May 27, 2019 Verse Of The Day

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1 Corinthians 9:16 What Needs To Be Said

 

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For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16

Paul had just stated that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get the gospel message to the people. He did not want to hinder it from getting to anyone who needs to hear it. Now he states that he must preach the gospel message, regardless of any cost.

People usually look for a benefit in doing something. There has to be a benefit in doing an action, prior to their desiring to do it.

When a person invests money, he expects to receive a significant increase in his investment. When a person exercises, he expects to see immediate results in the workout. The benefit can be a quick, short-term one or a long-term one. If there is no direct benefit, however, he will most likely stop the action and not continue it.

Believers will often do certain actions because they know there are some great benefits to it. However, there are some things, that regardless of what benefits one may or may not receive, it needs to be done.

Preaching the gospel is one action every believer should do, regardless of the benefits. When the gospel is preached, sometimes it will be well received, while other times it may bring on persecution.

Many believers will stop the preaching when the persecution begins. They do not want to receive trouble, yet, the gospel still needs to be preached.

No believer is a believer, unless someone had preached the gospel to him. One must hear, before he can believe.

The preaching of the gospel is just sharing what Jesus did in the life of a believer. Telling others why he believes in Jesus.

One of the great priorities in your life should be to preach the gospel message. There are billions of people in this world who are dying not knowing the salvation Jesus provides. They need a chance to hear the gospel message.

Be willing to share what God is doing in your life with everyone you meet. Do not be the one who did not share, when you had the opportunity. This may be the one reason a person does not get into heaven and goes to hell.

Don’t make your life only about yourself, but about others in telling the gospel message.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will remove fear of telling the gospel message; and that God will give you the words to say.

Jeremiah 32:3 Why Do You Speak That Way?

Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, “Why do you prophesy as you do? You say, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it.'” Jeremiah 32:3

Jeremiah had been prophesying that God would destroy Judah and Jerusalem placing the people into captivity in Babylon. This went against the beliefs of the Israelites, because they were the chosen nation and God would not do something like that. The king of Judah had Jeremiah put in prison because of his words. He also asked him why he would say things like that. Jeremiah was just speaking what God had told him to say.

People love to talk about a lot of things. There are some people who can speak for a long time and not really say anything. Others speak just a few words and seem to speak whole volumes of information very quickly.

Words can build up or they can tear down. It all depends on what words are being said and how they are being said.

Most people when they speak, they are just speaking what they think or feel in the moment. It is common for  a person to blurt out something in the heat of the moment that he regrets only seconds later. A few people will actually take time to think about what they are about to say to ensure it is spoken well and is correct and helpful.

As a believer you are responsible for what you say or don’t say. You are also responsible for how you say things. One of your first responsibilities is to speak the gospel message to everyone you can.

The reason you have this responsibility to speak like that is that Jesus gave His life for you and told you to do it. You are to speak all the words of God. Sometimes those words are words of love and comfort, showing how Jesus cares for a person. Other times those words will be harsh words warning of destruction and death coming.

You must keep your focus on what God is saying to the people you meet with. What does He want you to say? That is the only thing you should be saying. It gives you the reason why you speak what you do, whether peaceful or harsh.

I pray today that you will know the words of God; that you will only speak what God wants you to say; that your purpose for speaking is to point people to God; and that many will know Jesus because of your words. 

The Heart Of Communication

My 16 year old son, Caleb, wrote this blog post. He actually came to me and told me it first. I was so amazed by it, that I asked him to write it down for others to enjoy.

Talking Image

In all of life we use communication whether it is in the work place, school, church, home, or in other countries. Think about it, how many times do you read a sign on the road? That’s a form of communication.

There are three main tools of communication we use every day, which are the following:
1.Verbal
2.Non-verbal
3.Written.
Verbal means talking face to face, or the phone, public speaking, and more.

Nonverbal can mean watching a video on YouTube, a movie, music, the list goes on.

Movie film

Then there is written that’s books, articles, exactly what you are reading now.

Books

There is also a sub form of communication namely “Other“.
What is other? Well it means stuff like paintings, abstract art, drawings, and blueprints.
In order to perform any of these different types of communication you have to know what the heart of communication is.

At the heart of communication you need two key parts which are the following:
1.Giving
2.Receiving.

Here is an example: I give you the option to read this, but you have to receive it.
Now God has communicated with man since the beginning of time. In Genesis 1:27 you can find the first time God communicates with man, He blesses them. In Exodus you can find the account of Moses. God came to Moses through a burning bush told him to set his people free, but it would never have happened if Moses had not received the commission.

In 1 Kings in the bible you can find a prophet named Elijah, he prayed to God to send fire down from heaven. Yet again it would never have happened if God did not receive the prayer, and give the fire.

As you can see God has communicated since the beginning. It even gets better though. When a woman becomes pregnant, (hopefully in wedlock), God gave the child to her in the womb He knit the child together, created the child’s innermost being.

mother and child

Now when the woman gives birth if she is a follower of Jesus Christ, or attends a church, she would have the baby dedicated, or given back to God. This is when God receives the baby. If you fast forward a few years thechild one day has to choose whether to follow Jesus, or follow the world. God will knock on the heart of the child, and if the child decides to let God into his life. Than the child receives the gift of salvation God is presenting, and in doing so the child gave his life to Him.

But that’s not it. God receives your life with joy. But He also sends this child on a mission. God gives a command to the child to go to all the ends of the Earth and spread the gospel. This is the hard part for a lot of people to live out.

Why would you want to go out to the people in the mall and talk to people about Jesus, or at work, school, even in your own house? Yes you will be humiliated, mocked, ridiculed, there’s absolutely no doubt about it.

Take a look at what Jesus did for you. He, the Son of God himself, became a man for you, born in a manger which is a feeding trough. He grew up as a carpenter’s child, he taught people to love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you. He was taken captive in the night, he was accused of blasphemy. He was spat upon, mocked, ridiculed, and beaten. He was scourged, than carried a cross about three miles. He had a crown of thorns, and was nailed to the cross where he died. All of this was for you. But three days later he came back to life.

Jesus resurrection

Thank God he did, or else we would all have no chance to go to heaven.
I hope this helped someone out there. God has and will always be there.

Isaiah 56:6-7 Joy In Prayer

And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant–these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:6-7

Some things that have to be done in life are not always the most exciting or joyful things to do. For each person that list is different. Some people find great joy weeding a garden, while the other person finds it an extreme torture. Some find it challenging to work with little children, while others get great joy in it.

Prayer is something that many believers find as a great chore, often with very little to no joy. When a pastor calls for a prayer meeting, often very few show up for it. It is common to hear of people say that when they try to make a prayer time with God, they end up falling asleep. You may find this challenge sometimes or, maybe, all the time.

Yet, God says that He will give them joy in His house of prayer. Keep in mind that you are the temple of the Lord. Your body is God’s house. And is house, is one of prayer–communication with Him.

Think about how much joy it gives you to talk to your best friend. Most people find great joy in that.

It should be the same way, and even more so, with God. God is better than your best friend could ever be. He truly knows every little detail about your life.

Prayer is just communication, talking with God. It is not some solemn, spiritual act. It is talking and listening to each other. You do not need to use fancy church words, speak in your own words. He does not need doctorate degree words.

As you talk and listen to God, you will find great joy. You will learn God’s heart for you and this world. You will learn what God has for you each day.

Spend time talking to God. Don’t look at it as  just prayer, but a time to chat with God. And do it all throughout the day and night, not just on Sunday and meals.

I pray today that you will find joy in prayer to God; that you will know God hears your prayers; that you will find time to talk and listen to God; and that God will work through your prayers.

Psalm 78:4 Get The Word Out

We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:4

Whenever there is exciting news, people want to let everyone know. Whether the news is good or bad news, if it is something seen as big news, people want to tell everyone about it.

All over social media people talk about some event that occurred in the news. Some of those things discussed are good things, many are tragic events. Every time there is a major sports game going on, people are discussing the various plays and who won, and who should have done something different. The news is being sent out all over the nation.

Parents who have a new-born baby are excited and want to tell everyone about the new child. They take a hundred pictures and show every relative, friend, co-worker and more. They are proud of the baby and think everyone should know.

Most people feel that their life is just simple, no thrills, boring with nothing to be talked about. So they want to talk about what is happening in the world or to others.

As a believer, you have some exciting news to tell. Your life is not just simple, boring with no thrills. It is one that is filled with God. Jesus is the greatest news that anyone could talk about on this earth of all time.

Jesus has provided you and everyone salvation. In the process of providing that salvation, God has done many great wonders in your life, and in the lives of others. This information must be told to others. Tell everyone you know what you know about God and what He has done in your life.

How has God provided for you?

How has God healed you?

What has God done for you?

What has God done in you?

What have you seen God doing in and for others?

As excited as the world may be about some great news event in this world, you should be more excited about getting the word out about who God is and what He is doing.

What are you sharing and talking about today?

I pray today that you realize what God is doing in your life; that you will not fear talking about God to everyone; that you will tell the world what great things God is doing and has done; and that you will be a shining light in this world for Jesus.