Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

Those That Are Mistreated

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. (Hebrews 13:3 NIV)

The early followers of Jesus were persecuted and put into prison.  In fact, God’s people have been persecuted for the last 2,000 years.  Many people in other countries throughout the world are suffering because of their faith.  Please pray for those that are standing firm at great cost.

Please pray for prison ministries.  There are many people in prison because of things they have done.  They have hit the bottom of the pit and are starting to look up.  Many have given their lives to Christ because of prison ministries.  There are many more that need our help through supporting prison ministries and our prayers.

–Diane

Jesus is Lord

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)

Depending on the translation you use, the word confess may be used instead of declare.  When we confess or declare that Jesus is Lord, we are saying we are in agreement with the Word of God.  When we believe God’s Word in our heart that Jesus is our Lord and Savior we will profess our faith to others.  We are saved by grace through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  How awesome is that?  I believe with my whole heart that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.

–Diane

Angels – Messengers of God

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 NIV)

Do you ever think about your guardian angel?  I have had near fatal accidents that was a miracle that I was not hurt.  Once a car was coming toward me head on, it swerved just before it reached me.  I could have reached out and touched it as it went by.  I know my angel was there with me.  I used to work for the Federal Aviation Administration and had to fly a lot.  I always prayed before takeoff for an angel to hold up the plane.

The Bible talks a lot about angels.  The word angel is used 197 times in the Bible with 57 just in Revelation.  The word angels is listed 95 times with 22 in Revelation.  The word angel means messenger.  Angels have many duties.  They make announcements such as to Mary and Joseph about the birth of Jesus.  Samson’s mother received an announcement as well as John the Baptist’s mother.  Angels help us.  Angels took Lot and his family out of Sodom before it was destroyed.  Peter was led out of prison by an angel.  An angel rolled away the stone of the tomb where Jesus was laid.  The Bible is full of stories of angels on how they communicate God’s word to us and help us.  What stories come to your mind?

People are interested in angels today.  You find all kinds of jewelry and statues, etc honoring angels.  One thing that angels insisted on is they were not to be worshipped.  Only God is to be worshipped.  When John fell down to worship an angel he was told don’t do this because the angel was a servant of God like John was.  (Revelation 19:10)

Thank God today for sending His angels to protect you and guide you.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (Psalms 91:11 NIV)

–Diane

Construction Time

And you are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. What’s more, you are His holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. (1 Peter 2:5 NLT)

I was watching an interview with Tim Allen.  He was talking about this life and the dark places he went through and how God is a big part of who he is. He calls God “The Builder.” How appropriate.

Whether we have walked through something dark and life altering or we are just walking……God is always growing us. He started with forming us (Jeremiah 1:5) and continues with his plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11) all the way to the end and he will not stop until Jesus comes (Philippians 1:6).

God is always working. He is growing us, building us to be his people. A people that will follow him no matter what the cost. We each have a specific role to play in his neighborhood. Each of us is designed, shaped and polished to be exactly the piece that is needed to fit in his plan.

I agree with Tim Allen. God is “The Builder.” I am excited to see what I turn out to be.

–Elaine (Thought4theday.com)

Peace, Be Still

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39 KJV)

This verse came to mind this week.  We live just south of Tampa, Florida.  Hurricane Irma kept changing directions and we didn’t know where it would hit.  So last Saturday we evacuated to stay with friends in South Carolina.  By the time the storm came to Tampa it had calmed down a bit.  Meteorologists say there were several factors that caused the storm to not be as destructive as expected.  It nicked the edge of Cuba causing it to lose some power.  The winds in the upper level of the atmosphere were very strong causing the upper-level winds to shear off the top of the storm.

These are scientific reasons for the storm to be less than expected but I picture Jesus standing over the storm and saying “Peace, be still.”  Yes, we had a destructive hurricane but it was not as bad as it could have been.  Yes, many people especially in southern Florida have lost all material blessings.  We praise God that loss of life was low.

We praise the God who is more powerful than a hurricane.  We praise our God who can calm the storms of our lives.  Praising God for His protection during the storms of life.

Please pray for those that were affected by the storm.

–Diane

You Are Loved

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24 NIV)

I tear up every time I read this passage of scripture.  God loves us so much that He sent His son to die for our sins.  Jesus loves us so much that He was willing to die for us.  We can never understand the depth of their love.  May you feel His presence in your life today.

–Diane