Daily Devotions from The Word Of God… From the heart of Ed Algreen

Archive for March, 2012

How We Prove Ourselves

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

2 Corinthians 6:3-6 (NLT)

3 We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.

4 In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.

5 We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food.

6
We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

In verses 4 and 5 Paul described the trials and hardships they encountered as ministers of the Gospel. Today we have it so easy in the US that seldom are any of those things done to us for simply sharing in ministry. However, we must remember that if Paul only ministered to those that wanted to hear the Gospel, or to those that loved and accepted him, or to those that believed in all the things that he was preaching, then he probably would not have been faced with the persecution that he received. Friends, we must remember that just as God worked on us while we were yet sinners, so we must be bold in spreading the Gospel to those that may not have heard the gospel, who readily accept the Good news, who may not even like people such as us from ____??? town or city or state or country. In fact the Word says that we must be ready to share the Word in season and out of season, with those that might readily accept us and even those who might dislike us. Why then should they even accept us, you might ask. My favorite verse this morning is verse 6, for Paul shared that he and his partnering ministers were able to do this because of their:

  • Purity – not being two-faced but very transparent in displaying the sincere love of God in all that they said and did.
  • Understanding – accept people for who they are. They will not all look like you, or act like you, or believe like you, and they may even dislike you because you seem to have all your troubles and challenges worked out and under control. Try to understand them and help them anyway.
  • Patience – know that folk will not change in an instant. In fact, when God saved us He had to be patient with us while we laid aside the things of this world and gained knowledge about His way of life before we totally turned our lives around to follow Him. Likewise, we must also be patient with those that we minister to, and not be so quick to write them off.
  • Kindness – In all that we do, be kind to one another – yes even to those that would otherwise challenge us beyond our own limitations. In doing so, the evidence will be shown to others that we are truly children of God.

By using the power of the Holy Spirit within us and out of sincere love for God, His people and His ministry, we could accomplish the above characteristics, and others will come to know Jesus. Let’s do it!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, we have never been as challenged to share Your Word as Paul and many of Your soldiers of the cross from times past and even distant countries today, so please help us to stop belly-aching and help us to stop being prejudice in the way that we feel or in the things that tickle our fancy, and help us to see the hearts of the unsaved. May Your kingdom be accomplished through our Purity, our Understanding, our Patience, our Kindness and our sincere love for others.

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Our Hope is in You, Lord!

Scripture: Psalm 71.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Psalm 71:5-8 (NLT)

5 O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood.

6 Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you!

7 My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.

8 That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

As in the case of David, our lives are filled with God’s blessings all the way back to our birth, but especially can be brought to remembrance back to the time of our childhood. It is so unfortunate that we place so much emphasis on the challenging times and the times when things didn’t go just the way we wanted. If only we can stop and look for the ways that God brought us through those challenging times, and think more on the fact that 99% (or better) of our lives have been filled with the awesome blessings of God and happy times! If we concentrated on the blessings more, we would tend to imitate Jesus more, or at least be more in line with verses 7 and 8. Friends, let’s look for and concentrate on the ‘blessings’ today. Remember, Our Hope is in You Lord!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, it is so easy for us to get caught up in the drama of every day trials, failures and challenges. Please help Your children, especially this child, to be more focused on the ‘BLESSINGS’ that You shower on me from the very moment that my eyes are opened each day, for it is You that I place my hope and trust in dear Lord. You are my Rock, my Salvation, my Healer, my Deliverer, my Savior, my Redeemer, my King and everlasting God. Thank You for loving me today!

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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A New Life Anyone?

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (NLT)

14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.

15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!

17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

As I sit here reading the Word of God this morning dealing with pain in my arm, worried about the huge day of responsibilities that lie ahead of me, concerned about family members encountering rough times, and I suppose I can go on and on, but Praise to my Glorious God, in reading His Word I am reminded that all of this is only temporary and that one day I will only have time for kneeling at the feet of Jesus and praising Him! Now in this same chapter, I also found the verses above, and it reminds me that these things that I am concerned about should really be surrendered to Christ then the burden will be lifted from me. For in my old life (before accepting Jesus), I bore these types of concerns all alone, however since becoming a child of the King, He will gladly carry these burdens for me and handle them in accordance with His perfect will, if only I would be smart enough to surrender them over to Him. I wish I could draw out a table of two columns where, in the left column I could list all of the concerns, attitudes and priorities of the non-Christian, and in the right column list the equivalent of the Christian – Love God; Surrender all to Him; Praise God; Place your cares upon Him for He cares for you; Receive His limitless love; Look for His daily blessings; etc, etc. I believe that as you reflect on the attributes of a Christian, you will see that as children of God, we have a loving provider who cares for us like no other can. Are you tired of dealing with life’s concerns all by yourself? Are you ready to surrender your life and all of your concerns to my Savior, my Friend, my Lord and my King? Please contact me if you would like further help with this decision. It will be the most important decision you could ever make! Jesus loves you right where you are at today!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Thank You Lord Jesus for Your unlimited love, care and concern for Your children, and especially this child of Yours. Please help me to show that love to others today, and please speak to the hearts of all those that may read this devotional. May they seek, and find that peace of which I shared in this devotional, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Hold On, Joy is a comin!

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.

17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

God’s Word is filled with ‘nuggets’ that serve to encourage us and/or guide us through every circumstance of life. In these verses we see where Paul was sharing with his church at Corinth the reason why he was not letting the troubles that faced the Corinthian church get to him and affect his joy. Basically Paul shared that no matter how deep the troubles seemed at the time, there was a much greater joy that helped him to go on. What a reminder for us today! There is so much going on in our families, amongst our friends and yes, even in our churches, that might easily give reason for us to throw up our hands and go hide in some corner somewhere. However, just as in the case of Paul, Christians today have a greater hope that outshines the troubles that may tend to beset us or discourage us. A song says it this way, “Hold on my child, for Joy Comes in the Morning“. My encouragement today comes not from the temporary things that may tend to discourage me today, but from the joy in knowing my future prospects of eternal happiness with my Master, the King of all kings, the Lord of all lords, the Creator of this universe, the One who gave up His very life so that I may have eternal life in heaven – this is the source of my joy that I can grasp hold of and look forward to. While I may be happy or even sad today, I have a hope and a joy in knowing that real joy comes when I am called out of this world and into the real joys of heaven with Jesus. If you are having difficulty grasping hold of that eternal joy today, then I encourage you to accept my Lord as your Lord, look to His Word daily for ‘nuggets’ that will encourage, strengthen and grow you in the faith, for there truly is an awesome ‘JOY’ that we can all look forward to! Please contact me, if there is anything that I might pray with you about or be of encouragement to you in your Christian walk.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

What a joy in serving You, Lord Jesus! When I consider that this world may be harsh to Your children and may take advantage of us and beat up on us with cruel words or actions, yet deep inside we can still rejoice in knowing that we have a Savior who loves us with a perfect love and has therefore made provisions for us, even after we pass on from this world. Thank You for going through each day with me, for keeping Your hand upon me each day, for guiding me through each day with an attitude exampled by You. You know the challenges that I face in doing this life in spite of the temptations and all that Satan may place before me, so You know that I need You more today than I did yesterday and that each day is a new challenge. But praise be to God I can walk through each day with a smile, with Your hand in mine. Praise the eternal name of Jesus!

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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God Pays Attention to our Prayers When…

Scripture: Psalm 66.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Psalm 66:18-20 (NLT)

18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

19 But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.

20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I read through several Psalms this morning and there were so many nuggets that I hardly knew which one to choose, however these particular verses really caught my attention. I believe that we have become such a two-faced people, where we talk to someone, perhaps someone very close to us, and in spite of telling them how sincere we are in what we are saying, yet we withhold our true feelings, or the whole truth of the matter. I believe that this has become so prevalent in our lives that we often go before God in a similar fashion. The difference is that God really knows the whole truth of the matter before we ever go before Him. I could only imagine how He must shake His head sometime, hoping that we would be totally open with Him and share our true feelings and our sincere desires. That we sincerely ask for His forgiveness for the way we may have treated a brother, or a sister, or perhaps the things that we may have thought or said under our breath while they were sharing their heart with us. I believe that we should take David’s words and rearrange the scenario a little. When we feel like God is not hearing us, when we feel like our prayers are hitting a block wall, let’s stop and reexamine ourselves, our motives, our thoughts towards God, our friends or even life itself and be sure that we are being totally honest. When we go before our all-knowing God, the ultimate in holiness, we can only be assured of His attention and answers when we open ourselves up, seek His forgiveness for all those thoughts and/or unworthy feelings, so that we approach Him as an acceptable child of His. Let’s drop the fake and the false pretenses when we approach God, we can’t hide anything from Him. Then as David shared in verse 20, He will not ignore our prayer or withdraw His unfailing love from us.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord God, coming before a holy and righteous, all-knowing God is an awesome experience, for I come before You in full transparency. You know all about my unworthiness and the many failures that unfortunately I allow each day. I am Your child, and I want to be just like You, so I not only seek Your forgiveness this morning, but I also ask for Your strength, guidance and wisdom today to say only those things that are truthful and/or in accordance with Your Word, and I ask that You fill my mind with clean and pure thoughts that would serve to give You praise. I am sincerely praying for Your unfailing love and attentive ear to my prayer and my desires, and I praise You in advance for Your promises. Thank You Jesus for loving even me!

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Jesus – Our All in All!

Scripture: Psalm 59.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Psalm 59:9-10 (NLT)

9 You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress.

10 In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me. He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

David was going through a lot in his life and felt overwhelmed at times with all who he felt were against him and fighting to insure his failure. However we have a great lesson to learn from David, especially in these verses today. When we fell like everyone is against us, when we feel like we have reached the end of our rope, when we feel like there is no hope, let’s remember that there is One who sticks to us closer than a brother; One who loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son to provide a means by which we may be saved; One who will be with us to the end of times here on this earth; He is my Savior, my Lord, my King. He’s my Fortress and my Strength and His love is unfailing and reaches beyond all earthly conditions that others place on me. Thank God that Jesus is my All in All!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Thank You Father for being there for me, even when it seems like everyone else may have abandoned me and left me alone. Thank You for loving me when I am unlovable to others. You are my strength and I thank You Lord for being there for me at all times. Please help me to stay close to You, my source of strength and love, each and every day.

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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God’s Faithfulness

Scripture: Psalm 57.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Psalm 57:9-11 (NLT)

9 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations.

10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

We can learn a great lesson from David, for we see in the Psalms how he gave thanks to God in such awesome ways when he recognized answer to prayer. We are often blessed with answers to our prayers, but how often do we return to God and say ‘Thank You’? Friends, this gives us one more opportunity to witness to our lost friends by acknowledging God as having a major part in those things that occur in our daily lives. I believe that when we acknowledge God’s faithfulness that we show the world how awesome our God is, plus we return thanks to God for what He does and at the same time we show appreciation for what God has done.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, please help me to be more appreciative for answered prayer. Help me to acknowledge that the master of this universe loved me so much that He not only listened to my petitions, but He stepped in and answered my prayers. Thank You for that love! May I love You enough in return to give You praise and thanks today for Your faithfulness!

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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