July 20, 2020 Verse Of The Day

Colossians 4_6

Daniel 4:2 Excited To Talk

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It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. Daniel 4:2 

When something great happens in the life of a person, he is excited to talk about it. He will begin to tell everyone and anyone about what has happened. He does not care what others think about it.

People are very quick to talk about getting a new car, a new job position, a new house, a new child or grandchild, and the list goes on as to what they want to talk about. They will also talk about the latest events in the news or the latest sports game.

The passion and excitement about what is talked about can run high. Some will agree, while others may disagree with what is said.

King Nebuchadnezzar was excited to talk about what God had been doing in his life.

Every believer has a story to tell about what God has done in his life. Many believers act as if there is nothing exciting that has ever occurred in their lives. They do not see any miraculous workings of God in their lives. Yet, they do have miracles in their life.

Just being forgiven and saved is a miraculous story itself. However, there is also the miraculous work of provision of food, clothing, housing, and more in each person’s life. The daily life of being able to breathe and live is a miracle in itself. God’s amazing provision for places of worship and other believers to worship with is something to be talked about.

Along with all of these, there are the miracles of overcoming sin and temptations that occur on a regular basis. Many also experience miracles of healings and recovery.

When the believer thinks about it, he has many things that God has done in his life to talk about.

Take a moment to take note of all the things great and small that God has done in your life. The blessings are as numerous as the sands on a beach.

Now go out and tell others about those things. Be bold to stand up and talk about God and what He is doing in your life. Be willing to boldly talk about what God has already done in your life.

The world needs to hear your story about God. Do not be afraid of the world, but let them know.

I pray today that you will see the work God has done in and through you; that you will see all the miracles God is performing around you; that you will talk about what God has done and is doing; and that many will come to know Jesus because of your testimony about God. 

Ezekiel 2:1 God Is Willing To Talk

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He said to me, “So of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” Ezekiel 2:1 

Getting to be able to talk someone in a very high position is often very difficult to impossible. Those in a very high position of authority are often too busy to be able or willing to talk to someone who is not really all that important. The average person does not carry enough importance for high level authority to take time to listen to. He has more ‘important’ things to tend to.

Most people will not even attempt to speak to someone in great authority. Others will do drastic things (such as riots, or picketing) to catch the attention of the leaders.

Ezekiel had a vision of God and had fallen down in fear and being overwhelmed. God immediately tells him to get up and that He will talk with him. Ezekiel was no one special at this point, yet, the God of the universe was willing and ready to talk with him.

There are many people, even in the church, who do not think that God is willing to talk with them. They are nobodies, so why would God talk to them?

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He wants to talk to people. God is ready to share what is on His mind, what is doing and is planning to do. And just like some people, He is willing to talk to whoever is willing to listen.

One of the awesome things about God is that He is able to talk to anyone and everyone all at the same time. Unlike people in authority today, they are limited to their time and space to be able to talk to people. There is no way a human can to talk to everyone at the same time, but God can.

You may feel as if you are unimportant to God, but that is not true. God sent Jesus to die for you, so you have high importance to Him. God wants to talk to you every day.

God has something to say to you, but you must be willing to listen and hear what He has to say. Tune out the things and cares of this world and begin listening to what God has to tell you.

Hear what God is saying through the scriptures and by His Holy Spirit. Stand up today and begin listening to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be willing to listen to God’s voice in your life; that you will stop to hear what God has to tell you; and that you will obey God’s word to you. 

Isaiah 63:7 Something To Talk About

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I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7 

People love to talk about many different things. Some will talk about the latest sports games, others talk about politics or whatever is going on in the news. Some will talk about the newest movies or trends occurring. Parents often talk about their children or grandchildren. And the list is endless.

Regardless of what people talk about, it is always about something of interest. It is always the interest of the person talking, and sometimes in the interest of the person listening.

Isaiah says one of the things he will talk about is God’s kindness and good deeds. He is recognizing and telling people of all the good things God has done for Israel, so that He may be praised.

Every believer has something that they can talk about, no matter what is going on in life. That one thing is God’s great kindness. No one had to be saved. Every person deserved punishment and death because of sin. Yet, God in His great love chose to provide for forgiveness of sins and salvation.

Along with salvation, God has also done many things for every person. His provision of breath, life, food, clothing, and shelter are just a few of the basics. God has also provided healing, joy, peace, comfort, understanding, wisdom, direction and more.

The amount of kind things that God has done for every believer is endless. These are the things a believer can talk about. Other believers need to be encouraged with hearing these things. The world needs to hear it to know who God is and what He is like.

Every day you will have opportunities to talk to someone. Sometimes for just a few minutes, other times for hours. Instead of just talking about the news and the weather, talk about what God has done and is doing in your life.

Be quick to share with others the good deeds God has done for you. This will encourage some to trust in God more. It will also be a witness of your love for God and who God is in your life.

If you really think about it, you will never run out of good things to talk about when talking about God.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that your eyes will be open to the kindness and good deeds of God; that you will talk about what God is doing to all you meet; and that you will share God’s kindness with others. 

Proverbs 10:9 The Value Of Integrity

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Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 

Going through life there are many choices to be made. Some of those choices will be made in the public eye. Most of those choices will be made in private, in the heart and mind of a person or behind closed doors.

It is very commonly thought that what a person does in private is kept private and does not effect anyone else, because no one else knows about it or can know about it. The true reality is that things done in secret often come out into the open eventually.

In this proverb, Solomon points out that one who walks with integrity will be secure. Those who do not walk with integrity will be found out.

Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching or can know about it. This can be with thoughts, actions, or words.

Many people are finding out that words or actions that they said or did twenty, thirty years ago are coming back to haunt them. It does not matter whether they have changed their words or not, it is just that they had said them.

Men and women who had good reputations in the public eye are being destroyed because of things that they had done in private. Their lives were not matching up with what their words were saying or the appearance that they gave people.

This, sadly, is also very common in the church. Ministers, leaders and others who were respected and honored are found out to be thieves or worse. These people did not walk in integrity at all times.

The person who walks in integrity does not have to fear that someone will find out about what he did. The one who does not walk in integrity will be found out and destroyed…eventually.

Everything that you do is seen by God. Jesus said that what is said in private will be proclaimed from the rooftops.

If you do not want to be found out as false, walk in integrity today. Do this in every area of your life, publicly and privately. Do not cut corners in any area of life, but walk as Jesus walked, in truth and in the light.

As you walk with full integrity, you will know that you will not be destroyed. There is nothing that the enemy can use to destroy you, because you are right before God.

I pray today that God will guide you in your actions, thoughts and words; that you will always do what is right before God and man; that you will know how God wants you to walk this life; and that your life will be the same everywhere you are.