What To Do When...
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on August 13, 2018 at 12:30 PM
What’s the best thing to do when life comes crashing in?He had worked many years to reform the church. It seemed that everyone and everything had turned against him, and he had no place to run. In desperation and despair, he turned to a fellow servant and said, “Come, let us sing Psalm 130.” Soon their deep dedication to God replaced their despair and desperation when they sang, “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.”Who among us has not experienced the desperation that comes from being betrayed and abandoned? Most of us, at one time or another, have cried, “Who cares for me? Everyone belongs to a ‘we’ except me.” It is then that we need to call on Jesus who said, “Come to me - all of you who have hearts that are deeply troubled and who have burdens that are too heavy for you to carry by yourself. I’m the only One who is always there for you!”All of us have been overwhelmed when the treasures of life are snatched from our hands. Handel, the master musician, lost his health. Soon after that, his right side became paralyzed. Then, he lost his money. He was so discouraged that he wanted to give up on life. But he cried to God and from this hopeless condition penned The Messiah which ends with the Hallelujah Chorus.And there is the depth of sin. It lowers us, limits us, and never lifts us. But God will do that for us through His Son, who wants to be our Savior - even Christ the Lord.Prayer: Father, help us never to give up on You even though all seems lost. Hear our voice when we call on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. […]
Sunshine And Storms
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on August 12, 2018 at 12:30 PM
“What’s that, Daddy?” asked his son, Ben.“A rainbow,” responded his father.“What’s a rainbow, Daddy?” was his next question.“Well, Ben, a rainbow is a promise from God that He loves us and will always care for us,” replied Ben’s dad.What a comforting answer for us to think about when we face troubling times. The beauty and brilliance of the colors found in a rainbow are a result of “reflections and refractions” of the sun’s rays as they “light-up” the drops of rain that fall from the sky after the storm passes over us. But without the storm, there would be no rainbow.We only see rainbows when the sun is behind us, and the rain is falling in front of us. As the rays of the sun pass through a drop of rain, it is “bent” - or refracted - and separated into the different colors that light up the sky. What we see is a brilliant display of colors produced in the countless drops of rain that fall in front of the sun.All of us have experienced many drops of rain falling on our paths and into our lives. But, God’s love shines through each of them as the sun shines through the drops of rain that fall from the sky. It is the glow of His love that shines through the tears of grief, pain, hurt and suffering that fall from our eyes and brings us His comfort.No one has lived a “tear-free life.” And, all of us have been caught up in the “storms of life!” Yet, we have survived. The Psalmist wrote, “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but have not gained the victory over me.” Storms and tears come and go, but God’s love always surrounds us.Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the assurance of Your love. May we look to You for healing when others harm us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 129:2 They have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but have not gained the victory over me. […]
How To Find Happiness
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on August 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is one of the most familiar phrases in the Constitution of the United States. Although no one is guaranteed that they will find happiness, the right to seek happiness is one of the main declarations found in our Constitution.Many “things” we read and hear promise us some form of “happiness” at a distance. What if we taste and experience what we have been promised will bring us a state of happiness, but it is empty and vain, worthless and a waste of time? What then are we to do?A Psalmist gave us a “formula” for happiness. He declared with enthusiasm, “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him, You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours!” Certainly God’s promise for being blessed - or happy - far exceeds whatever promise any man or group of men could guarantee. And, they work!The happiness that God guarantees is for those who fear and follow Him. It is not a fear of being terrorized by a vengeful God - but a fear that results in reverential awe and worship of a God who loves them and wants their best. It is a fear that establishes a trust in Him that “without Him, I can do nothing that is worthwhile.” But, with Him, I can do all things well! So, I will rely on Him for everything!”A fear of forsaking God and not following Him and His ways will create a dependency upon Him for all things in our life. If we do that, we will find His happiness!Prayer: God, grant us the willingness to admit that true happiness is a gift and is found only in Your grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 128:1, 2 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him, You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours!&nbs […]
Sleep! A Thoughtful Gift From God
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on August 10, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Sleep - restful and peaceful sleep - is a nourishing and comforting gift from God.Researchers who have studied the sleep patterns of humans have discovered that if we are awake for more than twenty-four hours, we do not act normally. Our recall of things that happened in the past fails and response time to events that are going on around us slows down tremendously. People who are normally “gentle and slow to wrath” become irritable and abusive when they are denied their normal amount of sleep.Some who have difficulty in going to sleep resort to pills. Often the cure is harmful, ending up in a habit that leads to an addiction. Another problem is alertness: the reaction time required to respond to a life or death decision may result in tragedy. We all need a certain amount of sleep to function normally and meet the requirements of life.The best, most nourishing sleep comes from God. In Psalm 127:2 we read, “for He grants sleep to those whom He loves!”In His Word, we discover that God loves everyone. But, there seems to be a special love for those who have accepted His Son as their Savior and enthroned Him as Lord. Their sins are forgiven, and their relationship with God is as He has designed it to be. They can rest peacefully in His love.And, consider this: When we toss and turn and have a difficult time enjoying a “peaceful sleep,” it may be the Holy Spirit urging us to quote Bible verses and pray.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to find our peace and rest in the goodness of Your grace and the depth of Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 127:2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. […]
An Everlasting Foundation
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on August 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Years ago it was the custom in England to carve the words found in Psalm 127:1 over the doorways of homes: “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” Perhaps returning to this custom and following its implications would have great benefits for everyone.There is only one Builder - the Lord. But He placed two laborers - the husband and wife (mother and father) - as the ones responsible for the “construction and maintenance” of “the home.” Husband is an Anglo-Saxon word which means “the band of the house.” He is the one who organizes it, controls it and holds it together. The wife becomes his “chief assistant” - and the meaning of the word “wife” is “weaver.” She is to “weave” godliness into the activities of the home. She is to use her gifts to demonstrate God’s expressions of thoughtfulness, kindness, grace, and compassion in the everyday activities that are required to make the atmosphere “God-honoring, Christ-centered, and Spirit-filled” through her examples of service.There is only one Person who can “watch” over the home - the Lord. For the Psalm continues, “Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” This statement describes the parenting role of mothers and fathers in a strange but significant way: They are the ones who turn the “building into a home.” They are to be examples of Christ at all times. They are ultimately responsible to God for whatever is allowed to enter into the activities and entertainment of the home. What a priceless opportunity God has given to parents.Prayer: Father, give those of us who are parents grace and courage to raise our children to love and honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. […]
Time to Get Going
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on August 8, 2018 at 12:30 PM
We’ve all heard phrases like, “Wow, that company is going places,” or “That person is going to the top of the ladder,” or “I wonder where they are going.” Everyone seems to be going someplace to do something. But, what matters most is where they are going and what they are going to do when they get there.Christians have responded to Christ’s “come” and when we have, we are commanded to “go!” with the specific responsibility to “make disciples.”The Psalmist was very direct when he addressed this “come” and then “go.” He described it in these terms: “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”When we “go” we are to “sow.” God gave us the “seed” which is His Word for a purpose: We are not to store it in sacks in a warehouse, but to plant it in the hearts of those who are still seeking Him. Our hearts may become heavy, and tears may fill our eyes. But, there is the assurance that our tears will be changed into songs of joy because His Word is true and will not return to Him void or without results. We are to sow the seed He gives us and allow Him the honor of the harvest - whatever that may be. Because it is His seed, we may never understand or know what the harvest will be. Though the work may be difficult and the results uncertain, the Lord is with us, and wherever He leads us, will bless what we do for Him.The assurance of God’s blessing is a word of encouragement He offers us to be “sowers of His seed.” We are not to sit idly by and wait for the results. We are to go and sow and pray and leave the harvest to Him. And, there will be a harvest if we are faithful “sowers.” He promises that we will return from the field singing songs of joy bringing His sheaves with us.Prayer: Help us, Father, to follow Your command - Your orders - to be faithful “sowers” of the “seed” and trust You for the results. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 126:6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. […]
Living And Laughing
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on August 7, 2018 at 12:30 PM
“The way things are in this world, I’m certain that your God never laughs,” said a skeptic.“Well, I’m not sure if He laughs or not. But I am sure of one thing: He certainly created me so that I can laugh,” said his friend with a smile.Some people think that tears and trials, grunts and groans are the centerpieces of the Christian life. The real fact is that tears and trials, grunts and groans are more associated with sin than they are with salvation. And, to emphasize that fact, God’s Word promises us that one day, “He will wipe away all tears” from the eyes of the believer - not the unsaved.A physician once said that “he who laughs, lasts. People who laugh live longer than those who don’t laugh. Few people realize that their health varies according to the amount of laughter in their lives. Would it not be wonderful if each time we felt discouraged we could go to the pharmacy and find an “over-the-counter” bottle that contained a tablet to make us laugh?Not only are laughter and health-related, but laughter and holiness are related. When the Lord brought His exiles back to Jerusalem, a Psalmist wrote, “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’”If there are people, who have a reason to laugh and sing songs of joy, it is Christians. Our sins are forgiven, and we are released from the fear and penalty of death. We have the promise of an eternal home with the Creator of the universe and His beloved Son, Jesus, who redeemed us. And, we have the power and presence of the Holy Spirit to guide, guard and give us peace that passes all understanding.What great reasons to laugh and sing songs of joy!Prayer: It’s difficult to understand, Lord, why there are so many days we fail to laugh and rejoice. Bring us all some humor today! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 126:2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.&rdquo […]
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on August 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Watching the occasional stories of the construction of the new World Trade Center in New York was a fascinating experience. Did you notice, however, that before they could go up, they had to go down - way down? It is an obvious law of gravity as well as one of construction: The only way to assure that a building will survive an earthquake or strong winds during a storm is to build it on a foundation that is firm. And, only a life that has a firm foundation will be able to withstand the storms and tests of time and life.Many of us, unfortunately, give little thought to this critical fact of life. We put all of our time and treasures into the “visible” parts of our life and neglect and ignore our foundation.But, storms and tests come to everyone. They are inevitable. They come in the form of troubles and tragedies, suffering and sickness, loss and grief. Regardless of the amount we invest in the “superstructure,” life will collapse without a firm foundation.So we all face the same question: What is essential for the foundation of a life that will survive the storms and tests of life? A wise “builder” put it in one sentence: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever!”Those who put their “trust in the Lord” are not only secure and safe but guarded and grounded in the One who created Mount Zion. In emphasizing this fact, the Psalmist continued his explanation of this by adding, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and always.”What an incredible picture: The God who pushed mountains from the floor of the earth to surround and protect His children in Jerusalem is waiting to surround and protect us from the disasters of life. If we want a solid foundation, we have it: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid: Christ Jesus!”Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the assurance of Your protection, presence, and power that guarantee our safety throughout life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 125:1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever! […]
Free For Now
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on August 5, 2018 at 12:30 PM
FREE FOR NOWTwo longtime friends were quail hunting - one was a Christian, the other was not a believer. “Why,” said the nonbeliever, “is it that the devil always seems to find and tempt you to do the wrong thing and he never bothers me?”“Oh, you don’t understand it,” replied his friend. “You see the devil has you and now he spends his time trying to get me back. It’s like hunting for quail. We’re not after the dead ones. We want those that are still alive. You see, you’re dead and the devil doesn’t have to worry about you. But he wants me back!”All Christians face the dangers of temptation that come from the devil. Even Jesus was constantly being tempted and tested. And, we must always remember that being tempted is not a sin. Sin “happens” when we yield to the temptation.We must also remember that when we are tempted, it is the devil who tempts us. The Lord does not tempt anyone, and it is through His power that we can resist any temptation that comes our way. It is the devil who is the source of the temptation.That’s his business, and he is very successful at what he does. It is a good thing to remember that mice do not like traps but are caught when the power of the bait overcomes them. He knows the “bait” that is most likely to tempt and trap us to sin and will use any friend or foe, picture or place to his advantage.David put it this way: “Praise be to the Lord...we have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare...Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”We are always going to be tempted. We have years of experience to prove that fact. But, we also have the power of God’s Word to protect us. As Paul said, “There is no temptation that you cannot bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Escape is always possible.Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your strength and power that enables us to escape the temptation to sin. Help us to rely on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 124:7-8 Praise be to the Lord...we have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare. Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. […]
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on August 4, 2018 at 12:30 PM
It was a bright summer day. The waves were stable and the winds gentle. It was a perfect day for sailing.Rod decided to take his young son with him to enjoy a day on the ocean in his new sailboat. Not long after they left the dock, he heard Little Ben’s voice screaming, “Dad, help me. Dad, I’m afraid. Dad, save me.”Looking around he could not see him anywhere on deck. Suddenly, he turned his eyes upward, and there was Little Ben at the top of the mast. “If you don’t come to get me, I’m going to fall!” he shouted.“Don’t look down, Son. Whatever you do, don't look down. Look up. Hold the ladder steps tightly, look up toward the sky and take one step at a time beneath you until you reach the deck.”Little Ben did what he was told and returned safely to the arms of his dad. Ben looked up just as the Psalmist did: “I will lift up my eyes to You, to You who sit enthroned in heaven.”Do you need to “lift up your eyes to God?” Recall the story of Peter. He and the other disciples were fighting heavy seas and strong winds. Jesus came to them walking on water. They screamed in terror. So, He said to them, “Don’t be afraid!”Peter said, “If it’s really You, tell me to come to You walking on water.” Jesus said, “It’s me. Come on.” And he did.Peter went over the side of the boat and began walking on water. But when he realized what he had done and the size of the waves, he got scared, and shouted, “Save me, Lord.”And Jesus did.To look at circumstances always distress us. To look to our friends may disappoint us. To look at ourselves will discourage us. To look up to the Lord will bring us deliverance.Prayer: May we look to You in trust, Lord, when the storms of life are raging and know that You are always there to rescue us! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 123:1 I will lift up my eyes to You, to You who sit enthroned in heaven. […]
A Reason to Rejoice
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on August 3, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Certain events in our lives bring different responses. Years ago, a smile would race across my face, and my heart would beat a little faster if someone would ask me to spend the day riding a bicycle with them over the hills to Los Gatos for lunch. It would take about nine hours for the 120-mile trip, not including lunch.Now, if someone were to ask me to ride a bicycle to a nearby town for lunch, a smile would race across my face, and my heart would send a message to my brain and ask, “Are they serious? You’re an old man now.” But the memories will remain with me forever and bring me joy when I think of the rides I once took around Monterey Bay.All of us store up memories of one kind or another. Some are pleasant and others painful. Some remind us of lessons that were difficult to learn yet made us much wiser than we once were. And some leave us with stories we like to share because they are simply too wonderful to forget.David was that way when he thought about going to the House of the Lord. “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord,’” are the words he wrote on one occasion. Notice that he used the word “rejoiced.” The very thought of going to a place of worship caused him to rejoice.Worship was important to him. It was at the center of his life and kept him close to the Lord. When his friends said, “Let’s get together and worship,” he would get excited.It’s very different today. Too few people find too little joy when they are invited to worship. Faithfulness to Christ and the obligation to gather for worship are no longer important. But those who truly love the Lord will always find the time and a way to worship Him.Prayer: Lord, our love for You is reflected in our worship of You. May our hearts rejoice whenever we recall times of worship. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 122:1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.&rdquo […]
Awake And Alert!
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on August 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Every living creature sleeps.No matter who or what or where, every living thing sleeps. Consider the following:Some humans sleep on their backs, their sides or their stomachs. Some sleep with their knees drawn up to their chest. Others sleep with one leg drawn up and an arm under their head. Some of us sleep one way while others sleep another way. The fact is, however, that all of us sleep.Consider the animal kingdom for a moment: long-legged birds sleep standing on one leg. Ducks always sleep in the open water. To avoid drifting to the shore, they keep paddling with one foot, moving in a circle. Fish and snakes sleep with their eyes open.Every living thing sleeps.Except for God.The Psalmist wisely brings this to our attention: “He will not let your foot slip - He who watches over you will not slumber...nor sleep.”When days are dark and the stars hidden behind the clouds, God is awake and watching over us. When our dearest friends deny and abandon us, God is there to put His arm around us and comfort us. When our hearts are broken, He will wipe away our tears. When the enemy attacks us, He will defend us.He Who is all powerful and ever present always protects us. He Who loves us will always strengthen, steady, support, sustain and save us from slipping.Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the promise that You are always with us and will protect us from danger and defeat. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 121:3 He will not let your foot slip - He who watches over you will not slumber...nor sleep. […]
What Are You Looking At?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on July 31, 2018 at 7:42 PM
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?One day John Wesley was strolling with one of his dear friends through the farmlands of England. He was deeply troubled and having a difficult time talking about his problem.Stopping in front of a cow that had separated herself from the herd, Wesley asked, “Do you know why that cow is looking over the fence?”“No,” said his friend.“Because she can’t look through it,” he replied.The Psalmist encourages us to “look over the fence.” He wrote, “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heavens and earth.” As long as we look at our problem, it will look right back at us. But if we look over the problem and look to our Lord, the Psalmist promises us that He will come and help us.Focusing on a problem, any problem, even a problem larger than life, gets us no place. Often we treat our problems as a cow treats her cud - we “roll” it up into the “worry area” of our mind and chew on it until there is nothing left in our minds but the problem. It consumes us because we refuse to “look over” it and ask the Person who brought it into our lives to solve it.The Psalmist reminds us that God, Who wants to be our problem-solver is the same God who “is the Maker of heaven and earth.” Imagine, if you will, the brilliance of God: Everywhere we look in His universe we are reminded of this fact. We must “look over” and “look to” Him.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to look to You whenever we need answers, solutions or decisions for things that threaten our faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 121:1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? […]
Look Up And Be Lifted Up!
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on July 30, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Wherever we look, we find people who are filled with despair and discouragement. Their hearts have been broken and their optimism beaten down. Issues and problems have overcome them. Everywhere they went and everywhere they looked they heard the same message: “Give up! There’s nothing here for you.”No doubt most of us have felt that way.When the lights go out at the end of the day and we are surrounded by darkness and fear; when there is no place to hide and no arms to embrace us; when we think that we have tried everything and there’s nothing left for us to hope for; does anyone anywhere have a word of advice or comfort for us?Indeed there is: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Notice the words: “lift up!”All too often it is all too easy to “give up” and not “look up.” But the Psalmist reminds us that our God transcends the uncertainties and difficulties, the pain and suffering, the loss and grief of this world. We are on the earth but must look up to heaven. We need help far beyond our own limited resources and the resources of others. We need wisdom that exceeds human wisdom. Unfortunately, we are all infected with a false sense of self-sufficiency.But when we lift our eyes to heaven, we lift them up to the one Who created the universe. What love He has to bestow upon us and what strength is ours for the asking.Prayer: Lord, may we turn our eyes and ears, minds and hearts heavenward and find Your joy and peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 121:1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? […]
Will We Ever Find Peace?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on July 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Our planet seems to be wrapped in wars, rumors of wars and the fear that we will never be able to end the threats and actions of terrorists. Caution and fear is now a way of life and the hope for a calm and peaceful life is gone forever. We are reminded that “the war to end all wars” really did not meet our expectations. We live from one day to the next expecting that a new war might begin at any moment. Then, there are the “wars” between people.“I am for peace!” cried the Psalmist. He knew and had experienced the horror of war. He was as we are, “war-weary” and wanted things to be different. Notice that just before he called for peace he wrote, “Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.” What did he mean when he said he lived among people who would choose war over peace? Do some people actually want a war-filled world?War is the result of deception and deceit, greed and covetousness. It is a reflection of those who have not accepted the peace that comes from God through Christ. It had its beginning in the self-centeredness of Adam and Eve and has infected every individual since then. We see it not only among nations but between individuals: “If you have it and I don’t, I’ll take it and make it mine!”All of this is a result of the infectious nature of sin. Whether the “war” is between individuals or nations, its effect will last until Christ returns. Then, we'll have peace.What are we to do until then? Allow the peace of God to dwell in our hearts and control our lives. His peace will protect us from those who refuse His grace and mercy.Prayer: Lord, we long for Your peace - in our hearts and in Your world. Come quickly and calm our every fear. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 120:7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. […]
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on July 28, 2018 at 12:30 PM
When we are offended by another person, we have four options: we can pout, pity ourselves, take it out on someone else or pray.When we pout, we pollute ourselves with the poison of displeasure. It’s like pouring a teaspoonful of black dye into a glass of pure water and watching the darkness take over. It ruins the beauty that light brings to life. Pouting brings distress into our lives - not deliverance.When we pity ourselves, we are simply poisoning ourselves. Self-pity distorts our thinking, disrupts our work, disturbs our body and even disfigures our face with wrinkles. It depresses our friends, demoralizes our life and above all, dishonors our Lord.When we take our hurt out on others, it not only pains them, but will come right back to pain us as well - and eventually punish us. Revenge is like a boomerang: Although it flies into the path of the other person, it will eventually come back to attack us in the process. It can hit the one who threw it with the heaviest blow.When we pray we protect ourselves and place the responsibility for “settling the score” up to God. We are God’s children and what offends us offends Him; what hurts us will hurt Him; and what affects us has already affected Him. He understands our pain and our sorrow.The Psalmist expresses this in a beautiful way: “I cried unto the Lord, and He heard me.” God will always take care of us, remove the sadness from our hearts and bring His healing. When we pray He makes things right!Prayer: Father, when we have been injured by the ways and words of others, may we look to You for Your healing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 120:1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. […]
Do You Know Where You Are?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on July 27, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Jerry and Joan took their daughter Jill to church to enjoy a night of music. The crowd was larger than usual and Jill became separated from her parents. Frightened, they went to the pastor and told him their predicament. He went to the pulpit and announced, “Jill Williams has been separated from her parents and is lost. If you hear me, Jill, will you please come to the front where your parents are waiting?”Nothing happened. In great fear the parents went to the police and reported their daughter missing. Then after a time of prayer, the musical concert began. At the end of the concert, and as he was about to pronounce the benediction, the pastor noticed Jill sitting on the front row. Bursting with excitement, he shouted, “We’ve found Jill! Let’s thank the Lord.” He then went to Jill and said, “Why didn’t you come to the front and let your parents know you were here?”Looking surprised she said, “Did you mean me? You said Jill Williams was lost. I’m Jill Williams but I’m not lost. I’m right here. I knew where I was all the time so I thought it was some other Jill Williams you were looking for!”Jill did not consider herself lost. She felt safe and secure where she was. Unfortunately, there are many others like her thinking they are safe and secure even though they are traveling through without the Lord. The Psalmist wrote, “I have strayed like a lost sheep.” He was aware of his condition and recognized that he was lost. Knowing this, he wanted to get back to his “Shepherd.”Prayer: Lord, we often think we are where You want us to be. May we take time to make sure we are with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands. […]
Pray - But How And For What?
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on July 26, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Mary Jane was snuggling down in bed when her mother entered her room. “Did you pray before getting in bed?”“Well, kind of,” was her reply.“Kind of?” asked her Mom. “What does that mean?”“Well, I started to pray and my list was the same as it was yesterday and the day before that. So I decided to tell Jesus the story about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. And you know what, Mom? I think He enjoyed it!”The attitude of the Psalmist was very different from Mary Jane’s: “May my cry come before You, Lord; give me understanding according to Your Word.” Not only was he intense and sincere, he was passionate and purposeful!He did not speak to God in a still, soft voice. On this occasion he literally “cried” to God requesting a “direct audience.” He wanted his prayer to go directly to Him!Obviously, he must have known that there were certain conditions that he would have to meet. He must have been aware of this. What would hinder his prayers?1. Disobedience: We get what we ask for if we are obedient. John wrote we “receive what we ask for because we keep His commandments.” (1 John 3:22)2. Doubt: When we ask for food, we need to have a container available to carry it home. “Whatever you ask for, if you believe you will receive.” (Mark 11:24)3. Disagreement: We must ask for things that are consistent with His nature. “Ask in my name.” (John 16:32)God hears our cries if we meet His criteria!Prayer: Help us, Father, to align our requests with Your requirements and live within Your will for our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:169 May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word. […]
The Promise Of Peace
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on July 25, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Ask someone what the word “peace” means to them and they will respond with very different answers. Some will include the “absence of war,” or “an agreement to end hostilities” or “freedom from quarrels or disagreements” or “a nation at peace.” Each of them has a certain sense of calmness among or between people in them. But peace in God’s Word has a much different meaning to it.In God’s Word it means something quite different. It often refers to a person’s “completeness” or “well-being” or “soundness.” So, even though the world may be engulfed in war, an individual may have a sense of security or well-being that the world cannot understand or enjoy.The world has been in utter chaos through man’s sin. Ever since Adam and Eve chose to disobey God there has been constant conflict - either personal, between people or nations - because of sin. And the world will be in conflict until Christ rules and reigns in the hearts of man.“Great peace,” wrote the Psalmist, “have those who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” For sinful man there must first be peace with God that only comes from the removal of sin through the death of Christ. This peace will permeate the life of the Christian because God will guard and guide the believer every moment of every day. First, we must let go of the “things” of this world and let God have His way in us. Then we must follow the path He has designed for us. “Great peace” and no fear of “stumbling” will then be ours. When we have a lack of peace in our hearts, it is God alerting us to sin in our lives.Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the peace that is ours when our hearts are correctly aligned with Your truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. […]
Here's To Happiness!
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on July 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are about as happy as they want to be!” Although it is a very simple statement, it is a very brilliant statement and leads us to the fact that each of us is responsible for our happiness. Happiness, then, becomes an “inside” job.Everyone seems to want to be happy. People often think it can be “discovered” in parties or riches or wealth or recognition or “things.” Yet, many who search for it never find it, even though they may spend an entire life looking for it.True happiness cannot be found in material things or worldly pleasures. World history proves that fact. We see far too many examples of people who tried to find “it” in “things” and “pleasures.” Finally, when it was too late, they realized that their journey to find true happiness led them to all the wrong places. When they took their final inventory, they discovered that they had “everything” but happiness.The Psalmist wrote, “I rejoice - I am happy - in Your promise, like one who has great spoil.” The “picture” the Psalmist “paints” for us here is one of a warrior who has returned from battle and is looking at his “booty.” He opens God’s Word – God’s booty - and “finds great spoils.”For many, life is a battle against the forces of evil - the promise that happiness is in the “things” of this world. But in the final analysis, when the smoke clears from the battlefield of life, it becomes obvious that happiness is only found in God’s Word: the “gifts” we find in His Word.Prayer: Lord, we are reminded again, that whatever we need can always be found in Your Word if we seek it there. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. […]