Carried By Christ

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Psalm 73:24

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Proverbs 3:3

Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart

Obedience and faith.

In the way of believing obedience to God's commandments health and peace may be enjoyed. Our days may not be long upon this planet, but because of our faith we shall live for ever in heaven. Regarding God's mercy in promising, and his truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing he is able and wise to do what is best.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Nehemiah 9:17

The refused to listen and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they rebelled and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt! But you are a God of forgiveness, garcious and merciful, slow to become angry, and full of unfailing love and mercy. You did not abandon them.

How often are we disobedient and forget all that the Lord has done for us in our lives? How often are we rebellious and allow ourselves to fall back into the slavery of sin? Yet, even then, our Lord forgives us, and during our hardest times (which we brought upon ourselves in most cases) He carries us. At our lowest times, when we wonder if the Lord is even there, it is then that we are Carried by Christ.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Isaiah 43:2

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

When we are in the middle of our most difficult moments, we are Carried By Christ.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Matthew 7:1

Judge not that ye be not judged.

We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that there is any sin little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in the eye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful and dangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother's eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds.

Friday, June 15, 2007

John 6:26-27

Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

St. John, Chapter Six, records how Jesus was followed by a great multitude of people, following him because they had seen his miracles. When on the mountain Jesus asked his disciples about buying food to feed the people, his disciples proclaimed they hadn't enough money to buy an adequate amount of food to feed the people. Jesus proceeded to feed the 5,000 people from one boy's lunch of five loaves of bread and two small fishes. The miracle becomes the foundation of a lesson that shows where the Christian should go to receive the best spiritual nourishment for his mind. The next day the multitude remained, and Jesus perceived that the people sought Him out to be fed physically again. He understood that they did not properly understand the miracle of what they had witnessed the day before. Jesus cautioned His disciples about allowing the wrong focus to dominate them. It is easily done, looking for Christ for the wrong reasons. In this world, providing for our physical life requires a great deal of time and energy for most of us. This necessary activity, in addition to countless other distractions working to grab our attention, makes concentrating on seeking spiritual nourishment a responsibility that demands vision combined with discipline in the use of time.

Monday, June 11, 2007

When we grow weary. . .

Isaiah 40:31 (King James Version)

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Life throws us many curveballs, and sometimes we grow weary just trying to survive. But, when we place all of our cares into the loving hands of our Lord, and we die of ourselves, He renews us, enabling us to continue on, and finish the race. When we lose ourselves to Him, He gives us what we need to soar like eagles.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Fear Not

Isaiah 41:13

13For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

We face many fearful episodes in our lives, and we tend to worry as we face these instances. We forget that our God is not only willing to assist us, but is fully capable of doing so. However, in His wisdom, the path may not always be what we expect, but in the end His will be done. Fear not, for He is with you. It is during those most fearful times that you are Carried By Christ.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help. . . "

No matter what we face, God will see us through.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Accolades for Billy Graham

A library celebrating the ministry of Billy Graham is opening in North Carolina. Hundreds of friends, family members, ministers and politicians gathered for the dedication of the library. Former President George Bush gave the keynote address, calling Graham the "humble farmer's son who changed the world." Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton also spoke at the event, claiming that Billy Graham had transformed their lives as well.

The aging evangelist no longer appears publicly much anymore, and required a walker to approach the dais. With his words he revealed that he recognized he exists in the twilight of his life and that this event reminded him of such. He said, "I feel like I've been attending my own funeral, listening to all these speeches."

His humility then entered his speech. He said the library is ". . .too much Billy Graham. My whole life has been to please the Lord and honor Jesus, not to see me and think of me."

The library was designed to serve as a tribute to the 60 years of Billy Graham's worldwide ministry. It is slated to open Tuesday, June 5.

Mr. Graham's son, Franklin Graham, said during a tour of the library before the ceremony, "My father is 88 years old, and he still wants to preach, but his body is just worn out."

Billy's crusades helped to bring many souls to Christ because of his Biblical message and passionate call, spreading the Gospel and reaching out to all people who desired to hear his message.

Billy Graham remains to be chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, with his son, Franklin, succeeding him as chief executive.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Surgery Success

The tumor has been removed from my son, but on Wednesday he will have a CT Scan to ensure all of the cancer has been eliminated from his body. Thank you for your prayers.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Psalm 71:5

For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

As we approach the moment of my son's surgery to remove his cancer, today at noon, this verse comes to mind. It is in His hands, and I place all of my trust in Him.