SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR MAY 31st

 MAY 31st   

 

FEAR GOD!

Read Proverbs 1:1-7 and 19:23

Hundreds of times the Bible tells us to fear God. Often the word fear is a reverential awe or trust of God. Sometimes it means we should fear God exceedingly. Why should we fear God?  What does it mean? We hope to answer these questions today

WHAT IT MEANS TO FEAR GOD. 

  • To fear God means to recognize his awesome power – Matthew 28:18-20
  • Think of it – wouldn’t it be foolish not to fear Him who has been given all the power in the universe.
  • He said, “All power is given unto me.” The power given to Him can be passed on to the Christian.
  • Fearing Him reminds us of where we were, where we are, and where we’re going. Psalm 9:20, “Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men.”
  • To fear God means to respond to His authority – not only to recognize His awesome power but also to respond to His authority scripturally.
  • When we fear God we recognize that He has complete power and authority over us.
  • He has authority over our body, our soul, and our spirit – Matthew 10:28.
  • Romans 9:20-23 teaches that He has the power and authority to make us as He pleases.
  • To fear God means to remember His law – Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • God requires us to keep His commandments and to fear Him.
  • If we fear God, we will depart from evil, according to Proverbs 16:6.

Daily Assignments

Read Jeremiah 47-52, Proverbs 31. Read the following verses and write down the blessings that come from fearing God. Psalm 34:7-9, Proverbs 19:23, Psalm 103:17. Complete___     

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR MAY 30th

                                                          MAY 30th

                                      

THE GREATEST AMONG US – A SERVANT!

Matthew 20:26-28 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

People often ask, “Who is the greatest person in the Bible?” or “Who is the greatest Christian in America today?” “Who is the greatest pastor, evangelist, or missionary?” or “Who is the greatest among us?”

In today’s text, we would have to agree that the greatest among us is the servant. Even Jesus came not to be ministered unto, but to minister. Jesus is the greatest servant of all. How can we follow His footsteps and be the greatest of servants? There are three things given about the servant.

The servant is the greatest among us.

It is good to be waited on, to receive and to be comforted. It is even greater to be a servant, to give and to be a comforter. Jesus set the example for us to follow and gave us a command to follow His steps.

Great men are first servants.

“One cannot successfully lead until he has first successfully followed.” Great leaders have always been great followers. A follower is someone who is given an order and obeys it immediately. Joshua faithfully followed Moses for forty years. Caleb wholly followed the Lord. He served under Moses and then under Joshua. He claimed victories in the Promised Land. The apostle Paul was a great leader because he was first a great servant. God’s tasks for the servant are important. Yet, to the servant, no job is too little because little things are important to him. Would you be a mighty man? Be a servant.

We should seek the servant’s job first.

We should be first on the job, first to complete our work, and first to get things done. We should be first in faithfulness and steadfastness. God is looking for servants and blesses the lives of His servants. He who sweeps the place will someday rule the place. He that is the greatest of all is the servant of all. Now, the question is, “Are you a servant?”

Daily Assignments

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR MAY 29th


 WHY WORRY?

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Worry can be defined as fear of imaginary future problems. We have often said that worry accomplishes nothing except the failure of handling the problems of today. Worry can cause you to lose sleep, can cause stress in relationships and can make you sick. The only thing it cannot do is to solve problems. There are two main reasons why we should not worry.

  • It is the practice of the heathen, who have no Heavenly Father.
  • It is unnecessary and God already sees the things that you need.

In the life of a Christian, we should replace worry with prayer. God can see the future far better than we can. He also knows the present better than we do. God knows the number of stars in the sky and the number of hairs on our heads. A sparrow cannot fall without God knowing of it.

For a Christian, worry is foolish. Prayer, however, is positive action. Prayer moves fear out of the way, it brings peace to the heart. Paul says, don’t worry about anything, but pray and pray thanking God in advance for victories He will bring. It would have been easy for Paul to worry. He was possibly facing torture or possibly death. He had already been through many trials and tribulations. However, he knew that God was in control. No matter what the situation, Paul was content, because he took his problems to God and left them in God’s hands. Oh that we could do likewise. Bro. Ken Starlin 

Daily Assignments

 

Read Psalms 63-65

Read Proverbs 29

Complete___

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR MAY 28th

MAY 28th

                                       

REVIVE THY WORK!

Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

There is much preparation necessary for a successful revival, be it in the church or in the lives of individuals. In our text, Habakkuk is pleading for a revival not only in his own personal life, but also for his people. Habakkuk is pleading for God to preserve His judgment with mercy. Habakkuk had just gone through a series of questions for which he needed some answers from God. God was going to use the wicked Chaldeans to punish his people, and then He would punish and judge the Chaldeans. Here is the order: The Bible says that judgment must begin at the house of God. Before we can ever hope to stir up our city, we must stir ourselves for a revival. We must ask God to preserve His ministry and bring it to a new zeal in life through judgment in His mercy. There are three things needed to bring about revival in an individual or a ministry.

Complete honesty in the need of revival. We can find fault with others and blame anyone we want. However, we must individually look at ourselves and say, “It is my fault,” and admit honestly before God the need of revival. We must do our best to be honest in all our dealings and to have a pure heart before a Holy God.

A new obedience to His Word. We simply ask God to convict our hearts of sin and then make it right. It is better to obey than to sacrifice. It is better to obey than to rationalize. It is up to us to make things right in our own hearts and plead with God to revive the work.

A humble spirit before God. Think of sin as a nuclear bomb, not a little firecracker. Think about the consequences of sin, not the temporary joy of it. Think of the broken hearts and lives and humbly confess your need before God.

These are only a few of the things that we must do before we will see a personal revival and thereby a revival in the church and the area.

Daily Assignments

Read 1 Kings 1-4, Proverbs 28, Complete___

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR MAY 27th


ARE YOU LYING?

1 Samuel 21:7-9 “Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul. And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste. And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.”

David, having just been driven from Samuel by Saul, fled immediately to the man of God for counsel. Of course this was a wise thing to do. David loved God’s servants and would not leave their company. Ahimelech suspected that something was terribly wrong.

In verse 2, David tells him a lie as he did in 20:6. Oh yes, he lied to protect himself, but it was still a lie. This error of David’s is recorded not for his honor, but for our warning. His lie and falsehood led to terrible consequences, as lying always does.

He trusted in his own flesh instead of Almighty God. In verses 10-15, he went to Achish, he fled to the Philistines, and he changed his behavior. When we leave the plain path of faith and doing right, there is no telling what we’ll do or how far we will go.

Look at David, acting like a madman. Think how truthful the Holy Spirit was to record David’s behavior, which was a man after God’s own heart, in order to give us a warning. There are 4 lessons from this passage:

  • Learn to be truthful at all times. Look at the consequences before you sin or lie.
  • Learn from past failures.
  • Realize your own weaknesses, avoid temptations and strengthen weakness through Christ.
  • Confess your weaknesses and trust in the Lord to deliver you.

If everyone would apply these basic lessons, there is no reason for anyone to be defeated because of the lies or temptations of Satan.

Daily Assignments

Read Exodus 33-36, Proverbs 27, Complete___

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” – A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT MAY 25-26th,

                                                             MAY 25th   


WHICH ARE YOU?

In a past edition of My Daily Walk, we looked at a list that showed how people were like everyday common objects. I found the list again and thought it would be good for each of us to look at it and see where we fit into the list. A lot of people are like wheelbarrows, not good unless they are pushed. Some are like canoes; they need to be paddled. Some are like kites, if you don’t keep them on a string, they fly away. Some are like footballs, you can’t tell which way they will bounce next. Some are like balloons, full of wind and ready to blow up. Some are like trailers; they have to be pulled. Some are like good watches – open face, pure gold, quietly busy, full of good works.

The Right Words

Lord, give me the right words to say

To broken hearts that come my way

To those who have been hurt before

That, I not hurt them any more

To those whose hearts have hardened up

To those who won’t hold out their cup

That, Lord, You long to overflow

With love and mercy.  Lord, let me know

That I might have the words to say

That I might plant a seed today

That glory would be given to you

Through all I say and all I do

Lord, give me the right words to say

More hearts are breaking every day

They’re out there crying in the night

I long to help them see the light

But, fragile are those souls and weak

So this is why your words I seek

And pray Thee give me words to say

That I, not one soul, turn away.  By Susan Tier

Daily Assignments

Read Luke 5-6, Proverbs 25, Complete___

A Daily Spiritual Growth Assistant

May 26th

 

What hast thou done for me?

I gave my life for thee

My precious blood I shed

That thou might’st ransomed be

and quickened from the dead

I gave my life for thee

What hast thou given for me?

My Father’s house of light

My glory circled throne

I left for earthly night

for wandering sad and lone

I left it all for thee

Hast thou left aught for me?

I suffered much for thee

More than thy heart can know

Of bitterest agony

To rescue thee from woe

I’ve borne it all for thee

What hast thou borne for me?

And I have brought to thee

Down from my home above

Salvation full and free

My pardon and my love

Great gifts I brought to thee

What hast thou done for me?

                                                                                      Francis Havergal

Daily Assignments

Read 2 Corinthians 11-13,  Proverbs 26, Complete___

DYING TO SELF! SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR MAY 24th

                                                           MAY 24th                          


Read John 12:20-36

According to John, chapter 15, it is very clear that, in order to bear fruit, more fruit and much fruit, we must abide in Christ and die to self. In verses 20-22 some Greeks came seeking Jesus, “We would see Jesus.”

Then, in verses 23-26, the Greeks and the Jews had seen Jesus glorified as Messiah, and He wanted to teach them that the way to glory is not through triumph and glory, domination or subjection, but through death to self, through service to God, as well as to man. Jesus did basically two things: He said His hour was come, but think of this – His glory was not man’s way, but the way of the cross and death.

Jesus must die before He can bear the fruit of eternal life, because His teaching in verse 24 is that, if it does not die, it will not bring forth fruit. So the way to have fruit is to die to self. In case of a young couple seeking marriage, it has always been my belief that the marriage ought never to take place unless the love is a biblical love so strong that they could not possibly live without each other. Otherwise, that marriage may be headed for destruction before it even begins.

It is God’s plan for man to have one wife for one life. God will always give His best to those who leave the choice up to Him. God’s normal plan is for people to be married, but in order for a marriage to be successful, there must be a dying to self by both the husband and the wife.

I heard someone say many years ago, “I would rather be single, wishing I were married than to be married, wishing I were single.” That’s a good principle. Young person, God will not lead you to someone you don’t love or like, but it is common sense to realize that you would not want to marry someone who does not share common goals.

In a marriage, as well as in our relationship to Christ, there must be a dying to and forgetting self and surrender in giving ourselves to the other person. The Christian must give himself whole-heartedly to his Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. God said His name His above every name in Philippians 2:8-11, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 1:8-9, 2:9. Also, it is the cross that moves men to offer themselves as a living sacrifice – Romans 6:10-11, 14:8-9. Jesus not only said that His hour was come, but He is also saying that now man’s hour has come. Man must lose his life to gain eternal life – Mark 8:36, Luke 6:49, 9:23, Romans 8:13.

Man must serve and follow Jesus all the days of his life – Mark 10:43-44, Matthew 19:27-29. Remember to live is to die to self.

Daily Assignments!

Read Jeremiah 42-46, Proverbs 24, Complete___