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DAILY BIBLE VERSE - Encourage yourself in the Lord. | "When your words came, I are them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. - Jeremiah 15:16 (NIV)

Friday 17th November 2017

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice!   Phil 4:4   (NLT)

For Reflection: Is joy a choice are an emotion? 

Thursday 16th November 2017

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.   Phil 2:14-15   (NLT)

I pondered if a verse that speaks of a "world full of crooked and perverse people" was too politically incorrect to include here. Then five minutes of watching TV put my fears to rest.   

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.  Phil 1:27  (NLT)

For Reflection:  Is our faith about living or doing? Is it more about who we are or what we do?

Tuesday 14th November2017

And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.    Philippians 1:12-14   (NLT)

For Reflection: How does Paul determine whether an event is good or bad? What criteria does he use? How is this an encouragement to others?

Monday 13th November 2017

Wednesday 8th November 2017

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Tuesday 7th November 2017

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.    Heb 11:1

The believing Hebrews had been and were still exposed to persecution on account of the gospel. The writer was encouraging them to remain steadfast and strong in the face of it. Habakkuk encouraged the Jews in the face of their enemy that the just shall live by faith. Here is the same message. Following on he will speak of the heroes of faith who never gave up even when faced with the severest of persecution and danger.  Ultimately they have gone on to their reward. What about us? No matter what, we must never give up our faith. No matter how difficult life might become because we live by the gospel, we know there is something better if we will only live by faith in what we cannot see but hope for.  

Monday 6th November 2017

Thursday 2nd November 2017

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.  1 Corinthians 1:18   (NLT)

The cross and all that it represents is the greatest display of the power of God. Note that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, who are heading for destruction. The lost are not in a fixed state, they can be saved.  However, we know that sin works its way from bad to worse as sinners become more and more perverse in their thinking. Could it be that the progression works the other way for those who “are being saved”?

The more professing Christians, practice what is Christ-like the more they grow. The good news is the power of the cross can break the chains of sin and set all who put their hope in Christ on a process of gradual and continual change for the better. Day by day, growing more and more like Christ, more completely the conqueror of lusts and passions and evil. Those who call yourselves Christ’s followers, are you further on than you were ten years ago; have you advanced any further into the depths of God than when you first got a glimpse of Him as your loving Father? Are all professing Christians growing Christians? No one stands still, life is a process and we are in motion. Which way are you heading? Is it towards destruction or salvation?  

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.  Hebrews 1:1-2

For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God.  Hebrews 4:2

The good news is old news, it was preached in the Old Testament. It is not a new idea that God loves us, He has always loved us. This is old news but good news. The rest spoken of here is undoubtedly the heavenly rest, which is for the people of God, and is the opposite to trials and troubles of this world.  Those who do not believe, shall never enter into this spiritual rest and that is by their own choice. God has always declared His people’s rest to be in him, and his love to be the only real lasting happiness of the soul.  Having faith in his promises, through his Son, is the only way of entering that rest. A way he made possible by loving us so much he gave his life to save us from our sin. That is good news indeed.  

Tuesday 31st October 2017

But I have stirred up a leader who will come from the north. I have called him by name from the east. I will give him victory over kings and princes. He will trample them as a potter treads on clay. “Who told you from the beginning that this would happen? Who predicted this, making you admit that he was right? No one said a word! I was the first to tell Zion, ‘Look! Help is on the way!’   I will send Jerusalem a messenger with good news. Not one of your idols told you this. Not one gave any answer when I asked. See, they are all foolish, worthless things. All your idols are as empty as the wind.   Isaiah 41:25-29   (NLT) 

The good news is foretold. In this passage there is good news for the captives of Israel, but where have they been looking for help? Idols are worthless and people are so limited.  In contrast to the idols who can tell nothing of the future, the Lord knows. He knows that He will bring Cyrus from the north to conquer the Babylonians, who conquered Judah and Jerusalem and took them captive. God would use Cyrus to allow the Jews in exile to return (Ezra 1). Who has declared from the beginning, that we may know? Not the idols; they know nothing. Not man, for I looked, and there was no man . . . Who, when I asked of them, could answer a word. Indeed they are all worthless; their works are nothing. Apart from God, in the grand scheme of things, all of the greatness of mankind is worthless and all the great works are nothing. And what of the idols? Their carved images are wind and confusion. Read Isaiah chapter 41 and note how many times the Lord says “I will”. He will fulfil His promises and the good news is He will send a Saviour. In those days it will be Cyrus to save the Jews, later it will be Jesus Christ to save all whoever believes in Him. He will come to save the world. 

Monday 30th October 2017

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Saviour—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!     Luke 2:8-11

What the world needs is good news and there is particular good news that is needed the most. Here in these two verses the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ is described. The shepherds are told “do not be afraid”, they were not going to be told something to fear but this was good news. The promises and prophecies concerning the Messiah are now being fulfilled and salvation will be accomplished. This was not good news to every individual; not to Herod and his courtiers, who were troubled at it; nor to the greater part of the Jewish nation, who when he came to them, did not receive him, but rejected him as the Messiah; particularly not to the chief priests, Scribes, and Pharisees, who when they saw him, said, let's kill him; but to all that were waiting for him, and were looking for redemption in Israel; to all sinners who rejoice at his birth, and in his salvation. What does the good news mean to you? 

Sunday 29th October 2017

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."   John 8:12   NLT

Nobody likes the dark nights yet the whole world is living every day in darkness. Jesus is the light of the world. How can we have the light that leads to life and not let it shine?  We cannot, we must not hide what the world needs to see. 

Saturday 28th October 2017

"You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden."  Matthew 5:14   (NLT)

Let your light shine. Do not be afraid to stand up for what you believe.  Live your life in such a way that there is no doubt you are following Christ. How will anyone find Christ in the darkness if we are not lighting the way?

Thursday 26th October 2017

Light shines on the godly and joy on those whose hearts are right.  May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord and praise his holy name!    Psalm 97:10-11   (NLT)

 Although for a while those who follow Christ may have to endure troublesome times they can rejoice because it is a temporary state. There will not always be darkness, grief and pain, but God’s light assures us there will ultimately be peace and victory. Sinners will tremble, but saints can rejoice at God's holiness. God hates sin, yet freely loves the repentant sinner who turns to Christ.  The godly stay in the light by hating sin, and God will be glorified. In that we can rejoice.  

Wednesday 25th October 2017

“Make a lampstand of pure, hammered gold. Make the entire lampstand and its decorations of one piece—the base, centre stem, lamp cups, buds, and petals.  Make it with six branches going out from the centre stem, three on each side.     Exodus 25:31-31   (NLT)

 There were no windows in the tabernacle. So the light from the golden lampstand revealed the table of showbread, representing the Word of God, and the altar of incense, representing the place of prayer, and the cherubim on the veil to the Holy of Holies, representing guardians of the holiness of God. These things together tell us that if we confess our sin and accept the sacrifice given for our sin, then we can have fellowship with God. The light in the Holy Place represented Jesus Christ in all His purity. The lesson is, as a New Testament writer tells us, God is light in Him there is no darkness at all. Those who walk in the light can have fellowship with Him. In the tabernacle, the light represented God, through the Holy Spirit, shining in the darkness, producing a place of fellowship. The light of the Word of God is the only true light and safe guide. As we walk in the light we have fellowship with each other and with God.  

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right. 

Monday 23rd October 2017

Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light .  Genesis 1:3   (NLT)

God spoke and it happened! As the days get shorter and we experience more darkness we will reflect over the next few days on the light. At the beginning of creation God spoke light into existence to dispel the darkness. The power of God’s Word to bring light and life extends beyond the physical world and into the spiritual realm. Anticipating the redemptive work pf the Lord Jesus Christ. The power of the light that dispelled the darkness at creation is the same power that dispels the darkness of sin in our hearts through the light of Jesus at our spiritual recreation. 

Saturday 21st October 2017

  In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.  If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 

Romans 12:6-8   NLT

Thursday 19th October 2017

Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people .  Ephesians 6:7   NLT

As the Ladies Day in Northampton fast approaches the theme of service will become predominant in the minds of those who attend. This verse speaks of our motivation. 

Wednesday 18th October 2017

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by. 

Psalm 57:1   ESV

Thirty years ago last weekend a terrible storm hit Britain causing much damage and destruction.  This last weekend we were told more storms were coming, for some directly in its path there was disaster, for others it was just very windy  and eerie as the sun seemed to change colour. Many go about their normal life and business without any regard to God. However, when storms hit these same people suddenly wonder where God is. Well, He is where He always is. Nearby, ready to shelter you in the shadow of His wings.  

Monday 16th October 2017

Then another message came to me from the Lord: “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” 

Zechariah 4:9-10

Notice the words "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..."  There are times when we feel we want to do some great thing for the Lord. However, its the little things that count. An act of kindness, some service to a person in need - even a cup of water. It was the widows mite that got the attention of Jesus. Faithfulness in a little thing is actually a great big thing in God's Kingdom. Let us not neglect the little things we can do in our service to God, from little acorns great oak trees grow. 

Sunday 15th October 2017

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

Hebrews 12:1-4  NLT

Thursday 12th October 2017

I cried out, "I am slipping!" but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.  When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. 

Psalm 94:18-19   NLT 

Tuesday 10th October 2017

This letter is from John, the elder.  I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.  Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth.  I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.    3 John 1-4

Walking in the truth implies walking according to God's Word; for His Word is truth (John 17:17).  Joy comes from seeing a life where Christ has been "put on". When those who follow Christ live in Him and for Him it brings joy. Why? Because when we are living right, according to His truth there is no guilt and condemnation for sin.  

Monday 9th October 2017

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God for your sins have brought you down. Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord. Say to him, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises. Assyria cannot save us, nor can our war horses. Never again will we say to the idols we have made, ‘You are our gods. ’No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy.”

Hosea 14:1-3   NLT

We are sinking deep in sin but God's love can lift us. Whatever separates us from God is sin. To return to him then we need to turn our back on sin. This requires a determined spirit, a definite decision to do so and a godly focused mind.

A life of sin is a journey heading to sorrow and disaster so turn around and take a different path. 

Friday 6th October 2017

Thursday 5th October 2017

He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.  Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. 

Ephesians 2:17-18  NLT 

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

But don't be so concerned with perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.

John 6:27  NLT

In Luke 10:38-42 we read of Mary and Martha, sisters of Lazarus who was raised from the dead by Jesus. They enjoyed the privilege of hosting Jesus during his earthly ministry. an interesting incident happened during a particular visit whereby Mary was listening to the Word of God while Martha was preparing food for their visitor. Martha could not understand the importance of nourishing the spirit over the nourishment of the body. When Martha criticised her sister for abandoning her to cook alone, Jesus Christ took the occasion to remove ignorance.

Mary's devotion becomes a model for true believers today. She was committed to real communion with Christ rather than considering the consumption of physical food. As we are doing the work of God, we should be mindful of critics of Martha.

Criticisms are made due to ignorance. Therefore try to understand issues very well before you criticise. Jesus told the people who were looking for him that they should not be interested in food or miracles that are temporary. John 6:22-17. Do not chase after perishable things at the expense of your soul.

Taken from the booklet: Daily Call. 

Monday 2nd October 2017

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,or stand around with sinners,or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.

Psalm 1:1-2  NLT

We read about a rich man in Luke 12:16-21 who defined success as having material possessions. Others might say that success is having the esteem and admiration of people around them. Then still others might say that success depends more on personal satisfaction and happiness in life generally.
Jesus Christ warned against storing up possessions on earth and putting faith in money. Fortunes are easily won and more easily lost.Examples abound in society to support this fact.
Status and prestige cannot be a genuine measuring stick for success. Jesus rode triumphantly through the street of Jerusalem on a bed of palm branches. A few days later the cheers turned to jeers.
This world is not so peaceful that one can love personal satisfaction and happiness without God’s condition for blessing (Psalm 1:1) for example; a successful marriage does not mean that you are happy and satisfied all the time.
The solution is to serve God and others with your possessions and not just serve yourself. May God open our eyes to see His standards for success. 

Tuesday 26th September 2017

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Friday 22nd September 2017

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 

Romans 5:2  NLT 

Thursday 21st September 2017

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.  If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.  From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” 

John 14:6-7   NLT 

Wednesday 20th September 2017

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 “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them.  Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

John 10:7-10  NLT 

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live,lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. 

Psalm 63:3-5  NLT

Monday 18th, September 2017

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1

Tuesday 12th, September 2017

Think about the things of heaven not the things of earth.

Colossians 3:2

Wednesday 26th, July 2017

‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Jeremiah 32:17

Tuesday 25th, July 2017

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:5-6

Monday 24th, July 2017

He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:3-4

Sunday 23rd, July 2017

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

Saturday 22th, July 2017

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,

1 Timothy 2:5-6

Friday 21st, July 2017

In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge is in God.

Psalm 62:7

Thursday 20th, July 2017

For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

Philippians 1:29