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November 22, 2017, 7:00 AM

Faith Comes by Hearing



Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).

We will never know anything about God if we don't listen to what He says. If we ignore His word, it is like throwing away a letter from a close friend. It is just as important to communicate with God as it is with others we are in relationships with. We use words to get to know people. It's the same with God. If we want to know what God likes or what He hates, we need to read His word and listen to what He has to say. God has written words to us out of His great love for us. Consider the Bible His love letter. The more you read it, the more you want to read it. Don't be surprised if words seem to jump off the page and into your heart. 

God rewards those who seek Him with all their hearts. Spending time in God's word pleases Him, because He knows it's your desire to get to know Him--to be in an intimate relationship with Him. Have you thought about the meaning of the word "intimacy"? One way to put it would be "into-me-He-sees." When you are in a close intimate relationship with someone, you expect him to be true to you, not sharing his affections with anyone else. We all dream of having a love relationship with someone who will be honest with us, someone we can depend on, someone who we can trust and believe in, someone who loves us completely and someone we can be ourselves with and be accepted. This is God's desire too--to be loved by you. He calls us to, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5).

It's God's desire to share true love with us and for us to have a special place for Him in our hearts. He loves us so much He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him whould not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for loving us first, before we ever thought about loving you. Thank you for your words of love written to us in the Bible. Help us to read, understand and apply your word to our lives. In Christ Jesus, Amen.




November 15, 2017, 7:00 AM

Don't Worry



You and I have a tendancy to grow anxious, especially when we are responsible for another's life. God wants us to feel secure in His love and believe like children--throwing ourselves into the arms of our heavenly Father with a trust in Him that has no limits. He doesn't want us to be afraid but to trust Him with everything that concerns us.

Jesus said, Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gatheer into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? . . . And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. . . .Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:25-33).

Jesus used contemporary images of the times when He was here on earth. The lilies of the field He spoke about in this Scripture look like red poppies, which are seen everywhere in Israel, even today. The birds and the flowers of the field remind us that God knows our needs. We can trust Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Prayer: Holy Father, I cast my anxiety on you, knowing you care about everything that happens to my family and me. Help me trust you with the results. Help me to teach my children to trust you too. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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November 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Comfort



Giving birth to a baby is hard work. However, the real work begins when you bring your precious little bundle home. Sometimes it's easy to comfort your baby with nursing or changing his diaper. Other times it's not so easy to determine what he needs or wants. His cries melt your heart and make you anxious--when he is sick, teething or following his first shots. The more time you spend with him, the easier it will become to know what he needs.

God wants the same for you. He knows and cares for you. He knows when you hurt. He knows your thoughts. Check out these verses in Psalm 139:

  1. O Lord, You have searched me and know me.
  2. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thougts from afar off.
  3. You comprehend my path and my lying dow, and are acquainted with all my ways.

God knows when you are in despair and hears your cries for help. He wants to comfort you. As a shepherd gathers a lamb in his arms and carries him close to his heart, God want to comfort you. He will lead you along right paths. Say the name of Jesus and know He is with you. It is comforting to know the One who knows you best loves you most.

Prayer: O Lord, thank you that you know me and love me. Thank you for blessing me with this baby and help me to know what he needs. Teach me to be a good mother. In Christ Jesus, Amen.

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