Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alight (Acts 4:20-29)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “alight.”  I sometimes wonder what my life would be without Christ.  There have been so many times that I would not have been able to get through or sustain a situation without the hand of God.  I realize more each day that the Lord has had a gracious goodness in my time here on earth, and I continue to look to the Word and my relationship with God as the leading and driving force day to day.

“For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.” ~Acts 4:27-28


My question is: how much control do you give God in your life when it comes to decisions that you make?  Before I had a relationship with Jesus I did not take into account spiritual matters when moving through each day.  Now that I am in relationship with God, it is more of a second-nature that I look for His guidance in all matters, big and small.  Your encounter with God was not alighted, but part of God’s plan that you would be in His will going forth. Give him a chance today to show you the power He sets before you.

Praying for you,

MO

Friday, January 23, 2015

Railbird (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

Good morning ladies,
The word of the day is “railbird.”  It seems that everyone has an opinion about stuff. When you do anything in life there will be others that think that they know what is best for you and the situation. And, even though they may be right (and much of the time wrong) it is our responsibility to God to be the kind of people that look to him for the best way to do life, and make decisions based on how we would like to be perceived by others.  And in the same way, we must be careful of what we say and do.

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” ~Ecc. 5:2


My question is: what are the words that come out of your mouth?  Kevin always told me that it is very true that the things that one says is a reflection of the heart. I don’t think that’s anything new for anyone to hear.  My prayer is that when people hear you speak, and look at your actions, that they see a reflection of the kind of person that you would like to be.  Don’t be a railbird, just criticizing peeps for what you might think is a good reason, but instead be careful with your words. Remember that people judge you on that kind of stuff, both good and bad.  Use today as a way to honor God in the way that you live your life.

Praying for you,

Mo

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Totidem Verbis (Romans 1.16-32)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “totidem verbis.”  The apostle Paul didn’t really ever pull many punches.  He talked about how good the gospel of Jesus Christ was, as well as the wrath that can come from God to those who do not live by faith but rather in sin.  He simplifies what it means to have a relationship with Christ on more than one occasion.  Today’s passage shows that Paul was pretty clear-cut in his beliefs about God’s power.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” ~Rom 1:16-20


My question is: how do you express your commitment to Christ?  I think there are a lot of ways that we can be faithful to spreading God’s word.  My prayer is that you take your own life into account and see where it is that you need to get better in terms of the way that you spread the gospel.  Just as Paul talked about his commitment to Christ totidem verbis, so must we learn it to act out our faith instead of just talking about it.

Praying for you,


MO

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stour (James 4.7-10)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “stour.”  Harmony within the church is something that we have been trying to figure out as a people for quite a while.  I know that for James it must have been frustrating to go through all he faced, especially in the wake of people living in division and a lack of focus God’s people.  This is just what the Evil One would want for the church, so that he can create dissension and disarray. But, we have God on our side.

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” ~Jam 4:7


My question is: what does it mean for you to submit a little bit more to God's plan today?  It seems that God really only wants one thing in this particular passage.  One of those is to submit daily and give him the chance to be the warrior that we need to prevail over the stours, or battles that we face.  I pray that each of you takes the time to ask God what it is that you need to focus on for this year. I know that sometimes we want to do things our way, and that causes a lack of clarity concerning what God might have in store. Set your sights on God, and move closer to him so that the Evil One will flee from you.

Praying for you,


MO

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Astir (Matthew 5:1-10)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “astir.”  I mentioned the other day the Beatitudes, and how important they were to Jesus ministry.  Out of all of the passages in the Bible, I think that people know this one even if they do not really understand the context or exactly what Jesus wants to convey.  When I was in Israel I was given the opportunity to see where the Sermon on the Mount could have likely happened.  It was pretty awesome.  I could just picture all of the people getting together and waiting for him, astir with excitement.

“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” ~Matt 5:1-2


My question is: what are the things in life that you are most excited about?  I remember times in my walk with God where I was not very excited to read the word.  I felt that God was far from me.  But, I've come to realize that it is never God who is far from me, but sometimes I just slip away now and again.  But lucky for me, this does not change the way that he cares about me or attends to my needs.  My prayer is that you ask God to give you a fervor and excitement for reading his word.

Praying for you,


MO

Friday, January 16, 2015

Internuncial (Isaiah 55.1-11)

Good morning ladies,

The word the day is “internuncial.”  I was listening to one of my mentors the other day. He mentioned that people need to play certain roles within a company so that the goals can be accomplished.  One of the positions that is very important within any organization is the role of Connector.  This is the person who is able to bring people together, and help the organization get the right people into the right places, and projects.  God uses different ways to connect with us.  Of course we know that when we accept JC and give him the opportunity to move into our lives, he does so.  Another way that God has communicated with his people, and still does, is through Scripture.

“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” ~Is 55:11


My question is: What does it mean for you to play your part concerning God’s purpose for his people. Just as you should do what you can, and use your strengths for God, we need to know that we are given the ability to do so because the Lord wants to commune with us.  And for this reason he connects with each of us through his internuncial word.  Take advantage of scripture as much as possible.  God will use you to change lives, but we must begin with changing ourselves, for the sake of his purpose.

Praying for you,


MO

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mackle (2 Timothy 4.1-10)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “mackle.”  Many of us live pretty complicated lives.  I am the kind of guy that used to like to make stuff more complicated for no real good reason.  I have since realized that simplicity is key.  When the Apostle Paul was speaking the Timothy through his letters, one of the main points he asserts is that the Gospel, and life for that matter, should be kept focused and single-minded.

“I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.” ~2 Tim 4:1-2


My question is: What parts of your life do you feel are the most stressful?  My prayer is that you focus on the stuff that God puts on your heart this year. But even more so, that you are deliberate in your relationship with him, and others as you continue to grow in him.  Keep it simple and don’t allow it to get all mackled.  We have the privilege of living as his children.  I know that the more you live intentionally, the better you will be as a person, and as a Christian.

Praying or you,


MO