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 »

 

Divinity of Christ – The Great I AM

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!” (John 8:58 NLT)

Jesus is the Great I AM.  He is the one who spoke to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14).  He existed before Abraham was even born.  I believe He was one of the three heavenly visitors that Abraham had (Genesis 18).  Jesus is the “I Am” that existed before Abraham.

–Diane

Giving our best is all He asks

Divinity of Christ – He Existed Before Creation

Now, Father, bring Me into the glory We shared before the world began. (John 17:5 NLT)

Father, I want these whom You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they can see all the glory You gave Me because You loved Me even before the world began! (John 17:24 NLT)

Jesus existed before the foundation of the world.  He shared in the glory of God.  He wants us to share in that glory.  Jesus left it all to come to this world so that one day we could be with Him in heaven.  He is so awesome!

As Sure as The Sunrise

Oh, that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring.  Hosea 6:3 (NLT)

Once in a while we get to go on a Family Beach Week.  This is when a whole lot of our family gets together and rents a house at the beach for a week.  It is one of my favorite things.

Always during the week we get up pre-dawn, go down to the beach and wait for the sunrise. We take blankets and make ourselves comfortable on the sand. Then, we wait. We usually get there too early so we spend time talking and laughing. Never, ever, do we ask “Do you think the sun is going to come up today?”  Why not? We don’t ask it because we know it will.

I think it’s amazing that God used this analogy when talking about how surely he will respond to us. God will respond to us as surely as the sun will rise. That’s a pretty sure thing.

Next time you are wondering if God hears you and is going to respond, remember the sunrise. God is that faithful.

–Elaine (Thought4theday.com)

It Really Isn’t About the Talking Donkey

But God told Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!” Numbers 22:12 (NLT)

As I’ve read the story of Balaam in the past, I always focused on the talking donkey. The morale of the story was how God could get a message across to us any way he chooses.  Recently, in reading this again, new questions popped up.

One is that God told Balaam, “No, you cannot go curse them.” Balaam sent the committee home only to have them return with more money and more prestige. Balaam, seeing all this, said “Let me check again.” Did he think God was going to change his mind because there was more money at stake?  Did he think because there were more important people in the group God would say “Well, OK.”? On the outside Balaam was saying the right things (sort of) but his heart wasn’t where it should be.

How often do we do this? We go to God with something we want, he says no but we keep asking? And then, we try to justify what we want by making up reasons that God said it was OK.

In the end God allowed Balaam to go and along the way he had a fight with a donkey, encountered an angel who was going to kill him, spent days and days on a hot dusty road and his reputation was damaged because Balek was really angry that so much time was wasted for nothing. And guess what?  It ended up the way God wanted it anyway.

Maybe we should save ourselves and just listen when God says “I have something better for you.”

–Elaine (Thought4theday.com)

God’s Got This

God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:9 (NLT)

Most mornings, I wake up, say “Good Morning” to God and ask him what he wants to read. I figure I may as well go straight to the source. Not every morning do I get a clear, concise answer but I did this morning.  The text that popped into my mind was 1 Corinthians 1:9.  Super random so I figured it was probably God. I got up and read it. Then, I read it in different versions. Here it is in the MSG.

God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.

After praying over this and pondering it for a while, I think I have a paraphrase that I can take with me today.

God’s got this. Don’t worry. He doesn’t ever drop the ball. If he’s invited you to join him and Jesus in a partnership, you are good to go.

Pretty much, he’s invited us all to join him and Jesus in a partnership.  I guess we have no excuse to not join in.

–Elaine (Thought4theday.com)