July 9, 2018 Verse of the Day

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Luke 7:22 Don’t Stumble, Be Blessed

 

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“Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Luke 7:22

Jesus had been going around healing the sick, casting out demonic spirits and giving back sight to the blind. John the Baptist sent some men to find out if Jesus was the one they were to expect. Jesus told them to report what they see and told them that any who does not stumble because of Him will be blessed.

People all over the world hear of things that Jesus said and did. As they hear these things, some will choose to follow Him, while others will reject Him right away.

There are many who choose to follow Him, but only for a time. As they read the Bible more and go to church more, they begin to hear what Jesus said. As they hear the things Jesus taught, many will begin to stumble and fall away.

The words and teachings of Jesus are not always easy to follow or accept. His words go against the main thoughts and ways of this world. The world is always talking about looking out for self. Jesus taught one is to deny himself.

The world teaches that a person can strike a person back who has hurt him. Jesus taught to love that person, rather than striking back.

The world teaches to get all the money one can for himself. Jesus taught to give generously to God and everyone in need.

These are just a few of the teachings that Jesus taught that go against the ways of this world. Many people have a difficult time accepting them or actually putting them into practice. Every week people go to church and hear about what God says in the Bible, but only a few actually do what He says to do.

This is a stumbling in their walk with God. To love God, is to obey Him. Not following His commands is not loving God and they are stumbling.

Think about your life and how well you follow, or don’t follow, God’s commands for you. Are you allowing yourself to stumble?

If you are not stumbling over His words, you will be blessed. God only has your very best in mind when He gives you a command. Trust Him and follow Him with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Do not allow yourself to stumble over His words and be blessed.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart for you; that you will trust God’s commands to you; that you will not stumble over the words of God; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Isaiah 59:21 Always With You

“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants–from this time on and forever,” says the LORD. Isaiah 59:21

Young children love to be in the presence of their mother, when they feel that they are being loved all the time. Children often go through a time of not wanting to be away from their mother, because they love her presence. This bonding is something that occurs because of what the mother has done, not so much what the child does. A mother who truly loves her child will not allow herself to be separated from him very easily or often.

In the same way, and even more so, that a mother loves her child, God loves His children. He loves to be in their presence at all times. Mothers can, and have, left their children. God will not do that.

Once God puts His presence on a person, He does not leave of His own choosing. The only way God will leave, is if that person tells Him to leave and walks away. Even after that, God is constantly trying to get back with His lost child.

God holds true to His promises, and one of those promises is that He will always be with you. Jesus restated that same promise as He was getting ready to leave the earth.

As you are going through a difficult time in life,  you can know that God is right there with you. You can know that God will give you the words to speak in every situation.

No matter what you have done in your past, or even current history, God wants to spend time with you. He wants His presence to be with you at all times. When you accepted Jesus into your life, God made a covenant with you that He would never leave or forsake you.

You can rejoice in knowing this. You can rest assured of His presence in your life. Keep your eyes on Him and keep yourself aware of His presence each day.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will listen to God’s voice; that you will speak God’s words; that you will not push God away from you or leave Him; and that you will know the joy of God being with you.

2 Chronicles 18:13 Saying Only What God Says

But Micaiah said, “As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what my God says.” 2 Chronicles 18:13

King Ahab in Samaria was wanting to attack the town of Ramoth Gilead and had asked King Jehoshaphat of Judah to help him in the attack. Ahab had consulted with many prophets, none of God, who all said to go and attack. Jehoshaphat wanted to consult a prophet of God first. They went to Micaiah, a prophet of God, for an answer. When he was called for, they told him what the other prophets had said. Micaiah said that he can only say what God says.

People everywhere claim that they know what God is saying and that they are speaking the words of God. The words that they often speak, are the words that the people want to hear. Many that are not fully following God with all of their heart, like to look at God and state that He is a God of love. They feel that they can ask God for anything that benefits themselves and God will grant it. They do not believe God will ever give them a negative answer.

It is for this reason that many people change from church to church on a regular basis. They are not hearing what they want to hear.

Although God is a God of love, there are times that He will give a negative answer to a person. All the words of God must be listened to and obeyed, not just the happy words.

If you are in a position to speak to someone about what God is saying or has said in the Bible, be sure to speak only what God says. Do not be the one who will speak just what sounds good or what others want to hear. There will be times of saying negative things to a person to get them back on track with God, while most times, God speaks with words of love to draw a person to Himself. Say only what God is truly saying.

This also goes for listening to God in your own life. Don’t just listen when the words sound good. Hear God when He gives you a message that is not easy to accept. Listen to the whole word of God.

I pray today that you will hear the words of God; that you will only speak as God speaks; that you will accept all the words of God; and that God will use you to draw many to Jesus.