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Forgiveness Rejected

Long Lake foliage (Harrison)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 20 & Mark 3-4)

“There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven.  But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.”  Mark 3: 28-29

I live in a world that thinks less of God than they should.  Their demeaning of God jeopardizes His ability to forgive their sins.  Without the forgiveness of their sins, they face a future separated from God – they’re going to hell when they die.  I know God, know I’m a sinner, know that separates me from Him, but believe He died for my sins and that my sins are forgiven and that I have an eternal future with Him.  Hallelujah!

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Finding Time to Pray

Harrison Bay

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 19 & Mark 1-2)

“While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed.”  Mark 1:35

My discovery is that rising early provides me with the setting to read and pray with a minimum of distractions.  It has become a routine but not routine.  If it was important for Jesus to connect with His Father regularly it is even more important for me to do the same thing.  There is a sense of nourishment in doing it daily and early.  There is a sense of thirst that only this activity quenches.

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Missing the Message

Route 117 foliage (Harrison)

(Verse taken from today’s Bible reading – Job 18 & Psalm 114 & Acts 27-28)

“You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”  Acts 28:26

I must be totally open to God’s leading.  I cannot miss what He has for me.  I must read/study His set of instructions.  I must ask Him to break open His Word and let the light shine out so that an ordinary person, like me, will see the meaning.  My heart must never be hardened against Him.  I must apply the truths of Scripture to my own life.  I must be a teachable person.

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Keep This Up

Canada geese (Bear Creek-Harrison)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 17 & Acts 24-26)

“Keep this up much longer and you’ll make a Christian out of me!”  Acts 26:28

Like Paul, I should be a persuasive believer.  Whether it is in word or deed, I must represent Him in all I do.  My heart must be clean of sin so that my mind will be clear of false words.  The Lord must make soft the hearts of potential believers.  I cannot argue someone into a life change.  I can, with His guidance, present Him clearly and persuasively to others.  The results of what I say are in His hands.  I must totally trust Him for His Words.  Always be ready to give account of the faith that is within you.

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What do I do now?

tree near TieUp (Harrison)

(Verse taken from today’s Bible reading – Job 16 & Acts 21-23)

“Then I said, ‘What do I do now, Master?’”  Acts 22:10

This is certainly a question I should be asking all the time, “What do I do now, Master?”  I do not want to take a step in any direction other than the direction He wants me to take.  I have no assurance that the current direction I’m going in should be continued.  Too infrequently do I ask for His directions.  Who is to blame when I set off on my own way?  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

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Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Harrison creek

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 15 & Acts 19-20)

“Did you take God into your mind only, or did you embrace Him with your heart?  Did He get inside you?”  Acts 19:2

I want all that God has to offer me.  My faith must not be limited to mere knowledge.  It must be life changing.  That was what John the Baptist preached about.  I must also surrender the ultimate control of my life to Him.  This involves letting the Holy Spirit invade my life.  This requires total openness on my part.  But what a blessing when it happens!

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Examining Scripture

Harrison Bay

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 13-14 & Acts 17-18)

“The Jews received Paul’s message with enthusiasm and met with him daily, examining the Scriptures to see if they supported what he said.”  Acts 17:11

The Scriptures are readily available to me.  I have every opportunity to confirm, with Scripture, the messages I hear.  I must do this so that I am not led astray.  I need to understand what a Scripture verse means (in context) before spending time memorizing it.  There is great comfort in confirmed and memorized Scripture.  I must seek to do more of both.

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God Is All and Knows All

Harrison Bay

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 11-12 & Acts 15-16)

“True wisdom and real power belong to God; from Him we learn how to live, and what to live for.”  Job 12:13

How can I drift away from God?  Everything I need is found in Him.  I must permanently align myself with Him.  If what Job says is true, and I believe it is true, there is no other option.  Only a fool would do otherwise.

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A God of Grace and Compassion

Long Lake colors (Harrison)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Nehemiah 9-10 & Acts 2)

“Yes, you are a God of grace and compassion.”  Nehemiah 9: 31

I cannot underestimate God’s grace and compassion for me.  I have done nothing to deserve either.  I drift away from Him even in the midst of His blessings.  I take what He gives me and lose track of my need to stay close to the Giver.  He is always there when I come to my senses and give Him all praise.  I need to walk steadily close to Him.  My ways are not His Ways.  And how blessed all those in whom You live whose lives become roads You travel.  I must not drift away from Him this day.

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Worshipping God

flower box (Harrison)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Nehemiah 7-8 & Acts 1)

“And then they fell to their knees in worship of God, their faces to the ground.” Nehemiah 8: 6

God has done awesome things in my life.  I cannot diminish what He has done by reacting passively.  His praises should be continually on my lips.  My relationship with God must be respectful of Him.  He is not just another person I talk to each day.  He is God, the Creator.  There is none like Him.  I have His Words to look at.  This is not just another book to browse through.  He put the Words and Thoughts in place for my instruction.  I cannot diminish the value of the Words from the One I love.

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