SCRIPTURE THOUGHTS from Rick Costa

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Scripture thoughts...November 14, 2011

As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel would win, but as soon as he put his hands down, the Amalekites would start to win.
- Exodus 17:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Hands uplifted always represents praise so in every battle you face never stop praising Him if you want to win!

Scripture thoughts...October 06, 2011

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen, O God, besides You, what He has prepared for him that waits for Him.
- Isaiah 64:4
(King James 2000 Bible (©2003))

God's plan for our lives are beyond what we can imagine.

Scripture thoughts...October 05, 2011

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
- Psalm 91:2
(King James 2000 Bible (©2003))

No matter what the enemy plans against you there's safety in God.

Scripture thoughts...October 03, 2011

"I'm leaving you peace. I'm giving you My peace. I don't give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don't be troubled or cowardly."
- John 14:27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The peace that comes from Jesus Himself is better than any pill!

Scripture thoughts...September 30, 2011

While Ezra was praying, confessing [these sins], crying, and throwing himself down in front of God's temple, a large crowd of Israelite men, women, and children gathered around him. They also began to cry bitterly.
- Ezra 10:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Corporate prayer and confession will gets God's attention.

Scripture thoughts...September 29, 2011

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.
- Jonah 2:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God hears you no matter where you are...even inside a fish!

Scripture thoughts...September 28, 2011

For this reason let all godly people pray to You when You may be found. Then raging floodwater will not reach them.
- Psalm 32:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you feel a stirring to pray do it NOW...don't wait!!!

Scripture thoughts...September 27, 2011

Then God remembered Rachel. God answered her prayer and made it possible for her to have children.
- Genesis 30:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God makes what doctors say is impossible come true through prayer.

Scripture thoughts...September 26, 2011

After leaving them again, He went away and prayed the same prayer a third time.
- Matthew 26:44
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If Jesus can repeat the same prayer then we can too!  God doesn't mind!

Scripture thoughts...September 23, 2011

Pay attention to my cry for help, my King and my God, because I pray only to You.
- Psalm 5:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's inappropriate to pray to anyone but God Himself.

Scripture thoughts...September 21, 2011

When the apostles had finished praying, their meeting place shook. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God boldly.
- Acts 4:31
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Prayer can "shake up" a room...literally!!!

Scripture thoughts...September 20, 2011

I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision...
- Acts 11:5 (King James Version)

Deep prayer can sometimes lead into a vision from God.

Scripture thoughts...September 16, 2011

Then Jehoahaz prayed for the LORD's help, and the LORD heard his prayer, for He could see how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel.
- 2 Kings 13:4
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God's help does not come through wishing or hoping but by prayer.

Scripture thoughts...September 15, 2011

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offerings and the other sacrifices, and the LORD's glory filled the temple.
- 2 Chronicles 7:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Prayer is often followed by God manifesting His glory.

Scripture thoughts...September 14, 2011

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
- Luke 5:16
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Jesus needed to be spiritually re-charged by spending time with the God the Father...so do we.

Scripture thoughts...September 13, 2011

Elijah was human like us. Yet, when he prayed that it wouldn't rain, no rain fell on the ground for three-and-a-half years.
- James 5:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's when we pray in His will that God will move supernaturally.

Scripture thoughts...September 12, 2011

...since you are also joining to help us when you pray for us. Then many people will thank God for the favor He will show us because many people prayed for us.
- 2 Corinthians 1:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you pray you are helping God accomplish His will on earth.

Scripture thoughts...September 11, 2011

My servant Job will pray for you. Then I will accept his prayer not to treat you as godless fools. After all, you didn't speak what is right about Me as my servant Job has done.
- Job 42:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Getting others to pray for you is a GOOD thing!

Scripture thoughts...September 10, 2011

Every time I pray for all of you, I do it with joy.
- Philippians 1:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you don't get joy out of talking to God you need to re-evaluate your relationship with Him.

Scripture thoughts...September 09, 2011

The end of everything is near. Therefore, practice self-control, and keep your minds clear so that you can pray.
- 1 Peter 4:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you set your mind to pray do not allow any distractions.

Scripture thoughts...September 08, 2011

Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him.
- Acts 12:5
(American King James Version)

Keep praying till the answer comes!  Don't stop!

Scripture thoughts...September 07, 2011

Surely the prayer of someone who refuses to listen to [God's] teachings is disgusting.
- Proverbs 28:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you want God to hear you then keep away from sin.

Scripture thoughts...September 06, 2011

I am praying to You because I know You will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.
- Psalm 17:6
(New Living Translation (©2007))

There's not a single prayer God can't hear.  We just don't always like the answer.

Scripture thoughts...September 05, 2011

Epaphras...is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
- Colossians 4:12
(New International Version (©1984))

Prayer isn't just words but often warfare is involved too.

Scripture thoughts...September 04, 2011

And the father of Publius was ill, with a disease of the stomach; to whom Paul went, and put his hands on him, with prayer, and made him well.
- Acts 28:8
(Bible in Basic English)

Prayer can still bring healing to the sick.  Do it!

Scripture thoughts...September 03, 2011

When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: "O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them--
- Acts 4:24
(New Living Translation (©2007))

There's power in believers praying in unity!

Scripture thoughts...September 02, 2011

I want men to offer prayers everywhere. They should raise their hands in prayer after putting aside their anger and any quarrels they have with anyone.
-1 Timothy 2:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Bitterness and unforgiveness...they are prayer blockages!

Scripture thoughts...September 01, 2011

So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and He answered our prayer.
- Ezra 8:23
(New International Version (©1984))

Sometimes you've got to fast to get that prayer through!

Scripture thoughts...August 31, 2011

The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
- Proverbs 15:8
(New International Version (©1984))

You want to please God?  Then PRAY!!!

Scripture thoughts...August 30, 2011

The LORD is far from wicked people, but he hears the prayers of righteous people.
- Proverbs 15:29
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sin can block your prayers from reaching Heaven.

Scripture thoughts...August 29, 2011

In return for my love, they accuse me, but I pray for them.
- Psalm 109:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Remember that Jesus said we should pray for our enemies.

Scripture thoughts...August 27, 2011

For You answer our prayers. All of us must come to You.
- Psalm 65:2
(New Living Translation (©2007))

All believers are called to pray not only certain ones.

Scripture thoughts...August 26, 2011

I cry out to you for help, O LORD, and in the morning my prayer will come into your presence.
Psalm 88:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Morning is a great time to pray...Jesus always did.

Scripture thoughts...August 25, 2011

Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually.
- Romans 12:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Whether in good times or bad always pray!

Scripture thoughts...August 24, 2011

And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
- Revelation 8:4
(King James Bible)

Your prayers don't just hit the ceiling but travel up to the throne of God.

Scripture thoughts...August 23, 2011

He told them, "This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting."
- Mark 9:29
(International Standard Version (©2008))

We can disrupt the devils plans through prayer.

Scripture thoughts...August 22, 2011

The apostles had a single purpose as they devoted themselves to prayer. They were joined by some women, including Mary (the mother of Jesus), and they were joined by his brothers.
Acts 1:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Prayer was a priority in the early church.  It should be in ours too!

Scripture thoughts...August 21, 2011

So what does this mean? It means that I will pray with my spirit, and I will pray with my mind. I will sing psalms with my spirit, and I will sing psalms with my mind.
- 1 Corinthians 14:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your mind and spirit aren't the same thing and each can pray and praise in their own way.

Scripture thoughts...August 19, 2011

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
- Ephesians 6:18
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Prayer should be as natural for a believer as breathing.

Scripture thoughts...August 18, 2011

Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength.
- Ephesians 6:10 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always lean on God in everything you do.

Scripture thoughts...August 17, 2011

You know that your heavenly master will reward all of us for whatever good we do, whether we're slaves or free people.
- Ephesians 6:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

All we do isn't for nothing.

Scripture thoughts...August 16, 2011

Serve eagerly as if you were serving your heavenly master and not merely serving human masters.
- Ephesians 6:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should do everything with excellence no matter who's watching.

Scripture thoughts...August 15, 2011

No one ever hated his own body. Instead, he feeds and takes care of it, as Christ takes care of the church.  We are parts of his body.
- Ephesians 5:29-30
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you hurt a brother or sister in Christ you are hurting YOURSELF!

Scripture thoughts...August 14, 2011

Place yourselves under each other's authority out of respect for Christ.
- Ephesians 5:21
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We are all equal at the foot of the cross.

Scripture thoughts...August 13, 2011

Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Ephesians 5:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't take anything in life for granted.  We really don't "deserve" anything.

Scripture thoughts...August 12, 2011

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord
- Ephesians 5:19
(New International Version (©1984))

Who needs worldly music anyway?

Scripture thoughts...August 11, 2011

Don't get drunk on wine, which leads to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Spirit
- Ephesians 5:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you feel like getting drunk then get drunk in the Holy Ghost!  Best high ever!

Scripture thoughts...August 10, 2011

Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days.
- Ephesians 5:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always have an ear open to what the Holy Spirit wants you to do at any given moment.

Scripture thoughts...August 09, 2011

So then, be very careful how you live. Don't live like foolish people but like wise people.
- Ephesians 5:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not only does God see all you do but so do those around you.

Scripture thoughts...August 08, 2011

But everything can be tested by the light and thus be shown in its true colors; for whatever shines of itself is light.
- Ephesians 5:13
(Weymouth New Testament)

The Word of God will always expose the darkness of sin.

Scripture thoughts...August 07, 2011

It is shameful to talk about what some people do in secret.
- Ephesians 5:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There is no such thing as a secret with God.

Scripture thoughts...August 05, 2011

Have nothing to do with the useless works that darkness produces. Instead, expose them for what they are.
- Ephesians 5:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't waste time doing things that have no eternal value.

Scripture thoughts...August 04, 2011

Determine which things please the Lord.
- Ephesians 5:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can't please everybody but we should always try to please God.

Scripture thoughts...August 03, 2011

Once you lived in the dark, but now the Lord has filled you with light. Live as children who have light.
- Ephesians 5:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Can the world see something different about you?

Scripture thoughts...August 02, 2011

It's not right that dirty stories, foolish talk, or obscene jokes should be mentioned among you either. Instead, give thanks [to God].
- Ephesians 5:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If your conversation doesn't mark you as a Christian then you need to check yourself.

Scripture thoughts...August 01, 2011

Don't let sexual sin, perversion of any kind, or greed even be mentioned among you. This is not appropriate behavior for God's holy people.
- Ephesians 5:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God wants us pure not only in our deeds but in our words also.

Scripture thoughts...July 31, 2011

Imitate God, since you are the children He loves.
- Ephesians 5:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Yes we should "WWJD" but we need to read the Word first to find out exactly what Jesus would do else you are guessing.

Scripture thoughts...July 29, 2011

Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.
- Ephesians 4:32
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Since Jesus freely forgave us we also should do the same to others.

Scripture thoughts...July 28, 2011

Get rid of your bitterness, hot tempers, anger, loud quarreling, cursing, and hatred.
- Ephesians 4:31
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

None of these negative emotions reflect the love of Jesus so don't do it!

Scripture thoughts...July 27, 2011

Don't give God's Holy Spirit any reason to be upset with you. He has put His seal on you for the day you will be set free [from the world of sin].
- Ephesians 4:30
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Consider that God's Spirit is with you everywhere you go in everything you do.

Scripture thoughts...July 26, 2011

Put on your new nature, created to be like God--truly righteous and holy.
- Ephesians 4:24
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Stop letting the flesh take control!  You are a NEW creature!

Scripture thoughts...July 25, 2011

You were taught to change the way you were living. The person you used to be will ruin you through desires that deceive you.
- Ephesians 4:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't let the sins of your old nature entrap you.

Scripture thoughts...July 22, 2011

You have certainly heard His message and have been taught His ways. The truth is in Jesus.
- Ephesians 4:21
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Books are great but the meaning of life is found in Jesus Himself.

Scripture thoughts...July 21, 2011

So I tell you and encourage you in the Lord's name not to live any longer like other people in the world. Their minds are set on worthless things.
- Ephesians 4:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Our interests and those of worldly people will always conflict.

Scripture thoughts...July 20, 2011

He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, He makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
- Ephesians 4:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Body of Christ grows stronger through love, not criticism.

Scripture thoughts...July 19, 2011

Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.
- Ephesians 4:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you make cultivating your relationship with Jesus a priority?

Scripture thoughts...July 18, 2011

Then we will no longer be little children, tossed and carried about by all kinds of teachings that change like the wind. We will no longer be influenced by people who use cunning and clever strategies to lead us astray.
- Ephesians 4:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only those rooted in the Word won't be deceived.

Scripture thoughts...July 16, 2011

This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God's Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard.
- Ephesians 4:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If our goal isn't to be more like Jesus we're missing it.

Scripture thoughts...July 14, 2011

God's favor has been given to each of us. It was measured out to us by Christ who gave it.
- Ephesians 4:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Without the favor that Jesus granted us we would have no hope.

Scripture thoughts...July 13, 2011

Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power He can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
- Ephesians 3:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Are you letting God's power transform you day by day?

Scripture thoughts...July 12, 2011

You will know Christ's love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.
- Ephesians 3:19
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't just seek to know about God but also seek to be like Him.

Scripture thoughts...July 11, 2011

Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation.
- Ephesians 3:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The most important thing you can demonstrate as a Christian isn't knowledge or miracles but rather love.

Scripture thoughts...July 08, 2011

We can go to God with bold confidence through faith in Christ.
- Ephesians 3:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

What Jesus did makes it possible for us to approach the Almighty without fear.

Scripture thoughts...July 06, 2011

I became a servant of this Good News through God's kindness freely given to me when his power worked [in me].
- Ephesians 3:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You don't call yourself to the ministry...God does.

Scripture thoughts...July 05, 2011

Through him you, also, are being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.
- Ephesians 2:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God won't live in buildings because He wants to live in YOU.

Scripture thoughts...July 04, 2011

You are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone.
- Ephesians 2:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is building a new temple for Himself to dwell in and we are it's building blocks.

Scripture thoughts...July 02, 2011

He came with the Good News of peace for you who were far away and for those who were near.
- Ephesians 2:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus came to save everyone...you just have to say yes.

Scripture thoughts...July 01, 2011

He brought an end to the commandments and demands found in Moses' Teachings so that he could take Jewish and non-Jewish people and create one new humanity in himself. So he made peace.
- Ephesians 2:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Those who put their faith in Christ become a new kind of human!

Scripture thoughts...June 30, 2011

But now through Christ Jesus you, who were once far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
- Ephesians 2:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If not for Jesus' Blood we would never have come to God.

Scripture thoughts...June 29, 2011

God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that He has prepared for us to do.
- Ephesians 2:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God does have a plan for your life.  Search it out and fulfill it.

Scripture thoughts...June 28, 2011

God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.
- Ephesians 2:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

To think that we had or can have any part in gaining our salvation is an insult to God.

Scripture thoughts...June 27, 2011

We were dead because of our failures, but He made us alive together with Christ. (It is God's kindness that saved you.)
- Ephesians 2:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Real life is found in Jesus.

Scripture thoughts...June 26, 2011

You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God.
- Ephesians 2:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't judge so quickly those who you were like not too long ago.  Love them. 

Scripture thoughts...June 24, 2011

The church is Christ's body and completes Him as He fills everything in every way.
- Ephesians 1:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We really are part of Jesus' body.  What a privilege!

Scripture thoughts...June 23, 2011

God has put everything under the control of Christ. He has made Christ the head of everything for the good of the church.
- Ephesians 1:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus is above all...not Buddha, not Mohammed, not anybody but Jesus.

Scripture thoughts...June 22, 2011

I pray that the glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Christ better.
- Ephesians 1:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Are you striving to know Jesus more and more?

Scripture thoughts...June 21, 2011

He planned to bring all of history to its goal in Christ. Then Christ would be the head of everything in heaven and on earth.
- Ephesians 1:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The whole point of EVERYTHING is Jesus.

Scripture thoughts...June 20, 2011

Through the blood of His Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of His overflowing kindness.
- Ephesians 1:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Never forget what His divine Blood has done for us!

Scripture thoughts...June 19, 2011

Because you are God's children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into us to call out, "Abba! Father!"
- Galatians 4:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Good fathers are wonderful but our Daddy in heaven in the best!

Scripture thoughts...June 17, 2011

Before the creation of the world, He chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in His presence.
- Ephesians 1:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You are no accident.  God knew you before the earth was even made.

Scripture thoughts...June 16, 2011

Certainly, it doesn't matter whether a person is circumcised or not. Rather, what matters is being a new creation.
- Galatians 6:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you haven't been reborn in the spirit nothing you do in the physical realm will get you to heaven.

Scripture thoughts...June 15, 2011

We can't allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive [everlasting life] at the proper time, if we don't give up.
- Galatians 6:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter how many times you fail keep striving to live holy.

Scripture thoughts...June 14, 2011

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
- Galatians 5:17
(New International Version (©1984))

The war within us never ceases.  You must choose which side to obey.

Scripture thoughts...June 13, 2011

You were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. Don't turn this freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself. Rather, serve each other through love.
- Galatians 5:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Freedom from the law doesn't excuse you from sinning.

Scripture thoughts...June 12, 2011

Those of you who try to earn God's approval by obeying His laws have been cut off from Christ. You have fallen out of God's favor.
- Galatians 5:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The way to God is through Jesus and Jesus alone.

Scripture thoughts...June 11, 2011

Certainly, there is a curse on all who rely on their own efforts to live according to a set of standards because Scripture says, "Whoever doesn't obey everything that is written in Moses' Teachings is cursed."
- Galatians 3:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The law cannot save us...only Jesus can.

Scripture thoughts...June 10, 2011

False Christians were brought in. They slipped in as spies to learn about the freedom Christ Jesus gives us. They hoped to find a way to control us.
- Galatians 2:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't let legalistic so-called believers put you under the law again.

Scripture thoughts...June 09, 2011

In order to free us from this present evil world, Christ took the punishment for our sins, because that was what our God and Father wanted.
- Galatians 1:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Despite our wickedness Jesus died for us anyway!  Hallelujah!

Scripture thoughts...June 07, 2011

Speak out for the one who cannot speak, for the rights of those who are doomed.
- Proverbs 31:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Will you cry out for the voices of the unborn?

Scripture thoughts...June 06, 2011

As churning milk produces butter and punching a nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces a fight.
- Proverbs 30:33
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Prevent fights by doing whatever it takes to keep the peace.

Scripture thoughts...June 05, 2011

Have you met a person who is quick to answer? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
- Proverbs 29:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always think before you speak!

Scripture thoughts...June 03, 2011

Whoever works his land will have plenty to eat. Whoever chases unrealistic dreams will have plenty of nothing.
- Proverbs 28:19
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There is security in working hard.  Dreamers who don't work just dream.

Scripture thoughts...June 02, 2011

Be fully aware of the condition of your flock, and pay close attention to your herds.
- Proverbs 27:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't worry about other's people's business more than your own.

Scripture thoughts...June 01, 2011

[Like] grabbing a dog by the ears, [so] is a bystander who gets involved in someone else's quarrel.
- Proverbs 26:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes it's better to mind your own business.

Scripture thoughts...May 31, 2011

Present your argument to your neighbor, but do not reveal another person's secret.  Otherwise, when he hears about it, he will humiliate you, and his evil report about you will never disappear.
- Proverbs 25:9-10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Gossip destroys lives.

Scripture thoughts...May 30, 2011

Do not testify against your neighbor without a reason, and do not deceive with your lips.
-Proverbs 24:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Words can sometimes cause more damage to people than anything else.

Scripture thoughts...May 29, 2011

There is indeed a future, and your hope will never be cut off.
- Proverbs 23:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Things won't always be this bad.  God will see you through.

Scripture thoughts...May 28, 2011

Drive out a mocker, and conflict will leave. Quarreling and abuse will stop.
- Proverbs 22:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always hang around people that will build you up, not tear you down.

Scripture thoughts...May 27, 2011

A person thinks everything he does is right, but the LORD weighs hearts.
- Proverbs 21:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You might act right in front of everyone else but God sees the real you.

Scripture thoughts...May 24, 2011

Wine [makes people] mock, liquor [makes them] noisy, and everyone under their influence is unwise.
- Proverbs 20:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Getting drunk is just not smart.

Scripture thoughts...May 23, 2011

If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD--and He will repay you!
- Proverbs 19:17
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Helping those in need is actually as if you're helping Jesus Himself.

Scripture thoughts...May 22, 2011

For you know quite well that the day of the Lord's return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:2
(New Living Translation (©2007))

There will be no warning when Jesus returns.

Scripture thoughts...May 21, 2011

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of the heavens, but my Father alone.
- Matthew 24:36
(Darby Bible Translation)

Predict the day all you want to but no one knows the exact day when Christ will return...but know this...one day, He will!

Scripture thoughts...May 19, 2011

An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.
- Proverbs 18:19
(New Living Translation (©2007))

We may not always agree and we should still be able to get along.

Scripture thoughts...May 18, 2011

Whoever forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever keeps bringing up the issue separates the closest of friends.
- Proverbs 17:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't keep bringing up people's past mistakes.

Scripture thoughts...May 17, 2011

A wise person's heart controls his speech, and what he says helps others learn.
- Proverbs 16:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Make sure what comes out of your mouth is beneficial to others.

Scripture thoughts...May 16, 2011

If Sheol and Abaddon lie open in front of the LORD how much more the human heart!
- Proverbs 15:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We can't put on an act for God like we can for people.  He knows the real person within.

Scripture thoughts...May 15, 2011

Whoever lives right fears the LORD, but a person who is devious in his ways despises Him.
- Proverbs 14:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Actions speak louder than words.  You can't "love" God and knowingly keep sinning.

Scripture thoughts...May 13, 2011

Whoever walks with wise people will be wise, but whoever associates with fools will suffer.
- Proverbs 13: 20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your friends reflect who you are...choose them wisely!

Scripture thoughts...May 12, 2011

Lips that lie are disgusting to the LORD, but honest people are his delight.
- Proverbs 12:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Honesty is always the best policy!

Scripture thoughts...May 10, 2011

Whoever gossips gives away secrets, but whoever is trustworthy in spirit can keep a secret.
- Proverbs 11:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you can't keep your mouth shut it proves you can't be trusted.

Scripture thoughts...May 09, 2011

Hate starts quarrels, but love covers every wrong.
-Proverbs 10:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

True peace can only come through the power of forgiveness.

Scripture thoughts...May 05, 2011

Do not warn a mocker, or he will hate you. Warn a wise person, and he will love you.
- Proverbs 9:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

 A true friend will not only give but also take correction.

Scripture thoughts...May 04, 2011

To fear the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and twisted speech.
- Proverbs 8:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Loving God means you stay away from all forms of wickedness.

Scripture thoughts...May 03, 2011

With all her seductive charms, she persuades him. With her smooth lips, she makes him give in. He immediately follows her like a steer on its way to be slaughtered, like a ram hobbling into captivity.
- Proverbs 7:21-22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The pull of the flesh to have sex before marriage is strong but the fire of hell is worse!!!

Scripture thoughts...May 02, 2011

Whoever commits adultery with a woman has no sense. Whoever does this destroys himself.
- Proverbs 6:32
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Despite what society and the media says today having sex outside of marriage is STILL wrong!

Scripture thoughts...May 01, 2011

Each person's ways are clearly seen by the LORD, and He surveys all his actions.
- Proverbs 5:21
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There's no such thing as keeping something hidden from God so just always live right!

Scripture thoughts...April 30, 2011

Let your eyes look straight ahead and your sight be focused in front of you.
- Proverbs 4:25
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't be trapped by your past.  Look to the future God has for you.

Scripture thoughts...April 29, 2011

Do not consider yourself wise. Fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
- Proverbs 3:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can't think your way out of sin.  It doesn't work.  Just run from it.

Scripture thoughts...April 28, 2011

The LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
- Proverbs 2:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Need advice?   Seek the Lord!

Scripture thoughts...April 27, 2011

"I called, and you refused to listen. I stretched out my hands to you, and no one paid attention."
- Proverbs 1:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't ignore the leading and conviction of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture thoughts...April 26, 2011

Praise Him for His mighty acts. Praise Him for His immense greatness.
- Psalm 150:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

How can you not rejoice when you think about all that God has done for you?

Scripture thoughts...April 25, 2011

For the LORD takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation.
- Psalm 149:4
(American King James Version)

God enjoys spending time with you.  Do you do the same?

Scripture thoughts...April 24, 2011

David knew that the Messiah would come back to life, and he spoke about that before it ever happened. He said that the Messiah wouldn't be left in the grave and that His body wouldn't decay.
- Acts 2:31
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even those in the Old Testament knew that Jesus would rise from the dead!  He lives!

Scripture thoughts...April 22, 2011

Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so that freed from our sins, we could live a life that has God's approval. His wounds have healed you.
- 1 Peter 2:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus' death on the cross enabled us to live the life God intended that we should live.

Scripture thoughts...April 21, 2011

Let them praise the name of the LORD because they were created by His command.
- Psalm 148:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Remember that God doesn't owe us anything but rather we owe Him everything!

Scripture thoughts...April 20, 2011

He is the healer of the brokenhearted. He is the one who bandages their wounds.
- Psalm 147:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes only God Himself can heal our deep inner wounds.

Scripture thoughts...April 19, 2011

Hallelujah! Praise the LORD, my soul!
- Psalm 146:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes your spirit needs to command your soul to praise God even when it doesn't feel like it.

Scripture thoughts...April 18, 2011

The LORD is fair in all His ways and faithful in everything He does.
- Psalm 145:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God will never go back on anything He has said.

Scripture thoughts...April 17, 2011

O God, I will sing a new song to You. I will sing a psalm to You on a ten-stringed harp.
- Psalm 144:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Thinking about how awesome God is should give you a renewed joy in your heart every day.

Scripture thoughts...April 16, 2011

I remember the days long ago. I reflect on all that You have done. I carefully consider what Your hands have made.
- Psalm 143: 5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't dwell on the negative things of your past but rather the good things God has done for you.

Scripture thoughts...April 15, 2011

I pour out my complaints in His presence and tell Him my troubles.
- Psalm 142:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God wants to hear from you about EVERYTHING.

Scripture thoughts...April 14, 2011

Do not let me be persuaded to do anything evil or to become involved with wickedness, with people who are troublemakers. Do not let me taste their delicacies.
- Psalm 141:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you only surround yourself with unbelievers you will surely become corrupted.

Scripture thoughts...April 13, 2011

Rescue me from evil people, O LORD. Keep me safe from violent people.
- Psalm 140:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you feel threatened pray for God's protection.

Scripture thoughts...April 12, 2011

You are all around me-in front of me and in back of me. You lay Your hand on me.
- Psalm 139:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Whether you realize it or not God's presence is everywhere.

Scripture thoughts...April 11, 2011

Even though I walk into the middle of trouble, You guard my life against the anger of my enemies. You stretch out Your hand, and Your right hand saves me.
- Psalm 138:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When it seems everyone is against you just hold on to God's hand even tighter.

Scripture thoughts...April 10, 2011

How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?
- Psalm 137:4
(King James Bible)

It's hard to worship when you're out of God's will.  Get back where you know you should be!

Scripture thoughts...April 9, 2011

He brought Israel out from among them with a mighty hand and a powerful arm- because His mercy endures forever.
- Psalm 136:11a-12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God will fight on behalf of those who love Him.

Scripture thoughts...April 8, 2011

The LORD does whatever He wants in heaven or on earth, on the seas or in all the depths of the oceans.
- Psalm 135:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Who can tell God what to do?

Scripture thoughts...April 7, 2011

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
- Psalm 134:2
(American King James Version)

For those who wonder it IS Biblical to raise your hands to the Lord!

Scripture thoughts...April 6, 2011

See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in harmony!
- Psalm 133:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If we expect the world to believe our message we must first show that we love each other.

Scripture thoughts...April 5, 2011

I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown on My anointed one will shine.
- Psalm 132:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There's definitely benefits to being on the Lord's side!

Scripture thoughts...April 4, 2011

Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother's milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
- Psalm 131:2
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God doesn't want you stressed out.  Find the peace you need in Him.

Scripture thoughts...April 3, 2011

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and with hope I wait for His word.
- Psalm 130:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Often we feel we have to "do" something but sometimes God just wants us to wait and trust Him.

Scripture thoughts...April 02, 2011

The LORD is righteous. He has cut me loose from the ropes that wicked people tied around me.
- Psalm 129:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God can free you from any chains the devil tries to bind you with.

Scripture thoughts...April 01, 2011

[A song for going up to worship.] Blessed are all who fear the LORD and live his way.
- Psalm 128:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We don't live right just because we are supposed to but because we'll be blessed!

Scripture thoughts...March 31, 2011

If the LORD does not build the house, it is useless for the builders to work on it. If the LORD does not protect a city, it is useless for the guard to stay alert.
- Psalm 127:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't create something and ask God to bless it afterward.  Let God help you make it and it will be automatically blessed!

Scripture thoughts...March 30, 2011

The LORD has done spectacular things for us. We are overjoyed.
- Psalm 126:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you feel sad think about all the things God has done for you and protected you from in the past.

Scripture thoughts...March 29, 2011

[As] the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people now and forever.
- Psalm 125:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There's no where you can go where God isn't there.

Scripture thoughts...March 28, 2011

Our help is in the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
- Psalm 124:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When there's no one else to turn to, turn to God for help.

Scripture thoughts...March 26, 2011

Jerusalem is built to be a city where the people are united.
- Psalm 122:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When God's people gather together there should be no division.

Scripture thoughts...March 25, 2011

I look up toward the mountains. Where can I find help?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
- Psalm 121:1-2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When there's no where else to turn, turn to Jesus!

Scripture thoughts...March 23, 2011

I am for peace, but when I talk about it, they only talk about war.
- Psalm 120:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter what goes on around you don't let anyone rob you of your peace.

Scripture thoughts...March 22, 2011

I have followed your guiding principles and your written instructions, because my whole life is in front of you.
- Psalm 119:168
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God knows the best path for you to follow so seek after his guidance.

Scripture thoughts...March 21, 2011

There is lasting peace for those who love Your teachings. Nothing can make those people stumble.
- Psalm 119:165
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Let the Word of God become so strong in you that nothing can shake you up.

Scripture thoughts...March 20, 2011

Long ago I learned from Your written instructions that you made them to last forever.
- Psalm 119:152
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Evil men have tried and failed to destroy the Word of God but His Word is eternal.

Scripture thoughts...March 19, 2011

Make my steps secure through your promise, and do not let any sin control me.
- Psalm 119:133
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't ever try to fight sin on your own.  You need the Holy Spirit's help.

Scripture thoughts...March 18, 2011

Your written instructions are miraculous. That is why I obey them.
- Psalm 119:129
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't expect miracles to follow you as Jesus said they should if you have no "Word" in you!

Scripture thoughts...March 17, 2011

Hold me, and I will be safe, and I will always respect your laws.
- Psalm 119:117
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The safest place in all the universe is in the arms of God.

Scripture thoughts...March 16, 2011

I have decided to obey Your laws. They offer a reward that never ends.
Psalm 119:112
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)

Not only is it a good thing to follow the Word of God but it actually benefits you.

Scripture thoughts...March 15, 2011

I have kept my feet [from walking] on any evil path in order to obey Your word.
- Psalm 119:101
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes avoiding sin is as simple as avoiding certain places.

Scripture thoughts...March 13, 2011

Oh, how I love Your teachings! They are in my thoughts all day long.
- Psalm 119:97
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Word of God should never be far from our minds if you want to please God.

Scripture thoughts...March 12, 2011

Your hands created me and made me what I am. Help me understand so that I may learn Your commandments.
- Psalm 119:73
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You are not weird.  You are who God made you to be.  If people can't understand that it's their problem.

Scripture thoughts...March 11, 2011

It was good that I had to suffer in order to learn your laws.
- Psalm 119:71
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If suffering is the only way for God to mold us into what He wants us to be then He will allow it.  Just hurry up and learn the lesson!

Scripture thoughts...March 10, 2011

You are good, and You do good things. Teach me Your laws.
- Psalm 119:68
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

Scripture thoughts...March 09, 2011

I have thought about my life, and I have directed my feet back to your written instructions.
- Psalm 119:59
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you look back over your life you'll see it would have been better if we did things God's way.

Scripture thoughts...March 07, 2011

With all my heart I want to win Your favor. Be kind to me as You promised.
- Psalm 119:58
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

How important  is it to you to make God proud of you?

Scripture thoughts...March 06, 2011

I will walk around freely because I sought out Your guiding principles.
- Psalm 119:45
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Those who's goal is to know Him more walk in a freedom others don't have.

Scripture thoughts...March 05, 2011

Turn my eyes away from worthless things. Give me a new life in your ways.
- Psalm 119:37
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

As much as possible do not allow your eyes to see anything unholy.

Scripture thoughts...March 04, 2011

Help me understand so that I can follow Your teachings. I will guard them with all my heart.
- Psalm 119:34
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If reading the Bible ever seems confusing to you, speak to it's Author!

Scripture thoughts...March 03, 2011

I have chosen a life of faithfulness. I have set Your regulations in front of me.
- Psalm 119:30
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should all strive to live right and with the Holy Spirit's help we can.

Scripture thoughts...March 02, 2011

How can a young person keep his life pure? [He can do it] by holding on to your word.
- Psalm 119:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In order to win the fight against sin we must keep the Word of God in our hearts.

Scripture thoughts...March 01, 2011

It is better to depend on the LORD than to trust influential people.
-Psalm 118:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God will get you places that no other person can.

Scripture thoughts...February 28, 2011

For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD!
- Psalm 117:2
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

We're undeserving of His love but thankfully it is limitless!

Scripture thoughts...February 27, 2011

How can I repay the LORD for all the good that he has done for me?
- Psalm 116:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should always have a grateful heart for all God has done.

Scripture thoughts...February 26, 2011

Don't give glory to us, O LORD. Don't give glory to us. Instead, give glory to Your name because of Your mercy and faithfulness.
- Psalm 115:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you try to take the glory that God alone deserves you will bring a curse on yourself!  Don't do it!

Scripture thoughts...February 25, 2011

He turns a rock into a pool filled with water and turns flint into a spring flowing with water.
- Psalm 114:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There is no such thing as impossible with God.  He truly is a God of wonders!

Scripture thoughts...February 24, 2011

From where the sun rises to where the sun sets, the name of the LORD should be praised.
- Psalm 113:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You want to drive the devil crazy?  Start praising God and the devil will run!  He's allergic to God's praise!

Scripture thoughts...February 23, 2011

He is not afraid of bad news. His heart remains secure, full of confidence in the LORD.
- Psalm 112:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

A person who has truly strong faith in God will stay stable no matter what the calamity.

Scripture thoughts...February 22, 2011

He has made His miracles unforgettable. The LORD is merciful and compassionate.
- Psalm 111:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Who can compare to the power and love of our God?

Scripture thoughts...February 21, 2011

The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit in the highest position in heaven until I make Your enemies Your footstool."
- Psalm 110:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God the Father put Jesus in a position of highest authority over all creation.  To get to the Father you must go through His Son.

Scripture thoughts...February 20, 2011

But I will give repeated thanks to the LORD, praising Him to everyone.
- Psalm 109:30
(New Living Translation (©2007))

We should never be ashamed to praise God for all He has done for us.

Scripture thoughts...February 19, 2011

Give us help against the enemy because human assistance is worthless.
- Psalm 108:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We can't fight the devil in our own strength but we aren't supposed to!  We always have the victory through Jesus and His Blood!

Scripture thoughts...February 18, 2011

He made the storm calm down, and the waves became still.
- Psalm 107:29
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When a storm in your life seems to overtake you go to the One who can calm any storm.

Scripture thoughts...February 17, 2011

We have sinned, and so did our ancestors. We have done wrong. We are guilty.
- Psalm 106:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God knows everything anyway so confess your sins to Him and restore the lines of communication.

Scripture thoughts...February 16, 2011

Sing to Him. Make music to praise Him. Meditate on all the miracles He has performed.
- Psalm 105:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you feel overwhelmed remember all the miracles He has done for you and know that He will do it again!

Scripture thoughts...February 15, 2011

May my thoughts be pleasing to Him. I will find joy in the LORD.
- Psalm 104:34
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not only does God see our actions but even our thoughts are important to Him.

Scripture thoughts...February 14, 2011

Praise the LORD, all His angels, you mighty beings who carry out His orders and are ready to obey His spoken orders.
- Psalm 103:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Angels aren't floating on clouds playing harps all day.  They are busy doing God's work just as we should be.

Scripture thoughts...February 12, 2011

But you, O LORD, remain forever. You are remembered throughout every generation.
- Psalm 102:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No one has the power to stomp out the knowledge of God...no one.

Scripture thoughts...February 11, 2011

I will not put anything wicked in front of my eyes. I hate what unfaithful people do. I want no part of it.
- Psalm 101:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's your responsibility to keep evil things away from your sight and from around you in general.

Scripture thoughts...February 10, 2011

Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving. Come into His courtyards with a song of praise. Give thanks to Him; praise His name.
- Psalm 100:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't come before God with a sad face.  Be joyful knowing He loves you so much! 

Scripture thoughts...February 09, 2011

Highly honor the LORD our God. Bow down at His footstool. He is holy!
- Psalm 99:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God will honor humility but He detests self-pride.

Scripture thoughts...February 08, 2011

Shout happily to the LORD, all the earth. Break out into joyful singing, and make music.
- Psalm 98:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

After all that God has done for us we can't help but give Him the praise He deserves!

Scripture thoughts...February 07, 2011

The heavens tell about His righteousness, and all the people of the world see His glory.
- Psalm 97:6 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The athiest will have no excuse at the judgement to come.

Scripture thoughts...February 06, 2011

Tell people about His glory. Tell all the nations about His miracles.
- Psalm 96:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If we don't tell people how amazing and powerful God is then who will?

Scripture thoughts...February 05, 2011

Come, let's worship and bow down. Let's kneel in front of the LORD, our Maker.
- Psalm 95:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Yes God is our friend and all that but never forget He is our Creator and is to repected as such at all times.

Scripture thoughts...February 03, 2011

God created ears. Do you think He can't hear? He formed eyes. Do you think He can't see?
- Psalm 94:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Nothing is hidden from God...why do we forget that?

Scripture thoughts...February 02, 2011

The LORD rules as king! He is clothed with majesty. The LORD has clothed Himself; He has armed Himself with power. The world was set in place; it cannot be moved.
- Psalm 93:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There is no higher authority than God Himself.

Scripture thoughts...February 01, 2011

You thrill me, LORD, with all You have done for me! I sing for joy because of what You have done.
- Psalm 92:4
(New Living Translation (©2007))

If you ever feel sad go back and think about all that God has done for you.  Did you deserve it?  No but that's how much He loves us!

Scripture thoughts...January 31, 2011

He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.
- Psalm 91:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We have supernatural protection whether we realize it or not.

Scripture thoughts...January 30, 2011

Before the mountains were made, before You had given birth to the earth and the world, before time was, and for ever, You are God.
- Psalm 90:2
(Bible in Basic English)

Before a single thing was ever created , including time itself, God already existed.

Scripture thoughts...January 29, 2011

I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations.
- Psalm 89:1
(New International Version (©1984))

We should be glad to tell anyone young and old how good God is!

Scripture thoughts...January 28, 2011

Let my prayer come into Your presence. Turn Your ear to hear my cries.
- Psalm 88:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your prayers literally travel all the way up to God's throne.  He hears it all.

Scripture thoughts...January 27, 2011

Indeed, You are great, a worker of miracles. You alone are God.
- Psalm 86:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Being a miracle worker is simply part of God's nature.  Praise Him!

Scripture thoughts...January 26, 2011

Mercy and truth have met. Righteousness and peace have kissed.
-Psalm 85:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If it wasn't for God's love toward us that we didn't even deserve where would we be?

Scripture thoughts...January 25, 2011

A single day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
- Psalm 84:10
(New Living Translation (©2007))

There's nothing in the world like being in the presence of God.

Scripture thoughts...January 24, 2011

You gave a cry in your trouble, and I made you free; I gave you an answer in the secret place of the thunder; I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. (Selah.)
- Psalm 81:7
(Bible in Basic English)

God knows the answers to every question so ask Him.

Scripture thoughts...January 23, 2011

Help us, O God, our Savior, for the glory of Your name. Rescue us, and forgive our sins for the honor of Your name.
- Psalm 79:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In times when you need help always call in the Lord and give Him the glory for what He does.

Scripture thoughts...January 22, 2011

We will not hide them from our children. We will tell the next generation about the LORD's power and great deeds and the miraculous things He has done.
Psalm 78:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We must tell our children about God's past miracles so they will have faith for future ones!

Scripture thoughts...January 21, 2011

You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the peoples.
- Psalm 77:14
(New International Version (©1984))

If you're God doesn't perform miracles, I'd switch Gods.

Scripture thoughts...January 20, 2011

You alone must be feared! Who can stand in Your presence when You become angry?
- Psalm 76:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Instead of worrying about what everyone else thinks we should worry more about displeasing God.

Scripture thoughts...January 19, 2011

We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks. You are present, and Your miracles confirm that.
- Psalm 75:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Wherever the presence of God is miracles will happen.

Scripture thoughts...January 18, 2011

The day and the night are Yours. You set the moon and the sun in their places.
- Psalm 74:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even the heavens above declare that God exists.

Scripture thoughts...January 17, 2011

Yet, I am always with you. You hold on to my right hand.
- Psalm 73:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter how bad the situation gets don't ever let go of God's hand.

Scripture thoughts...January 14, 2011

You comfort me and make me greater than ever.
- Psalm 71:21
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't want you to settle where you are.  He wants you grow into the person He designed you to be.

Scripture thoughts...January 13, 2011

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad because of You. Let those who love Your salvation continually say, "God is great!"
- Psalm 70:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There's no earthly joy that compares to the joy that comes from God.

Scripture thoughts...January 12, 2011

O God, you know my stupidity, and the things of which I am guilty are not hidden from you.
- Psalm 69:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God sees everything so talk to Him honestly and plainly.

Scripture thoughts...January 11, 2011

Our God is the God of victories. The Almighty LORD is our escape from death.
- Psalm 68:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter what your battle you always want God on your side.

Scripture thoughts...January 10, 2011

If I had thought about doing anything sinful, the Lord would not have listened [to me].
- Psalm 66:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sin will block communication with God.

Scripture thoughts...January 09, 2011

Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.
- Psalm 65:3
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Thank God for the Blood of Jesus!

Scripture thoughts...January 08, 2011

Righteous people will find joy in the LORD and take refuge in him. Everyone whose motives are decent will be able to brag.
- Psalm 64:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

By staying close to God and living right He'll give you a joy that the world cannot offer.

Scripture thoughts...January 07, 2011

Because you are my Helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.
- Psalm 63:7
(New Living Translation (©2007))

If you think about all the times God has helped and protected you it just makes you want to sing!

Scripture thoughts...January 06, 2011

Trust Him at all times, you people. Pour out your hearts in His presence. God is our refuge. [Selah]
- Psalm 62: 8 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't be afraid to tell God all your worries, fears and concerns.  

Scripture thoughts...January 05, 2011

From the ends of the earth, I cry to You for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering Rock of safety
- Psalm 61:2
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When you can't take it anymore run to the Rock called Jesus and stand firm.  He will see you through.

Scripture thoughts...January 04, 2011

Give us help against the enemy because human assistance is worthless.
- Psalm 60:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes the battle is fought in the supernatural realm.  Your friends can't help then...you MUST turn to God.

Scripture thoughts...January 03, 2011

Because of His strength will I wait on You: for God is my defense.
- Psalm 59:9
(American King James Version)

When you feel everyone is against you look to God to be on your side.

Scripture thoughts...January 01, 2011

Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.
- Isaiah 46:10
 (New Living Translation (©2007))

God has great plans for us and no devil has the power to stop it!

Scripture thoughts...December 31, 2010

Then at last everyone will say, "There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth."
- Psalm 58:11
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Nothing you do for God is in vain.  He knows what you're doing for Him.

Scripture thoughts...December 30, 2010

I call to God Most High, to the God who does everything for me.
- Psalm 57:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Take some time simply to thank God for all He's done for you.

Scripture thoughts...December 29, 2010

Even when I am afraid, I still trust You.
- Psalm 56:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Fear can try to grip you but never let go of God's hand.

Scripture thoughts...December 28, 2010

As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
- Psalm 55:16
(King James Bible)

If you want God to help you first have to ask Him.  We forget that sometimes.

Scripture thoughts...December 27, 2010

Faith led Abraham to live as a foreigner in the country that God had promised him. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who received the same promise from God.
- Hebrews 11:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Getting where God wants you to go sometimes requires launching out into the unknown but your faith in Him will lead you.

Scripture thoughts...December 26, 2010

God is my helper! The Lord is the provider for my life.
- Psalm 54:4 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The same God that saved you can also keep you.

Scripture thoughts...December 25, 2010

The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.
- Luke 1:35
(New International Version (©1984))

Little did Mary know she would be responsible for raising the Savior of the world.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Scripture thoughts...December 23, 2010

I will praise You forever for what You have done; in Your name I will hope, for Your name is good. I will praise You in the presence of Your saints.
- Psalm 52:9
(New International Version (©1984))

Are there words adequate enough to thank Jesus for everything He has done for us?

Scripture thoughts...December 22, 2010

Yet, you desire truth and sincerity. Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom.
- Psalm 51:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God already knows what you're thinking so just talk to Him honestly.  He won't be shocked.

Scripture thoughts...December 21, 2010

I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are Mine.
- Psalm 50:11
(New International Version (©1984))

There is nothing in all creation that is hidden from God.

Scripture thoughts...December 20, 2010

Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.
- Psalm 46:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God can handle anything.  Let Him.

Scripture thoughts...December 19, 2010

So the Lord Himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and she will name Him Immanuel [God Is With Us].
- Isaiah 7:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God loved us so much that He was willing to live as one of us in order to save us.

Scripture thoughts...December 18, 2010

Send your light and your truth. Let them guide me. Let them bring me to your holy mountain and to your dwelling place.
- Psalm 43:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The ultimate goal is to be with Him.

Scripture thoughts...December 17, 2010

The LORD said to Abram, "Leave your land, your relatives, and your father's home. Go to the land that I will show you.
- Genesis 12:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes God will say "go" but not tell you the specifics.  That's when you need to totally walk by faith!

Scripture thoughts...December 16, 2010

But each day the LORD pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life.
- Psalm 42:8
(New Living Translation (©2007))

We don't fully realize how good God is to us.

Scripture thoughts...December 15, 2010

I said, LORD, be merciful to me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against You.
- Psalm 41:4
(American King James Version)

If you feel far from God maybe you have unconfessed sin you need to get right with Him?

Scripture thoughts...December 14, 2010

You have done many miraculous things, O LORD my God. You have made many wonderful plans for us. No one compares to You! I will tell others about Your miracles, which are more than I can count.
- Psalm 40:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You may not know how to preach but you can always tell others what God has done for you!

Scripture thoughts...December 13, 2010

"Teach me, O LORD, about the end of my life. Teach me about the number of days I have left so that I may know how temporary my life is.
- Psalm 39:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only what we do for God is going to last into eternity.  Don't waste time on foolishness.

Scripture thoughts...December 10, 2010

But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done.
- Psalm 38:18
(New Living Translation (©2007))

On a daily basis we should admit to God what we have done wrong and ask His help not to do it again.

Scripture thoughts...December 09, 2010

The wicked person watches the righteous person and seeks to kill him.
- Psalm 37:32
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The children of the devil hate the children of God.  Don't be shocked when they mistreat you.

Scripture thoughts...December 08, 2010

My soul will find joy in the LORD and be joyful about His salvation.
- Psalm 35:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The fact that God chose save us although we didn't deserve it  is something to be happy about!

Scripture thoughts...December 07, 2010

Come, children, listen to me. I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
- Psalm 34:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Perhaps sin in so rampant because we have failed to teach our kids to have respect for the Almighty?

Scripture thoughts...December 06, 2010

He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do.
- Psalm 33:15
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God knows you better than anyone else alive.

Scripture thoughts...December 04, 2010

I made my sins known to You, and I did not cover up my guilt. I decided to confess them to You, O LORD. Then you forgave all my sins. [Selah]
- Psalm 32:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When the guilt of sin is weighing you down just freely confess it to God and He will wash your sins away in His Blood.

Scripture thoughts...December 03, 2010

Indeed, You are my rock and my fortress. For the sake of Your name, lead me and guide me.
- Psalm 31:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you pray for God's direction or do you just wing it?

Scripture thoughts...December 02, 2010

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
- Psalm 30:11
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God can take your sorrow and give you His supernatural joy.

Scripture thoughts...December 01, 2010

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
-Psalm 29:11
(King James Bible)

When you're so frustrated that you feel you can't go on, look to Jesus for help.

Scripture thoughts...November 30, 2010

Even though an army sets up camp against me, my heart will not be afraid. Even though a war breaks out against me, I will still have confidence [in the LORD].
- Psalm 27:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Those who have faith in God keep their eyes on Him and not just on their problems.

Scripture thoughts...November 29, 2010

Some [rely] on chariots and others on horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD our God.
- Psalm 20:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't simply rely on human power but trust that the Lord will fight your battles.

Scripture thoughts...November 27, 2010

The teachings of the LORD are perfect. They renew the soul. The testimony of the LORD is dependable. It makes gullible people wise.
- Psalm 19:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's very important to get the Word of God inside you.  Don't get lazy...you need to feed your spirit!

Scripture thoughts...November 24, 2010

Through the Blood of his Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of His overflowing kindness.
- Ephesians 1:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We didn't deserve God's forgiveness but His Blood made a way.

Scripture thoughts...November 23, 2010

Be angry without sinning. Don't go to bed angry.
- Ephesians 4:26 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Anger itself isn't sinful.  Jesus was angry at the money changers in the temple.  But don't let the anger fester within you.

Scripture thoughts...November 22, 2010

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
- James 1:12
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Life is tough sometimes but the reward we will get later makes it worth it all.

Scripture thoughts...November 21, 2010

No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God's direction.
- 2 Peter 1:21
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't need our brains to speak His will.  Actually human wisdom just gets in the way.

Scripture thoughts...November 20, 2010

So you also must be patient: keeping up your courage; for the Coming of the Lord is now close at hand.
- James 5:8
(Weymouth New Testament)

Don't give up on living your best for God for it will be worth it once we are face to face with Jesus.

Scripture thoughts...November 19, 2010

Therefore, your minds must be clear and ready for action. Place your confidence completely in what God's kindness will bring you when Jesus Christ appears again.
- 1 Peter 1:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always be ready to do what the Holy Spirit will have for you to do and when Jesus comes back you will be proud of your accomplishments.

Scripture thoughts...November 18, 2010

Do clean and polluted water flow out of the same spring?
- James 3:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can't have one foot in the world and another in God.  Pick a side!

Scripture thoughts...November 17, 2010

If someone obeys all of God's laws except one, that person is guilty of breaking all of them.
- James 2:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The very purpose of the law is to show that we cannot fulfill it and that we need a Savior.

Scripture thoughts...November 16, 2010

A body that doesn't breathe is dead. In the same way faith that does nothing is dead.
- James 2:26
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Belief means nothing if there's no action behind it.

Scripture thoughts...November 15, 2010

You are doing right if you obey this law from the highest authority: "Love your neighbor as you love yourself."
- James 2:8 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't expect others to help you out if you don't ever help them.

Scripture thoughts...November 14, 2010

We were saved with this hope in mind. If we hope for something we already see, it's not really hope. Who hopes for what can be seen?
- Romans 8:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Although we have never seen heaven we have faith that we are going to be with Jesus there one day.

Scripture thoughts...November 13, 2010

And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For He says, “This is the new covenant I will make with My people on that day, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
- Hebrews 10:15-16 (New Living Translation (©2007))

Not only is it good to follow the 10 Commandments but the Holy Spirit will tell you even more things to do and not to do!

Scripture thoughts...November 12, 2010

Blessed is the person who trusts the LORD. The LORD will be his confidence.
- Jeremiah 17:7
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When it seems everyone is letting you down you can always trust in the Lord.

Scripture thoughts...November 11, 2010

Let Your mercy rest on us, O LORD, since we wait with hope for You.
- Psalm 33:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

None of us like waiting but God will show His mercy to those who are patient to wait for His plan.

Scripture thoughts...November 10, 2010

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
- Colossians 1:9
(New Living Translation (©2007))

We all want to know God's will for our lives so let's pray together.

Scripture thoughts...November 09, 2010

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:5
 (American King James Version)

As you wait for Christ's return whether at the second coming or at your own passing let your life reflect more and more of God's love.

Scripture thoughts...November 08, 2010

Now that we have God's approval by faith, we have peace with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.
- Romans 5:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Because of our faith in what Jesus has done for us we can don't have to be afraid to come before God.

Scripture thoughts...November 05, 2010

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name!
- 1 Peter 4:16
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When the "world" is against you because of your love of Christ then you're doing something right!

Scripture thoughts...November 04, 2010

Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor
- 1 Thessalonians 4:4
(New Living Translation (©2007)

Even though we are free because of God's grace that's no excuse to live any old way you want to.

Scripture thoughts...November 03, 2010

We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies.
- 2 Corinthians 4:10 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Keep your sinful flesh on the cross so that your spirit can freely do the will of God. 

Scripture thoughts...November 02, 2010

Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn't come from us.
- 2 Corinthians 4:7
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even though God works through us we must remember that the power comes from Him and not ourselves.

Scripture thoughts...November 01, 2010

With flattery He will corrupt those who abandon the promise. But the people who know their God will be strong and take action.
- Daniel 11:32 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Those with faith in an all-powerful God have supernatural boldness.

Scripture thoughts... October 30, 2010

This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
- 1 John 1:3 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

True Christianity is all about relationship with our Creator...not religion.

Scripture thoughts... October 29, 2010

The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. As a result, they don't see the light of the Good News about Christ's glory. It is Christ who is God's image.
- 2 Corinthians 4:4 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can plead and beg but it's the Holy Spirit that opens the eyes of the unbeliever to see Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... October 28, 2010

The crowd was amazed to see mute people talking, the disabled cured, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. So they praised the God of Israel.
- Matthew 15:31
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

They may try to deny the message but you cannot deny a real miracle in your face.

Scripture thoughts... October 27, 2010

Those who try to live a godly life because they believe in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
- 2 Timothy 3:12 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The "world" hated Jesus and they will hate us too.  That's just the way it is.

Scripture thoughts... October 26, 2010

When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed.
- Matthew 14:35 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

If you're church is too small, why not invite Jesus to come in!  He draws really big crowds!

Scripture thoughts... October 25, 2010

Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, you have strong faith! What you wanted will be done for you." At that moment her daughter was cured.
- Matthew 15:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus isn't looking for superstars...He's looking for people with faith!

Scripture thoughts... October 24, 2010

I led them with cords of human kindness, with ropes of love. I removed the yokes from their necks. I bent down and fed them.
- Hosea 11:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God has taken care of us so many times when we didn't even realize it was Him.

Scripture thoughts... October 23, 2010

He certainly has taken upon Himself our suffering and carried our sorrows, but we thought that God had wounded Him, beat Him, and punished Him.
- Isaiah 53:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If Jesus took our grief upon Himself why do we try to take it back?

Scripture thoughts... October 22, 2010

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths smooth.
- Proverbs 3:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you want success in life consult God before you make a move.

Scripture thoughts... October 21, 2010

Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
- Proverbs 3:7
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Human wisdom is very limited.  Lean on God and stay on the path that leads to Him.

Scripture thoughts... October 20, 2010

Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.
- Proverbs 3:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God sees the past, present and future all at once so He knows what's going on.  TRUST HIM!

Scripture thoughts... October 19, 2010

For the love of the Christ constrains us, having judged this: that one died for all, then all have died;
- 2 Corinthians 5:14 (Darby Bible Translation)

Christ's love for us pushed Him to endure the pain He suffered for us.  Should we not do our best to live for Him since He died for us?

Scripture thoughts... October 18, 2010

[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
- Psalm 118:8
(King James Bible)

Men will let you down but God never will.  He has your best interests at heart.

Scripture thoughts... October 15, 2010

In the morning, O LORD, hear my voice. In the morning I lay my needs in front of you, and I wait.
- Psalm 5:3 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus always prayed early in the morning.  If the Son of God needed to do that, then...

Scripture thoughts... October 14, 2010

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look, God's home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them.
- Revelation 21:3 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God's ultimate goal for us is to be with Him forever.

Scripture thoughts... October 13, 2010

In Him all the parts of the building fit together and grow into a holy temple in the Lord.
- Ephesians 2:21 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We as individual but unified believers is where God wants to live, not in a physical building.

Scripture thoughts... October 12, 2010

Can God's temple contain false gods? Clearly, we are the temple of the living God. As God said, "I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people."
- 2 Corinthians 6:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't want to stop by for a visit.  He wants to live with you 24 hours a day and seven days a week!  Not just on Sunday!

Scripture thoughts... October 11, 2010

Examine yourselves to see whether you are still in the Christian faith. Test yourselves! Don't you recognize that you are people in whom Jesus Christ lives? Could it be that you're failing the test?
- 2 Corinthians 13:5
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's so easy to go through the motions of religious rituals but do you have the real faith that is demonstrated in the Bible?

Scripture thoughts... October 10, 2010

But if God's Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature. Whoever doesn't have the Spirit of Christ doesn't belong to him.
- Romans 8:9 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Who will you let control your actions?  Your sinful flesh or the Holy Spirit?

Scripture thoughts... October 09, 2010

No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed. You will have an answer for anyone who accuses you. This is the inheritance of the LORD's servants. Their victory comes from me," declares the LORD.
- Isaiah 54:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Word of God cancels the devils plans against you.

Scripture thoughts... October 08, 2010

As everyone dies because of Adam, so also everyone will be made alive because of Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 12:22 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In Christ we have the assurance that we will again see believers who have passed on before us.

Scripture thoughts... October 07, 2010

Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: "Death is swallowed up in victory.
- 1 Corinthians 15:54
(New Living Translation (©2007))

The curse of death will one day no longer claim any believer in Christ.

Scripture thoughts... October 06, 2010

He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which He will bring everything under His control.
- Philippians 3:21 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

All pain and physical suffering will be remembered no more once Christ gives us our glorified bodies.

Scripture thoughts... October 05, 2010

Look! God is my Savior. I am confident and unafraid, because the LORD is my strength and my song. He is my Savior."
- Isaiah 12:2 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Christians are bold because they know God will help them through any situation.

Scripture thoughts... October 04, 2010

Blessed is the one who is always fearful [of sin], but whoever is hard-hearted falls into disaster.
- Proverbs 28:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not only is it a good idea to keep from sinning because it displeases God but you avoid much trouble by doing so.

Scripture thoughts... October 03, 2010

Blessed are those who find strength in You. Their hearts are on the road [that leads to You].
- Psalm 84:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In times of weakness turn to the Lord to empower you.

Scripture thoughts... October 01, 2010

Wait calmly for God alone, my soul, because my hope comes from him.
- Psalm 62:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

After you've done all you can trust God to help with the rest.

Scripture thoughts... September 30, 2010

So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.
- Galatians 6:8
(New Living Translation (©2007))

It's never pointless to live holy.  You may not see the reward right now but it will come.

Scripture thoughts... September 29, 2010

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
- Galatians 6:8 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Feed the flesh...it gets stronger.  Feed the spirit...it gets stronger.  Get it?

Scripture thoughts... September 28, 2010

Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.
- 2 Corinthians 7:1
 (New Living Translation (©2007))

Yes we are saved by grace but we still need to strive to live holy.

Scripture thoughts... September 27, 2010

For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 4:6
 (New Living Translation (©2007))

If you want God's glory then seek the face of Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... September 26, 2010

As all of us reflect the Lord's glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You know you are growing spiritually when you look more like Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... September 25, 2010

If we say, "We have never sinned," we turn God into a liar and His Word is not in us.
- 1 John 1:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter what our position in life we all have to fight daily against sin...no exceptions.

Scripture thoughts... September 24, 2010

You gave them Your good Spirit to teach them. You didn't keep your manna to Yourself. You gave them water to quench their thirst.
-Nehemiah 9:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God makes provisions for our needs even when it looks impossible.

Scripture thoughts... September 23, 2010

Because you love Me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know My name.
- Psalm 91:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God takes care of His own!

Scripture thoughts... September 22, 2010

Certainly, all who are guided by God's Spirit are God's children.
- Romans 8:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

All believers have available to them the power to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Scripture thoughts... September 21, 2010

We have all strayed like sheep. Each one of us has turned to go his own way, and the LORD has laid all our sins on Him.
- Isaiah 53:6 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

All the punishment that we deserved was put on Jesus.  Oh how He loves us.

Scripture thoughts... September 20, 2010

"A servant cannot serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth."
- Luke 16:13
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is a jealous God.  He must always take first priority.

Scripture thoughts... September 17, 2010

Whoever wants to be most important among you will be a slave for everyone.
- Mark 10:44 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The best leader is the best servant.  We need more humilty!

Scripture thoughts... September 16, 2010

Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
- Ephesians 4:29
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Words can build up and words can destroy.  Use that power wisely.

Scripture thoughts... September 14, 2010

Don't give the devil any opportunity [to work].
- Ephesians 4:27 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Our enemy doesn't sleep so keep yourself clean of all worldliness.

Scripture thoughts... September 13, 2010

because everyone who has been born from God has won the victory over the world. Our faith is what wins the victory over the world.
-  1 John 5:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You are an overcomer through God.

Scripture thoughts... September 12, 2010

We, however, are citizens of Heaven. We look forward to the Lord Jesus Christ coming from Heaven as our Savior.
- Philippians 3:20 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter where you were born all believers have a passport to Heaven...it's Jesus!

Scripture thoughts... September 11, 2010

That whole generation had joined their ancestors in death. So another generation grew up after them. They had no personal experience with the LORD or with what He had done for Israel.
- Judges 2:10
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It is imperative we teach the next generation what God can do through faith.

Scripture thoughts... September 10, 2010

It will happen in an instant, in a split second at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will come back to life. They will be changed so that they can live forever.
- 1 Corinthians 15:52
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is a God of resurrection!  Let that trumpet blow soon!

Scripture thoughts... September 09, 2010

Then, together with them, we who are still alive will be taken in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. In this way we will always be with the Lord.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The rapture could happen at any moment!  Are you ready to shoot up into the clouds to be with Jesus forever?

Scripture thoughts... September 08, 2010

This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
- Joshua 1:9
(New Living Translation (©2007))

A Christian is never alone.  God is with you in every situation.

Scripture thoughts... September 07, 2010

Do not say, "I'll get even with you!" Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
- Proverbs 20:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't take revenge. Let God take care of it. He sees everything.

Scripture thoughts... September 06, 2010

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him.
- Psalm 62:1
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When the outsome of a situation seems uncertain, trust God to see you through.

Scripture thoughts... September 05, 2010

Trust Him at all times, you people. Pour out your hearts in His presence. God is our refuge.
- Psalm 62:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Give God all your concerns and believe He will keep you safe.

Scripture thoughts... September 04, 2010

I will be your God throughout your lifetime--until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.
- Isaiah 46:4 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Trust in God to see you through every situation.

Scripture thoughts... September 03, 2010

Even though I walk into the middle of trouble, you guard my life against the anger of my enemies. You stretch out your hand, and your right hand saves me.
- Psalm 139:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The best place of protection is in the hands of God.

Scripture thoughts... September 02, 2010

Love each other. This is what I'm commanding you to do.
- John 15:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus' real followers can be recognized not by their knowledge but by their love.

Scripture thoughts... September 01, 2010

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth because of His great mercy. We have been born into a new life that has a confidence which is alive because Jesus Christ has come back to life.
- 1 Peter 1:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Because Jesus rose from the dead we know He gives us new life also.

Scripture thoughts... August 31, 2010

You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in Your presence. Pleasures are by Your side forever.
- Psalm 16:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

True fulfillment can only come through being with Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... August 30, 2010

Now, dear children, live in Christ. Then, when He appears we will have confidence, and when He comes we won't turn from Him in shame.
- 1 John 2:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When Jesus returns will you be embarrassed or joyful to see Him?

Scripture thoughts... August 27, 2010

Even though the LORD is high above, He sees humble people [close up], and He recognizes arrogant people from a distance.
- Psalm 138:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God's presence rests most with those who remain humble.

Scripture thoughts... August 25, 2010

A person who doesn't love Me doesn't do what I say. I don't make up what you hear Me say. What I say comes from the Father who sent Me.
- John 14:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

A person that truly loves Jesus automatically wants to serve Him without being forced.

Scripture thoughts... August 24, 2010

...and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
- John 10:28
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Once you've given your life over to Christ there's no power that can take you away from Him.

Scripture thoughts... August 23, 2010

Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to Me again.
- Revelation 3:3a
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Remember that joy you had when you first got saved?  What happened to that?  Go get it back!!!

Scripture thoughts... August 22, 2010

Do not reject the discipline of the LORD, my son, and do not resent His warning, because the LORD warns the one He loves, even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased.
- Proverbs 3:11-12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God only wants the best for you so be open to his correction.

Scripture thoughts... August 20, 2010

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of Me.  Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven! The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways.
- Matthew 5:11-12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you are truly a child of God you WILL have people say bad things about you.  They did it to Jesus too and He was sinless.

Scripture thoughts... August 19, 2010

Do not let mercy and truth leave you. Fasten them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.
- Proverbs 3:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Just as God is always merciful and never lies so should we be also.

Scripture thoughts... August 18, 2010

As high as the heavens are above the earth- that is how vast His mercy is toward those who fear Him.
- Psalm 103:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Despite the fact that we don't deserve it His mercy toward us is without measure.

Scripture thoughts... August 17, 2010

You will be the LORD's holy people, as He promised you with an oath. He will do this if you obey the commands of the LORD your God and follow His directions. Then all the people in the world will see that you are the LORD's people, and they will be afraid of you.
Deuteronomy 28:9-10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

People can tell you are a believer not because you say so but by how you live.

Scripture thoughts... August 16, 2010

Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.
- Psalm 91:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Isn't it great to have friends in high places?

Scripture thoughts... August 13, 2010

I don't call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn't know what his master is doing. But I've called you friends because I've made known to you everything that I've heard from my Father.
- John 15:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

What better friend can we have then Jesus Himself?

Scripture thoughts... August 12, 2010

Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the LORD your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration.
- Deuteronomy 26:11 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When you really stop and think about all the good things God has given us, it makes you want to have a party!

Scripture thoughts... August 11, 2010

It's not that I've already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me.
- Philippians 3:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

None of us can claim to have reached perfection but we strive to be more like Jesus day by day.

Scripture thoughts... August 10, 2010

Fight the good fight for the Christian faith. Take hold of everlasting life to which you were called and about which you made a good testimony in front of many witnesses.
- 1 Timothy 6:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Nobody promised living for God would be easy but it's so worth it in the end!

Scripture thoughts... August 09, 2010

The Holy One has anointed you, so all of you have knowledge.
- 1 John 2:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Worldly knowledge may have some value but what's truly important will be taught to you by the Holy Spirit.

Scripture thoughts... August 08, 2010

Watch your step when you go to the house of God. It is better to go there and listen than to bring the sacrifices fools bring. Fools are unaware that they are doing [something] evil.
- Ecclesiastes 5:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always be respectful in the presence of the Lord.

Scripture thoughts... August 06, 2010

Be merciful as your Father is merciful.
- Luke 6:36
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If we were as merciful as we are judgmental more people would be drawn to Christ.

Scripture thoughts... August 05, 2010

But if you are being led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
- Galatians 5:18
(International Standard Version (©2008))

If you let the Holy Spirit guide your actions you will be in the will of God.

Scripture thoughts... August 04, 2010

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
- Psalm 19:14 (New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Not only can God hear what you speak but He can hear your thoughts too...the devil cannot.

Scripture thoughts... August 03, 2010

Dear friends, now we are God's children. What we will be isn't completely clear yet. We do know that when Christ appears we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is.
- 1 John 3:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We can only imagine what it will be like to be fully in His presence.

Scripture thoughts... August 02, 2010

I can't do anything on My own. As I listen [to the Father], I make My judgments. My judgments are right because I don't try to do what I want but what the One who sent Me wants.
- John 5:30
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Just as Jesus got His marching orders from the Father, so should we get ours from Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... July 31, 2010

Don't make rash promises, and don't be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.
- Ecclesiastes 5:2
 (New Living Translation (©2007))

Yes God wants you to talk to Him but remember to respect Him for Who He is.

Scripture thoughts... July 30, 2010

When a person's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
- Proverbs 16:7 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Keep living right especially when people are coming against you and it will pay off.

Scripture thoughts... July 29, 2010

Yet I am confident I will see the LORD's goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
- Psalm 27:13
(New Living Translation (©2007))

You shouldn't only expect blessings when you get to heaven but also right here on earth!

Scripture thoughts... July 28, 2010

Listen to advice and accept discipline so that you may be wise the rest of your life.
- Proverbs 19:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

None of us know everything so listening to others can only make you wiser.

Scripture thoughts... July 27, 2010

No, these words are very near you. They're in your mouth and in your heart so that you will obey them.
- Deuteronomy 30:14
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Keeping God's Word in you is the best way to stay holy.

Scripture thoughts... July 26, 2010

My soul can say, 'The LORD is my lot [in life]. That is why I find hope in Him.'
- Lamentations 3:24 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Those who make God their first priority will never be hopeless.

Scripture thoughts... July 25, 2010

Fear the LORD, you holy people who belong to Him. Those who fear Him are never in need.
- Psalm 34:9 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Give God the respect due to Him and you will never find yourself begging.

Scripture thoughts... July 23, 2010

[By David.] The LORD is my light and my salvation. Who is there to fear? The LORD is my life's fortress. Who is there to be afraid of?
- Psalm 27:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Fear disappears when you realize God is on your side.

Scripture thoughts... July 22, 2010

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
- Colossians 1:17
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Jesus is the "glue" that holds the whole universe together.  Without Him, there would be no "us."

Scripture thoughts... July 21, 2010

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
- Romans 8:28
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God can even take the bad things that happen to us and turn it around for something good.

Scripture thoughts... July 20, 2010

I take pleasure in God's standards in my inner being.
- Romans 7:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your spirit loves to serve God.  Your flesh...not so much.

Scripture thoughts... July 19, 2010

Now, we didn't receive the spirit that belongs to the world. Instead, we received the Spirit Who comes from God so that we could know the things which God has freely given us.
- 1 Corinthians 2:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can't find God by seeking what this world has to offer.

Scripture thoughts... July 18, 2010

"I am a God who is near. I am also a God who is far away," declares the LORD.
- Jeremiah 23:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter how far you try to run from God, you can never get away from His love.

Scripture thoughts... July 17, 2010

When you produce much fruit, you are My true disciples. This brings great glory to My Father.
- John 15:8
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Make our heavenly Daddy proud by working for Him in your daily life.

Scripture thoughts... July 16, 2010

The LORD supports everyone who falls. He straightens [the backs] of those who are bent over.
- Psalm 145:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you feel you can't walk another step, look to the Lord for strength.

Scripture thoughts... July 15, 2010

Jesus answered him, "Those who love Me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and We will go to them and make Our home with them.
- John 14:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Communion with God comes with obedience with Him.

Scripture thoughts... July 14, 2010

God was also pleased to bring everything on earth and in heaven back to Himself through Christ. He did this by making peace through Christ's blood sacrificed on the cross.
- Colossians 1:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Everything Adam lost  through sin was bought back through what Jesus did on the cross.

Scripture thoughts... July 13, 2010

...with burnt offerings and sin offerings You were not pleased.
- Hebrews 10:6
(New International Version (©1984))

Don't try to please God with your actions if you first haven't given Him your heart.

Scripture thoughts... July 12, 2010

Unless the LORD had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.
- Psalm 94:17
(New Living Translation (©2007))

We don't even realize how many times God has saved us from danger.

Scripture thoughts... July 11, 2010

If the LORD delights in a man's way, He makes his steps firm.
- Psalm 37:23
(New International Version (©1984))

Keep living right and you'll stay on the path God has for you.

Scripture thoughts... July 09, 2010

My soul clings to You. Your right hand supports me.
- Psalm 63:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter what you go through, stay close to God.

Scripture thoughts... July 08, 2010

Praise the LORD's greatness with me. Let us highly honor his name together.
- Psalm 34:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's great praising God alone but even better with others!

Scripture thoughts... July 07, 2010

In the past God hid this mystery, but now he has revealed it to his people.
- Colossians 1:26
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God reveals His secrets to His children, not the world.

Scripture thoughts... July 06, 2010

I, too, have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people.
- Ephesians 1:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Are you known for your faith?  Don't be a secret service Christian.

Scripture thoughts... July 05, 2010

That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.
- Daniel 2:19
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God speaks in many ways.  Don't limit Him.

Scripture thoughts... July 04, 2010

Christ has freed us so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom. Therefore, be firm [in this freedom], and don't become slaves again.
- Galatians 5:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your freedom was bought with the Blood of Jesus.  Don't ever go back to your old ways.

Scripture thoughts... July 03, 2010

The earth and everything it contains are the LORD's. The world and all who live in it are His.
-Psalm 24:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Everything you own, even your body, is just on loan to you.

Scripture thoughts... July 02, 2010

Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than people.
- Acts 5:29
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If it's a choice between choosing what God wants and what men want, choose God.

Scripture thoughts... July 01, 2010

If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again. Then I will bring you into My presence so that you will be where I am.
- John 14:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus longs to be with you.  Do you long to be with Him?

Scripture thoughts... June 30, 2010

If anyone hears My words and doesn't follow them, I don't condemn them. I didn't come to condemn the world but to save the world.
- John 12:47
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus doesn't want anyone to go to Hell.  People go there by their own disbelief.

Scripture thoughts... June 29, 2010

Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through Me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.
- John 10:9
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Only in Christ is there salvation.

Scripture thoughts... June 28, 2010

Jesus told them, "My food is to do what the One who sent Me wants Me to do and to finish the work He has given Me.
- John 4:34
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even stronger than our desire to eat should be the desire to fulfill God's call on our lives.

Scripture thoughts... June 27, 2010

It's the same way with the Son of Man. He didn't come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people.
- Matthew 20:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If even Jesus who is God always served others, can we do any less?

Scripture thoughts... June 26, 2010

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God's law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.
- Matthew 5:18
(New Living Translation (©2007))

The Word of God will outlast every other word spoken against you!

Scripture thoughts... June 25, 2010

When Jesus heard this, he said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do."
- Matthew 9:12 (New Living Translation (©2007))

God can only help you if you acknowledge your need for it first.

Scripture thoughts... June 24, 2010

Remember the past, when you first learned the truth. You endured a lot of hardship and pain.
- Hebrews 10:32
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you still have that same passion as when you first came to Christ?

Scripture thoughts... June 23, 2010

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16
(New Living Translation (©2007))

We all grow older and eventually weaker but our spirit can become stronger and stronger in Him.

Scripture thoughts... June 22, 2010

The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.
- Psalm 14:2
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Are you looking for Him today?

Scripture thoughts... June 21, 2010

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.  I thirst for God, the living God.  When can I go and stand before him?
- Psalm 42:1-2
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Don't let the cares of this world choke out your longing to be in God's presence.

Scripture thoughts... June 18, 2010

He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God.
- 2 Corinthians 1:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes God puts people in your path so you can help them get through something you have been through already.

Scripture thoughts... June 17, 2010

Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.
- 2 Corinthians 4:17
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

What we suffer through now will only be a distant memory when we get to eternity.  This earthly life is only temporary.

Scripture thoughts... June 15, 2010

The LORD is a great God and a great King above all gods.
- Psalm 95:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There is no one who can compare to God and no one more worthy of our praise.

Scripture thoughts... June 14, 2010

People who want to live a full life and enjoy good days must keep their tongues from saying evil things, and their lips from speaking deceitful things.
- 1 Peter 3:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your mouth is probably the thing that gets you in the most trouble.  Keep it in control!

Scripture thoughts... June 11, 2010

The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
- Proverbs 15:28
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Don't just say the first thing that comes into your mind.  Consider the consequences first!

Scripture thoughts... June 09, 2010

Find joy in the LORD, you righteous people. Give thanks to Him as you remember how holy He is.
- Psalm 97:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Just thinking about Jesus should put a smile on your face!

Scripture thoughts... June 08, 2010

I will come with the mighty deeds of the Almighty LORD. I will praise Your righteousness, Yours alone.
- Psalm 71:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Never be afraid to tell of the great things God has done for you.

Scripture thoughts... June 07, 2010

Turn away from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it!
- Psalm 34:14 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Be known as a person who runs from sin and is always at peace in any situation.

Scripture thoughts... June 06, 2010

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
- Psalm 34:17 (New International Version (©1984))

Those who live holy before Him will always have His ear.

Scripture thoughts... June 05, 2010

Lead me in the right path, O LORD, or my enemies will conquer me. Make Your way plain for me to follow.
- Psalm 5:8 (New Living Translation (©2007))

When you don't know what to do, always  look to God to lead you.

Scripture thoughts... June 04, 2010

The LORD helps them and rescues them. He rescues them from wicked people. He saves them because they have taken refuge in him.
- Psalm 37:40
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The best place of safety is in God.  Stay close to Him!

Scripture thoughts... June 03, 2010

My mouth will tell about Your righteousness, about Your salvation all day long. Even then, it is more than I can understand.
- Psalm 71:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

I don't know why God chose to save me but I'm so glad he did!

Scripture thoughts... June 02, 2010

Let those who love the LORD hate evil. The One who guards the lives of His godly ones will rescue them from the power of wicked people.
- Psalm 97:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should hate sin as much as God does...and love sinners as much as God does.

Scripture thoughts... June 01, 2010

Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
- Psalm 55:22
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Trust God and live right and things will go well for you.

Scripture thoughts... May 31, 2010

Clap your hands, all you people. Shout to God with a loud, joyful song.
- Psalm 47:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God's appreciates loud praise!  Don't be ashamed to tell how awesome He is!

Scripture thoughts... May 27, 2010

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the foundations of past generations. You will be called the Rebuilder of Broken Walls and the Restorer of Streets Where People Live.
- Isaiah 58:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is all about building things up, not tearing them down.  Don't tear people down with your words!

Scripture thoughts... May 26, 2010

If you obey My commandments, you will live in My love. I have obeyed My Father's commandments, and in that way I live in His love.
- John 15:10 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can't expect to walk in God's love and make no effort to walk holy before Him.

Scripture thoughts... May 25, 2010

But My people would not listen to Me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.
- Jeremiah 7:24 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

The only way to move forward in the destiny God has for you is to listen and obey to Him.

Scripture thoughts... May 24, 2010

God has shown us his love by sending His only Son into the world so that we could have life through Him.
- 1 John 4:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only through Jesus can you live life to the fullest as you were meant to.

Scripture thoughts... May 23, 2010

Human life is as short-lived as grass. It blossoms like a flower in the field.  When the wind blows over the flower, it disappears, and there is no longer any sign of it.
- Psalm 103:15-16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Our life here is so short.  Don't waste it on foolishness.  You were made for great things!

Scripture thoughts... May 22, 2010

He makes my feet like those of a deer and gives me sure footing on high places.
- 2 Samuel 22:34
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you let God lead your way you'll get to places others only dream of.

Scripture thoughts... May 21, 2010

God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.
- John 3:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus isn't mad at you!  He just wants you to come to Him!

Scripture thoughts... May 20, 2010

This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.
- 1 John 2:25
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Those who are truly know and love Him have the assurance of being with Him forever in the next life.

Scripture thoughts... May 19, 2010

The Scripture passage came true. It says, "Abraham believed God, and that faith was regarded by God to be his approval of Abraham." So Abraham was called God's friend.
- James 2:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you want to be a friend of God then put your complete faith in Him.

Scripture thoughts... May 18, 2010

For this reason let all godly people pray to You when You may be found. Then raging floodwater will not reach them.
- Psalm 32:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't wait until trouble comes to talk to God.  Talk to Him all the time!

Scripture thoughts... May 17, 2010

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
- Isaiah 40:31
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Great things can be accomplished by those who put their faith fully in God.

Scripture thoughts... May 14, 2010

Let them bring songs of thanksgiving as their sacrifice. Let them tell in joyful songs what He has done.
- Psalm 107:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should always have an attitude of gratitude and tell others of the great things God has done for us.

Scripture thoughts... May 13, 2010

When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.
- Matthew 6:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Praying as a group is great but it's even more special when you do it alone.

Scripture thoughts... May 12, 2010

Because of Your unfailing love, I can enter Your house; I will worship at Your Temple with deepest awe.
- Psalm 5:7
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Because of Jesus' sacrifice we can come into God's presence with boldness.

Scripture thoughts... May 11, 2010

In these last days He has spoken to us through His Son. God made His Son responsible for everything. His Son is the One through whom God made the universe.
- Hebrews 1:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In the end, Jesus is everything!

Scripture thoughts... May 10, 2010

I correct and discipline everyone I love. Take this seriously, and change the way you think and act.
- Revelation 3:19
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God allows things to happen to mold you into what He wants you to be so let Him make you more into His image.

Scripture thoughts... May 09, 2010

"Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you."
- Exodus 20:12 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Without our parents none of us would even be here so they deserve honor for giving us life.

Scripture thoughts... May 08, 2010

"What do you think? Suppose a man has 100 sheep and one of them strays. Won't he leave the 99 sheep in the hills to look for the one that has strayed?"
- Matthew 18:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God loves you so much He will do whatever it takes to get you back.

Scripture thoughts... May 07, 2010

"I'll restore your health and heal your wounds," declares the LORD. "People call you an outcast: Zion, no one cares for you."
- Jeremiah 30:17
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even when everyone else forsakes you God will be there to help you.

Scripture thoughts... May 06, 2010

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
- Hebrews 10:19
(New Living Translation (©2007))

If it wasn't for the Blood of Jesus we wouldn't be able to approach God at all.

Scripture thoughts... May 05, 2010

This is eternal life: to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You sent.
- John 17: 3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

All the stuff you do FOR God is great but if you don't KNOW HIM it benefits you nothing.

Scripture thoughts... May 04, 2010

Teach me to do Your will, because You are my God. May Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
- Psalm 143:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Feeling unstable in life?  Seek to be in God's will and things will make more sense.

Scripture thoughts... May 03, 2010

Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.
- Psalm 2:11
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Never forget your place.  HE is God and you are NOT!

Scripture thoughts... May 01, 2010

For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity--the Man Christ Jesus.
- 1 Timothy 2:5
(New Living Translation (©2007))

No other "prophet" can bridge the gap between God and man except Jesus...because He is both.

Scripture thoughts... April 30, 2010

The Blood of Christ, who had no defect, does even more. Through the eternal Spirit He offered himself to God and cleansed our consciences from the useless things we had done. Now we can serve the living God.
- Hebrews 9:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Because of the Blood we can let go of our past sins and live fully for Him.

Scripture thoughts... April 29, 2010

Love the LORD your God, follow His directions, and keep His commands. Be loyal to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and soul.
- Joshua 22:5b
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Those who truly love God will do their best to obey Him.

Scripture thoughts... April 28, 2010

Is anything worth more than your soul?
- Mark 8:37
(New Living Translation (©2007))

There is absolutely NOTHING in this world worth losing your soul over.

Scripture thoughts... April 27, 2010

That all living things will be made free from the power of death and will have a part with the free children of God in glory.
- Romans 8:21 
(Bible in Basic English)

All of God's creation waits for the day when the curse of death will finally be defeated once and for all.

Scripture thoughts... April 26, 2010

Moses immediately threw himself to the ground and worshiped.
- Exodus 34:8
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When you feel the presence of God you can't help but humble yourself before Him.

Scripture thoughts... April 25, 2010

I called on the LORD in my distress. I cried to my God for help. He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry for help reached His ears.
- Psalm 18:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you don't know what to do cry out to God.  He is always listening.

Scripture thoughts... April 24, 2010

I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.
- Psalm 3:6
(New Living Translation (©2007))

It doesn't matter how many are coming against you when God as an army of One is on your side.

Scripture thoughts... April 23, 2010

Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
- Ephesians 2:18
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Jesus made a way for all of us to be able to get to God again.

Scripture thoughts... April 22, 2010

But I did tell them this, 'Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be My people. Live the way I told you to live so that things will go well for you.'
- Jeremiah 7:23 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Life will always better when we live by God's standards.

Scripture thoughts... April 21, 2010

So Jesus told them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you'll know that I am the One and that I can't do anything on My own. Instead, I speak as the Father taught me.
- John 8:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If even Jesus didn't do anything without consulting the Father why do we think we shouldn't do the same?

Scripture thoughts... April 20, 2010

The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.
- Psalm 28: 8
(King James Bible)

When you feel so weak you can't go on then look to the Lord for strength.

Scripture thoughts... April 19, 2010

Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.
- Psalm 89:2
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God's love is limitless and He will always be faithful to His promises.

Scripture thoughts... April 18, 2010

So I look for You in the holy place to see Your power and Your glory.
- Psalm 63:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Church isn't for entertainment.  It's to see God move in the lives of His people.

Scripture thoughts... April 17, 2010

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe.
- Hebrews 12:28
(New Living Translation (©2007))

There's nothing in this world that should stop you from serving God with all your heart.

Scripture thoughts... April 16, 2010

"Can any of you add an hour to your life by worrying?"
- Luke 12:25
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Worrying accomplishes absolutely nothing.  So STOP IT!!!

Scripture thoughts... April 15, 2010

"Well, then," Jesus said, "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God." His reply completely amazed them.
- Mark 12:17
(New Living Translation (©2007))

It's fine to give the government what it requires but also remember to give to God what is due to Him!

Scripture thoughts... April 14, 2010

I went to the LORD for help. He answered me and rescued me from all my fears.
- Psalm 34:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The best person to run to when you're desperate for help is God.

Scripture thoughts... April 13, 2010

Forgive us as we forgive others.
- Matthew 6:12 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you want forgiveness when YOU mess up, then you must always be willing to forgive others also.

Scripture thoughts... April 11, 2010

Serve the LORD cheerfully. Come into His presence with a joyful song.
- Psalm 100:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God loves to hear you singing!  He thinks you sound great whether you do or not!

Scripture thoughts... April 10, 2010

The High and Lofty One lives forever, and His name is holy. This is what He says: I live in a high and holy place. But I am with those who are crushed and humble. I will renew the spirit of those who are humble and the courage of those who are crushed.
- Isaiah 57:15 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even though God is in heaven He is so big that He is also here with us at the same time.

Scripture thoughts... April 09, 2010

Whoever makes an offering of praise gives glory to Me; and to him who is upright in his ways I will make clear the salvation of God.
- Psalm 50:23  
(Bible in Basic English)

God desires praise.  It should be as natural to a believer as breathing. 

Scripture thoughts... April 08, 2010

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my rebellious ways. Remember me, O LORD, in keeping with Your mercy and Your goodness.
- Psalm 25:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Because of Jesus' Blood He doesn't remember our past sins.  Thank you Jesus!

Scripture thoughts... April 07, 2010

So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.
- 1 John 1:6
(New Living Translation (©2007))

If you don't do even the most basic things like pray and read His Word then how can you claim to want more of God?

Scripture thoughts... April 06, 2010

Almighty LORD, You have [only] begun to show me how great and powerful You are. What kind of god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and the mighty acts You have done?
- Deuteronomy 3:24 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Knowing that God can literally do anything, why do we limit Him?  He's just waiting for someone with crazy faith to show His power through!

Scripture thoughts... April 05, 2010

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
- Matthew 5:10 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When you are mocked or treated badly for Christ's sake, remember that this world is not our home anymore.

Scripture thoughts... April 04, 2010

but the angel said, "Don't be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid His body.
- Mark 16:6
(New Living Translation (©2007))

We don't serve a dead God!  He is very much alive!  He IS life!!!

Scripture thoughts... April 03, 2010

Don't be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.
- Matthew 10:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Ultimately it's more important to take care of your soul than your body.

Scripture thoughts... April 02, 2010

But it's unthinkable that I could ever brag about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. By His cross my relationship to the world and its relationship to me have been crucified.
- Galatians 6:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Because of the place death I now have new life.

Scripture thoughts... April 01, 2010

So place yourselves under God's authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you.
- James 4:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't just let the devil run all over you! Submit yourself to God and shake off the enemy's attacks against you.

Scripture thoughts... March 31, 2010

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord!' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who does what my Father in heaven wants."
- Matthew 7:21
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Words mean nothing if your actions contradict them.

Scripture thoughts... March 30, 2010

David replied to the Philistine, "You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven's Armies--the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
- 1 Samuel 17:45
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Earthly weapons are a joke to someone with God's anointing on them.

Scripture thoughts... March 29, 2010

And the One who sent Me is with Me--He has not deserted Me. For I always do what pleases Him.
- John 8:29
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Like Jesus, we should always strive to please our Daddy in heaven.

Scripture thoughts... March 28, 2010

We beg you, O LORD, save us! We beg you, O LORD, give us success!
- Psalm 118:25
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Look to Jesus to give you the victory!

Scripture thoughts... March 27, 2010

...because You are the glory of their strength. By Your favor You give us victory.
- Psalm 89:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You want win?  Stay in the will of God!

Scripture thoughts... March 26, 2010

Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God.
- 1 John 4:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Anyone can say they believe in God but a life that demonstrates love for others really proves it.

Scripture thoughts... March 25, 2010

Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message.
- Acts 10:44
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Sometimes when you don't even expect it, God shows up!

Scripture thoughts... March 23, 2010

The LORD's eyes are on those who fear Him, on those who wait with hope for His mercy.
- Psalm 33:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God will help those who patiently wait on Him.

Scripture thoughts... March 22, 2010

What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coink? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
- Matthew 10:29-31
(New Living Translation (©2007))

If God is concerned with the birds in the air how much more does He care for you who He died for?

Scripture thoughts... March 21, 2010

Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don't let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
- Psalm 19:13
(New Living Translation (©2007))

You cannot overcome sin by yourself.  Praying to God for help is essential.

Scripture thoughts... March 20, 2010

Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
- Psalm 36:5 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God's love for you knows no limit and He is always on your side!

Scripture thoughts... March 19, 2010

In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!
- Luke 15:7
(New Living Translation (©2007)

When anyone turns back to God, Heaven has a party!  So should we!

Scripture thoughts... March 18, 2010

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
- Romans 8:5 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Your actions are determined by who you put in the driver's seat.  It's either your lazy sinful flesh or the Holy Spirit of God.

Scripture thoughts... March 17, 2010

You will experience all these blessings if you obey the LORD your God.
- Deuteronomy 28:2 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

With obedience comes blesssings.  Don't expect blessings if you're knowingly living in sin.

Scripture thoughts... March 16, 2010

Love each other as I have loved you. This is what I'm commanding you to do.
- John 15:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Christians aren't recognized by rituals but rather by their love that flows from Christ's heart.

Scripture thoughts... March 15, 2010

We don't belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.
- Hebrews 10:39
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't want anyone to go to hell but we each have to make our own choice while we're alive on earth.

Scripture thoughts... March 14, 2010

The Lord Almighty says, "I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters."
- 2 Corinthians 6:18 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you know God as your Daddy?

Scripture thoughts... March 13, 2010

For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
- Psalm  84:11
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Live right before God and and you will have favor even when those around you don't.

Scripture thoughts... March 12, 2010

God never changes His mind when He gives gifts or when He calls someone.
- Romans 11:29
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You may change your own mind about the calling of God on your life but God doesn't!

Scripture thoughts... March 11, 2010

...He Who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.
- Psalm 33:15
(English Standard Version (©2001))

It never ceases to amaze me how people act like God can't see EVERYTHING they do.  You can't hide things from God!

Scripture thoughts... March 10, 2010

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
- 1 John 4:17
 (New Living Translation (©2007))

The closer you get to Jesus the more His love will be evident in your life.

Scripture thoughts... March 09, 2010

"But don't be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all."
- Matthew 10:26
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Don't stress over those who try to judge you now because the secrets of their own lives will be exposed eventually.

Scripture thoughts... March 08, 2010

Always be joyful.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you're attitude is more negative than positive then you aren't living in God's joy.

Scripture thoughts... March 06, 2010

Blessed is the person who places his confidence in the LORD and does not rely on arrogant people or those who follow lies.
- Psalm 40:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Isn't it better to trust in God then to rely on advice of people who don't know what they're talking about.

Scripture thoughts... March 05, 2010

Teach me Your way, O LORD, so that I may live in Your truth. Focus my heart on fearing You.
- Psalm 86:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Earthly knowledge has it's place but seeking God has eternal value.

Scripture thoughts... March 04, 2010

For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
- Ep:10
(New Living Translation (©2007))

God has a plan for your life.  Are you seeking to follow it?

Scripture thoughts... March 03, 2010

My dear children, I'm writing this to you so that you will not sin. Yet, if anyone does sin, we have Jesus Christ, who has God's full approval. He speaks on our behalf when we come into the presence of the Father.
- 1 John 2:1 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When we mess up, Jesus steps forward and speaks for us so that we continue to have good standing with God.

Scripture thoughts... March 02, 2010

At that time you will say, "I will praise You, O LORD. Although You had been angry with me, You turned Your anger away from me, and You comforted me.
- Isaiah 12:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God isn't an angry meanie up in Heaven waiting to strike you for every mistake!  He loves us!

Scripture thoughts... March 01, 2010

No one receives God's approval by obeying the law's standards since, "The person who has God's approval will live by faith."
Galatians 3:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The 'Law" was given by Moses to show that we can't possibly follow it.  The only way to live right is by following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture thoughts... February 27, 2010

The boy Samuel was serving the LORD under Eli. In those days a prophecy from the LORD was rare; visions were infrequent.
- 1 Samuel 3:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If adults aren't available to listen to the voice of God then He has no problem talking through kids!

Scripture thoughts... February 26, 2010

You mortals, the LORD has told you what is good. This is what the LORD requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You prove your loyalty to God by living right and not by making "religious" sacrifices.

Scripture thoughts... February 25, 2010

I will plant My people in the land. Those who are not loved I will call My loved ones. Those who are not My people I will call My people. Then they will say, 'You are our God!'"
- Hosea 2:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even when we were far away from God He still wanted us.

Scripture thoughts... February 24, 2010

Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can't please God.
- Romans 8:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your sinful flesh will never want to do what God wants.  Knowing that, take control of yourself!

Scripture thoughts... February 23, 2010

The LORD is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive.
- Psalm 145:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can mess up a million times and never exaust God's love for you.

Scripture thoughts... February 22, 2010

I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.
- Jeremiah 29:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God's plans for your life are more awesome than you can even conceive of!

Scripture thoughts... February 21, 2010

But I will always have hope. I will praise You more and more.
-Psalm 71:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter what you go through never stop praising Him and keep hope alive!

Scripture thoughts... February 20, 2010

You fool! Do you have to be shown that faith which does nothing is useless?
- James 2:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

What good is it to say "I believe" if your life doesn't show it?

Scripture thoughts... February 19, 2010

The Jews said to Jesus, "You're not even fifty years old. How could you have seen Abraham?" Jesus told them, "I can guarantee this truth: Before Abraham was ever born, I am." Then some of the Jews picked up stones to throw at Jesus.
- John 8:57-59a
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus knew He was God.  No other religion's "prophet" made such a claim.

Scripture thoughts... February 18, 2010

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.
- James 2:19
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Believing in God doesn't make you saved else the demons would go to heaven with the saints.  I don't think so!

Scripture thoughts... February 17, 2010

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky displays what His hands have made.
- Psalm 19:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

All of creation testifies that there is truly a Creator.

Scripture thoughts... February 16, 2010

Let go of anger, and leave rage behind. Do not be preoccupied. It only leads to evil.
- Psalm 37:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Being continually angry only leads to trouble.

Scripture thoughts... February 15, 2010

Let's come into His presence with a song of thanksgiving. Let's shout happily to Him with psalms.
- Psalm 95:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When coming before God never forget to be grateful for all your blessings.  

Scripture thoughts... February 13, 2010

Blessed are those who find strength in You. Their hearts are on the road that leads to You.
- Psalm 84:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Just the fact that you're seeking after God makes you eligible to be blessed!

Scripture thoughts... February 12, 2010

But He is compassionate. He forgave their sin. He did not destroy them. He restrained His anger many times. He did not display all of His fury.
- Psalm 78:38
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We deserve punishment for our sins but God's compassion made a way for forgiveness through Jesus' Blood!

Scripture thoughts... February 11, 2010

He existed before everything and holds everything together.
- Colossians 1:17 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God exists outside of creation and without Him nothing can exist.

Scripture thoughts... February 10, 2010

God's nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
- 1 Corinthians 1:25
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We cannot begin to think we could ever begin to fully understand God.  He is so far beyond us that there is no comparison.

Scripture thoughts... February 09, 2010

If only you had listened to my commands! Your peace would be like a river [that never runs dry]. Your righteousness would be like waves on the sea.
- Isaiah 48:18
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The best way we can have peace in our lives is by obeying God.

Scripture thoughts... February 08, 2010

...because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints
- Philemon 1:5 
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Are you known for your love of Christ and if not then why not?

Scripture thoughts... February 07, 2010

And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
- Jeremiah 32:38 
(King James Bible)

Not only did God choose you out of billions, He is proud to call you His own.

Scripture thoughts... February 06, 2010

You are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyous songs of salvation. [Selah]
- Psalm 32:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The best place to run to when everything goes wrong is into God's arms.

Scripture thoughts... February 04, 2010

So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective.
- James 5:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

None of us are perfect.  We're all in the same boat but we can help each other to become more like Christ.

Scripture thoughts... February 03, 2010

But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD's victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!"
- 2 Chronicles 20:17
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When you let God fight for you, stand and be amazed at the victories He will win!

Scripture thoughts... February 02, 2010

Be merciful as your Father is merciful.
- Luke 6:36
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We who have been the recipients of God's great mercy should also demonstrate that same mercy to those around us.

Scripture thoughts... February 01, 2010

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
- Proverbs 2:6 (King James Bible)

Not sure what to do?  God does!  Ask Him for guidance.

Scripture thoughts... January 30, 2010

Samuel told the entire nation of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD wholeheartedly, get rid of the foreign gods you have, including the statues of the goddess Astarte. Make a commitment to the LORD, and serve only Him. Then He will rescue you from the Philistines."
- 1 Samuel 7:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your deliverance can be hindered simply by having things in your life that God is not pleased with. Get rid of it!

Scripture thoughts... January 29, 2010

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
- Romans 8:31
(King James Bible)

If you feel that everyone is against you remember that God is always on your side.

Scripture thoughts... January 28, 2010

I and my Father are One.
- John 10:30 
(King James Bible)

Any religion that doesn't acknowlege that Jesus is fully God with the Father and the Spirit is false.

Scripture thoughts... January 27, 2010

God's kingdom is not just talk, it is power.
- 1 Corinthians 4:20 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If your faith isn't backed up with power it's just another religion.

Scripture thoughts... January 26, 2010

But if you don't want to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Even if you choose the gods your ancestors served on the other side of the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live, my family and I will still serve the LORD."
- Joshua 24:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even if all around you think serving God is foolish, you must make a stand for Him.

Scripture thoughts... January 25, 2010

Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.
- Psalm 73:23
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Through everything we go through God is always with us.

Scripture thoughts... January 24, 2010

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" Let those who hear this say, "Come!" Let those who are thirsty come! Let those who want the water of life take it as a gift.
- Revelation 22:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God's desire is to give life so give up your own and take on His.

Scripture thoughts... January 23, 2010

Then call on Me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give Me glory.
- Psalm 50:15
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When God gets you out of trouble don't forget to give Him the credit!

Scripture thoughts... January 22, 2010

Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me! O LORD, be my Helper!
- Psalm 30:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When no one else is around you can always call on God!  Actually why not call Him first?  You don't even need a cell phone to do it!

Scripture thoughts... January 21, 2010

This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions.
- Colossians 1:21
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Thanks be to God that we are no longer God's enemies but rather His friends!

Scripture thoughts... January 20, 2010

Now may the God who gives comfort and strength in waiting make you of the same mind with one another in harmony with Christ Jesus
- Romans 15:5
(Bible in Basic English)

If we His Body would all put on the mind of Christ we could accomplish great things.

Scripture thoughts... January 19, 2010

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with a lot. Whoever is dishonest with very little is dishonest with a lot.
- Luke 16:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We can't expect God to bring us big things when we are still irresponsible with the little things.

Scripture thoughts... January 18, 2010

Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God's approval.
- 2 Timothy 3:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Bible isn't just another book.  It's a guide for our life.

Scripture thoughts... January 17, 2010

"Can a person cheat God? Yet, you are cheating Me! "But you ask, 'How are we cheating You?' "When [you don't bring] a tenth of your income and other contributions.
- Malachi 3:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

How can God rebuke the devourer of your finances if you allow your income to be cursed?

Scripture thoughts... January 15, 2010

Make Your ways known to me, O LORD, and teach me Your paths.
- Psalm 25:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you do everything your own way or do you try to do things the way Jesus would?

So we must make every effort to enter that place of rest. Then no one will be lost by following the example of those who refused to obey.
- Hebrews 4:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Staying in the will of God is the best way to have peace and be in God's place of rest.

Scripture thoughts... January 13, 2010

"Come back, you rebellious people, and I will forgive you for being unfaithful." Here we are! We have come to you because you are the LORD our God.
- Jeremiah 3:22 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you mess up, God is always willing to take you back!

Scripture thoughts... January 12, 2010

You are their glorious strength. It pleases You to make us strong.
- Psalm 89:17
(New Living Translation (©2007))

When you feel weak we can go to the ultimate Source of Strength.

Scripture thoughts... January 11, 2010

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.
- Psalm 145:19
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God is always listening so never fail to speak to Him.

Scripture thoughts... January 08, 2010

You make the path of life known to me. In your presence there is complete joy.
- Acts 2:28 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Real life and real lasting joy can only be found in Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... January 07, 2010

Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise Him. He is my Savior and my God.
- Psalm 42:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When all seems hopeless you can still trust God to see you through.

Scripture thoughts... January 06, 2010

All of us must appear in front of Christ's judgment seat. Then all people will receive what they deserve for the good or evil they have done while living in their bodies.
- 2 Corinthians 5:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Will we be happy or ashamed when Christ judges the way we lived or did not live for Him?

Scripture thoughts... January 04, 2010

The LORD is my strength and my song. He is my Savior. This is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will honor Him.
- Exodus 15:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you know God for yourself or through someone else?

Scripture thoughts... January 01, 2010

But I thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ. Wherever we go, God uses us to make clear what it means to know Christ. It's like a fragrance that fills the air.
- 2 Corinthians 2:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

With Christ at our side we will overcome.  Let His love flow through you.

Scripture thoughts... December 31, 2009

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I no longer used childish ways.
- 1 Corinthians 13:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God will let you get away with immature behavior for a little while but there's a time to grow up.

Scripture thoughts... December 30, 2009

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."
- John 14:15 (New American Standard Bible (©1995))

If you really love Jesus no one will have to wonder about it because your actions will show it.

Scripture thoughts... December 29, 2009

The person who has God's approval will live by faith. But if he turns back, I will not be pleased with him.
- Hebrews 10:38
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Living in fear and doubt is displeasing to God.  Put your faith in Him!

Scripture thoughts... December 28, 2009

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life to turn [one] away from the grasp of death.
- Proberbs 14:27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The fear of the Lord will help keep you safe by preventing you from doing foolish things.

Scripture thoughts... December 25, 2009

And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.
- Luke 2:12
(New Living Translation (©2007))

While you're unwrapping your presents don't forget to look for signs of Jesus on this His birthday!

Scripture thoughts... December 22, 2009

So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude He had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.
- 1 Peter 4:1
(New Living Translation (©2007))

It's much easier to fall into sin when everything is going right.  It's funny how suffering brings us back to our knees.

Scripture thoughts... December 21, 2009

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
- Colossians 3:15 
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Christians are to be at peace and have an attitude of gratitude.

Scripture thoughts... December 20, 2009

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.
- Romans 12:1 (New Living Translation (©2007))

If Jesus gave His body over to those who crucified Him can't we freely offer our own bodies back to the One Who created them?

Scripture thoughts... December 18, 2009

I am coming soon! Hold on to what you have so that no one takes your crown.
- Revelation 3:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your soul is the most important thing you have.  Are you ready to see Jesus when He comes?

Scripture thoughts... December 17, 2009

To fear the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and twisted speech.
- Proverbs 8:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should hate what God hates and guard that we don't fall into those very same things.

Scripture thoughts... December 16, 2009

And now, Lord, what am I waiting for? My hope is in you!
- Psalm 39:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When all you can do is wait then just trust in God.

Scripture thoughts... December 14, 2009

"For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the Lord GOD. "Therefore, repent and live."
- Ezekiel 18:32
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

It is not the desire of God for a single person to go to hell.  Turn to Him today.

Scripture thoughts... December 13, 2009

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- Romans 8:1
(King James Bible)

Because of the Blood of Jesus, the enemy's accusations against you become invalid.

Scripture thoughts... December 11, 2009

The LORD does whatever He wants in heaven or on earth, on the seas or in all the depths of the oceans.
- Psalm 135:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No one can stop God from what He wants to do.

Scripture thoughts... December 10, 2009

For the Son of Man came to save the lost.
- Matthew 18:11
(International Standard Version (©2008))

Unlike some so-called Christians Jesus actually seeks out the lost.

Scripture thoughts... December 09, 2009

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
- Psalm 145:3
(King James Bible)

How can our limited human minds begin to understand the awesomeness of God?

Scripture thoughts... December 08, 2009

The LORD is good. His mercy endures forever. His faithfulness endures throughout every generation.
- Psalm 100:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God never gives up on us!

Scripture thoughts... December 07, 2009

I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
- Psalm 41:4
(King James Bible)

Sin in your life can block healing from coming to you.  Get rid of it!

Scripture thoughts... December 06, 2009

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
- Matthew 5:16
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

We live right not to show that "we" are good but to show that "HE" is good.

Scripture thoughts... December 05, 2009

And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people.
- Leviticus 26:12
(American King James Version)

When's the last time you took a walk with God?

Scripture thoughts... December 04, 2009

Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.
- 1 Timothy 6:12
(New Living Translation (©2007))

Never give up on the calling God has for your life.

Scripture thoughts... December 03, 2009

Let's learn about the LORD. Let's get to know the LORD. He will come to us as sure as the morning comes. He will come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains that water the ground.
- Hosea 6:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should always strive to know more and more about Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... December 02, 2009

Young lions go hungry and may starve, but those who seek the LORD's help have all the good things they need.
- Psalm 34:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Trust in God to take care of you for whatever you really need.

Scripture thoughts... December 01, 2009

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, "Abba, Father."
- Romans 8:15
(New International Version (©1984))

The Holy Spirit makes us know that God is truly our "Daddy."

Scripture thoughts... November 30, 2009

But that's not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance.
- Romans 5:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Suffering isn't fun but you get stronger as a result of it.

Scripture thoughts... November 28, 2009

Before I was in trouble I went out of the way; but now I keep Your Word.
- Psalm 119:67
(Bible in Basic English)

Don't wait till all goes wrong before you realize you need God's guidance.

Scripture thoughts... November 27, 2009

Learn this lesson by heart: The LORD your God was disciplining you as parents discipline their children.
- Deuteronomy 8:5 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not every bad thing we go through is "from the devil."

Scripture thoughts... November 26, 2009

God will make you rich enough so that you can always be generous. Your generosity will produce thanksgiving to God because of us.
- 2 Corinthians 9:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always remember to give thanks for the blessings God has given you.

Scripture thoughts... November 25, 2009

I am the LORD, and there is no other. There is no other God besides Me. I will strengthen you, although you don't know Me.
- Isaiah 45:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even those who don't know God still get strength from Him!

Scripture thoughts... November 24, 2009

The God who made the universe and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn't live in shrines made by humans.
- Acts 17:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God exists everywhere, not just in church.  Don't ignore Him.

Scripture thoughts... November 23, 2009

In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
- Psalm 10:4
(New International Version (©1984))

God calls those who don't think about Him wicked.  How often throughout the day do you think about Him?

Scripture thoughts... November 22, 2009

Remove dishonesty from your mouth. Put deceptive speech far away from your lips.
- Proverbs 4:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't tolerate liars.

Scripture thoughts... November 21, 2009

But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
- 2 Corinthians 3:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No one can truly understand spiritual things without going to the Lord.

Scripture thoughts... November 20, 2009

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. Then you will be my witnesses to testify about me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
- Acts 1:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We're not expected to tell others about Jesus in our own strength but rather we're backed by the Holy Spirit's power to do so.

Scripture thoughts... November 19, 2009

Yet, the righteous person clings to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.
- Job 17:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There's no way to be spiritually strong when you keep letting sin control you.

Scripture thoughts... November 18, 2009

Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for them that fear You; which You have worked for them that trust in You before the sons of men!
- Psalm 31:19
(American King James Version)

Even in bad times God will bless those who are trusting in Him.

Scripture thoughts... November 17, 2009

We know this because the Good News we brought came to you not only with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with complete certainty.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:5a
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The true gospel brings with it God's supernatural power.

Scripture thoughts... November 16, 2009

However, I have this against you: The love you had at first is gone.
- Revelation 2:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Remember that excitement for the Lord you used to have?  You need to get that back!

Scripture thoughts... November 15, 2009

He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name.
- Psalm 23:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's in God's best interests to for His representatives to stay holy.

Scripture thoughts... November 13, 2009

The LORD your God is going with you. He will fight for you against your enemies and give you victory.
- Deuteronomy 20:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't try to fight the enemy yourself.  Let God do it and you will come out the winner!

Scripture thoughts... November 12, 2009

...and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.
- John 5:40
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

You can only really experience the life you were meant to by coming to Jesus Christ.

Scripture thoughts... November 11, 2009

There are six things that the LORD hates, even seven that are disgusting to him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong, a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.
- Proberbs 6:16-19 (GOD'S WORD ® Translation)

This list of the top 7 things God hates isn't what most people would list is it?

Scripture thoughts... November 10, 2009

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
- Psalm 119:105
(King James Version)

The Word of God isn't just a book we read, it's a way of life to follow.

Scripture thoughts... November 09, 2009

Then you will call, and the LORD will answer. You will cry for help, and He will say, "Here I am!"
- Isaiah 58:9a
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you are going through a struggle make sure God isn't the last resort but rather make Him the FIRST one you call on!

Scripture thoughts... November 06, 2009

Those who know Your name trust You, O LORD, because You have never deserted those who seek Your help.
- Psalm 9:10
(GWT©)

We who love the Lord know that He will always be with us to help us when we have no way out of our troubles.

Scripture thoughts... November 05, 2009

Those who want to save their lives will lose them. But those who lose their lives for Me will find them.
- Matthew 16:25
(GWT©)

Why build up your own kingdom when it's only temporary and will fade away anyway?

Scripture thoughts... November 04, 2009

Give us this day our daily bread.
- Matthew 6:11
(KJV)

Notice the prayer doesn't ask about tomorrow's bread.  You have enough worries about today without being concerned with tomorrow.

Scripture thoughts... November 03, 2009

He leads humble people to do what is right, and He teaches them His way.
- Psalm 25:9
(GWT©)

If you think you know it all, God will not guide you in the way you should go.

Scripture thoughts... November 02, 2009

Don't laugh at me, my enemies. Although I've fallen, I will get up. Although I sit in the dark, the LORD is my light.
- Micah 7:8 (GWT©)

Just because your down now doesn't mean you'll stay that way.  God will strengthen you till you have the victory.

Scripture thoughts... November 01, 2009

I will give you praise, for you have given me an answer, and have become my salvation.
- Psalm 118:21 (BBE)

When you don't know what to do start praising Him till the answer comes!

Scripture thoughts... October 30, 2009

My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
- Psalm 130:6
(NAS©)

Do you just react to everything immediately or do you wait on God?

Scripture thoughts... October 29, 2009

May the Lord be praised, because He has given ear to the voice of my prayer.
- Psalm 28:6
(BBE)

Sometimes we feel like nobody listens to us but God always hears us!

Scripture thoughts... October 28, 2009

No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person.
- Acts 4:12
(GWT©)

Not Mohammed, not Buddha, not Moses nor any other religious figure can give salvation...only Jesus can.

Scripture thoughts... October 27, 2009

For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.
- Psalm 107:9
(NAS©)

God is more concerned that your soul is fed than your stomach and the Word of God is our nourishment.

Scripture thoughts... October 26, 2009

"Come back, you rebellious people, and I will forgive you for being unfaithful." Here we are! We have come to You because You are the LORD our God.
- Jeremiah 3:22
(GWT©)

God is always willing to take us back no matter how many times we mess up.

Scripture thoughts... October 25, 2009

Through the blood of his Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness.
- Ephesians 1:7
(GWT©)

Because Jesus willingly shed His Blood on the cross we can come before God without fear of destruction.

Scripture thoughts... October 24, 2009

While we are alive, we are constantly handed over to death for Jesus' sake so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our mortal nature.
- 2 Corinthians 4:11
(GWT©)

In God's kingdom, death actually brings life.  The more you crucify your flesh, your sinful nature, the more Jesus shines out of you.

Scripture thoughts... October 23, 2009

In their distress they cried out to the LORD. He led them from their troubles.
- Psalm 107:28
(GWT©)

Sometimes God is just waiting for you to call out to Him for help.

Scripture thoughts... October 22, 2009

Yet, even today, when they read the books of Moses, a veil covers their minds.  But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
- 2 Corinthinans 3:15-16
(GWT©)

The Bible only makes sense when you ask the Author what it means!

Scripture thoughts... October 21, 2009

May Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant.
- Psalm 119:76
(NIV©)

No matter how bad you feel about yourself know that God's love for you never runs out.

Scripture thoughts... October 20, 2009

But the Lord is faithful and will strengthen you and protect you against the evil one.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:3
(GWT©)

God knows we have to fight the enemy of our souls and He never leaves us defenseless.

Scripture thoughts... October 19, 2009

The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
- Proverbs 29:25
(AJK)

When you really have faith in God the enemy can't use fear to trap you.

Scripture thoughts... October 18, 2009

they will sing before the LORD, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.
- Psalm 96:13
(NIV©)

Those who know and love the Lord will rejoice at His coming.

Scripture thoughts... October 17, 2009

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
- Romans 8:2 (NAS©)

It's only because of Jesus crucifying the law on the cross that we can be free to live a holy life.

Scripture thoughts... October 16, 2009

You bless righteous people, O LORD. Like a large shield, You surround them with Your favor.
- Psalm 5:12
(GWT©)

When you live right you'll receive unexpected blessings.

Scripture thoughts... October 15, 2009

You will know Christ's love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.
- Ephesians 3:19
(GWT©)

The way to be more like God is not through head knowledge but rather through love.

Scripture thoughts... October 14, 2009

Do not say, "I'll get even with you!" Wait for the LORD, and he will save you.
- Proverbs 20:33
(GWT©)

It's part of our old nature to get revenge but just let God take care of it.

Scripture thoughts... October 13, 2009

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.
- Lamentations 3:25
(NAS©)

God invented the game "hide-and-seek."  Do you have the patience find Him?

Scripture thoughts... October 12, 2009

Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
- Psalm 37:7
(NAS©)

Don't let other's successes discourage you.  God has a time for everything and you're time will come!

Scripture thoughts... October 11, 2009

Because Jesus experienced temptation when He suffered, He is able to help others when they are tempted.
- Hebrews 2:18
(GWT©)

Jesus lived a fully human life so He knows what we struggle with.  Go to Him when temptation knocks on your door.

Scripture thoughts... October 10, 2009

O have love for the Lord, all you His saints; for the Lord keeps safe from danger all those who are true to Him, and gives the workers of pride their right reward.
- Psalm 31:23 (BBE)

Those who are faithful and humble before God have a promise of protection that prideful people do not have.

Scripture thoughts... October 09, 2009

But you, Lord our God, are compassionate and forgiving, although we have rebelled against You.
- Daniel 9:9
(GWT©)

Thank God that He doesn't give us what we deserve!  Thank God for His grace!

Scripture thoughts... October 08, 2009

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
- Proverbs 17:3
(NAS©)

We can't purge sin from our lives on our own.  We need God to expose and free us from it.

Scripture thoughts... October 07, 2009

As high as the heavens are above the earth- that is how vast His mercy is toward those who fear Him.
- Psalm 103:11
(GWT©)

We don't deserve it but we who recognize our need for God enjoy mercy without limit.

Scripture thoughts... October 06, 2009

Tremble and do not sin. Think about this on your bed and remain quiet. [Selah]
- Psalm 4: 4
(GWT©)

At the end of your day take time to think about how you lived it and decide to do better tomorrow.

Scripture thoughts... October 05, 2009

As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
- 1 Chronicles 28:9 (NAS©)

All who truly seek Him will indeed find Him.

Scripture thoughts... October 04, 2009

We are confident that God listens to us if we ask for anything that has his approval.
1 John 5:14
(GWT©)

Anything that is within God's will we can ask for knowing He hears us.

Scripture thoughts... October 02, 2009

Search for the LORD and His strength. Always seek His presence.
- Psalm 105:4
(GWT©)

With all that life has to distract us are you looking for God?

Scripture thoughts... September 30, 2009

Many heartaches await wicked people, but mercy surrounds those who trust the LORD.
- Psalm 32:10
(GWT©)

Depend on the Lord to take care of you and avoid a lot of misery!

Scripture thoughts... September 29, 2009

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
- Lamentations 3:26 (GWT©)

You show God that you have faith in Him when you let Him work things out in HIS time.

Scripture thoughts... September 28, 2009

Because you love Me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know My name.
- Psalm 91:14 (GWT©)

God gives us proctection from things all the time that we don't even realize.

Scripture thoughts... September 27, 2009

Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with Your free Spirit.
- Psalm 51:12 (AKJ)

Allow God to give you that first love you had for Him again.  You remember that don't you?

Scripture thoughts... September 26, 2009

The God who is in his holy dwelling place is the Father of the fatherless and the defender of widows.
- Psalm 68:5 (GWT©)

Orphans and widows have a special place in God's heart...how about yours?

Scripture thoughts... September 25, 2009

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!
- Isaiah 30:18 (NIV©)

God isn't waiting for you to mess up to throw lightning at you.  He loves you!

Scripture thoughts... September 24, 2009

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
- Psalm 16:8 (NAS©)

Real confidence comes from knowing God is always with you.

Scripture thoughts... September 23, 2009

Heal the sick that are there, and tell the people, 'The kingdom of God is near you!'
- Luke 10:9
(GWT©)

Nothing says "God is here" like watching Him heal people!

Scripture thoughts... September 22, 2009

We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God's love live in God, and God lives in them.
- 1 John 4:16
(GWT©)

A real Christian can be recognized not by how much Scripture they know but rather how much love they demonstrate.

Scripture thoughts... September 21, 2009

Then let us come near to the seat of grace without fear, so that mercy may be given to us, and we may get grace for our help in time of need.
- Hebrews 4:16 (BBE)

Because of Jesus Blood we can come before God without being afraid of Him to ask Him for what we need.

Scripture thoughts... September 20, 2009

His Son is the reflection of God's glory and the exact likeness of God's being. He holds everything together through His powerful words. After He had cleansed people from their sins, He received the highest position, the one next to the Father in heaven.
- Hebrews 1:3 (GWT©)

The real bottom line is...Jesus is EVERYTHING!

Scripture thoughts... September 19, 2009

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky displays what His hands have made.
- Psalm 19:1 (GWT©)

All of creation speaks that there is a Creator!

Scripture thoughts... September 18, 2009

The LORD is the one who is going ahead of you. He will be with you. He won't abandon you or leave you. So don't be afraid or terrified."
- Deuteronomy 31:8 (GWT©)

When you know that God is always with you then fear won't be able to stop you.

Scripture thoughts... September 17, 2009

Before I was in trouble I went out of the way; but now I keep Your word.
- Psalm 119:67 (BBE)

If you get off of God's path don't expect things to go well with you.  

Scripture thoughts... September 16, 2009

May mercy, peace, and love fill your lives!
Jude 1:2 (GWT© )

Don't believe the lie that being a Christian is all about suffering to prove we love Him.

Scripture thoughts... September 15, 2009

I will give ear to the voice of the Lord; for He will say words of peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not go back to their foolish ways.
- Psalm 85:8 (BBE)

Don't go back to doing what you used to do but rather listen for what God wants you to do.

Scripture thoughts... September 14, 2009

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26 (AKJ)

There is nothing this world has to offer that is worth risking your soul for.

Scripture thoughts... September 12, 2009

The LORD judges the people of the world. Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity. (GWT© )

Are you willing to let God examine your heart and expose what shouldn't be there?

Scripture thoughts... September 11, 2009

Lead me in Your truth and teach me because You are God, my Savior. I wait all day long for You.
- Psalm 25:5
(GWT© )

Do you wait on God to show you the way or do you just rush into things with consulting Him at all?

Scripture thoughts... September 10, 2009

Because you love Me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know My name.
- Psalm 91:14
(GWT© )

The Lord will take care of those who truly love Him.

Scripture thoughts... September 09, 2009

I have asked one thing from the LORD. This I will seek: to remain in the LORD's house all the days of my life in order to gaze at the LORD's beauty and to search for an answer in His temple.
- Psalm 27:4
(GWT© )

Is your greatest desire to be in God's presence?

Scripture thoughts... September 08, 2009

When I worried about many things, your assuring words soothed my soul.
- Psalm 94:19
(GWT© )

Let the Word of God calm your fears and anxiousness.

Scripture thoughts... September 07, 2009

Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:28
(AKJ )

When you're tired Jesus will give you peace and rest like no other.

Scripture thoughts... September 06, 2009

Examine me, O LORD, and test me. Look closely into my heart and mind.
- Psalm 26:2
(GWT© )

On a daily basis we should ask the Lord how we pleased and displeased Him that day.

Scripture thoughts... September 04, 2009

He safeguards the steps of His faithful ones, but wicked people are silenced in darkness because humans cannot succeed by their own strength.
- 1 Samuel 2:9
(GWT©)

Stay in the will of God for your life and you will fulfill your calling.

Scripture thoughts... September 03, 2009

Praise the LORD, my soul, and never forget all the good He has done:
- Psalm 103:2
(GWT©)

If you're ever down, just think back to all the times God has seen you through impossible situations.

Scripture thoughts... September 02, 2009

For the sake of His great name, the LORD will not abandon His people, because the LORD wants to make you His people.
- 1 Samuel 12:22
(GWT©)

Never doubt that the Lord loves you and wants you to be with Him.

Scripture thoughts... September 01, 2009

The God Who is in His holy dwelling place is the Father of the fatherless and the Defender of widows.
- Psalm 68:5
(GWT©)

What you need God to be for you, He will be.

Scripture thoughts... August 31, 2009

When a person's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
- Proverbs 16:7
(GWT©)

Stay in God's will and live holy so that you can claim this promise!

Scripture thoughts... August 30, 2009

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
- Colossians 1:15
(International Standard Version)

It is only through Jesus Christ that can have an understanding of God.

Scripture thoughts... August 29, 2009

Certainly, the Almighty LORD doesn't do anything unless He [first] reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
- Amos 3:7
(GWT©)

The closer you are to God the more likely you are to know what He plans to do next.

Scripture thoughts... August 28, 2009

...and God has made you complete in Christ. Christ is in charge of every ruler and authority.
- Colossians 2:10
(GWT©)

Without Jesus you simply cannot be a "whole" person.  Something will always be missing.

Scripture thoughts... August 27, 2009

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
- Psalm 27:13
(NIV©)

Yes we will be blessed when we get to Heaven but God also wants you to be blessed right here on earth.

Scripture thoughts... August 26, 2009

A person's fear sets a trap [for him], but one who trusts the LORD is safe.
- Proverbs 29:25
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Fear keeps you from moving forward in God.  Trust Him to see you through.

Scripture thoughts... August 25, 2009

David told the Philistine, "You come to me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Armies, the God of the army of Israel, Whom you have insulted.
- Samuel 17:45
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Never face the enemy in your own strength.  Depend on God to fight for you.

Scripture thoughts... August 24, 2009

O LORD, you brought me up from the grave. You called me back to life from among those who had gone into the pit.
 - Psalm 30:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you feel like life is over look to God to raise you up.

Scripture thoughts... August 23, 2009

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
- Psalm 118:8
(King James Version)

Men will sometimes let you down but God never will!

Scripture thoughts... August 22, 2009

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children
- Psalm 103:17
(King James Version)

God's mercy on us never runs out!

Scripture thoughts... August 21, 2009

Sing to the Lord, O you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
- Psalm 30:4
(Amplified Bible)

Thinking about Jesus should make you want to sing!

Scripture thoughts... August 20, 2009

I have been young, and now I am old, but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned or his descendants begging for food.
- Psalm 37:25
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is always with us whether we realize it or not.

Scripture thoughts... August 19, 2009

Do not be hard on the widow, or the child without a father, on the man from a strange country, or on the poor; let there be no evil thought in your heart against your brother.
- Zechariah 7:10
(Bible in Basic English)

Not only are we to do good that can be seen but also God wants our thoughts to be pure.

Scripture thoughts... August 18, 2009

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, because with the LORD there is mercy and with Him there is unlimited forgiveness.
- Psalm 130: 7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter how many times we mess up, God never will stop forgiving us.

Scripture thoughts... August 17, 2009

The LORD will never desert His people or abandon those who belong to Him.
- Psalm 94:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even if everyone else leaves you all alone,God will always be there.

Scripture thoughts... August 14, 2009

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you by the Messiah Jesus to His eternal glory, will restore you, establish you, strengthen you, and support you.
- 1 Peter 5:10 (International Standard Version (©2008))

What you're going through now will only last for a time.  God has big plans ahead of you in!

Scripture thoughts... August 13, 2009

He reveals deeply hidden things. He knows what is in the dark, and light lives with Him.
Daniel 2:22 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not sure what to do?  Turn to God.  He knows everything!

Scripture thoughts... August 12, 2009

I have made all these things. "That is why all these things have come into being," declares the LORD. I will pay attention to those who are humble and sorry [for their sins] and who tremble at My word.
- Isaiah 66:2 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Creator of all things gives His attention to those who realize that we can't live without Him.

Scripture thoughts... August 11, 2009

I call to the LORD, Who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
- 2 Samuel 22:4 (New International Version (©1984))

When you feel trapped by the enemy's plans against you then call out to the Lord in praise to save you!

Scripture thoughts... August 10, 2009

God didn't spare His own Son but handed Him over [to death] for all of us. So He will also give us everything along with Him.
- Romans 8:32
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If God didn't hold back the most precious thing to Him for us already then why do we doubt He will give us anything else He has promised?

Scripture thoughts... August 08, 2009

Brag about his holy name. Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
- 1 Chronicles 16:10 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you aren't ashamed of what God has done for you then don't hold back from praising Him!

Scripture thoughts... August 07, 2009

Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God's people.
- Ephesians 6:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Prayer isn't just to happen in church or when you're in trouble.  We're to be praying all the time.

Scripture thoughts... August 06, 2009

"After this, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions."
- Joel 2:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't only give His Holy Spirit to a select few.  He wants all who will receive Him to be filled His Spirit.

Scripture thoughts... August 05, 2009

May the God who gives peace make you holy in every way. May He keep your whole being-spirit, soul, and body-blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.  The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do this.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we remain free from sin.

Scripture thoughts... August 04, 2009

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.
- Hebrews 13:6
(American King James Version)

Men can try whatever they want to you but God will always be there to help you.  Just hold on to HIM!

Scripture thoughts... August 03, 2009

After all, who knows everything about a person except that person's own spirit? In the same way, no one has known everything about God except God's Spirit.
- 1 Corinthians 2:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The closer you get to the Holy Spirit, the more you will understand God.

Scripture thoughts... August 02, 2009

Trust you in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
- Isaiah 26:4
(American King James Version)

When you feel weak draw upon the limitless strength that God offers.

Scripture thoughts... July 31, 2009

My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than everyone else, and no one can tear them away from my Father.
- John 10:29
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The enemy can try his hardest but he cannot take your salvation away from you.

Scripture thoughts... July 30, 2009

I will pour water on thirsty ground and rain on dry land. I will pour my Spirit on your offspring and my blessing on your descendants.
- Isaiah 44:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God not only wants to bless you with His Spirit but also your children and all their children.

Scripture thoughts... July 29, 2009

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
- Psalm 27:13
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God doesn't only want you to experience good things when you get to heaven but also right here on earth!

Scripture thoughts... July 28, 2009

Brothers and sisters, if a person gets trapped by wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should help that person turn away from doing wrong. Do it in a gentle way. At the same time watch yourself so that you also are not tempted.
- Galatians 6:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Is this what the church does today?  Let's ask Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Baker shall we?

Scripture thoughts... July 27, 2009

Those who obey Christ's commandments live in God, and God lives in them. We know that He lives in us because He has given us the Spirit.
1 John 3:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

One way to know that someone is saved is that they do what God wants without having to be told by man.

Scripture thoughts... July 26, 2009

When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom.
- Job 1:5
(New International Version (©1984))

Never let your family leave the house without pleading the Blood of Jesus over them!

Scripture thoughts... July 25, 2009

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
- Psalm 46:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't say when all else fails "try God"...no instead try Him first!

Scripture thoughts... July 24, 2009

Then Moses said, "Please let me see Your glory."
- Exodus 33:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Are you as bold as Moses and can ask God to show you His glory?

Scripture thoughts... July 23, 2009

And I walked at large: because I have sought after Thy commandments.
- Psalm 119:45 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

When you seek after the will of God you will have a freedom like no other.

Scripture thoughts... July 22, 2009

The eyes of the LORD are everywhere. They watch evil people and good people.
- Proverbs 15:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't ever think you can do something that God won't see!

Scripture thoughts... July 21, 2009

Who is like to the LORD our God, who dwells on high
- Psalm 113:5
(American King James Version)

There is no one comparable to Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... July 20, 2009

But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."
- Matthew 16:23
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

The way of the enemy is to make us focus on our own human plans before the plan God has for our life.  Don't be fooled!

Scripture thoughts... July 19, 2009

The LORD has made His salvation known. He has uncovered his righteousness for the nations to see.
- Psalm 98:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

People who truly want to find God will indeed find Him.  He isn't hiding.

Scripture thoughts... July 18, 2009

"Thanks be to the LORD! He has given His people Israel rest, as He had promised. None of the good promises He made through His servant Moses has failed to come true."
- 1 Kings 8:56
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God always keeps His promises!

Scripture thoughts... July 17, 2009

When a person's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
- Psalm 16:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you put God first in your life you will have favor with man that you never even expected.

Scripture thoughts... July 16, 2009

The LORD is near to those whose hearts are humble. He saves those whose spirits are crushed.
- Psalm 34:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God will always help those who acknowledge that they need Him and have no where else to turn.

Scripture thoughts... July 15, 2009

"Be strong and courageous. Don't tremble! Don't be afraid of them! The LORD your God is the One who is going with you. He won't abandon you or leave you."
- Deuteronomy 31:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you know God is with you your enemies won't cripple you with fear.

Scripture thoughts... July 14, 2009

You have tested us, O God. You have refined us in the same way silver is refined.
- Psalm 66:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When God is testing you, know that in the end you will come out better for it.

Scripture thoughts... July 13, 2009

The Lord will rescue me from all harm and will take me safely to His heavenly kingdom. Glory belongs to Him forever! Amen.
- 2 Timothy 4:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God will protect those who are in His will till we see Him face to face.

Scripture thoughts... July 11, 2009

My soul will find joy in the LORD and be joyful about his salvation.
- Psalm 35:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Real joy is found in Jesus and knowing that He saved you!

Scripture thoughts... July 10, 2009

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will take care of me.
- Psalm 27:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Trust in God always even when everyone else fails you.

Scripture thoughts... July 09, 2009

Therefore, He had to become like His brothers and sisters so that He could be merciful. He became like them so that He could serve as a faithful chief priest in God's presence and make peace with God for their sins.
- Hebrews 2:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus became like us to show us that He understands what we go through.

Scripture thoughts... July 08, 2009

For the eyes of the Lord are on the upright, and His ears are open to their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
1 Peter 3:12
(Bible in Basic English)

We who are chosen by God always have His ear!

Scripture thoughts... July 07, 2009

I want your loyalty, not your sacrifices. I want you to know Me, not to give Me burnt offerings.
- Hosea 6:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God would rather spend quality time with you then to receive what you consider to be a sacrifice in honor of Him.

Scripture thoughts... July 06, 2009

"Wash yourselves! Become clean! Get your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing evil."
- Isaiah 1:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's each of our responsibilities to keep sin out of our lives.

Scripture thoughts... July 05, 2009

This is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins.
1 John 4:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The most perfect example of love we know is that God gave the thing most precious to Him to save those who didn't even deserve it.

Scripture thoughts... July 04, 2009

Clap your hands, all you people. Shout to God with a loud, joyful song.  We must fear the LORD, the Most High. He is the great king of the whole earth.
- Psalm 47:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Knowing that our God is the true King of this world should put a smile on your face!

Scripture thoughts... July 03, 2009

However, the Lord stood by me and gave me strength so that I could finish spreading the Good News for all the nations to hear. I was snatched out of a lion's mouth.
- 2 Timothy 4:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you make fulfilling the call of God in your life your main priority then nothing can stop you from accomplishing it.

Scripture thoughts... July 02, 2009

My son, do not forget my teachings, and keep my commands in mind, because they will bring you long life, good years, and peace.
- Proverbs 3:1-2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you want your life to be better then fill your soul with the Word of God

Scripture thoughts... July 01, 2009

He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak.
- Isaiah 40:29 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you feel like you can't go on anymore look to God to give you the endurance you need.

Scripture thoughts... June 30, 2009

A wicked person flees when no one is chasing him, but righteous people are as bold as lions.
- Proverbs 28:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you know that God is on your side, nothing can make you afraid!

Scripture thoughts... June 29, 2009

I waited patiently for the LORD. He turned to me and heard my cry for help.
- Psalm 40:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Tell God what you need and in His time He will help you if you wait on Him.

Scripture thoughts... June 28, 2009

My defense is of God, which saves the upright in heart.
- Psalm 7:10
(American King James Version)

If your heart is right with God, He will surely rise up to defend you.

Scripture thoughts... June 26, 2009

Then Jacob woke up from his sleep and exclaimed, "Certainly, the LORD is in this place, and I didn't know it!"
- Genesis 28:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even if you don't realize it, God is with you.

Scripture thoughts... June 25, 2009

For though the LORD is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly, But the haughty He knows from afar.
- Psalm 138:6
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God is attracted to the humble and repelled by the proud.

Scripture thoughts... June 24, 2009

The LORD will continually guide you and satisfy you even in sun-baked places. He will strengthen your bones. You will become like a watered garden and like a spring whose water does not stop flowing.
- Isaiah 58:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is not only our Protector but also our Provider.

Scripture thoughts... June 23, 2009

Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.  But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.
- Psalm 49:11-12
(New International Version)

The things of earth are only temporary.  Make sure your REAL treasure is being built up in Heaven.

Scripture thoughts... June 22, 2009

Dear friends, since you are foreigners and temporary residents [in the world], I'm encouraging you to keep away from the desires of your corrupt nature. These desires constantly attack you.
- Peter 2:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Our fleshly desires will always go against what God's will is for our lives and the 'world' offers nothing of eternal value.

Scripture thoughts... June 20, 2009

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Those who want to come with Me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow Me.
- Matthew 16:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Are you willing to crucify your own personal desires to follow after Christ?

Scripture thoughts... June 19, 2009

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
- Galatians 5:25
(King James Bible)

Who runs your life?  Is it you or the Holy Spirit of God?

Scripture thoughts... June 18, 2009

For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
- Romans 7:15
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Our flesh is a very powerful thing within us.  If we don't keep spiritually strong we will no doubt displease God.

Scripture thoughts... June 17, 2009

The LORD is my strength and my shield. My heart trusted Him, so I received help. My heart is triumphant; I give thanks to Him with my song.
- Psalm 28:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Man will let you down time and again but if you trust in God in your situation He can deliver you like no one else can.

Scripture thoughts... June 16, 2009

A trustworthy person has many blessings, but anyone in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.
- Proverbs 28:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Better to be known as someone that's dependable than someone who just wants to get rich quick.

Scripture thoughts... June 15, 2009

I've heard that you have the spirit of the gods and that you have insight, good judgment, and extraordinary wisdom.
- Daniel 5:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The world may not be able to explain it correctly but they can recognize when the God's Spirit is shining through you.

Scripture thoughts... June 14, 2009

He makes the storm into a calm, so that the waves are at peace.
- Psalm 107:29
(Bible in Basic English)

No matter how bad your storm is, look to God to calm those raging waves.

Scripture thoughts... June 12, 2009

Blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people, take the path of sinners, or join the company of mockers.
- Psalm 1:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you ONLY hang around sinners, don't expect to be blessed.  We need to be with fellow believers too.

Scripture thoughts... June 11, 2009

This is my comfort in my trouble; that Your sayings have given me life.
- Psalm 119:50
(Bible in Basic English)

Even in the worst situation, the Word of God can revive you when you're feeling down.

Scripture thoughts... June 10, 2009

And I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you: I will take away the heart of stone from your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh.
- Ezekiel 36:26
(Bible in Basic English)

When you give your life to God He truly transforms you into a new person.  A better one!

Scripture thoughts... June 09, 2009

But My people did not listen to Me. Israel wanted nothing to do with Me.  So I let them go their own stubborn ways and follow their own advice.
- Psalm 81:11-12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't force anyone to do anything.  But if you don't listen to Him, you're on your own!

Scripture thoughts... June 08, 2009

So then, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
- Romans 10:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is willing to rescue us...all we have to do is call on Him.

Scripture thoughts... June 07, 2009

If Your law had not been my delight, my troubles would have put an end to me.
- Psalm 119:92
(Bible in Basic English)

If you make the Word of God a priority in your life it will save you from the enemy's plans against you.

Scripture thoughts... June 06, 2009

Your mercy is so precious, O God, that Adam's descendants take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
- Psalm 36:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The best place of safety is in God's merciful arms.

Scripture thoughts... June 05, 2009

Do not consider yourself wise. Fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
- Proverbs 3:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Nobody is smart enough to avoid sin.  Only by His power and a decision to run from it can we stay pure.

Scripture thoughts... June 04, 2009

Don't be afraid, because I am with you. Don't be intimidated; I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand.
- Isaiah 41:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter what you go through, lean on God and He will get you through it.

Scripture thoughts... June 03, 2009

Entrust your ways to the LORD. Trust him, and he will act [on your behalf].
- Psalm 37:5
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Trust in God's guidance and He will take care of you.

Scripture thoughts... June 02, 2009

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
- 1 Samuel 30:6
(American King James Version)

Sometimes when it seems like everyone is against you, just go to God and get strength from Him.

Scripture thoughts... June 01, 2009

"Thanks be to the LORD! He has given his people Israel rest, as He had promised. None of the good promises He made through his servant Moses has failed to come true."
- 1 Kings 8:56
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't want us to worry.  Whatever He says to us will come to pass.

Scripture thoughts... May 30, 2009

He makes a resting-place for me in the green fields: He is my guide by the quiet waters.
- Psalm 23:2
(Bible in Basic English)

There is no peace like the kind you get from Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... May 29, 2009

There is lasting peace for those who love your teachings. Nothing can make those people stumble.
- Psalm 119:165
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The more of the Word of God you get inside you the stronger and more stable you will become.

Scripture thoughts... May 28, 2009

When He arrived, He said to them, "Pray that you won't be tempted."
- Luke 22:40
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Is sin a problem?  How's your prayer life?

Scripture thoughts... May 27, 2009

Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because You are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage.
- Psalm 23:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is with you through every circumstance.  You're never alone.

Scripture thoughts... May 26, 2009

And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
- Revelation 5:10
(American King James Version)

We won't be strumming on harps in the next life.  We'll have positions and work to do.

Scripture thoughts... May 25, 2009

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.
- Psalm 34:8
(King James Bible)

Try trusting God to help you and you'll never regret it.

Scripture thoughts... May 23, 2009

Who is like the Lord our God, Who is seated on high
- Psalm 113:5
(Bible in Basic English)

No one on earth can compare to how great God is.

Scripture thoughts... May 22, 2009

The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
- Job 17:9
(American King James Version)

The fastest way to make your spirit weak is to sin...don't do it!

Scripture thoughts... May 21, 2009

You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness. Evil will never be Your guest.
- Psalm 5:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is holy and nothing evil can stand in His presence.

Scripture thoughts... May 20, 2009

And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
- Jeremiah 30:22 
(American King James Version)

Just as we claim Him to be our God, so He claims us as His.

Scripture thoughts... May 19, 2009

He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth.
- 1 Timothy 2:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't want anyone to go to Hell.

Scripture thoughts... May 18, 2009

I have said all these things to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.
- John 16:33
(Bible in Basic English)

Jesus didn't say you wouldn't have trouble but He is with you to strengthen you through it all.

Scripture thoughts... May 15, 2009

"God's Spirit has made me. The breath of the Almighty gives me life.
- Job 33:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You are not here by accident.  God created and sustains you for His purpose.

Scripture thoughts... May 14, 2009

I will give you praise and honor, O Lord, because through You I have been lifted up; You have not given my haters cause to be glad over me.
- Psalm 30:1
(Bible in Basic English)

God will protect you from the devil's plans so that is we who will have the last laugh.

Scripture thoughts... May 13, 2009

You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I took you, as on eagles' wings, guiding you to Myself.
- Exodus 19:4
(Bible in Basic English)

God isn't as interested in what you do for Him as He is interested in spending time with you.

Scripture thoughts... May 12, 2009

In God will I give praise to His Word; in God have I put my hope; I will have no fear of what flesh may do to me.
- Psalm 56:4
(Bible in Basic English)

Don't be afraid of what man plans against you but rather trust in God to deliver you.

Scripture thoughts... May 11, 2009

Keep Your servant back from sins of pride; let them not have rule over me: then will I be upright and free from great sin.
- Psalm 19:13
(Bible in Basic English)

Don't try to fight sin's power by yourself. Ask God for help.

Scripture thoughts... May 09, 2009

By Your great love, please forgive these people's sins, as You have been forgiving them from the time they left Egypt until now.  The LORD said, "I forgive them, as you have asked.
- Numbers 14:19-20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is always willing to forgive our sins.  Don't let your mistakes keep you from coming to Him.

Scripture thoughts... May 08, 2009

I have made all these things. "That is why all these things have come into being," declares the LORD. I will pay attention to those who are humble and sorry [for their sins] and who tremble at My word.
- Isaiah 66:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Creator of the Universe will always listen to those who come to Him in humility.

Scripture thoughts... May 07, 2009

The LORD is my strength and my shield. My heart trusted Him, so I received help. My heart is triumphant; I give thanks to Him with my song.
- Psalm 28:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you need help does your heart trust in God?

Scripture thoughts... May 06, 2009

Be strong, all who wait with hope for the LORD, and let your heart be courageous.
- Psalm 31:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Be patient while waiting on God knowing that if He helped you before, then He will do it again.

Scripture thoughts... May 05, 2009

If you live by your corrupt nature, you are going to die. But if you use your spiritual nature to put to death the evil activities of the body, you will live.
- Romans 8:13 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your flesh will never want to do the will of God so it's important to strengthen your spirit so you can overcome it.

Scripture thoughts... May 04, 2009

Although you have never seen Christ, you love Him. You don't see Him now, but you believe in Him. You are extremely happy with joy and praise that can hardly be expressed in words.
- 1 Peter 1:8 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The joy of knowing the unseen Christ can't be explained to those who don't know Him.

Scripture thoughts... May 03, 2009

And He made low your pride and let you be without food and gave you manna for your food, a thing new to you, which your fathers never saw; so that He might make it clear to you that bread is not man's only need, but his life is in every word which comes out of the mouth of the Lord.
- Deuteronomy 8:3
(Bible in Basic English)

Sometimes when you are lacking something it's so that you can learn dependence on God.

Scripture thoughts... May 02, 2009

"Blessed is the person whom God corrects. That person should not despise discipline from the Almighty."
- Job 5:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not all bad things that happen to you are necessarily attacks from the devil.

Scripture thoughts... May 01, 2009

The LORD appeared to me in a faraway place and said, "I love you with an everlasting love. So I will continue to show you My kindness.
- Jeremiah 31:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God's love for us never ends.

Scripture thoughts... April 30, 2009

Many plans are in the human heart, but the advice of the LORD will endure.
- Proverbs 19:21
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God's plans for our lives are much better than our own.

Scripture thoughts... April 29, 2009

I don't want wicked people to die." declares the Almighty LORD. "I want them to turn from their evil ways and live.
Ezekiel 18:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't want ANYONE to go to hell.  But if you don't want Him now in this life, then there's no other place for you to go.

Scripture thoughts... April 28, 2009

Those who know Your name trust You, O LORD, because You have never deserted those who seek Your help.
- Psalm 9:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even if everyone around us abandons us in our time of need, God will always be there.

Scripture thoughts... April 27, 2009

The person who doesn't love doesn't know God, because God is love.
- 1 John 4:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Anyone can "say" they are a Christian but the proof is in the demonstration of love.

Scripture thoughts... April 25, 2009

And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your Blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
- Revelation 5:9
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God was able to take us out of the devil's hands by buying us back with His Own Blood!

Scripture thoughts... April 24, 2009

Turn all your anxiety over to God because He cares for you.
- 1 Peter 5:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't hold on to your worries.  Give them to our Heavenly Father and He will work things out for your good.

Scripture thoughts... April 23, 2009

The LORD's deeds are spectacular. They should be studied by all who enjoy them.
- Psalm 111:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Think about all the awesome things God has done in the past and have hope that He will bring you out of your struggles shining like gold!

Scripture thoughts... April 22, 2009

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
- Psalm 4:5
(King James Bible)

Living right is much more important than any temporary sacrifice you can give to God.

Scripture thoughts... April 21, 2009

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold.
- Psalm 18:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The absolute safest place to be is in God.  Never run from Him but rather to Him.

Scripture thoughts... April 20, 2009

When you go to war against your enemies, you may see horses, chariots, and armies larger than yours. Don't be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, will be with you.
- Deuteronomy 20:1 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter how big the obstacles are coming against you, God is bigger.

Scripture thoughts... April 18, 2009

The LORD is good to them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.
- Lamentations 3:22
(American King James Version)

If you make going after God your first priority you will be amazed at the good things He will bring to you.

Scripture thoughts... April 17, 2009

Look, I'm standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to My voice and opens the door, I'll come in and we'll eat together.
- Revelation 3:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is always waiting to spend time with you but YOU are the one who must initiate the meeting.

Scripture thoughts... April 16, 2009

They strengthened the disciples in these cities and encouraged the disciples to remain faithful. Paul and Barnabas told them, "We must suffer a lot to enter the kingdom of God."
- Acts 14:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Problems don't go away when we give our lives to God but the Lord gives us power to go through them that we didn't have before.

Scripture thoughts... April 15, 2009

Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
- Jeremiah 15:16
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Just as we eat food for our bodies, so we should consume the Word of God to build up your spirit.

Scripture thoughts... April 14, 2009

The gatekeeper opens the gate for Him, and the sheep respond to His voice. He calls His sheep by name and leads them out of the pen.
- John 10:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Great Shepherd Jesus, knows each and every one of us by name!  That's awesome! 

Scripture thoughts... April 13, 2009

You will keep them safe in Your house from the designs of man; in the secret of Your tent will You keep them from angry tongues.
- Psalm 31:20
(Bible in Basic English)

No matter what the enemy has planned against you, there is safety is the presence of God.

Scripture thoughts... April 12, 2009

In His spiritual, holy nature He was declared the Son of God. This was shown in a powerful way when He came back to life.
- Romans 1:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When Jesus arose from the dead it proved once and for all that He truly is the Son of God.  Happy Resurrection Day!

Scripture thoughts... April 11, 2009

So when He had come back again from the dead, the memory of these words came back to the disciples, and they had faith in the holy Writings and in the word which Jesus had said.
- John 2:22
(Bible in Basic English)

Sometimes the Bible verses you read today won't make sense until much later.  Keep reading it though so God can use it at the proper time!

Scripture thoughts... April 10, 2009

We know that the person we used to be was crucified with Him to put an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin.
- Romans 6:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only through the power of the cross can we overcome the power of sin.

Scripture thoughts... April 09, 2009

And He took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave to them, saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me.
- Luke 22:19
(American King James Version)

Taking communion is not simply a ritual.  That bread is to remind us of all the pain and suffering Jesus went through on our behalf.

Scripture thoughts... April 08, 2009

Therefore, let's keep on pursuing those things that bring peace and that lead to building up one another.
- Romans 14:19
(International Standard Version (©2008))

We all have the choice of lifting our brothers and sisters up or bringing them down.  God says we need to lift each other up.

Scripture thoughts... April 07, 2009

We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave His life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers.
- 1 John 3:16 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Just as love compelled Jesus to die for us, so we also should be willing to die for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Scripture thoughts... April 06, 2009

"I'm leaving you peace. I'm giving you My peace. I don't give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don't be troubled or cowardly."
- John 14:27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Real peace of mind comes from Jesus alone.

Scripture thoughts... April 05, 2009

It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please Him.
- Philippians 2:13 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It is through the Holy Spirit that we are able to do that which God has called us to do.

Scripture thoughts... April 04, 2009

And now my head will be lifted up higher than my haters who are round me: because of this I will make offerings of joy in His tent; I will make a song, truly I will make a song of praise to the Lord.
- Psalm 27:6
(Bible in Basic English)

Praise Him because He makes you an overcomer over the enemy's plans.  Sing to Him a song of victory!!!

Scripture thoughts... April 03, 2009

The angel of the Lord is ever watching over those who have fear of Him, to keep them safe.
- Psalm 34 7
(Bible in Basic English)

There's been many times when the enemy has devised a plan to harm you that the Lord had His angels protect you.

Scripture thoughts... April 02, 2009

He reveals deeply hidden things. He knows what is in the dark, and light lives with Him.
- Daniel 2:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not sure what to do?  God knows everything that can be known.  Ask Him for guidance.

Scripture thoughts... April 01, 2009

Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for His sake.
- 2 Corinthians 4:5 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The true message of the gospel will always lift up the name of Jesus and not anybody else.

Scripture thoughts... March 31, 2009

This is what the LORD, your Defender, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the LORD your God. I teach you what is best for you. I lead you where you should go.
- Isaiah 48:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you depend on God to lead you in the right direction?

Scripture thoughts... March 30, 2009

my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, the strength of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior who saved me from violence.
- 2 Samuel 22:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The safest place to be in within God's protection.

Scripture thoughts... March 29, 2009

I will love you, O LORD, my strength.
- Psalm 18: 1
(American King James Version)

Where do you draw your strength from?

Scripture thoughts... March 28, 2009

This is what the LORD says: Don't let wise people brag about their wisdom. Don't let strong people brag about their strength. Don't let rich people brag about their riches.  If they want to brag, they should brag that they understand and know Me. They should brag that I, the LORD, act out of love, righteousness, and justice on the earth. This kind of bragging pleases Me, declares the LORD.
- Jeremiah 9:23-24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you're going to praise anybody, praise HIM...not yourself!

Scripture thoughts... March 27, 2009

The king of Assyria has human power on his side, but the LORD our God is on our side to help us and fight our battles." So the people were encouraged by what King Hezekiah of Judah said.
- 2 Chronicles 32:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If God is for you, then who can be against you?

Scripture thoughts... March 26, 2009

Watch you and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
- Mark 14:38
(American King James Version)

We all have to deal with the lure of sin.  Strengthen your inner spirit so that you can overcome the temptation.

Scripture thoughts... March 25, 2009

That way you won't be guided by sinful human desires as you live the rest of your lives on earth. Instead, you will be guided by what God wants you to do.
- 1 Peter 4:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you live according to what your flesh wants to do or what God wants you to do?

Scripture thoughts... March 24, 2009

Blessed are those who live in your house. They are always praising you. [Selah]
- Psalm 84:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

To be "in His house" is to be in His presence and you only get there by praising Him!  Is where you are a place of praise?

Scripture thoughts... March 23, 2009

How dear are Your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the number of them!
- Psalm 139:17
(Bible in Basic English)

You are always on God's mind.  He has not forgotten you.

Scripture thoughts... March 22, 2009

Praise the LORD, my soul! Praise His holy name, all that is within me.
- Psalm 103:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you praise Him, praise Him with all you got!!!

Scripture thoughts... March 21, 2009

He was despised and rejected by people. He was a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering. He was despised like one from whom people turn their faces, and we didn't consider Him to be worth anything.
- Isaiah 53:3 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't ever think Jesus doesn't understand what it's like to suffer like we do.  He suffered worse because He was God and could have stopped it at any time.

Scripture thoughts... March 20, 2009

"Come on now, let's discuss this!" says the LORD. "Though your sins are bright red, they will become as white as snow. Though they are dark red, they will become as white as wool.
- Isaiah 1:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God wants us to come to Him for the forgiveness of our sins by His Blood.  If you mess up, run TO Him, not from Him. 

Scripture thoughts... March 19, 2009

In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?
- Psalm 56:11
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

No matter how many people may come against you, God will see you through!

Scripture thoughts... March 18, 2009

He who did not keep back His only Son, but gave Him up for us all, will He not with Him freely give us all things?
- Romans 8:32
(Bible in Basic English)

If God was willing to give up the most important thing to Him, that being Jesus His Son, why do we have trouble believing He would give us all the other lesser blessings?

Scripture thoughts... March 17, 2009

Will a woman give up the child at her breast, will she be without pity for the fruit of her body? yes, these may, but I will not let you go out of my memory.
- Isaiah 49:15
(Bible in Basic English)

Even if the ones who are supposed to love you the most forget about you, know that God will NEVER forget you.

Scripture thoughts... March 16, 2009

To the Israelites, the glory of the LORD looked like a raging fire on top of the mountain.
- Exodus 24:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If they saw God's glory in Old Testament times, how much more should we who have the Holy Spirit already within us see it?

Scripture thoughts... March 15, 2009

Blessed are the people who know how to praise you. They walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.
- Psalm 89:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You want God's presence in your life?  Then praise Him!!!

Scripture thoughts... March 14, 2009

Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him."
- Genesis 2:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There are no "Lone Rangers" in God's Kingdom.  He will connect you with people that will help you in your calling.  We are not alone.

Scripture thoughts... March 13, 2009

That day they offered many sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them reason to rejoice. The women and children rejoiced as well. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard from far away.
- Nehemiah 12:43
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The joy that God brings is so great that they'll hear you not just in your own city but in the city next to you too! WOW!

Scripture thoughts... March 12, 2009

People who speak what God has revealed must control themselves.
- 1 Corinthians 14:32
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Just because God speaks something to you doesn't mean you need to blab it to everyone.  Use wisdom!

Scripture thoughts... March 11, 2009

So I will thank You as long as I live. I will lift up my hands to pray in Your name.
- Psalm 63:4
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you live a life of thankfulness?  Is there anything we have that we truly deserve?

Scripture thoughts... March 10, 2009

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires.
- Galatians 5:24 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We must keep our old self on the cross so that the new man in Christ can live.

Scripture thoughts... March 09, 2009

This is what the Almighty LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: You can be saved by returning to me. You can have rest. You can be strong by being quiet and by trusting me.
- Isaiah 30:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Instead of complaining and griping about your problems, run to God and trust that He will works things out for your good.

Scripture thoughts... March 07, 2009

Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
- Psalm 73:25
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Our motivation to go to heaven shouldn't be to escape this evil world but rather to be with Him because we love Him more than anything.

Scripture thoughts... March 06, 2009

trust God...remember what He has done, and...obey His commands.
- Psalm 78:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

As you walk with God remember all the times He helped you in the past and know that He will continue to do so!

Scripture thoughts... March 05, 2009

The Lord will be a high tower for those who are crushed down, a high tower in times of trouble.
- Psalm 9:9
(Bible in Basic English)

In God is a place of safety like no other.

Scripture thoughts... March 04, 2009

I will walk around freely because I sought out your guiding principles.
- Psalm 119:45 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only when you seek the will of God for your life can you walk around in true freedom.

Scripture thoughts... March 03, 2009

Let the person who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.
- Revelation 3:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The problem isn't does God speak to us...it's are we listening?

Scripture thoughts... March 02, 2009

Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
- Jeremiah 15:16
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

The favorite meal of those chosen by the Lord is to consume the Word of God.

Scripture thoughts... March 01, 2009

And Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him.
- Matthew 8:7
(American King James Version)

Jesus is always willing to heal us!

Scripture thoughts... February 28, 2009

I have seen everything that is done under the sun. Look at it! It's all pointless. [It's like] trying to catch the wind.
- Ecclesiastes 1:14
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When we finally realize that the "world" truly has nothing of eternal value, then we can finally dedicate our selves to fulfilling our spiritual calling.

Scripture thoughts... February 27, 2009

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
- Micah 7:7
(King James Bible)

Don't be impatient while waiting for a solution to your problem.  Trust and wait on God to work it out in HIS way.

Scripture thoughts... February 26, 2009

Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise Him. He is my Savior and my God.
- Psalm 42:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When your situation looks hopeless, put your hope in God.  He specializes in the impossible!

Scripture thoughts... February 25, 2009

He is the One who forgives all your sins, the One who heals all your diseases
- Psalm 103:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The same God who forgives us with His Blood also wants to heal our every sickness.

Scripture thoughts... February 24, 2009

But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men.
- Matthew 15:9
(Bible in Basic English)

Religion is worthless.  God wants relationships, not robots.

Scripture thoughts... February 23, 2009

Before the creation of the world, He chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in His presence.
- Ephesians 1:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's not for anything you did that God chose you since you weren't even born yet!  You were in his mind before Earth even existed!!!

Scripture thoughts... February 22, 2009

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
- Matthew 15:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can never fool God.  Does He truly have your heart?

Scripture thoughts... February 21, 2009

Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils. The man became a living being.
- Genesis 2:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is an expert at taking that which is hopelessly dead and making it alive.  Trust Him to breathe life into your situation.

Scripture thoughts... February 20, 2009

Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you great and mysterious things that you do not know.
- Jeremiah 33:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God always wants to talk to us.  Are your ears open to hear Him?

Scripture thoughts... February 19, 2009

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
- Psalm 103:2
(King James Bible)

Never forget all the things God has done for you.  Especially when you're going through hard times.

Scripture thoughts... February 18, 2009

Since we are surrounded by so many examples [of faith], we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up.
- Hebrews 12:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The enemy will use ANYTHING, especially but not exclusively sin to slow you down from fulfulling your calling.  What is distracting you?

Scripture thoughts... February 17, 2009

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
- Colossians 3:2
(Webster's Bible Translation)

Don't fall in love with these temporary things the world offers but instead go after spiritual things that are eternal.

Scripture thoughts... February 16, 2009

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
- Proverbs 28:1
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

When God is backing you, there's a boldness you have that the world can't help but notice!

Scripture thoughts... February 15, 2009

No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn't have perfect love.
- 1 John 4:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When we realize how much our heavenly Father loves us you don't have to worry about the future.

Scripture thoughts... February 13, 2009

The Lord will be a high tower for those who are crushed down, a high tower in times of trouble
- Psalm 9:9
(Bible in Basic English)

When you are in trouble, don't run from God but rather run to Him.  Safety is in Him.

Scripture thoughts... February 12, 2009

When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into the full truth. He won't speak on His own. He will speak what He hears and will tell you about things to come.  He will give Me glory, because He will tell you what I say.
- John 16:13-14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If we listen, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us what Jesus wants us to do with our lives.

Scripture thoughts... February 11, 2009

He hides me in His shelter when there is trouble. He keeps me hidden in His tent. He sets me high on a rock.
- Psalm 27:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The greatest protection you can have is in God.

Scripture thoughts... February 10, 2009

On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus was standing [in the temple courtyard]. He said loudly, "Whoever is thirsty must come to Me to drink."
- John 7:37
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only Jesus can truly satisfy your deepest longings.

Scripture thoughts... February 09, 2009

The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
- Psalm 14:2
(American King James Version)

Are you looking for God?  He's looking for you.

Scripture thoughts... February 05, 2009

Don't be sad because the joy you have in the LORD is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10c
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you feel weak, think about all the things God has done for you and where you would be without Him!

Scripture thoughts... February 04, 2009

Keep in mind that the LORD your God is [the only] God. He is a faithful God, who keeps His promise and is merciful to thousands of generations of those who love Him and obey His commands.
- Deuteronomy 7:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

To those who love and obey Him, God will always have mercy and show love.

Scripture thoughts... February 03, 2009

And He put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; numbers have seen it with fear, and put their faith in the Lord.
- Psalm 40:3
(Bible in Basic English)

Your praise to God can inspire faith in others.  Don't hold it back!

Scripture thoughts... February 02, 2009

You have tested us, O God. You have refined us in the same way silver is refined.
- Psalm 66:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes your troubles are being used by God as a test.  Will you pass?

Scripture thoughts... January 30, 2009

Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
- Micah 7:7
(American King James Version)

No matter what you go through keep your eyes on Jesus and wait and see how He brings you out of what you feel you can't escape.

Scripture thoughts... January 28, 2009

Keep away from every kind of evil.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:22
(International Standard Version (©2008))

Don't just try not to "commit" sin but simply stay away from it in the first place!  Why tempt your weak flesh?

Scripture thoughts... January 27, 2009

But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
- Luke 17:25
(King James Bible)

Jesus knows what it feels like to be rejected more than any of us.  When you feel this way, run to Him!

Scripture thoughts... January 26, 2009

The LORD your God is a raging fire, a God who does not tolerate rivals.
- Deuteronomy 4:24 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God wants us to put Him first in our lives.  If we do, He will make sure the rest is taken care of.

Scripture thoughts... January 23, 2009

God is not like people. He tells no lies. He is not like humans. He doesn't change his mind. When He says something, He does it. When He makes a promise, He keeps it.
- Numbers 23:19
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Whatever God has spoken can surely be depended on.  He's not wishy-washy like we are!

Scripture thoughts... January 22, 2009

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light.
- Luke 8:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There is nothing hidden from the eyes of God.

Scripture thoughts... January 21, 2009

Now, suppose a person has enough to live on and notices another believer in need. How can God's love be in that person if he doesn't bother to help the other believer?
- 1 John 3:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you are blessed, God expects you to also help your brothers and sisters who are suffering.  Besides, one day it may be YOU who need help.

Scripture thoughts... January 20, 2009

But God shows us even more kindness. Scripture says, "God opposes arrogant people, but he is kind to humble people."
- James 4:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always remain humble if you want God's blessing in your life.

Scripture thoughts... January 19, 2009

Then the servant fell at his master's feet and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will repay everything!'  The master felt sorry for his servant, freed him, and canceled his debt.
- Matthew 18:26-27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If a sinful man can have such mercy on someone, just imagine how great God's compassion is toward those He died for.

Scripture thoughts... January 18, 2009

O LORD, who would be able to stand if you kept a record of sins?  But with you there is forgiveness so that you can be feared.
-Psalm 130:3-4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Aren't you glad the Blood of Jesus wipes away every sin you could ever commit?  We can stand before him forgiven!  

Scripture thoughts... January 15, 2009

And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
- Isaiah 54:13
(King James Bible)

Our children wouldn't be so out of control if we instilled into them the fear of the Lord.

Scripture thoughts... January 14, 2009

My body and mind may waste away, but God remains the foundation of my life and my inheritance forever.
 - Psalm 73:26 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God and His power can be depended on no matter what life may bring.

Scripture thoughts... January 13, 2009

The man saw Jesus at a distance. So he ran to Jesus, bowed down in front of Him.
- Mark 5:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The only major "prophet" to let followers worship Him was Jesus.  That's because He was the only One that was actually God Himself.

Scripture thoughts... January 12, 2009

I made my sins known to you, and I did not cover up my guilt. I decided to confess them to you, O LORD. Then you forgave all my sins.
- Psalm 32:5 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Yes God forgives sins but you must first confess them to Him.

Scripture thoughts... January 09, 2009

The LORD advises those who fear him. He reveals to them the intent of his promise.
- Psalm 25:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you don't know which way to go then go to God who knows all things.

Scripture thoughts... January 08, 2009

Those who know your name trust you, O LORD, because you have never deserted those who seek your help.
- Psalm 9:10 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is never too busy for you when you call on Him.

Scripture thoughts... January 06, 2009

Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The peace that comes from God alone is better than any prescription you can buy.  Give all your fears over to Him.

Scripture thoughts... January 03, 2009

This is a statement that can be trusted and deserves complete acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and I am the foremost sinner.
- 1 Timothy 1:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter how badly we have sinned, Jesus Blood has the power to forgive even the worst sin.

Scripture thoughts... December 31, 2008

Make yourselves low in the eyes of the Lord and you will be lifted up by Him.
- James 4:10
(Bible in Basic English)

God has no interest in giving arrogant people positions of authority.  Always stay humble and remember that we are nothing without Him.

Scripture thoughts... December 30, 2008

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
- Luke 21:27 (King James Bible)

When Jesus finally does return to the earth we will see Him coming in the sky and will have no doubt that it is indeed Him.

Scripture thoughts... December 29, 2008

If you carefully obey Me and are faithful to the terms of My promise, then out of all the nations you will be My own special possession, even though the whole world is Mine.
- Exodus 19:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Yes God loves everyone but those who follow Him have a special place in His heart.

Scripture thoughts... December 25, 2008

A Child will be born for us. A Son will be given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Isaiah 9:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

As we open Christmas presents, don't forget the best present of all...JESUS!  Happy Birthday Jesus!

Scripture thoughts... December 24, 2008

"I have commanded you, 'Be strong and courageous! Don't tremble or be terrified, because the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.'"
- Joshua 1:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We can be fearless and strong because we know that God is always with us.

Scripture thoughts... December 23, 2008

I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.
- Jeremiah 32:40
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God always wants good things for you.  Never turn away from Him no matter what the circumstances look like.

Scripture thoughts... December 22, 2008

My dwelling place will be with them. I will be their God, and they will be My people.
- Ezekiel 37:27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God desires to live right where you are.  He isn't somewhere far away from you.

Scripture thoughts... December 21, 2008

"This is the promise I made to you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains with you. Don't be afraid.
- Haggai 2:5 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When God saved you out of the world He made His Spirit to be with you always so you wouldn't have to fear.

Scripture thoughts... December 19, 2008

He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak.
- Isaiah 40:29
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you feel you can't go on anymore, reach out to the Giver of strength.

Scripture thoughts... December 18, 2008

I will put my Spirit in you. I will enable you to live by My laws, and you will obey My rules.
- Ezekiel 36:27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We MUST have His Spirit leading us to live right.

Scripture thoughts... December 17, 2008

So, people who think they are standing firmly should be careful that they don't fall.
- 1 Corinthians 10:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Always be on guard against the desires of your sinful nature.

Scripture thoughts... December 16, 2008

Lead me in Your truth and teach me because You are God, my Savior. I wait all day long for You.
- Psalm 25:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Are your ears always open to hear from God or only when you're in a "religious" situation?

Scripture thoughts... December 15, 2008

When I said, "My feet are slipping," Your mercy, O LORD, continued to hold me up.
- Psalm 94:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you feel like you're falling, don't let go of God's hand!

Scripture thoughts... December 13, 2008

Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you're at home or away, when you lie down or get up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Word of God should never be far from our hearts nor our lips.

Scripture thoughts... December 12, 2008

...in the LORD's presence because He is coming. He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and its people with His truth.
- Psalm 96:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Yes God is love but He is also just and cannot ignore sin.  Only through the Blood of Jesus can we be saved from judgement.

Scripture thoughts... December 11, 2008

The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.
- Psalm 28:8
(King James Bible)

Under the anointing it doesn't matter if you feel weak or sick as He will empower you to do what needs to be done.

Scripture thoughts... December 10, 2008

But you, O LORD, are a shield that surrounds me. You are my glory. You hold my head high.
- Psalm 3:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The presence of God gives you a supernatural confidence that you don't have without Him.

Scripture thoughts... December 09, 2008

Let your voice come up to Me in the day of trouble; I will be your Saviour, so that you may give glory to Me.
- Psalm 50: 15
(Bible in Basic English)

When God delivers you out of your problems, never forget to tell others that it was HE that did it so that all the glory goes to Him.

Scripture thoughts... December 08, 2008

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created through Him and for Him.
- Colossians 1:16 (New American Standard Bible (©1995))

If you read this in context you see it is referring to Jesus.  Can there be any doubt that Jesus is God Himself with the Father and the Holy Spirit?

Scripture thoughts... December 07, 2008

Search for the LORD and His strength. Always seek His presence.
- 1 Chronicles 16:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should always be seeking after God.  Being in His presence should be a high priority at all times.

Scripture thoughts... December 05, 2008

For truly, the earth will be dark, and the peoples veiled in blackest night; but the Lord will be shining on you, and His glory will be seen among you.
- Isaiah 60:2
(Bible in Basic English)

We are to be a reflection of God's glory in this evil world.

Scripture thoughts... December 04, 2008

You are my hiding place and my shield. My hope is based on Your Word.
- Psalm 119:114
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In God is a place of protection like no other.  Hide His Word in your heart and your faith will increase.

Scripture thoughts... December 03, 2008

See, in place of peace my soul had bitter sorrow. but You have kept back my soul from the underworld; for You have put all my sins out of Your memory.
- Isaiah 38:17 
(Bible in Basic English)

Because of His precious Blood, God chooses not remember our sins even though we all deserve to spend eternity in Hell for our wickedness.

Scripture thoughts... December 02, 2008

I don't want wicked people to die." declares the Almighty LORD. "I want them to turn from their evil ways and live."
- Ezekiel 18:23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't want anyone to be separated from Him in Hell but we all have the free will to choose what to do with our lives.

Scripture thoughts... December 01, 2008

But in every man who keeps His Word, the love of God is made complete. By this we may be certain that we are in Him.
1 John 2:5 
(Bible in Basic English)

We cannot be transformed into what God wants us to be without getting His Word into us and keeping It.

Scripture thoughts... November 29, 2008

Remember that the sky, the highest heaven, the earth and everything it contains belong to the LORD your God.
- Deuteronomy 10:14 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you get down to it, none of us can claim ownership of anything, not even our bodies.  God created everything we can see and not see.

Scripture thoughts... November 27, 2008

Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God's will in Christ Jesus that you do this.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In good times and in bad always have an attitude of thanksgiving in your heart because none of us deserve God's goodness.

Scripture thoughts... November 26, 2008

The LORD protects the souls of his servants. All who take refuge in him will never be condemned.
- Psalm 34:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you come to God He will never reject you.

Scripture thoughts... November 25, 2008

The Lord is my great helper: I will see my desire against my haters.
 - Psalm 118: 7
(Bible in Basic English)

What can the haters do to you when God is on your side?

Scripture thoughts... November 24, 2008

But now, LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, and You are our potter. We are the work of your hands.
- Isaiah 64:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Allow our heavenly Father to mold you into the image He is striving to transform you into.

Scripture thoughts... November 23, 2008

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.
- Philippians 4:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You know that time you use to worry about things you can't control?  Why not take that same amount time and pray instead!

Scripture thoughts... November 21, 2008

Trust you in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
- Isaiah 26:4
(American King James Version)

When you don't feel strong enough to handle your problems, draw your strength from the Source of all strength.

Scripture thoughts... November 20, 2008

To the one who conquers I will give a place to sit with Me on My throne, just as I have conquered and have sat down with My Father on His throne.
- Revelation 3:21
(International Standard Version (©2008))

Just as Jesus had to fight through the circumstances of life so do we also.  But in the end the Father exalted Him on high and Jesus will do the same for us.  Continue to fight the fight of faith you Christian soldier!

Scripture thoughts... November 19, 2008

The LORD is good and decent. That is why He teaches sinners the way they should live.
- Psalm 25:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When we first came to God we weren't sure what He expected from us but little by little the Holy Spirit showed us the way to go.

Scripture thoughts... November 18, 2008

Keep away from every kind of evil.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do not try to see how close you can get to sin and still remain pure.  That's a trick of the enemy.  Just stay away from it in the first place!

Scripture thoughts... November 17, 2008

Let your gracious attitude be known to all people. The Lord is near.
- Philippians 4:5
 (International Standard Version (©2008))

If you have negative attitudes all the time who will listen to you when you try to talk about what Jesus has done for you?

Scripture thoughts... November 14, 2008

Pleasant words are [like] honey from a honeycomb- sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body.
- Proverbs 16:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Ever have someone yell at you and it made you physically ill?  This verse shows that doing the opposite has better results!

Scripture thoughts... November 13, 2008

Let wicked people abandon their ways. Let evil people abandon their thoughts. Let them return to the LORD, and he will show compassion to them. Let them return to our God, because he will freely forgive them.
- Isaiah 55:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God is willing to forgive anyone of their sins no matter how great they are.  Jesus Blood is more powerful than ANY sin!

Scripture thoughts... November 12, 2008

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.
- Psalm 34:7
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

We who fear and respect the Lord and His power don't need to despair of danger.

Scripture thoughts... November 11, 2008

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- John 1:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Before there was such a thing as "time" Jesus already existed in union with the Father and Holy Spirit as One God.  The devil tries to make people think Jesus came to be when He was born to the virgin Mary...not true.  Jesus created the earth that Mary walked on.

Scripture thoughts... November 10, 2008

But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble.
- Psalm 37:39
(King James Bible)

When you feel too weak to go on draw your strength from the Lord!

Scripture thoughts... November 09, 2008

But let all those that put their trust in You rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them: let them also that love Your name be joyful in You.
- Psalm 5:11
(American King James Version)

Praise Him no matter what the situation.  There are others that are going through much worse than you.  Pray for them too!

Scripture thoughts... November 07, 2008

He was despised and rejected by people. He was a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering. He was despised like one from whom people turn their faces, and we didn't consider him to be worth anything.
- Isaiah 53:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We have a God that knows what it's like to suffer in the very same things we do.  Remember Him on the cross and turn to Him for comfort.

Scripture thoughts... November 06, 2008

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household
- Ephesians 2:19
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Did you know that as a believer you automatically have dual citizenship in 2 countries?  You have a passport that gets you into Heaven and His name is Jesus!

Scripture thoughts... November 05, 2008

Brothers and sisters, we ask you to show your appreciation for those leaders who work among you and instruct you.  We ask you to love them and think very highly of them because of the work they are doing. Live in peace with each other.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
((GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We must respect those that are in authority over us even if we don't necessarily agree with them.

Scripture thoughts... November 04, 2008

First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people, for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way.
- 1 Timothy 1:1-2
((GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Everyone loves to critisize our leaders but do we do what the Bible says and pray for them?

Scripture thoughts... November 03, 2008

"These are the miraculous signs that will accompany believers: They will use the power and authority of my name to force demons out of people. They will speak new languages.  They will pick up snakes, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them. They will place their hands on the sick and cure them."
Mark 16:17-18
((GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus didn't give an expiration date to this statement.  If you're a believer then this applies to you...TODAY!

Scripture thoughts... November 01, 2008

How horrible it will be for the one who quarrels with his Maker. He is pottery among other earthenware pots. Does the clay ask the One who shapes it, "What are You making?" Does your work say to You, "There are no handles"?
- Isaiah 45:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Sometimes God allows things to happen to you because it will ultimately shape you into what He sees you finally becoming.  Just ask Old Testament Joseph!

Scripture thoughts... October 31, 2008

Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me.
- John 6:37
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

No matter what you have done or will do, Jesus will never reject you.

Scripture thoughts... October 30, 2008

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.
- Psalm 56:3
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

We all experience fear sometimes but look to the One Who cannot fail and put your confidence in Him.

Scripture thoughts... October 29, 2008

You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.
- Revelation 4:11
(American King James Version)

Sorry evolutionists!  God is the creator of everything.  And one day it will be evident to all.

Scripture thoughts... October 28, 2008

"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations."
- Jeremiah 1:5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Wow imagine that.  Before you ever took your first breath of air God already knew you and had a plan for your life.  That's awesome!

Scripture thoughts... October 27, 2008

There came also a multitude out of the cities round about to Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
- Acts 5:16
(American King James Version)

This verse comes from the Book of Acts.  Jesus had already gone to be with the Father in heaven.  But if you read this carefully it says that EVERY ONE was healed.  If God could heal like that then, He can do it today...if you only believe!

Scripture thoughts... October 24, 2008

Turn to Me and be saved, all who live at the ends of the earth, because I am God, and there is no other.
- Isaiah 45:22
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In times when you really need help do you remember to look to God before you call everybody else first?

Scripture thoughts... October 23, 2008

because the LORD takes pleasure in his people. He crowns those who are oppressed with victory.
- Psalm 149:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't enjoy watching His people suffer as some would have us believe.  He will reward your faithfulness.

Scripture thoughts... October 22, 2008

Let the LORD be magnified, which has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.
- Psalm 35:27b
(American King James Version)

Don't believe the lie that God wants you to be poor.  How can Jesus' message be spread throughout the world if we don't have the money to do it?

Scripture thoughts... October 21, 2008

And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
- Genesis 41:38
(King James Bible)

Can sinners see the Holy Spirit in you?

Scripture thoughts... October 20, 2008

They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
- Acts 16:31
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God doesn't just want to see that you are saved but your entire family with you.  Stand in faith for it!

Scripture thoughts... October 18, 2008

Trust you in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
- Isaiah 26:4
(American King James Version)

Feel like you don't have the strength to go on?  Look to God for help.  He's got strong arms!

Scripture thoughts... October 17, 2008

Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
- Psalm 37:4-5
(American King James Version)

Like any good father, God loves to bring joy to His children.  If you truly put Him first in your life He can make your dreams come true.

Scripture thoughts... October 16, 2008

"The one who doesn't take up his cross and follow Me isn't worthy of Me.  The one who finds his life will lose it, and the one who loses his life because of Me will find it.”
- Matthew 10:38-39
(International Standard Version)

What is the purpose of a cross?  It is used to crucify.  So you carry your cross to to keep your flesh or the "old man" crucified.  You lose YOUR life to gain His resurrection power.

Scripture thoughts... October 15, 2008

You bless righteous people, O LORD. Like a large shield, you surround them with your favor.
- Psalm 5:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not only does God's protection surround His people but He blesses us with favor with man.  Just as parent favors their own child above other kids, so does God favor His children among the heathen of this world.

Scripture thoughts... October 14, 2008

Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name.
- Psalm 30:4
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

When was the last time you just sang to God by yourself at home as if He was in the room with you.  I got news for you.  He really IS in the room with you!  So go ahead and praise your Savior!!!

Scripture thoughts... October 13, 2008

The Lord isn't slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn't want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.
- 2 Peter 3: 9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God has His own time table.  Don't get impatient and do something you'll regret and get angry at God when it was YOU that went against the will of God because you couldn't wait on Him.

Scripture thoughts... October 11, 2008

We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so He endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought Him. Then He received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.
- Hebrews 12:2 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Just because Jesus loved you that much He allowed Himself to go through the pain and torture of the crucifixion.  And because of this love our eternal home is going to be in heaven and not that "other" place!

Scripture thoughts... October 10, 2008

Do not reject the discipline of the LORD, my son, and do not resent His warning, because the LORD warns the one He loves, even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased.
- Proverbs 3:11-12
(GOD'S WORD ® Translation)

Just as children get angry at their parents when they don't understand why they get disciplined so too do people become angry when going through difficult times.  We don't understand why we have to suffer sometimes but God will use every experience to mold you into the image He has for you.

Scripture thoughts... October 09, 2008

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
- Psalm 118:8
(Webster's Bible Translation)

Men will eventually let you down but the Creator of the universe knows what's best for you and will never let you down.

Scripture thoughts... October 08, 2008

"Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
- Mark 14:38
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Your renewed spirit within you loves to spend time with God but your old flesh would rather do ANYTHING but that.  Once you're aware of that then you can force your old sinful nature to submit to the will of God and do what you're supposed to do.

Scripture thoughts... October 07, 2008

You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
- Colossians 3:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you gave your life to Jesus He took the "old" you and put it on the cross.  You are now to live by Christ's resurrection power.  Do not let that old you off the cross!  Keep it there!

Scripture thoughts... October 06, 2008

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
- 1 Peter 1:3
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Because Jesus came back to life from the dead we know that we also have have re-newed life by that same resurrection power.

Scripture thoughts... October 03, 2008

O God, You are my God. At dawn I search for You. My soul thirsts for You. My body longs for You in a dry, parched land where there is no water.
- Psalm 63:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Are you desparately looking for God and His presence?

Scripture thoughts... October 02, 2008

The LORD says, "I will instruct you. I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as My eyes watch over you.  Don't be stubborn like a horse or mule. They need a bit and bridle in their mouth to restrain them, or they will not come near you."
- Psalm 32:8-9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We've got to be teachable.  None of us knows it all...not even close.  There's things you don't understand because there are other things you don't know about.  Let the Word of God transform your mind and don't be stubborn about it!  He knows better what's good for you!

Scripture thoughts... October 01, 2008

Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to Me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
- Isaiah 55:2
(American King James Version)

Obviously we need certain material things to survive in the physical realm but in the same way only God and His Word can truly satify our soul.

Scripture thoughts... September 30, 2008

Have pity on me, O God. Have pity on me, because my soul takes refuge in you. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until destructive storms pass by.
- Psalm 57:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When troubling times come stay under God's protection.

Scripture thoughts... September 29, 2008

And when in their distress they shall return to the Lord the God of Israel, and shall seek Him, they shall find Him.
- 2 Chronicles 15:4 
(Douay-Rheims Bible)

Don't do like most people do and wait till things are going wrong before you call on God.  He wants to be part of everything in our lives.

Scripture thoughts... September 28, 2008

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good.
- Psalm 15:3 (English Revised Version)

"He sees you when you're sleeping.  He knows when you're awake.  He knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake."  No folks we're not talking about Santa Claus here.  God is the only One Who sees all.  There is nothing you do that can be hidden from Him.

Scripture thoughts... September 27, 2008

My eyes are always on the LORD. He removes my feet from traps.
- Psalm 25:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It doesn't matter how many traps the enemy lays before you as long as you continually keep your eyes on Jesus, He will rescue you from every one.

Scripture thoughts... September 26, 2008

Take to heart these words that I give you today.  Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you're at home or away, when you lie down or get up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God wants His Word to be continually in our thoughts throughout the whole day in all we do.  It should be as much a part of us as the air we breathe.

Scripture thoughts... September 25, 2008

He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross.
- Colossians 2:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When we come to the cross He takes our sins and puts them there never to be remembered again.  The Blood of Jesus becomes the payment for the punishment we all deserved for our disobedience.  Thank you Jesus!

Scripture thoughts... September 24, 2008

Try to live peacefully with everyone, and try to live holy lives, because if you don't, you will not see the Lord.
- Hebrews 12:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't fall into the trap of thinking you can live anyway you like and God will just forgive you anyway.  If you plan to see God you MUST strive to live a holy life.

Scripture thoughts... September 23, 2008

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me?
- Psalm 118:6
(American King James Version)

Never let the fear of man stop you from working for God.  He is with you to empower you and nothing will stop God from doing what He wants so go for it!

Scripture thoughts... September 22, 2008

And He was purposing to put an end to them if Moses, His special servant, had not gone up before Him, between Him and His people, turning back His wrath, to keep them from destruction.
- Psalm 106:23
(Bible in Basic English)

God's patience does have limits believe it or not.  But when He is fed up with sin and wants to withdraw His protection it only takes one person to change His mind.  Will YOU be that person?  Prayer works!

Scripture thoughts... September 21, 2008

Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
- Psalm 119:11
(American King James Version)

In our daily battle against sin it is critical that we constantly feed our spirit with the Word of God to strengthen it against the desires of the sinful flesh.

Scripture thoughts... September 20, 2008

"With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles."
- 2 Chronicles 32:8a
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

The devil can try to use people to get at us but God has His entire creation to use to defend us.  I'm sticking with God!

Scripture thoughts... September 19, 2008

"The LORD is the one who is going ahead of you. He will be with you. He won't abandon you or leave you. So don't be afraid or terrified."
- Deuteronomy 31:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you have to go somewhere you've never been before and are nervous about it?  Well God is already there ahead of you!  He's there before you even get there and is working things out on your behalf!  

Scripture thoughts... September 18, 2008

We wait for the LORD. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts find joy. In his holy name we trust.
- Psalm 33:20-21
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Trust in God that He will help you through your problems.  He may not do it on YOUR timetable but be patient...He knows what He's doing!

Scripture thoughts... September 17, 2008

The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.  Blessed is the man whom thou shalt instruct, O Lord: and shalt teach him out of thy law.
- Psalm 94:11-12
(Douay-Rheims Bible)

Growing up in this sinful world our minds get corrupted by it's sinful ways.  That's why we need to get the Word of God in our thoughts to clean it up!

Scripture thoughts... September 16, 2008

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you.
- Psalm 91:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you are going through problems the FIRST one you should call is the Lord.  Get off the cell phone and get on your knees!

Scripture thoughts... September 15, 2008

Today I'm giving you the choice of a blessing or a curse.  You'll be blessed if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I'm giving you today.  You'll be cursed if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God, if you turn from the way I'm commanding you to live today, and if you worship other gods you never knew.
- Deuteronomy 11:26
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you ever feel like your life is cursed?  Examine your life.  Is God your first priority?  Not just in your work but in your heart?  

Scripture thoughts... September 14, 2008

For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.
- Psalm 107:9
(American King James Version)

Only God can truly satisfy the longing in our souls.

Scripture thoughts... September 12, 2008

For the mountains may be taken away, and the hills be moved out of their places, but my love will not be taken from you, or my agreement of peace broken, says the Lord, who has had mercy on you.
- Isaiah 54:10 
(Bible in Basic English)

There is nothing that can ever stop God from loving you.

Scripture thoughts... September 11, 2008

Even if he has a fall he will not be without help: for the hand of the Lord is supporting him.
- Psalm 37:24
(Bible in Basic English)

Never let go of God's hand no matter how many times you fall!

Scripture thoughts... September 10, 2008

"I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father."
- John 14:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Not only does Jesus expect us to do the same kinds of things He did but even greater things!  Oh "we" of little faith!

Scripture thoughts... September 09, 2008

In our present tent-like existence we sigh, since we long to put on the house we will have in heaven.
- 2 Corinthians 5:2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We are all spirits living inside of earthly bodies.  Often times we feel like our spirit can soar but our bodies are weak and limited.  In heaven we won't be held back by the flesh like we are now.  We'll be able to praise and serve God to the fullest and never grow tired.  I can hardly wait!

Scripture thoughts... September 08, 2008

He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
- Psalm 107: 20
(King James Bible)

Are you sick or feel like everything is going wrong in life?  Get His Word inside you and He will set you free!

Scripture thoughts... September 07, 2008

You said, "The LORD our God has let us see how great and glorious He is. We've heard His voice come from the fire. Today we've seen that people can live even if God speaks to them.
- Deuteronomy 5:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

As all-powerful as the Creator of the universe is ,He still wants us to know that He is very approachable.  He wants an intimate relationship with us.  When your best friend, your minister or your neighbor isn't available, God is ALWAYS available!

Scripture thoughts... September 06, 2008

The LORD is near to everyone who prays to him, to every faithful person who prays to him.
- Psalm 145:18 
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you start to feel far from God stop letting the world distract you and make time to spend with Him.  No relationship can grow if the 2 don't keep the lines of communication open.  Pray without ceasing!

Scripture thoughts... September 05, 2008

He did evil things because he was not serious about dedicating himself to serving the LORD.
- 2 Chronicles 12:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If living for God is not your highest priority you leave the door wide open for the enemy to tempt you to sin.

Scripture thoughts... September 04, 2008

And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant
- Matthew 20:27
(American King James Version)

God's idea of leadership is different from the world's.  In order to become the greatest leader you must become the greatest servant.

Scripture thoughts... September 03, 2008

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love other believers. The person who doesn't grow in love remains in death.
- 1 John 3:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you really love your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?  Do you demonstrate that love with your actions?  

Scripture thoughts... September 02, 2008

He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.
1 John 5:12
(American King James Version)

Life isn't found in Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, Moses, nor any other religious figure.  Only Jesus Who is actually God in a fleshly form can bring you life.

Scripture thoughts... August 31, 2008

Christ also once for all died for sins, the innocent One for the guilty many, in order to bring us to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit
- 1 Peter 3:18
(Weymouth New Testament)

Jesus only had to sacrifice Himself one time to take care of all the sins of humanity.  That is how powerful His Blood is!  If you mess up, don't run from Him, run TO HIM!  He will forgive and restore you.

Scripture thoughts... August 30, 2008

Thus says the LORD, "Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?
- Isaiah 66:1
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Never try to box God into a mold of your expectations.  He is GOD.  He will do what He wants to do when He wants to do it and His creation isn't going to boss Him around.

Scripture thoughts... August 29, 2008

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.
- Philippians 4:6 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Worrying is an act of the sinful flesh.  God wants us to waste no time doing that.  Instead take that same time and energy and pray to Him that He will have His way and strengthen you in all you go through knowing with a grateful heart that He will.

Scripture thoughts... August 28, 2008

Those who say that they live in Him must live the same way He lived.
- 1 John 2:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You want to know how you should live your life?  Jesus is our example.  And remember that He said we would do greater works than He did. 

Scripture thoughts... August 27, 2008

We have been set apart as holy because Jesus Christ did what God wanted Him to do by sacrificing His body once and for all.
- Hebrews 10:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Every sin we have commited has been taken care of by Jesus' Blood on the cross.  No more sacrifice is required and to imply any differently would insult the work that He did for us.

Scripture thoughts... August 26, 2008

As a result, no one can brag in God's presence.
- 1 Corinthians 1:29
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

In the fullness of God's presence we realize how helpless we truly are without Him.

Scripture thoughts... August 25, 2008

As long as he dedicated his life to serving the LORD, the LORD gave him success.
- 2 Chronicles 26:5b
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When you put God's business first He will prosper you.

Scripture thoughts... August 22, 2008

But God is faithful, Who will strengthen and keep you from evil.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:3
(Douay-Rheims Bible)

It doesn't matter how many schemes the enemy plans to use against you...if you stay under God's protection you will be able to withstand them all.

Scripture thoughts... August 21, 2008

Then Jesus said to them, "So wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News.
- Mark 16:15  
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We are to cover this planet with the knowledge of Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture thoughts... August 20, 2008

"When I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came to these people. This was the same thing that happened to us in the beginning.  I remembered that the Lord had said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized by the Holy Spirit.'  When they believed, God gave them the same gift that He gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. So who was I to interfere with God?"
- Acts 11:15-17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God doesn't need to wait for your approval to move.  

Scripture thoughts... August 19, 2008

The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
- Psalm 138:8
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God didn't create you because He was bored.  You are here for a reason.  In Him you will find your true purpose in this life.

Scripture thoughts... August 18, 2008

"The Helper whom I will send to you from the Father will come. This Helper, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, will declare the truth about me."
- John 15:26
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you hear a message that isn't glorifying and speaking of Jesus it's probably not inspired by the Holy Spirit because He will always testify of the Son of God.

Scripture thoughts... August 17, 2008

He has done this so that they would look for God, somehow reach for Him, and find Him. In fact, He is never far from any one of us.
- Acts 17:27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God wants us to seek after Him.  The enemy's job is to distract us from doing that but know that the Lord is closer to you than you think.

Scripture thoughts... August 16, 2008

You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in Your presence. Pleasures are by Your side forever.
- Psalm 16:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

True and lasting happiness can only be found in the presence of our Creator.

Scripture thoughts... August 15, 2008

Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in Your teachings.
- Psalm 119:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you ever feel like you can't understand the Bible then pray for God to reveal it's meaning to you.  He wrote it so who knows it better than Him?

Scripture thoughts... August 14, 2008

"See! I am coming soon! My reward is with me to repay everyone according to his work."
- Revelation 22:12
(International Standard Version (©2008))

What you do for Christ isn't for nothing.  You will be rewarded for your sacrifice.

Scripture thoughts... August 13, 2008

However, don't be happy that evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven.
- Luke 10:20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Never boast about the abilities that God gave you in the first place but rather be thankful that He chose to save you.  He could have passed you over but He didn't.

Scripture thoughts... August 12, 2008

...but if anyone has a desire to become great among you, let him be your servant;
- Matthew 20:26b
(Bible in Basic English)

God will only raise you up when you lower yourself.

Scripture thoughts... August 11, 2008

I will be true to my agreement; the things which have gone out of my lips will not be changed.
- Psalm 89:34
(Bible in Basic English)

Whatever God has spoken will always be true.  He doesn't change His mind.

Scripture thoughts... August 10, 2008

Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth.
- 1 John 3:18
(International Standard Version (©2008))

Just saying "I love you" isn't enough if you don't back it up with your actions.

Scripture thoughts... August 9, 2008

You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.
- John 15:14
(American King James Version)

Only those who are doing what Christ wants them to do can truly be called "friends of God."

Scripture thoughts... August 8, 2008

"But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark-- you and your sons and your wife, and your sons' wives with you."
- Genesis 6:18
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Notice that the covenant or agreement was between God and Noah.  As a result not only was Noah saved but his whole family was saved all because of Noah's faith.  God loves to save entire families...don't give up on them coming to the Lord one day!

Scripture thoughts... August 7, 2008

The Lord is near the broken-hearted; He is the Saviour of those whose spirits are crushed down.
- Psalm 34:18
(Bible in Basic English)

When we go through an emotionally difficult time know that God is right there with you.  He was as human as you and I and understands what we go through.  Call on Him and He will carry you through the rough times.

Scripture thoughts... August 6, 2008

However, the Lord stood by me and gave me strength so that I could finish spreading the Good News for all the nations to hear. I was snatched out of a lion's mouth.
- 2 Timothy 4:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't fear to spread the gospel when Jesus is at your side!  He will protect you!

Scripture thoughts... August 5, 2008

But God has given us the revelation of these things through his Spirit, for the Spirit makes search into all things, even the deep things of God.
- 1 Corinthians 2:10
(Bible in Basic English)

The Holy Spirit whom Jesus left to us in His place on earth, is the key to finding out all you need to know about and from God.  And since He is God Himself, He knows everything.  Don't ignore Him!  He's our most valuable resource!

Scripture thoughts... August 4, 2008

I will meditate also of all your work, and talk of your doings.
- Psalm 77:12
(American King James Version)

Read the Bible about all the amazing things God has done for those who put their trust in Him and your own faith will be built up!  And then don't forget to tell others about it.

Scripture thoughts... August 2, 2008

And I said, Who are You, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, Whom you are attacking.
- Acts 26:15
(Bible in Basic English)

Paul (then Saul) was doing everything he could to hurt and kill believers in Christ and yet Jesus said that he was attacking HIM.  When you hurt a fellow believer you are in essence attacking Jesus!  Don't do it! 

Scripture thoughts... August 1, 2008

My eyes are always on the LORD. He removes my feet from traps.
- Psalm 25:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you feel like you're in a place that you can't escape from?  Focus your eyes on Jesus!  He can bring you out!

Scripture thoughts... July 31, 2008

"You are light for the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill."
- Matthew 5:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Notice that Jesus isn't emphasizing that "He" is the light of the world (which He also is) but He is saying YOU are the light.  His light should be beaming out of you.  We aren't to try to hide our faith.  It should be plainly seen by all those around us.

Scripture thoughts... July 30, 2008

At that time you will say, "Praise the LORD. Call on His name. Make His deeds known among the nations. Make them remember that His name is highly honored.
- Isaiah 12:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You want to attract people to God?  Tell them of His mighty miracles not only in your own life but also of the amazing things He has done in times past.

Scripture thoughts... July 29, 2008

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
- 2 Timothy 1:7
(American King James Version)

If you constantly feel fear attacking your mind, know that it comes not from God but from our enemy.  Give all your worries to Jesus and He will give you peace that no psychiatrist nor drug can give!

Scripture thoughts... July 28, 2008

Turn to Me, and be saved, all ends of the earth, For I am God, and there is none else.
- Isaiah 45:22
(Young's Literal Translation)

God is calling the nations. However, He needs us to be His hands and feet to bring His voice to the earth.  We can do 2 things: either go yourself OR make it possible for someone else to do so.

Scripture thoughts... July 27, 2008

Because this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide.
- Psalm 48:14
(Bible in Basic English)

God is always there to lead you in the way you should go...if you will listen.

Scripture thoughts... July 26, 2008

And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
- Jeremiah 24:7
(Webster's Bible Translation)

God doesn't want us to know Him from afar off.  He wants You to seek Him with all that's within you.  Don't bother seeking things of this world that are temporary when the Eternal God waiting to talk to you.

Scripture thoughts... July 25, 2008

Before they call, I will answer. While they're still speaking, I will hear.
- Isaiah 65:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Before you can even think about making a request to God, He already has a plan in the works!

Scripture thoughts... July 24, 2008

"Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."
- Acts 3:19
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

If we truly want a Holy Ghost revival we must first get on our knees and determine to live holy lives before God and men no matter what the cost.

Scripture thoughts... July 23, 2008

Let us look closely at our ways and examine them and then return to the LORD.  Let us raise our hearts and hands to God in heaven.
- Lamentations 3:40-41
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Take time every day to look at your life and see how you could have done better.  Don't just keep making the same mistakes over and over.  Reach out to God and ask Him to make you more like Him.

Scripture thoughts... July 22, 2008

If we say, "We aren't sinful" we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- 1 John 1:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We're all on the same boat on this one!  But thank God that His Blood is powerful enough to deal with ANY sin when we humbly come to Him for forgiveness.  He is so merciful!

Scripture thoughts... July 21, 2008

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
- 1 John 5:3
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God doesn't give us commandments because He loves telling us what we cannot to.  No, He knows what is best for us like any good parent strives to do.  He is trying to protect you from messing up your life!

Scripture thoughts... July 20, 2008

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh accomplishes nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
- John 6:63
(International Standard Version (©2008))

The devil makes many people believe the miraculous power comes from a man.  It's doesn't.  It comes directly from God.  Stop seeking man's touch and reach out to Jesus Himself.

Scripture thoughts... July 19, 2008

Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me.
- Psalm 51:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We should do our very best to keep sin out of our lives and with the Holy Spirit's help, it's possible.

Scripture thoughts... July 18, 2008

Many people followed him, and he cured all of them.
- Matthew 12:15b
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If we are going to do greater works than Jesus, and He said He would, then I'm looking for the day when every person in a church service will get healed.  Not some but ALL!

Scripture thoughts... July 17, 2008

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin
- Hebrews 12:3-4
(New American Standard Bible ©)

When you feel like you just can't take it anymore, think about all that Jesus suffered for us knowing that He didn't have to go through any of it.

Scripture thoughts... July 16, 2008

My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways.  You know that such testing of your faith produces endurance.  Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won't need anything.
- James 1:2-4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's not fun going through hard times but God will use every experience we go through to mold us and change us into that which He wants us to be.

Scripture thoughts... July 15, 2008

Let it then be your desire to be like God, as well-loved children
- Ephesians 5:1
(Bible in Basic English)

Just like little kids pretend to be their parents in the things that they do so we should want to be like our heavenly Father.

Scripture thoughts... July 14, 2008

bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
- Colossians 3:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There will be times where you may get in a disagreement, an arguement or an all out fight with your brothers and sisters.  We still have to live together and work together for Christ so forgive those who hurt you just like God forgave you when you hurt Him.

Scripture thoughts... July 13, 2008

One of them, seeing that he was cured, came back, adoring and praising God in a loud voice,
- Luke 17:15
(Weymouth New Testament)

If God heals you (or does anything for you really) you need to shout about it in front of everybody!

Scripture thoughts... July 12, 2008

Give thanks to the LORD. Call on him. Make known among the nations what he has done.
- Psalm 105:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

People don't want to hear about how great you are but it's always appropriate to tell about how great God is!

Scripture thoughts... July 10, 2008

Make sure that no one ever pays back one wrong with another wrong. Instead, always try to do what is good for each other and everyone else.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't be like the world in thinking that if you were wronged in some way that you have the right to "get back" at that person.

Scripture thoughts... July 09, 2008

When my soul was in distress within me, I remembered the Lord: that my prayer may come to thee, unto thy holy temple.
- Jonah 2:7
(Douay-Rheims Bible)

Don't wait until it looks like all hope is lost before you call on God.  Why do we do that???  He shouldn't be the last resort.  He should be the FIRST One we turn to!

Scripture thoughts... July 08, 2008

Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly.
- Colossians 3:14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

More than anything people will remember your love for them.  You want to make sure an unbeliever will listen to you?  Let them see the love of Christ flowing out of you.

Scripture thoughts... July 07, 2008

Realize that the LORD alone is God. He made us, and we are his. We are His people and the sheep in his care.
- Psalm 100:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It's good to know that we are under the protection of the Creator of the universe!

Scripture thoughts... July 06, 2008

"Don't you say, 'In four more months the harvest will be here'? I'm telling you to look and see that the fields are ready to be harvested.
- John 4:35
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The unsaved are all around us.  Don't they deserve to hear the good message of Christ like you did?  What are you waiting for?

Scripture thoughts... July 05, 2008

Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant.
- Matthew 20:26b
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only those who put others before themselves does God consider truly great.

Scripture thoughts... July 03, 2008

They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do.  They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good.
- Titus 1:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Anybody can claim to have a relationship with God.  But if they are living unholy, then their life contradicts that statement.

Scripture thoughts... July 02, 2008

Encourage young men to use good judgment.  Always set an example by doing good things. When you teach, be an example of moral purity and dignity.  Speak an accurate message that cannot be condemned.  Then those who oppose us will be ashamed because they cannot say anything bad about us.
- Titus 2:6-8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

People are always watching you.  Whether or not you actually speak to people about the Lord, your life is a "living witness" among men.  Do your best to live a life that cannot come under question by skeptics.

Scripture thoughts... July 01, 2008

Dear friends, since you are foreigners and temporary residents [in the world], I'm encouraging you to keep away from the desires of your corrupt nature. These desires constantly attack you.
- 1 Peter 2:11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We must be CONSTANTLY on guard against temptations that the enemy puts in front of us.  The more you do for God the more the enemy works to bring you down.  Be alert and live holy!

Scripture thoughts... June 30, 2008

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to farm the land and to take care of it.
- Genesis 2:15 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Yes we can have fun and enjoy life along the way but God gives each of us a job to do and He expects us to fulfill our responsibilities.

Scripture thoughts... June 29, 2008

So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.  And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.
- Matthew 28:19-20
((GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Notice this doesn't say go "if you feel like it" or go "as long as it's convenient."  It's not a question of whether you are specifically called to do it either.   This is something we are ALL commanded to do.

Scripture thoughts... June 28, 2008

The righteous person has many troubles, but the LORD rescues him from all of them.
- Psalm 34:19
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We all go through many hard times but trust God to see you through every one of them. 

Scripture thoughts... June 27, 2008

Now the servant of the man of God, having got up early and gone out, saw an army with horses and carriages of war all round the town. And the servant said to him, O my master, what are we to do?  And he said in answer, Have no fear; those who are with us are more than those who are with them.  Then Elisha made a prayer to the Lord, saying, Lord, let his eyes be open so that he may see. And the Lord made the young man's eyes open; and he saw that all the mountain was full of horses and carriages of fire round Elisha.
2 Kings 6:15-17
(Bible in Basic English)

Never fear the devil when you have such huge angelic backup!

Scripture thoughts... June 26, 2008

Doing what is right and fair is more acceptable to the LORD than offering a sacrifice.
- Proverbs 21:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can't do an occasional "good deed" to make God forget you're not living right.

Scripture thoughts... June 25, 2008

The Pharisees saw this and asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"  When Jesus heard that, he said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who are sick do.  Learn what this means: 'I want mercy, not sacrifices.' I've come to call sinners, not people who think they have God's approval."
-Matthew 9:11-13
((GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Jesus can't help people who think they have it all together with God despite the fact that they don't really know Him.  He looks for those who are humble and freely admit that they are sinful and need His help.

Scripture thoughts... June 24, 2008

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
- Psalm 107:21
(King James Bible)

Always be grateful for all the good things God allows you to have.  Remember this...none of us are entitled to ANYTHING.  It's by God's grace that you are even saved in the first place let alone that you are blessed in this life.  Millions in this world don't have a fraction of what we call necessities.

Scripture thoughts... June 23, 2008

If you then, with all your human frailty, know how to give your children gifts that are good for them, how much more certainly will your Father who is in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"
- Luke 11:13 (Weymouth New Testament)

God is much more willing to give His children the gift of the Holy Spirit than we are even willing to receive Him.

Scripture thoughts... June 22, 2008

'I looked for someone among you who could build walls or stand in front of me by the gaps in the walls to defend the land and keep it from being destroyed. But I couldn't find anyone.'
- Ezekiel 22:30
((GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Never neglect the call of God to pray.  Even just ONE person can stay the hand of God from allowing destruction to occur.  Just ask Abraham about Sodom and Gomorrah.  If he had asked God if only 1 were found righteous then the cities probably wouldn't have been destroyed but he stopped short at 10 righteous.  Pray and pray specifically!

Scripture thoughts... June 21, 2008

The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come.  He answered them, "People can't observe the coming of the kingdom of God.  They can't say, 'Here it is!' or 'There it is!' You see, the kingdom of God is within you."
- Luke 17:20-21
((GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't go looking for revival to come from a certain physical location like Florida or wherever.  Let His Kingdom power start to flow out of YOU.  "These signs and wonders shall follow them that believe!"  Aren't you a believer?

Scripture thoughts... June 20, 2008

But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
- Deuteronomy 4:29 
(American King James Version)

God will reveal Himself to ANYONE, ANYWHERE if they seek Him truly with all that is within them no matter who they are.

Scripture thoughts... June 19, 2008

When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
- Matthew 14:14
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Sometimes neither you nor the person agreeing with you in prayer needs the faith to make you well.  In many cases it's simply God's compassion that does it.  This explains how even unbelievers can get healed.  What an awesome God!  

Scripture thoughts... June 18, 2008

The Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory. Then He will pay back each person based on what that person has done.
- Matthew 16:27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

What you do in this current life will effect your eternity.  What are you waiting for?  Time to get busy!

Scripture thoughts... June 17, 2008

Lips that lie are disgusting to the LORD, but honest people are his delight.
- Proverbs 12:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Christians should of course be examples of holiness among sinful men.  We are His hands and feet on the earth after all.  Sadly when it comes to lying we seem to be just as bad as the world sometimes.  "Little white lies" are just as disgusting to God as the big ones.  Just don't do it.  It's better to simply keep your mouth shut.

Scripture thoughts... June 16, 2008

Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don't expect, the Son of Man will come.
- Matthew 24:44
(World English Bible)

Whether it be in His second coming or when we pass from this life to the next, we must always be ready to go.  That time can happen at ANY moment.  Don't waste time in foolishness now only to regret it later.

Scripture thoughts... June 15, 2008

Don't you know? Haven't you heard? The eternal God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn't grow tired or become weary. His understanding is beyond reach.
- Isaiah 40:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't ever think that God will get tired of hearing from you.  Call on Him at anytime.  He's available 24 hours a day!

Scripture thoughts... June 14, 2008

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
(American King James Version)

In this fast paced, drive-thru, microwave society that we live in nobody wants to wait for anything.  Instead of hurrying and making the wrong decision wait on God to hear what He would want you to do.

Scripture thoughts... June 13, 2008

Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed.
- Joshua 1:8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you want to succeed in your calling and in life in general you must keep the Word of God ever in your mind.  Get it in there in anyway you can.  You can read it in book form, on audio as in tapes and CDs and even the internet!

Scripture thoughts... June 12, 2008

Teach me to do your will, because you are my God. May your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
- Psalm 142:10 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Lean on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you always.

Scripture thoughts... June 11, 2008

Whom have I in heaven but you? and having you I have no desire for anything on earth.
- Psalm 73: 25
(Bible in Basic English)

Before anything else we should be seeking desperately after God.

Scripture thoughts... June 10, 2008

I will not accuse you forever. I will not be angry with you forever. Otherwise, the spirits, the lives of those I've made, would grow faint in my presence.
- Isaiah 57:16
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Thank goodness the Lord is patient with His creation!

Scripture thoughts... June 9, 2008

[A psalm by David.] The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need.
- Psalm 23:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Submit yourself to God as His little sheep and you will find you will lack nothing that you need to live.

Scripture thoughts... June 8, 2008

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort.He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
(GOD'S WORD ® Translation)

Whatever we go through, God is always there to comfort us when we look to Him.  And not only that but through Him we can bring comfort to others.

Scripture thoughts... June 7, 2008

It was good that I had to suffer in order to learn your laws.
- Psalm 119:71
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Lord, what ever the lesson is You are trying to teach me through these hard times, let me learn it quick!  Amen!

Scripture thoughts... June 6, 2008

Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Once you give your life to God everything in your past is under the Blood of Jesus never to be brought up by God again.  You get a fresh new start.  Don't let the enemy tell you you can't serve God because of your past sins.  That person is gone!

Scripture thoughts... June 5, 2008

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life present in him.
- 1 John 3:15
(International Standard Version (©2008))

Before you were saved it was so easy to say, "I hate that person for what they did to me" but once the Blood of Jesus washed your sins away when you didn't deserve it, that hate had to be let go.  If you want to hate someone then hate the devil who inspired that evil that was done against you.

Scripture thoughts... June 4, 2008

"A servant cannot serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth."
- Luke 16: 13
(GOD'S WORD ® Translation)

Many people's main focus is to make as much money as they can.  There's certainly nothing wrong with making money but if you use "making money" as an excuse as to why you can't do what you know God wants you to do then you are spitting in the face of the One who gave you the strength to work in the first place.  "Don't bite the hand that feeds you!"

Scripture thoughts... June 3, 2008

Now, suppose a person has enough to live on and notices another believer in need. How can God's love be in that person if he doesn't bother to help the other believer?  Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.
- 1 John 3: 17-18
(GOD'S WORD ® Translation)

Generosity, whether financial or otherwise is something that should be automatic for a Christian.  Jesus wasn't just a preacher but was a Man of action.  

Scripture thoughts... June 2, 2008

God establishes us, together with you, in a relationship with Christ. He has also anointed us.  In addition, he has put his seal of ownership on us and has given us the Spirit as his guarantee.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
(GOD'S WORD ® Translation)

The angels, the devil and all the spiritual world can plainly see who belongs to God.  Why do you think the enemy is working so much harder to destroy you since you've been saved?  Thank God His angels protect us!

Scripture thoughts... June 1, 2008

"It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
- John 6:45
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

For those that still say that Jesus never claimed to be God...well here you go!  Anyone wanting to learn about God simply needs to find Jesus.

Scripture thoughts... May 31, 2008

The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I, too, will love him and reveal Myself to him.
- John 14:21
(International Standard Version (©2008))

Do you want Jesus to reveal Himself to you?  Love Him and keep His commandments!

Scripture thoughts... May 30, 2008

“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.  “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  “So then, you will know them by their fruits. "
- Matthew 7:17-20
(New American Standard Bible ©)

What kind of fruit do people see you producing from your life?  Believe me, it gets noticed!

Scripture thoughts... May 29, 2008

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Lord's Spirit is, there is freedom.
- 2 Corinthians 3:17
(International Standard Version (©2008))

Do you feel like you are in bondage to repeat the same sins over and over again?  Then go to the place where God's Spirit is.  He's not giving freedom to people at the bar or in clubs although He certainly can in unusual circumstances.  He can be found where people are praising Him.  More praise = more power!!!

Scripture thoughts... May 28, 2008

We don't look for things that can be seen but for things that can't be seen. Things that can be seen are only temporary. But things that can't be seen last forever.
- 2 Corinthians 4:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Don't put so much focus on the physical things of this world that come and go like the wind wind but rather on spiritual things that are eternal.  Having fun is ok but bringing souls to God is better.

Scripture thoughts... May 27, 2008

My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer to you, and will look up.
-Psalm 5:3
(American King James Version)

The best way to start the day is by talking our Heavenly Father.  Jesus did it.  We should too.

Scripture thoughts... May 26, 2008

"When you go to war in your own country against an enemy who is oppressing you, the trumpets will sound a fanfare. Then the LORD your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies.
- Numbers 10:9
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Blowing trumpets often represent praise to God in the Bible.  So before you have to enter into a big battle be sure to lift up a loud praise unto God for the victory!

Scripture thoughts... May 25, 2008

For He had cured many of the people, so that all who had any ailments pressed upon Him, to touch Him.
- Mark 3:10
(Weymouth New Testament)

Are you desperate enough in your pain to reach out and touch Him for your healing?  He doesn't simply have healing...He IS healing.

Scripture thoughts... May 24, 2008

O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
- Psalm 30:2
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Doctors are limited by their knowledge in what they can do for us and thank God that they are there to help but the ultimate true healer is the Lord Himself.

Scripture thoughts... May 23, 2008

He has done this so that they would look for God, somehow reach for him, and find him. In fact, he is never far from any one of us.
- Acts 17:27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Did you ever play hide and seek as a child?  Well with that same determination, go and seek after God.   He wants you to find Him.  Once you start, it won't be long before He reveals Himself to you.

Scripture thoughts... May 22, 2008

So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
- Isaiah 55:11
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

When someone says, "Don't bother quoting Scripture to me because I don't believe it" don't let that stop you because they don't understand that the Word is so powerful that it will affect them whether they like it or not.  Their unbelief and rebellion will not overpower what God's Word was sent to them to accomplish.

Scripture thoughts... May 21, 2008

Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God's people.
- Ephesians 6:18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We are to be people of prayer.  And not just making requests for ourselves which is fine of course but we are to pray "in the Spirit" in everything we go through and also for your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Scripture thoughts... May 20, 2008

Jesus replied, "Rather, how blessed are those who hear and obey God's word."
- Luke 11:28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Hearing the Word of God and putting it into your mind is only the first step.  You must then put it into practice into your daily life.

Scripture thoughts... May 19, 2008

The LORD answered, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you peace."
- Exodus 33:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you need God's peace in your life?  Get into His presence.  It's the best place to find it.

Scripture thoughts... May 17, 2008

The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends.  You are my friends if you obey my commandments.
- John 15:13-14
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you ever feel like you have no friends to talk to, remember that Jesus is your friend and He's ALWAYS available.

Scripture thoughts... May 16, 2008

Now, little children, remain in Him, that when He appears, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
1 John 2:29
(World English Bible)

When Jesus returns to the earth...at that very moment...what will you be doing?  Think about it.

Scripture thoughts... May 15, 2008

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely.
- Psalm 16:8-9
(New American Standard Bible ©)

If you always put God in the forefront of your life you will have the confidence to go through anything.  When the Creator of all things is at your side, it makes the future seem brighter.

Scripture thoughts... May 14, 2008

But dedicate your lives to Christ as Lord. Always be ready to defend your confidence [in God] when anyone asks you to explain it. However, make your defense with gentleness and respect.
- 1 Peter 3:15
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There are many Christians who in their excitement about the Lord are way too aggressive in their witness and come across as arrogant which completely turns people off.  To those who had truly open hearts, Jesus never spoke in a condemning way but rather loved them and calmly told them the truth.  The choice to accept or reject Him was up to them.

Scripture thoughts... May 13, 2008

He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs. As high as the heavens are above the earth- that is how vast his mercy is toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west- that is how far he has removed our rebellious acts from himself. As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.
- Psalm 103:10-13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

None of us truly deserves the mercy of God on us.  Over and over we keep sinning and yet He still loves and forgives us.  The enemy can bring up our messed up past against us but God chooses not to even remember it.  How great is His love toward us!

Scripture thoughts... May 12, 2008

As everyone dies because of Adam, so also everyone will be made alive because of Christ.  This will happen to each person in his own turn. Christ is the first, then at his coming, those who belong to him will be made alive.
- 1 Corinthians 15:22-23
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Since the beginning of mankind we have all had to experience death because of the sin of Adam.  The good thing however is that a second Adam came, Who is Jesus and He instead brought mankind the possibility of life.  We as Christians have this hope that we won't just cease to exist, nor suffer eternally in hell but we will live on with our Savior forever.

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Scripture thoughts... May 11, 2008

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.
- Isaiah 66:13a
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Our Moms were the ones that held us and made us feel safe as we cried in their arms.  When we couldn't even express or understand what was wrong they would embrace us and make us feel everything was going to be alright.  One of God's names is "Comforter."  Whether your Mom is still around or not, know that God is there to bring you comfort when you need it.
TO ALL THE MOMS:  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Scripture thoughts... May 10, 2008

For a short time our fathers disciplined us as they thought best. Yet, God disciplines us for our own good so that we can become holy like him.
- Romans 12:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

A lot of times God lets us go "through the fire" so to speak in order that the impure desires within us will burn off.  It doesn't feel good while we're going through it but in the end we will become more like Him.

Scripture thoughts... May 9, 2008

However, the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you.
- John 14:26 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The Holy Spirit isn't some ghost that floats around just watching us doing nothing.  No, He is God Himself just as much as Jesus walking the earth always was and is.  He is here to help us, to teach us and to help us remember God's Word as we go through life.  Don't ignore Him!  Ask Him for help!  It's why Jesus had the Father send Him here.

Scripture thoughts... May 8, 2008

But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you;  That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
- Matthew 5:44-45
(American King James Version)

God doesn't only do good to those who deserve it.  He does good to all because He IS good and our Father wants us to be like Him.  We're to treat everyone with the same goodness that God has given to us when we surely didn't deserve it.  No, it doesn't feel good to be mistreated but God doesn't feel good when we keep sinning against Him yet He is continually good to us.

Scripture thoughts... May 7, 2008

Don't put out the Spirit's fire.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:19
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You may say, but the Holy Spirit is God so how can you stop God Himself?  Listen...God doesn't work FOR you, but rather He works THROUGH you.  If you don't want to get up and move when He tells you to, you are literally binding His hands.  But when you do this you are grieving Him tremendously.  Don't wound Him like that!  We are Jesus' hands and feet on the earth.  If you don't do what needs to be done, who will???

Scripture thoughts... May 6, 2008

"So I will acknowledge in front of My Father in Heaven that person who acknowledges Me in front of others.  But I will tell My Father in Heaven that I don't know the person who tells others that he doesn't know Me."
- Matthew 10:32-33
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you want Jesus to brag about you?  Brag about Him!

Scripture thoughts... May 5, 2008

Let your eyes look straight ahead and your sight be focused in front of you.  Carefully walk a straight path, and all your ways will be secure.  Do not lean to the right or to the left. Walk away from evil.
- Proverbs 4:25-27
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The enemy will do his very best to keep you distracted from the path God has for you using the things of this world.  He's not a stupid devil...he has had thousands of years of practice enticing the hearts of men away from their Creator.  Don't allow yourself to get side-tracked from the calling of the Lord on your life.

Scripture thoughts... May 4, 2008

As Scripture says, "Whoever brags must brag about what the Lord has done."
1 Corinthians 1:31
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Instead of talking about how great you are or your accomplishments, tell people how great God is and all the things He has done!

Scripture thoughts... May 3, 2008

My dear friends, you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I'm absent. In the same way continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13 It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please him.
- Philippians 2:12-13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Your Mama can't stand in your place before God to plead for you.  Neither can your Dad, your friends, not even your Pastor.  What you do with your life is totally YOUR responsibility.  If you get to heaven and have nothing to show for your life on earth there is no one to blame but yourself.  It's time to get busy!

Scripture thoughts... May 2, 2008

By mercy and faithfulness, peace is made with the LORD. By the fear of the LORD, evil is avoided.
- Proverbs 16:6
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Often times the reason why men can so easily sin with such audacity is that they lack the fear of the Lord.  Yes God is Love but he is also the Righteous Judge who will absolutely NOT tolerate sin in His presence.  It says in Hebrews 12:29,  "For our God is a consuming fire."  You don't play with fire!

Scripture thoughts... May 1, 2008

Why are you crushed down, O my soul? and why are you troubled in me? put your hope in God, for I will again give Him praise who is my help and my God.
- Psalm 43:5
(Bible in Basic English)

We all get sad and depressed from time to time but this verse encourages us to believe that God will give us the help we need as we praise Him.

Scripture thoughts... April 30, 2008

In every way we're troubled, but we aren't crushed by our troubles. We're frustrated, but we don't give up.  We're persecuted, but we're not abandoned. We're captured, but we're not killed.  We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies.  While we are alive, we are constantly handed over to death for Jesus' sake so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our mortal nature.
- 2 Corinthians 4:8-11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The ways of the Kingdom of God are often the opposite from the ways of the world.  From death comes life (that garden tomb is still empty!) and from circumstances that are bad will often come good.  Trust God that through our suffering He is transforming us into the person He wants us to be till that time when we'll be fully in His presence forever.

Scripture thoughts... April 29, 2008

How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are!  If I try to count them, there would be more of them than there are grains of sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.
- Psalm 138:17-18
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God loves us so much that He can't get us out of His mind.  He is constantly thinking about you and me.  Imagine that...the God that created everything in the entire universe Who really doesn't need anything or anybody always has you in His thoughts!  What an awesome God we serve!

Scripture thoughts... April 28, 2008

At the same time the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don't know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words.
-Romans 8:26
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Even in prayer we need to lean on the Holy Spirit's help to lead us in talking to God.  Jesus Himself always walked around in the "power of the Spirit" and He is our greatest example.  And also think of this...the enemy has no defense against a Spirit led prayer!

Scripture thoughts... April 27, 2008

But He said to me, `My kindness and strength is enough for you. When you are weak, My power is strong.' So then, I am very glad to talk about how weak I am so that the power of Christ may live in me.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
(Worldwide English (New Testament))

God doesn't want to use people who think they are so talented and have it all together.  No, He rather use those who know that without Him they can do nothing right.  Those who totally lean on God for their strength.  It's with  these type of people that God's power can move the strongest.

Scripture thoughts... April 26, 2008

For the LORD will not forsake his people for His great name's sake: because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people.
- 1 Samuel 12 :22
(American King James Version)

All of us who are saved were all selected by God to be His.  It's possible (God forbid) that we can reject Him but He will never reject us because that's just the kind of God He is.  No matter how bad we mess up, He will not change His mind about us.  We will always belong to Him.

Scripture thoughts... April 25, 2008

We love him, because he first loved us.
- 1 John 4:19 (King James Version)

Before you were even born...
Before you were even foreseen to come by your parents...
Before the foundations of the earth was established...
God loved you.
Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world!  (Revelation 13:8)

Scripture thoughts... April 24, 2008

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God's will in Christ Jesus that you do this. Don't put out the Spirit's fire. Don't despise what God has revealed. Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good. Keep away from every kind of evil.
- 1 Thessalonians 5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

What does a Christian look like?  This Scripture pretty much says it all.

Scripture thoughts... April 23, 2008

A good man from the good stored up in his heart brings out what is good; and an evil man from the evil stored up brings out what is evil; for from the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
- Luke 6:45
(Weymouth New Testament)

Anyone can make the claim that they are a good person (and most do!) but all you need to do is listen to them talk for a while in a situation where they aren't trying to impress anybody for their so-called holiness and what is stored within their heart will be revealed by what comes out of their lips.  People are listening to what comes out of your mouth, trust me.  Don't let your speech ruin your chance to be a good witness.

Scripture thoughts... April 22, 2008

You spent enough time in the past doing what unbelievers like to do.  You were promiscuous, had sinful desires, got drunk, went to wild parties, and took part in the forbidden worship of false gods.  Unbelievers insult you now because they are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of wild living.  They will give an account to the one who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
- 1 Peter 4:3-5
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

People look at us strangely now because we don't act the way they do anymore.  What they consider fun and a "good time" now holds no interest for us.  Is it any wonder then that they should think something is wrong with us?  They know deep within their hearts that it is they themselves that are not living right but since "they can't be wrong" they instead act like WE are.  If they don't surrender to Christ their day of judgement will come.  Pray for them that their eyes will be opened!

Scripture thoughts... April 21, 2008

With God is my salvation and my honor. The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.  Trust in him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us. Selah
- Psalm 62:7-8
(World English Bible)

In God is One that we can freely tell our innermost desires and hopes and dreams.  He is our Daddy and we should be able to feel like we can jump up on His lap and tell Him anything.  You can feel safe with Him and know that He will keep you safe from the enemy.

Scripture thoughts... April 20, 2008

since they exhibit proof that a knowledge of the conduct which the Law requires is engraven on their hearts, while their consciences also bear witness to the Law, and their thoughts, as if in mutual discussion, accuse them or perhaps maintain their innocence--
- Romans 2:15
(Weymouth New Testament)

All of us whether we are saved or not have a conscience that tells us if we are doing right or wrong.  Maybe the Bible doesn't specifically give an example of what to do in your unique situation but your God given conscience is always working to help you make the right decision.

Scripture thoughts... April 19, 2008

Today I'm giving you the choice of a blessing or a curse. You'll be blessed if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I'm giving you today. You'll be cursed if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God, if you turn from the way I'm commanding you to live today, and if you worship other gods you never knew.
- Deuteronomy 11:26-28
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

God says that whether we are cursed of blessed is all up to us.  If you're living in His will then blessings will be yours.  If you want to do your own thing then a curse will be on your life.  Which will you choose?  

Scripture thoughts... April 18, 2008

Then Samuel said, "Is the LORD as delighted with burnt offerings and sacrifices as he would be with your obedience? To follow instructions is better than to sacrifice. To obey is better than sacrificing the fat of rams.
- 1 Samuel 15:22 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You can't perform some rituals to make God forget that you haven't done what He has asked you to do.  Obey God fully and don't try to pacify Him by doing what you consider to be good religious works.  Maybe you can fool people this way but God knows everything and isn't fooled by human manipulations.  Just do what He tells you to do!

Scripture thoughts... April 17, 2008

He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs.  As high as the heavens are above the earth- that is how vast His mercy is toward those who fear Him.  As far as the east is from the west- that is how far He has removed our rebellious acts from Himself.  As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear Him.
-Psalm 103:10-13
 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Unlike people, when God forgives, He FORGETS!  When you are forgiven by Him your past will never be an issue again.  HALLELUJAH!!!

Scripture thoughts... April 16, 2008

You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, full of mercy toward everyone who calls out to you.
- Psalm 86:5  
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

This is pretty different than the way a lot of people think about the nature of God.  Many think God is stooped over His throne watching us like a hawk for an opportunity to strike us with lightning at the slightest mistake.  Don't compare the heavenly Father with any other earthly authority from your past whether it be your parents or anyone else. He sacrificed His only Son for YOU and because of this He is ready to hear you when you cry out to Him.

Scripture thoughts... April 15, 2008

And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest."
- Exodus 33:14  (New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Feeling stressed out?  Find rest in God's presence.  Worship Him and put all your worries on His shoulders...He can handle it.

Scripture thoughts... April 14, 2008

Don't you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don't belong to yourselves. You were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Wow, this should make us tremble that God considers your body His "house."  What are you doing with "His house?"  What are you letting into "His house?"  Don't you dare use "His house"  for evil purposes as He will not tolerate sin in His presence.  And to the abortionists I'm sorry to inform you but God says if you're saved, your body is NOT your own.  

Scripture thoughts... April 13, 2008

Be in Me at all times as I am in you. As the branch is not able to give fruit of itself, if it is not still on the vine, so you are not able to do so if you are not in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches: he who is in Me at all times as I am in him, gives much fruit, because without Me you are able to do nothing.
- John 15:4-5 (Bible In Basic English)

We have to constantly remain connected to Jesus if we are to produce the fruit that God wants.  If the world has first place in your heart you won't be able to accomplish anything God wants you to do.  And God is not impressed with YOUR ideas of good works.  He is impressed when you are doing what HE has laid out in His plan for you to do.

Scripture thoughts... April 12, 2008

...and when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way. Walk in it."
- Isaiah 30:21 (World English Bible)

We all say we want God to lead us and guide us in the way we should go but are we quiet enough in our souls to be able to hear His Spirit leading us?  Or do we let the cares and worries of this world drown out His voice?  Maybe if we slow down and take the time to listen to Him instead of just doing the first thing that pops into our heads we could avoid a lot of our troubles.

Scripture thoughts... April 11, 2008

We know that if the life we live here on earth is ever taken down like a tent, we still have a building from God. It is an eternal house in heaven that isn't made by human hands. In our present tent-like existence we sigh, since we long to put on the house we will have in heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:1-2
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

How great will that be when we get our new heavenly bodies?  No pain!  Never get tired!  No sin-nature!  Eternal youth!

Scripture thoughts... April 10, 2008

Everyone will hate you because you are committed to me. But the person who endures to the end will be saved.
- Mark 13:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you ever feel like you were treated badly for no reason even though you were nothing but nice to someone?  You must realize that the Jesus inside of you bothers people who are in sin even if they don't know why.  Stay strong and pray for them until the Holy Spirit finally breaks them down and brings them to the knowledge of Christ.  I've seen it happen!  Don't give up! 

Scripture thoughts... April 9, 2008

Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through a shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world's way of doing things rather than following Christ. All of God lives in Christ's body.
- Colossians 2:8-9

Many people will try to say that they have a way to get to God without Jesus.  That statement makes NO sense because Jesus IS God.  It's like if you said "I want to talk to Rick directly, face to face" and you go around talking to everone else but me.  That's idiotic.  If you want to talk to me directly, you must come to me directly.  In the same way, when you search for God you are in fact searching for Jesus Himself because He is God.  He's not a piece of God, He's not a representative of God, HE IS GOD...fully.  Jesus = God and God = Jesus.  It's that simple and it's that profound.

Scripture thoughts... April 8, 2008

We have been sprinkled with His blood to free us from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with clean water. So we must continue to come to Him with a sincere heart and strong faith.
- Hebrews 10:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

The enemy of our souls probably wants to do one thing more than any other and that is to keep us separated from our heavenly Father.  If he can keep you feeling like a failure, you won't live up to your true potential.  But thank God through Jesus' Blood we are made worthy to serve Him and His people.  As the song says, "satan the Blood of Jesus is against you!"

Scripture thoughts... April 7, 2008

You have come to Jesus, who brings the new promise from God, and to the sprinkled Blood that speaks a better message than Abel's.
- Hebrews 12:24
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

As Abel's blood spilled onto the earth when he was killed by his brother, it cried out for revenge for his unjust death.  When Jesus Blood was spilled out it did not cry out for revenge but rather cried out "MERCY!"  Because the Blood has washed you from your sins, all God can see when He looks at your life is His mercy.  Thank you Jesus!

Scripture thoughts... April 6, 2008

And His eyes are a flame of fire, and crowns are on His head; and He has a name in writing, of which no man has knowledge but Himself.  And He is clothed in a robe washed with Blood: and His name is The Word of God.
-Revelation 19:12-13
(Bible In Basic English)

COME LORD JESUS!!!

Scripture thoughts... April 5, 2008

As a good soldier of Christ Jesus accept your share of suffering. Every one who serves as a soldier keeps himself from becoming entangled in the world's business--so that he may satisfy the officer who enlisted him.
2 Timothy 2:3-4  (Weymouth New Testament)

God isn't against us having fun.  But at the same time we are here with a job to do.  As you go about your business always be on the lookout to do GOD'S business...otherwise He might as well take you "home" now if you're not going to do anything for Him.  Don't go A.W.O.L. soldier!

Scripture thoughts... April 4, 2008

If a person thinks that he is religious but can't control his tongue, he is fooling himself. That person's religion is worthless.
- James 1:26
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

I have personally witnessed so called devout Christians shout Hallelujah while in church and barely get outside the doors of the sanctuary and are already cussing.  What kind of testimony is that?  And who do they think they are fooling?  Certainly not God.  Control yourself!

Scripture thoughts... April 3, 2008

No creature can hide from God. Everything is uncovered and exposed for him to see. We must answer to him.
- Hebrews 4:13 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Why do people think they can actually hide what they do from God?  He sees EVERYTHING and not one thing does He not see.  But thanks be to God that we, His sons and daughters, are seen through the filter of the Blood of His son Jesus!

Scripture thoughts... April 2, 2008

And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God.
- Romans 12:2 (Bible in Basic English)

We should never want to be like the sinners of this world nor pattern our lives after them.  We are rather to have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) who was never impressed by those with fame or fortune but only by faith.  If you want to be like anyone, be like Jesus who only did the will of the Father.

Scripture thoughts... April 1, 2008

Godless fools say in their hearts, "There is no God."
-Psalm 53:1 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Only a fool actually would open his mouth and say that God doesn't exist.  The book of Romans 1:20 says, "From the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what He made. As a result, people have no excuse."

Scripture thoughts... March 31, 2008

But this one thing I do--forgetting everything which is past and stretching forward to what lies in front of me, with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God's heavenward call in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 3:13b-14
(Weymouth New Testament)

We have all made big mistakes in the past...maybe even minutes ago!  But we are to repent, ask God to cleanse us in His Blood and put our eyes back on the call of God on our lives.  You haven't messed up too many times and God doesn't take back that call.  He's constantly waiting for us to get with it!  So dust yourself off and get back on track with God!

Scripture thoughts... March 30, 2008

Your lives should be untainted by love for money. Be content with what you have; for God Himself has said, "I will never, never let go your hand: I will never never forsake you."
- Hebrews 13:5
(Weymouth New Testament)

Even if everyone else in life abandons and forgets you in your hour of need, God NEVER will.

Scripture thoughts... March 29, 2008

Where there is no vision, the people are uncontrolled; but he who keeps the law will be happy.
- Proverbs 29:18
(Bible in Basic English)

To give your life proper direction you should have a vision (from God obviously) so that you don't just run wild doing everything except that which God wants you to do in the first place.  Even big secular non-Christian companies have a "mission statement."  Seek the Holy Spirit today to make the vision for your life clear so that you are always working toward that ultimate goal and not wasting your time doing worthless things.

Scripture thoughts... March 28, 2008

Purify me from sin with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
- Psalm 51:7
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

When I first read this verse years ago I just didn't get it.  How are the branches of a hyssop plant supposed to clean sin?  Remember the night the children of Israel were about to delivered from Egypt and the death angel took all the first born?  The exception was he was not allowed to touch those who were in houses that had the lamb's blood on the door posts spread on them by...say it with me...HYSSOP!  Now it's not the hyssop plant that cleans sin but the BLOOD that that is applied with it.  Thank you Jesus for your Blood!  What can make me white as snow?  Nothing but the Blood!

Scripture thoughts... March 27, 2008

That day they offered many sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them reason to rejoice. The women and children rejoiced as well. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard from far away.
- Nehemiah 12:39 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Can you imagine this happening today?  Why not!?  The praise of God was SO LOUD that it can be heard in the surrounding towns!  So yes God really does like loud praise!  (And of course the devil hates it!  Hah hah)

Scripture thoughts... March 26, 2008

He that shall overcome, shall thus be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
- Revelation 3:5
(Douay-Rheims Bible)

Wait a minute!  Hold the phone!  You mean to tell me that one day Jesus is going to say something like, "Hey Father, and you angels too...let me tell you about Rick Costa {insert your own name here}"  I don't know about you my friend but the thought of that blows me away.  That the Creator of everything that exists will mention me BY NAME to His creation?  Wow.

Scripture thoughts... March 25, 2008

Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you'll harvest. If you plant in the soil of your corrupt nature, you will harvest destruction. But if you plant in the soil of your spiritual nature, you will harvest everlasting life.
- Galatians 6:7-8
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If you invest your time in the foolishness of this world you will hurt your spiritual growth in God. Instead build yourself up in His Word, in prayer and in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Scripture thoughts... March 24, 2008

Everything written long ago was written to teach us so that we would have confidence through the endurance and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.
- Romans 15:4
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

One of the great things about reading the Bible is you find out that all of God's people from throughout time go through the same types of things that we do and if they can make it, so can you!

Scripture thoughts... March 23, 2008...Happy Resurrection Day!

But, in reality, Christ *has* risen from among the dead, being the first to do so of those who are asleep. For seeing that death came through man, through man comes also the resurrection of the dead. For just as through Adam all die, so also through Christ all will be made alive again. But this will happen to each in the right order--Christ having been the first to rise, and afterwards Christ's people rising at His return.
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 (Weymouth New Testament)

Not only did Jesus rise from the dead but because He did, so will we! Hallelujah!

Scripture thoughts... March 22, 2008

Just as Jonah was in the belly of a huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
- Matthew 12:40
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

It may look like something happened to put a stop to the plan of God in your life but keep the faith...it might just be put on hold so He can accomplish something else in the meantime.

Scripture thoughts... March 21, 2008
Good Friday

Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us. Since Christ's blood has now given us God's approval, we are even more certain that Christ will save us from God's anger. If the death of His Son restored our relationship with God while we were still His enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life of His Son will save us.
- Romans 5:8-10  (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

What more proof do we need that God loves us?  He sacrificed His own Son for us when we weren't even looking for Him.  Christ on the cross is a physical display of His love for you.  We should thank God every time we see a cross.

Scripture thoughts... March 20, 2008

Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about the Lord's death until He comes.
- 1 Corinthians 11:26
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Everytime we join together for communion it is to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.  It's not just a ritual.  Never allow it to become that.  Acknowledge that we were sinners on our way to eternal separation from Him but now are adopted children welcomed into His Kingdom because of the Blood of Jesus shed for us.  Thank You Lord.

Scripture thoughts... March 19, 2008

Brothers and sisters, follow the example of the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. They were patient when they suffered unjustly. We consider those who endure to be blessed. You have heard about Job's endurance. You saw that the Lord ended Job's suffering because the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
- James 5:10-11
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

We all go through suffering sooner or later. The worst kind is when you did nothing to deserve it but it happens. Know however that God won't let it last forever so hold on in faith and you will come out of it even more blessed than before.

Scripture thoughts... March 18, 2008

As they looked on Peter and John so fearlessly outspoken--and also discovered that they were illiterate persons, untrained in the schools--they were surprised; and now they recognized them as having been with Jesus.
- Acts 4:13
(Weymouth New Testament)

When people look at your life can they tell that you've "been with Jesus?"

Scripture thoughts... March 17, 2008

This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.
- Ephesians 6:12
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Although we often think the problems we have are the result of the person we can see with our eyes, the true source of our struggle comes from the evil spiritual forces driving that person bothering you.  So before you waste your time fighting with people why don't you first pray against the plans of our spiritual enemy? 

Scripture thoughts... March 16, 2008

But it was for our sins He was wounded, and for our evil doings He was crushed: He took the punishment by which we have peace, and by His wounds we are made well.
- Isaiah 53:5
(Bible in Basic English)

Every bit of pain and suffering that Jesus went through was for YOU. Every punch, every whip on His back, every drop of spit He took was for YOU. We were so messed up and far from God that this was the only way to buy us back from the hands of the enemy and an eternal Hell. Thank you Jesus for all You have done for us!

Scripture thoughts... March 15, 2008

Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
- Isaiah 55:6 (New American Standard Bible (©1995))

Although it's true that God is omnipresent ,meaning He is everywhere at once, there are times when His presence comes more intensely and for a specific purpose.  If you're not paying attention, you can miss the chance to get the blessing you've been waiting for!

Scripture thoughts... March 14, 2008

I will not put anything wicked in front of my eyes. I hate what unfaithful people do. I want no part of it.
- Psalm 103:31
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

You are responsible for what you allow to enter into your mind through your eyes.  The enemy loves to use things visually to cause us to lust and fall into sin.  Do not allow sin to grow inside you through looking at things that are unholy.

Scripture thoughts... March 13, 2008

Do not be over-anxious, therefore, asking 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For all these are questions that Gentiles are always asking; but your Heavenly Father knows that you need these things--all of them. But make His Kingdom and righteousness your chief aim, and then these things shall all be given you in addition.
- Matthew 6:31-33
(Weymouth New Testament)

Basically it's really simple. If your first priority is God's business and to live holy, then He will make sure you do not lack anything you need.

Scripture thoughts... March 12, 2008

However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not God's people, but now you are. Once you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy.
- 1 Peter 2:9-10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Never forget that at one point you too were on your way straight to hell like every other sinner in this world.  The same way someone took the time to tell you about the mercy that God had for you as a sinner, should we not also not hold back but tell others the same truth?

Scripture thoughts... March 11, 2008

Consider this: The Father has given us His love. He loves us so much that we are actually called God's dear children. And that's what we are. For this reason the world doesn't recognize us, and it didn't recognize Him either.
- 1 John 3:1
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

If people look at you strangely and treat you as if something is wrong with you for your faith it's because you are one of God's kids and they aren't.  They can't figure you out because they aren't part of the same "family."  Jesus went through the same thing so when people hurt you, run to Him...He understands!

Scripture thoughts... March 10, 2008

You see that Abraham's faith and what he did worked together. His faith was shown to be genuine by what he did.
- James 2:22
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Believing something is true is only part one of faith. Acting like it's true is the part that completes it. Don't just mentally acknowlege God's Word but live your life knowing that it's true!

Scripture thoughts... March 09, 2008

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middle of them.
- Matthew 18:20    
(American King James Version)

When we meet up together with Jesus as our focus, He promises to show up!  In other words...go to church!!!

Scripture thoughts... March 08, 2008

Humble yourselves therefore beneath the mighty hand of God, so that at the right time He may set you on high.
- 1 Peter 5:6 (Weymouth New Testament)

Even if God has promised you would do some great thing one day, remain humble before Him until the time comes.  If you think of yourself more than you should, you'll just delay the plan of God anyway.

Scripture thoughts... March 07, 2008

Curb every passion, and be on the alert. Your great accuser, the Devil, is going about like a roaring lion to see whom he can devour.  Withstand him, firm in your faith; knowing that your brethren in other parts of the world are passing through just the same experiences.
- 1 Peter 5:8-9
(Weymouth New Testament)

Lion's don't just kill any creature that come their way for food.  They very stealthily lurk around in the background looking for prey that is weak.  In the same way, our enemy is looking around for those who appear weak in faith.  Those who say they are Christians but don't pray, don't read the Word and don't fellowship with other believers.  Don't become an easy target!

Scripture thoughts... March 06, 2008

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will take care of me.
- Psalm 27:10
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Rejection. It's something we all go through at some point in our lives. But God promises that if everyone else, even your own parents who are supposed to love you unconditionally...even if they forsake and turn away from you, God will NEVER turn His back on you. Thank you Jesus. Worship Him today for His love.

Scripture thoughts... March 05, 2008

My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to their whole body.
- Proverbs 4:20-22
(World English Bible)

God urges us to keep His Word in our minds all the time. And the benefit if we do? Life and health! I don't about you but I could use some of that! There are few things the enemy of our souls will fight harder against you doing than reading God's Word. Please don't neglect it.

Scripture thoughts... March 04, 2008

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
- James 2:26 
(King James Version)

Lots of people say they have faith or even go so far as to claim to be a Christian who goes to church.  Well that's all well and good on Sunday morning but how about the rest of the week?  If your life was to be put under a microscope, what would the world see?  Would it be enough to convince people that you really are a believer?  When people see you, do they see the love of Christ?  As the old saying goes. "YOU may be the only Bible some people will ever read." 

Scripture thoughts... March 03, 2008

However, when God our Savior made His kindness and love for humanity appear, He saved us, but not because of anything we had done to gain His approval. Instead, because of His mercy He saved us through the washing in which the Holy Spirit gives us new birth and renewal.
-Titus 3:4-5  
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There isn't anything you have done or can do to win your salvation.  There's a song that says, "I don't know why Jesus loves me...but...I'm so glad He did."  For some reason that only He knows, you were chosen to be given His mercy.  Never take this gift for granted!

Scripture thoughts... March 02, 2008

Thank God that He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  So, then, brothers and sisters, don't let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless.
- 1 Corintians 15: 57-58 (GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

There's plenty of times when we don't "feel like" working for the Lord but there's also millions of people who don't feel like burning in hell right now either.  We need to keep ourselves strong in the presence of the Lord and encourage each other to keep pressing on through the tough times we go through.  Just remember you're not in this alone and that great will be your reward in heaven!

Scripture thoughts... March 01, 2008

Come close to God, and he will come close to you...
- James 4:8a
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Notice who has to make the first move. We do. Over and over when Jesus would heal someone He would make them do something first that they couldn't do BEFORE they would get their healing. So remember, when you are looking for God to move, He is looking for you to move first!

Scripture thoughts... February 29, 2008

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards him.
- 2 Chronicles 16:9
(Webster's Bible Translation)

God is constantly looking for someone who's heart is fully committed to Him so that He can show the world how powerful He is. That's awesome!

Scripture thoughts... February 28, 2008

With perfect peace You will protect those whose minds cannot be changed, because they trust You.
- Isaiah 26:3
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

This is a pretty good deal! If you put all your trust in God then He will in turn bring to your mind "perfect peace." So if you're troubled in your mind, cast all your cares on Him and He will put your mind at ease. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me! And as always YOU have to do your part first before God does His.

Scripture thoughts... February 27, 2008

I've written this to those who believe in the Son of God so that they will know that they have eternal life.
- 1 John 5:13
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

Do you hear this??? We are supposed to KNOW that we have eternal life. Most people if you ask them if they think they are going to heaven say, "Well I hope so" or they talk about something they do like, "Well I go to church so that's enough right?" No, no, no a million times no! Jesus did ALL the work to buy you back with His Blood from the enemy's clutches and free you from the bondage of sin. You simply accept the fact that Jesus took the punishment for ALL of your sins past, present and future and turn your life over to Him. Remember that it's not your goodness that gives you eternal life with God but it was HIS GOODNESS! Hallelujah!

Scripture thoughts... February 26, 2008

Being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
- Philippians 1:6
(Webster's Bible Translation)

We've probably all seen the bumper sticker, "God's not finished with me yet!" and this Bible verse is probably where they got that from. God allows life to shape you until we are conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29.) Sometimes it hurts like a vine getting pruned or a mound of clay being pounded on to become the final product but it's all part of the process. We don't always understand why we suffer but God uses it all to make you more like Him.

Scripture thoughts... February 25, 2008

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
- Romans 10:17
(American King James Version)

Do you feel like you don't have as much faith as others do? Well when I read this verse I like to read it saying, "hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing, over and over, etc..." When you "feed" on the Word of God it makes your spirit get stronger and stronger. Don't be a spiritually skinny weakling! EAT the Word!

Scripture thoughts... February 24, 2008

God is not like people. He tells no lies. He is not like humans. He doesn't change His mind. When He says something, He does it. When He makes a promise, He keeps it.
-Numbers 23:19
(GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995))

How many times have people said they would do something for you and failed to? Not only that but they often don't even let you know that they can't so you can prepare another alternative! God is forever faithful to His Word. You can rest in the fact that whatever God says He will do, He will most assuredly do it!

Scripture thoughts... February 23, 2008

Do not be over-anxious, therefore, about to-morrow, for to-morrow will bring its own cares. Enough for each day are its own troubles.
-Matthew 6:34
(Weymouth New Testament)

Worrying about things you can't control is a waste of time and for that matter often a lack of faith. Do your best and trust God for the rest. Tomorrow is another day.


Scripture thoughts... February 22, 2008

"But--to use the words of Scripture--we speak of things which eye has not seen nor ear heard, and which have never entered the heart of man: all that God has in readiness for them that love Him."
-1 Corinthians 2:9
(Weymouth New Testament)

We can't even begin to imagine the awesome, incredible and wonderful things that God has in store for us in eternity. Our life here comes and goes like a vapor (James 4:14) and at times we may go through hard times but it is nothing compared to the glory God has for us in eternity (Romans 8:18.)  So chin up! We have a glorious future to look forward to!

Scripture thoughts... February 21, 2008

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
- Philippians 4:8
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

The world is so full of corruption and things that are totally against God and His holiness. Selfishness and pleasing the "self" seems to be what rules in the hearts of men today. The ads we see on TV, the Internet and elsewhere just seem to get worse and worse as time goes on. YOU my friend are responsible for what you let enter into your eyes and ears. Yes some of it you can't control, true, like inside of a store, but alot of it you can. If what you allow enter into your mind is NOT: TRUE... HONORABLE... RIGHT... PURE... LOVELY... OF GOOD REPUTATION... EXCELLENT or WORTHY OF PRAISE then you not doing what the Word of God is telling us to do. Remember that we are "in" the world but not "of" the world. (John 15:19)

Scripture thoughts... February 20, 2008

"For the vision is still for the fixed time, and it is moving quickly to the end, and it will not be false: even if it is slow in coming, go on waiting for it; because it will certainly come, it will not be kept back."
- Habakkuk 2:3
(Bible in Basic English)

Are you waiting on a promise of God to come to pass? Has it been so long that you're wondering if it was just your imagination? God doesn't live from day to day like we do but rather totally outside of time. He sees all eternity at once and is in no hurry. Keep waiting and when the right time arrives, no one will be able to stop it!

Scripture thoughts... February 19, 2008

"For we have not a High Priest who is unable to feel for us in our weaknesses, but one who was tempted in every respect just as we are tempted, and yet did not sin."
- Hebrews 4:15
(Weymouth New Testament)

God wants us to live right but it's so hard sometimes right? You try not to let anything bother you and keep control of yourself but then that one person does that one thing that sets you off and you lose it. Well there goes living holy on THAT day! The great thing is that not only can we confess our sins to Jesus, our "High Priest" but He knows EXACTLY how it feels to go through everything that we do because He experienced it first hand also.

So if you fall, His Blood will cleanse you and then keep moving forward with God's plan for your life!

Scripture thoughts... February 18, 2008

"See, your name is marked on my hands;"
- Isaiah 49:16a
(Bible in Basic English)

Have you ever seen someone write a person's phone number on their hand so that they wouldn't forget it?  Well God has YOUR name engraved into His hands. He even told doubting Thomas to touch the marks so he would believe! So when you feel like everyone has forgotten you and that nobody cares whether it's family or friends or whoever, remember that God CANNOT forget you! Among billions of souls He chose YOU! Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go shout about that for a while...HALLELUJAH!!!

Scripture thoughts... February 17, 2008

When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek."
- Psalm 27:8
(New American Standard Bible (©1995))

God isn't impressed with all that you do or offer Him or even what you do for His people. He wants His children to want to be WITH HIM. To spend time WITH HIM. To love on HIM. Just like any loving Father would. Make time for Daddy today...and everyday.

Scripture thoughts... February 16, 2008

"Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God. The other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the foundations of the jail. All the doors immediately flew open, and all the prisoners' chains came loose."
-Acts16:25-26
(GOD'S WORD ® Translation)

Having a bad day? Pray and praise God and watch Him rock your world!!!

Scripture thoughts... February 15, 2008

"But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not take note of his face or how tall he is, because I will not have him: for the Lord's view is not man's; man takes note of the outer form, but the Lord sees the heart."
-1 Samuel 16:7
(Bible in Basic English)

The world is impressed by famous and beautiful people. God is not...at all. He is the One that made them after all and your "so-called" beauty is how God formed you so why should we clap for you as if you did it? No, what impresses God is the beauty and goodness you have on the inside...something you actually control. Don't go crazy trying to impress men (who come and go) with how you look on the outside (they are not your eternal Judge) but rather put your efforts into showing God how badly you want to please HIM (Who IS your eternal Judge!)

Scripture thoughts... February 14, 2008

"Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn't jealous. It doesn't sing its own praises. It isn't arrogant. It isn't rude. It doesn't think about itself. It isn't irritable. It doesn't keep track of wrongs. It isn't happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up."
-1 Corinthinians 13:1-7
(GOD'S WORD ® Translation)

If we claim to want to be like God and He cannot remember our sins because of His Blood then why would we bring up anyone else's sins or even our own? Yeah you screwed up but God's calling is STILL on your life so pick yourself up and go forward with God's plan for your life!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.

Scripture thoughts...

Hello to all my friends!

I'm starting something new here!  My thinking is to possibly do this daily and to keep it very brief...I understand that we're all very busy. But if you're too busy for the Word of God then you are TOO BUSY!!!

Anyway here's my first installment:

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Scripture thoughts... February 13, 2008

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."
- Ephesians 6:10

Notice that it says to draw on God's strength and power and not on our own. We just mess things up anyway in our own strength so let God be God and get off His throne!