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Momma's Sword of the Spirit
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. – Psalm 150:6
Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. –Ephesians 6:17
When I think of the thing for which I am most grateful in life, it would have to be God’s Word. From childhood, I heard Scripture from my mother day after day. And she encouraged her children to learn and study as well. Thank you, Momma.
In the front of her own well-worn Bible she wrote,
Once I settle it for good that there is nothing in the Bible that is trivial and meaningless, once I am assured that everything in Scripture has significance and value, then I shall prayerfully ponder every section and expect to find “hidden treasures” (Proverbs 2:4). And according to my faith, so it will be unto me.
Momma taped Scripture verses all over the house, muttering them to herself as she went about her work. One evening she said to me, “I want to quote for you what I’ve just memorized, okay?”
“Great, Mom. What is it?”
I waited a second, then asked, “First Peter? First Peter what?”
“Oh . . . the book. I memorized the whole book. Wanna hear it?”
Without hesitating she started in and quoted every single verse. I was amazed. My sixty-three-year-old mother was a whiz. She never missed a beat as Daddy and I listened, mesmerized.
I was the witness of Momma’s love of God’s Word throughout my childhood, and I’m the richer for it.
If you are a mother and discouraged about your children, don’t lose hope. Spend time in God’s Book. Hidden treasures will be found and passed on. And your children will be grateful someday. According to your faith, you will see things change.
Give encouragement to my heart, Lord, through your Word. Amen.
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What a blessing a godly mother truly is! We give thanks this weekend for all mothers! Please share in the comments on our blog your favorite memories of how your mothers or other role models taught you to embrace a relationship with Christ. If you’re the first generation in your family to know and love the Lord and don't have that foundation of faith
Accept His Amazing Love
The more in love we are with the Father and with our Savior, the more we become like Jesus Himself. And that’s not unique to the relationship between our Creator God and us, His creation. Maybe you've noticed that couples who have been married for a long time say that they know each other well enough to be able to complete the other person’s sentences.
Imagine having that same relationship with God—to communicate with Him so intimately and often that we know His thoughts well and can complete His sentences. Imagine the benefits of such a relationship; imagine the strength and peace that would come with that kind of loving and that sense of being loved.
God longs to share His heart with us. He is not looking for perfect little robots programmed to follow His directions, but for people who will receive His love and love Him and others in response. I think it’s very difficult for us to embrace the love of God because we have never been loved that way before. That’s because all human love—even the best we have experienced— is conditional and is impacted by our behavior or changing circumstances. But God’s love is not. God wants people who will share His heart and work with Him for things that have eternal worth.
In what ways would your life—your thoughts, words, and actions—be different if you walked around every day with a deep awareness of the truth that you are overwhelmingly loved?
What steps can you take toward living in the truth that God’s love for you is immeasurable, unconditional, and unshakable?
God of love, may the truth that You love me not just be a fact I hold in my head, but a truth that lives in my heart and guides me 24/7. You love me . . . I sit in awe of that truth, feeling thankful and blessed, humbled and joyful. Thank You for Your love—and teach me, in response, to love You and others well.
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We'd love to hear your responses to Sheila's questions. How has experiencing God's unfailing and unconditional love changed the ways that you relate with Him and others? Please share your thoughts and comments
God Demonstrates His Love in This...
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8
I was a young pastor, and it was a bitter cold winter afternoon. Snow and ice covered the windswept cemetery as I stood with a young couple at the open grave of their newborn baby. We wept and prayed, I read Scripture, I said a few words of comfort, and we left. I went home that evening and could not get that brokenhearted mother and father out of my mind. They went home that same evening and began to put away the baby crib in which that little package of love had slept for the past several weeks. On impulse, I went into our firstborn daughter’s room, picked her up, and sat down in the den. I wondered how I would have felt had I been that other young dad who sat in his home a few blocks away. What if God had taken my child? After all, she was just a few days old and, at the time, didn’t know me anymore than she knew the man next door. I came to the conclusion that what would have bothered me most was that she would never have known, in this life, just how much her father loved her and was willing to give himself for her.
And that is the tragic thing about living a life without Christ. Those who do not know Christ can never know how much the Father loves them. Our God demonstrated His love when we were least deserving. He did something: He gave us His only Son who “died for us.” No wonder the Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
The Proof of God's Love
God proved His love toward us. How? It was not by writing His love in flaming letters across the sky nor by belting His strong voice from heaven expressing His love. The Bible says, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4). Jesus was not some sort of remedial action, a last-minute splint for a broken world when everything else had failed. The preparation God had done was staggering. He had raised up a Greek nation that took the Greek language across the known world so the gospel could spread without a language barrier. He raised up a Roman empire that built a road system of fifty thousand miles across the world so the gospel could move from country to country. Yes, it was in the “fullness of time” that Christ came (Galatians 4:4).
Each of us longs to be loved. And God loves us so much that He demonstrated “His own love toward us”: He sent His Son.
No one on the earth has DNA like yours. No one has a thumbprint just like yours. You are an individual, loved by the Lord. And the love you can voluntarily return to Him is indescribably valuable to Him.
The Phenomenon of God's Love
The phenomenal thing about the love of God is that He expressed it to us not when we were perfect or deserving. He loved us “while we were still sinners.” In fact, “scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7–8, emphasis added). Those two little words but God make all the difference.
Jesus came and clothed Himself in human flesh. He came to where we are so that one day we could go to where He is. In other words, He came to earth so we could go to heaven. He was forsaken so that we might never be forsaken. As someone said, “The Son of God became the Son of Man in order that the sons of men could become the sons of God.”
The Price of God's Love
“Christ died for us.” Let those words sink in for just a moment. He died your death so you could live His life. He took your sin so you could take His righteousness. “For God so loved the world that He gave . . .” (John 3:16). For thirty-three years, He gave. We must have embraced and loved Him for it. But did we love Him? We hated Him. We spit in His face. We beat Him with a leather strap until His back was a bloody pulp. We stripped Him naked and mocked Him. We put a scarlet robe on Him and smashed a crown of thorns on His brow. And then we laughed . . . and laughed . . . and laughed. Then we plucked His beard out with our hands (Isaiah 50:6); then laughed some more. Finally, we took His hands—those same hands that once had calmed storms, stroked children’s heads, multiplied the loaves and fishes, formed the spittle for the blind man’s eyes, and clasped themselves in prayer in the garden—and we nailed them fast to a cross. Then we took those same feet that had run errands of mercy for so many, that had walked on the sea, and we nailed them to a cross.
The price Jesus paid to “demonstrate” His love was great. Every lash of the whip, every sound of the hammer, was the voice of God saying, “I love sinners.”
As I held my little daughter tightly that night, I thought, I’d give the world to her if I could. Then it occurred to me that God had said just the opposite. He had said, “I’ll give My Son to the world.” It isn't any wonder the songwriter of old said, “Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan. Oh, the grace that brought it down to man. Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span . . . at Calvary.”
Meditate on “the breadth and length and height and depth” of God’s love for you personally (Ephesians 3:18). No one else has your DNA. You are an individual, indescribably loved by God. Let Him love you today.
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How about you? We know that Christ died for our sins. But, have you considered that He paid at Calvary for you personally, individually? What does that kind of love mean to you? We would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave your comments
Forgiveness: Receive the Gift of Grace
Today I will remember that my failure to forgive myself is a prideful choice to not receive your grace.
If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone. The new is here! — 2 Corinthians 5:17
What can we learn about forgiveness from one of the greatest saints in Christian history, who began as one of its greatest persecutors—Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul the apostle? We read in Acts 8:3 that, “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” It was Saul’s intent to destroy the church—until, as he traveled the road to Damascus to continue his murderous work there, he met the living Christ.
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” was Jesus’ very direct question (Acts 9:4), and that question made no sense. As far as Saul was concerned, he wasn't persecuting God but was defending true Judaism. Imagine the shock as Saul recognized his actions for what they were: his misguided killings, the ripple effect on devastated families, and his affront to the Lord of the universe. Imagine the struggle to receive God’s forgiveness and to forgive himself . . . .
Paul did receive God’s forgiveness and went on to preach powerful sermons—teachings we still read today—about the gift of forgiveness available to all because of Jesus’ death on the cross. This forgiveness is a powerful weapon that overcomes the evil in this world and brings healing to our wounded souls, but we must reach out and accept it.
To say that we don’t deserve forgiveness is to make our sin more powerful than the blood of Christ. And since God forgives us, we must forgive ourselves.
When we refuse, we have made the court of our opinion more powerful than the court of our holy and just God. It must seriously wound the heart of our Father when we will not accept the gift he has given us, the gift of forgiveness that cost him so dearly. After all, our sin was covered by the lifeblood of the Lamb.
Prayer for forgiveness:
God of the impossible, you got the attention of murderous Saul, changed his heart, and made him a powerful voice for your gospel truth. You also got my attention, and I thank you for the grace of being able to acknowledge Jesus as my Savior and Lord and you as my Father. I ask for the grace to live in the freedom of your forgiveness and love.
What impact does the account of Paul’s conversion have on your understanding of forgiveness? Explain why our inability to forgive ourselves reflects an attitude of pride.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. — Acts 2:3–4
Within fifty days of Jesus’ death and the apparent collapse of His cause, the city of Jerusalem rang with the cries of those who boldly declared that God had raised Jesus from the dead, and that they were eyewitnesses to that truth. Hundreds had seen the resurrected Jesus!
As the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost, craven cowards were changed into courageous confessors. Humble fishermen became heralds of the King. All who saw and heard them were compelled to acknowledge that something had utterly transformed their lives. When questioned by their critics, the apostles did not hesitate to reply: they accounted for their boldness by pointing to the risen Christ.
On that day of Pentecost, the Resurrection was the keynote of Peter’s sermon, causing three thousand people to confess Jesus as Lord (Acts 2:14–41). The Resurrection was the dominant theme in Paul’s preaching. The earthshaking fact that God had raised Jesus from the dead was the axle and wheels of the early Christian church.
What difference will the Resurrection and the Holy Spirit’s power make in your life today? Leave a comment on our blog by clicking here.
Read more from Billy Graham in Wisdom for Each Day.
Count Your Blessings
So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him. The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia, he said, "I will hear your case when your accusers get here." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace.
Thoughts for Today:
Paul has now arrived under guard in the seaside city of Caesarea. Take a moment and reread the last verse of our passage today: "Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace." Not a bad place to be incarcerated. Free food and luxury accommodations; it wasn't like he was in the dungeon. Paul would spend two years on the beach in protective custody. Sure, he wasn't free to come and go as he pleased, but it could have been a lot worse.
As I read today's passage, I thought about how Paul might be feeling. Was he angry and frustrated that he was under lock and key, unable to continue his ministry? Or content and trusting of God's good intention? (Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.") I wonder if Paul got up every day, fully rested, looked out at the beach from his luxurious accommodations, and said, "Cool, thanks God!" The Lord might have needed to slow Paul down, let things calm, and give him an extended sabbatical to do some writing. Perhaps the only way to do so was put him under "house arrest" for two years. Just a thought.
Questions to Ponder:
My wife has a plaque displayed in our home that says: "Happiness is wanting what you have." I've always liked that saying, especially because I'm a part of what she has (and it's nice to be wanted). When was the last time you made a list of how much God has blessed you? Make list right now of what you have. Move away from desire -- what you want -- and into gratitude -- what you have. Give thanks and praise to God our Father for He is good!
“Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.”
The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favours without constraining us to pray for them we should never know how poor we are, but a true prayer is an inventory of wants, a catalogue of necessities, a revelation of
hidden poverty. While it is an application to divine wealth, it is a confession of human emptiness. The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always empty in self and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and rich in Jesus; weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great exploits; and hence the use of prayer, because, while it adores God, it lays the creature where it should be, in the very dust. Prayer is in itself, apart from the answer which it brings, a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains strength for the race by daily exercise, so for the great race of life we acquire energy by the hallowed labour of prayer. Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets, that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer girds the loins of God’s warriors, and sends them forth to combat with their sinews braced and their muscles firm. An earnest pleader cometh out of his closet, even as the sun ariseth from the chambers of the east, rejoicing like a strong man to run his race. Prayer is that uplifted hand of Moses which routs the Amalekites more than the sword of Joshua; it is the arrow shot from the chamber of the prophet foreboding defeat to the Syrians. Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer cannot do! We thank thee, great God, for the mercy-seat, a choice proof of thy marvellous lovingkindness. Help us to use it aright throughout this day!
“Whom he did predestinate, them he also called.”
In the second epistle to Timothy, first chapter, and ninth verse, are these words-”Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.” Now, here is a touchstone by which we may try our calling. It is “an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace.” This calling forbids all trust in our own doings, and conducts us to Christ alone for salvation, but it afterwards purges us from dead works to serve the living and true God. As he that hath called you is holy, so must you be holy. If you are living in sin, you are not called, but if you are truly Christ’s, you can say, “Nothing pains me so much as sin; I desire to be rid of it; Lord, help me to be holy.” Is this the panting of thy heart? Is this the tenor of thy life towards God, and his divine will? Again, in Philippians, Phi_3:13, Phi_3:14, we are told of “The high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Is then your calling a high calling? Has it ennobled your heart, and set it upon heavenly things? Has it elevated your hopes, your tastes, your desires? Has it upraised the constant tenor of your life, so that you spend it with God and for God? Another test we find in Heb_3:1-”Partakers of the heavenly calling.” Heavenly calling means a call from heaven. If man alone call thee, thou art uncalled. Is thy calling of God? Is it a call to heaven as well as from heaven? Unless thou art a stranger here, and heaven thy home, thou hast not been called with a heavenly calling; for those who have been so called, declare that they look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God, and they themselves are strangers and pilgrims upon the earth. Is thy calling thus holy, high, heavenly? Then, beloved, thou hast been called of God, for such is the calling wherewith God doth call his people.
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