Overcoming The Overwhelming
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM
David was hunted, haunted and harassed. Often he was forced into a crevice and had little room to move or stretch. But in his moments of oppression he did not seem to suffer from depression. He felt free to sing a song of hope that God planted in his heart. He found a source of strength that came to him from his dearest friend and constant companion – God!“I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble!” wrote David as he reflected on the troubled times of his life. And he was not the only one who found themselves in life threatening and even life ending situations.Do you remember what Paul and Silas did when they were thrown into prison for serving the Lord? At midnight they were praying and singing hymns of praise to the Lord while the other prisoners listened to them. God joined in the celebration, sent an earthquake that caused so much shaking that the prisoners’ chains fell off and doors flew open. The confines and chains of being in prison could not silence them.Josephus, the historian, wrote of the Christians awaiting death in the Coliseum. Waiting on the lions to maul and mangle them, they sang songs of joy so loudly that their voices were heard above the roar of the lions and the cheers of the crowd. As they faced the lions that would devour them, God put His song in their mouths, His peace in their hearts and angels to comfort them.Prayer: Lord, when we face the confinement of a cell or the threat of being devoured, we know You are present. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.&nbs […]
Is Life Ever Fair?
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM
“Why should Christians be good and help others and never get much wealth when so many who don’t believe in Christ prosper and have so much?” he asked angrily. His wife died following a lengthy illness that drained all of the family’s emotional, spiritual and financial resources. His anger, coupled with grief, was understandable. Most of us have experienced feelings like that to some degree.However, let’s think of Job for a moment. He was good and his friends were evil. He experienced much pain and suffering while his friends seemed to enjoy the good things of lifeThen there is the story of Joseph. He was a good and decent man and his “superior’s” wife was not. She had him arrested on an unjust charge and he was imprisoned.Sometimes it seems as though being good has no reward. It is an end in itself. We receive no recognition or appreciation.That is when we need to recall the words of the Psalmist: “The people will say ‘Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.’“Job’s boils became his blessings and if Joseph had not been a prisoner he would not have become a prime minister.God will take the worst events of our lives and ultimately transform them into our greatest blessings if we allow Him.Prayer: Grant us patience, Father, knowing that You are faithful and will turn our tragedies into triumphs. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 58:11 Then people will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.” Psalm 58:11 […]
What Is An Azimuth?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM
He stood before my desk with a set of orders and said, “FTC Nichols reporting for duty, Sir.” Not hearing his designator very clearly I asked, “What do you do for the Navy?”“Sir,” he said crisply, “I recently completed a tour of duty on a guided missile frigate. I was the one who was responsible for making certain that the azimuth on each weapon system was operational and accurate, Sir.” He certainly had my attention and spoke in a convincing manner. There was no doubt in my mind that he was competent to do his job and that all weapon systems under his control would deliver their missiles to the intended target at the precise moment.God wants to place His “azimuth” in our hearts. David wrote, “My heart is steadfast O God; My heart is steadfast.” So committed was he to the Lord that he emphasized the word “steadfast” by stating it twice. But there is something more.The word “steadfast” can also be interpreted, even more correctly in this verse, as “confident!” Here we see David finding inner satisfaction in God after following many ill-fated paths. His firm faith resulted in an inner transformation that was now going to be visible by the way he worshiped and served God.When we completely commit our lives to God, He will give us His guidance system to control the destiny of our lives. His Word will become our “azimuth.”Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your Word that can be a lamp for our feet and a light for our path to guide us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 57:7 My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. […]
Hearts That Sing Praises
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Music has been called “the universal language.” Wherever there are people there is music. It seems to come from the very nature of man. Every tribe on every continent has had musicians that make their own type of music. It is different from place to place, from being as irritating as fingernails on a chalk board to sounding like the “voices of angels.”The first “recognized” musician was Jabal who is mentioned in Genesis 4:21. He was the “father” of all who played the harp and flute. Music was very important to Moses and the Children of Israel. One of their earliest songs is introduced in Exodus 15:1 – “I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted.”Music has always played an important role in the history of Christianity. In fact, before the followers of Christ met to worship God the choirs of heaven sang on the night that Christ was born. And Jesus Himself led His followers in singing a hymn of praise before going to Gethsemane!Pliny was commissioned by a Roman Emperor to investigate the belief and behavior of Christians. He reported, “They have a custom of meeting before dawn on an appointed day, and singing hymns to Christ.”Although music is everywhere, why is the music of God’s children different? David said, “I will sing and make music!” immediately after he found a new steadfastness, or confidence, in God’s grace. That’s why!When hearts are at peace with God, people sing!Prayer: Thank You, God, for putting a song of joy in our hearts, praise on our lips and a smile on our faces! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 57:7 My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. […]
It's Either - Or
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM
It’s been wisely said that “If He is not Lord of all He is not Lord at all. If we do not value Him above all, we do not really value Him at all.” What does it mean when we say, “Jesus Christ, Savior and Lord.” There is a natural progression that begins with Jesus as our Savior and ends with Him as our Lord.Shouting in a loud voice with words that came from the bottom of his heart, David proclaimed, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth.”With God being Who He is and What He is and you and I being who we are and what we are, establishes a very specific relationship. It declares His role and our role: He is our Sovereign. And as our Sovereign we are to be submissive to Him. All that we are or ever will be and all that we have or ever will have is a result of the grace and mercy that comes from Him, Sovereign Lord.If God were not Sovereign, He would have no authority to dispense grace and mercy. That is what sovereigns do: they rule over their subjects and choose who will receive their favor. And the more power that any sovereign has the more important and precious is the grace and mercy they bestow upon their subjects.Our Sovereign said, “Whoever chooses me to be their Savior and Lord will receive my love, mercy and grace and will have eternal life with me.” He also said, “Remember I am with you every step of life’s journey to protect you.” No wonder David said, “Be exalted, O God.”Prayer: How grateful we are, Father, for the blessings You give us each day. We bow before You in humility. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 57:5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. […]
Purposes And Possibilities
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM
It began when I bought him his first pair of cowboy boots. He looked at them lovingly and wore them with great pride. Even to bed. After he fell asleep, I would quietly go into his room and remove them gently not wanting to awaken him.Michael and I “progressed” from the boots to jeans and a plaid shirt. Then a vest. Finally, a cowboy hat. Standing in front of the mirror in his room one day, he declared with pride: “I’m Cowboy Mike.” At that moment in his young life, he decided who he was and what he wanted to be: he discovered his destiny by the clothes he wore and the dreams he had as he watched cowboy movies.Each of us, at one time or another, had a dream about who we wanted to become and what we planned to do with the life that God gave us. We wanted to bring the future into the present with carefully detailed plans and goals. We chose classes and programs of study to help us prepare for occupations that fit into our dreams. We looked forward to accomplishments that would bring us joy and happiness, satisfaction and success. For some life unfolds as planned. For others there were starts and stalls and stops. We worked hard at life.To make the most of life, however, we must not eliminate God from our plans. He knows what is best for us because He gave us life. Writing from a cave one day David finally said, “I cry out to God Most High Who has a plan for me.” It’s never too late to seek His plan for your life.Prayer: Lord, may we look to You to discover the plan You have for each of us and make You the center of our life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 57:2 – I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.&nbs […]
Seeking A Safe Shelter
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM
It was a stormy day. Fierce winds and heavy rains made the windows of his office shake intensely. Suddenly one of the panes came loose and the wind and rain came rushing in and soaked the desk and papers of the great hymn writer, Charles Wesley.Suddenly, he was startled by the sounds of a bird chirping. He looked around and discovered that a small bird had been carried into his room with the wind and the rain and had taken refuge in his coat that he had laid across a chair near his desk.Noticing that the bird was frightened, he silently made his way to the chair and began to softly stroke the feathers of the bird to calm its fast-beating heart. The bird did not respond to his gentleness. Then he noticed that a hawk was perched on a bookcase, carefully watching the proceedings. He walked from his office with the bird and when the rain ceased released it into the sky. He went back to his desk and wrote the beloved hymn, “Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly.”David had fierce “storms” in his life. There were many times in his life when he had no place to go or any person he could turn to for help. But he had God and he knew that he could turn to Him at any moment in any of the storms of his life.“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,” he wrote. “For in You my soul takes refuge. I take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster passes.”Prayer: Thank You, Heavenly Father, for being our refuge when the storms of life arise. Protect us, we pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 57:1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.&nbs […]
Why Does God Do What He Does For Us?
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 11, 2017 at 8:07 PM
Everything we do in life is the result of a choice or decision we make. Every choice has its consequence or outcome. There are times when we make a choice and we are pleased with the outcome or result. Other times we make decisions that hurt or haunt us; bring results that embarrass us or bring our lives or our goals to a grinding halt. Sometimes the results of the choices we make force us to look carefully at what we have done with our lives. Every choice, however, contributes to the legacy that we will leave behind us.David made some very important decisions that caused him pain and suffering, grief and fear. He knew that he was often disobedient to the promises he made to God and also knew that he had to face the consequences of his choices. With deep humility he recognized the poor decisions he made and said, “I am under vows to You, O God!” Making a commitment or decision to honor and serve God is serious. It is not to be made without considering the implications it will have on our lives and the lives of others. A vow to God is the beginning of a chapter of righteous living.We all know of the tragedies in David’s life because he consciously broke his vows to God. With careful planning and deliberate choices, committed crimes against both God and man. He knew what he deserved but went to God repented, asked for and then received forgiveness. The result? “You have delivered me from death...that I may walk before You in the light of life.”Prayer: We pray, Lord, that You will make us conscious of the choices we make and the consequences that follow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 56:12 I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. […]
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 10, 2017 at 7:46 PM
One day, John promised us, “God will wipe away all tears.” Sickness and sadness, sorrow and suffering – whatever causes people pain or problems – will be gone, banished forever. We all look forward to that special day!So it is strange when David said that “God will record my sorrows, and list my tears on His scroll and in His record.” Whatever could be God’s reason for doing this to David? And might He do the same to us? Does it make sense that God would make a permanent record of grief – David’s grief and our grief as well?God knew of David’s suffering and He knows when we suffer. Our God is a God who cares for us and has compassion for us when we are gripped with grief. Why keep such a record?Because God will respond to our suffering!Too often when we are overcome with illness or are struggling with sickness, we turn to the products we have stored in our medicine cabinet or to the countless remedies on the shelves of our pharmacies. And if and when they do not work we turn to a physician and seek his counsel and cure. It is the normal thing to do.Unfortunately, all too often we only pray when all else fails. It is as if God was not aware of our sickness or had no time to be concerned with our health.Not so, says David. God has a permanent record of each and every tear that falls from our eyes because they matter to Him. This is His way of saying, “I do care!”Prayer: Thank you, Father, for Your constant concern and never-ending care. We praise You for our well-being. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 56:8 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record? […]
Facing Our Fears
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Fear is a gift from God. It is actually one of God’s greatest gifts. It alerts us to dangers that may be lurking in dark alleys. It awakens us at night when we hear strange sounds that make no sense. It causes us to take precautions to avoid accidents. It summons our senses when things are out of “the ordinary.” It’s God’s “early warning system” that notifies us that something unusual or unique is about to happen. Fear, after all is said and done, is necessary for us to survive.Some fears are helpful, some are harmful. Dr. Samuel Johnson, for example, would never step into a room with his left foot. He sincerely believed that something terrible would happen to him in that room if he “stuck” his left foot in first. Julius Caesar was terrified by the sound of thunder and would hide. Even Peter the Great, with all of his power, cried out in fear when he was forced to cross a bridge. Those, we might say, are harmful fears.David also had his fears. His friends forsook him, his confidants betrayed him and his family was not loyal to him. But he overcame all of his fears by his faith in the faithfulness of God. “When I am afraid,” he said, “I will trust in You – In my God, whose Word I praise.” He was not fear free. He was faith focused.When doubts surfaced and threats surrounded him, when times were uncertain and days filled with dangers, he always turned to God in faith knowing that God had His hands over him and His arms around him.Prayer: Remove our unfounded fears, Father. May we learn to trust in You as our protector and defender. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 56:3-4a When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid.&nbs […]
Give It Up!
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Years ago an elderly lady boarded a train for the very first time in her life. As she sat comfortably in her seat, she continued to clutch her small suitcase tightly, fearing something might happen to it.As the train left the depot a conductor came to her and said, “Madam, if you’ll allow me I’ll place your suitcase under your seat so it won’t burden you down. The train is perfectly capable of carrying you and your baggage.”“Oh, no,” she objected. “I want to take care of my baggage by myself.”Many of us are like that gracious, yet frightened, elderly lady. We want to take care of our “baggage” by ourselves.In the most loving and encouraging way David advised us to “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall!” The word “care” in Hebrew means “what is given to you in life, your lot.” And the word “sustain” means that He will “support and nourish” us.When we throw our “lot” – or ourselves and all of our problems – on the Lord, He will not only hold us up and “sustain” us but he will “never let us fall!”David was nearly destroyed by men who were out to get him and kill him. But it did not happen. He took all of his pain and problems, his attackers and adversaries, his sins and short comings to the Lord and God upheld him and stabilized him and saved him! He’ll do the same for you!Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the example You gave us in David. Give us a faith like his that we may not fail. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.&nbs […]
Now, God! Right Now!
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM
“Don’t worry about the sweet by-and-by,” said the president of the university I attended years ago. “That will be here soon enough. God has promised it and that’s all we need to know. As sure as God has kept His Word in the past He will honor it today, tomorrow and every day, from now until the sweet by-and-by is here. What we need to worry about is the nasty now-and-now.”That goes with the phrase we often hear: “Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.”While being concerned about and planning for the future makes good sense, we need to be much more concerned about what we might do every moment of every hour of every day to honor God. With that thought in mind, David said, “But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and at noon I cry out in distress and He hears my voice.”Notice his priorities: He would not retire at night without going to God in prayer, asking for His forgiveness, peace and protection so he might rest well and be at ease with God. Nor would he begin his day without asking God to guide him and guard him and give him His power and protection. And then – right in the middle of the day – he would stop everything and go to his Lord in prayer. He needed His help in the “now!”Prayer, for David, was not a trivial ritual. It was his life – his source of strength. “I cry out...He hears!”Prayer: May we, like David, Lord, recognize our need for prayer. Let it become the centerpiece of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 55:16-17 As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. […]
Fight Or Flight?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM
All of us seem to have similar responses when we face common events in our lives. There are certain scenes that bring emotions of sadness to most of us – when we see a child suffer or face starvation. We tend to shrivel inside when we see a person suffering from an incurable illness. We want to lift up the fallen or protect the vulnerable from abusive individuals. God planted a common thread in all of us that links us together.He also gave us “common sense” when we face threatening conditions in our lives. We all seem to have two immediate reactions to life-threatening situations: we want immediate relief. We either want to “fight” or take “flight.” Psychologists would have us to think they discovered the “fight or flight” syndrome – or if we want to be more scientific – the general adaptation syndrome. This means we want things to return to a normal state when we are threatened. We want to be calm once again.Although David didn’t use such “language” he knew what to do when it looked like things were about to threaten his well-being: he looked to the Lord. When faced with his destruction he asked God to “let death take my enemies by surprise.” He believed God would destroy those who wanted to destroy him. He also asked God for “the wings of a dove” so he could “fly away and be at rest.” He knew that God would always rescue him.It is natural and normal to want to live a life that is peaceful and calm. It is God-promised. Whenever we face threats and trials we are to turn first to God in faith believing that He alone will rescue us.Prayer: How precious is Your Word, Father, that has promised us hope, help and happiness in difficult times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 55:6-7 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert.”&nbs […]
The Source Of Praise
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Someone recently reminded me that my heart beats 72 times a minute, 100,000 times a day, 3,600,000 times a year. And, if I live what would be considered a “normal life span,” it will beat 2.5 billion times. It only weighs about 11 ounces yet will pump about 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day. Rather amazing, to say the least.Yet I rarely stop to consider those facts. It’s God at work in my body taking care of me, watching over me, providing life for me and within me.Often in life we seek God’s presence and power to protect us and provide for our needs. But are we aware of the magnitude of His grace, gifts and goodness? Are we sincerely thankful for His constant care, concern and compassion?Do we ever pause to think of the work our heart does without our having to do anything to make it “work?” Do we realize that God is alive and involved in our lives without our even mentioning His name?God gives us life without asking for it and help when we call upon Him when we are having difficult times.David often needed God’s help. He knew that in God’s “name” there was help and hope. He experienced it in the past and knew it was available in the present.And when God helped him, the first thing he did was to “praise His name.” Praise is what we are to “do” when we recognize God at work in our lives.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be aware of all that You do in our lives and to praise You for each gift – big or little. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 54:6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.&nbs […]
What Do I Do - Where Do I Go?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM
“I really need help. I don’t even know how to explain it. Many people think my problems are insignificant and quite trivial. I can even understand that. I know some people that have been through so much more than me who have survived and have lived to tell their story. I really, really need help but don’t know what to do or who to turn to.” So went the story.There are times in each of our lives, no doubt, when we have made similar statements or cried words that echoed the same desperate feelings. We were defeated by the demands of life and felt desperate and empty with no strength to go on. Our words were inadequate or unavailable to share our misery. And, if we were able to “get it out,” would anyone understand our fears and frustrations. And if they did, would they extend a helping hand or offer a listening ear?Sometimes we are threatened by people we don’t even know. We hear of their attacks through the warnings of others and know they want to hurt us. Sometimes we know who our oppressors are yet can do nothing to eliminate the power they have over us.David found himself in a similar situation. He looked around for help and deliverance and found no one ready to help him. But he knew that there was saving power in the name of God and cried out, “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the One Who sustains me.”Often God brings us to a place in our lives to force us to realize that He alone is the ultimate Savior!Prayer: What a joy it is to know, Father, that You will never leave us or forsake us or let any enemy destroy us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. […]
Are Your Bored With This Stuff, God?
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 3, 2017 at 7:21 PM
It was time to climb into bed after reading a story from the Bible. “Now Edie,” said her Mom, “be sure to kneel down and say your prayers before climbing into bed.” Kissing her gently, she said, “I’ll be downstairs if you need me. So, don’t be afraid.”The next morning at breakfast her mom said, “Well, Edie, did you say your prayers before you fell asleep?”“Well, sort of, Mom,” she replied. “I got down on my knees and started to pray. Then I thought, ‘God, You must get bored with this kind of stuff night after night. Why don’t You listen carefully and I’ll tell You the story of The Three Bears.’ So I snuggled in bed and told Him the story of The Three Bears. I really think He enjoyed it.”God gave us no specific formula to follow when we pray. In Jesus’ model prayer we are reminded of all of the important things that we are to take to God in prayer. And, again in Gethsemane, He set another marvelous example of prayer. His prayers were always simple, sincere, significant and straight forward.David knew that it was not necessary to follow a formula when he prayed. “Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth,” is how he began a prayer on one occasion. Then with openness and honesty he said what he had to say and God responded and met his immediate needs.That’s the way God is! When we have a need all we have to do is to go to Him in faith and express our needs and wait for His response.Prayer: We are so thankful, Lord, that when we pray there are no necessary words. Only a sincere heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.&nbs […]
What's In A Name?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on October 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM
WHAT’S IN A NAME?Have you ever met someone who did not like their name? Perhaps it reminded them of a person who disturbed them in one way or another. Or it may have represented something that was offensive to them. Maybe it “sounded” like a girl’s name or a boy’s name or a sissy’s name. Sometimes we are “given” names by the way we act or what we do or even how we look.David knew there was something unique and special about a name that was above every other name. He knew that there was one name that represented the solution for the problems of life. He understood the significance of “that Name”. He knew that the road for man to recover from destruction and death to happiness and heaven – was in that Name.“Save me, O God, by Your name; vindicate me by Your might.” In asking God to save him, David wanted God to deliver him from his sinful condition – even though the Savior had not come and completed His work on the cross. He was well aware of his sins and shortcomings and knew that there was nothing he could do to rescue or redeem himself. Only a gracious God who had rescued His children from times of destruction and death in the past could do the same for him in the present. He knew God’s power from His-story in the past as He brought His children to their Promised Land.When David called on God’s name in prayer, he brought God into that moment in his life. He needed God to be with him, hear him, save him and deliver him. What about you?Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the power that Your name represents – power to deliver and save us from sin. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 54:1 Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might. […]
Where Do You Go For Help?
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on October 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM
“Help me, someone help me! I’ve fallen and can’t get up. Someone help me, please!” cried a lady in obvious pain and distress. Actually, there was no real person calling for help. It was a television commercial advertising personal security systems. It was intended to attract and assure people who were alone that a “system” was available to help them if they couldn’t help themselves.All of us know that feeling of being helpless, perhaps even hopeless at times. Problems surface, or seem to descend from the sky when we least expect them. We know they are beyond us, recognize our limits and cry out for help. Life’s demands are often more than we can manage by ourselves. They force us to see that we cannot take care of ourselves by ourselves. So, we are forced to reach out and up. There is something inside all of us that tells each of us that life is beyond every one of us. That “something” is a gift from God. He wants us to search for Someone. It begins at birth when we utter that first cry for help not knowing who will respond. And it never ends until we turn to Him.Most of us have turned to God recognizing His power and strength and desire to help us. That need for Him is normal and natural because He planted it there when He created us. He knew we would search for Him and He also knew that He would respond in love when we call on Him to make us complete in Christ.David said those who say “there is no God are fools.” Are they dumb or stupid or ignorant? No! They are fools because they choose to live life without God.Prayer: Thank You, God, for hearing and answering our calls for help. Thank You for meeting our needs. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 53:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. […]
Ready Or Not
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on September 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
“I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die,” he whispered in desperation. He was a world leader – loved by many, dreaded by some, questioned by others. He was a prominent figure on the world’s stage having great power and prestige, wealth and control that could not be denied. But in his final moments everything that he had or had accomplished could not extend the life of Hugo Chavez one moment nor release him from his fear of dying. David wrote of a life that could end this way. “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold.”Another man came to the end of his life who was also a world leader. His résumé describes him as a ruler with great power and authority, vast wealth and owner of beautiful buildings, a soldier, a poet, one who cared deeply for others and was “a man after God’s own heart.” When he faced death he said, “When I walk through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid.”Two different men, two different destinies because of two different choices. One lived his life with no fear of God. He sought fame and the favor of man. The other lived his life in fear of God and sought His favor, often His forgiveness but always His approval.All of us have these same choices. We can live for ourselves, as Hugo Chavez did, seeking recognition and power and die in fear as he did. Or, we can choose to live for God as David did, serve Him faithfully with great love and passion and die as he did in peace.Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the hope we have in You, Your love and salvation and the gift of eternal life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 52:7 “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”&nbs […]
The Results Of Restoration
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on September 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM
“I know I’m forgiven,” he said, “but I don’t have the same feelings I once had. Will they ever come back?”While our salvation is established on facts, feelings play an important role in our relationship with God. They come from the Holy Spirit and from God to let us know what our condition or relationship is with Him. If there is joy and gladness in our lives, we know God is with us. When we are uncomfortable in His presence and feel a sense of alienation from Him, we know there is a need for us to confess our sins and repent.When we go to God and experience His restoration, He, as well as others, will see the fruit of His forgiveness in our lives. David sets our example: “Then – after my restoration when I am given a recreated heart – I will teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will turn back to You.” When we receive a renewed heart there is a renewed desire in us to worship and witness for God. “Old things have passed away and all things are new again!” When we once again walk in God’s ways we, then once again, do God’s work.Is anyone a more powerful witness to the wonder of God’s grace than someone who has been redeemed from a hell they created for themselves by being disobedient to God’s laws? When we recover from our own self-inflicted wounds, we can recognize the pain and hurt in others who are suffering as we once suffered. We become more open to their needs because we “have been there, done that, suffered and recovered” because God continues to love us and then continues to grant us His mercy and grace.And the more we worship the more we witness. Our motivation to witness comes from worship.Prayer: Grant us, Lord, a journey with You that leads us to a life that is dedicated to worshiping You and witnessing to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 51:12-13 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.&nbs […]