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Ancient Prayer For World Today

Morning Inspiration: I have heard all about you Lord, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done. In this time of deep need, begin again to help us, as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to save us. And in your anger, remember your mercy.
Habakkuk 3:2 Like many of us today, Habakkuk saw an evil, dying world all around him, & it broke his heart. I love his prayer, for several reasons. He expresses his faith in God, admits a deep need, & cries out for help. He doesn’t just pray for himself, but for everyone. He recognizes that God has reason to be upset with mankind, & asks for His mercy. Let’s all meditate on this prayer today, asking Jesus to forgive us, to change us, & to show us His power to save this broken world.
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Learning To Be Uncomfortable!

Morning Inspiration! After washing their feet, He put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. John 13:12–17 This passage of Scripture is very uncomfortable for many. Whoever heard of leaders being servants to those they rule over? Washing feet is a thankless, dirty job any day. Back then it could be filthy & disgusting. Jesus did it anyway, & expects us to have that same approach to serving others today!
Jesus was modeling what is expected of those who follow in His footsteps. Feed the hungry. Clothe the…

He Didn't Judge, But He Will!

Morning Inspiration! “I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. Jesus, quoted in John 12:47–48 Jesus didn’t come to judge us, but to show us the way out of our sin filled lives. He described Himself as a Light shining through the darkness, so we could find our way to God. Too many quit reading there, & miss the critical importance of the next sentence! When Jesus comes again, it will be VERY different. We will all be judged by God, face to face, for every careless word we’ve ever spoken, & every single thing we’ve done wrong. Thankfully for me, (& I imagine you too) salvation won’t be based on our goodness or our works in this life. Scripture teaches that even our best efforts are like filthy rags to the Lord, so it’s impossible;e to earn our way to paradise. Our ability to spend eternity in Heaven with t…

God Supplies The Strength To Help Others

Morning Inspiration: Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. 1st Peter 4:11 Many of us feel like we could, like we should help others...but we hesitate or put it off endlessly. We make excuses, like "I'm not qualified" or "I don't have the time." This scripture shows us that God supplies everything we need to do His good works, including the strength & energy we could never produce alone. God will use anybody who is willing. Once we make ourselves available, He makes us capable! Jesus said "Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." When we help others, we give the world, good reasons to give glory to God!

Prepping For What Is Predicted!

Morning Inspiration! You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Wow, for Scripture written 2,000 years ago, it sure sounds a lot like our society today! Are we in the last days? Is Jesus coming back soon? What does that mean for we as believers, & how should that affect our actions & behaviors? There are SO many questions! Scripture has the answers. Careful study of your Bible with others who want to know their purpose…

Loving Each Other Like Jesus Loves Us!

Morning Inspiration! So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Jesus, quoted in John 13:34–35 As many celebrate romantic love today, we focus on the true-love Jesus taught, & constantly displayed in his life. When we truly love others, we put their needs above our own. We willingly & consistently sacrifice our desires, for their benefit. This is especially important in the church. When we love each other in the extreme manner that our Lord loves us, the world notices. Their natural response is to wonder why & how we do it. That opens the door to sharing the truth about our God, who loved the world so much, that He gave us His only Son. Think carefully before you speak poorly about anyone, especially a Christian brother or sister. Pray deeply before you change churches, or criticize another branch of our Christian family of fa…

Knowing Jesus As King David Did

Morning Inspiration! King David said this about him: ‘I see that the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave. 
You have shown me the way of life,
and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’ Acts 2:25-28 In the book of Acts, Peter quotes Old Testament Scripture that described Jesus perfectly, hundreds of years before He was born. Like David, we can be assured of God’s presence in our life, filled with gladness for His promises, & confident in our hope for the future! Knowing Jesus well, gives us so much to be grateful for, & endless reasons to praise our God.