September 17, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

Isaiah 40_29

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Romans 15:13 Overflowing With Hope

 

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

All over the world there are people who want joy and peace. They want to see an end to wars and fighting. They want to see an end to crime. They want to have joy and happiness in their lives with the absence of anything negative looking.

The world seeks the joy in things that they have or do. People feel that if they have certain items, their life will be filled with joy. Or if they have a certain position in a job or society, they will be filled with joy. Or if they take certain drugs, they will find joy in life.

The challenge with all of these methods of seeking joy and peace, is that these things are all temporary. They do not last when things go tough. The world is filled with and ruled by sin, keeping joy and peace away.

True joy and peace comes in trusting in Jesus. The peace is found in trusting that God is actually in control. There is a peace in knowing that God is in control of everything that is going on. Nothing happens without His permission. Everything that happens is for the best of a person.

The joy is found in the hope that a person can have in Jesus. It is knowing that He has saved the person. It is knowing that there is coming a day when there will be no more sorrow or tears. There is coming a day when there will be eternal life with God.

Both of these are found only in the hope that a person has in Jesus. Believing that He did die and raise again. Believing that Jesus did remove all sin. Believing that Jesus will return again some day.

As you believe in Jesus, you will be filled with an eternal hope. That hope will bring about joy and peace in your life, despite the circumstances going on around you or in your life.

The Holy Spirit will give you the power needed to keep moving forward in this life with joy and peace. Know this joy and peace and share it with every person you meet. Everyone wants to have joy and peace, and you have it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the joy and peace found in Jesus; and that God’s Holy Spirit will strengthen you with His power.

Mark 6:2 Amaze Them

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When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?” Mark 6:2

Jesus went back to His hometown to speak to the people and perform miracles there. As He was speaking many people were amazed at Him. All they saw was a little boy who had grown up in a carpenters house and is now a grown man who spoke with authority. They were amazed and wondered how He got that ability.

Growing up as a carpenter’s son, Jesus would not have received training to be a great speaker or to be a preacher. His training was to be a carpenter.

However, when He spoke He spoke with authority and wisdom. No one who had grown up around Jesus could understand how He could do so much. They did not see what could not be seen. Jesus was speaking and doing miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit in His life.

Over the centuries there have been many different great speakers in this world, but most have received some training in how to speak that way. They have worked in the realm of public speaking, getting better and better until they became great.

A believer has something different. Yes, a believer can go to bible college and get a degree, but that will only move a person only so far forward, then fall short. The unseen ingredient is the infilling and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The brand new believer can speak with great authority and do miracles, if he allows God to guide Him and he is doing what God wants him to do.

When you allow God to guide you, you will amaze those who know you. You will be a new creation in Jesus Christ. You will have wisdom and understanding that the world will not understand.  You will be able to perform miracles that the world cannot explain. You will speak with the words of God and not your own words or the words and wisdom of this world.

As you go through this life, what are people saying about you? Do they see a changed person? Are they amazed at what you are doing or saying?

Allow them to see God through you.

I pray today that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will speak only with the words and wisdom of God; that the world will see Jesus through you; and that many will know Jesus because of you.

Matthew 21:5 A Humble King

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“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” Matthew 21:5

Jesus was getting near the end of His ministry. He had been telling the disciples that He would be killed. Now He comes riding into the city, sitting on donkey’s foal. This was to fulfill a prophecy made by Zechariah.

Kings, leaders, presidents and others in high authority are known for arriving with a lot of pomp and circumstance. There is always a lot of fanfare going on to bring in someone of high leadership.

When the President of the United States arrives at a building where he is going to speak, he arrives with a great fanfare and group of people. There are multiple vehicles in front and behind him. When he walks out into a room, there is always some music playing, people rise up for him, and He is announced.

The same goes for famous celebrities. There is a lot of pictures being taken. They arrive in a large limousine. There is flashing of jewelry and expensive clothing. It is a show of pride and luxury, with no sign of humility.

In many countries, when their leader arrives, there is also a great show of their military power. Soldiers, weapons, and military equipment go before the leader to show who is in control and has the power.

Jesus did not do any of this. He came in riding on a baby donkey. In the biblical times, a king would arrive on a horse showing great power. Jesus did not show any of that, even though He had more power than all the kings on the earth combined. He created the earth and all who are in it.

The purpose of His riding in that way, was to show love and compassion. He is a king who can understand where people are, so He comes in humility. Most people do not have the grand horse to ride on, but just have the donkey.

Even today, Jesus comes to you in love and compassion. He does have the power, but will not show a force of threat to get you to follow Him. Jesus wants you to want to follow Him. He understands where you are and is there for you. He is not untouchable.

Do not fear your king. He is gentle.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your king; that you will know Jesus is gentle and loving; that you will seek to find Jesus in your life; and that you will show His love and humility in your life.