Wake Up!

Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
(Ephesians 5:14)

Feeling a bit snooozzzzzzy? I am.

It’s 5:36 a.m. and I’m already on my second cup of coffee. Unfortunately, it appears that I’m becoming immune to caffeine and I’m giving serious consideration to climbing back into my warm and comfy bed.

I need a supernatural wake-up call. Without further ado, here are my favorite DON’T-EVEN-THINK-ABOUT-HITTING-THE-SNOOZE-BUTTON-AGAIN-YOU-SLACKER-GET-UP-GET-OUT-THERE-AND-GO-LIVE-FOR-GOD-THROUGH-THE-POWER-OF-THE-HOLY-SPIRIT-STARTING-RIGHT-NOW VERSES:

It Is Well

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

Everything seemed to be going well for Horatio Spafford. He was a successful lawyer and businessman and had a young family of seven.

But then everything changed.

Happy MLK Day!

At the Civil Rights Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, there’s a monument dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all those who have struggled for racial equality in America. The monument is a circular slab of granite over which flows a gentle, never-ending stream. Above it appears Dr. King’s favorite verse:

Let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
(Amos 5:24)

Sunday Solitude

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
(Luke 5:16)

Be like Jesus. Get alone with your Heavenly Father and pray.

Here’s today’s prayer suggestion. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray through it and make it your own.

Thoughts to Think

Whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable–
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–
think about such things.
(Philippians 4:8)

This is a great verse to keep in mind. Literally.

Fill your head with things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. If a thought doesn’t fit one of those categories, don’t think it.

Be Still

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

When was the last time you just sat there?

Doing nothing?

Being still?

Idled By Idols?

Dear children, keep yourself from idols. (1 John 5:21)

God wants us to remove anything in our lives that gets in the way of our relationship with Him. Anything.

The first two of the Ten Commandments make that pretty clear: “You shall have no other gods before me” and “You shall not make for yourself an idol” (Exodus  20:3-4).

God knows what’s best. Over and over he warns His people to flee from idols. Over and over His people ignore him.