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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 122:1-9 and James 5:15
“And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:15
This verse is not saying that prayers and faith have the power to heal. Only God in His own sovereign will can heal. God hears our prayers, and will draw closer to us as we draw to Him through our time in His Word and by spending time in prayer. When we open our sincere hearts to God asking for forgiveness for our sins, God will forgive regardless of what we have done. Try it, and then experience the peace of forgiveness that follows.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 121:1-8 and James 5:14
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14
Praying with an open believing heart can be very powerful. Do you have a need for prayer? If so, seek your pastor or elders who stand ready to pray with and for you.
Monday, August 29th, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 120:1-7 and James 5:13
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.” James 5:13
Our walk with Christ does not happen without going through times when suffering is upon us. During these times we need to continue praising God knowing that He will give us the strength that is needed to endure our trials.
Sunday, August 28th, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 119:153-176
“I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.” Psalm 119:162
Great treasure! With things competing for our time and attention, it might make one wonder that if it needs to work so hard at trying to show me how valuable it is, does it truly have any value? The things that are truly valuable cannot be bought or sold; and those are the things to rejoice in. Number one is God’s Word. Why? Because it was given by inspiration because love endures.
Saturday, August 27th, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 119:129-152 and James 5:12
“Rivers of water run down from my eyes, Because men do not keep Your law.” Psalm 119:136
The Psalmist is grieved by what he sees. Do we grieve when we see when others do not keep God’s law, His Word, or His commandments? Do we grieve when we have not kept them? He says in John 14:15, “If you love Me obey My commandments.” But there is hope through repentance, because “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading salvation” (2 Corinthians 7:10). It is such a grace that God give us that opportunity. Hallelujah!
Friday, August 26th, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 119:105-128 and James 5:11
“I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes, Forever, to the very end.” Psalm 119:112
One cannot help but think of Jesus in this passage. Jesus fully inclined His heart, even when He prayed in the garden that night, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Jesus had His focus on the prize and His motive was love, to the very end.
Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 119:81-104 and James 5:10
Focus on: Psalm 119:103
It is great how the Psalmist compares the Word to honey. Honey has been said to be a natural antibiotic at times, with great natural healing properties. It is so tasty too. But, God’s words are supernaturally healing for the very ailment plaguing every man and when we experience that healing, we too can say, “Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 119:57-80 and James 5:9
Focus on: Psalm 119:71
The Psalmist speaks of affliction and the affect that it is has had on him. He is looking at it as a past experience. However, what got him through? It certainly appears that it was the grace and mercy of God and him knowing God’s character. The only way any of us can know God’s character is by communicating with Him, and spending time with Him, and reading His love letter to us.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 119:25-56 and James 5:8
“And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.” Psalm 119:45
The world these days is big into liberality and has redefined it. However, when I walked in its ways, I found nothing but bondage. Even in my relationships, they reflected how I thought of God. However, now walking with the Lord has enabled me to have freedom. The precepts that He has for my relationship with Him has brought me freedom in others.
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Reading for today: Psalm 119:1-24 and James 5:7
Focus on: Psalm 119:11
The proof of the pudding is in eating, which means the value of something is only determined when it’s used. Working with youth you really get to see this lived out. One young man has experienced this in the last year. He applied God’s Word and it transformed him. The effect of that on us is that we give glory to God for it. Encouragement: Hide scripture in your heart and show its value by applying it.