Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

20 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:25 NASB  Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,

Each time we read the Bible we should seek to know what God wants to say to us.  That is why we always want to start in prayer, praying for Him to speak to us.  He speaks through His Holy Word to our needs, wants and desires.  He also speaks to us as we read and meditate on His Holy Word about His desires for us.  In our current VOTD, I see God speaking to each one of us.  He is saying to each one of us that we have 1.  A calling from God.  2.  His calling has a purpose.  3.  His calling will always end in glorifying Christ.

You ask: How do I see these things in our VOTD?  To me it is easy to see.  Why?  Because God reveals His thoughts as we submit to His Holy will.  He reveals them by the Holy Spirit that lives in each born-again believer.  We can see things that maybe others can’t see or even comprehend.  Something that we all need to remember: But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB).  We need to always remember something as we read the Holy Bible: At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants (Matthew 11:25 NASB).  Every time we read the Bible, we should approach it and read it as an infant that knows nothing but the Lord knows all things.  Approach it with an attitude of wanting to learn, know and grow in grace and knowledge of our Holy and Righteous Lord and Master.  Approach it with an attitude of thanksgiving that He will reveal His will to you as you humble yourself before His throne of grace.  But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:15-16 NASB).  “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you (John 15:15 NASB).  that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief (Ephesians 3:3 NASB).

So the first question comes to us: Where is the calling from God in this VOTD?  It comes to us in the phrase that Paul writes: Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God.  There are men in this world that can say: “I am a self-made man.”  Paul could say that about his old life as a Pharisee.   For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions (Galatians 1:13-14 NASB).  Do you notice the BIG “I” in that verse?  It was all about Paul and what Paul was doing and what Paul was accomplishing.  How he used to persecute the church of God and how he tried to destroy it.  How he was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries.  You see, that is how the world thinks.  That is how the world is.  That is how the devil wants to press you into his mold and have you think his way.  But not so with Christ. 

Here is the new way to think about yourself, your goals in life and your purposes: But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood (Galatians 1:15-16 NASB).  You see the new way to think is all about God and Christ and His will for us.  We see this when Paul says: But when God.  We see this in our VOTD when Paul says: Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from GodPaul did not make himself or choose his calling… No, no.  God made him.  God chose him and called him and gifted him.  My friend, the only way to think RIGHTLY about your new life in Christ is: God has called you into a new life in Christ.  Your new faith in Christ is His calling to you.  You have a calling from God just as surely as God called Paul, God has called you into a relationship with Christ for a reason and a purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified (Romans 8:29-30 NASB).

Which brings us to point number 2. His calling has a purpose.  Each Christian has a calling and that calling is for a purpose… Just as Paul says: Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air (1 Corinthians 9:26 NASB).  When Paul mentions running he is not talking about running for exercise.  He is talking about how he lives his life and what he does in life.  His life’s goals are not pointless.  He has a purpose and a goal in life.  What was it?  What was His goal in life?  Which speaks directly to Paul knew that he was called for a purpose.  Here is Paul’s purpose stated clearly in our VOTD: bestowed on me for your benefit.  Paul’s purpose for his calling was for your benefit.  In other words, Paul’s purpose was for the benefit of others.  So that others could come to know the Lord Jesus Christ.  Everything he did was for the benefit of others.  And might I say: When you look at your calling and start searching for your purpose, look at your calling as it relates to the purpose for the benefit of others.  I believe God calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves and so He calls us and equips us for the benefit of others.

Thirdly, I want us to see from our VOTD that 3. His calling will always end in glorifying Christ.  I know that you remember this fact, but just in case, I want to refresh your memory that the job of the Holy Spirit is to ALWAYS glorify Jesus:  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you (John 16:13-14 NASB).  In this one, simple and short phrase, God’s Holy Word speaks volumes.  Why?  Because it speaks to the primary mission of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our ministries.  It is like the short statement in the Old Testament that says: God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also (Genesis 1:16 NASB).  We can’t even understand the vastness of the stars and yet it is such a little statement in God’s Holy Word.

And so it is with the statement: He will glorify Me.  Such as short statement but it has such vast repercussions.  So it is with Paul’s statement in our VOTD.  Paul’s calling and mission and his purpose in this life is so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God.  Who was the enabler of Paul’s ministry?  The Holy Spirit, you say.  What was Paul doing as he preached the word of God?  He was glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, his calling was for the purpose of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ enabled by the Holy Spirit of the Living God in him.

My friend: What is your calling?  What does the Lord want you to do?  What’s is purpose?  Who is the enabler?  What is its end result?

No calling you say?  Then I say to you, based upon the Word of God: Are you even saved?  Do you even know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?  Let a man examine himself.

Lord, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have called me and saved me.  Lord, you and you alone are the enabler of my thoughts to glorify the Lord Jesus.  But Lord, you have given me a desire and that is to glorify you even more in the future than I have in the past.  Lord, you want me to do what the Holy Scriptures tell me to do when it says: I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14 NASB).  And you remind me that: … greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4 NASB).  So all I can say is Lord let your will be done in me this day.  Use me for your good and holy and perfect will.  Lord, I surrender myself to you and your will this day.  I love you, Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


19 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:24 NASB  Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

In each VOTD, there are a myriad of thoughts that we could pick up and follow but usually there are only one or two that we can briefly touch on due to the limited time and space that we have.  In fact, John even alludes to this fact when he says: And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they *were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself *would not contain the books that *would be written (John 21:25 NASB).  So the first question we want to ask our self is: What idea would the Lord want us to pursue this day to follow our VOTD?

So now the question becomes: How do we find the answer to the question at hand?  How do we find the answer that the Lord wants us to have and pursue?  Can anyone say: PRAY?  Pray for what?  Pray for wisdom.  Pray for guidance.  Pray for the Lord’s thoughts.  And pray especially that you might not follow the wrong temptation and go down the wrong path as you seek the Lord’s will…  When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”  (Luke 22:40 NASB).  We are all tempted in many ways and by various methods.  Even in our thoughts and prayers, we can be tempted to do what is wrong in God’s sight.  He might be leading us in one path and we are stubborn and refuse in our thoughts to go down that path that the Spirit is leading us.  We say to ourselves: “That can’t be right.  That can’t be God’s will for me.  It is too hard.  It will cause me too much pain, sorrow or suffering.  I need to pursue something that is less stressful and less painful.”  So what do we do: We block out God’s will because we refuse to allow His Spirit to speak to us and we take the path of least resistance and we enter into temptation.   How does this happen?  Here is how it happens: But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust (James 1:14 NASB).  What are we lusting after?  We are lusting after the easiest way, the lightest load, the way with the least amount of suffering.  We become like the rich man who said to himself: ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘  (Luke 12:19 NASB).  And that becomes our goal in life as Christians: to suffer the least amount that we can.  Live the good life and never be in need for anything. 

But then we come across verses like todays VOTD that smacks us square in the face and says to us one and all: Look at Paul.  Think about what Paul suffered.  And we are confronted with our own “ease of life” that we all enjoy.  Do we suffer?  No.  Do we incur pain and sorrow for our “faith in Christ?”  No.  Why?  Why don’t we suffer?  Why don’t we encounter persecutions and trials and tribulations like Paul did?  Paul says in our VOTD that: Now I rejoice in my sufferings.  What did Paul suffer?  Here is the short list: Are they servants of Christ?–I speak as if insane–I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep (2 Corinthians 11:23-25 NASB).

Here is the reason that I believe we don’t suffer: It is because we always chose the path of least resistance.  When we pray and seek the Lord’s will we tend to discount anyway that will cause us the least bit of suffering.  When we are tempted with the path that says “go this way to avoid suffering” we tend to go down that path because it causes us the least amount of sorrow.  We become like Peter who said to our Lord about His suffering: Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” (Matthew 16:22 NASB).  May the Spirit of the Living God that lives in each one of His born-again believers say the same thing to our spirit that the Lord Jesus said to Peter: But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” (Matthew 16:23 NASB).

So the bottom line question is this: How do I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the way I seek is God’s will and not my own?  There is only one way that I know of that you can always tell if it is God’s will and not your own will.  Here is the verse of scripture to memorize and burn into your heart and soul.  Let it guide you in all that you seek to do for the Lord.  Let it be a light unto your path as you seek to do what God wants you to do.  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me (Matthew 16:24 NASB).

If you and I are going to follow Jesus, we need to make up our minds and hearts now that: not my will but thine be done.  If we want to follow Jesus then these things must happen in our lives: 1. We must have the desire to follow Him.  That desire only comes from Him as He burdens our hearts to be obedient to His will, His way and His purpose.  2. We must deny ourselves.  Deny ourselves the luxury of living a “pain free” life that has little or no suffering in it.  3.  We must die to our own wills.  What does take up his cross mean to you?  The cross is a place of death.  Cruel death.  Painful death.  And when you take it up, you agree to live in death to your own will.  4.  The last and one of the most important steps is to follow Jesus.  It is all about His wants.  It is all about His desires.  It is all about: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalms 23:4 KJV).

Remember what Paul said to Timothy: Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:3 NASB).  If we refuse to suffer hardship with Him, then it is the same thing as denying our Lord Jesus Christ.

 
Bottom line question that only you can answer: Will you suffer hardship, pain, sorrow and suffering as you follow your Lord when He leads you down the path of righteousness?

Lord, please help, for I am afraid.  I am afraid that I will chicken out at the last minute.  I will say nothing or do nothing.  I won’t be bold enough or strong enough to stand in the gap, to take the heat and incur the suffering that is sure to come.  Lord, there is only one thing that I know to do: Lord please strengthen me.  Give me courage and strength to stand strong in the midst of adversity.  Lord, if you live strong in me then I will be strong.  Lord, help me to die to my own selfish way and allow you to lead me in the way in which you want me to go, regardless of the sorrow or the pain or the suffering.  Lord, help me and enable me to be the man that you want me to be.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


18 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:23 NASB  if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

Again we have to look back in order to look forward so that we can enjoy the benefits of this verse.  The previous verse says: yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—  (Colossians 1:22 NASB). God wants to present you as holy, blameless and beyond reproach…. And He can do that if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard … It all depends on one little word IF.  I want us to think about the implications of what this means to us a Christians, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, as born-again children of the King, as Worshipers of God who worship in the Spirit and Truth of God.

Just because you say something doesn’t mean it is true or correct.  If I told you that I was a doctor you wouldn’t believe it because you know that I have never been to medical school.  If I told you I was brick layer, you would know that it might be partially true.  You would want some proof.  You would want to see some bricks that I laid.  You would be looking to see how straight they were laid and if the joints we even and correct.  You would be critical of any mistakes that you saw.  My brick laying flaws would stand out like glaring lights on the darkest night.  And you would be quick to point them out to me.  So, the bottom line is not what I say, but what you can see.  The proof is in the pudding, as they say.  The taste says it all.  And so it is with a Christian.

You walk an aisle, get baptized and join a church.  Does that make you a Christian?  No, you say.  Then question is: What makes a person a Christian?  Or better yet: What is a Christian?  A worldly definition is: a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.  The world looks at a Christian as a person who has a “one time event” in their lives.  But that is NOT the Bible’s definition of a Christian.  In fact, our VOTD says a Christian is one that continues in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel. 

If I tell you that I am a long distance runner, how would you know if it is true or not.  To be classified as a long distance runner, it is not how fast you run but it is classified by “if you run long distances.”  Then the question becomes: How long is a long distance?  Over a mile?  Over two miles?  Over five miles?  The point that I am trying to make is: In order to be classified as a long distance runner, you have to “run” a long distance, whatever that distance may be.  You can’t walk it.  For then you would be a classified as a “fake.”  Someone who is not what they say they are.  A long distance runner has to run long distances.  Just as a Christian has to live Christian values, over the long haul.  Being a Christian is not a one-time event, or even for a short time.  A Christian is a Christian because Christ came into their lives and changed the way they think and live.  And that is not for a day.  It is for a lifetime…!!! … for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  (Hebrews 13:5 NASB).

When we say that we are a Christian to someone, they normally don’t say whether we are or not.  They simply hold their opinions to themselves.  They think in their minds that they will “wait and see” how we act, what we say and how we respond to various situations and circumstances.  The want to see if we will continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast.  They want to see if we are who we say we are.  And just like inspecting the brick laying job, they will be quick to point out the least flaw that they see.

So the question for us to ask ourselves is: How can I continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast so that I won’t have the flaws that the world is looking to criticize.  There is only one way that I know of to live in the faith firmly established and steadfast and that is to live in complete and total dependence on Him.  It is to cry out to Him for our every need.  It is to put our total trust in Him for every situation and circumstance.  He is the ONLY one who knows all and He is the ONLY one who can enable us to live in a Holy and pure manner that the world can see.  He is the ONLY Way, the ONLY Truth and the ONLY Life.  Without Him, it is a given: I will fail.  But With Him: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13 NASB).

So the bottom line for all of us who want to continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast is to call upon Him so that we may be all that He wants us to be: 

Psalms 91:15 NASB  “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

 Psalms 145:18 NASB  The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

Isaiah 55:6 NASB  Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.

Lord, your Holy Word tells me that when I am weak then I am strong.  And that your power is made perfect in my weakness.  So Lord, I am confessing to you that I am weak.  I fail.  But Lord, you and you alone can change all of that.  You can make me strong.  You can enable me to live up to be strong and steadfast.  Lord, I want you to live in me this day.  I want you to do your good will and pleasure in me.  Lord, give me your thoughts and motivate me to do your perfect will.  Lord, I want to be the light that brightly shines forth in the middle of a crooked and perverse generation.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


17 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:22 NASB  yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach–

I want us to again think about the contrast between this verse and the previous verse.  Let’s look at them together so that we can see the blessings that we enjoy in Christ: Colossians 1:21-22 NASB
(21)  And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
(22)  yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach– 
It shows us what we were as compared to what we have become.  It shows us the past in order to show us the present.  I reveals to us what God has done for us in Christ. 

Our VOTD says He (God) has now reconciled you in His (Christ) fleshly body through death.  It is only through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ that God the Father can accept us.  God loves us but He can’t ignore the sin that is in our lives.  He has to deal with it.  The sin has to be paid for.  The sin has to be punished.  Therefore, Christ paid the penalty for our sin.  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB).  You know this but I feel impressed to share it with you:  He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth (Isaiah 53:3-7 NASB).

And because of Christ sacrifice, we can become the people that God wants us to be.  We can be victorious over sin.  We can be triumphant because of Christ’s sacrifice.  That’s why our VOTD goes on to say: in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.  God has a goal in each of our lives.  He wants us to be 1.  Holy.  2. Blameless.  3.  Beyond reproach. 

When we think about holiness we normally don’t think about ourselves as being holy.  But the truth is: We are holy in God’s sight.  Why?  Because God sees us differently that He sees the lost sinner.  He sees us through the blood of Christ.  He sees us as those ones who’s “penalty is paid.”  He sees us as clean, pure and holy.  All because Christ paid the penalty for us by His death on the cross of Calvary.  Also, I need to remind you that one of the definitions for the word holy that Webster’s gives us says: Hallowed; consecrated or set apart to a sacred use, or to the service or worship of God.  You and I are set apart for God’s own use.  He owns us because He bought us with His blood.  And He wants our service and our worship of Him.  He doesn’t force us.  He wants us to yield to Him.  “Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you (Job 22:21 NASB).

The second thing that God wants us to know from our VOTD is that because we are in Christ He sees us as blameless.  We know the meaning of blameless because we know the opposite.  We know when we are to blame for the problem.  We know what it is to be at “fault.”  We know what it is to be the “cause of the problem.”  When we drop the glass and it falls from our hand and breaks into a thousand pieces on the floor, we are at fault.  We are to blame.  Why?  Because it was our responsibility to hold onto the glass and we didn’t do it.  Oh, we can give all kinds of reasons “why” it happened.  We can say it had soap on it.  Or we can say “I bumped my arm on the counter.”  Yes, we can give all the reasons in the world, but the fact is: We are responsible to “not drop the glass” and we failed.  We are to blame.  But God sees us a blameless in Christ.  He sees us as pure, holy and undefiled by sin.  He sees us as those whom the Psalmist describe as: He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully (Psalms 24:4 NASB).  Why?  Because Christ paid our penalty for Sin.  Therefore God can see us a blameless.

Finally, God sees those who are in Christ as beyond reproach.  Webster’s tells us that one of the definitions of reproach is: To treat with scorn or contempt.  Have you ever suffered reproach?  Yes, I believe you have.  You ask me “When?”  Well, have you ever heard your mother say: “Look at those hands!  You’re not sitting down at my table to eat with those dirty hands.”  Or how about: “I can’t believe that you believe that!!!  That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.”  Oh, yes, we have all suffered reproach for either what we have done or said.  But God says we are beyond reproach in His sight.  That means, as Webster’s tells us: On the further side of; on the side most distant, at any indefinite distance from that side.  Past; out of reach of; further than any given limit; further than the extent of anything else.  In Christ, we are “on the far side of reproach or blame for our sins.  Why?  Because Christ paid our penalty.  Because He paid it ALL.  Because Christ who knew NO sin became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of Christ in Him: He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB).

So, bottom line: What can we say to all of these things that Christ has done for us?  The only thing left for us to say is “Here am I Lord.  Use me, mold me, make me into the person you want me to be.  We give Him thanks by yielding our lives to His will.  Will you do that today?  Try it.  You will like it.  Why?  Because you will experience peace like you have never experienced it before: And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 NASB).

Lord, I know that sometimes I sound like a broken record that just says the same thing over and over again and again.  But Lord, I can’t help it.  I am so very, very grateful for what you have done and are doing in my life.  I want to thank you and worship you and praise you by yielding my spirit to your Spirit so that you can guide me and direct me to do your holy and perfect will.  Lord, please use me this day.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


16 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:21 NASB  And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

In this verse and the next verse we are going to see the difference between a life that is living for self and a life that is living in victory in Christ.  It will be like the difference between the darkest night and the brightest day.  It will be like the difference between being in the driest desert and the wettest rain forest.  It is like the difference in a person that is in prison and one who is not. 

So before we begin, I want you to first notice who Paul is talking about.  He says although you were.  Remember: He is writing to the Christians at Colossae.  He is wanting them to remember who they were and how they thought and how they acted.  He wants them to look back so that they can see how far they have come as Christians.  We need to look back so that we can praise God for His grace in our lives.  I believe it is good for us all to stop and think about our past and even the possibilities of our past life.  Some, in fact many, of us cannot remember our past life due to the fact that we came to know Christ at a young age.  You know what I say: Praise God that you don’t remember and suffer the pains of the sins you have been forgiven from…!!!!  Trust me, I remember what I was like and I never, ever want to be that person again.  If you want to know what you “could have been like” then look at your lost neighbor or your lost work associate.  That could have been you.  And you could have been a lot worse. 

Paul describes some of the traits of the lost when he says you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds.  Let’s look at some of these terms and think about them.  First, what does it mean to be alienated?  When you are alienated you feel that you no longer belongs in a particular group or society.  You feel like you are an outcast, someone who is no longer needed or wanted.  And let’s face the facts: Your hostile actions against God are not wanted in Church and you don’t want to be around Christians or the things of God.  Instead of wanting to go to Church, you would rather be fishing, or boating or doing anything else other than Church.  When you are without Christ in your life, you don’t want to pray or read your Bible or be submissive the Him in any way.  And it is all because you are alienated from the Spirit of the Lord Jesus.

What about hostile in mind?  How does that work in a non-Christian?  Let me give you a personal example that I remember very clearly before I came to know Christ in my life.  I was in my garage working on my motorcycle.  And my dad, who was a Christian was talking to my wife about the Lord Jesus in the room right on the other side of the garage wall.  I could hear him talking about Jesus, the Bible and how good God is.  And the more he talked the madder I got.  I wanted him to stop.  I hated hearing about Jesus and the things of God.  Is there any wonder the non-believers persecute Christians.  They HATE them.  They want to make them shut-up.  They are hostile in mind to anything that has to do with the Lord Jesus or God or the Church.  Why do you think it is so very hard to get your lost neighbors and friends to come to Church?  They are hostile in mind to it.  They don’t want it and they don’t feel they need it.  But the scriptures tell us: “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me (Matthew 5:10-11 NASB).  And then Jesus goes on to say: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16 NASB).

The last example of the lost that Paul gives us in our VOTD is that the lost are engaged in evil deeds.  Are they?  My neighbors aren’t bank robbers or murders.  They don’t steal, rob and destroy things.  What is Paul talking about and what does he mean when he says that the lost are engaged in evil deeds?  Here is what I believe he means: Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest (Ephesians 2:3 NASB).  Let’s admit it: Anything we do outside of the will of God’s will is SIN.  And when we have our minds set on “doing our own thing” we are engaged in evil deeds.  We lie, we cheat, we steal, we commit immorality, we do whatever we feel like doing and it is all called engaged in evil deeds.

Here is Paul’s picture of those who are engaged in evil deeds: And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them (Romans 1:28-32 NASB).

But thanks be to God you are not like that.  Thanks be to God that now that you are in Christ Jesus, you don’t think like that nor do you act like that.  How did you get to where you are today?  Here is how you got to where you are today: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:4-10 NASB).

Bottom line: Will you give Him thanks for what you are today?

Lord, without you in my life I am nothing.  I need you more today than I did yesterday or even the day before.  Lord, I simply want to bow in humble submission to your will.  I want you to live in me, motivate me and drive me in any way you want.  Fill me with your Spirit so that I can see, know and understand your holy and perfect will.  Use me Lord.  I love you, Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


15 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:20 NASB  and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

The whole focus of this verse focuses around one thought and one concept.  We want to try and understand what the Lord wants us to learn, know and understand about the word and the concept of: reconcile.  Webster’s gives us the definition of: To conciliate anew; to call back into union and friendship the affections which have been alienated; to restore to friendship or favor after estrangement; as, to reconcile men or parties that have been at variance.  And then it gives us some examples: Go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother – Mat 5. We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Cor 5. Eph 2. Col 1.  Let’s look at these verses and see what we can learn about this precious word reconciled:

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NASB
(17)  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
(18)  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
(19)  namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
(20)  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
(21)  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 Ephesians 2:13-16 NASB
(13)  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
(14)  For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,
(15)  by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,
(16)  and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

Colossians 1:19-22 NASB
(19)  For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,
(20)  and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
(21)  And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
(22)  yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach–

First, we learn: It was God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ.  Next, we come to understand that He gave us the ministry of reconciliationWe understand that God’s motive was because He loves us, therefore God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.  God wants to use us in His ministry of reconciliation so He says to us that He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  As a result, the Holy Word says to us: Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ.  Question is: What is our word of reconciliation?  Here is what we say to a lost and dying world: We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  Because He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

What can we say to these things?  The only question that still needs to be answered is: Will we become ambassadors for Christ begging the lost to be reconciled to God?  We will NOT become ambassadors for Christ if we are afraid, don’t care or don’t see the lost as LOST. 

Fear is a show stopper because it keeps us from doing the will of God.  God says to the fearful: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28 NASB).  And It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31 KJV).

To those of us who “don’t care” about the lost, I ask you: Where would you be if someone didn’t care about you?  What kind of person would you be if Christ didn’t come into your heart and life?  I can tell you what you would be like.  You would be the person that is full of immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, and carousing.  So I ask you:  How did you change from all of that?  It was only because you were reconciled to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Do you care enough about your neighbor to share the word of reconciliation with him or her? The Lord says to you: ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’  (Matthew 18:33 NASB).

And to those who don’t see the lost as LOST, the Bible, God’s Holy Word says to each one: FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES; OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.”‘ (Acts 28:27 NASB).  We need to open our hearts to hear the message that the Lord is saying to us all.  … Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest (John 4:35 NASB). 

Question is do we hear His message: Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38 NASB).

Lord, what can I say but: Here am I, use me.  Lord, I want to be used by your Spirit to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.  Lord, you have been so good and merciful to me.  Lord, please use me to speak the word of reconciliation to others.  Give me the thoughts to say and the will to say it.  Lord, please forgive me for those times I have been silent when I should have spoken out.  Lord, please mold me into the spokesman you want me to be.  Lord I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


14 October 2016 Verse of the Day

I am sorry but there is no VOTD today due to technical difficulties with the web site.  The website just got fixed and I will post the next verse tomorrow, 15 October 2016.
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard


13 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:19 NASB  For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,

Your quiet time and time reading your Bible and reading the VOTD should be “all about” not only getting to know Christ better but it must include a personal examination of yourself in your relationship to Him.  The Holy Scriptures teach us that we are to “examine” ourselves before we partake of the Lord’s Supper.  But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup (1 Corinthians 11:28 NASB).  And I believe this “self-examination” should extend into all aspects of our relationship with our Lord and Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. We must examine ourselves daily and on a moment by moment basis.  We need to examine ourselves by asking ourselves questions like: What does the Lord want me to do?  Can I see the Lord doing this?  Can I ask God’s blessing on this? 

So the question comes to mind: Why do I say all of that for this VOTD?  It is because I feel most of the time we are examining the scriptures and are getting the facts about the Lord but the real question is: Do we get the “message” of the Lord?  Do we hear what He is saying to us?  Do we have our spiritual ears open?  Do we not only want to know more about Him but do we want to know Him more personally, more intimately?  Do we have a desire to become more like Him?  Do we want and desire to grow closer to Him and become more pleasing in His sight?  Bottom line: Do we want all of His fullness to dwell in us?  My friend, unless that is your goal in life, you are setting your sights on the wrong goal in life.

In order to better understand this verse and to let it penetrate our hearts and minds and let it sink down into our very souls, we need to try to fully understand some of the terms this verse uses.  The first term we want to think about is the last word in the verse: Him.  Who is it?  Why of course, it is our Lord Jesus Christ.  First, I want you to realize that in the Bible, we only have “one grain of sand” of knowledge compared to all the vast deserts and beaches of the world that can be known about Him.  In fact, the Bible tells us that: And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they *were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself *would not contain the books that *would be written (John 21:25 NASB).  The reason I point this out is because we are using our finite minds to try and understand the infinite.  No man can know or fully comprehend the fullness that dwells in Him.  He is beyond our knowledge.  Just as the Bible says: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB).  But as we seek to know Him hopefully we will come to the same conclusion that Paul came to in seeking to know Him: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me (1 Corinthians 15:10 NASB).

What does it mean to dwell?  The Bible Knowledge Commentary says: “dwell” (katoikēsai, “abide lastingly or permanently.”  So the very first thing we want to know and understand is that when we are talking about all the fullness to dwell in Him, we are talking about forever and ever.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8 NASB).  What does that have to do with our relationship with Him?  It means that there will NEVER EVER be a time in the history of man that Jesus is not able to save to the uttermost.  Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them (Hebrews 7:25 AMP).  He has all power in heaven and earth and He is able to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him. 

Finally, we come to maybe the most important word in our VOTD: fullness.  This is such a powerful term that Paul states it again in Chapter 2: For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form (Colossians 2:9 NASB).  So, in context with this verse, what does fullness mean or imply?  Fullness means as the John Gill commentary says that all the perfections of God are in Christ, as eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, immutability, independence, and existence abide.  As for the implications for us as individuals as to what all the fullness to dwell in Him means, I could not say it any better or more eloquently than what Barn’s Notes says it: This is to us a most precious truth. We have a Savior who is in no respect deficient in wisdom, power, and grace to redeem and save us. There is nothing necessary to be done in our salvation which he is not qualified to do; there is nothing which we need to enable us to perform our duties, to meet temptation, and to bear trial, which he is not able to impart. In no situation of trouble and danger will the church find that there is a deficiency in him; in no enterprise to which she can put her hands will there be a lack of power in her great Head to enable her to accomplish what he calls her to. We may go to him in all our troubles, weaknesses temptations, and needs, and may be supplied from his fullness – just as, if we were thirsty, we might go to an ocean of pure water and drink.

So the question for each of us is: Will we draw nigh unto our God so that He can mold us, as clay, into the vessel He wants us to be?  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up (James 4:8-10 KJV).

Lord, so many, many times I am reminded of what Paul said: Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? (Romans 7:24 NASB).  And then I am reminded of the answer to the question that comes in the very next verse: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! … (Romans 7:25 NASB).  Lord Jesus, you are such a wonderful and marvelous Savior.  Lord, I want you to be the Lord of my life this day.  I want to surrender every thought to be obedient to your way.  Lord, please help me to turn away from sin and to turn onto doing things your way.  Lord, help me to always remember to call upon you to enable me and strengthen me so that I can walk in a manner that is pleasing unto you.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


12 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:18 NASB  He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

When you read a verse of scripture like this one, you have to decide who it is talking about when it uses the capital pronoun He.  It could be referring to God the Father, God the Son or even God the Holy Ghost or as we know Him today, God the Holy Spirit.  So what in this verse helps you make the determining factor of which person in the trinity or the Godhead, this verse is talking about?  How about the phrase: and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.  That phrase in itself pretty much defines who this verse is talking about: the Lord Jesus Christ.  But if you come across a verse that doesn’t have a definitive statement like that, then you have to go by the context of the verse.  In other words, what’s the subject matter talking about and who is the subject of the surrounding verses.  Such as in our case, it is clear to see that our Lord Jesus Christ is the subject matter of this whole discussion and narration:
Colossians 1:13-18 NASB
(13)  For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
(14)  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
(15)  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
(16)  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.
(17)  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
(18)  He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

So, the first thing that is said in our VOTD is that the Lord Jesus Christ is also head of the body.  And when it uses the word also, it is referring to the fact that He is also head of other aspects in life.  How about He is head of the heavens and the earth.  He is head of the visible and the invisible.  He is head of all thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities.  How about He is head of all things and in Him all things hold together.  Where do I get such thoughts?  How about from verses 16 and 17 above and from: And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18 NASB).  What can we say to these things?  How about ALL PRAISE BE TO OUR GLORIOUS AND WONDERFUL SAVIOR: The Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, who knew no sin and that became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him…. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB).

Here are the facts: Jesus is also head of the body, the church.  And remember, the church is not the building or the denomination but the body of believers that come together to worship, pray and praise our Lord Jesus Christ.  The church is the body of born-again believers that represent the living Lord Jesus Christ.  The Holy Scriptures tell us to: and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24 NASB).  Now I ask you: How can you stimulate one another to love and good deeds unless you are meeting together regularly?  Sometimes I wonder, as I am sure that the Lord does also, if some Christians love the Lord at all.  Why do I wonder that?  Because they tend to NOT want to get together.  They tend to shy away.  They have more important things to do than to get together with other believers.  I believe that is why the writer of Hebrews goes on to say: not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:25 NASB).  The habit of some is to go fishing or boating or anything but church on Sundays.  They will reap what they are sowing…. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap (Galatians 6:7 NASB).

But brethren, we are convinced of better things from you.  For you love the Lord Jesus and want to worship Him in Spirit and Truth.  You want to recognize Him for who He truly is: The Lord of All.  You want to recognize that He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.  You want to recognize Him so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.  You pray to Him.  You ask Him to get involved in all that you say and do.  You are excited because you know He is going to be there when you need Him.  You know that there is nothing that is going to happen to you outside of His will.  You know that you can trust Him and that in the end He will be glorified by your submission to His will, His way and His power.  You have a desire and do praise Him in all that you say and do.  You want the world to know your Wonderful Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.  And you long to hear those precious words from His lips: … ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. … (Matthew 25:21 NASB).

Let me challenge you to be even more faithful and to call upon Him even more often than you have in the past.  Call upon Him even more and more.  Call on Him at every opportunity, in season and out, in good times or bad, in sickness or in health, call on Him so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.  The scriptures tell us that “there is none righteous” and I believe that we all have room for improvement in this area.  We all need to “grow in grace and knowledge” of our Lord Jesus.  And the best way to grow is to allow Him to get MORE involved in the next project that we are involved in.  And the only way I know of to let Him get more involved is for us to become more submissive.  Question: How do I become more submissive to His will?  There is only one way, by taking EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus our Lord. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB).

Can you sing this song with me?
Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling,
Come, follow Me!
And we see where Thy footprints falling
Lead us to Thee. 
Footprints of Jesus,
That make the pathway glow;
We will follow the steps of Jesus
Where’er they go. 

I challenge you to follow Jesus where ever He leads you…

Lord, I confess, I am like the kitchen faucet, I am running either hot or cold water.  Lord, please forgive me this sin.  Lord, I want to be hot for you.  I want to be a turned on all the time.  So Lord, please help me to be submissive to you and your will all the time.  Lord, I want to love you more.  I want to live closer to you.  I have a desire in my heart to be the kind of man that you can say “well done good and faithful slave.”  Lord, please motivate me and fill me with you Spirit so that I can do your Holy and Precious will.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


11 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:17 NASB  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Again, this verse is talking about the Lord Jesus Christ.  It makes some powerful claims and we want to know about these claims so that we can know more about our Wonderful Lord and Master.  First: He is before all things.  Such a short statement but it has wonderful implications to each believer.  One of the questions we want to ask is: Does the Bible back up this statement?  The answer: You bet it does.  Here are just some of the verses that validate and authenticate this statement:
 
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15 NASB).

“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. “From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth (Proverbs 8:22-23 NASB).

“I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me. “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, And there was no strange god among you; So you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “And I am God. “Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:11-13 NASB).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being (John 1:1-3 NASB).

And, “YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;  (Hebrews 1:10 NASB)

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:  (Revelation 2:8 NASB).

There are many more scriptures that validate that our Lord Jesus is before all things but the one scripture that I think of first and that declares that our Lord Jesus was first is: For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you  (1 Peter 1:20 NASB).  Jesus was not only before all things, He was even before the foundation of the world.  What does that mean to us?  My friend, it validates that He was the creator of all these things, because the creator must exist before that which He creates: For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16 NASB).

So what does the statement He is before all things do for us today?  It has everything to do with what is happening in our lives today.  Since the Lord Jesus made all things and knows all things and how everything works, He has infinite knowledge about all things.  The official term for all knowledge is omniscience which means He knows everything that there is to know.  He has all knowledge.  Now, you and I DON’T have all knowledge but we KNOW the One who has all knowledge.  And if we want to know the best way to be informed and stay informed about each situation that we come in contact with, then the first thing we need to do is INVITE Him into the situation.  We need to ask Him what His will for us to do in each situation.  We need to ask Him for the words to say.  We need to ask Him how we should respond. We need to ask Him so that we can do the right thing and say the correct things.  Because He will never ever steer us wrong.  Because He is before all things, we need to put Him before all things by asking Him to get involved in all things FIRST in our lives.

There is a second aspect to our VOTD and that is in Him all things hold together.  What do you think about when you think about holding something together?  The first word that comes to my mind is glue.  What is the definition of glue?  Glue is any of various strong adhesive substances; something that binds together.  And isn’t that what Jesus does for our lives.  Doesn’t He bind us together?  Our lives were coming apart at the seams but He stitched us back together again.  We would fall apart if we didn’t have His guidance and His leadership.  He is the glue that holds us together.  He is the one that gives us meaning and purpose for living.  He is the one who gives us the will and the way to “stick-to-our-tasks” and get the job done.  He is the one who holds us together.  I don’t mean to be sacrilegious when I say this and that is not how I mean it but Jesus is the glue that holds all things together in our lives. 

My friend, our VOTD lets us know: Without Him: you have NO knowledge. And without Him your life would be falling apart.  Ask yourself: What does Jesus want in return for giving us knowledge and wholeness?  Here is what He wants: Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'”  (Luke 4:8 NASB).  When is the last time you worshiped Him?  When is the last time you bowed down to Him?  When is the last time you praised Him and gave Him the credit for the good things that are happening in your life?   There is no better time to start than right now.

Lord, please forgive me for the times I have not paused to thank you for the knowledge that you give me.  Please forgive me for the times that I have not stopped to thank you for fixing my mess-ups.  Thank you Lord for being patient with me.  Lord Jesus, please help me to always remember that the first thing I need to do is invite you into every situation and every circumstance I find myself in.  Help me to call on you so that you can give me the knowledge and the understanding that I will need to respond and do the right things.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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