Thursday, February 27, 2014
Read: Daniel 4:24-33 & Proverbs 18:12
“…Is not this great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30 KJV)
Pride is a terrible disease of the mind that will manifest openly no matter how you try to conceal it. When it is treasured in the mind, it will make you behave as if you were greater than everyone else. Those who are proud generally conduct themselves in a stupid or haughty way (Dan. 4:30). They go about trying to showcase themselves to everyone who comes across them. They place their achievements, grades, virtues, talents or possessions on the shelf where everyone can see them. They raise their shoulder higher than those of their neighbours and colleagues. They raise their voices higher than the voices of all people around them. They highlight what they have done or achieved while they play down on what others have done.
Those who are proud in the society are easily identified. They dress to stand out of the crowd. They raise their shoulders high in the church. They tell those who listen to them “I know my own class. Do you expect me to seat with these common carpenters, traders and others in our society? Of course not (Prov. 18:12)!” You are proud if that describes your attitude.
There is no class in the church. We are all equal before God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, in your Holy name, I rebuke all the spirits of stupid pride against the soundness of my mind.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 64. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Read: Roman 12:11 & Mark 5:19-20
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit: serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11 KJV)
As we serve the Lord in whatever He has given us to do, we need to keep the zeal or passion for it. It is this ‘passion’ that keeps us going when it seems too much or ‘fruitless’. There are many times of testing and stretching when we are serving the Lord.
There have been many times like these in our own lives. We felt there was not much ‘fruit’ produced in what we were doing for the Lord, and we wanted to be moving on and doing more. Sometimes we felt we are not making much difference. But the ‘passion’ we had within us, kept us going. We need to keep the zeal, no matter how frustrating it can be at times. Keep the passion burning as you serve the Lord. If we have experienced Jesus’ power in our lives, we should enthusiastically share the good news with zeal to those around us (Mk. 5:19-20). When you lead people to Christ, have the zeal to stand by them to help them (Gal. 4:19).
Never be lazy; work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically (Rom. 12:11).
When Paul met Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:13-14) his life changed. He then directed all his energy towards building up the Christian church. Don’t lose the zeal.
Prayers: Dear Lord, give me a fervent spirit to serve you with zeal towards building up the Christian faith and helping others grow.
PEACE ON EARTH !
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 63. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Read: Genesis 13:1-18 & Matthew 5:9
“…Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren” (Genesis 13:8 KJV).
Abraham and his nephew Lot needed to settle a family issue regarding farmland because the area where they lived could not support both of them (Gen. 13:6). Scuffles broke out between their herdsmen. Abraham bravely took the first step toward peace, noting the need for harmony since they were “close relatives”. Rivalries, arguments and disagreements among believers can be destructive. They damage goodwill, trust and peace; hamper progress toward important goals; and make us self-centred rather than love-centred.
Abraham humbly allowed Lot to take his choice of any section of land he wanted before their separation. This offer showed that family relationships were more important to Abram than satisfying his self-interest. Imagine what might have happened if he had left Lot in a cloud of dust, yelling over his shoulder. Instead, Abram kept his word and allowed Lot to settle in the Lush Jordan valley, while he set up in Canaan (Gen. 13:11-12).
Abram’s action shows how humility, generosity, and selflessness can help us navigate through rough spots with our relatives.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to paralyze all spiritual wolves against my peace and human relations, and help me to always maintain peace! Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 60. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).
I love all kinds of earrings. But my everyday look-glam-but-simple go-to are my ear studs. I got home on Wednesday from my training class only to realize that one of them was missing. Oh my, what am I gonna do now? I had to make me some ear studs.
Now these are really easy to make. I mean like in one minute.
Supplies: rhinestones, flat earring posts, glue
1. Using a toothpick, apply glue on the flat surface of the earring post.
2. Attach the earring post to the back of the rhinestone.
3. Allow to dry (preferably overnight) and we are good to go.
Didn’t I tell you that this would be easy? 😉
PS: I would advise that you use E6000 glue because its sooo fantastic. But UHU is great as well.
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Have a great Saturday guys
Lots of love,
Friday, February 21, 2014
Read: Deut. 2:16-35
“…I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.” (Deuteronomy 2:31 KJV)
After 40 years in the wilderness, Moses was told that it was time for the people to take possession of the land God had promised them. The first order of business was to decide what to do about a king named Sihon who stood between the Israelites and the land of Canaan. God’s command was, “Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle” (Deut. 2:24). God certainly could have eliminated Sihon without anyone’s help, but He commanded His people to take the first step.
The same is often true with us. Difficult circumstances or broken relationships seem to defy solution. When they persist for months or years, we may feel that nothing we do will make a difference. But the Lord says, “Begin.” We must make the first move – speak a kind word, ask for forgiveness, pay some of what we owe. We must be the initiators – we must take the “first step.”
Joy lies not only in attaining some distant goal but also in walking with our loving God, who says, “I have begun to give…Begin to possess it”. Is there a first step you should take today? Nothing can be accomplished until we take the first step.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as you help us take the initiative, we are sure you’ll win victory for us, thank You! Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 58. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Read: Acts 20:17-38
“And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, sorrowing…that they would see his face no more…” (Acts 20:37-38 KJV).
Saying goodbye to someone you really love can be difficult. Farewells and partings may bring grief. Sooner or later, we all will experience the tears of separation. The apostle Paul nurtured and taught the believers in Ephesus for 3 years. But when he had to leave, “They all wept freely…sorrowing…that they would see his face no more” (Act 20:37-38).
As Christians, we have good reason to establish close ties, even though they will eventually be broken. Our hope in the resurrection to come assures us that someday we will be reunited in the presence of God.
Farewells can be very painful. But don’t let that keep you from building close relationships with others who love the Lord. He makes those friendships worthwhile – both now and in eternity! Christians never say goodbye for the last time.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, turn all our painful farewells to joyful reunions on that great resurrection day. Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 57. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Read: Joshua 23:1-13
“One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you…” (Joshua 23:10 KJV)
The Lord has equipped His children to be courageous in a hostile world. Although the foes we face may seem to be more powerful, we can resist them because of God’s special provision. This doesn’t mean He always protects His children from physical injury or even death. But when a child of God works together with God and does His will, he is unconquerable until his work on earth is done.
How do we find the protection that helps us “chase away” the enemy? – By trusting and obeying God. Joshua told God’s people that if they would obey the Lord, no one could stand against them (Josh. 23:10). The same God who fought for them will also fight for us. He will strengthen us to meet any challenge when we are doing what He wants us to do (Phil. 4:13).
Yes, the Lord will give us courage as we draw strength from Him each day. To trust is to triumph, for the battle is the Lord’s.
Prayer: Almighty God, give us strength and courage to fight and win all our battles with Satan in Jesus name. Amen.