Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thought for Thursday January 19

Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
May all who seek you
exult and be glad in you,
And may those who love your salvation
say ever, "The LORD be glorified."
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Hebrews 7: 25 – 8:6  Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.

Do I ever doubt that Jesus is always able to save?  How often do I encounter a situation or person I think is hopeless?

Action:  The next time you face an impossible person or situation, remind yourself that Jesus can save it and see if that helps you deal with it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Thought for Wednesday January 18

Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
My refuge and my fortress,
my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust,
who subdues my people under me.
Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Mark 3: 1 – 6  Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent.  Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart,

Where does my hardness of heart show itself?  Are there sad situations for which I have no compassion?

Action:  Take on (volunteer, donate, campaign, support, etc.) a new cause; one which you have ignored in the past.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Thought for Tuesday January 17

The Lord will remember his covenant forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
He has given food to those who fear him;
he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
The Lord will remember his covenant forever.

Hebrews 6: 10 – 20  Brothers and sisters: God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.  We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.

Is serving others a priority for me?   Am I ever a little sluggish in the practice of my faith?

Action:  Imitate those who are faithful and patient.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Thought for Monday January 16

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
"You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek."
You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

Hebrews 5: 1 – 10  Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people.

Do I count myself among the ignorant and erring?  Am I thankful for people who deal with me patiently?

Action:  Be patient with the next ignorant person you meet.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thought for Friday January 13

Do not forget the works of the Lord!
What we have heard and know,
and what our fathers have declared to us,
we will declare to the generation to come
The glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength.
Do not forget the works of the Lord!

Hebrews 4: 1 – 5. 11  Let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into his rest remains, that none of you seem to have failed. For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did. But the word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened.

Do I sometimes feel that I have failed?  What benefit is there in being united in faith with others?
Action:  Resist the urge to divide yourself from others.