Quiet Walk – May 29

May 29

2 Samuel 7

David prepares for building a temple, but God tells him that David’s son will build it.

INSIGHT

With all his heart, David wants to build the temple of God. Yet because David is a man of war, God reserves that privilege for David’s son Solomon, whose very name means “peace.”

While David cannot actually build the temple, he does draw the plans and begins amassing the materials. And Solomon’s job is much easier because of David’s work.

In fact, the Lord commends David’s deep desire to build the temple even though he is not permitted to do so (see 2 Chronicles 6:8.)

There may be things in your heart that you would like to do for God that you cannot do. Even so, it is good that it is in your heart to want to do them.

PRAYER

· Praise the Lord that He rewards us because of our motives:

“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify
Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested”
(Revelation 15:3-4).

One cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
(Isaiah 6:3).

· Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world (1 John 2:1-2).

· Pray this affirmation to the Lord:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

· As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:

· faithfulness in sharing Christ,
· the Lord’s work in world affairs,
· whatever else is on your heart.

· Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:

“Amen!
Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen”
(Revelation 7:12).

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The Only Cure for Spiritual Bankruptcy – Powerpoint – May 29

The Only Cure for Spiritual Bankruptcy

May 29

We have all become like one who is unclean,
      and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
      and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
Isaiah 64:6

I remember when I was young and my grandfather would tell me about the Great Depression. He was a banker at the First National Bank of Conway, Arkansas, so he saw firsthand the problems that came with the 1929 market crash. Eventually, his bank shut down and my grandfather was unemployed. So my father got a job with the government and supported the family.

I’m amazed at the level at which that period in history shaped my father’s and grandfather’s generation. For the rest of their lives, every financial decision they made was run through the filter of their experiences in those days when the economy collapsed and even the currency in their bank accounts was meaningless.

Much like those days in the 1930s, we’re spiritually bankrupt. We may have all the good works in the world in our bank account, but apart from Christ, they’re worthless! It’s like going to the grocery store and trying to pay with Monopoly money.

The only solution we have is to trust in the currency we’re given in Christ, who credited our account with an unlimited supply of grace. In Him, we’re no longer bankrupt, but get to experience His riches for eternity!

APART FROM CHRIST, YOU’RE SPIRITUALLY BANKRUPT. SO TRUST IN HIM TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH HIS UNLIMITED SUPPLY OF GRACE!


For more from PowerPoint Ministries and Dr. Jack Graham, please visit www.jackgraham.org

“Santa Claws” and a Tiny Dragon

“Santa Claws” and a Tiny Dragon

Psalm 18:30
“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

The fossil record shows us examples of God’s great creativity in designing living things. It also shows that life appeared suddenly on earth, in finished form. The fossil record shows us that earth originally had a much greater variety of life. Finally, the fossil record doesn’t show any evidence of creatures evolving from one type into another.

Paleontologists have been looking for fossils of unusual creatures in some of the oldest rocks that have fossils in them. In other words, these rocks in British Columbia have evidences of some of the earliest forms of life. These layers show the rich variety of life that once existed on earth. Paleontologists have found a much greater variety of arrow worms and jellyfish than live today. But even in the earliest layers, the worms and the jellyfish are fully formed.

In addition, paleontologists have found some startling creatures. One foot-and-a-half long creature had a circular mouth with radiating teeth and claws. Another looks like a tiny, inch-long dragon. Scientists describe it as looking like the cameo of a stegosaurus. Perhaps the most unusual creature was named “Santa Claws” by one paleontologist. It has five pairs of claws attached to its head, two flaps on the side, and a tail like a beaver.

Paleontologists and Christians who believe the biblical record of creation don’t dispute the facts about fossils. We object to interpretations of the fossils that needlessly contradict Scripture.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, even in death, brought about by man’s sin, these creatures glorify You and bear witness to Your act of creation. Strengthen my faith so that I may not be intimidated by claims that contradict Your Word. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Author: Paul A. Bartz

REF.: Weisburd, Stefi. 1985. New creatures from the Cambrian. Science News, v. 128, Nov. 16. p. 309.

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Our Daily Homily – May 29

Before the Lord continually. – Leviticus 24:4-8

The light of the candlestick and the twelve cakes of fine flour were to be before the Lord continually, as symbols of the twofold office His people were to sustain, on the one hand to the world’s darkness, on the other to God Himself.

We must shine as lights in the world. – As a candle in the hand of the housewife, who sweeps her house diligently; as a lamp in the hand of the virgin expecting the bridegroom; or as the lighthouse on a rocky coast. We must dispel the darkness, and guide wanderers through the murky night. Light is soft and still, and is thus a fitting emblem of the influence of a holy life, which burns steadily on before the Lord continually, and is unaffected by the heed or comment of man. If no one seems the better for our consistent testimony, aim to satisfy the Lord. The lamps of the pure candlestick of a holy life are not for man only, but for Him. But they can only be maintained through the constant supply of the pure oil of the Holy Ghost, ministered by Him who walks amid the seven golden candlesticks. “Ye are the light of the world.”

We must be as bread to God. – In a blessed sense we feed on God, but God also feeds on us. He finds satisfaction in beholding His people’s unity and love, in receiving their sacrifices of praise, and in watching their growing conformity to His will. The two rows of six cakes foreshadow the unity and order of the Church; the fine flour, its holy, equable character; the pure frankincense, the fragrance of Christian love. There is a testimony in all these to the world; but we do not always realize the satisfaction afforded to the great God, who has made such costly sacrifices on behalf of His Church.

The Truth For Today – May 29

May 29

Motivated by the coming of Christ

From where we also wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3:20

Waiting for the coming of Christ is the greatest resource for spiritual motivation, responsibility and security. That gives great motivation in the search for Christ because you will want to be prepared when He comes. You will wish you had been faithful in your service. You can find motivation in the hope that one day Christ will reward you and you will hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant … Enter into the joy of your lord” (Mt. 25:23).

The coming of Christ gives responsibility because it is when “each one of us will give an account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12).

And his coming will make him feel safe, knowing that Jesus said “This is the will of the Father, the one who sent me: That of all that you give me, I will not lose anything, but will raise it up at the last day” (Jn. 6:39).  

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A Godly Response to Criticism – In Touch – May 29

May 29

A Godly Response to Criticism

Proverbs 15:31-33

No one likes criticism, but encountering some is inevitable, so we need to learn how to respond in a godly way. Although you might be tempted to become defensive or angry, remain calm and listen. The words may hurt, but great benefits come to those who carefully consider what is said.

If we refuse to accept reproof, we’ll limit our potential for Christlike character development and spiritual growth. Some of life’s best lessons come through difficult experiences. If God allowed the situation, you can be sure that He wants to use it in transforming you into His Son’s image. Whether the criticism is valid or not, whether it’s delivered with kindness or harshness, your goal should always be to respond in a way that glorifies the Lord. Remember that you are responsible only for how you handle yourself, not for how the other person is acting.

When a criticism comes your way, be quiet and listen until the other person has finished. Make direct eye contact to show attentiveness and respect. When your critic finishes, thank him for bringing his concerns to your attention, and tell him that you will consider what he’s said. Ask the Lord if the accusation is valid. Let Him search your heart and either affirm your innocence or convict you.

Every rebuke is an opportunity from God. It’s a chance to let your Christian character shine by showing love to your critic. If he is angrily attacking you, your respect and kindness become a powerful testimony. Criticism is also an occasion to humble yourself and accept the Lord’s correction.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

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Inbox, Outbox, IM Emotional Adultery – In His Grip – Week of May 25

Inbox, Outbox, IM Emotional Adultery

“Something told me to check his email and there it was – evidence that my husband had an online relationship with one of my friends. I was stunned by the flirting and flattery. They both insisted they were innocent and I was the one with the problem. But I know unfaithfulness when I experience it.”

Over the past few years, Chuck and I have listened to women share too many of these stories. They go like this: A wife has a sixth sense that her husband is emotionally involved with another woman. He denies any wrong-doing. She feels guilty for suspecting him but can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. Then an instant message meant for her husband crosses the computer when she’s online or she “accidentally” stumbles on email or text messages that reveal a familiarity that feels invasive and unsettling. Her husband and his online pal usually deny any wrong-doing, protesting that they are just friends. He refuses to end the communication, claiming his wife is possessive, obsessive and needs to grow up. The wife starts to feel as though she might be the crazy one, but can’t let go of the feeling that something isn’t right. We hear the story, because the wife’s instincts turn out to be correct.

As terrific as technology, email and online communication is, there is a downside that can start out innocently yet slowly begins a slippery slope into emotional adultery and sometimes continues into physical adultery with the end result of destroyed marriages.

How do you know if you’re the other woman or in danger of becoming the other woman in this tech-based emotional adultery? Honestly answer these questions:

For the Rest of the Story Please Visit: http://www.treasuresofencouragement.org/2012/09/inbox-outbox-im-emotional-adultery.html

In His grip,

Sharon W. Betters
Executive Director
MARKINC Ministries
http://www.markinc.org

For more information from In His Grip with Dr. Chuck F. Betters please visit http://www.markinc.org/

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