Let them go (1)

 Written by Bob & Debby Gass

  2020/02/13

Let them go (1)

Jonah 1:12 NKJV

It’s a mistake to cling to someone when God is telling you to let them go. Until you obey God, the storm you’re in will keep getting worse, as in the case of Jonah. The Bible says: “The sea was growing more tempestuous. And [Jonah] said to them, ‘Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know…this great tempest is because of me.’ Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous…Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.’ So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging” (vv. 11-15 NKJV). God has a plan for the “Jonahs” you’re dealing with, and it may require them to hit the bottom before they rise again. And as long as you keep trying to rescue them, God’s plan is being thwarted and delayed. Jonah’s problem wasn’t that he didn’t love God, it was that he didn’t want to do God’s will. So God resorted to extreme measures to get his attention, push him toward his destiny, and save the city of Nineveh. You have no idea what God has in mind for the person He’s asking you to let go of. If they are His redeemed children, He wants to prosper them (See Jeremiah 29:11). That’s why He wants to save them – so let them go!

Soul food: Rom 3:21-6:23Matt 14:1-12Ps 145:1-13Prov 4:20-22

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Stand on God’s Word (3)

 Written by Bob & Debby Gass

  2020/01/23

Stand on God’s Word (3)

1 Corinthians 9:25 NRS

When you are trying to lose weight. Studies confirm that today over half the population of the western world is overweight. If you are one of the many people battling a weight problem, and the repeated cycles of failure that often accompany it, here’s the good news: God can help you win the battle! Often it’s not about what you are eating, it’s about what’s eating you. We overeat to find comfort and relief from stress and anxiety, but it’s a short-term fix and it doesn’t work. The psalmist went directly to the root of his problem: “Search me…and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT). God can relieve the “anxious thoughts” within you. The Holy Spirit is the greatest therapist in the world. When you surrender and ask Him to take up residence within you, you discover that “the fruit of the spirit is…self control” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV). He can give you the power to control your appetite, and start living by the Scripture: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT). So make this your prayer today: “O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone” (Jeremiah 17:14 NLT). The word for you today is – with God’s help you can lose weight, and keep it off for good.

Soul food: Exo 39-40Matt 9:14-26Ps 91Prov 3:3-4

 

Come back to God!

Come back to God!

Luke 15:20 NKJV

The Bible says concerning the Prodigal Son: “When he was a great way off, his father… had compassion…ran…fell on his neck and kissed him.” The truth is, you’re not beyond the reach of God’s grace, so your future can be greater than your past! When he was “a great way off,” his father ran to him. Why? Because his relationship with his son wasn’t based on performance, but on the fact that he’d given him life and brought him into the family. When you think about the things his father gave him that day, you realize the significance of each item. (1) The robe. That confirmed his identity as a son. God doesn’t see you in your weakness; He sees you clothed in the righteousness of Christ (See 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV). (2) The ring. This was a signet ring with the family seal that gave him back authority to do business in his father’s name. (3) The shoes. Household servants didn’t wear shoes, only family members did. He returned home thinking the best he could hope for was a job in the servants’ quarters. But his father not only restored his identity and authority, he restored him to full son-ship in the family. (4) The party. Back then when you rebelled against your father’s authority and left home, they conducted “a ceremony of shame,” which meant you could never return. Not this father – he threw a party! The point? Because Jesus took our shame! “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT). The word for you today is – come back to God!

Soul food: 2 Chr 1-4John 10:22-42Ps 83:1-8Prov 26:13-16

He’s working all things out for your good

He’s working all things out for your good

Romans 8:28 NIV

Paul begins this verse by saying: “And we know.” There are so many things in life we don’t know. We don’t know if the economy will dip or how our kids will turn out. We don’t even “know what we ought to pray for” (v. 26 NIV). But we can “know” these four things: (1) “God works.” Even though you can’t see Him, He’s busy behind the scenes. He hasn’t checked out or moved on. He’s ceaseless, tireless, and He never stops working. (2) “God works for the good.” Not for our comfort, pleasure, or entertainment, but for our ultimate good. But then ag ain, He is the ultimate good, so would you expect anything less? (3) “God works for the good of those who love Him.” Behold the benefit of a loving God! Make His story your story, and your story takes on a happy ending. Guaranteed! (4) God works “in all things.” God works, not just in a few things, or the good things, or the best things, or the easy things. He works in “all things.” And He doesn’t make the plan up as He goes along. The Bible says, “In him we were also chosen…according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11 NIV). And the best part is – God’s plan includes you! So stop fretting, stressing out, and losing sleep. Turn it over to God and believe that He’s working “all things” out for your good and His glory.

Soul food: Lev 8-10Luke 20:34-40Ps 72:12-20Prov 9:7-9