Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
" When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men."
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
As fiddles and mandolins strike up the tunes,
We'll sing, oh we'll sing, sing,
for the rest of our lives in the Sanctuary of God
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I also have been formed out of clay.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
5All the time that Peter was under heavy guard in the jailhouse, the church prayed for him most strenuously. 6Then the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill. That night, even though shackled to two soldiers, one on either side, Peter slept like a baby. And there were guards at the door keeping their eyes on the place. Herod was taking no chances!
7-9Suddenly there was an angel at his side and light flooding the room. The angel shook Peter and got him up: "Hurry!" The handcuffs fell off his wrists. The angel said, "Get dressed. Put on your shoes." Peter did it. Then, "Grab your coat and let's get out of here." Peter followed him, but didn't believe it was really an angel—he thought he was dreaming.
10-11Past the first guard and then the second, they came to the iron gate that led into the city. It swung open before them on its own, and they were out on the street, free as the breeze. At the first intersection the angel left him, going his own way. That's when Peter realized it was no dream. "I can't believe it—this really happened!
I don't think any modern writer of novels or thrilling movies could ink a more amazing, dramatic and miraculous deliverance than Peter experienced in Acts, chapter 12. Herod had already executed James, the brother of the Apostle, John, and now had taken Peter, with plans to take his life as well. But Herod was familiar with the amazing circumstances that surrounded Jesus and His followers. After all, there were guards posted outside Jesus' tomb and somehow He had disappeared anyhow! So he assigned 16 soldiers to guard him !....And we find Peter, facing imminent death (though sleeping like a baby) chained to two guards, who are sleeping at his sides. Despite the prison bars, the shackles and the guards all about Peter is delivered, by an angel. What grabs my heart is the limitless power God has to change our circumstances to accomplish His will and to secure the best outcome for our lives. No doubt He loved James just as much as Peter, and we don't know why one would live and one would not. But the cleverest of men and the strongest of forces are no match for the power of God or the fulfillment of all of His plans and promises. Sometimes we can be in the center of God's will, even if we're surrounded by "impossible" barriers. Our God specializes in deliverance and He hears our prayers.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
I reflected that this kind of attitude is like spiritual "soaring". Trusting in the Lord is like being a spiritual hawk that rises into His Holy Wind, or Holy Spirit, and relies on that energy for lift and direction.
Then I read the story of Stephen in Acts, chapter 7, when he was being interrogated by hostile Jews. They were determined to resist Stephen and his ministry but ran into difficulty.
Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
I considered their attitude and realized that they were responding to the power of God and His Holy Wind with resistance. Not surprisingly the story didn't have a happy outcome as their resistance led to violence and the murder of Stephen.
I realized that we can yield to God's Holy Wind, and fly, or stand against it and be knocked over.