Clean Before God

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NLT Yesterday we looked at moving closer to God. James talked about purifying the heart. David found himself in a predicament.  He examined his life and took a look at his heart. He was unhappy with the condition of … Continue reading Clean Before God

Move Closer

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. James 4:8 NLT When you care for someone, you want to keep the individual close. When parents are in a crowd with their small children, they … Continue reading Move Closer

God’s Gift

As Mary and Joseph continued on their journey, Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone should be registered. But you needed to be registered in your own city. Joseph was a descendent of King David so he had to travel to Bethlehem. The journey was long but Joseph would not leave Mary at home alone, he took … Continue reading God’s Gift

Joseph Supports Mary

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.  Matthew 1:18 NKJV What can be more disturbing in the life of a young man that to discover that his future wife is with child and he … Continue reading Joseph Supports Mary

God Favored Mary

At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Luke 1:41-42 NLT Here are two women at different stages of their life going through … Continue reading God Favored Mary

Right in God’s Eyes

Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother was Jecoliah from Jerusalem. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had done.  2 Chronicles 26:3-4 NLT It’s not uncommon for children who are born in a monarchy to find that they … Continue reading Right in God’s Eyes

Examine My Heart

Lord, you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you’ll find it’s true. Psalms 26:2 TPT In this Psalm David has a request. He is asking God to take a close look at him. When you look closely at something, you see things other people … Continue reading Examine My Heart

Women of Value

 On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. Acts 16:13 NLT Paul and Silas have arrived in Macedonia and on the Sabbath day they went to the … Continue reading Women of Value

Holy Spirit in Control

Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Acts 16:6 NLT There was a time in Paul’s life that no one would believe that he would be on the mission field telling … Continue reading Holy Spirit in Control

Guided by Peace and Thanksgiving

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NLT  Paul spoke about two things in this verse: peace and thankfulness. So there must be a connection between them. In the secular world, … Continue reading Guided by Peace and Thanksgiving