Daily Comfort

“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things!”

~ Ps 103:2-5

What an enumeration of divine blessings this is! Any one of them is worth more than all earth’s treasures combined!

If we are not forgiven–we must rest forever under the burden of sin, a weight greater than all the Alps! But God forgives–and forgives all our sins–and forgives freely, fully and forever!

If we are not healed–we must be sick forever, sick with the plague and leprosy of sin! But God heals–and heals all our evils, and heals completely!

If we are not saved from the dangers of this ensnaring world–we never can reach heaven! But God keeps, rescues, and saves our life from all impending destructions!

Earth’s crowns are made of thorns, and at the best are only what the children call, ‘play-crowns’, for they are but of leaves that wither, or of gold and gems that will not last. But God crowns His people with crowns of love and compassion, which are real and radiant, which shall never fade–but shall shine forever, becoming crowns of eternal life and glory in heaven!

This world cannot satisfy a heart’s deepest cravings. Its possessions only make the hunger more intense! But God satisfies the souls of His people, and meets all their cravings and hungers with truly good and eternal realities!

Truth For Today

Run in such a way that you might win.
~ 1 CORINTHIANS 9:24
 

Because I was athletic as a boy, I played on many different teams in various sports programs. I remember many boys with little or no athletic ability who would try out for these teams. Every once in a while, a coach would feel sorry for such a boy and place him on the team in spite of his performance. He would give the boy a uniform to make him feel that he was a part of the team even though he would never let the boy play in a game.

Fortunately, the opposite is true in the Christian life. The Lord doesn’t place us on the team just so we can sit on the bench. He intends to send us into the game. It is His grace that calls us to salvation, and it is His will that sends us into the world to witness for Him.

We are all like the boy who had no ability. God graciously puts us on the team, not because of our own ability, but purely by His sovereign grace. And He gives us the ability to play the game. So get in the game and give thanks for the holy privilege of serving Jesus Christ.

The Way

And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 
~ John 17:3 [NLT]

In a world riddled with confusion, there is ONE truth — Jesus! He came to Earth so we might believe in him and gain eternal life.  As you go through your daily routine, let this truth inspire you to help point those around you to the WAY.

The Gardener

but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
~ Luke 2:10 [NLT]

Who did Jesus come to this world for?  Did He only come for the holy, righteous, rich, or successful? The Bible tells us he came for all people! That means he came for the poor, stressed out, lost, needy, lonely, and for us all.  God came to earth for you.

Merely Listening

For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.
~ Romans 2:13 [NLT]

We can all sit in church and hear God’s word. However, just listening to listen doesn’t make a difference. It is the application into your life of the words you hear. Going to church is not about walking out and feeling good. It is about putting your knowledge into use. This is what makes us right in His eyes. How can you put into practice what God is teaching you lately? 

Over The Edge

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
~ James 1:19 [NLT]

Notice how the word “all” is used? No one is immune. It just takes the perfect storm for a personal situation to put you over the edge. Before you feel justified to say something damaging, remember this verse. And if you’re on the receiving end, be “quick” to forgive and “slow” to resent.