Elisha said to the King of Israel, “What do we have to do with each other? Go to the prophets of your father and prophets of your mother.” Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, I would not look at you or even notice you. But now bring me a harpist? (2 Kings 3:13a, 14 NIV) The Difference… Three Kings and one made the difference when matters depended on God’s intervention. The Old Testament is fascinating with history and stories that […]
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. (2 Kings 2:9 NIV) Motivating Monday! “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. The relationship between Elijah and Elisha came from God giving Elijah an attendant. Elisha became mentored by Elijah. God made a major connection between these two men, Elisha’s purpose- take over as prophet one day. Who in our lives- a double portion of their spirit would be desired? Double Portion Interesting, a double […]
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. (Matthew 7:21 NIV) Forward Friday! Let’s not be stuck, time marches on and forward we go! Daily, we’re capable of growing in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding…if, we are willing to seek Truth. Today’s verse- Jesus’ very own words. Chapter 7 is full of valuable information. Verse one- we’re informed not to judge, lest we be judged. Many people take this position, forgetting to read entire chapter. Later in verse 16, By their […]
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11, 12 NIV) Messengers, Amid my thoughts today, “Messengers are not to be shot.” Truth, God’s Word, is sharper than a double edged sword. No person wants to hear truth while turning towards sin. Considering, God desires we purify ourselves to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives, He’ll speak through trusted individuals to help turn those He loves from sin. Satan’s goal is […]
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19 ESV) Motivating Monday! Open your Bibles to John 15 and read words written in red, the entire chapter. Jesus’ very words, powerful encouragement today. Life lessons are tough, and especially challenging for teenagers. Raising children serious about living for Christ, studying God’s Word, trusting Jesus- makes friendship with Jesus, an enemy to the world. How will anyone recognize a believer…if, living like the […]
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Find yourself blessed to find one who will sharpen with iron. Though the words are sometimes harsh and/or hard to swallow know it is a blessing, as I have. Christ provides many words for us through the day, we have to be willing to see, hear and move into His will. Praising Him even in the storms of life.Kim Baker. Sikeston, MO