Joshua 4:20 Keeping Memories Alive

And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. Joshua 4:20

Memorials are put up nearly every location throughout the entire world. These memorials can be something huge set up by nations to small pictures drawn by little children hung on a refrigerator door by a parent.

The purpose and focus of a memorial are to remember something good that was accomplished by someone else. Remembering these things can give a person renewed strength and renewed joy and hope during difficult times. It can also help remind a person why things are the way they are.

As the Israelites crossed the Jordan River each tribe was to take up a stone from the middle of it. Those stones were set up at Gilgal as a memorial reminder of what God did for them in parting the river to cross over.

If a believer has his spiritual eyes open, he will see God doing miracles in his life on a regular basis. Nearly impossible situations will work out seamlessly with near perfection. Feared difficulties will clear away with ease.

Even though these things occur on a regular basis, many believers forget about them or chalk them up to being luck or their own personal hard work, rather than the work of God. People are quick to forget the hand of God in their lives.

Remembering what God has done will strengthen the believer for the next time an impassable river is in the way knowing God can part the waters and make a way where there seemed to be no way.

Journals, pictures, or some other physical thing can be set up to remind one as to what miracle God had done in one’s life. Looking back at these memories will help one to remember that God is in control and can do all things.

If you really stop and think about it, you may be able to recall many times God has done some miracle in your life. Think of how many times you had unexpected favor or something turned out not as bad as what was expected.

Take time to set up something to remind you of some of those miracles. Then take time to remember what God has already done. Then share with others what God had done in your life.

This will strengthen you to keep your focus upon God’s abilities and be a witness to others of His abilities.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has done in your life; that you will see all miracles God is performing in your life; that you will remember what God has done; and that you will trust God for your future challenges.

Numbers 14:11 Treating God Badly

The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? Numbers 14:11

It is very common for people to complain about those who lead them. Often, they look backwards to a time prior to the current leader, wishing to go back to that time or previous leaders.

Finding fault with the leaders, rather than themselves, occurs on a regular basis, then people begin to cut down the leaders, rather than lift them up.

The people began to complain against God, claiming He brought them out of Egypt to die. God asked how long they would treat Him with contempt, refusing to believe in Him when they had seen miracles by Him.

When things do not go exactly like one thinks they should, many people are quick to blame God. Some will begin to say that God is just out to kill them and leave them out to die on their own.

Doing this is forgetting what God has already done in one’s life. Miracles and provision by God occur on a regular basis, but many are very quick to forget about them during a difficult time. All that is seen is the problem and forgetting the power and abilities of God.

Acting in this way is treating God with contempt or badly. It is saying that God does not really love or is not really good.

Instead of complaining and treating God badly, one must step back and remember what God has already done in his life. Counting God’s blessings and provisions will get one’s perspective back in the right place, knowing that God IS love and does care. It will strengthen one’s belief.

There will be times that you will go through very difficult times that feel as though God is abandoning you. Do not allow yourself to blame God or reject Him, thinking that He has done this to you.

Remember what God has already done in your life. Count up all the good things that has occurred and build your trust in God during the hard times.

God does love you and will never leave you, nor forsake you. Everything that He does will be for your eternal benefit. Trust in God and do not treat Him badly in hard times.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember the blessings and miracles God has done in your life; that you will not reject God; that you will believe God’s word to you; and that you will walk in faith in God.

Luke 7:14-15 Even The Dead Obey

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Luke 7:14-15

Obedience is something that is expected of everyone else, but is often ignored in one’s own self. Some believe that they are an exception to having to obey all the rules. They have extenuating circumstances that give them excuses to not follow the rules.

Cutting the corners and not fully obeying can be seen in many areas of life.

As a dead man was being carried away to be buried, Jesus walked up to him. Jesus told the dead man to get up. Immediately the dead man got up and talked. He was then given back to his mother.

The choice to cut corners and not fully obey is something that many believers have chosen in their walk with God. Many feel as if God does not really mean what He said for them to do or that it really does not pertain to them. However, God always expects complete, immediate obedience from those who follow Him.

In the scripture passage for today, the young man was dead. He had every legitimate and logical reason to not obey Jesus, yet, he did obey Jesus when he was told to get up.

Instead of providing excuses as to why one cannot or should not obey God, one must immediately obey what God has said. God may never tell a person to rise from the dead, but He does command His followers to be His witness. He does tell His people to leave a life of sin. He does tell His people be holy as He is holy.

There is no excuse to not do what God has commanded one to do.

God may be telling you to step out and do something that is different. It may be something extreme like the dead man getting up.

Instead of coming up with an excuse to not do it, trust God’s command and do it. He will never tell you to do something that He will not give you the power and ability to do.

Be willing to rise up from the dead in sin and follow God in whatever He calls you to do and wherever He calls you to go.

Are you obeying God today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God is telling you to do; that you will obey God’s commands immediately; that you will not give excuses to not obey God; and that God will work great miracles in and through you.

Matthew 15:31 Do You Give God The Credit?

The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:31

Every day good things occur that are considered unusual. Most people see some of these things and just ignore it. Others want to know why it happened.

If there is no direct understanding as to why something occurred, people just chalk it up to good luck or it was a random chance. Others will say it was their hard work or some mystical reasoning. When it comes to physical healings, people give the doctor’s credit.

Right after Jesus had healed many people, the people saw it and were amazed. They immediately began to praise God for the amazing healings and miracles that had occurred.

When a sudden healing occurs, many people will question whether the person was really sick or injured in the first place. Others will just stand amazed wondering how the person was healed so quickly. Doctor’s are known to have said that they had made a mistake in the diagnosis of a sickness, thus accounting for the sudden healing.

Regardless of the reasoning, many people refuse to give God the credit for the healing. They are seeking to give credit to self or to natural ways of healing.

Any person who is really thinking correctly, will recognize that the healing was outside of the normal and will know that it had to have been God doing the sudden healing. Instead of ignoring or rejecting God, they will give Him the credit.

People who have their hearts and minds focused upon God will be the first to give God the credit for the healing. Praise will be given to God for the healing, rather than praise to luck or to man.

If you keep your eyes open, you will see miracles occurring around you. They may be quick, all of a sudden miracles or they may be a slower, over the time miracles. Either way give God the credit for what is occurring, whether a sudden miracle without a doctor or one with a doctor involved. God did and still does miracles every day.

When you see God do something in your life or in the life of someone else, give Him praise. Do not give praise to luck or to man, but to the one God who made it happen.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God’s hand at work in the lives of people; that you will give God praise for miracles that occur; and that you will trust God for healing.

John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.