Saturday, September 24, 2011

Have You Thrown a Stone of Silence?

Heb 3: 13

You have difficulty with a person we will call John, so you think the best way to keep peace is to keep silent. 

Actually that silence is a judgment of something you see in a person.

But you have never really gotten to know him.  Your decision to keep silent is definitely blocking getting to know him.  To carry the silence further, it includes never encouraging John.

The Bible says to “encourage one another daily”.  Heb 3:13.  This issue of silence towards another person goes directly against that scripture and is like throwing a stone at him.

What should we do?  It is time to repent of the judgments that we have made concerning John, and ask the Lord to help us find a way to encourage him.

Consider this prayer:  Father, I have made judgments against John.  I ask your forgiveness, and I ask your help to find ways to encourage him.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Will Lift My Hands

Ps 134:2

When you get excited at a game, what happens to your hands?  Do you keep them down beside you?  Probably not.  Most likely you make jesters with your hands that reflect your excitement.

For those who trust Jesus, they have much to be thankful for, and that should cause them to want to lift their hands to the Lord, in genuine thanks and praise.

Though we know that should happen, we should ask the question, when is the last time you used your hands and lifted them up to the Lord in praise and thanks giving?  Be honest now—the answer probably is not frequent enough.

I know the Lord will encourage us to do so, if we ask Him in prayer.

Lord, help me to be thankful and show you not only with my words, but with my hands too.  In Jesus' Nane, Amen.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Let Peace Be Your Guide -- A Prayer

Col 3:15
John 14:27

Many, many seek peace, yet this world is troubled from the East to the West. Though we seek peace, it seems to allude us.

Even in the Bible we are taught to let Peace be our guide. That is found in Col 3:15.

However, the peace spoken about is not the way man thinks. It is actually the peace that Jesus gave us. See John 14:27. It comes from knowing Jesus as your personal savior, and trusting your heart to His guidance and care. When we do, we will truly find the peace that Jesus gave us, guiding us even in the midst of turmoil.

If you do not have this peace, pray this prayer from your heart: ‘Dear Jesus, I invite you to be my savior. Please come into my heart. I want your peace to guide me. Thank you Jesus, Amen.’