightly. If there are areas that you are struggling with, there are some Scriptures listed in our reading for today that will help you. Stay before God and apply yourself to what He says so that you can enjoy walking in the life of God.
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 15:34; Romans 6:1-23; Colossians 3:1-17
The Process Leading To Health
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2
Many of us have found out that it is the will of God for our physical bodies to be healed. But did you know, that is not the end result – it is not God’s best? He wants us to live healthy lives. We must recognize that the road to healthy living for a Christian is a process. It begins when we find out from the Scriptures that God wants to heal us. We receive the Word of Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24 as true. We learn to keep the Word on healing in our thoughts and we learn to speak it out of our mouths. We learn to take words and terms of sickness and disease and fear out of our vocabulary. Whenever symptoms of sickness or disease arise, we attack them with the Word of God spoken from our lips. The next step in the process is one that many never find their way to because, as a whole, the body of Christ (let alone the world) has yet to fully realize the responsibility that we have to study and commit to areas of healthy living. We must learn how to be stewards over these bodies and govern what we eat, how we eat, how we exercise, what we drink and how we are to supplement our diet with wholesome things. It is this area called the wisdom of God for walking in health. We continue to receive the Word and confess it. But now we add to it the principle of acquiring the knowledge that it takes to live a healthy life. Don’t settle today for just being healed; stay in the process that God has designed for every one of us and aim at living a healthy life.
Scripture reading: Proverbs 4:20-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
Receive and Then Give
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
Our Father is the Source of ALL consolation, help, encouragement and aid. Whenever we face difficult times, no matter what area of life it may be, the Father is there to encourage and exhort us, if we will receive. Isn’t that wonderful? However, as we travel along life’s pathway there is an important lesson that we must learn. We must be sensitive to the Father’s desire for us to minister to others in the same way that He has ministered to us. We should catalogue (if not on paper, at least in our own hearts) the times that we have gone through and how the Father has shown us His mercies, consolation, encouragement and help so that when we see others experiencing the challenges that we have already gone through we can do for them what the Father has done for us.
Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-24
The God of Restoration
“He restoreth my soul…” Psalm 23:3
Throughout the Bible we see God as one Who is a restorer of good things that have been lost or stolen. Here He is seen as the Restorer of our soul life. Things that you may have lost in the area of your mind, will and emotions and your material life qualify for restoration by the power of God. The Father is interested in you being sound and whole. If your emotional life has been messed up; if you have been robbed of peace of mind; if you have suffered loss in the material arena, the Father has no problem with you believing Him for restoration in these areas. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross has made provision for every single need of ours to be met. Find out what the Word says and trust Him for your restoration today.
Scripture reading: Isaiah 53:4, 5; 58:6-14
Which Way Do I Go?
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12
Choices, choices, choices, life is filled with choices. The way in which we are assured of making the right choices is based on our dependency upon the Lord and His Word. Aside from that, there may be many things that look good and look like the choices to make. However, what looks and seems good is not always right. Two primary things will always be important in our decision-making process as God’s people. One, we must be ever increasing in our knowledge of the Scriptures. In them the Holy Spirit reveals to us the principles of right and wrong living. We must learn the things that lead to life and not death. Secondly, we must develop the kind of fellowship with the Spirit of God in which we can understand the way that He desires to lead us in our decision making process. He has exact answers and perfect directions to offer us and He always leads in the way of life and the best will of God. Both of these go hand-in-hand. So, search the Scriptures daily and as you do, you will continue to gain knowledge of the paths that are right in God’s eyes. You will also develop an inner sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and how He would guide you through the knowledge of the Word of God.
Scripture reading: Proverbs 3:5, 6; Romans 8:14
While We Were Yet Sinners
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
There are many Christians today who have a difficult time receiving the fact that the Father loves them. Maybe they had what they would call a terrible past before they came to Christ or maybe even after being born again, they committed some sin that they think causes God to love them less than He does some other Christian. Neither of those, nor anything else is a valid reason for any person, let alone, a Christian to doubt God’s love for them. If God showed His love for you while you were a sinner by sending Jesus to die for you, then just by simple reasoning, He has to love you as His child. The Father’s great expression of love toward you was His giving His best, Jesus Christ, for you while you were a sinner. I would challenge you today to run this fact through your mind until it becomes a reality to you. You are more loved by the Father than you realize; and He loves you so much that now as His child, He has given to you everything that He has given to Jesus Christ. In fact, the Scripture declares to us that the Father loves us in the same way that He loves Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!!
Scripture reading: John 17:1-26
Rely On The Holy Spirit
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26
We have someone living on the inside of us Who has been given a commission to help us to know and serve the Father – The Holy Spirit. One of the things that Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would do is to bring to our remembrance everything that Jesus has said to us. Wow! Jesus has said to us so many good things and we need to constantly remind ourselves that this ministry of the Holy Spirit is available to us all the time. Choose to partake of this part of His ministry. Let the Father know today that you receive the Holy Spirit bringing to your remembrance the things that Jesus has spoken to you. Invite the Holy Spirit Himself to make this part of His ministry a reality to you every day. If you will, then He will.
Scripture reading: John 14:12-27; 16:13-15
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6, 7
Many of us have probably never looked at being worried, careful or anxious as being prideful, however, that is some of what these verses from the Bible are telling us. Worrying and being anxious, in the Father’s eyes is a form of pride. When we cast all of our cares, anxieties and worries over on the Lord, we are humbling ourselves under His mighty hand. We are letting the Lord know that we are submitting ourselves to Him and the way that He promises to help us in whatever that situation may be. The Father does not want us to be anxious about things that He wants to do for us. If you are in pride today because of being anxious and trying to handle things your own way, humble yourself right now under His mighty hand so that He can lift you up above whatever you are allowing to cause you anxiety. Simply pray, “Jesus, please forgive me for being anxious about what the Father has promised me that He would take care of for me. I receive my forgiveness right now and I thank you for it. Now Father, in the Name of Jesus I cast all of my anxieties over on you now because You care for me. I receive Your help and the answers that come from You. Thank You for looking out for me! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Scripture reading: Philippians 4:6-8; Psalm 55:22
Choose To Rejoice
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Rejoicing in life is not based on any set of natural circumstances that a believer is facing. It is based on Who Jehovah is and what He has done. This day is a day of blessing because He created it and gave it to us. And He has already given us everything that pertains to life and godliness. He has given us His fellowship that we may walk with Him, know His heart, know His mind, know His will and be a vital part of His plan. He has already met every need of ours according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. We are healed, we are bold, we are anointed and we are joint – heirs with Christ. We are the head and not the tail, above only and never beneath. We are in covenant with the Creator of the universe and all things are ours. In the light of these facts (and there are MANY more) there is nothing left to do but to rejoice and be glad. Make that YOUR choice today!
Scripture reading: Philippians 4:4