Friday, December 30, 2016

The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, December 30, 2016 - Sixth Day of Christmas

First Reading
Isaiah 25:1-9
O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled. On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Second Reading
Revelation 1:9-20
I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, "Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades. Now write what you have seen, what is, and what is to take place after this. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

The Holy Gospel
John 7:53-8:11
Then each of them went home, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, sir." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again."

Morning Psalms
Psalm 20 Exaudiat te Dominus
1   May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble, the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2   Send you help from his holy place and strengthen you out of Zion;
3   Remember all your offerings and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4   Grant you your heart's desire and prosper all your plans.
5   We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the Name of our God; may the LORD grant all your requests.
6   Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed; he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand.
7   Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God.
8   They collapse and fall down, but we will arise and stand upright.
9   O LORD, give victory to the king and answer us when we call.

Psalm 21 Domine, in virtute tua
1   The king rejoices in your strength, O LORD; how greatly he exults in your victory!
2   You have given him his heart's desire; you have not denied him the request of his lips.
3   For you meet him with blessings of prosperity, and set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
4   He asked you for life, and you gave it to him: length of days, for ever and ever.
5   His honor is great, because of your victory; splendor and majesty have you bestowed upon him.
6   For you will give him everlasting felicity and will make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7   For the king puts his trust in the LORD; because of the loving-kindness of the Most High, he will not fall.
8   Your hand will lay hold upon all your enemies; your right hand will seize all those who hate you.
9   You will make them like a fiery furnace at the time of your appearing, O LORD;
10   You will swallow them up in your wrath, and fire shall consume them.
11   You will destroy their offspring from the land and their descendants from among the peoples of the earth.
12   Though they intend evil against you and devise wicked schemes, yet they shall not prevail.
13   For you will put them to flight and aim your arrows at them.
14   Be exalted, O LORD, in your might; we will sing and praise your power.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 23 Dominus regit me
1   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
2   He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.
3   He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4   Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5   You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6   Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 27 Dominus illuminatio
1   The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
2   When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.
3   Though an army should encamp against me, yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4   And though war should rise up against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
5   One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life;
6   To behold the fair beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
7   For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.
8   Even now he lifts up my head above my enemies round about me.
9   Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness; I will sing and make music to the LORD.
10   Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me.
11   You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." Your face, LORD, will I seek.
12   Hide not your face from me, nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13   You have been my helper; cast me not away; do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14   Though my father and my mother forsake me, the LORD will sustain me.
15   Show me your way, O LORD; lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16   Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and also those who speak malice.
17   What if I had not believed that I should see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
18   O tarry and await the LORD'S pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the LORD.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Bad for Business?"

Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region. (Matthew 8:34, NIV)

You would think that after the miracle of casting out demons from two men who had violently oppressed them, the people in the area would have said, "Jesus, You are the man! We love what You did! Now we can go back to the cemetery and pay our respects to our loved ones and put flowers on their graves. We wouldn't even go near there before. These guys were scary. Thank You, Lord, for coming to our community." But that is not what happened. Instead, they wanted Him to go away. Why? It was because Jesus was bad for business.

Jesus had cast the demons out of the men and into a herd of pigs that went over a cliff. I don't know if those who kept the herd were Jewish, because if they were, this was not a kosher thing to be doing. They had been making money off the pigs, and there was no more bringing home the bacon for them. It was the end of that story. So they thought, We don't like this. This is bad for our economy. Go away.

For some people, Jesus is bad for their business. It is typically the kind of business that preys on human suffering—even contributes to it. And if you have discovered that Jesus is bad for your business, then you need to get another job.

In the region of the Gadarenes, the people realized that Jesus wasn't good for what they did, and therefore, they wanted Him to go away. Matthew's Gospel tells us, "Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region." (Matthew 8:34). So guess what Jesus did? He left.

Jesus won't force His way into anyone's life, including yours. Have you invited Him in?

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Verse of the Day - December 30, 2016

John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Un Dia a la Vez - Hagamos todo lo bueno

Dios es el que me ciñe de fuerza, y quien despeja mi camino; Quien hace mis pies como de ciervas, y me hace estar firme sobre mis alturas.
2 Samuel 22:33, RV-60

Todo lo negativo que pudo ocurrir este año no debe marcar tu nuevo año.

Hace algún tiempo, como lo dije al comienzo de este devocional, hacía por estos días una agenda de peticiones y se las presentaba a Dios con una oración el 31 de diciembre a la medianoche. Era como colocar un montón de sueños y anhelos en la presencia de Dios y confiar que Él me los cumpliría uno a uno.

Sin embargo, hay cosas que ya Dios tiene programadas para cada uno de nosotros y, tarde o temprano, se cumplirán. Así que no te encierres solo en tus deseos, sino deja varios puntos en blanco para que Él mismo sea el que los llene. Déjate sorprender por Dios. ¡No te vas a arrepentir!

Entra a un nuevo año con tu mente y corazón en sintonía con el Señor. Ah, y otra cosa, recuerda que Él siempre desea lo mejor para ti.

Girlfriends in God - Understanding God’s Grace

Today’s Truth

For if by one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will rein in life through the One, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17, NKJV).

Friend to Friend

I was born to be a rule-follower. It’s in my nature. I never acted out in public as a child. It has always bothered me when people talk while the teacher (or preacher) is talking. I have memories of telling my classmates to stop running in the halls in elementary school because they weren’t supposed to. Yes, that’s me. The rule following, teacher’s pet-kind-of-gal. Right now you are probably thinking I’m trying to make myself sound like a saint. But the truth is that being this way made it very challenging for me to understand God’s grace for a very long time. As Children of God, we are called to live in freedom, and I was allowing rule following to keep me in bondage.

That is until I went to high school. I was attending the youth group at my church and I kept hearing the word “grace.” “Grace this”…”grace that”… and then I realized that I had no idea what grace meant. I understood the definition of grace, and I understood what the Bible had to say about grace. But I didn’t have a revelation of it in my own life. So I decided to approach God and ask Him to give me a revelation of what Grace really is; And He did.

I want to paint you the picture God painted for me. I want you to visualize it right where you are physically and spiritually.

I was standing on a dirt field. Everything was brown and the field went far beyond where my eyes could see. Jesus was standing next to me.

Then, I noticed a shovel on the ground next to me. I picked it up and looked at Jesus. He kindly looked at me and said, “Don’t do that.” I turned away and began to dig.

After a few moments of digging I looked at Jesus. Once again, He kindly said, “Don’t do that.” I looked back down and continued to dig. Sweat was dripping down my forehead, and dirt was what now appeared to be my clothes.

Before I knew it, I had dug myself into a hole so deep, I couldn’t get out. I looked around and found myself surrounded by walls of dirt. I stood at the pit of it all. Understanding now why Jesus had told me not to do this, I was ashamed to look up and see if He was even still there. I had no choice. I couldn’t get out. I had literally dug myself into this mess, and I had no way out.

I slowly looked up, to find Jesus standing there. I expected to see a look of disappointment, or even anger. I expected him to say, “See what you did? I told you not to do this, and you didn’t listen to me! Now look at the mess you are in!”

Instead, He reached down into the hole, He lifted me up and out of it, and He began to dust the dirt off my clothes until I was clean again. He hugged me with the most loving and comforting embrace, with no sign of bitterness, disappointment, or anger.

THAT is grace. God’s complete love and forgiveness in our life, especially when we don’t deserve it.

That is how God explained it to me when I asked. Every time I share this so intimate and personal encounter I can’t help but cry, and usually find those I share it with crying too. I have experienced sharing it with non-believers and having the presence of God fill the room and their hearts. Why? Because we serve a God of love and grace, and that is the message this world so desperately needs.

It is so important for us to understand God’s grace. Whether you are naturally a rule-follower or naturally a rebel, Scripture says that we are all in need of God’s grace.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23, NKJV)

I love this scripture. I love that it says “being justified freely by His grace.” I was reading it this morning as I drank my Jasmine Green tea and the word “freely” stood out to me because it isn’t needed in order to complete the sentence. It can so easily read, “being justified by His grace.” Instead that word is there because we serve a God who “freely” wants us to be justified.

That is the freedom we are called to live in. As natural rule-followers or rebels, we live our lives righteously and then allow grace to come in when we don’t. We repent and thank God for His grace when we miss it knowing we have been covered by His grace. That is the grace I sought to understand. It was the grace I needed to understand. And when I did, I was able to live freely from the bondage of falling short, knowing He has redeemed me, and God wants you to know more than anything that He loves you and that He has redeemed you.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, I come before Your throne and I thank You for your grace. I thank You for the power of grace in our lives and for a revelation of it. I ask that You fill the hearts of every woman reading this right now with Your love. That you would give her an understanding and revelation of how you see her Father, washed white as snow. You alone had the power to redeem us, and You did out of Your love for us. We are so grateful for You our love and grace.
In Jesus’ name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, I want you to reflect on things you haven’t forgiven yourself for. What areas of your life do you feel like you fall short in? Do you feel like you lack as a woman, a wife, a spouse, a Christian? I want you to uncover those areas and bring them before God. Allow His grace to take those areas of your life and call them redeemed.

More from the Girlfriends

Need help learning to trust God? Do you want to experience His grace and love in a fresh new way? The Girlfriends in God book, Trusting God, is filled with devotions written by Sharon, Gwen and Mary that will help you step out in faith and trust God. Check it out!

Standing Strong Through the Storm - STAND STRONG THROUGH ALL STORMS

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither… Psalm 1:1-3

Concluding Thoughts:

1. Ours is the Kingdom. No matter what setbacks we see or experience, in the end the Kingdom will revert to our Lord and we will reign with Him.

2. Ours is the victory through dying and living again – victory through being able to drink the cup of evil and injustice poured out and not being consumed by it.

3. Ours is the responsibility of caring for our suffering brethren, especially converts and those in countries more restrictive and repressive than ours.

4. Ours is the responsibility of reaching those who still sit in darkness.

5. Ours are the lives that should manifest purity and Christlikeness.

6. Ours are the hearts that should be willing to pay the price to bring peace and understanding among men and between men and God. Hearts willing to be proactive. Hearts willing to stand at the end of the day and having done all; stand.

7. Ours is the challenge to stand strong through all the storms we face and come through the fire refined and purified to walk the way of the cross before a dying world.

RESPONSE: Today I will accept the challenge to stand strong through all the storms I may face!

PRAYER: Pray for Christians living in severe persecution areas that refined and purified, they may experience all of the victory which is available through Christ.

LHM Daily Devotion - "The Great Search"

December 30, 2016

(The shepherds said) "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us". (Luke 2:15b, ESV)

Read Luke 2:15-20

This is about the time we started running dangerously low on Christmas cookies. I always hated getting to the bottom of the "animal cookies." I'm not sure why we called them that, since we used all kinds of different shapes: trees, bells, etc. But I would definitely leave all the others behind in my search for that one last animal cookie.

The shepherds had the same feeling about the Christ Child. After the angel army returns to heaven, the shepherds immediately talk it over and decide to leave their flocks behind in search of the Christ Child.

They go to Bethlehem and search until they find Him wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger -- just as the angel had said. How incredible was it to look down into the face of the mighty Son of God? The shepherds share the angel's words with Mary and Joseph and every person they meet. All who hear their words are amazed, but Mary stores up their words and ponders them deep inside.

What the shepherds did in one night, we spend our lifetimes doing. We learn of our Savior in the Bible. We then spend the rest of our lives looking forward to the moment when we will gaze upon His glorious face -- just like they did. Because of His life, death and resurrection, we will be able to remain in His wonderful presence forever.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, the shepherds left their flocks behind to find you. Give me that same excitement that I may leave everything to walk with You through life until I meet You face to face. Amen.

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Devociones de Adviento - ¡Qué manera de hablar!

Viernes 30 de Diciembre

Hebreos 1:1-9

Dios... en estos días finales nos ha hablado por medio del Hijo, a quien constituyó heredero de todo, y mediante el cual hizo el universo. (Heb 1:1a-2, RVC)

Hay maneras y maneras de hablar. Algunos hablan mucho y dicen poco. Otros hablan poco, pero dicen mucho. La relación de Dios con su mundo es una relación de comunicación, no exenta de ruidos. De un lado, hay seres humanos reacios, incluso sordos, hacia su palabra. Del otro lado está Dios, quien desde el mismo Edén se acerca y pregunta una y otra vez: "¿dónde estás?"

Dios usó todas las estrategias posibles para hablarnos. Él habló muchas veces y de distintas maneras. Generación tras generación envió profetas para advertir, llamar al arrepentimiento e invitar a los humanos a volverse a Él. Israel había sido objeto especial del amor y del cuidado divino. A través de Israel, Dios quería llegar al mundo para que todos conozcamos su voluntad y su corazón lleno de amor y gracia.

Comunicar es poner en común, hacer que dos sean como uno. La navidad refleja una manera extraordinaria de comunicación divina. En la navidad, Dios nos habla directamente a través de su Hijo, el heredero, por medio del cual había creado el mismo universo. Jesucristo es quien refleja el carácter y la esencia del Padre, es un representante de Dios que es divino y humano a la vez; un puente de carne y hueso, de boca y corazón, tendido entre el cielo y la tierra. ¡Qué manera de hablar!

No seamos sordos a lo que Dios nos está diciendo por medio de su Mesías, una vez más. Oigamos, miremos y recibamos lo que nos dice. Unidos a Jesús participaremos, por gracia, de lo mismo que Jesús es y será: ser hijos y herederos de Dios, destinados a la gloria eterna junto a Él.

Eterno Dios y Padre: gracias por acercarte a nosotros por medio Jesús. Abre nuestros oídos, mente y corazón para recibirle. Amén.

© Copyright 2016 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones

Our Daily Bread - Time Alone With God

Read: Matthew 14:13–23 | Bible in a Year: Zechariah 13–14; Revelation 21

[Jesus] went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Matthew 14:23

It was a busy morning in the church room where I was helping. Nearly a dozen little children were chattering and playing. There was so much activity that the room became warm and I propped the door open. One little boy saw this as his chance to escape so when he thought no one was looking, he tiptoed out the door. Hot on his trail, I wasn’t surprised that he was headed straight for his daddy’s arms.

The little boy did what we need to do when life becomes busy and overwhelming—he slipped away to be with his father. Jesus looked for opportunities to spend time with His heavenly Father in prayer. Some might say this was how He coped with the demands that depleted His human energy. According to the gospel of Matthew, Jesus was headed to a solitary place when a crowd of people followed Him. Noticing their needs, Jesus miraculously healed and fed them. After that, however, He “went up on a mountainside by himself to pray” (v. 23).

Jesus repeatedly helped multitudes of people, yet He didn’t allow Himself to become haggard and hurried. He nurtured His connection with God through prayer. How is it with you? Will you take time alone with God to experience His strength and fulfillment?

Where are you finding greater fulfillment—in meeting the demands of life or in cultivating your relationship with your Creator?

When we draw near to God our minds are refreshed and our strength is renewed!

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Tiempo a solas con Dios

Leer: Mateo 14:13-23 | La Biblia en un año: Apocalipsis 21

… [Jesús] subió al monte a orar aparte… (Mateo 14:23).

Era una mañana atareada en el salón de la iglesia donde yo estaba ayudando. Casi una docena de niños hablaban y jugaban. Con tanta actividad, empezó a hacer calor en la habitación, y abrí la puerta. Un muchachito consideró que esa era su oportunidad de escaparse. Entonces, cuando pensó que nadie lo veía, salió de puntillas. Cuando estaba por alcanzarlo, no me sorprendió que estuviera yendo derecho hacia los brazos de su papá.

Este niño hizo lo que todos necesitamos hacer cuando la vida se vuelve ardua y angustiosa: se escabulló para estar con su padre. Jesús buscaba oportunidades para pasar tiempo en oración con su Padre celestial. Según el Evangelio de Mateo, fue a un lugar solitario cuando lo seguía una multitud. Al ver sus necesidades, los sanó y les dio de comer. Sin embargo, después de eso, «subió al monte a orar aparte» (Mateo 14:23).

Aunque Jesús ayudó muchas veces a una gran cantidad de personas, no permitió que esto lo agotara ni lo apresurara, sino que alimentaba su comunión con Dios por medio de la oración.

¿Y qué sucede contigo? ¿Dedicarás tiempo a estar a solas con Dios para experimentar la fortaleza y la satisfacción que solo Él ofrece?

¿Qué te produce mayor satisfacción: cumplir con las demandas de la vida o cultivar tu relación con el Creador?

Cuando nos acercamos a Dios, ¡refrescamos la mente y renovamos las fuerzas!

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Zeit mit Gott

Lesen: Matthäus 14,13-23 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Sacharja 13–14; Offenbarung 21

[Jesus] stieg allein auf einen Berg, um zu beten. (Matthäus 14,23)

Im Gemeinderaum, in dem ich zum Helfen eingesetzt war, ging es hoch her. Fast ein Dutzend Kinder spielte und plapperte lebhaft durcheinander. Allmählich wurde es warm und stickig. Deshalb machte ich einen Spalt breit eine Tür auf. Ein kleiner Junge hatte mich dabei beobachtet und als er meinte, keiner würde ihn sehen, nutzte er die Gelegenheit, um auf Zehenspitzen davonzulaufen. Ich blieb ihm auf den Fersen und war nicht erstaunt, dass er geradewegs in die Arme seines Vaters eilte.

Der Kleine tat, was wir alle tun müssen, wenn das Leben schwierig wird—er lief davon zu seinem Vater. Jesus suchte immer wieder die Gelegenheit, im Gebet Zeit mit seinem himmlischen Vater zu verbringen. Manche sagen, das habe ihm geholfen, mit den Anforderungen fertig zu werden, die an seine menschliche Kraft gestellt wurden. Matthäus berichtet in seinem Evangelium, wie Jesus einmal einen einsamen Ort suchte, als eine große Menschenmenge ihm folgte. Er sah ihre Not und heilte und speiste sie. Danach jedoch stieg er „allein auf einen Berg, um zu beten“ (V.23).

Jesus half immer wieder vielen Menschen, aber er verzettelte sich nicht und ließ sich nicht unter Druck setzen. Er pflegte die Verbindung zu Gott durchs Gebet. Wie ist es bei dir? Nimmst du dir Zeit allein mit Gott, um seine Kraft und Erfüllung zu erleben?

Was verschafft dir größere Erfüllung—wenn du mit den Anforderungen des Lebens zurechtkommst oder wenn du die Beziehung mit deinem Schöpfer pflegst?

Wenn wir zu Gott kommen, wird unser Denken neu ausgerichtet und wir erhalten neue Kraft!

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Наедине с Богом

Читать сейчас: Матфея 14:13-23 | Библия за год: Захария 13-14; Откровение 21

Он взошел на гору помолиться наедине. — Матфея 14:23

Утром в церкви было многолюдно. А в комнате, где я была нянькой, собралось около дюжины подвижных малышей. Оттого, что им не сиделось на месте, в комнате скоро стало жарко. Я приоткрыла дверь. Один мальчик усмотрел в этом возможность побега и, когда я отвернулась, на цыпочках направился к выходу. Обнаружив пропажу, я пошла за ним. Малыш из детской комнаты прямиком потопал на руки к своему папе.

Он сделал то, что нужно делать всем нам, когда жизнь становится слишком загруженной: устремился к своему отцу. Спаситель также искал возможности провести время с Небесным Отцом. Можно услышать мнение, что таким способом Он восполнял силы, ушедшие на служение. Матфей рассказывает, что Иисус однажды решил уединиться для молитвы, а толпа последовала за Ним. Сжалившись над ними, Господь чудесным образом насытил пришедших и исцелил больных. Тем не менее, отпустив народ, «Он взошел на гору помолиться наедине» (Мф. 14:23).

Христос помогал людям, но при этом не позволял Себе увлечься суетой. Он сохранял связь с Богом в молитве. А как у вас? Вы уделяете время, чтобы провести его наедине с Богом и исполниться Его силой и благодатью?

Где вы находите наибольшую радость: в удовлетворении жизненных запросов или в общении с Создателем?

Приближаясь к Богу, мы обновляемся в силе.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - À l’écart avec Dieu

Lisez : Matthieu 14.13‑23 | La Bible en un an : Zacharie 13 – 14 et Apocalypse 21

[Jésus] monta sur la montagne, pour prier à l’écart. (Matthieu 14.23)

La pièce de l’église où j’apportais mon aide bourdonnait ce matin‑là. Plus d’une dizaine de petits enfants conversaient et jouaient. L’activité y était telle que la pièce s’est réchauffée et que j’ai dû entrouvrir la porte. Or, y voyant la chance de prendre la poudre d’escampette sans que personne ne le voie faire, croyait‑il, un petit s’est esquivé sur la pointe des pieds. Le suivant à la trace, je ne me suis pas étonnée de le voir se diriger tout droit vers les bras de son père.

Ce petit a fait ce que nous devons faire lorsque nous devenons trop occupés et que la vie nous dépasse, il s’est échappé pour se retrouver avec son père. Jésus recherchait des occasions de passer du temps en prière avec son Père céleste. Certains pourraient dire que c’était sa façon de surmonter les exigences qui sapaient son énergie humaine. D’après l’Évangile selon Mathieu, Jésus se rendait dans un lieu désert lorsqu’une foule l’a suivi. Remarquant les besoins de tous, Jésus les a miraculeusement guéris et nourris. Par la suite, cependant, « il monta sur la montagne, pour prier à l’écart » (MT 14. 23).

Jésus est venu en aide à une multitude de gens maintes fois ; pourtant, il ne s’est jamais laissé ni épuiser ni brusquer. Il a entretenu sa relation avec Dieu au moyen de la prière. Qu’en est‑il de vous ? Prendrez‑vous du temps à l’écart avec Dieu pour vous remplir de sa force et de son pouvoir ?

Au contact de Dieu, notre esprit et nos forces se renouvellent.

© 2016 Ministères NPQ