Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, March 14, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 2:1-13

The word of the LORD came to me, saying: Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD: I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown. Israel was holy to the LORD, the first fruits of his harvest. All who ate of it were held guilty; disaster came upon them, says the LORD. Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the LORD: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? They did not say, "Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?" I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, "Where is the LORD?" Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit. Therefore once more I accuse you, says the LORD, and I accuse your children's children. Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the LORD, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 1:16-25

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous will live by faith." For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools; and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 4:43-54
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet's own country). When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival. Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my little boy dies." Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, "Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him." The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Here ends the Gospel lesson for today
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!

Morning Psalms

Psalm 61 Exaudi, Deus
1   Hear my cry, O God, and listen to my prayer.
2   I call upon you from the ends of the earth with heaviness in my heart; set me upon the rock that is higher than I.
3   For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
4   I will dwell in your house for ever; I will take refuge under the cover of your wings.
5   For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have granted me the heritage of those who fear your Name.
6   Add length of days to the king's life; let his years extend over many generations.
7   Let him sit enthroned before God for ever; bid love and faithfulness watch over him.
8   So will I always sing the praise of your Name, and day by day I will fulfill my vows.

Psalm 62 Nonne Deo?
1   For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation.
2   He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
3   How long will you assail me to crush me, all of you together, as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
4   They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; lies are their chief delight.
5   They bless with their lips, but in their hearts they curse.
6   For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in him.
7   He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8   In God is my safety and my honor; God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9   Put your trust in him always, O people, pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10   Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11   On the scales they are lighter than a breath, all of them together.
12   Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride; though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13   God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, that power belongs to God.
14   Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 68 Exsurgat Deus
1   Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him.
2   Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3   But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; let them also be merry and joyful.
4   Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens; YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!
5   Father of orphans, defender of widows, God in his holy habitation!
6   God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; but the rebels shall live in dry places.
7   O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,
8   The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9   You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; you refreshed the land when it was weary.
10   Your people found their home in it; in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.
11   The Lord gave the word; great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
12   Kings with their armies are fleeing away; the women at home are dividing the spoils.
13   Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver, whose feathers are like green gold.
14   When the Almighty scattered kings, it was like snow falling in Zalmon.
15   O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!
16   Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain, at the hill which God chose for his resting place? truly, the LORD will dwell there for ever.
17   The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.
18   You have gone up on high and led captivity captive; you have received gifts even from your enemies, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
19   Blessed be the Lord day by day, the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.
20   He is our God, the God of our salvation; God is the LORD, by whom we escape death.
21   God shall crush the heads of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of those who go on still in their wickedness.
22   The Lord has said, "I will bring them back from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;
23   That your foot may be dipped in blood, the tongues of your dogs in the blood of your enemies."
24   They see your procession, O God, your procession into the sanctuary, my God and my King.
25   The singers go before, musicians follow after, in the midst of maidens playing upon the hand-drums.
26   Bless God in the congregation; bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
27   There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head; the princes of Judah in a company; and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.
28   Send forth your strength, O God; establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
29   Kings shall bring gifts to you, for your temple's sake at Jerusalem.
30   Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves.
31   Trample down those who lust after silver; scatter the peoples that delight in war.
32   Let tribute be brought out of Egypt; let Ethiopia stretch out her hands to God.
33   Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord.
34   He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
35   Ascribe power to God; his majesty is over Israel; his strength is in the skies.
36   How wonderful is God in his holy places! the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people! Blessed be God!

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Verse of the Day - March 14, 2017

2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV) For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Read all of 2 Peter 1

2 Pedro 1:5-8 (NVI) Precisamente por eso, esfuércense por añadir a su fe, virtud; a su virtud, entendimiento; al entendimiento, dominio propio; al dominio propio, constancia; a la constancia, devoción a Dios; a la devoción a Dios, afecto fraternal; y al afecto fraternal, amor. Porque estas cualidades, si abundan en ustedes, los harán crecer en el conocimiento de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y evitarán que sean inútiles e improductivos.

Read all of 2 Pedro 1

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Trust God's Timing"

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (KJ21)

Conversion can happen instantaneously. Some have a hard time believing that, especially when they hear of someone coming to faith who has committed a terrible crime.

They may say, “Well, isn’t that convenient? I doubt that person really has become a Christian.” Maybe not. But then again, maybe so. Conversion can take place instantaneously in any life.

It’s worth noting that both criminals who were crucified with Jesus heard Him say, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). Yet one believed and one did not. That is the mystery of the gospel. One can hear the gospel proclaimed and say, “Yes, I believe that” and give his or her life to Christ. Another, hearing the same message, can be absolutely unmoved and continue in his or her sin.

Interestingly, one criminal started correcting the other, who had said to Jesus, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us” (verse 39). The Bible says he “rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong’” (verses 40–41).

Then he turned to Jesus and said, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (verse 42). Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Here was this man facing eternal separation from God, and he was crucified next to God incarnate, who pardoned him on the spot, absolved him of all sin, and was ready to take him into paradise with Him.

God desires for people to come to faith, but He also has His timing. I don’t know when that time is. But we have to leave it in the hands of God.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Scripture taken from the 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) Copyright © 1994 by Deuel Enterprises, Inc. Devotion by Greg Laurie © 2017 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.

Un Dia a la Vez - Deja que Dios sea tu todo

Ciertamente les aseguro que si el grano de trigo no cae en tierra y muere, se queda solo. Pero si muere, produce mucho fruto.
Juan 12:24 (NVI)

Cuando le das la oportunidad a Dios de ser tu «TODO», créeme que puedes vivir más confiado y más tranquilo. Nosotros estamos viviendo tiempos muy complicados. La misma Biblia lo dice y no miente. Si la lees con detenimiento, verás que todo se ha ido cumpliendo. Estamos viviendo los tiempos finales y lo que debemos tener presente es que no se van a mejorar. Cada vez va a haber más guerras, terremotos, desastres, hambrunas, plagas y las personas tendrán mucha necesidad de conocer de Jesús.

Estamos en tiempos donde a lo malo llaman bueno, donde se levantan falsos profetas que vienen solo a confundir y donde persiguen a muchos por proclamar la Palabra de Dios.

¡Vaya, qué difícil es imaginarse esto! Aun así, hay que pensarlo. Por eso es que hoy te digo que es un riesgo vivir sin Dios en nuestro corazón. No podemos vivir como llaneros solitarios pensando que somos tan autosuficientes que controlamos el mundo.

No podemos seguir con esos aires de que nosotros controlamos la vida, cuando en realidad no controlamos nada. Con mucho esfuerzo algunos tienen domino propio y disciplina como para creerse la última Coca-Cola del desierto.

¿Cómo le rindes tu vida a Dios? Reconociéndolo en todos los caminos y dejando que Él sea el conductor de tu vida. Muere al «YO» y darás fruto.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón. La Santa Biblia, Nueva Versión Internacional® NVI® Copyright © 1986, 1999, 2015 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - WORTH FOLLOWING

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

The first thing most Christians think of when they hear or read the word, “persecution” is torture. And indeed torture is what many persecuted believers experience. Helen Berhane was kept in shipping container prisons for almost three years because she would not deny her faith. She was beaten so severely she could not even walk. Other times Helen was chained for hours outside in the severe heat of the sunshine.

One time after a full day of being chained outside, she was handcuffed and thrown into an old rusty shipping container full of holes. She lay on the icy floor in her thin dress. With no blanket, she soon began shivering. Her whole body ached from the cold and the beating she had received. She feared she might die from the freezing cold so she composed this song and sang it repeatedly throughout the chilly night:
I love you, that’s why I draw myself closer to you
I know that it’s worth following you.
I am not only ready for prison, but I trust you until death.
Even in a closed space or in a pit I will not surrender to evil spirits,
Not even if I am bound or I am chained and I am suffering from cold,
I will sing and I am not going to tire of singing, nor give up.
My heart is burning with your love,
And my heart declares I will never stop respecting you or lifting you up.
I will sing again and again,
I will sing a melody for you,
My soul is pleased to sing for you.[1]
RESPONSE: I will praise the Lord today and every day—regardless of my circumstances.

PRAYER: Pray for all Christians who today are persecuted by being tortured. Pray they will respond as Helen did.

1. Helen Berhane, Song of the Nightingale (Colorado Springs: Authentic Media, 2009), p. 52.

Scripture taken from the King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

Girlfriends in God - When God Throws a Little Bit of “All Things” in Your Life

Today’s Truth

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:28 NIV).

Friend to Friend

I love Romans 8:28.

Now, let me be honest…sometimes I don’t.

When I am going through a dark time of loss or disappointment, and someone throws a sloppy coat of Romans 8:28 on my open wound, I just want to scream.

There. I said it.

What does God mean by “all things” anyway? I looked it up in my Greek dictionary and guess what it means—it means “all things.” I was hoping for something a little different.

“All things” includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. In every dark circumstance of life, there is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. However, for that to happen, we must get out of the dirt, push it aside, and look beneath the surface.

Is it easy? No.

Is it messy? Usually.

It is worth it? Always.

Many years after we had lost our second child, I was standing in the doorway of my sleeping sixteen-year-old son’s bedroom. He was a tangle of sheets and limbs. Steven was six feet tall, needed a shave, and sported a mass of shaggy thick brown hair. Drool slid down his jaw, and a hairy leg hung off the bed.

Man, I love this kid, I thought to myself. Then a prayer slipped off my lips.

“Lord,” I prayed, “you know how much I love children, and how I always longed to have a houseful of kids. Why was there just one?”

Then, God’s Word washed over me: For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

“Is that You Lord?” I asked.

Again the words flowed. For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

The words washed over me like a spring rain on parched ground. It was a moment of sudden glory. For the first time in my life, I truly grasped the height, the depth, and the breadth of those familiar words.

See, I have a one and only son. There are many people whom I love in this world, but there is no one…no one…that I love enough to sacrifice my one and only son. And yet, God loved me so much He did just that. He loved you so much He did just that. He sacrificed His one and only Son in order to save us from the penalty of sin and give us eternal life.

With tears streaming down my cheeks, I thanked God for helping me truly understand John 3:16—for giving me a living, breathing, walking (and sometimes sleeping) example of His great love. And if that was the only purpose behind the years of infertility and loss of a child, then that was enough.

It was Romans 8:28. It was good.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your great love for me. Thank You for giving Your Son for me. Open my eyes to see moments of sudden glory where You make Your presence known in my life. I love You so much.
In Jesus’ Name,

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Peace at All Costs?"

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Peace at All Costs?"

March 14, 2017

(Jesus said) "Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division" (Luke 12:51, ESV).

Read Luke 12:49-53

The hostility against Jesus grows. His enemies will not stop until He hangs dead on a cross.

That doesn't seem to fit the words of the Christmas angels: "Peace on earth" (see Luke 2:14). But the angels weren't talking about peace among people. They said, "Peace among those with whom God is pleased." God is only pleased when we recognize our failings, and then trust Jesus Christ as our Savior.

The Jewish leaders won't accept that they are misleading God's people. They cling to their errors and refuse to turn to their Messiah for forgiveness. Jesus warns His disciples that hostility will one day turn against them.

Listen to the urgency in His voice: "I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is My distress until it is accomplished!" The fire Jesus wishes to cast is the cross; His bloody sacrifice divides believers from unbelievers. The fire of that cross rages across the earth to this very day.

Jesus asks, "Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth?" How often do we compromise the truth or stand in silence trying to live at peace with others? Not so with Jesus. He refuses to wash His hands if it will support a satanic lie. He powerfully attacks the deception of the Pharisees and scribes so they will recognize Satan's lies and turn to Him for salvation.

THE PRAYER:  Almighty God, there can be no compromise between You and Satan, truth and error, life and death, heaven and hell. Help me cling at all costs to the peace believers have with You, which Jesus Christ won. I pray in His Name. Amen.

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Devociones de Cuaresma - Con Jesús o contra Jesús

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

Con Jesús o contra Jesús

14 de Marzo de 2017

El que no está conmigo, está contra mí. Lucas 11:23, RVC (11:17-23)

Un político latinoamericano dijo en cierta ocasión en que se estaba elaborando una ley sobre el divorcio: "No estoy ni a favor ni en contra, sino todo lo contrario." Esta frase es una muestra de la debilidad de quienes no se animan a tomar partido por una causa.

Ésa fue también la postura de Poncio Pilato. Este procurador romano recibió presiones de la multitud que gritaba: "¡Crucifica a Jesús!", y de su esposa, que le dijo: "No tengas nada que ver con ese justo." Y optó por lavarse las manos para declararse inocente. Sin embargo, y aun sabiendo que Jesús era inocente, lo entregó para que lo crucificaran. Sin tomar partido, Pilato terminó siendo el responsable de sentenciar a Jesús a muerte.

Pilato es un ejemplo claro de lo que Jesús afirma en Lucas 11: en cuanto a nuestra relación con Dios, no hay términos medios; o estamos con él, o estamos en contra de él.

Hay muchas personas que se declaran indiferentes a las cosas de Dios, diciendo que no son ni buenas ni malas. Pero en Dios no hay nada de indiferente. Él no fue indiferente a nuestra condición de perdidos y condenados, sino que tomó partido y engendró a su Hijo para enviarlo al mundo para salvarnos. Ahora Jesús declara enfáticamente que no se puede ser indiferente a su persona y a su obra: o estamos con él, o estamos en contra de él.

No quisiera ni por un momento estar en contra de aquél que tiene el poder sobre la vida y la muerte. ¿Cómo estar en contra de quien mostró estar a favor de nosotros? Es cierto que a veces actuamos como para hacerle la contra a Dios, siguiendo nuestros propios caminos. Pero Jesús nos recibe nuevamente y nos llama a estar a su favor, para que nuestra vida pueda ser bendecida desde ahora y hasta la eternidad.

Gracias, Padre, por haber obrado a nuestro favor. Amén.

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Our Daily Bread - Open Arms

Read: Psalm 139:17–24 | Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 23–25; Mark 14:1–26

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23

The day my husband, Dan, and I began our caregiving journey with our aging parents, we linked arms and felt as if we were plunging off a cliff. We didn’t know that in the process of caregiving the hardest task we would face would be to allow our hearts to be searched and molded and to allow God to use this special time to make us like Him in new ways.

On days when I felt I was plunging toward earth in an out-of-control free-fall, God showed me my agendas, my reservations, my fears, my pride, and my selfishness. He used my broken places to show me His love and forgiveness.

My pastor has said, “The best day is the day you see yourself for who you are—desperate without Christ. Then see yourself as He sees you—complete in Him.” This was the blessing of caregiving in my life. As I saw who God had created me to be, I turned and ran weeping into His arms. I cried out with the psalmist: “Search me, God, and know my heart” (Ps. 139:23).

This is my prayer for you—that as you see yourself in the midst of your own circumstances, you will turn and run into the open, loving, and forgiving arms of God.

Gracious Father, I recognize today my desperate need of Your love, wisdom, and grace. Search me and know me. Pour out Your grace and mercy in my life to bring healing to my heart.

When worry walks in, strength runs out. But strength returns when we run to God.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Vòng Tay Rộng Mở

Đọc: Thi Thiên 139:17-24 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Phục truyền 23-25; Mác 14:1-26

Đức Chúa Trời ôi! Xin tra xét con và biết lòng con; Xin thử nghiệm con và biết tư tưởng con. (Thi Thiên 139:23)

Ngày mà vợ chồng tôi bắt đầu hành trình chăm sóc ba mẹ già yếu của mình, chúng tôi đã khoác tay nhau và cảm thấy như thể mình đang lao ra từ vách đá. Chúng tôi không biết rằng trong việc chăm sóc, nhiệm vụ khó khăn mà chúng tôi sẽ đối diện là cho phép tấm lòng mình được tra xét và nhào nặn và cho phép Chúa sử dụng thời gian đặc biệt này để khiến chúng tôi trở nên giống như Ngài trong những cách mới mẻ.

Trong những ngày tôi cảm thấy như đang rơi tự do xuống trái đất với tốc độ không thể kiểm soát, Chúa đã chỉ cho tôi những kế hoạch, những hạn chế, những sợ hãi, niềm kiêu hãnh và sự ích kỷ của mình. Chúa đã sử dụng những yếu đuối của tôi để bày tỏ tình yêu và sự tha thứ của Ngài.

Mục sư của tôi đã nói: “Ngày ý nghĩa nhất là ngày bạn nhận biết mình tuyệt vọng thế nào nếu không có Đấng Christ. Rồi bạn sẽ thấy chính mình như Chúa thấy bạn – trọn vẹn trong Ngài.” Đây là phước hạnh trong cuộc đời khi tôi chăm sóc người khác. Khi tôi nhìn thấy con người của tôi mà Chúa đã tạo dựng, tôi đã khóc và chạy vào vòng tay Ngài. Tôi kêu lên như tác giả Thi thiên: “Đức Chúa Trời ôi! Xin tra xét con và biết lòng con; Xin thử nghiệm con và biết tư tưởng con” (Thi. 139:23).

Đây là lời cầu nguyện của tôi dành cho bạn – khi bạn nhìn thấy chính mình trong những hoàn cảnh của mình, bạn sẽ chạy đến vòng tay tha thứ, yêu thương và rộng mở của Chúa.

Lạy Cha nhân từ, hôm nay con nhận ra con thật cần tình yêu, sự khôn ngoan và ân điển của Ngài. Xin tra xét con và biết lòng con. Xin tuôn đổ ân điển và lòng thương xót của Ngài vào cuộc đời con để tấm lòng con được chữa lành.

Khi lo lắng xuất hiện, thì sức lực cạn kiệt. Nhưng sức lực được phục hồi khi chúng ta chạy đến với Chúa.

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Nuestro Pan Diario - Brazos abiertos

Examíname, oh Dios, y conoce mi corazón; pruébame y conoce mis pensamientos (Salmo 139:23).

El día que mi esposo y yo empezamos nuestra travesía de cuidar a nuestros padres ancianos, fue como tomarnos del brazo y sentir que estábamos cayendo por un precipicio. No sabíamos que, durante ese proceso, la tarea más difícil sería permitir que Dios examinara y moldeara nuestros corazones a fin de usar ese tiempo especial para que aprendiéramos nuevas maneras de ser como Él.

Los días en que sentía que me hundía en la tierra en una descontrolada caída libre, Dios me mostraba mis prioridades, mis reservas, mis miedos, mi orgullo y mi egoísmo. Utilizó mis grietas para mostrarme su amor y su perdón.

El pastor de mi iglesia dice: «El mejor día es aquel en que ves quién eres en realidad: alguien desesperado sin Cristo. Luego, te ves como Cristo te ve: completo en Él». Esta fue la bendición que experimenté al cuidar a mis padres. Cuando veía para qué me había creado Dios, corría llorando hacia sus brazos, y clamaba con el salmista: «Examíname, oh Dios, y conoce mi corazón; pruébame y conoce mis pensamientos» (Salmo 139:23).

Esta es mi oración por ti: que, al verte en medio de tus circunstancias, corras hacia los brazos abiertos, amorosos y perdonadores de Dios.

Señor, necesito tu amor, sabiduría y gracia. Examina, conoce y sana mi corazón.

Cuando la preocupación se instala, las fuerzas se van; pero estas vuelven cuando corremos hacia Dios.

Unser Täglich Brot - Offene Arme

Lesen: Psalm 139,17-24 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 5.Mose 23–25; Markus 14,1-26

Erforsche mich, Gott, und erkenne mein Herz; prüfe mich und erkenne, wie ich’s meine. Psalm 139,23

Am Tag, als mein Mann Dan und ich begannen, die Pflege unserer alternden Eltern zu übernehmen, kam es uns vor, als würden wir uns an den Händen fassen und gemeinsam von einer Klippe springen. Wir wussten nicht, dass die schwerste Aufgabe, die in der folgenden Zeit auf uns zukam, darin bestehen würde, unsere Herzen von Gott erforschen und formen zu lassen und ihm zu erlauben, uns ganz neu umzugestalten und ihm ähnlicher zu machen.

An Tagen, an denen ich das Gefühl hatte, ich würde im freien Fall auf die Erde zusteuern, zeigte Gott mir meine Prioritäten, meine Vorbehalte, meine Ängste, meinen Stolz und meinen Egoismus. Er zeigte mir, was bei mir nicht stimmte, und gebrauchte es, um mir seine Liebe und Vergebung zu schenken.

Mein Pastor sagte einmal: „Der beste Tag ist der, an dem du dich so siehst, wie du bist—hilflos ohne Jesus. Dann siehst du dich so, wie er dich sieht—vollkommen in ihm.“ Das lernte ich in jener Zeit. Als ich erkannte, als welchen Menschen Gott mich erschaffen hatte, rannte ich weinend in seine Arme. Mit dem Psalmisten rief ich: „Erforsche mich, Gott, und erkenne mein Herz“ (Ps. 139,23).

Das ist mein Gebet auch für dich—dass du, wenn du dich in deiner eigenen Situation siehst, umdrehst und in die offenen, liebenden, vergebenden Arme Gottes läufst.

Barmherziger Vater, ich erkenne, wie sehr ich deine Liebe, Weisheit und Gnade brauche. Erforsche und prüfe mich. Lass deine Gnade in mein Herz strömen, damit es heil wird.

Wenn die Sorge hereinmarschiert, flieht die Stärke. Aber sie kommt zurück, wenn wir zu Gott fliehen.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Les bras ouverts

Sonde‑moi, ô Dieu, et connais mon coeur ! Éprouve‑moi, et connais mes pensées ! (Psaume 139.23)

Le jour où mon mari, Dan, et moi avons commencé à donner des soins à nos parents vieillissants, nous nous sommes pressés l’un contre l’autre, car nous avions l’impression de nous jeter d’une falaise. Nous ignorions alors que, chemin faisant, nous aurions à accomplir une tâche des plus ardues consistant à laisser Dieu sonder et façonner notre coeur, ainsi qu’à profiter de cette période particulière pour raviver notre amour envers lui.

Les jours où j’avais le sentiment de piquer du nez malgré moi, Dieu m’a fait prendre conscience de mes programmes, de mes réserves, de mes craintes, de mon orgueil et de mon égoïsme. Il s’est servi de mes failles pour me témoigner son amour et son pardon.

Mon pasteur m’a dit : « Le meilleur des jours est celui où nous nous voyons tels que nous sommes : désespérés sans Christ. Puis il nous faut apprendre à nous voir tels qu’il nous voit : entiers en lui. » Voilà la bénédiction que les soins que j’ai donnés m’ont apportée ! En découvrant la personne que Dieu voulait que je sois en me créant, je suis allée me réfugier dans ses bras en le suppliant, comme l’a fait le psalmiste : « Sonde‑moi, ô Dieu, et connais mon coeur ! » (PS 139.23.)

Je prie qu’en vous découvrant tel que vous êtes, vous fassiez demi‑tour pour aller vous jeter vous aussi dans les bras ouverts et accueillants de Dieu, qui sont gages de son pardon.

La force sort dès qu’entre le souci, mais revient si l’on court à Dieu.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Відкриті обійми

Читати: Псалом 138:17-24 | Біблія за рік: Повторення Закону 23-25 ; Марка14:1-26

Випробуй, Боже, мене, і пізнай моє серце, досліди Ти мене, і пізнай мої задуми.— Псалом 138:23

Коли я і мій чоловік Ден вирішили взяти на себе піклування про батьків похилого віку, то першого дня, взявши один одного за руки, почувались наче перед стрибком у безодню. Ми не знали тоді, що з тих труднощів, що на нас чекали, найбільшим буде – дозволити Богу досліджувати й формувати наші серця, дозволити Йому використати цей час таким чином, щоб по-новому змінювати нас за подобою Ісуса.

В ті дні, коли я почувалась, наче лечу у прірву у вільному падінні, Бог відкривав потаємні речі в моєму серці, приховані мотиви, страхи, гордість та егоїзм. Там, де я зазнавала духовних поразок, Він являв Свою любов та прощення.

Пастор сказав мені тоді: “Найкращий день – той день, коли спочатку бачиш себе своїми очима – безнадійним без Христа; а потім бачиш себе очима Бога – довершеним у Ньому”. Саме таке благословення у своєму житті я отримала  завдяки служінню опіки. Коли я побачила, для чого Бог створив мене, то зупинилась на своєму шляху і з плачем побігла в Його відкриті обійми. Я слізно гукала до Бога, як колись псалміст: “Випробуй, Боже, мене, і пізнай моє серце” ( Псалом 138:23).

Молюсь, щоб і ви мали такий досвід – щоб коли серед важких обставин побачите своє серце, могли з плачем побігти до відкритих, люблячих обіймів Бога, Хто завжди дарує прощення.

Благий Отче, сьогодні я визнаю відчайдушну потребу в Твоїй любові, мудрості та благодаті. Досліджуй і пізнавай моє серце. Сповняй моє життя Своєю ласкою і милістю, щоб моє серце отримувало зцілення.

Приходить неспокій – щезає сила; біжимо до Бога – повертається сила.

Автор Шеллі Біч

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Божьи объятия

Читать сейчас: Псалом 138:17-24 | Библия за год: Второзаконие 23-25; Марка 14:1-26

Испытай меня, Боже, и узнай сердце мое; испытай меня и узнай помышления мои. — Псалом 138:23

В день, когда я и мой муж Дэн приняли решение взять на себя заботу о престарелых родителях, мы взялись за руки и ощутили, словно прыгаем со скалы. Мы не знали, что самым трудным будет открыть сердца для Бога, чтобы Он мог их исследовать и изменять. Мы не понимали, какой далекий путь уподобления Христу лежит перед нами.

В те дни, когда мне казалось, что я лечу к земле в бесконтрольном падении, Бог открывал мне мои плотские желания, страхи, гордость и себялюбие. А когда появлялись раны, Он исцелял их Своей любовью и прощением.

Мой пастор сказал: «Ваш лучший день настанет тогда, когда вы увидите себя такими, как есть: совершенно беспомощными без Христа. После этого посмотрите на себя так, как видит Он: имеющими полноту в Нем». Я сделала это. Увидев, какой меня желает сделать Бог, я со слезами побежала в Его объятия. Я плакала вместе с псалмопевцем: «Испытай меня, Боже, и узнай сердце мое» (Пс. 138:23).

Молюсь об этом и для вас: чтобы, увидев себя среди жизненных обстоятельств, вы повернулись и побежали в раскрытые любящие и прощающие Божьи объятия.

Милосердный Отец, я признаю свою нужду в Твоей любви, мудрости и благодати. Испытай и исследуй меня. Излей Твою благодать и милость в мою жизнь и принеси исцеление сердцу.

Когда приходит тревога, уходит сила. Но если мы обращаемся к Богу, она возвращается.

автор: Шелли Бич

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный