To Me, To Live is Christ

Aug 31, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Philippians 1:20-21 “According to my earnest expectation and hope that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me is to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

The devotion is titled To Me, To Live is Christ by Sam. To sum up this devotion, the author Sin is death; lust pride, envy, gluttony, and sloth all deserve death. However we don’t die because Jesus died for our sins. He took the punishment for our sins. We can live our lives anyway we want. God gives us free will. We can chose to live in sin and sit on death row or take Jesus’ hand and walk His path. Paul call us to lift up Christ in all things, in life and death. Our life already belongs to Jesus; let Him use it. Death will hold no fear. It means our struggle is over and we will see Jesus coming in the clouds. Jesus justifies, purifies, and sanctifies us. He gives us the power to overcome sin and the means to help others. He knows what will truly make us happy and blessed. He want to give the strength to overcome. Why not today you let Him in?

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges: What path are you on today? Will you ask Jesus to guide you to the path of eternal life?

Here is my response: Long before I became a child of God, I was such a sinner that my face was beside the word sinner in the dictionary.  I am on the path of eternal life. I asked Jesus long ago to guide me to the path of eternal life and He said YES. He can do this for you.

My Prayer for us: Dear Jesus, help us to live for You. Come into our hearts, cleanse it, purify it, and sanctify it. Give us the power to overcome sin and to help others overcome it. Lead us toward heaven today. In Your name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/31/08) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible.com To Me, To Live is Christ by Sam.

Cheering Us On

Aug 30, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Psalm 149:4-5 “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people. He crowns the humble with salvation. Let the holy ones rejoice in honor. Let them sing for joy on their beds.”

The devotion is titled Cheering Us On by Darla Noble. To sum up this devotion, the author uses her son as a teaching tool to help us understand the message. Zach was a very good track and cross-country runner. He would finish first way ahead of the other runners. Instead of walking away, he would stay to cheer and encourage the remaining runners, an example of living humbly and faithfully. She goes on to say that her son reminded her of Jesus’ parable of the Master who left his servants in charge of his affairs. (Matthew 25). God will cheer us on with a smile on His face and in His heart when we honor Him by living humbly and faithfully. As we do this, we can sing for joy, knowing our salvation is secure and we will hear “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Reflections and Challenges: What about your life gives the Lord pleasure.

Here is my response: I hope that I my blogs about Him and living a life that glorifies and honor Him.

My Prayer for us: Dear God, I pray our lives honor You. May others see You in us. Thank You for the gift and reward of salvation and giving us something to sing about. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/30/08) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible.com Cheering Us On by Darla Noble.

Our Blunt Edge

Aug 28, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Ecclesiastes 10:10 “If the axe is blunt, and one doesn’t sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but skill brings success.”

The devotion is titled Our Blunt Edge by Heather Tietz. To sum up this devotion, the author uses an analogy about Helen Keller. She acquired her blunt axe when she became blind and deaf. However, she lived a whole life earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and becoming a prolific writer and speaker. We all have a blunt edge that can render some part of our lives ineffective or destructive. Our blunt axe is God’s place to shine in us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). God wants to enable your success because His strength brings Him glory.

Reflections and Challenges: What are some of your blunt edges? Will you give those blunt edges to God today? Let him sharpen your blunt edges for His service and glory.

Here is my response: Some of my blunt edges are pride, egotism, and selfishness. I will give them to God and let Him sharpen them for His service and glory.

My Prayer for us: Dear God, thank you for providing Your strength to counteract our blunt axe edges. With Your guidance and grace, we will sharpen the skills we have, while relying on You for the weakness we cannot change. Thank You for loving us, no matter what. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/28/08) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible.com Our Blunt Edge by Heather Tietz.

You’ve Gotta Push the Button

Aug 25, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Mark 16:15-16 “He said to them,’ Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.’”

The devotion is titled You’ve Gotta Push the Button by Darla Noble. To sum up this devotion, the author uses an analogy about a vending machine. You are thirsty and you want a cool drink. You put your money into the vending machine, but you forget to push the button to receive your drink. People stand in front of the vending machine of salvation. They believe Jesus is God’s son, and He died on the cross for our sins. That Jesus is the key to eternity in heaven. However, many people have not push the button to receive the gift of salvation. That button is baptism. Jesus was baptized to set the example. We are told in scripture that we are to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the Holy Spirit. The immersion of baptism pushes the button of rebirth and signifies the washing away of sins.

Reflections and Challenges: Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ and the only way to salvation? If you believe, have you been baptized to complete this amazing and undeserved gift of salvation?

Here is my response: A resounding YES.

My Prayer for us: Dear God, wash us and we will be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7). We believe in Your words, Lord. We put our faith and trust in You. Thank you for Your saving grace. In Your Son Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/25/08) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible.com You’ve Gotta Push the Button by Darla Noble.

A hero for All Challenges

Aug 24, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Micah 7:8 “Don’t rejoice against me, my enemy, When I fall, I will rise. When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.”

The devotion is titled A Hero for All Challenges by John Michalak. To sum up this devotion, we will go through life with many challenges: love, purpose, stability, past hurts, darkness, and even ourselves. Seeking the things we desire, we may fall, but Jesus will help us rise to the challenge. Jesus can overcome any challenges. God will light the way when you are in the darkness.

Reflections and Challenges: Do you turn to God to help you endure conflict? When opposed, will you pray for the peace that only God provides?

Here is my response: When I face oppositions and challenges, I will pray for the peace that only God can provide.

My Prayer for us: Dear Lord, thank You helping us to rise when we fall. Thank you for providing a light that shines through even our darkest days. Please help us to see You as the Hero of our story, the One who will help us overcome. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/24/08) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible.com A Hero for All Challenges by John Michalak.