Thought For Today - March 31 - Whatsoever He Saith Unto Thee, Do It !
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Whatsoever he saith unto thee, do it!
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. and when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, they have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, woman, what have I to do with thee, mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. and there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew) ;the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: But thou hast kept the good wine unto now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him." John 2: 1-11
"His mother saith unto the servants, whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."
This must we do, also, if we want to see miracles in our lives. Whatsoever he saith for us to do, we must do it. Obedience is better than sacrifice, and is more acceptable with the Lord.
According to human common sense and worldly wisdom, on the surface ,it seems that one would not fill the pots with water if they wanted wine. Many things which the Lord asks us to do does not make much sense to us according to our own worldly wisdom, at the time, but if we will obey him, we will see miracles worked in our lives.
The thing that he asks us to do is the most difficult at times, that is, to believe ,and to trust and obey.
Thought For Today - March 30 - Preach The Gospel !
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Preach the Gospel!
The apostle Paul said: "So much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Romans 1: 15,16.
The gospel, the good news that Christ Jesus came into the world to seek and to save that which was lost; the good news that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures; that he was buried and rose again the third day, according to the scriptures; the gospel is the power of God to save all that believe, therefore, we need never be ashamed or disappointed with the gospel. As God gives us the faith to believe and appropriate to ourselves this wonderful good news, we can have the assurance that all our sins, short comings, and failures, died with Christ, and a new life was resurrected with Christ. To show gratitude for all that God has done for us through Christ, we ought also to be ready and eager to preach the gospel wherever we go ,and as we go, as God gives us the faith, and ability, and resources to do so.
Thought For Today - March 29 - Light In The Darkness !
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Thought For Today - March 29 Light in the Darkness1
Try to imagine a day with not a cloud in the sky, and the sun shining in all its' noon day brightness and glory, yet you were surrounded by darkness, so intense, that it would be necessary for some one to come along and tell you that the sun was shining.
This was the sad condition of the world two thousand years ago, and still is today, that the darkness of sin was, and is so heavy that even though the light of God was, and is shining, it was necessary for some one to come along and tell the world that the light was shining. God sent John the Baptist to tell the world that the light of the world, Jesus Christ was already in the world.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came into his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; Which were born, not of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1: 1-12.
Christ who is indeed the light of the world, - when we believe him and trust him, - will dispel the darkness of sin and evil, and cause his glorious light to shine in our lives and give us victory over all that is evil.
Thought for Today - March 28 - Take Up Thy Bed And Walk !
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Take up thy Bed and Walk.
"And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed, and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; son be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, this man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? for whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house." Matthew 9: 2-7
As Jesus dealt with this man who had the palsy, he said: "thy sin be forgiven thee, arise, take up thy bed and walk." to us also to whom he has granted the forgiveness of sins, he would say: take up thy bed and walk. In other words, we ought not to be held down and hindered by the remembrance or the effect of past sins, but we are to have a new beginning from the point where we have received forgiveness of sins.. Let us arise and walk with our feet firmly planted on the earth, and our heart and head in heaven, because Jesus has the power and authority to not only forgive our sins and heal our body, but also , to delete from our soul all things that would keep us from being the successful children of God that he wants us to be.
Let us arise and go forward and expect great things from God and strive to do great things for God..
Thought for Today - March 27 - Willing Workers For The Lord
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Thought for Today - March 27
Willing workers for the Lord!
Whatever we are called upon to do in service for the Lord, we ought to do it eagerly, because we could never do enough for the Lord to compensate for what he has done for us. He is the Lord God of all creation, and he himself has paid the death penalty for all our sins. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" Romans. 3:23. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23. For this free gift to be effective, it must be received with gratitude, by each of us individually.
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1: 12.. As the children of God, we should not only delight to eat at his table, but also , work in his fields
To do good is always lawful with God no matter what the day may be.
Thought For Today - March 26 - Strength From the Lord !
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"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; ...." Ephesians 6: 10-18.
Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Be a true believer. Put on the whole armor of God. Take the confidence you have in the word of God, and hold it up in front of you whenever you are deluged with doubts and fears, and attacks thrown at you by Satan. Claim your salvation, always see Christ on the cross, bleeding and dying, but remember his resurrection on the third day, and realize that the price of your redemption is paid in full. The cross is empty and the tomb is empty. Therefore, it is impossible for you to be mortally wounded and destroyed if you have on the helmet of salvation.
Let us fight a good fight as soldiers of Christ. Let us pick up our weapon and march off to war in the army of our Lord Jesus Christ. The word of God is the weapon of our warfare.
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Dead or Alive?
It is interesting to observe how the body of Jesus is referred to while he was being scourged and crucified , and while he was dying. "And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. and when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, 'Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:' and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." Luke 23:44-46.
The personal pronoun used is HE indicating a living person. However, after his death, his body is referred to as IT, indicating a lifeless object. "Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, certainly this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things. And behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulcher that was hewn in stone wherein never man before was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices, and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment" Luke 23: 47-56
Then again, after his resurrection, the reference is again HE indicating that he is alive again.” Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them, And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: and as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, the son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again." Luke 24: 4-7.
He died, his body became temporarily empty of his spirit, and a lifeless object. Then, praise God, his spirit returned to his body again, and he was bodily resurrected, and so, the man Christ Jesus is eternally alive in the heaven in both body and spirit, and some day we shall see him as he is.
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The field of the slothful!
"I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man." Proverbs 24: 30-34
Just as physical laziness will result in poverty and want, so will spiritual laziness and slothfulness result in poverty of the spirit and soul when we are too lazy or indifferent to pray and meet with God, and seek God ,and do our duty toward him. Just as we need to work for our physical well being, so we must consciously make the effort to be spiritually well nurtured and adjusted by deliberately searching the scriptures, praying, and having communion with God.
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Faith To Believe!
“And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them." Acts:14:8-18.
In order for the Lord to heal us, spiritually, mentally, or physically, he must see in us the faith to believe that he can, and will heal us. We must recognize our healing when it comes and give him thanks, and walk, and leap, and praise him.
When the Gentiles saw the miracles which had been accomplished through Paul and Barnabus, they attributed them to their own false gods. They thought that Paul and Barnabus were their own false gods appearing in the flesh, and were ready to make sacrifices to them.
The gospel that Paul and Barnabus preached was: that there is only one true God who performs miracles, forgives sin, heals our bodies, and provides for us everything we need. His name is the Lord Jesus Christ. We must offer our praise and thanksgiving to him alone, and believe that it is he who does it.
Thought For Today - March 22 - Seek Wisdom And Understanding.
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Thought For Today - March 22
Seek wisdom and understanding.
"My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God." Proverbs 2:1-5.
We are admonished to work harder for wisdom, and knowledge of God, and his fellowship, then we do to make our living and accumulate wealth. When we educate ourselves in the ways of God, then we know right from wrong, and how to make wise decisions.
"When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee." Proverbs 2: 10,11.