“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces” (Jeremiah 23:29)

October 14, 2011

God said this in response to the false prophets whose words were based on their dreams. He said their words were like straw. God’s Word isn’t passive and weak. It burns and breaks us when our hearts are opened to hear it. Has your life been set aflame by the Word?

“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11)

October 13, 2011

Words can be ugly and destructive or they can be so beautiful and encouraging that the hearer wants to wear them like jewelry. What kind of words do others hear from your mouth? Are they apt? Apt means not only appropriate but timely. Do you recognize the power of words?

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

October 12, 2011

Stop wondering about God’s will for your life. Instead, choose joy, pray and give thanks. This will make you receptive to God’s will. It turns your eyes outward, away from self, where you can see what God is already doing and join Him there.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him” (Jeremiah 17:7)

October 11, 2011

In what or whom do you place your trust? God often removes that in which we trust in order to show the fallacy of it and to offer HImself instead. If God calls you to do something, don’t let lack of resources stop you. This is the very time that God proves Himself. Put your confidence in Him.

“When you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

October 10, 2011

For the Bible to do its work in us we must accept and receive that it is the Word of God. Otherwise, we have no basis for our faith. Hearing it preached and reading it, our believing grows.

“Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5)

October 9, 2011

Your words carry only your influence and authority. Can you back up your own words? But the gospel word is backed up by the Lord. They contain His power to save, HIs Spirit to convict and redeem. Therefore we speak it with deep conviction.

“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them” (Colossians 3:18-19)

October 8, 2011

How Christian families live when they have set their hearts and minds on Christ. Submit is in the Greek middle voice, literally, “choose to align yourselves under.” Love is in the present active imperative. Husbands must continually love their wives.

“Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house” (Proverbs 24:27)

October 7, 2011

Good instruction for families and church planters too. Do the work first so that you have something to sustain the house. Otherwise, both will fail. For the church planter this is a good reminder to put outreach ahead of buildings. Families, a house does not a home make.

“He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children” (Psalm 78:5-6)

October 6, 2011

Have you taught your children about Jesus? Do they know the way of salvation? You cannot delegate this job. Parents, teach your children and your children’s children about God.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him” (Colossians 2:6)

October 5, 2011

We receive Christ by grace through faith, so that’s how we should continue to live in Him. Not through religious working or effort, but drawing on His Spirit, staying connected to the Vine, we bear spiritual fruit. The One who saved us, keeps us and lives in us.