Sunday, August 25, 2013

Quiet Time With God

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:30-32)

  • The apostles returned successfully from a traveling ministry. The Twelve reported to Jesus the wonderful things that God had done through them.

  • But Jesus knew that His apostles needed to rest. He commanded them to go and have a rest in an isolated place. They were to move away from the crowds into a private retreat.

  • All of us need to take time out of our busy schedules to rest. We want to avoid stress, one of the biggest contributing factors to disease. We also want to rejuvenate our body and soul for more fruitful service.

  • Spending quiet time with God can bring quiet rest from God. To experience closeness to God, we need proper retreat, solitude, quiet thought and prayer. A life with God Is what we need to bring healing, forgiveness, and restoration. When we move, breath and have our being in God, we position ourselves for a life of faithful and fruitful living. A quiet time with God helps us enjoy God’s blessings in our spiritual journey.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Knowing Christ

A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law. (Isaiah 42:3)

  • A bruised reed He will not break. To the discouraged, Christ will deal tenderly. He will comfort them, encourage them, and build them up.

  • And smoking flax He will not quench. With the weak, Christ will approach them gently. He will make them strong, brave, and glorious.

  • He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged. Christ is gentle, but not weak. He will bring forth justice for truth. It will happen; failure or discouragement will not stop Him. Christ has all power and authority! He is well able to do the task of redemption because He is free from all the weaknesses and failures of His people.

  • Till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law. The work of Christ will extend to the whole earth, and to all the peoples; even those in the distant coastlands shall serve Him.

  • What a comfort and encouragement to know that Christ is gentle and tender toward us! What a joy and peace to know that Christ is powerful and victorious, triumphs over Satan’s stronghold! March on Christians to our Promise Land.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pondering on God's Word

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)

  • Mary, the mother of Jesus, had heard great promises concerning her Son from the angels and shepherds, and she kept them in her heart. As His life unfolded, she would compare them with how her Son acted to fulfill them.

  • Meditation on God’s Word is very important to our everyday life.

  • It frees our mind from worries, fears, doubts, negativity and failures. It strengthens our faith and stirs our affections toward God. It encourages us to trust and obey God when we are tempted toward unbelief and disobedience. It assures us that all is fine in God’s hand, and that in His own good time, He will heal and restore us!

  • Understanding and acting on God’s Word is the key to change in our lives!

  • The truth of God’s Word is revealed only to those who seek Him, who spend time searching and pondering over what they find, and always believe in faith. It is only when we take time to ponder that we will see the faithfulness of our great God.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Life of Influence

Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy." (2 Kings 5:3)

  • Naaman was the chief military commander under king Aram of Syria during the days of Elisha.

  • Naaman was a great and honorable man. But he had leprosy, a terrible illness in which the body rots.

  • Naaman's wife had a slave girl who had been captured in a raid into Israel.

  • One day this slave girl told Naaman's wife that she wished that Naaman would go and see the prophet in Samaria, because he would heal him.

  • Naaman went to his king and told him the words of the slave girl. The king sent a letter to the king of Israel asking him to cure Naaman.

  • The king of Israel was upset because he knew he had no such power. But he knew Elisha could heal Naaman, and he called for him.

  • Elisha instructed Naaman to bathe in the Jordan River. This angered Naaman, but his servants urged him to follow the prophet’s orders.

  • The result was Naaman’s restoration to health and his declaration, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel”.

  • As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to point others to Him Who can change their lives.

  • May we live a life of influence like Naaman’s slave girl and his servants. May we be brave and bold to touch the lives of others by pointing them to the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • People in lowly positions often can influence others.