Daily Truth

October 2019

What If?

By |2019-10-15T14:28:15-06:00October 15th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith, Family|

I humbly fall at Your feet this morning. You know the depths of my heart and how my heart shatters when I hear the words “It’s your fault.” I’ve heard this phrase many times throughout my life—whether it has been directed at me or at someone else. Every time, I feel the heavy weight of blame. Why do I blame myself for the unhealthy choices that a family member or a friend has made in life? Why do I take the blame for their misfortunes? What if I would have done something differently?

The world shows me that nobody is immune to this behavior—great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren. They’ve all experienced it and now it’s my turn. It’s the generational blame game. We blame the previous generation for the questionable choices we make in our lives. Lord, I place this problem in Your hands. Show me how to win this game by ending it once and for all.

You, the Lord of all the earth, have shown me through Your Word that it’s an individual choice—that there will be conflicts between those who follow You and those who choose to follow the world. And there will be divisions in my own family and relationships if one person is living in the light and the other in the dark. Harmony is impossible, or so it seems to me. Your truth tells me,

Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it (Matthew 10:37–39 NIV).

King of heaven and earth, I pray this morning for those who have walked away from Your love. My heart cries over their separation—to be separated from You for eternity is an unbearable thought. Jesus, open their eyes to seek Your grace. Open their ears to hear Your truth and promise that they are Your children and You do not want them to perish. Lead them to Your cross. Only then will the blame game be over. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 NIV).

Just One Touch

By |2019-10-13T17:30:44-06:00October 13th, 2019|Daily Truth|

I praise You in the stillness of the night as I sit humbly at Your feet. I wait patiently to hear Your loving voice, to feel the power of Your healing, for my body is weak and aches with pain. Oh, I seek the healing touch that comes only from You. All the way back in Deuteronomy, You made it clear that You are the God who heals. Your truth tells me, “I have wound- ed and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand” (Deuteronomy 32:39 niv).

I think about the woman reaching for You in the midst of the crowd and her determination to touch You. She was unclean and forbidden to worship in the temple. Anyone she touched would become unclean, including You, Jesus. Desperate for healing, she knew that by merely touching Your garment, she would be healed. Her faith was unshakable:

A woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and im- mediately her hemorrhage stopped. And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.” But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.” When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace” (Luke 8:43–48 nasb).

You calm my spirit, Jesus, as I reach out to touch the fringe of Your cloak, for You know my impurities and the need for healing. It’s only touching You that changes my uncleanli- ness to complete healing. My faith is in You, Lord. You are Jehovah-Rapha—my God who heals.

September 2019

Have You Quit Believing Too?

By |2019-09-05T09:10:01-06:00September 5th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

Over the past year I’ve watched many walk away from Your promises and truth. Heavenly Father, it breaks my heart and I wonder if it’s causing others to question their faith. I wonder because their statements cause me to have questions. Am I missing something?

You gently remind me as I read Your Word that many will fall away because Your truth doesn’t line up with how they want to live.  The world blinds us by lies. Your truth tells me, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” ( 2 Timothy 4:3 ESV).

You alone know our hearts. You alone know mine. And You are deeply interested in all of them. You know whether or not Your Spirit has enabled others to truly turn their lives over to You. It is not for me to judge others, but to love them. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians that there is one way to identify real, God-driven conversion: It happens with power, Your Holy Spirit, and deep conviction. When You are at work, real change happens in the heart. And heart change always shows up in our attitudes and actions as Your Spirit empowers us to overcome sin patterns and live in the fullness of grace.

I will faithfully proclaim Your truth. You alone know our hearts. And my heart belongs to You.

July 2019

I Need You

By |2019-08-04T09:51:54-06:00July 24th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Seek Truth|

My heart aches when I think how far we have gone – how far we’ve removed Your Word from our lives. Lord, we have conformed to the world and lies surround us. We have turned away from Your truth and lives are being torn apart. We need You. I need You!

You speak to my soul and calm my fears as I read Your Word. Your truth tells me, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV).

Lord, I will stand firm against the world and seek Your truth – Your Word for my life. It is time to put You first in everything I do. Let Your will be done – not mine. And I pray You will open the eyes of all Your children to do the same. Only then, You will heal our land.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Quit Trying So Hard

By |2019-08-04T09:54:36-06:00July 15th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Seek Truth|

Lord, someone today needs to hear this message. Equip me to share with them that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. They need to know that their sins should not keep them from coming to You because they feel that they need to do something good first to make up for what they have done. Your truth tells me that You, Jesus, invites all of us to rest in You. You didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us. We don’t – I don’t need to earn Your approval. It’s already given to all those who trust, believe and depend on You, Lord Jesus. It has been given to me!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

The Good Role Model

By |2019-08-04T09:55:26-06:00July 6th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement|

My heart breaks for those who grow up without role models in their lives. Role models that reveal Your truth. Lord, they are formed by their parent’s actions or lack of – their mistakes and unhealthy choices. They long for acceptance, approval and love. But it never comes. And when they become adults, they are expected to know how to parent, how to love others, how to have a strong marriage. Without You, Father, disaster is looming around the corner as the cycle continues to circle.

I hear You speak to my heart through Your Spirit that You are choosing me to remind others to run to You – their heavenly Father – as I did many years ago. It is Your truth, Word and guidance they need to know how to love others and have successful relationships.

Your truth tells me that there is, “one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6 NASB). I cling to Your promise, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NASB).

You are my Father, my role model, who teaches me how to live life. With Your love and guidance, I can conquer whatever hides around the next corner. Use me to share this truth with others!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Just A Girl

By |2019-08-04T09:57:33-06:00July 1st, 2019|Bible Study, Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

Do you ever feel that your life doesn’t matter – that you’re just a girl or just a guy going through the motions of life? That your life has no meaning? Maybe someone has mocked your existence or your calling? Don’t listen to them. It’s a lie.

Your heavenly Father loves you and wants you to seek His truth. Truth is – you are not just a girl or just a guy, but you are a child of God. His truth tells me and you, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1 NASB).

You are a child of God living in His light. He has placed you today in the place where He wants you. Shine bright no matter where you are – He is doing great things through your life!

 

June 2019

When Others Hurt You

By |2019-08-04T09:58:19-06:00June 11th, 2019|Daily Truth, Seek Truth|

This morning, Lord, I think back on the people that You brought into my life and those that You removed. And even though there are times I don’t understand what You were doing, I know that both are tremendous blessings of encouragement and protection.

Sovereign Lord, I love how You protect and direct my life – that You see and know everything about me. Your truth tells me, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8 ESV).

Jesus, my heart listens to Your Spirit and You encourage me not to look back, but to keep my eyes upon You – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are the One who directs of my life and I will seek and trust You – today, tomorrow and forever!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Are You Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

By |2019-08-04T09:59:10-06:00June 9th, 2019|Bible Study, Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Friends|

Why is it that I praise and seek You only in the good times but complain when things aren’t going my way? I feel like I’m barely out of Egypt, like the Israelites grumbling against You, God, for taking me out of my comfort zone and into unknown desert, only to struggle with my current situation or to be bitten by the snakes of this world. What is it that You are trying to teach me? I can’t find contentment with where I am!

How quickly You show me that if I continue grumbling and walking in my disobedience the metaphorical serpents of this world will bite me. My eyes are not seeking the One You lifted up to give me an abundant life—eternal life. I’ve been consumed living in the moment and living my way. Your truth tells me,

Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look up at the bronze serpent and live” (Numbers 21:6–9 ESV).

Your Son was lifted up on the cross to die so I could be with You forever. And when I keep my eyes looking up to You, Jesus, I see truth. I live! Your truth tells me, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14–15 ESV). My Savior, I lift my arms to worship You and trust You in my unknown desert!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father. Published by Hachette/Worthy Publishing

 

Can A Person Truly Love You And Still Seriously Sin?

By |2019-08-04T09:59:53-06:00June 6th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith|

Can a person truly love You and pursue Your glory, and still seriously sin? Can such a person be forgiven and restored? What about me? Would You turn Your back on me if I failed You?

I come to You in the stillness of the night searching Your Word. I love how You chose David and anointed him king of Israel. He was a man after Your own heart. He loved you and bravely trusted You for protection and stood firmly on Your truth. No one questioned his devotion—David’s heart belonged to You. Oh, how I long to live at that level of devotion, but I keep making mistakes.

You, gracious God, show me that David took his eyes off of You and turned from Your commands when he saw Bathsheba. David wanted her as his own, knowing it was wrong. Before long, he was covering sin with sin, thinking he could hide it from everyone, including You. But You exposed it:

Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites (2 Samuel 12:9 ESV).

O Lord, David, who loved You with all of his heart, failed You miserably. I am in good company. I learn that in his deep sorrow, he turned back to seek Your mercy and compassion. David didn’t deny his sin or excuse it. He simply repented. Deeply and truly He turned to You and admitted everything. You, gracious God, granted forgiveness and full reconciliation. You will do the same for me.

Father, forgive me when I try to hide my sins from You. Your truth tells me, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13 NIV). Though there will be many days that I will fall even as a redeemed believer, I realize that when I come to You with a broken and contrite heart, I am brought back to You through the saving blood of Jesus. I am forgiven, Your child after Your own heart.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

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