Friday, October 21, 2011

Exodus 15:26

"He [God] said, 'If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.'"
One of the first things God revealed about himself to the people he had just set free from Egypt was, "I am the LORD who heals you." After he had shown himself as the mighty warrior who delivered them, he wanted them to know something else: He heals. God wants to heal you! Do you trust him as your healer? Do you believe he wants you to be healthy? Obedience to God is a key factor in health. The spiritual and the physical are linked. Focus on the spiritual, and the physical often follows.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Proverbs 10:29–30

"The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity,
        but it destroys the wicked.

      The godly will never be disturbed,
        but the wicked will be removed from the land."


In our world of moral grayness, it's easy to forget that there are really only two ways. There is "the way of the LORD"—i.e., Reality—and there is the way that attempts to go against Reality, which will always meet with failure. When you live according to Reality, life is definitely smoother. When you go against that grain, you will get splinters. Ultimately, there is no gray area. There is only God's way (life) and any other path (death). Remember this when you're tempted, and you'll never be disturbed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Exodus 15:13

"'With your unfailing love you lead
        the people you have redeemed.
      In your might, you guide them
        to your sacred home.'"
This is what God did for his people when he brought them out of slavery. This is what he always does for us. His unfailing love is what motivates him. He has redeemed us (past tense—done and finished). And in his might—the power that raised Jesus from the dead—he guides us to his sacred home. Remember when Jesus told his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them in his Father's house? We are on our way home to God!