Thought for the day.

“There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” (John 1:9).

Jesus is the light of the world.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son as the light of the world so that we are no more in darkness about why we are here on earth.

Are we truly walking in the light which we received?

Quote for the day:  “We cannot answer every question that any bright boy in the back row might ask. We have only light enough to walk by.” — Howard A. Johnson

Thought for the day.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1).

It is impossible to please God without faith.
🙏Heavenly Father, give us grace to live a life acceptable to You to prove that we truly have faith in You.

Has our faith changed our life style?

Quote for the day: “He does not believe, that does not live according to his belief.” — Thomas Fuller

Thought for the day.

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

We are citizens of the other world.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the assurance that this world is not ours and that our troubles will soon pass away.

Are we able to focus on the other world?

Quote for the day: “Those who keep speaking about the sun while walking under a cloudy sky are messengers of hope, the true saints of our day.” — Henri Nouwen

Thought for the day.

“Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, …” (Matthew 5:19).

While place in heaven is free based on the cross of Christ, status in heaven depends on obeying the laws.
🙏Heavenly Father, help us to obey all Your commands so that we will not be the least in the kingdom of heaven.

Are we careful to obey all the commands in the Bible?\

Quote for the day: “We must always be on our guard lest, under the pretext of keeping one commandment, we be found breaking another.” — St. Basil

Thought for the day.

“Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe” (Acts 28:24).

God works in us by His word.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing Yourself through Your Word so that we can know about You and Your purposes for our lives.

Do we have any doubt about our eternity?

Quote for the day: “Conviction is God at work in us.” — David Edwards

How to understand Mt.6:13 of the Lord’s Prayer?

Truly v.13 is a bit confusing to the simple reader.  The first phrase. “lead us not into temptation” pauses the question whether it is the Lord who leads us to temptation when James 1:13 clearly says that God can not be tempted by evil nor does He tempt anyone

Well. The word used in the original has two basic meanings.  It means trial or temptation.  We know that God tried or tested the faith of Abraham (Gen. 22:1).  We also know that God permitted Satan to test Job (Job.1:12).  

When Jesus asked His disciples to pray not to lead them to temptation, He meant that they must pray that the trials to which God takes them should not be unbearable and hurting.  !Cor.10:13 promises that God is faithful and that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.  Promises remain promises unless they are claimed in prayer.  For example, God promises that he who believes in the Son has eternal life.  Unless that promise is claimed, it remains unfulfilled,  Same is true about the promise about temptation.  

We saw in Job’s life God permits Satan to try his faith.  Even today Satan is asking God to let him try us and our faith.  God permits Satan to do so.  Then comes the second part of the prayer in v. 13.  BUT what ever happens deliver us from the Evil One.  In the original there is a definite article before evil and it MUST BE translated as deliver us from THE EVIL ONE as Satan is called the evil one. 

Even today this happens.  We read in Lk.22:31 that Satan asked that Simon be sifted like wheat. In the next verse we are told that Jesus prayed for him. 

So we need to pray that trials of our faith should not be too hard for us to bear as God promised BUT whatever happens, we should not be given into the hands of the Evil One to be sifted like wheat.   Praise God Jesus our intercessor is also praying for us as we pray the same prayer here on earth.  Praise be to His Holy Name.  Amen.-

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We are created for a purpose.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for the Lord Jesus who came to restore us to You though we sinned so that we can love You and serve You.

Do we know why we are here?

Quote for the day: “Think of these things: whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.” — Benjamin Franklin

Thought for the day.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?

This is the true condition of human heart.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You that You are willing to cleanse our hearts with the blood of Jesus and make it Your abode.

Are we cleansing our hearts daily with the Word of God?

Quote for the day: “Today open your heart and let God’s touch bring restoration to those areas of your life that need repair.” — Amy Nappa

Thought for the day.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Human race lost the contact with God with Adam’s sin.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for Your willingness to come to earth as a man to restore us to You by taking our punishment on You.

Are we truly enjoying that fellowship with God?

Quote for the day: “^God is in the business of restoration, and he’s been doing it for a long, long time.” — Amy Nappa