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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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Planted by Streams

Psalm 1:2-3 (KJV)

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

When we live out God’s Word and do His will, we will be like the flourishing tree planted by streams. Our thirst will be quenched and we will be continually refreshed. God will make our way prosperous when His Word is hidden in our hearts. God Bless.


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Proverbs 25:25 (NIV)

Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

Mark 16:14-16 (NIV)

Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

For many years, I have participated in athletics.  I played basketball, soccer and studied karate. As I got older, running up and down the playing field got harder and harder. Sometimes, after just a few minutes of play, I would be in dire need of water. After expending so much energy on the playing field, a drink of water supplied my body with great satisfaction.

Scripture tells us that good news from a far away place provides refreshment similar to that which cold water brings to someone who is thirsty. Christians have access to good news that is life changing. The Good News of Jesus Christ furnishes the best refreshment for a weary soul.

When we are exhausted by the difficulties of life, we can find relief in the Word of God. The Word of God nurtures, comforts and saves. Through prayer and fellowship with God, we take delivery of God’s good news.

One of a Kind Blessings

John 3:27 (NLT)

“John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.”

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation

Have you ever known someone who you thought was really successful and wondered why not you? Sometimes, you may even think that other people are luckier than you or have greater access to opportunities. If we are not careful, a spirit of jealousy can creep into our hearts.

However, there is no need for us to envy the blessings of our neighbors. John 3:27 tells us that all blessings are given by God in His sovereignty. God provides for each of us exactly what we need.

God’s master plan is to bring about His divine purpose. Each of us has a unique part to play. Embrace the gifts and blessings that God has bestowed upon your life because nothing is received except through the perfect providence of God. To God be all the glory!

The Abundant Power of God

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Ephesians 3:16-17 NLT

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation

Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

In this life, we will come upon battles that seem to be too strong for us to overcome.  Battles on our job, in our families and in our finances not only hurt us but can sometimes devastate us.  While it may seem like these battles are being fought in the earthly realm, the real influence behind these battles is in the spirit realm.  This is spiritual warfare.  The evil one will use people and circumstances in the natural to fight us in the spiritual.  As we do more for Christ, we can expect the attacks of the enemy to increase.  Similarly, as we get closer to breakthroughs in our lives, the enemy will turn up the heat with his attacks to stop us from fulfilling our potential in the kingdom of God.

We need strength more powerful than our own to fight these spiritual battles.  We can obtain this supernatural strength from the Holy Spirit.  Christ will dwell within us when we exercise faith in Him.  Christ wants to inhabit our spirit and make a home there.  As we live our lives more and more in line with the Word of God, we create an environment within us that Christ can call home.  When Christ abides within us, we are supplied with all the power we need to battle spiritual warfare.

If we look back over our lives, we should find many instances whereby God supplied us with the necessary power to battle spiritual warfare.  Over the time of our lives, we should remember how God has used His power to bless, rescue and heal us.  This same power still works within us today.  By remembering all that God has done for us, we can have a confident expectation for what God’s power can do for us even now and also in the future.

Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God can do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine.  What may seem impossible for us to do in our power is possible in God’s power.  There are no limits on what God can do in our lives.  Knowing this, we should have an attitude of great expectation for what God can do in our lives.

God’s supply is limitless.  All of the prayers of the saints will not dry out God’s supply of grace.  We can continue to ask God for His strength and help because His supply has no boundaries.  This power that God supplies within us is sufficient for us to win the spiritual battle.  If we strive to create a holy temple for God within ourselves, God will dwell within us and provide us with inner strength that is more than enough to conquer all that the evil one plans against us.

Tap into the Power of Prayer

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James 5:16 NIV

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

If you are like most people, it may seem like there is never enough time to do all of the things we need to do.  Just thinking about all of the things we don’t have time to do can give us a headache and make us sick.  However, there are some things that, if we are to live successfully, we must make time to do.  On the top of that to do list should be prayer.

It is in prayer that we communicate with God and can share all of our concerns and feelings with Him.  I believe that God desires to not only know what we want but also what we feel.  When the pains and burdens of life begin to weigh us down, we should open up the communication line to God through prayer.  In prayer, God can reassure us, speak to us about our problems and provide us with direction.  Prayer is our lifeline.

When I find myself overwhelmed by the burdens of life, I often stop to think about my prayer life.  I ask myself if I am praying enough.  I ask myself if I have sincerely sought direction from God.  During the rough times, I find that I could usually stand to pray a little more.

James 5:16 tells us that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.  The first thought that comes to my mind is “what does it mean to be righteous?”  One definition of righteous offered by dictionary.com is “acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous and godly person.”  In other words, a righteous person is someone who lives right according to God’s commandments.  Deuteronomy 5:29 tells us that the way for us and our children to live a good life forever is to keep all of God’s commands.  This is what a righteous person strives to do.  From this, we can understand that step one to praying powerful and effective prayers is to live righteously.

Step two for praying powerful and effective prayers is to be persistent in our prayers.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we have to pray without ceasing.  We cannot give up on our prayers.  Even when we may have been praying for a long time for something to manifest in our lives, we must continue to pray until we receive an answer from God.  We must be tenacious in our prayers until God speaks to us about our situation.  There is a saying that I really like that says we should P.U.S.H.  That is we should pray until something happens.  We should never give up on our prayers because there is tremendous power in prayer.

Scripture also tells us that our prayers should be fervent.  This means that we should be intense in our prayers and should pray with passion.  I believe that God wants to hear our honest, sincere and heartfelt prayers.  It is through praying in this manner that we pursue a real relationship with God.  It is awesome to understand that God wants to know us intimately.

Although there is tremendous power in prayer, we should understand that the power in our prayers is not due to our holiness or goodness but is due to the power and grace of God.  It is by God’s grace that our prayers become effective.  Isn’t it good to know that it is not by our strength but by His strength that prayer changes the circumstances in our lives?  If you strive to live righteously, pray persistently and with sincerity and passion, God can do some wonderful things in response to our prayers.

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.