• Which Way Are We To Go?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 19, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    A shabbily dressed man begging for money was asked, “When you awaken in the morning how do you determine which way you are going to go?” Puzzled for a moment, he thought and then answered, “I always turn my back to the wind,” he replied. “Where I go does not make any difference.” In refusing to go against the wind he always took the path of least resistance.Not so the courageous man of God who declared, “Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees that I may follow it to the end. Direct me in the path of Your commands for there I find delight.”Some individuals are destroyed because they are ignorant and do not want the insight or advice of anyone - especially God. They do not know which way is the right way and rather than seeking answers to life’s questions, they follow any path before them even if it leads to destruction and death. All along life’s journey we need to constantly pray, “Teach me, Lord, Your way.”There are some who begin to walk in “the Lord’s way” but when difficulties arise or if they are faced with challenges, they abandon the journey. They find that following “His way” may require too many sacrifices.But those who are willing to follow His path and obey His commands will “find delight.” Now, it does not mean that there will not be difficult days or long painful nights waiting to hear God’s calming, comforting voice. It means that obeying His way is what brings us joy.Prayer: May we be willing to obey Your laws, Lord, and realize that apart from You there is no satisfaction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:33, 35 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.Come SOW with us: we can only do what we do because of your support. If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Guido Ministries. […]

  • Where's Worth?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 19, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    “What’s this diamond worth?” he asked the salesperson.“Well, it all depends,” came the reply.“Depends on what?” he asked as though the sales person was playing a game with him.“Many different things,” he responded. “Its size and weight, its cut and clarity to begin with. But in the end, its worth depends on what you would pay for it.”Worth is a purely personal thing. And the more desire we have for some “thing” the more we are willing to give something up for it or sacrifice to get it.This section of Psalm 119 is very interesting. Its author has a burning desire to have a close relationship with God. His desire for this relationship is very clear: “Teach me...give me...direct me...turn my heart...” are pleas he makes to God to enable him to “live” God’s “words” in his life. He speaks of God’s decrees, His laws, His commands and His statutes. And then he adds one very profound statement: “Turn my eyes away from worthless things, preserve my life according to Your word.” He realized the fact that his eyes were the gate into his mind and that the things he looked at were the things that could draw him away from God’s Word and turn his attention to things that are worthless and most often destructive.Someone has wisely said that “What the eyes do not see, the heart does not crave. But what the eyes admire, the heart desires.”Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to keep our mind on Your words and our eyes focused on things above. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.Come SOWwith us: we can only do what we do because of your support. If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Guido Ministries. Learn more here. […]

  • Running With God
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    It’s not often that we read of a treasurer reading the Word of God. But we do read of one from Ethiopia who was doing exactly that. He’d been on a trip and was on his way home sitting in his chariot. We are told that he was reading it out loud and having a difficult time understanding its message. God knew he was confused and said to Phillip, “Go and talk with him in his chariot.”As soon as the Holy Spirit spoke to him, Phillip did not hesitate for one moment. He knew that God had something important for him to do so he ran as fast as he could to the chariot and began to talk to him about the Lord. As they rode along they came to a small body of water.“Look,” exclaimed the treasurer, “here is some water. What is there that could possibly keep me from being baptized?” Phillip answered, “You can - if you believe with all your heart.” The official replied, “I do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God!” So, Phillip baptized him.Imagine how this story might have ended if his heart was not sensitive to the Holy Spirit or if doing the Lord’s work was not important to him or if he had walked and not run to the man. That man may never have come to the Lord as his Savior. None of that matters. When God called - he answered. Immediately!Perhaps he read Psalm 119:32 for his devotions that morning: “I run in the path of Your commands, for You have broadened my understanding.”Prayer: Father, may I at all times - no matter the cost - be open to Your voice and obedient to Your call. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. […]

  • A Simple Way Out?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    A SIMPLE WAY OUT?It often seems that the simplest way out of an uncomfortable situation or the easiest solution to a big problem is a little “deception.” Deception, or lies, have become part of most peoples every day conversations.For example, “I’m really sorry but my husband has suddenly developed a migraine headache and we’ll have to cancel our plans for dinner.”Or “You know, I really appreciate the invitation to go to prayer meeting but I have to make a report to my boss first thing in the morning and I’ll be working on it most of the night it’s so important.”Then there’s the “I’m sorry but the manager is away from his desk right now” when he’s hiding behind his door.And we’ve all heard the familiar phrase, “Well, I gave him the message and I’m sure he tried to get back to you” when the message was immediately discarded.Unfortunately, the first lie needs a crutch to stand on and then the second requires a brace and the third a wheelchair and the forth a gurney. A lie just can’t stand by itself. It is easy to tell a lie but one is rarely enough. One lie can’t stand by itself. It needs the help and support of other lies.“Keep me from deceitful ways,” wrote the wise Psalmist. But that is not enough for Christians. So he continued, “Be gracious to me and teach me Your law.”God’s law also emphasizes the fact that we must speak the truth even when it may cause us problems.Prayer: Lord, give us courage to keep any lie from leaving our lips and to be bold when the truth hurts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously. […]

  • From Beginning To End
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 15, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Sitting across the desk from me were two heart-broken parents. They had followed the suggestions and recommendations of other parents on the best methods to raise children in a Christ-honoring home. However, their son had recently entered a recovery program for addicts.“How did this happen?” the father asked me. I had been asked this question many times and each time I attempted to answer the question it become more difficult. After a moment’s pause I tried, to the best of my ability, to explain that in the process of addiction the early experiences seemed to solve problems for people and after the initial experiment with drugs, what once was a problem solver became a problem creator and the “fun” or pleasure once associated with the drug vanished with the joy.Then I told them the fable of a honey bee that discovered a large jar of honey with no lid on it. So, it decided to enjoy the sweet nectar without the amount of work it normally took to get the “joy of sweetness.” As it reveled in the honey its wings slowly became glued together and there it was - dying. The promise of pleasure ended up in the grip of death.A Psalmist warned us of this process: “I am laid low in the dust,” he wrote. Another way to interpret it is “I am glued to the things of earth.” But he found an escape route: “Preserve my life according to Your Word.”Stuck in sin? Release is ours through Christ!Prayer: Please, Father, enable us to see the path to happiness goes through Your Son into eternal life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:25 My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.Come SOWwith us: we can only do what we do because of your support. If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Guido Ministries. Learn more here. […]

  • What Do You Think?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    There are many things in the Bible that we do not understand. There are other things in the Bible that we think we understand. There are many things in the Bible that we cannot understand. But there are many things in the Bible that we do understand but simply chose to do nothing about.So, what’s the problem?If we want to know a person, we must spend time with that one. And more than anything else the Bible is about a Person. So if we want to know that Person, we must spend time in the Bible. Now, there are two important facts here. The Bible was given to us by men who God inspired to write it. Because it is God’s inspired Word, we need His Spirit to illuminate it for us. But we cannot expect Him to illuminate it for us unless we are willing to allow His Spirit to open our eyes to see Him as He is in His Word.A child was born blind and spent years unable to see the world around him. Researchers finally found a way to restore his sight. Not knowing what the outcome would be the surgeons were cautious not to give him too much hope. The day finally arrived when they were to remove his bandages. They led him to a window that overlooked a flower garden. When the bandages were removed, he stood in amazement and said, “Mom, why didn’t you tell me how beautiful the flowers are?”“I tried,” she said, “but you have to see them for yourself.” So it is with God. We have to see Him for ourselves.Prayer: Help us, Father, to see You as You are - in all of Your loveliness - as we find You in Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law. […]

  • Centered!
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 13, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    The word “heart” in the Bible refers to “the center of things” or the “inner man” or “the governing center” of man. There is no suggestion in Scripture that the brain is the center of our consciousness, our wills or our thoughts. In fact some Biblical scholars believe that the “First great commandment probably means ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart’ - that is with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” In other words, what is in our hearts is what comes out in our lives.Looked at from this point of view that the heart is essentially where our thoughts and desires and goals and values originate, we can say that for the Christian, life is “lived from the inside out.” Sooner or later, if it’s on the inside, it will surface on the outside. Then people will know who we are and what matters the most to us. Indeed, seeing is believing.The Psalmist gave us this truth when he wrote: “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” Jesus added His wisdom to this very basic truth when He said, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart...For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”One of the most popular advertisements on TV is the one that asks, “What’s in your wallet?” But in the end the answer to that question is not really important. It’s “What’s in your heart” that matters most. If God’s Word is in our hearts He will be obvious in our lives!Prayer: Help us, Father, to spend time in Your Word and with Your Word so others will see Your Word in us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. […]

  • That's Why I Asked
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    James didn’t want to be a farmer like his Dad. He resented the long days, hard work and low pay. So, every time Dad asked him to do something he would ask sarcastically, “Why?” or “Why should I do that?” or “Why me?” or “Why do you want that done?” It bothered his Dad who planned on leaving the farm to him when he died.One day he gave him a basket with a rope on it and said, “Go to the well and fill it with water.” “Why?” asked his son. “None of your ‘whys’ this time - just do as you’re told.”He dipped the basket in the well and pulled it to the top. He watched the water flow out between the spaces in the basket and became angry. “It won’t hold water,” he shouted. “Do it again,” said the Dad. Again the water seeped out of the basket. “Do it again,” said his Dad. “I will not. You’re not going to make a fool of me! I’m not going to do it again! Take your old basket back!”“Look,” said his Dad with a smile. “Now the basket is clean - which is what it needed and you didn't have to ask ‘why.’ The water did what it was supposed to do. It washed away the dirt. Now it’s clean and we can use it to put our crops in.”How like God’s Word. We don’t need to ask God “Why” we need to read His Word. It’s the way it works - it cleanses us from sin and keeps us pure. The Psalmist had it right: “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your Word.”Prayer: Lord, give us a deep desire to read Your Word and allow it to fill our lives. Help us to become pure. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. […]

  • Living the Word
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 11, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    “Papa, what do you want more than anything else in the whole world?” asked my Grandson Keller.We had been watching a commercial on popular hand-held football games and he hadn’t blinked once during the entire advertisement. My first thought was that he wanted me to state the name of the computer game. But suddenly, the words of Jesus came to my mind: “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”“Well, Keller,” I said, “most of all I want to be like Jesus and then I’d also like to be the best Papa I can be. That’s really important to me and other than being like Jesus that’s number one. I want to be a good example for you.”Not long ago I read a story of a man in a foreign country who wanted to “Be like Jesus.” So, he decided to memorize the New Testament and made it through the Beatitudes. One day he ran into the missionary who had led him to the Lord and baptized him. Immediately, he told him about his goal. After he heard them recited, he said, “Good. Now go and put them in to practice.”A few weeks later he met the missionary again and said, “You know I tried doing what you said and it didn’t work out. I got confused. So, I started over with just the first one and it worked better. Now I’m trying number two. I want to live what I know.”Knowing the Bible is one thing. Living it is very different. The Psalmist said, “Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying Your decrees.”Prayer: Lord, help us to keep it simple but steady as we grow into the likeness of Your Son, our Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:5 Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! […]

  • Constant Compliance
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 10, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    “I give up!” he shouted as loudly as he could.Turning from my computer to the door of my office, I saw a student who had been struggling to live a godly life. He was faithful in reading and studying his Bible, had a solid prayer life and did well in his classes. I was puzzled by his comment.“What are you giving up?” I asked.“Well, I was reading Psalm 119:3 and I just give up. That verse is beyond the reach of everyone. I can’t imagine who he is referring to – ‘They do not wrong but follow His ways.’ I do my best to follow His way but I still do wrong from time to time. I must not be a Christian.”“Why don’t you sit where I am sitting and type this paragraph from this commentary? I need it for a class I’m teaching,” I asked.He sat and began to type the long paragraph. It was not long before he finished and we went to the “spell checker” to see how well he had done.“Oops – there’s a mistake,” I said. “O my – there’s another. I wonder,” I asked, “if you made two mistakes does that mean you do not know how to spell?”“Of course not,” came the reply. “I know how to spell. I just made two small mistakes that I didn’t mean to make. But I can still spell.”“Well,” I said, “it’s also possible for one who is a Christian to commit an incidental sin from time to time and still be a Christian. Besides, our God will forgive.”Prayer: Our Father, help us to keep focused on You and to follow Your ways. But if we fail, please forgive us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:3 They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. […]

  • Going In Circles?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    A big black lab was watching a little poodle chase its tail around and around. When it finally stopped to catch its breath, the lab asked, “Why are you chasing your tail?”After a brief pause the poodle replied, “I have been told that happiness is in my tail. So, as soon as I catch my tail, I’ll be happy.”After a moment’s thought the big lab scratched its ear, looked at the poor poodle that was still panting and said, “I, too, know that happiness is in my tail. And when I chase it, it also keeps running away from me. But when I go about my business, it comes along with me.”Psalm 119:2 contains a description of the “business” of the Christian: “Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.”This brief statement provides a “job description” for Christians who want God’s blessings. If we want God’s blessings, we must be obedient - or “comply” - to His laws. If we are serious about knowing these “laws,” we will study His Word and seek His truth and follow the teachings we find throughout Scripture. Perhaps the biggest issue for Christians is not the laws or requirements of God that we do not know, but the laws or requirements of God that we know but do not follow or keep.The Psalmist then addressed the issue of motivation. We are to seek Him “with all of our hearts.” Here we find the Psalmist addressing our attitude - or motivation. If our “heart” is right our lives will be right. More than anything else our heart is responsible for the way we live.Prayer: We ask, Father, that Your Spirit will trouble our hearts until we fill them with and live by Your laws. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! […]

  • Here's Happiness!
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 8, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    “You’re the happiest person I know, Bill. Why are you not only happy, but happy all the time?” asked Marie.“Well, I wasn’t this like this all the time. In fact, I’ve even considered suicide very seriously a time or two, to be honest with you. But one day I decided to study happiness as a science and discovered how to be happy whether I’m actually happy or not. But, after all is said and done, it’s a choice.” Then after he thought for moment he added, “You know, Abe Lincoln had it right. He said, ‘Most people are about as happy as they want to be.’ So, I guess there must have been a day when I just decided to be happy.”But the Bible has a different source for being happy. The Psalmist under the inspiration of God wrote, “Blessed - or happy - are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.” There it is: God’s promise for our happiness! Simple, indeed. But it is not very easy!In the center of the verse are the words, “whose ways” or more precisely, “who follow the instructions of the Lord.”“Following” the ways of the Lord is to come first in the life of anyone who wants to be blest or who wants true happiness. His ways are the ways to happiness!Shortly after being discharged from the military a soldier was being interviewed for a job. “What did you do in the service?” asked the interviewer. With no hesitation he answered, “I did as I was told!” Can Christians do less?Prayer: Lord, many of us seek happiness in ways that lead us from You rather than to You. May we turn to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! […]

  • I Didn't Really Mean It
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Marcie stood before her Dad looking at her favorite toy car. Suddenly she jumped up in his lap and said, “You know, Daddy, this is my favorite toy. But I want you to have it.”Surprised, he asked, “Why, I know that you love this little car. Why are you giving it to me?”“Because I love you,” was her reply.A few moments later she climbed back into his lap and said, “Daddy, I want my car back. I guess I didn’t love you as much as I thought I did,” and took her car back.Many Christians have the same attitude toward God. We give ourselves to Him and then realize that it’s going to bring about changes in our lives that we did not realize. So, we take back our “gift.”In Psalm 118 we read of a “festal” procession with people going “up to the horns of the altar.” The people in this procession are taking a sacrifice to God. This is not unusual because throughout the Bible people take many different sacrifices to God. In this verse, however, the people in the procession are required to take their “bough” in their hands - their sacrifice - and “bind” it to the altar. Once the sacrifice was bound to the altar, it could not be taken back!Paul wrote, “Give your bodies to God and let them be a living sacrifice.” The sacrifice he writes of in this verse is not for our sin but for our salvation. When we accept His salvation He expects us to willingly “bind” ourselves to Him in loving service.Prayer: Convict us, Lord, to become “willing” sacrifices and abandon ourselves in service to You forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:27 God is the Lord, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. […]

  • Rejection Is Not Fatal.... Or Final
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    One of the world’s greatest violinists, Paganini, once commissioned a composer to write a concerto that would display the artist’s magnificent skills. The violinist said that he wanted the concerto to include quiet melodies that would move the audience to a hushed silence. He also wanted it to contain bursts of music that would expose his ability to play loud and with breathtaking speed.After several weeks the composer returned to the studio of Paganini and presented his concerto. After he reviewed it briefly, he turned to the composer and said, “This lacks life. It is not good enough for Paganini.”Later, while attending a concert by another violinist Paganini heard him play the concerto that the composer had written for him. The performance moved him to tears and the audience responded with applause that went on for many minutes. When the applause ended, Paganini went to the composer, dropped to his knees before the stunned audience and kissed his hand. After a moment he looked humbly at the composer and admitted his mistake and asked for his forgiveness.Years ago a Psalmist wrote, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Jesus referred to this verse when He spoke of being rejected by His own people. Although He was once rejected Jesus is now the cornerstone - the most important part - of our salvation and His church. We must always be alert to what God wants to bring into our lives. Unless we are open to the gentle calling of His spirit, we may miss His best for us.Prayer: Open our ears and our hearts to Your voice, O Lord, that we may always be ready to accept Your gift. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. […]

  • Make Me Good, Daddy
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Recently a new diagnosis was introduced to explain the out-of-control behavior of a high school student. While under the influence of alcohol, he killed four people with his automobile. Rather than charging him with vehicular manslaughter and sentencing him to spend time in a correctional facility, he was given probation for “affluenza,” an entirely new mental disorder.Many were curious about the cause of this “disease” until a psychiatrist explained its source: it came from parents who gave their child everything he wanted, held him accountable for nothing and as a result he never learned right from wrong.However, this is not the way our Heavenly Father “educates” us. One of His “children” provided us with an insightful detail into His method of child-rearing: “The Lord has chastened me severely, but He has not given me over to death.”The word “chasten” means to “punish, restrain or moderate” someone’s behavior. So, when God “chastens” us, He is in fact confronting our un-Christ-like behavior and urging us to repent. We are instructed in God’s Word to “let God train you, for He is doing what any loving father does for his children. For whoever heard of a son who was never corrected.”One day a father found it necessary to chastise his son. After the punishment he looked at his Dad and said, “I understand, Dad. I did wrong and you were trying to make me good. I know you love me, Dad, and I love you.”Prayer: Father, keep us focused on living as Your Son, our Savior lived and correct us swiftly when we go astray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:18 The Lord has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death. […]

  • Strength For The Journey
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 4, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    There are “woods” and there are “woulds.” And there is a great difference between the two of them. We know that “forests” are made of “trees” that we call “woods.” And there are many Christians who have “woulds” in their lives.Every now and then we hear some say, “I know that what I am doing is wrong - but I’m going to do it anyway. I would do the right thing but there is some thing inside me that is stronger than me and it makes me do these evil things. I would do the Lord’s will, but there is some thing deep within me that continues to make me a slave to sin and I would give it up but have not been able to.”That’s being lost “in the woulds.” But the Psalmist decided that he would not be lost in the “woulds.” Rather, he confidently cried out from the depths of his heart and said, “The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation!”We are never sufficient in ourselves to be or do all that God would have us to. We have proven this time and time again: we often intend to do what was right only to realize that our best and most earnest efforts were not enough. We needed someone Who was above us and beyond us but willingly and lovingly lived within us.Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing.” But Paul gave us the solution to our lack of strength and the resource that is available to enable us to do God’s will: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”If we would do right and live right, He must be Lord.Prayer: Often, Lord, we would do what is right only to fail. Strengthen us with Your Spirit to honor You always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:14 The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. […]

  • In The Name Of The Lord - Peace
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 3, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Bee researchers have discovered that there are more than 20,000 species of bees. Each species of bee has its own colony or community and bees can be found in most parts of the world. Each species has three types of bees: the queen bee, the worker bee and the drone. Bees can see all colors but red and have a strong sense of smell that helps them find flowers to gather pollen that produces honey. The honey that bees produce has been prized for years because it is a source of sweetness and energy. Recently, however, honey has been identified as a resource that may be helpful to contribute to certain types of healing.While information about bees may be interesting to some, most of us care only about their honey or the fear that we might be stung by one. At least that was the attitude of the Psalmist. When surrounded by his enemies he said, “They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns.” Obviously, he was terribly threatened by those who would destroy him, but his faith and trust in God put him at ease. “In the name of the Lord I cut them - my enemies - down.”Each day we face many “enemies.” They come at us from every direction. Whether our “enemies” are doubts or fears, a life-threatening disease or the loss of a loved one, financial woes or being abandoned - you name it - enemies come in all sizes and shapes and from every direction.No one is immune from the “sting” of an enemy. But, thank God, when we Christians are besieged by the hurts that come from the “stings” of life, the Lord will heal them.Prayer: How grateful we are Lord, to know that when we are “swarmed” by the “bees” of life, You will rescue us! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. […]

  • Which Is Better: Long Or Short?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 2, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    One of my childhood memories is standing for great lengths of time while certain people prayed long, boring prayers. I remember asking God more than once if there was not something more important for Him to do than to listen to Mr. “whatever his name was.” Occasionally I would put my fingers over my eyes, slightly spread two of them apart and then look around to see what everyone was doing. Most of them, if I recall correctly, were slightly shifting their weight from one foot to the other trying not to disturb the person standing next to them.It was later in life that I discovered length was not all that important when we pray. It is our sincerity and the purpose of our prayers that gets God’s attention.Perhaps Psalms 117 was included in the Bible to make this point. It is a prayer of praise written by an unknown author. Notice also that it begins with an invitation to the Gentiles to “Laud Him” - the “Lord.” The Psalmist wants everyone to know that everyone is invited to worship Yahweh.And after the invitation the Psalmist gives a reason for this special call to worship: “For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.” Then he shouts in gratitude: “Praise the Lord.”The Psalmist made a special effort to announce the fact that all nations are included in this call to worship. It is echoed in the words of Jesus: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”Prayer: We thank You, Father, for Your great love and faithfulness that is limitless, all inclusive and everlasting. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 117 Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. […]

  • Is The Right Person On Your Side?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on June 1, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    The Civil War was a dark period in the history of the United States. President Abraham Lincoln had little time for anything else in his life. The demands on him were overwhelming and he went for days without enjoying his family.On one occasion while meeting with Secretary of State William Seward in the Cabinet room, his son burst through the doors in tears and said, “I want my father!”The secretary could have said, “Your father is too busy for you. Let me get you a teacher who can help you with your problems.” Or, he could have said, “Let me get you an attorney who will represent you wisely and get you out of any problem you might have.”The child knew who he wanted and it was not the Secretary of State or some other highly qualified person. He wanted his father. No one else could fill that need.And that is essentially what the Psalmist said when he cried, “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free.” God was his first responder.Sometimes it is easy to turn to the person who we consider to be our closest friend when we face a difficult time in our lives. Or we may look for a person who is known for his brilliance or knowledge or wisdom or status to rescue us from any number of problems that are beyond our capabilities. That may not be wise.When we face the uncertainties of life, the first person we need to call on for guidance is our God. We must go to him as a child to a father knowing He is waiting to help.Prayer: Lord, we know that no one cares for us as much as You do. May we look to You first when we are in need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? […]

  • It's There - Waiting
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on May 31, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Mary and I had been on a long trip. We had been driving for hours. We arrived home in the midst of a storm. The wind seemed to be coming from every direction and the rain was cold and biting. We sat in our car for a moment looking at our home that was dark and empty. I left the lights on in the car and made my way up the steps, turned on the lights and turned up the thermostat. Suddenly, what had once been dark and dismal was now warm and welcoming.Although our home was cold and dark, power was available to eliminate the darkness and provide energy for warmth. But it was necessary for me to do “something” to change things.In a spiritual sense, this is true of prayer. The writer of Psalm 118 was in a situation where he desperately needed help. He knew there was a source of power that was beyond himself that he could go to if he chose to. And he did! Hear his words: “In my anguish I cried to the Lord and He answered me by setting me free!”The prayer of faith is far more powerful than any source of power we know about. It is the greatest force for good that is available to man.It was Jesus who challenged us to go to this Source of power for anything and everything: “You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it!” Jesus set no limits on what we might ask for as long as it is in keeping with His nature and character. Whatever we ask for, if it will bring honor and glory to His name, He will give us.Prayer: Help us, Father, to take Your challenge to pray for anything that we might need as long as it honors You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. […]

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