Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

10 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:9 NASB  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Our VOTD starts off with: The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.  Let’s look at some of these things that we have learned, received, heard and seen in Paul’s letters.

Philippians 3:17 NASB  Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

1 Corinthians 10:31-33 NASB
(31)  Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
(32)  Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God;
(33)  just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 11:1 NASB  Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 NASB
(6)  You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
(7)  so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

1 Thessalonians 2:14 NASB  For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews,

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 NASB
(1)  Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.
(2)  For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
(3)  For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;
(4)  that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
(5)  not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
(6)  and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.
(7)  For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.
(8)  So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 NASB
(6)  Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.
(7)  For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,
(8)  nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you;
(9)  not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.
(10)  For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

1 Thessalonians 2:3-12 NASB
(3)  For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;
(4)  but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.
(5)  For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed–God is witness–
(6)  nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.
(7)  But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.
(8)  Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.
(9)  For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
(10)  You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers;
(11)  just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,
(12)  so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

So the question comes to mind: What does God want us to do with these scriptures above?  He tells us in our VOTD to practice these things.  When we practice these things, it means that we do them over and over again and again.  You know what practice is?  That’s when you strive to get it right.  That is when you struggle and strain and put your best effort into getting it just perfect, the way that God wants it done.  You might not get it right the first time or the second time but you keep on trying because you want to please Him in all that you think, say and do.  Webster’s tells us that practice is a succession of acts of a similar kind; it is the application of remedies, it is the frequent use; exercise for instruction or discipline.  We do it to do or perform it frequently, customarily or habitually. 

And then comes the result…. The reward…. The outcome: and the God of peace will be with you.  Isn’t that what it is all about?  Isn’t that what we all want?  Don’t we all seek and strive to practice these things so that the God of peace will be with us?  My friend, you have God’s promise that He will be with you IF you practice these things.

Lord, please help me to practice holiness all the time and in everything I say and do.  Lord I want to please you and you tell me to practice it over and over again and again.  Lord, please enable me and help me to be the man you want me to be.  Lord you are my Lord and Master.  I want to live for you and you alone.  Lord, instruct me when I make mistakes on how to do it right the next time.  Help me to learn from my mistakes so that I won’t make the same mistake twice.  Lord, please use me this day to do your Holy and Perfect will.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


9 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:8 NASB  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Some verses are short and some verses are long.  And then there are some verses that have so much material in them that we cannot cover it all in one VOTD.  And this is one such verse.  There are a lot of thoughts and ideas in this one verse and in my mind it would take a lot of days to cover just this one verse.  But since we only have one day and one shot at covering what God wants me to say, I will give it my best.  I am not sure where we are going with this VOTD but whatever direction it leads us, I will follow.

Paul starts off with the word finally.  It is his way of summing up, preparing the Philippian Christians that he is coming to the close of his letter to them.  As they say, you saved the best till last, so also Paul in this final chapter has given us some of the best jewels from the Holy Scriptures.  You will also note that he has addressed this verse to what he considers his brethren, his brothers and sisters in Christ.  Paul never considered himself above or below any other believer.  He does not talk down to them.  He considers them as equals, in the Lord.  Should we not do the same?  The Scriptures tell us that God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out (Acts 19:11-12 NASB).  And yet, Paul never bragged or even mentioned the miracles that God had done through his ministry.  There is a lesson for us in this.  Never call attention to what you have done in the Lord.  Always point to what the Lord has done for us.

Now we come to a list of eight topics that he wants us to dwell on.  This whole verse is dealing with what you and I think about.  You know your mind is like a blank sheet of paper.  It will retain whatever you put on it.  If you think and dwell on good thoughts, then your whole body will be full of light.  Jesus put it this way: “The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. “Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. “If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.” (Luke 11:34-36 NASB).  All Paul is trying to get us to do in this VOTD is to think on good thoughts and ways of living our lives.  But be warned, our sinful nature wants us to think on the sinful thoughts in any given situation.

Now the best way that I know of to touch on these eight thoughts to think on, is to list them and touch on what they mean so that the Holy Spirit can speak to each of us about our individual needs.  All of these definitions come from Webster’s dictionary:

whatever is true = Genuine; pure; real; not counterfeit, adulterated or false; as true balsam; the true bark; true love of country; a true Christian.

whatever is honorable
= Proceeding from an upright and laudable cause, or directed to a just and proper end; not base; not reproachful; as an honorable motive. Nothing can be honorable which is immoral.

whatever is right
= In morals and religion, just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God.

whatever is pure
=  Free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral turpitude; holy.

whatever is lovely
= Amiable; that may excite love; possessing qualities which may invite affection.

whatever is of good repute = Reputation; good character; the credit or honor derived from common or public opinion; as men of repute.

if there is any excellence
= An valuable quality; anything highly laudable, meritorious or virtuous, in persons, or valuable and esteemed, in things. Purity of heart, uprightness of mind, sincerity, virtue, piety, are excellences of character; symmetry of parts, strength and beauty are excellences of body;

if anything worthy of praise
= To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of personal worth or actions.

Finally, Paul tells us to dwell on these things.  Newspapers like to dwell on the bad… because that is the news.  It catches people’s interest and holds them captive but God wants us to think differently.  He wants us to dwell on these good things.  Here is a basic truth for every Christian: Your mind will do what you tell it to do.  If you choose to dwell on the bad things you will become cynical and jaded.  But if you dwell on these eight good qualities in each and every situation and circumstance then you will not only please God in how and what you think about, but your mind will become fruitful looking for the good in your fellow man and not dwelling on the negative. 

Webster’s gives us the following definition of dwell: To abide as a permanent resident, or to inhabit for a time; to live in a place; to have a habitation for some time or permanence.  Dwell imports a residence of some continuance. We use abide for the resting of a night or an hour; but we never say, he dwelt in a place a day or a night. Dwell may signify a residence for life or for a much shorter period, but not for a day. In scripture, it denotes a residence of seven days during the feast of tabernacles.

Bottom line: You and I need to dwell on the good things in each and every situation and circumstance so that the Lord can enable us to see the good that He is doing and not the havoc that Satan has stirred up.

Lord, please help me to dwell on the good and not the bad.  Lord, help me to train my mind to do what you have called me to do and that is to expound the good that you can do for each of us.  Lord, as I go through this day, help me to see and know the good in every situation and circumstance.  Lord, enable me to pray and praise you in all things.  Lord, please use me this day for your good will and purpose.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


8 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:7 NASB  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Sir Isaac Newton, a 16th century scientist, gave us some laws about physics and his third law basically says: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Well, that is also true in the spiritual world.  Our previous verse is talking about being anxious and worried and our current verse is talking about peace.  Our previous verse says: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6 NASB).  And then as a result of doing what this verse says, we have our current verse: And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 NASB).  It is true, every time we are anxious and then pray, then the exact opposite happens in that God gives us peace, which surpasses all of our comprehension.  We don’t understand how God gives us peace, we just know He does it.  But you can’t have the peace until you go through the process of letting your requests be made known to God.

Let’s talk about this peace a little bit.  Peace for a Christian is not just the absence of conflict.  No, no.  For a Christian, who is in the middle of conflict and wars and rumors of wars, peace is the inner abiding Spirit of the Living God who says to our spirit: “I am causing all things together for good.” And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28 NASB).  Peace only comes to a Christian who is walking in faith.  Peace only comes to a Christian who is trusting in the Lord.  Peace only comes to the Christian who has gone to the Lord in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.  Peace only comes to a Christian who is walking in the light: but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7 NASB).  I want you to realize that just because you name the name of Jesus and believe that God has raised Him from the dead, doesn’t mean that you automatically have peace.  No, no.  Your faith has to be an active, abiding faith in Him on a moment by moment basis.  The moment you take your eyes off Jesus and start to see the problems, the wind and the waves around you, you will start to sink in to being anxious and worried all over again: And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29-30 NASB).

There is another aspect about the peace that God gives His Saints, and that is the aspect of comprehension.  The kind of peace that God gives is the kind of peace that pretty much blows our minds.  We just can’t understand it.  Here we are in the thick of the battle, the war is going on all around us and we are simply at calm and peace.  We are wondering and asking ourselves: Why am I not worried?  Why am I not fretting?  Why do I have so MUCH peace in the middle of this war?  And might I say, the reason that you and I experience so much peace is because when God does what ONLY He can do, it always amazes us.  It gives us such joy and gladness but it still bewilders us.  All I can say is: Enjoy it.  Bask in it.  Be thrilled that your Lord has given you peace in the middle of war.

There is a third aspect of peace that our VOTD says to us.  When God gives us peace that we can’t comprehend, it is for a reason and it has a purpose.  The purpose is so that it will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Guard us from what?  Guard us from the bad thing of becoming anxious again.  When you think about a guard at the door, then you are talking about someone at the door that is going to warn you and protect you.  A guard at the door keeps the wrong people out.  A guard at your hearts door, keeps the anxious fears and problems at bay.  How does God do that?  By giving you a peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension. 

Man’s peace or worldly peace is based on the physical.  As long as the conditions of peace are established and met, then there will be no war.  In other words, if one nation does what the other nation wants then there is peace.  But if one nation breaks the treaty and does what the other nation doesn’t want then war breaks out.

God’s peace is not based on the physical.  God’s peace is based on the spiritual.  It goes much deeper than the physical.  It goes right down to a man’s heart and soul.  Jesus said it this way: “It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” (Matthew 15:11 NASB).
“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. “These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” (Matthew 15:18-20 NASB).

You see, what you and I need is a guard that will keep us at peace from our inner-self, our sin nature.  We need a guard that will keep us a peace and warn us and keep the bad thoughts from us.  We need a guard that will keep us from our evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.  And that is the ONLY kind of peace that God gives.  He gives the kind of peace that guards our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus from all the evil that our sin nature can produce in us.

What can we say to these things?  The only thing I know to say is Praise God for His goodness and mercy to a sinner like me.

Lord, please protect me and guard me.  Lord I do want to say thank you so very, very much for the peace you give me in the midst of war and rumors of wars.  You keep me safe and instill in me a sense of calm that you are in control of all of the hectic goings on around me.  Lord, what can I say but thank you.  Lord, you have been so good to me.  Lord, I want to give back to you what you have given to me.  I want you give you my life that you have restored and made whole.  Lord, I give myself to you this day and I ask you to use me for your good will and purpose.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


7 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:6 NASB  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

There are some verses of scripture that are hard for us as human beings to be obedient to and to me this is one of them.  I am so much like Martha whom Jesus said: But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things (Luke 10:41 NASB).  What about you, my friend?  Are you worried and bothered about so many things?  Well, one good thing about this verse is that it gives the remedy for our worry.

First, this VOTD gives us the scope of what we are to worry and fret about…nothing…  We are to be anxious for nothing.  What does that include?  Everything.  All things, whether physical, mental or emotional or even spiritual….. nothing is left out.  It includes ALL things.  King Nebuchadnezzar threatened to put Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego into a furnace of blazing fire.  Were they anxious and worried…???  No! In fact, they answered in a very positive manner: “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. “But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18 NASB).  Oh, that we might be more like them when faced with the realities of life. 

Jesus warns us that tribulation and distress will come upon us and He shares with us what we are to do about the situations we face when they come: “But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. “But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. “For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you (Matthew 10:17-20 NASB).  He tells us in several places in the New Testament not to worry and be concerned: “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! “And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying (Luke 12:26-29 NASB).

So if we are not to worry or be anxious about anything, what are we supposed to do?  Our VOTD gives us the remedy for worry: in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  There is so much in this one statement that we cannot cover all the thoughts that this phrase brings to mind.  Let me just touch on some of them:

Everything = all things; all the things of a group or class.  The current situation; life in general.  Nothing is excluded.  All things are included.

prayer
= Webster’s says: In worship, a solemn address to the Supreme Being, consisting of adoration, or an expression of our sense of God’s glorious perfections, confession of our sins, supplication for mercy and forgiveness, intercession for blessings on others, and thanksgiving, or an expression of gratitude to God for his mercies and benefits. A prayer however may consist of a single petition, and it may be extemporaneous, written or printed.

supplication
= Webster’s says: Entreaty; humble and earnest prayer in worship. In all our supplications to the Father of mercies, let us remember a world lying in ignorance and wickedness.  Petition; earnest request.

with thanksgiving = Webster’s says: A public celebration of divine goodness; also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary dispensation of his bounties.

let your requests
= an act of asking politely or formally for something.  I want you to notice that it is not a single request but it is a plural requests as in many.  I also want you to notice that it is personal: let your…. requests.

be made known
= to be cognizant or aware of.   When you let your requests be made known, then you are expressing them to God as you see them in answer to your situation and circumstance.  In other words, when you are facing a furnace of blazing fire, you let God know that you would like to be delivered from it.  But just like Jesus did, you let God make the final decision: He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”  (Matthew 26:42 NASB)

to God = Here is the reason to NOT be anxious.  Here is the reason to STOP worrying.  Here is the reason to let your requests be made known.  He is the one who can change everything.  He can slay the giants with a single stone.  He cure the deaf, heal the sick and even raise the dead.  He is the one whom the angel says: “For nothing will be impossible with God.”  (Luke 1:37 NASB).

Bottom line: You and I need to stop worrying and start trusting.  We need to make our requests be made known to God and let Him show us what GREAT things He has in store for His children.  He ONLY works through our faith in Him.  We are not to trust our intelligence or our abilities that He gives us.  We are to only TRUST in Him and His love for us.  

Father, please forgive me, for I have sinned many, many times in this area.  Lord, please help me to stop worrying about every little situation and start making my requests be made known to you.  Help me to always remember that you love me and you want me to just trust you.  You tell me to look at the lilies of the field and know and understand that they don’t worry and fret and that you take care of them.  You want me to always remember that I am of much more value than the lilies.  Lord, instill in my heart and mind this day to simply trust you for and in every situation.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


6 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:5 NASB  Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

Let’s review: How did we get to this verse?  We got to this verse because we are doing what the previous verse says: Rejoicing in the Lord, always.  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  (Philippians 4:4 NASB).  My friend, if you are rejoicing in the Lord always then you have what it takes inside of you to do what our current VOTD says because He is in you and He is in control of the situation and circumstances.  You have within you a gentle spirit and you can let it be known to all men.  Why do you have a gentle spirit in you?  Well, if Christ is in you, and He is by faith in Him, then you have the Holy Spirit in you and when you have the Holy Spirit in you then you have the nine fruits of the Spirit in you: 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). 

Did you notice the fruit of the Spirit that I underlined?  I hope so.  Why?  Because I want you to notice that what we are taking about in our VOTD is not something that is a part of the normal human nature.  No, no.  The gentle spirit that we are talking about is the gentle spirit that is part of the Spirit that is of God’s Spirit that is in you.  Is that difference important?  You bet it is.  Man can be gentle on his own.  We all know that and understand that.  But I believe this verse is not talking about the gentle spirit that is in man naturally.  No, no.  This verse is talking about the gentle spirit that comes from the one and only Holy Spirit that is in each born-again believer.  It is a gentle spirit that only comes from Him and is only produced by Him.  Why is that so important? 

Let me see if I can explain it this way…. You are a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords.  The Lord Jesus wants to use us to let a lost and a dying world know that Jesus is alive and well.  He wants to use us to let everyone everywhere know that when you believe in Him and place your faith in Him that He comes into the life of the believer and makes that believer a different person than they were.  What better way to witness to a lost and dying world than to let your gentle spirit be known to all men when the world around you is falling apart and crumbling to pieces.  When you let your gentle spirit be known to all men in the middle of a crisis, then you are saying to a lost and dying world that the Lord is in control of your life and you can rejoice always because you are in the Lord and are trusting in Him.

Oh, I hear you now…. Let’s have an example from the Holy Scriptures of what I am talking about.  Let me share with you that we can see this gentle spirit throughout the Holy Word and this is not the only example.  Do you remember how Paul got to Rome?  Do you remember the storm and the ship wreck?  Do you remember how the sailors felt and how Paul felt and expressed himself?  Well let me remind you from the Word of God how the sailors felt first: The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to jettison the cargo; and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned (Acts 27:18-20 NASB).  The sailors were worried and scared to death.  They could see no hope.  They only saw doom, death and destruction that lay in their path ahead.

But Paul was different.  He had a different attitude and a different Spirit about him.  Why?  Because he was rejoicing in the Lord always, and he was letting his gentle spirit be known to all men.  The Holy Word goes on to tell us: When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss. “Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. “For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’ “Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told (Acts 27:21-25 NASB).  Now I ask you… Where did Paul get his gentle spirit to encourage the sailors?  He got it from the Lord.  He was giving testimony that the Lord was in control of the situation and not man.

Might I remind you that bad things are going to happen in life.  It is a part of life.  And even though they happen, God is still in control.  He is in charge.  He might be sleeping in the back of the boat but He is still in charge and when we are worrying and fretting, he is saying to us “Why are you afraid?  Where is your faith?”  Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  (Mark 4:36-40 NASB).

So bottom line: God wants to use you in every situation and every circumstance, no matter how bad it may seem to those around you.  And one of the BEST ways He can use you is by us letting our gentle spirit be known to all men.  Why can we do that?  It is because we know something that the world around us doesn’t know.  We know that the last part of this VOTD is true and we are trusting in it.  We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that: The Lord is near.

Lord, help me to always be of good cheer and to encourage those around me to trust in the Lord and not to worry.  Lord, I know you love me and no matter how bad it may seem on the outside, you are still in control.  Lord, I invite you to control not only the situations around me but also to control the spirit within me.  Lord, help me to stay calm in the midst of the storms of life.  Help me to always trust you and to let your Spirit lead in every situation.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


5 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:4 NASB  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

Question: Why would Paul all of a sudden, burst out with this verse?  He has not been talking about joy or rejoicing.  In fact, he has been talking about just the opposite, getting along when you just don’t like someone: I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord (Philippians 4:2 NASB).  So why would he all of a sudden burst out with this verse? 

Answer: I believe that as we are coming to the end of the letter, Paul just wanted to let them know how he felt about being in the Lord and he wanted to encourage them to be the same way, regardless of their situation or circumstances.  My friend, when the Spirit of the Living God gets ahold of you, sometimes you have to just do what this verse says.  Right in the middle of what you are doing, you have to just BREAK OUT AND REJOICE.  Why?  Because you can’t contain the joy that fills you.  You MUST express your inner feelings of joy, peace, praise and worship that is not only in you but is OVERFLOWING out of you.  Sometimes you just have to say “THANK YOU JESUS” or “PRAISE THE LORD” or “GOD IS SO GOOD.”  And it makes no difference where you are or who is around you.  It makes no difference who is listening or what your situation or circumstances are.  You are just full of the Spirit and you MUST Rejoice!!!

But I want you to notice one little phrase that is contained in this verse that is, I believe the secret of this verse.  And that phrase is: in the Lord.  And then I want you to notice the word that follows it: always.  Why are these important?  It is because these phrases and words that are at the heart of the word rejoice.  Without being in the Lord, always you have NO rejoicing.  But because of them and the concept that they present to the believer, you can always rejoice in the Lord.

Now then, let me explain what I mean by the previous paragraph.  When you get a grasp of the concept that you are in the Lord always and that He is in control of every situation and circumstance because you have placed ALL of your faith, trust and hope in Him, then you can just “let go and let God” do his THING, whatever that is.  It frees you from the worry and anxiety of trying to figure everything out.  He is in control.  And He has “all power in heaven and earth.”  He has the power to move mountains.  There is nothing impossible with Him.  And He loves you with an everlasting love.  He will never ever leave you or forsake you.  WOW!!!  When you start to think on all of these things…. You can’t help but rejoice.  Why? Because you are in the Lord always and He is in control of EVERYTHING.

The only thing you MUST do is TRUST HIM.  In every situation and in every circumstance, you MUST TRUST HIM!!!  Remember: And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 NASB).  When you stop trusting and believing that He is in control, then the all bets are off.  You are now in control instead of Him being in control.  You are now trusting your judgement.  You are trusting your knowledge, your ability.  In fact, the bottom line is now you are sinning because you are NOT trusting and believing in Him.  And that is not the place of joy and rejoicing…. No, no.  That is the place of worry and doubt and fear.  And that is not the place you or I want to be.

So, what is the bottom line here?  Here it is: If you want to always be rejoicing then you always have to think in terms of “I am in the Lord always” and He is always in control of every situation and circumstance.  No matter how bad it may seem, He is in control and I am simply going to trust Him.  I am going to do what the Spirit leads me to do and I am going to Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

Lord, your Holy Word tells me to always trust you and be obedient to you.  And Lord that is just what I want to do.  Lord, help me to stop worrying and start trusting you no matter what the situation.  Lord, help me to take my eyes off of my surroundings and focus on you and your will for me.  Help me to be obedient to your Word, your will and your Spirit that leads me in the path of righteousness.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


4 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:3 NASB  Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

The very first question that comes to mind as I read this VOTD is who is Paul speaking to when he says true companion?  Well it could be anyone of the saints at Philippi but the most likely saint is Epaphroditus since he was from there and was going back there carrying the letter that Paul was in the process of writing.  Paul regarded Epaphroditus as a fellow soldier and laborer in the Lord.  That is why he could ask him to help these women (Euodia and Syntyche, from the previous verse).  Why did Paul want Epaphroditus to help these women?  Because they have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel.  In other words, Paul felt a kinship with them because they loved the Lord Jesus and God the Father just like he did and they gave of themselves as well as what they owned to help in the cause of Christ. 

Now we are also presented with a new name, Clement.  Who is he?  Where is he from?  Why does Paul mention him exclusively?  None of these facts we know.  But Paul knows him along with Epaphroditus.  He is one of many unsung heroes of faith that not only Paul knew about but more importantly, God knows.  That is why Paul goes on to say: also and the rest of my fellow workers.  What did they do in the cause of Christ?  We don’t know but we do know their reward because Jesus said: “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29 NASB). 

Have you ever noticed, that end the end, as the last trumpet, the dead shall be raised in Christ and they shall inherit eternal life?  That is the final result.  That is the end product.  And do you want to know where that comes from?  It comes from the last statement in our VOTD: whose names are in the book of life.  What does it mean to have your name written in the book of life?  Well, if we do a simple search on the phrase “book of life” these are some of the verses that come up:

‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels (Revelation 3:5 NASB).

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain (Revelation 13:8 NASB).

“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come (Revelation 17:8 NASB).

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds (Revelation 20:12 NASB).

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15 NASB).

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27 NASB).

So we see from these verses that it is imperative that you have your name written in the Lamb’s book of life.  So, the question is: How do you get your name written in the book of life?  I will say the same thing to you that Jesus said the first time we see Him starting His earthly ministry: From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  (Matthew 4:17 NASB).  We need to repent of our unbelief and believe that Jesus is just who he said that he is: Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me (John 14:6 NASB).  We need to be born again just as Jesus said: 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).  How do we do that?  First, we need to admit that we are a sinner: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 NASB).  Second, we need believe that Jesus is our Savior: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16 NASB).  Thirdly, we need to confess Him 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 (Romans 10:9-10 NASB).

Here is the simple truth of the gospel, the good news that Jesus gives to the world:  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:11-13 NASB).

Bottom line: If you will receive Him, Jesus into your life, then and only then will you have your name written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Lord, I want to pray for all of those who read this VOTD whose name is not written in the Lamb’s book of life.  Lord, help them to see, know and understand that they will spend an eternity in a devil’s hell if they do not repent and believe in Jesus.  Help them.  Encourage them. And most of all enable them to repent and believe in Jesus so that they may have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life.  Lord, please use me this day for your purpose.  I love you, Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


3 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:2 NASB  I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord.

Let me be truthful with you: My first thoughts on this verse were “Lord, what in the world can I say about this verse?”  It is obvious we need to live in harmony in the Lord.  “Lord, what in the world do you want me to say about this verse?”  And as always, as I searched for an answer, the Lord has shown me from His Holy Word, that we need to understand human nature and we also need to understand how to get along with one another so that we can live in harmony in the Lord.

First question that comes to mind: Who are Euodia and Syntyche and what was the disagreement?  Quite frankly we don’t know.  We know they were Christians in the church at Philippi.  We know that they were workers in the Lord.  And we know that they simply did not get along with one another.  But that is about all we know.  We don’t know their ages or backgrounds.  We don’t know if it was a personality conflict or a disagreement about some situation or circumstance.  But one thing we do know: They simply did not get along.

Now then, we come to some basic facts for all Christians.  You and I, as Christians, are from time to time going to meet other Christians that for one reason or another, just don’t see eye to eye on all things.  We need to know what we are to do about our feelings and attitudes toward other Christians who love the Lord and we simply don’t get along, no matter what the reason.  Do you know the best place to start to understand and know what to do?  It is on your knees.  You and I need to take our feelings and emotions to the Lord in prayer.  We need to tell Him exactly how we feel and why we feel the way we do.  And then we need to ask Him what we do to solve the problem with our feelings toward our brother or sister.

Next, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to influence our mind and judgement about the Christian brother or sister.  How do we do that?  We let the Word of God speak to us about the subject.  Here are some verses from God’s Holy Word that will help our minds to think along the right lines when we are having difficulty loving our neighbor as ourselves:
Philippians 2:2-3 NASB
(2)  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
(3)  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

Genesis 45:24 NASB  So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the journey.

Psalms 133:1-3 NASB
(1)  A Song of Ascents, of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
(2)  It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes.

(3)  It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing–life forever.

Mark 9:50 NASB  “Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Romans 12:16-18 NASB
(16)  Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
(17)  Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
(18)  If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

1 Corinthians 1:10 NASB  Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Ephesians 4:1-3 NASB
(1)  Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
(2)  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
(3)  being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Hebrews 12:14 NASB  Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 3:8-9 NASB
(8)  To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;
(9)  not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

And lastly but not least, the Lord Jesus says to us:  (Matthew 5:25 NASB)  “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

You ask me: How do I make peace with those whom I am having a disagreement with?  And I say to you what the Bible says to you: (Proverbs 6:3 KJV)  Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7 NASB).

Lord, please help me to live in peace and harmony with my neighbor.  Lord, when I do have a disagreement with my Christian brother or sister, help me to humble myself and submit myself to your will.  Lord, help me to be a man of peace but not of compromise.  Lord, help me to love my neighbor as myself and always do what is right in your sight.  Lord, I want to become the man you want me to be because I love you, Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


2 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 4:1 NASB  Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

Therefore is the same thing as saying “Because.”  So it is a transition word that we can say is a word that is used between cause and effect.  So let’s do some substitution:
Therefore = Because … our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20 NASB) and because He … will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself (Philippians 3:21 NASB) … stand firm in the Lord.  Let me see if I can list things a little differently so you get the full picture of what’s going on here:

Because: our citizenship is in heaven.
Because: we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Because: He will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory.
Because: He has the power to subject all things to Himself.
Therefore: stand firm in the Lord.

Now you might be asking yourself: Why am I making such a BIG deal over these things?  These statements of fact that we all know and believe.  Well, here is the reason: doubt….DOUBT… Did you catch that word…DOUBT.  At our weakest point, Satan’s biggest and best tool is doubt.  And the Lord’s BIGGEST and BEST tool for us is FAITH in Him, His Holy Word and what He says to us.  We need to remember what He has done in us, to us and for us so that we can fight the good fight of faith.   Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12 NASB).  I want you to remember it because only by faith in Him, His will, His way and His Word can you overcome doubt when Satan presents himself to your mind.

Now I want you to see how Satan works so that we can know how he schemes and presents himself.  Let’s go way back to the Garden of Eden…. That wonderful place where there was no sin and only peace and perfection.  Now I want you to notice how the Bible describes Satan when we first see him: The Bible says he is “crafty”:  Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”  (Genesis 3:1 NASB).  And his craftiness shows up in that the very first and the very best tool he uses is doubt.  He uses doubt by asking us questions and tries to get us thinking in a negative way against God and His goodness to us.  ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?  He wants us to think in terms of God limiting or restricting us from having what we want and desire.  But Eve was very unsuspecting of Satan’s plans for her and she simply answered his question honestly: The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'” (Genesis 3:2-3 NASB).  Now, I will admit to you that Eve did go a little far when she said that she should not “touch it” or she would die… But in her defense, it is better to err on the side of caution than to get to close to sin.  But then comes the biggest and baddest tool that Satan can use against us: DOUBT.  The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!  (Genesis 3:4 NASB).  In other words, Satan is saying to Eve, surely a loving God will not kill you for a simple touch or a bite… How preposterous can you be?  That is the silliest thing I have ever heard of.  Doubt…. Doubt about God’s goodness.  Doubt about God’s word.  Doubt about God placing limits on her enjoyment.

Then Satan starts to drive the nails into the coffin when he says: “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  (Genesis 3:5 NASB).  He delivers yet another of his best tools… a picture with a half-truth.  It is true, you will know good and evil but it is also true… (the part he left out) you will surely die.  Satan dangles knowledge before her eyes like a nice ripe piece of fruit, just waiting for her to taste it’s sweet, succulent flavor.  Has anyone ever heard of the “temptation” to sin?  Here it is in full force, right before our very eyes.  The temptation for knowledge that is sin.

Next comes our reasoning.  God has given us minds to think and it is not a sin to think.  It is not a sin to reason.  But when reasoning and thinking goes against what God has said to us is where sin begins to form.  It forms in the way we think and perceive contrary to what God has said to us:  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6 NASB).  Can you not hear Satan in the background saying: YES!!! I DID IT.  I GOT THEM TO SIN. YEA!!!

That is why God says to us: stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.  Paul loved the Philippian Christians and he says so in this verse: my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown.   But he also knows that temptations will come and he wants them to stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.  So, the message to you and me is the same today.  We need to stand firm in the Lord by remembering what God has said to us and done for us so that we can remain true and faithful to Him.  And when the tempter comes our way, this very day, I want you to say the same thing that Jesus said to him: Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'” (Matthew 4:10 ESV).

Thank you Lord for your Holy, Righteous and Pure Word that instructs me in the Way, the Truth and the Life.  It gives me a true picture of who you are, who Satan is and how he works against you.  Lord, please help me to keep my thoughts pure and abstain from any form of evil against you by doubting what you have said or what you have done.  Lord, help me to focus on your desires for my life this day.  Help me to leave worry and doubt in the dust where they belong.  Lord, let me lift my thoughts to you in a pure and holy way.  Make me a man of your word that is standing strong by faith in you.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


1 September 2016 Verse of the Day

Philippians 3:21 NASB  who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

Let me share with you what this VOTD reminds me of: For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality (1 Corinthians 15:53 NASB).  My friend, there is no greater reward for faith in Jesus than being transformed into conformity with the body of His glory.  Oh, but I am getting ahead of myself.  I need to slow down because I am getting too excited about the prospects of the future.  Let’s backup and see how we got to this verse.

The previous verse is the bedrock for our current VOTD: For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20 NASB).  Those of us who are eagerly waiting for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, know that their future is sealed.  It is a done deal.  You can bank on it.  It is a sure thing.  Why?  Because God never lies.  He always tells the truth.  Just as the Truth is found in Jesus and the world is still wondering what the Truth is:  Pilate *said to Him, “What is truth?”…  (John 18:38 NASB).  But we know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life: Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me (John 14:6 NASB).  So also, we know, without any shadow of a doubt that He will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory. 

Some of you have analytical minds and you want to know: “How is this going to happen?”  Well, first of all, the Bible tells us that Jesus asked the Father that we could be with Him: “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world (John 17:24 NASB).  So Jesus “wants” you to be with Him.  Secondly, He has gone to prepare a place for us and He says to us that He will come back and receive us: “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:3 NASB).  Did you get that last part?  You are going to be where Jesus is at.  How is that going to happen?  It is going to happen in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, this mortal must put on immortality… in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality (1 Corinthians 15:52-53 NASB).

Now my friend, if that doesn’t thrill your heart and make your spirit jump for joy, there is something wrong with your faith in Jesus.  I want to shout for JOY when I think of Jesus’ return and my transformation just as our VOTD says: transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory.  How can anyone that is truly a Christ-following, born-again believer not get excited about the prospect of being with Jesus for all eternity is beyond my reasoning capabilities.  All Praise and Glory be to His Holy Name…!!!

I know, I know, I have not answered the question for the analytical minds out there who are still asking: “How is this going to happen?”  But let me warn you if you are still asking: How?  The warning comes in the form of what is behind the question of “how.”  What is the motive for the question of “how”?  You can ask the question of “how” in doubt that it is going to happen or you can ask the question of “how” in relationship of the mechanics of what is going to happen.  We see these two differences in the questions of two births: The birth of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus. 

Zacharias questioned the angel Gabriel as to “how” his wife Elizabeth would bear a son:
Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” (Luke 1:18 NASB).  When he asked the question of “how” he was actually doubting that it was going to happen because they had been trying to have a baby for many, many years.  But what is impossible with man is possible with God.  We see his doubt in the last part of the verse when he says: For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.  I want you to hear this and hear it good: When God makes a statement, it is a promise and it is a done deal.  If you doubt Him then you are calling God a liar…. Don’t ever ask “how” in doubt.  Ask “how” in faith, just like Mary did…

When Mary asked “how” she was simply stating the obvious, she was a virgin: Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34 NASB).  This is not a question of “how” in doubt.  This is a question of “how” in faith that “with God nothing is impossible” but “how” is God going to overcome the obstacle of her being a virgin.  It is not wrong to ask “how” as long as we know and believe that God can and will do what He promises. 

So when God makes a statement like who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, we understand that it is a done deal.  God will do it.  Now comes the question of “how” will God overcome the obstacles involved in this process of transforming our bodies?  And God is gracious in that He gives us the answer in the same verse.  Just as He gave Mary the answer to her question of “how” when the angel said: The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35 NASB).  So also, God gives us the answer to our question of “how” in our VOTD when He simply says: by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.  You know this to be true: Nothing is impossible with God.  Now you just have to believe and know that it is true: this mortal must put on immortality and it all happens in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.

Lord, what joy fills my heart when I think on these things.  To not only be with you but to be like you, what a marvelous thought.  And just to think, it will not be just for a day, or a week or a year or even a lifetime…. No, no.  It will be for all eternity, forever and ever.  Oh, what Joy floods my soul.  Lord, what can I say to these things but I Love You Lord and I want to give to you the most precious gift that I have: I want to give you myself.  Lord, take me and make me the man that I should be.  Mold me and use me for your precious Holy, Pure will.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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