Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

30 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:6 NASB  which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;

You have to put the last two words of the previous verse in front of this VOTD to get the complete thought of it: Colossians 1:5 NASB  because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospelSo, we can say it is the gospel which has come to you.  So, we can say it is the gospel that is constantly bearing fruit and increasing in you.  So we can say it is the gospel that you heard and understood that comes to us by the grace of God in truth.  Do you see how important the gospel, the good news is to the Christian’s faith.  Without the gospel, the good news we have nothing and we are nothing.  But the facts are clear: We who believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, not only have the gospel, the good news, but it is also APPLIED to our lives by the grace of God in truth.

Do you know what “applied technology” is?  If you look up the definition of “applied technology” on google then you will come up with the definition of “applied science” which states: applied science – the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems.  How about we apply that principle to the gospel and see what happens.  What happens when we APPLY the gospel to the lives of individuals?  What does it do?  How does it act?  What does it produce?  How about: the gospel produces or is constantly bearing fruit.  And it is not only constantly bearing fruit but it is also increasing in you.  So we need to think about what this fruit is that the gospel is producing and is increasing in you.

So, now we come to need the definition of fruit.  What is the fruit that the gospel produces?  If I do a search in my New Testament on the word fruit I come up with 47 matches in 56 verses.  That’s a lot of fruit to define.  But one fact is true in every instance of this word and that is fruit is always produced by its parent, or its parents.  Fruit never is produced by itself.  It is always produced by what it is attached to, either physically or spiritually.   Here is another fact about fruit: It is always produced by the same kind or type that it is.  What I mean by that is: Parents produce the same kind of fruit.  Apple trees produce apples.  Orange trees produce oranges.  Apple trees never produce oranges or vice-versa.

So the question is: What kind of fruit does the gospel produce?  The answer to that question should be obvious.  Not only should it be obvious but the answer, to any mature Christian, should be instantaneous.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23 NASB).  Now I hear you.  I know what you are thinking… This verse doesn’t say the fruit of the gospel but it says the fruit of the Spirit is…

So let’s think about that for just a moment.  How does the gospel get applied to your life, your heart, your mind and your very soul?  The agent, the One who applies the gospel to your lives is the Spirit of truth.  The Spirit of Grace.  The Spirit of Holiness.  The Spirit of the Risen Lord.  The Spirit of God.  It makes no difference what name you apply to the Spirit of God, the same principle applies to Him.  He is the third person of the Trinity.  He is the one who convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement.  He is the one who regenerates the lost sinner.  He is the one who enables us.  He is the one who gives us the power to walk and live in the truth.  He is the one who empowers us by our faith in the gospel to produce the fruit of the gospel that lets us show the world what love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control is.  So, the gospel of God produces the fruit of God by the Spirit of God so that we may be called the sons and daughters of God.

Here is the bottom line, my friend:  God is in you to show the world that the living God is alive and real.  He wants to use you and me to show the world that He is a loving, giving God that will go the second mile, turn the other cheek and help them in every situation.  And the only way He can do that is when we let the gospel, the good news produce the fruit of God in our lives by letting these scriptures become true in our lives:  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:24-25 NASB).

‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ (Matthew 25:35-36 NASB).

Lord, help me to always remember that faith without works is dead.  Lord, I want to be alive.  I want to be always walking in the Spirit of the Living God.  Help me Lord to always yield my life to your Spirit so that you can produce the fruit that only can come from you.  Lord, my very sin nature craves attention.  But Lord, by your grace, I can yield myself to your Spirit in me and when I do I know that I will think, say and do the right thing every time.  Lord, please use me this day to not only worship you and praise you but to help my neighbor who needs you in their lives.  Lord, let me show the love of Christ to others.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


29 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:5 NASB  because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel

I need for us to think about this verse differently.  Normally when we read we think about the thoughts it gives us as we read.  But for this verse, I want us to start at the end and work backwards in our thinking.  What is the very last word in this VOTD? Gospel.  Where does the gospel come from? The word of truth.  How did the first century people get the gospel from the word of truth?  They heard it from others who told them.  And, what does the gospel, from the word of truth which they heard produce?  Hope.  Where is this hope?  It is laid up for you in heaven.

Do you see the progress that it gets you from despair to hope?  And where does it all start? It all starts with the gospel.  I know that I have covered this before in our VOTD but it never hurts to review.  Why?  Because it helps us to remember.  And we want to ALWAYS remember what the Lord God has done for us.  Question: What is the gospel? Where can you find the gospel spelled out in God’s Holy Word?  Just remember 1 Corinthians 15…. Turn there in your Bible and you will find it right away.  Here is the gospel, the Good News, for all of mankind:
1 Corinthians 15:1-8 NASB
(1)  Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
(2)  by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
(3)  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
(4)  and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
(5)  and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
(6)  After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;
(7)  then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;
(8)  and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

The four important parts of the gospel:
1. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
2. He was buried.
3. He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
4. He appeared.

Those are the Facts of the gospel… the good news.  Now facts don’t help us unless we do something with them.  Facts by themselves don’t help us or enable us or do anything for us unless we do something with the facts.  The fact is that you probably have a car.  It does you no good as just a fact.  The fact is that you have a car.  That is the fact.  But unless you BELIEVE in that car and what it can do for you it is useless.  But once you believe in that car and get in that car then that car can DO SOMETHING FOR YOU.  Do you see, know and understand that the “fact” of having a car does nothing for you.  But if you “get in” that car, and let it take you some place… Now we are talking about the “benefits” of having a car.

I am sure you see the application of the fact of having a “car” and the fact of the gospel but just in case you don’t let me apply the principle of the car to the gospel.  The fact of having the gospel, the good news is useless unless you BELIEVE in the gospel.  What does it mean to believe in the gospel?  It means the same thing as “getting into the car.”  You have to Believe in the good news before it can do anything for you.  You BELIEVE in the good news by giving yourself to it.  You “get into it” by faith.  Faith in what, you ask?  Faith in the fact that Jesus 1. Died for you.  2.  That He was buried for you. 3.  That He was raised from the dead for you.  4.  That He appeared for you so that you can BELIEVE in Him.  The fact is that HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WHO DIED FOR YOUR SINS AND WAS RAISED AGAIN FOR YOU.  Do I need to remind you that “Without faith it is impossible to please Him…”? 

Here is the difference between the “car” and the gospel.  You get into the car to drive it.  Not so with the gospel.  Once you believe in the gospel, and it “gets into you by the power of the Holy Spirit” being born-again… it drives you.  You become driven by it.  It is what motivates you, drives you and empowers you.  All you need to do is submit to it.

Now comes the good part: What does the gospel produce?  What is the final result of the gospel, the good news?  Hope.  And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5 NASB).  My friend, your hope in the gospel, the good news that Jesus died, was buried and rose again does not disappoint because your hope is laid up for you in heaven.  One day there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.  And on that day your hope will become reality.  On that day, every eye will see and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11 NASB).  I am so looking forward to that day and I pray that you are also.

Lord, I pray that you will forgive me.  I have not always let the gospel, the good news drive me nor control me.  Lord, please forgive me of this great sin.  Lord, I need for you to live in me this day to drive me and motivate me with your thoughts and ideas.  I need to know how to think and respond to each situation exactly the way you would if you were here.  Lord, please use me this day to be a spokesman for you.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


28 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:4 NASB  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints;

As usual, when we have a verse that starts off with since, we have to look back to the previous verse the get the complete thought: We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,  (Colossians 1:3 NASB).  So now we know some facts that we didn’t know yesterday in our VOTD.  Now we know the reason “why” We (Paul and Timothy, from verse 1) were giving thanks and why they were praying always for the Christians in Colossae.  The “why” is stated in two reasons:  First, because of their faith in Christ Jesus.  And Second, because of their love which you have for all the saints.

These two reasons “why” is what we want to think about today.  Why is it that you give thanks?  What is it you are thankful for?  Why do you ever thank God the Father?  Well, first of all you can thank Him in a selfish way.  You can thank Him for the wrong things.  You can thank Him like the Pharisee did: “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ (Luke 18:11-12 NASB).  Why is this wrong?  It is just like Paul said to the Roman Christians: But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? (Romans 2:3 NASB).  This Pharisee was practicing the same thing himself in that … for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled … (Luke 18:14 NASB). 

My friend, I want you to notice what Paul and Timothy were “thankful” for.  It was not about them or their ministry or even anything what they had done.  No, no.  They were thankful for what God was doing in others.  First, they were thankful for your faith in Christ Jesus.  Who was working in their lives so that they might have that faith or increase that faith?  We give thanks to God, the Father.  They were giving thanks for what God the Father was doing in the lives of others, not in what He was doing in Paul and Timothy’s lives.  The Pharisee was focused on himself.  Paul and Timothy were focused on others and what God the Father was doing in the lives of others.  So, here is our first lesson that we can learn from today’s VOTD: Get your eyes off of yourself, and start thinking about others.  We need to focus on their needs, desires and necessities.  Why do we have a food pantry?  Why are we having a clothing giveaway?  Why do we minister and reach out to others?  Because that is what it is all about.  So that others might have faith in Christ Jesus.  God the Father works in many mysterious and wonderful ways.  But the absolute best way that He can work is when we are ready, willing and able to help others put their faith in Christ Jesus.  All He wants from us is a “yes” and then He can and will lead us in the path of righteousness for His name sake to meet the needs of others so that they can put their faith, hope and trust in Christ Jesus.

Then there is a second aspect of what Paul and Timothy were thankful for.  And that is that the Colossian Christians already had the right focus.  They had the right attitude and were all about their love which they have for all the saints.  Love for others is something that you can’t command.  Love for others is something that you can’t demand.  Love for others is something that only grows as the Holy Spirit in you grows and becomes stronger and stronger in you.  You and I know the Lord’s command to us is that we “love our neighbor as ourselves.”  He gives us that command but it is not effective as long as our eyes are on ourselves.  His command to “love our neighbor” only starts as we start loving them in our thoughts and prayers and giving ourselves to God the Father so that He can instill in us a love that we have for all the saints.

So question is: How do we know that we have a love for all the saints.  Well, you can answer that question by asking another question:  Who do you like to be around?  Who do you want to spend time with?  Is it your beer drinking, cursing buddies at work?  Is it the people who never go to church and make you laugh at their dirty jokes?  Is it the people who use the Lord’s name in vain?  My friend, let me give you a verse of scripture that should give you a warning: Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”  (1 Corinthians 15:33 NASB).  If you love the saints then you want to be around them and spend time with them.  Where do the saints want to spend their time?  With other saints.  Where do the saints meet?  At the house of worship.  Why?  Because they want to give thanks to God the Father.

As He gives us the capacity and the willingness to love all the saints, we then become those people who want to give of ourselves to others.  We want to help them and do for them.  We want to meet their needs.  We want to help them solve the problems that they face.  We want to ease their pain, sorrow and suffering.  Why?  It all started because we got our eyes off of ourselves and started focusing on God, the Father and His will and His doings.

So here is where we all need to get to:  Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about the needs of others.  Ask the Lord God of heaven and earth what it is that He wants you to focus on today.  Ask Him to help you see the needs of others so that He might motivate you to show His love for them through you.  Meet the needs of others and you will be doing the will of God, the Father.

Lord, again and again I have to confess that I am so woefully short in this area.  It is so easy to think about my problems and my difficulties.  So, Lord, I am asking you to help me to stop thinking about myself and my petty issues and help me to see people where they are and to focus on their needs and issues.  Lord, help me to show the love of Christ to them by the things I say and do.  Please use me this day.  Lord I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


27 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:3 NASB  We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

There are two thoughts to this verse and I want us to think about both of them in relationship to our own lives in Christ Jesus.  The first thought is: We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And the second thought is: praying always for you.

Why would Paul be giving thanks for the Colossian Christians, especially if he had never met them as I mentioned in a previous VOTD?  Well, it could be that Paul was giving thanks because of the things he had heard about what the Colossian Christians were saying, doing and what they believed about God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Just as “bad news travels fast,” so good news can “travel fast” also.  Why?  Because it is “news.”  And we as humans like to tell other humans of unusual events and happenings.  We like to be the “first” to tell and we like to be the “first” to hear.  Somehow, it makes us feel special to be “first.”  Can you not hear the “first century grape vine” spreading the thoughts about the Colossian Christians…. “Do you know what I heard about those Colossian Christians that they believe in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and that they….”  I wonder what their “grape vine” was called?  Instead of Facebook it might have been called VineBook or some other imaginative word that described the happenings of the day.

But the facts are clear to us because they come from God’s Holy Inspired Word… the Bible.  The fact is: Paul was giving thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the Colossian Christians.  Which brings us to the first question about us.  What does your Pastor hear about you?  Better yet, what does your Pastor know about you?  How does he think about you?  Is he thankful for you? Or does he think about you in terms of how Paul thought about some of his fellow Jews?  that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart (Romans 9:2 NASB).  Or does he think in terms that he is so thankful you are a part of his life, his heart and his ministry.  You might not even think he knows you but he does.  Now comes the real question: Can your pastor say the same thing about you that Paul said about the Colossian Christians?  Can he say that he is giving thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for you?  He most certainly can IF…. And that is a BIG IF, you are walking and being led by the Spirit of the Living God.  He most definitely can if you love the Lord your God and are giving evidence of the Spirit of God in your life.  He most certainly can if your actions and words display the source of your strength that it comes from the Holy Spirit within you.  But let me tell you a little secret: Your pastor is giving thanks for you even if you don’t know that he sees or even knows you.  How do I know that?  Because your pastor has a shepherd’s heart.  He is the shepherd of the sheep and that’s you and me.  He wants the best for us.  He wants to lead us and guide us and point us toward the master shepherd: Jesus Christ.  The sheep don’t belong to him because he is just the shepherd of the sheep.  “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice (John 10:2-4 NASB). 

Which brings us to the second question: Why was Paul giving thanks for the Colossian Christians?  Because I believe they were doing what this verse says: But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh (Galatians 5:16 NASB).  I believe the Colossian Christians were walking by the Spirit of the Living God and they were not only saying the right things about Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son but they were also doing the right things as the Spirit of God led them.  Therefore, Paul was giving thanks for them.  Will we not say and do the right things if we are being led by the Spirit of the Living God also?  Yes, we most defiantly will say and do the right things for the same Spirit that led them will also lead us.

The next thought I want us to consider is the last phrase in our VOTD: praying always for you.  Since Paul was giving thanks for them, why would he need to pray for them?  And not only just pray but praying always for them?  Most people only pray and even think about praying for someone when there is a “problem.”  Why would Paul need to pray always if there was no problem?  Well, let me ask you a question: When do you buy insurance for your car or your house, before or after you need it?  You never buy insurance “after” you need it but “before” you need it.  Most of us are praying after we need it and not before.  We are asking the Lord to “patch things up” instead of “protect us” from the evil one.  Wouldn’t we be much better off asking for God’s “hedge of protection” rather than his “healing hand”?  Isn’t it true that an “ounce of protection” is better than a “pound of cure”?

So, just as Paul was praying always for the Colossian Christians, so also should we.  The Holy Scriptures tell us Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much (James 5:16 NASB).  I believe, as should you, that we need to lift up our pastor and his wife and their family in our daily prayer.  We need to pray for our deacons, their wives and their ministries.  We need to pray for one another and lift one another up.  We need to pray that God will not only lead and guide us as a Church but as individuals.  We need to pray that the Living God will protect each one of us from the evil one.  For when we do, this verse becomes true in our lives and in the lives of our fellow believers: But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NASB).

Lord, help me to always remember to pray and give thanks to you for not only my pastor and his family but also for my fellow Christian believers.  Lord, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Satan is alive and well because I have seen him working in non-believers through the ministry of hate and anger.  Lord, help me to love my neighbor as myself and to always be ready, in season and out of season to pray for them that you might not only protect them but enable them to fight the good fight of faith.  Lord, please make me the man you want me to be this day by filling me with your Spirit and guiding me into the truth.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


26 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:2 NASB  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Paul’s letter says that he is writing: To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae.  And that he wants them to have grace and peace from God our Father.  Let’s think about what these two statements mean to us for today.

When Paul penned these words way back in about 61AD, were these only meant for the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae?  Or were they meant for us also?  What a silly question.  Of course they were meant for us also because we know that All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB).   Paul often times encouraged Christians to read other letters that he had written so that he could not only instruct them it the life of holiness but also encourage them in the faith: When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea (Colossians 4:16 NASB).  I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren (1 Thessalonians 5:27 NASB).

Which bring up another point: When Paul says to have this letter read to all the brethren it reminds us of the facts that: 1. Not everyone could read in Paul’s day.  And so “others” who could read, would read the letters to you.  And 2. That there were no Bibles back in Paul’s day.  Can you imagine not having a Bible?  I don’t know about you my friend, but I MUST have my Bible.  I can’t go a day without it.  I hope and pray you can’t either.  In Paul’s day, there were only letters from Paul and some of the other apostles.  And an interesting fact is that these “letters” needed to be verified as authentic.  That’s why in many of Paul’s letters, you find him saying things like: See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand (Galatians 6:11 NASB).  And: The greeting is in my own hand–Paul (1 Corinthians 16:21 NASB).  Why would he need to do that?  Because the Holy Scriptures remind us of the fact that: For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist (2 John 1:7 NASB).  The early Christians wanted to verify that the letter was authentic so that they would know they were being taught the truth from a reliable source.  Just as Paul says how he was not taught the gospel that he preached but he received it by revelation from the source, Jesus Christ: For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12 NASB).

So based upon what we know the will of God is, we can say this letter is not only written to the saints at Colossae but to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are here right now.  The Bible’s principles are timeless.  They speak to every generation and to all cultures and to every situation and circumstance: For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12 NASB).

But here is something that is strange about the Bible.  It only speaks to and teaches the saints and faithful brethren in Christ.  It guides them and directs them as to how they need to think, what they are to say and how they are to live their lives in Christ Jesus.  Question is: Why is it only guiding and directing the saints and faithful brethren in Christ?  Because first we need to have ears to hear the message of what the Bible is saying to us: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 11:15 NASB).  In other words, if you don’t have spiritual ears you CAN’T hear spiritual truth, which is the message that the Bible is teaching.

So now the question is: What does the Bible say to the non-Christian?  How about: and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15 NASB).  You see the Bible is unique in the sense that when two different people read it, it gives two different messages.  To the born-again believer, it gives the message: so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10 NASB).  But to the non-Christian, the Bible has an entirely different message.  Everything he/she reads is convicting them of their sin, their un-righteousness and of the judgement to come: “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged (John 16:8-11 NASB).

So the bottom line is this: What do you sense when you read the Bible?  Do you sense that it is explaining the way of holiness to you?  Does it teach you how you are to live, act and have your being?  Does it instruct you and guide you and teach you what you are to think, say and do?  Or does it tell you that you are not right with God?  Does it constantly and consistently remind you that you are not in a right relationship with God and that you need Jesus in your life?  My friend if that is you, then there is only one thing you need to do: Repent and believe in Jesus.  Confess your sin to Him.  Believe in Him.  And call on the Lord to save you from your sins: But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” (Romans 10:8-11 NASB).

Lord, so long ago you convicted me of my sins and told me that I was bound for hell.  But praise God, I repented of my sins and I invited you to come into my life and make me a Christian.  Lord, I have seen so many, many changes in my life.  But the most important change has been that I am growing to love you Lord more and more every day.  Lord, please enable me to turn away from sin this day and to walk in a manner that is pleasing to you.  I love you Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


25 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 1:1 NASB  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

And so we come to the Book of Colossians.  I want us to look into the precious little book that is only four chapters long, not because it is the next book right after Philippians but because I believe that is where the Lord wants us to go next.  In everything we say and do we need to be in prayer about what we are doing and as I was finishing Philippians, I was asking the Lord what book we should look at next.  And since this book was the burden on my heart that is where I believe we need to go.  That is what faith is all about.  It is asking in prayer and doing what you believe the Lord wants you to do.  Because, trust me, if He doesn’t like what you are planning, He can and will surely let you know.  Because anything outside of His will is sin and we all know what it is to be convicted of sin. 

So what do we know about why Paul wrote this book?  Well, it is interesting fact that the town of Colossae was a small town as we learn from the Believers Bible Commentary: Most of Paul’s Letters were written to congregations in large or important cities: Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi. Colossae was a town that had seen better days. Even the assembly there did not become well-known in early church history. In short, were it not for this inspired Epistle to the Christians there, Colossae would today be a name known only to students of ancient history.  Although the place was insignificant, the Letter that the apostle sent there is very important. Along with John 1 and Hebrews 1, Colossians 1 presents the most marvelous exposition of the absolute deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since this doctrine is fundamental to all Christian truth, its value cannot be over stressed.

Another interesting fact is that Paul may have never visited Colossae.  We learn this from a couple of verses.  First, the gospel was first preached by Epaphras:  just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf (Colossians 1:7 NASB).  And Paul makes a statement for all of those who have not personally seen his face: For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face (Colossians 2:1 NASB).

But as to “why” Paul wrote this letter to them, we can only know that the Lord in His infinite wisdom burden Paul’s heart and mind to share his thoughts, mind and soul with them so that they might know the truth of the gospel.  This is another one of the “prison” epistles as Barn’s Notes tell us: This Epistle is believed to have been written at Rome, when Paul was a prisoner there, and at about the same time that the Epistle to the Ephesians, and the Epistle to Philemon, were written; and that they were all sent by the same persons.  But I believe the most important reason that we want to read and study this little book is so that we may know the truth:  So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32 NASB).

And so we come to our VOTD.  What does God want us to learn from this introduction to the book?  Paul tells us that he is an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God.  And that brings up a thought about you and me.  How would you describe yourself in one sentence?  If you had to write down one sentence about your whole life, what would it say?  This one little sentence says a lot about Paul.  It doesn’t give the details but it gives us the outcome.  The outcome of God’s will.  Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ.  Not by his own will or by his own choosing but by God’s will and by God’s choosing and by God’s doing, just as he says: by the will of God. 

Paul’s apostleship was the most important thing in his life.  It described his motivation and purpose for everything he did and said.  It was his purpose for living in life.  And it was all due to the fact that he did not chose it but God did: by the will of God.  So the question still remains.  If you are going to describe your life and motivation for living in one little short sentence, what would you say?  Would you talk about your job or maybe your family or even your education?  Maybe you might talk about your past such as your parents or your military service.  What would you say?  Here is a thought: How about your relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ.  What could be more important than that?  How about: … for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day (2 Timothy 1:12 NASB).   Or how about: that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death (Philippians 3:10 NASB).  Or maybe you want to say: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me (Galatians 2:20 NASB).

Whatever you want to say, it should sum up all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done in your life because that is the most important thing in your whole life.  Without Him you can do nothing and are nothing.  He is “life”:  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men (John 1:4 NASB).  He has a will for your life: for in Him we live and move and exist … ‘For we also are His children.’ (Acts 17:28 NASB).  And it is by God’s doing that we are in Christ Jesus: But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30 NASB).

Just as Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, so you are someone in Jesus Christ by the will of God.  Because the Holy Scriptures say to us that:  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 (Romans 8:29 NASB).

Lord, I know that you are working in my life because I don’t think nor act like I used to.  All I can say is thank you Lord for your goodness and mercy toward me.  But Lord, I am nowhere near where I should be.  I see so many areas that I am short in.  I need to change in so many, many ways.  Lord, please help me to be motivated to change to become more like Jesus.  Lord, I want you to get all of the glory and praise for any good things that others may see in me.  I want them to praise your Holy Name.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


24 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:23 NASB  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

And we come to the end of Philippians… The very last verse.  The very last word that Paul wants to communicate to his fellow saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi.  What does he want the very last and very most important thing in their lives to be?  Grace, grace and more grace.  Not just any kind of grace.  Not grace in general but a very specific kind of grace: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.  And where does he want that specific grace to be effective the most?  Well of course, Paul wants it to be with your spirit.  Upon these two thoughts hang the most important salutation in this letter. 

So, even though we have covered the meaning of grace in previous VOTDs, we want to look at this term so that we can grasp its meaning and apply it to our phrase.  We want the full impact of this concept to penetrate the very fiber of our core.  We want to understand so that we can know the hope that is so freely given to us.  Webster’s helps us a great deal in our understanding of this important word: Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.  Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin.  The application of Christ’s righteousness to the sinner.  Virtuous or religious affection or disposition, as a liberal disposition, faith, meekness, humility, patience, &c. proceeding from divine influence. To dignify or raise by act of favor; to honor.  In each one of these statements above, we can see that our Lord Jesus Christ is working to improve and lift up our status so that the scriptures might be fulfilled which says: 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 (Romans 8:29 NASB).

Our hearts desire and longing is to become more like Jesus every day.  We long to be like Him, more in what we say and how we say it.  We want to be more like Him in what we do and how we do it.  We want to think more like Him.  We want to be more like Him.  And our problem is….????  Of course, our problem is that we still have a sin nature.  We will ALWAYS have a sin nature as long as we are in this world.  But our sin nature doesn’t stop our desire to be more like Him.  Jesus said: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied (Matthew 5:6 NASB).  So as you hunger and thirst for righteousness, or to become more like Him, ask yourself: How is that going to happen?  If I want to be more like Jesus, and I have a horrible sin nature, how in the world am I ever, if ever, going to become more like Jesus?  It seems to me for every step I take up, I fall back two.  How am I ever going to climb the ladder of holiness and righteousness?

Can anyone answer the question above?  Of course you can: grace, grace, it is all of grace.  Here is what we all need, desire and crave: GRACE.  So now that I know what I need, how do I get it?  How do I get more grace?  And a specific kind of grace; the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Let me give you one thought and one thought alone that will meet your need for more grace.  What one thing can you do to get more grace?  How about more obedience…!!!  WOW… Now there is a concept.  More grace equals more obedience.  Have you never read the scripture that says: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap (Galatians 6:7 NASB).  But don’t stop with this verse, go on to read the rest of it for then we will see how this applies to our situation: For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary (Galatians 6:8-9 NASB).

I don’t know if you understand this but sowing to the Spirit means the same thing as obedience to the Spirit.  You can’t be rebellious and sow to the Spirit.  You must become obedient.  Here is Paul’s goal for ever gentile, that’s you and me: through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake (Romans 1:5 NASB).  If you want more of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to be in your life, then you MUST become more obedient to His will, His way, and allow Him to guide and direct your life in all things.  I tell you this without hesitation: You will never get more of Him than you have right now if you don’t allow Him to influence and direct your life more right now.  And realize this: grace is never bought or earned.  He is under no obligation to do anything for us sinners.  But… due to His love for you and me, He will give us more grace as we show Him how much we love Him by becoming more obedient to Him. 

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace (John 1:16 NASB).  That’s what we all need, desire and crave: grace upon grace.  Scriptures tell us that: For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ(John 1:17 NASB).  I am just saying the same thing that the Holy Scriptures say: If you want more grace, then you will realize that you get more grace through Jesus Christ because you have become more obedient to Jesus Christ.

Bottom line: For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:36 NASB).

Lord, I long for and yearn for more grace.  And I realize that the only way I will ever get more grace is by becoming more obedient.  Lord, help me to realize when I am thinking the wrong way.  Help me when I am looking at things the wrong way.  Help me to see, know and understand how you think so that I can see, know and think the same way.  Lord, I want to please you in all things that I do this day.  Please live in me and guide me by the Holy Spirit that is in me so that I can me the man you want me to be.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


23 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:22 NASB  All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.

This verse has close ties to the previous verse which says: Philippians 4:21 NASB  Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you.  The subject of both of these verses is as you can well see, all about the word greet.  We very often don’t think much about our greeting one another but we should.  In a large number of Paul’s letters, he uses this word numerous times.  So, greeting should become something we not only think about but also do.  Let’s look at some of the verses where this word is used and see what the Lord wants us to learn from it.

Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen (Romans 16:21 NASB).

Gaius, host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus, the brother (Romans 16:23 NASB).

All the saints greet you (2 Corinthians 13:13 NASB).

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers (Philemon 1:23-24 NASB).

Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you (Hebrews 13:24 NASB).

She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark (1 Peter 5:13 NASB).

You can see from the above verses that as followers of Christ we are to greet one another as we arrive and we are to give greetings to one another as we depart.  My question is: Why?  Well here are just some of the thoughts as to why we should be obedient to this early Christian practice:

We are strengthened by it.  Sometimes all it takes is for a Christian brother or sister to greet us with that special greeting that only they can give to help us face the trials and tribulations that we know we are going to face that day.  God’s Holy Word says to us: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10 NASB).  And sometimes all it takes is a greeting from our fellow saints to give us that strength.

We are encouraged by it.  Again and again the Word tells us to encourage one another: Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB).  But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13 NASB).  Again, what can encourage us any more than a Christian friend giving us a warm and loving greeting? 

We are comforted by it.  All of us have trials and tribulations.  You never know what a sister or brother is going through.  We all need to be comforted.  When you greet your brother or sister with a special greeting then you comfort them even though you might not know it.  It is your words, your kindness and your love of the Lord that helps them to see the light at the end of the tunnel of trials that they are going through.  God’s Word says to us: Therefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:18 NASB).  Your greeting in the Lord’s Spirit gives comfort that your brother needs and desires.

Because the early church practiced greeting, then we need to do the same.  I believe the Lord is saying to each one of us about our Christian greetings:

We need to give it.  Make up your mind to have your own personal greeting.  What would you like to say to others?  Maybe something like: I pray the Lord blesses you this day.

We need to embrace it.  Make up your minds today to do it.  If the Lord is speaking to you about your greetings, then here is the Word of the Lord to you: while it is said, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.”  (Hebrews 3:15 NASB).

We need to let it become a habit in our lives.  A habit is something we do constantly and consistently.  It is something we have done so long that we do it without even thinking about it.  Our Christian greeting should become our trademark.  It should be something we are known for.  Why?  Because our Lord God is glorified by our Christian greeting.

Lord, I want you to be glorified in everything I say and do.  Lord, please burden my heart to make it my habit to greet my Christian brothers and sisters with a special greeting in the Spirit and Love that only Christ can give.  Help me to not only remember but to make it a habit in my life so that you can use it over and over again to comfort those around me.  Help me to let it be made known everywhere I go that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father through my greetings.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


22 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:21 NASB  Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you.

You might be thinking to yourself: What in the world could Bob want to say about this verse?  Is there anything spiritual in this verse?  How will this verse help me, as a Christian, walk in a manner that is pleasing to my Lord Jesus Christ? 

Well, to tell you the truth, I believe this verse says a lot to each of us as to how we think as Christ-following believers.  This verse brings many questions to my mind and I believe it should to yours also.  What questions, you ask?  Well, how about: What does the Lord mean when He had His saint pen these words?  What does it mean to greet?  How are we supposed to greet every saint?  Who are saints?  And the list can go on and on.  Why?  Why do so many questions come to mind?  Maybe it is because inquiring minds want to know what the “will of the Lord is.”  Maybe it is because if we are going to please our Lord and Master in all respects, then we need to know “all the facts” so that we can live our lives in such a manner to please Him.

OK, so let’s get the basics out of the way: Define greet.  I believe Webster’s basic definition will meet our needs on this word: To address with expressions of kind wishes; to salute in kindness and respect.  So, if I am going to address someone with expressions of kind wishes, what am I going to say and how am I going to say it?  If you plan beforehand what and how to say things, sometimes they come out as “not real” or fake.  And as Christians, we NEVER want to be fake.  But I believe, if you ask the Lord what to say and how to say it, it will never come out as fake but as genuine.  But in truth, what you are and how you feel on the inside usually comes out in your greetings.  So, if you feel you are blessed and full of the Spirit of Jesus, it comes out in your greetings.  But if you are self-centered and in a “oh woe is me” attitude, that comes across also.  Think about it.  How you feel about yourself comes out in your greetings.  So, if we are going to greet every saint in Christ Jesus with expressions of kind wishes, then we need to be in a right relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now I want you to notice the scope of this word: greet.  The Lord doesn’t say to us, and yes, even though Paul penned these words, I believe it is the Lord speaking to us through Paul.  So the Lord doesn’t say to us ONLY greet, or greet some.  No, no.  He says greet every.  So, every saint gets a greeting with expressions of kind wishes.  But do we?  Or is it just like we greet everyone else… morning… with that unexpressive attitude and down-in-the-mouth attitude that most of us have in the morning.  But you say: You don’t understand, I am not a morning person.  I can’t be perky early in the morning.  The only reason you “can’t” is because you are the one trying to do it instead of letting the Lord “work” through you.  I want you to try something… Before you ever get out of bed… I want you to start doing what the Bible tells you to do in this verse:  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2 NASB).  I want you to start thinking about how good God is and how much He has blessed you.  I want you to thank Him and praise Him and worship Him before you ever let your feet hit the floor.  Or better yet, before your knees hit the floor… Hint, hint…  Now that you are praising God for all of His goodness, mercy and grace, see if that does not change your frame of mind and you want to greet every saint in Christ Jesus with expressions of kind wishes.  And I might add, that includes your spouse.  When is the last time that you greeted him or her with “Good morning my sweetheart.  I pray the Lord blesses you this day.”  Try it, you will like giving it.  And pretty soon, what goes around, comes around.  Your mate will start saying the same things to you.  Which, by the way, the home is where all of these greetings start.

So now let’s progress on to the work place.  If we are going to do what this verse says: greet every saint in Christ Jesus, then we are going to have to know “who” every saint in Christ Jesus is.  Do you know who at work are believers?  Do you know which ones have “died to-self” and are “living for Jesus?” No… Well why not?  It probably is because you left your “religion” at church or stuffed Jesus into your Bible back home and won’t let Him come out to work with you.  Might I say, if you are going to greet every saint in Christ Jesus, then you are going to have to take the first step?  You are going to have to let “others” know you believe in Jesus.  You are going to have to “put yourself out there” and ask them if they are a believer.  Maybe you might even want to start by asking them if they go to church.  That is a good “safe” place to start.  And if they don’t go to church…. Then guess what…. INVITE THEM!!           

Once you find out who the saints are at work, then you can give them a special greeting with expressions of kind wishes.  You can say things like “I pray the Lord Jesus blesses you this day.”  “Isn’t God good?”  “I want the Lord to keep you this day.”  There is all kinds of phrases that you can think of to wish your fellow saints a good day with a special greeting.  In fact, if you feel bold, you could even put you hand on their shoulder and bow your heads and have a quick word of prayer.  What, in the workplace?  You bet!!!  Try it.  You’ll like it.  Guaranteed.  As a fellow Christian said to me at work after a quick prayer: “I have goose bumps.”

So, what’s the bottom line?  I believe the Lord wants us to get to know who our fellow saints are and I believe He wants us to greet one another with a special greeting that only fellow Christ-followers can appreciate or share.  There should be a special kinship between fellow believers.  And you can’t greet them if you don’t know who they are.  So, bottom line is we are going to have to “let it be made known” who we are, so that we can know who “they” are.  And if you are afraid to take that step to let others know you are a believer, then ask the Lord to empower you and fill you.  Once you are “filled with the Spirit” you can’t help but speak the words of Christ… Just like Peter did: Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people (Acts 4:8 NASB).

Lord, help me to always remember, my day starts before I ever get out of bed.  Help me to set my mind on things above before I ever get out of bed.  Help me to always greet my fellow believers with a special word and warmness that can only be shared between believers.  And Lord, help me to always greet not only my brothers and sisters in a warm, friendly way but also my lost companions that I work with.  Help me to share the love of Jesus with them in a special way so that they will come to want what I have an abundance of due to your grace and mercy.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


21 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:20 NASB  Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

And now we are down to the final four verses of Philippians.  I don’t know about you my friend, but time has flown by on this precious little book.  I have enjoyed it so much because it speaks of the preciousness of our God and Father as well as glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ.  And to me that is what it is all about.  Just like our current VOTD, this whole book is a testimony to the glory of our God and Father and our precious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now I want you to notice that as Christians, as Christ-followers, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ that He is the Savior of the world and our own personal Savior, this verse gives us some very specific instructions.  You might not think about this verse as instructions but they are there.  You just have to look for them.  You have to ask yourself some questions.  Questions like: When, who, what and how long?  Here let me give you the quick answers from this VOTD:
When = Now
Who = Our God and Father
What = Glory
How long = forever and ever.

Ask yourself a question: When does God want me to worship Him?  And the answer comes back to you: Now.  Does it make any difference where you are at?  No.  Does it make any difference what you are wearing?  No.  Does it make any difference what you are doing?  No.  Anytime, anyplace and anywhere is a good time to worship in spirit and truth.  “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24 NASB). 

But as encouraging as the verses above are to worship the Father in spirit and truth, let me warn you.  If you have unconfessed sin in your life and heart, He only wants to hear your prayer of confession.  He doesn’t want to hear about your wants, needs and desires… No, no.  He wants to hear you admit that you have sinned.  We need to make up our minds beforehand that we will admit that we have sinned and need forgiveness if we ever hope to worship the Father in spirit and truth.  We need to become like the son who returned to his father after squandering his wealth in riotous living and say: “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  (Luke 15:21 NASB).   If there is the sin of unforgiveness in our lives, we need to forgive others before we can even worship the Father in spirit and truth:  “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions (Mark 11:25 NASB). 

When you worship, you need to think of Him in terms of Our God and Father.  He is YOUR God.  He is YOUR Father.  It is true, He is the God of the universe and of all things.  But equally true is the fact that He is your Personal God.  He is the one who caused you to be born again.  Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  (John 3:3 NASB).   He is, as Webster’s tells us: The Supreme Being; Jehovah; the eternal and infinite spirit, the creator, and the sovereign of the universe.  And He is the one who feeds you.  He is the One who watches over you.  He is the One who enables you.  He is the One who gives you life, breath and being.  All praise and glory be to His Holy Name.

What does God the Father, who has all power in heaven and earth want from little, old you?  You are nothing more than a speck in time.  A vapor.  A wisp in time.  What in the world could the God of the Universe ever want from you?  How about your love?  And when you give Him your love, then you give Him your respect.  And when you give Him your love and respect, you give Him the glory that He deserves.  When you give Him love then the end result is glory.  And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’  (Matthew 22:37 NASB).  My question to you is: When is the last time that you remember getting down on your knees for no other reason than to tell Him that you LOVE Him?  If you have to stop and try and remember, then it has been too long.  How about right now?  How about bowing your head and telling Him that you love Him and want Him in your life to do His good will and purpose?
           
Just one last thought that comes from our VOTD: How long will you want to glorify your God and Father?  How about forever and ever?  Never stop.  Never even pause.  Never even let it enter your mind.  Satan says to you “what will others think?”  And I say to you: Who cares what others think…. PRAISE HIM.  GLORIFY HIM.  LET EVERYONE KNOW: I LOVE GOD!!!  Don’t be silent.  Let others around you know you love God and you believe in Jesus.  He is the Savior of the world.  Remember what Jesus said: “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me (John 6:45 NASB).  You can’t worship God the Father alone.  He will send you to worship Jesus, His only begotten Son.  “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me (John 14:1 NASB).

The bottom line: This verse says it all when it says: Amen.  I believe it and that settles it.  There is no doubt.  There is no hesitation.  There is no reluctance.  Let us all glorify our God and Father forever and ever…!!!

Father, I need to ask for forgiveness for the times that I have not spoken up in favor of giving you praise and worship wherever I was.  Forgive me for those times of hesitation.  Those times of silence.  Those time of rebellion.  Lord, please help me in the future to always, everywhere praise and glorify you so that others may know that you are my God and Father and I love you with an everlasting love.  Lord, please use me this day so that I may please you in all that I think, say and do.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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