Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4–5, NIV
Lord our God, be our Father and care for your children here on earth, where it is often bitterly hard and where everything seems to turn against us. Keep us faithful in our inner life, drawing all our strength from you, the eternal power of life, and from Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. For Jesus has promised to come to us, and you will send him in our time of need. Let your strong hand be with those who often do not know where to turn. Show us paths we can follow, to the glory of your name in all eternity. Amen.
TODAY’S DAILY DIG
Source: Action in Waiting
Oh Heavenly and Gracious Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thank You for this beautiful and glorious Sunday morning You have created for us today.
For this day, we praise and honor Your name. This is the day that you have made, we will rejoice and be glad for all that You have in store for us. Yahweh-Jireh, the Lord will provide, you are the God of More than enough, You are the God of abundance. Through You, Your servant David said: “my cup runs over.”
Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed my head with oil. My cup runs over.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Sunday Morning Gratitude
We give You thanks that our needs are supplied and are grateful for all You provide. Today we glory in Your presence great Father. We wonder and gaze upon the great works Your hands have made. Your splendor surrounds us every day.
Thank you for sending Your Precious Son to die for our sins. You raised Him from the dead as You have raised us and called us to be Your own, bringing us into Your marvelous light.
Numbers 6:24-25 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts.
We serve a God of Abundance!
You are all mighty and worthy and we are so very honored that we serve a God of abundance. And out of Your abundance, we ask that You bless us.
Multiply our every work so that our cup will run over. Let the springs of living water flow through us so that we may be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, Amen!
Psalm 103:1 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!”
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding”
Verse of the Day
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
One of the key realities of Christianity is belonging. I belong! I belong to God. I belong to Jesus. I belong to Jesus’ body, the Church. I have a place and a purpose in that body. I belong! I am needed! I have a job to do! I belong!!
Help me, Father, to find the place where you made me to fit into Jesus’ body, the church. Until I know my exact place to serve and use my gifts, I pledge to work in all sorts of ministries so that your Spirit, and not just my own preference, will guide me into your place for me to serve. Thank you for giving me a place not only to belong, but to also serve and be a part of Jesus’ bodily presence in the world. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Our Plans and God’s Plans
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
August 26, 2018
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
Have you ever heard of someone who spent years of preparation for one vocation only to end up doing something completely different? Perhaps this could be said of you. Quite often we have in our minds what we believe we want to do only to have a course correction. Often the course correction comes through a major crisis that forces us into an area that we would never have considered.
Such was the case for Samuel Morse. Born in 1791, Morse grew up desiring to be an artist, and he eventually became very talented and internationally known. However, it was difficult to make a living as an artist in America during that time. A series of crises further complicated his vocational desire when his wife died; then his mother and father also died soon after. He went to Europe to paint and reflect on his life. On his return trip aboard a ship, he was captivated by discussions at dinner about new experiments in electromagnetism. During that important occasion, Morse made the following comment, “If the presence of electricity can be made visible in any part of the circuit, I see no reason why intelligence may not be transmitted by electricity.” In the face of many difficulties and disappointments, he determinedly perfected a new invention, and, in 1837, applied for a patent that became what we know today as the telegraph. He also created Morse code. It was only later, after many more setbacks and disappointments, that his projects received funding.
Samuel Morse later commented, “The only gleam of hope, and I cannot underrate it, is from confidence in God. When I look upward it calms any apprehension for the future, and I seem to hear a voice saying: ‘If I clothe the lilies of the field, shall I not also clothe you?’ Here is my strong confidence, and I will wait patiently for the direction of Providence.” Morse went on to create several other inventions and can be recognized today as the father of faxes, modems, e-mail, the internet and other electronic communication. [“Glimpses,” Issue #99 (Worcester, Pennsylvania: Christian History Institute, 1998).]
God’s plans may not always seem to follow our natural inclination. Perhaps God has you taking a path that may not lead to His ultimate destination for you. Trust in the Lord, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all you do, and He shall direct your path (see Prov. 3:5-6).
Having a Great Number Two Man
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
August 26, 2018
“Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent” (Ex 33:11).
An organization cannot grow without a trusted and skilled second in command or “number two” man or woman. Joshua was Moses’ “number two” man. He could trust him explicitly in all matters. He came to Moses as a young man and demonstrated his devotion to Moses early. A situation arose in the camp in which Joshua felt others were seeking to usurp Moses’ leadership.
“Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp (Num 11:28-30).
His loyalty is an example of what is required of a “number two” man. Joshua never sought to elevate himself. He served Moses until the day came when God promoted him to be the leader. He was a model of servant-hood.
When our ministry began to expand, God sent me a great “number two” man named Joey. He was living in Florida with his wife and their three small children. He learned of our need through our prayer letter. God spoke to him and his wife before we ever talked. We could not pay him what he was worth. He came by faith. God honored his faith and has enabled our work to grow and allow me to be away from the office to minister around the world.
Do you need a “number two” man? Ask God to bring him or her to you.
Listening to the Father’s Heart – August 26
by Os Hillman
Son, when you present a check to your bank for cash, the bank gives you the money based on what is in your account. There is a legal transaction that occurs. When I proclaim a promise through my Word, that, too is a legal transaction. You can trust that I will back my words with action. That is the nature of covenant. I am the enforcer. You are my conduit to see my word fulfilled because I use human beings to fulfill my words. I made a covenant with all my sons and daughters on the earth. Some have chosen not to accept my covenant promises. As a result, not all people receive what I offer to them. It is not so with you. I am so pleased you seek me to discover my covenant promises I have designed for you. They are the currency of my kingdom. Spend it now, son; there is no such thing as saving my covenant promises for a rainy day. They are here for you now to establish my kingdom.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
Daily Wisdom: Matthew 5:39
Morning & Evening: Morning Devo, Aug. 26th