Your Guide to Life

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105 NASB

Why is the Bible so important? To many it is just a collection of stories. One possible option. But, in fact, the Bible is our guide to life.
From the story of creation, we receive a foundational worldview to shape our thinking. From Adam and Eve, we learn God’s designs, and the reality of temptation. From Noah, we see His standards and holiness. From Abraham, we learn how to live by faith. From Joseph, we learn to trust Him in every situation.
From Moses we learn the importance of humility, and how to lead, and follow His leading. From the Law we see principles that lead to success, and failure. From Israel’s history, we see the consequences of obedience and disobedience, and how quickly we can forget history’s lessons.
From David, we learn the heart of God. From Solomon, we learn the keys to Godly wisdom and the consequences of pride. From Isaiah, we glimpse His plans. From Ezekiel and Jeremiah, we learn the importance of obeying His call. From Amos, we learn that God’s call may seem outside our comfort zone. From Hosea, we learn the depth of His love.
From the Psalms, we learn to be honest with God, and sing His praises. From Proverbs, we learn discretion and wisdom. From Ecclesiastes, we realize how life without God can be like chasing the wind.
From Peter, we see boldness. From Paul, we receive an overflow of spiritual insights. From Hebrews, we understand how the old and new covenants work together. From Revelation, we receive His perspective of eternity. The benefits of the words and life of Jesus are too many to be counted, and the entire Bible is ultimately a testimony about Him (Luke 24:27).
Amazingly, the truths in the Bible apply to each of us. This is why we need to depend on the Bible. To learn and study it. To make it a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.

Today’s Inspiration Prayer
Father, give me a greater hunger for Your Word. Reveal more of Your truth to me. I seek Your wisdom and guidance. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Further Reading: Psalm 119

SOURCE: Culled from Inspiration Ministries.


Your Relationships

“You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods.” – Deuteronomy 7:2-4 NKJV

It would have been ideal to enter a land with no conflicts or distractions. But God knew thereality. His people were about to enter the Promised Land, and He knew that it was filled withtemptations and opportunities for them to compromise. The rewards would be great, but they had to be prepared, or face defeat.
He warned them about the ways they could be led astray. They would have many opportunities to establish relationships with the people of the land. But they had to be careful. They had to realize how these relationships could influence them and draw them away from the Truth. They could start thinking wrong thoughts, and pursuing wrong goals.
The New Testament provides a similar warning, that we should avoid being “unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). This does not mean that we should seek absolute isolation. In many practical ways, we all need to interact with people in the world. But there are dangers in being “yoked.” In being joined in heart and soul. These relationships can poison our minds and lead us away from the purity that God desires for us.
We always need to remember that if we have committed our lives to God, we have entered into a covenant relationship with Him. He has promised to provide for us, guide us, protect us, and bless us. But we must keep our part of the covenant. This means keeping His commandments, and never having any other gods before Him.
Today, ask God to help you evaluate your relationships. Make a commitment to serve Him, and seek first His Kingdom. And be careful about relationships with which you are yoked.

Today’s Inspiration Prayer
Father, I commit my life to You. Show me if there are relationships I should avoid. Give me Your discernment. I seek first Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Further Reading: Deuteronomy 7

Zeal for the Lord

“Then His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.’” – John 2:17 NKJV

Philip William Otterbein was on fire for the Lord. In fact, he was so intense in his faith that some found him offensive.
Born into a Christian home on this day in 1726 in what is today Germany, he was ordained in 1749. But, three years later, facing resistance, he responded to the call for ministries in America. He welcomed the opportunity, seeking a fresh start.
Even in his new homeland, he remained bold and zealous for the Gospel, fearlessly challenging his listeners to consider the condition of their souls. To repent of sin. To turn to God.

Feeling the burden to reach more people for Christ, he gained important insights into evangelism when he encountered the ministry of Francis Asbury. Incorporating what he had learned, he experienced new levels of breakthrough. But, just as he had found in Europe, some resisted his ministry.

Yet he remained zealous for the Lord. In the pulpit, he preached with such fire that listeners were known to weep, as they became convicted by their sins. He continually sought to rely on the Holy Spirit for his words. In one of his last sermons, he was so weak that he had difficulty speaking, and cried aloud, “O Lord, help me this one more time to preach your word.” Immediately he could speak with ease and finished the message. He died soon after, in 1813.
Asbury, the man from whom he learned so much, marveled at Otterbein’s zeal for the things of God. He observed how he sought “to be known only of God and the people of God.”

Today, God looks for people with this same kind of zeal and commitment to evangelism. Ask Him to ignite you with the fire of the Holy Spirit, and give you a compassion for Souls
Today’s Inspiration Prayer
Father, give me a burden for Souls. Forgive me for my complacency. Stir me with Your Spirit. I commit these people to You:. Move in their lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Further Reading: John 2STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Inspiration Ministries.


As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. – Proverbs 26:21

Peace is precious. Fighting is terrible. Gossip destroys reputations and friendships. Life can be enjoyable – peaceful and quiet. But some persons never let you rest and enjoy it; they must be stirring the pot and spreading rumors or secrets to cause pain and fighting.

Trouble follows some people. They have conflicts, debates, fights, grudges, and strife with others, whom they blame. But this proverb says it is their fault. Quarrels and disagreements would either not occur or would end quickly, but these contentious troublemakers stir up fights and keep fighting with most anyone (Pr 15:18; 29:22; 30:33).

The man or woman that often has difficulties with others wants to blame them. But it is impossible for strife to consistently follow good people, while the rest of the world lives in relative peace with one another. They must be at fault, because no one can get along with them for long. Once you identify such persons, they are usually the ones at fault.

Some are divorced or have bad marriages, because they cannot relate to a spouse. Their children dislike them – they are harsh parents. They have a poor work history – they fight on the job. They bounce from church to church – they wear out their welcome. They have few devoted friends, because they fight too much. No one wants to be around them.

At the same time, there are others who get along with most everyone, most of the time. They are good spouses, parents, employees, church members, and friends. What makes the difference? It is the chasm between a gracious peacemaker and contentious scorner. The one is approved by God and men; the other is resented by both God and men.

There are two similes in the proverb, as shown by the use of “as.” Coals added to burning coals cause a fire to increase. Wood added to a fire makes it hotter and larger. In the same way, men with proud and fighting spirits cause strife and increase fighting wherever they go (Pr 13:10). They start arguments, conflicts, debates, and quarrels with most everyone.

Examine yourself. Are you esteemed and loved as a gracious peacemaker? Or are you generally avoided as a critical person that causes problems most places you go? Are you expert at praising others, cooperating, forgiving offences, overlooking faults, and being submissive? Or is your reputation one of dogmatic arguing, a resentful attitude, vengeful conflicts, and generally lacking in mercy? Examine yourself. Others already know!

God has called His children to be peacemakers. You are to use all your spiritual power to live peaceably with all men (Matt 5:9; Rom 12:18; Eph 4:3; I Thess 5:13; Jas 3:17-18). The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, and peace (Gal 5:22). Godly and wise men will hate a contentious spirit in themselves or anyone else. They will recognize this terrible evil for what it is and avoid such men with all their might. They will promote peace at all times.

Thankfully, the Prince of Peace is coming soon, and He will rid the universe of those that like to argue, backbite, criticize, debate, fight, tattle, whisper, or slander (Ps 10:12-18; 12:1-4; 17:8-15; Is 29:20-21; Gal 5:19-21).

Are you prepared to meet Him? Live today in light of Judgment Day by being a peacemaker and ending all conflicts you can. God and good men will bless you for it, and you will also immediately see other benefits yourself.

Peace, Perfect Peace, In This Dark World of Sin – MHB 501

1 Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?

The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

2 Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?

To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

3 Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?

On Jesus’ bosom nought but calm is found

4 Peace, perfect peace with loved ones far away?

In Jesus’ keeping we are safe and they.

5 Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?

Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

6 Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?

Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

7 It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,

And Jesus call to heaven’s perfect peace.

Edward Henry Bickersteth, 1825-1906

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Whole Life Worship

Scripture: Romans 11:33-36, Romans 12:1-8
For many Christians, the word worship is synonymous with the songs we sing in church services. This is often implied when those who lead music announce to the congregation, “Let’s stand and worship.” Singing praises to God is but one aspect of what the word means—it includes much more and is not limited to Sunday morning in a church building.

When the Samaritan woman spoke to Jesus about this, He told her a time would come when the place wouldn’t be important. In that day, worship would be done in spirit and in truth (John 4:20-24), as an integral part of everything in our daily life.

Let’s consider ways we worship God:
With our words (Rom. 11:33-36). Right after finishing a thorough explanation of doctrine to the church in Rome, Paul broke out in praise to the Lord. As our minds are filled with God’s truths, our worship will likewise overflow in prayer and songs of adoration, praise, and reverence.

With surrendered lives (Rom. 12:1-2). Instead of worshipping with animal sacrifices, we offer ourselves to the Lord through holy, obedient living. This is possible because God’s truth renews our mind, thereby transforming our life.

With service to others (Rom. 12:3-8). Everything we do can be an act of worship when it is done as unto the Lord. By His grace, He has even given us spiritual gifts that enable us to serve one another.

Think about your choices, actions, and words throughout the day—both to God and to others. How can they be transformed into worship?STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from In Touch Ministries.

Peace with One Another

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13:11

As Christians, we have a special relationship with each other because of our union with Jesus. You’ve probably experienced this if you’ve met a stranger with whom you sensed a bond and soon discovered that you were both Christians.

Scripture calls us to be a source of encouragement and help to our brothers and sisters in Christ, yet most of us know at least one believer with whom we have more conflict than comfort. Perhaps our personalities don’t mesh, or we have different convictions that sometimes result in arguments. The problem could also be a matter of miscommunication or misunderstanding.

Whatever our natural differences may be, we can overcome them through Jesus Christ and live in peace with one another. Instead of building walls, we can express grace to others in the following ways:

Prayer. Make it a habit to lift up the other person in prayer to the Father.

Communication. Discuss the relational issue openly and honestly. Clear up any incorrect assumptions and uncover the source of conflict. Be willing to share concerns and listen to the other point of view.

Counsel. To work though the conflict, it may sometimes be necessary to enlist the aid of a godly counselor.

Restoration. Once the root issue is resolved and harmony is restored, both parties should agree to address new conflicts promptly as they arise.

God calls us to live in peace, and He has provided everything we need to obey Him. When we allow His indwelling Holy Spirit to control us, His goodness and grace will flow through us to others, creating harmony.STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from In Touch Ministries.

Right Words

‘Let your conversation be always full of grace.’ – Colossians 4:6 NIV
Our words have power. They can lift people up or bring them down. They can heal or they can hurt. They can speak God’s truth or the enemy’s lies. And we have the ability to choose, every day, the way we use our words. The Bible says: ‘May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight’ (Psalm 19:14 NIV).
When we stop and think, are our words pleasing to God? We can end up saying things in the heat of the moment, we criticise others and promote ourselves, or we tear ourselves down by saying that we’re not good enough. Controlling our words is something we all struggle with. Maybe this is why words are mentioned so many times in the Bible. In James, we’re taught that the tongue is hard to control. ‘The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image’ (v.8-9 MSG). And if we don’t try and use wisdom when speaking, our words can have bad consequences. When we’ve criticised others, we may quickly forget what we’ve said to them, but those words may stay with that person for their whole life. It can take years to break off things that other people have spoken over us. ‘It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that’ (James 3:5 MSG). Instead, the Bible tells us to ‘Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone’ (NLT).

What Now?
Think about the things you’ve said to others so far this week. Ask God for forgiveness for any words that haven’t been pleasing to Him.STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from United Christian Broadcasters.

Desire: Attractiveness

‘Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.’ – 1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV
The Bible tells us to eat, drink, celebrate, sing, dance, shout, and make music – all things we do with our bodies. And these things can actually become a way of remembering how good God is. Our physical lives are not separate from our spiritual lives. After all, it’s God’s Spirit who makes our bodies come to life. But if we’re not careful, our priorities can shift from God to ourselves and what we look like. We can become obsessed with our appearance, our weight, our health and the latest fashions.

The Bible never tells us that wanting to care for our bodies is wrong. In fact, it says: ‘Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.’ And we should respect, care for and honour that temple. God also made us with a love of beauty, but the Bible says: ‘Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight’ (1 Peter 3:3-4 NIVUK). So our character is more important than how we look. While society is often focused on appearance, God’s focused on how we are on the inside. The Bible says: ‘God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart’ (1 Samuel 16:7 NCV). Our character is the thing that will last. ‘Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting’ (Proverbs 31:30 NIV).

So we need to think about our priorities. What’s the focus of our minds? The desire to be physically attractive? Or the desire to become more like Christ?

What Now?
Write out 1 Samuel 16:7 and stick it on your mirror. Every time you go to the mirror to check how you’re looking, read the verse out loud.
SOURCE: Culled from United Christian Broadcasters.


The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established forever.  – Proverbs 29:14 


We see here a king who is not led astray by riches, but is fair to all of his subjects, rich and poor alike. We see a king with such good reputation with all of his subjects that his throne will pass on to the descendants. His people will be pleased with their government and will not want to overthrow it.

How governments treat the poor greatly affects nations. Solomon gave similar warnings elsewhere (Pr. 20:28; 28:16; 29:4). King Lemuel’s mother stressed it as well (Pr 31:8-9).

Your life also depends on how you treat the poor (Pr. 14:21; 19:17; 21:13; 28:8,27; 29:7). Here is a simple way for God’s blessings. Are you a defender and benefactor of the poor?

God established civil rulers as one of the five spheres of authority for the benefit of those who cannot defend themselves. Individual families cannot protect themselves in a time of war, so governments raise armies to protect the whole nation. The poor do not have the means to resist or defeat rich oppressors, so governments must intervene for them.

David wrote, “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in His holy habitation” (Ps. 68:5). Rulers that fear God and know His holy laws will defend widows and their children. Daniel warned Nebuchadnezzar he could preserve his tranquility by showing mercy to the poor (Dan 4:27). This is a rule of godly and wise political science.

The poor – widows, their children, or others – need protectors from those that might take advantage of them due to their vulnerability and weakness. Therefore, God ordained civil government and established laws for their protection (Pr 22:22-23; 23:10-11; Ex 22:22-24; Deut 27:19; Ps 12:5). This rule of wisdom is important to God and should be to you.

Nations rise and fall by their care of the poor, where the poor are those with an act of God in their lives. God has no respect for socialist theories in welfare states. Only a person rendered nearly helpless by an act of God is to receive charity, and their only needs He accepts are food, clothing, shelter, and emergency medical care. Variations become sin.

America boasts on her Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Yet, she suctions unborn children limb from limb at the rate of 3000 per day, 1.2 million per year, though they yearn to breathe free! Unborn children are truly poor, should be protected, and will surely be avenged (Ex 21:22-25).

National crimes are known by public policies, and the fall of those nations under God’s judgment will also be known. What does God think of nations shedding innocent blood? “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure” (Ps 2:4-5). 

What about you? True religion is more than a church service or religious activities – it includes serving the poor and needy and living a holy life (Jas 1:27). Giving to the poor in faith to God shows eternal life (Matt 25:31-46; I Tim 6:17-19). God looks for those that do such things to bless them both now and later (Deut 15:7-10; Ps 41:1; Is 58:5-12).

Do you understand God’s priority of proper charity? The Bible plainly teaches God’s will for your care for the poor. He defines the poor; He sets the order of your care; He defines true needs. You must help the truly poor in your family first, then those in your church, then those of the true faith, and then those He puts before you in your ordinary business.

Agreeing with this proverb, Jesus Christ’s throne is established forever (Ps 45:6-7; Heb 1:8-9). He healed the poor of all diseases, blessed the poor in spirit, preached the gospel to them, converted extortioners and oppressors, taught the rich to entertain them, and had a bag of donations for desperate needs. If you have taken His name, are you like Him?


1 Hark, my soul, it is the Lord;

’tis thy Saviour, hear his word;

Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee,

‘Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou me?

2 ‘I delivered thee when bound,

And, when wounded, healed thy wound;

Sought thee wandering, set thee right,

Turned thy darkness into light.

3 ‘Can a woman’s tender care

Cease towards the child she bare?

Yes, she may forgetful be,

yet will I remember thee.

4 ‘Mine is an unchanging love,

Higher than the heights above,

Deeper than the depths beneath,

Free and faithful, strong as death.

5 ‘Thou shalt see my glory soon,

When the work of grace is done;

Partner of my throne shalt be:

Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou me?’

6 Lord, it is my chief complaint

That my love is weak and faint;

Yet I love thee, and adore;

O for grace to love thee more!

The words of ‘Hark, my soul! It is the Lord’ (MHB 432) are instructive. Our Heavenly Father is compassionate and has a heart for the poor and needy and so is the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Stay blessed!

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A Prosperous Attitude

Scripture: 1 Kings 3
This passage records God’s appearance to Solomon in a dream at Gibeon.  In the dream God said to Solomon, “Ask!  What shall I give you?”
What an incredible statement, and question!  Equally incredible is Solomon’s response, which revealed the attitude of his heart, the attitude which must accompany our prosperity.  That response is captured in verses 7-10, “Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted.  Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil.  For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”  The speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing.

God is pleased when, in our hearts, we put others before ourselves.  God delights in prospering us when prosperity is not our chief aim.  When we get it right, and in our hearts we do place others before ourselves, God can bless us beyond our wildest dreams.

God will give you everything you need to fulfill His plan for your life. He will give you richly all things to enjoy, as long as you have a prosperous attitude that puts His plans and His people first.

SOURCE: Culled from Crosswalk Daily Inspirations.