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A Word for Today – Luke 5:1-7 (KJV)

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

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Salting the Water

2 Kings 2:19-22 (KJV)

And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.

And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.

And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.

So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

The Lord sends Christians out to be the salt of the world. We are to season the world with the Word of God to make it a more productive and fruitful place.

In this passage we see how Elisha used salt to purify the unproductive water. The water, which was once unproductive, became a blessing to the people of Jericho after it was purified by the salt. In the same way, Christians are called to flavor the world with God’s Word to bless the world and make it a more useful place. Be the salt and enliven the world with God’s Word.

Where Our Help Comes From

2 Chronicles 16:12 (KJV)

And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

In this modern age, with all of its medical and technological advances, we must not forget that God is the ultimate source of help and healing. He is the creator of all things and holds everything together in His hands.

When we are sick in our bodies or find ourselves suffering in a hard place, we can find help when we seek the Lord in prayer. Place your complete trust in the Lord today and give Him the honor that He deserves.

The Good Path

Psalm 37:23-26 (KJV)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

Do not fear when you walk through treacherous territory because the Lord protects the righteous. He makes our steps secure and goes before us to clear the way. The presence of the Lord is always with His people.

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Stepping Out of the Darkness of Our Worry

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Psalm 18:28 NIV
You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning, my God turns my darkness into light.

We all experience sadness, despair, and downtimes in our lives from time to time.  If we are lucky, these downtimes pass quickly and are replaced with joy again.  However, sometimes it seems like these negative feelings may be with us forever.  We may feel a little depressed or maybe a sense of hopelessness.  This feeling of despair can be compared to what it would feel like to never see light but to always have darkness in our environment.  The longer we feel down, the more it seems like this feeling will not pass.  However, the Word of God tells us that He will deliver us from darkness.  Psalm 18:28 says that God will keep our lamp burning.  In other words, God will light up our spirit and replace the darkness with light.  He will not only provide us with comfort in our period of darkness but will replace the feeling of despair with that of hope and peace.

What causes us to feel such melancholy?  I believe that feelings of sadness, despair and depression are caused by anxiety and worry.  Proverbs 12:25 tells us that worry weighs us down.  Anxiety and worry are strong emotions.  They are a derivative of fear.  Fear is the ultimate dark emotion.  But take heart that God does not give us the spirit of fear but the spirit of faith.

There are many triggers in our daily lives that can make us worry or experience anxiety.  Some of these triggers may include job stress or dissatisfaction, financial lack, unhealthy relationships, or health issues in our bodies.  Sometimes our worry about these things is all consuming.  We simply cannot get rid of the negative thoughts and therefore feel like we are in a state of continual melancholy.  During these times, we have to take control of our minds and fight back.  We must counter these negative thoughts and replace them with the Word of God.  We should meditate on the promises of God with the confidence that what God says will come to pass.

I believe that there is power in the Word of God.  In and of itself, power exists in the Word of God.  Just by reading, speaking and reflecting on the Word of God, we activate the power that can turn our darkness into light.  Also, by focusing our attention on the Word of God, we can keep our mind clear of the negative effects of worry and anxiety.  We cannot have two thoughts at once.  Either we will think positive or we will think negative.  It is our choice.  Another interesting thing happens when we focus on the Word of God, especially in the midst of a problem.  When we no longer focus on the problem but focus on the Word of God, we will stop looking at all of our daily distractions and when we look up again, we may find that somehow we were delivered from the problem.

I also believe that it is important that we spend some significant time in prayer, especially when we are experiencing times of darkness.  In prayer, we should take our cares to God and leave them with Him.  When we commune with God and tell him what is bothering us, we must believe that He has heard us and will take care of the problem for us.  If we do that, then we don’t have anymore use for worry because we believe that the problem will be taken care of by God.  I’d rather have God solve my problem then me solve it on my own.  God is infinitely more powerful than I am.

Psalm 18:28 makes it clear that God does not desire for us to be in a continual state of worry or anxiety.  His Word says that He will keep our lamp burning.  He will revive our spirit, comfort our sorrow, and light a spark that will restore our joy.  We would do well to stand on this Word of God and overthrow the attacks of the enemy.

By increasing our communication with God through prayer and by focusing our minds on the Word of God, we can tap into the power that will enable us to step out of the darkness and receive the joy and peace that God desires us to experience.

Bringing the Good Out of the Bad

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Genesis 50:20 NIV
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Have you ever thought to yourself “I don’t deserve this”? It can be very discouraging when, even though you try to do good, bad circumstances manifest in our lives. Hard times can even deflate our motivation to do good. Before we grow tired of doing good in the midst of bad, we must remember that what the evil one intended to harm us, God can use that very situation for our benefit. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for good to those that love God.

God is all powerful. No bad thing has more power than God. It is in the hard times of life that God’s power is most evident. If nothing bad ever happened in life, we may never fully understand the massive power of God.

The ways of God are a mystery to us. We may never fully understand the bad things that happen to us but its all a part of God’s plan. God’s providence is perfect. Everything that happens in our life can serve His purpose. God can use the bad things that happen to us, even use the bad things that we might do, and turn it around and make good come out of it.

Joseph’s brothers were scared because of the bad things that they had done to Joseph. They were afraid of what retaliation Joseph may bring upon them. Their livelihood was now dependent upon a man who they had treated very badly. However, all that they had done to Joseph was a part of God’s providence. Without those experiences, Joseph would not have ended up where he did. Although Joseph experienced many hardships, he was delivered so that he could serve God’s purpose. Those bad times did not conquer Joseph, he was delivered.

God used Joseph’s bad experiences not only for Joseph’s benefit but for the saving of many. Had Joseph not taken all of the turns of providence, both good and bad, it is likely that many would have starved to death. Sometimes our bad experiences are bigger than our own suffering. There just may be a larger purpose that will benefit many people. We can be confident that when bad things invade our lives, God can show his power and make good come from bad. The next time you are facing a bad situation, be strong in the Lord and remember that something good like you wouldn’t believe can come out of this bad situation.