July 1 SparkysHeart -- PSALMS 42-49
Sparky's Prayer: Help us Lord: to remember that You are there even
when our feelings dull our sensitivity to You. Thank You Lord that
You lift us up when we are feeling down. Thank You Lord for quenching
our thirst and filling our hunger in our souls. Help us to see Your
face and feel Your presence in our sorrow and pain. Help us to praise
You our Savior and our God even in our darkest hour You are our inter
Light in Jesus' saving name we pray. Amen.
Galatians 3:15-29 -- One with Christ
PAUL'S PRAYER: Dear Father God: Thank You, Father God, for giving
Your holy law to Moses and for the role it played in bringing people
to Christ. Thank You Father even more that Christ has come as our
real teacher and that we have been delivered to Him, that we will be
justified by faith. Thank You Father for making us Your sons through
faith, for making it possible to put on Christ by our baptism into
Christ. Thank You Father God that in Him there is neither Jew nor
Greek, slave nor free, neither male nor female, but that we are all
one in Christ. Thank You Father God that by making us one with Christ
You have made us to be Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the
promise You made to him. In the saving name of Jesus we offer our
praise and prayers. Amen.
VERSE: O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD. Jeremiah 22:29
THOUGHT: What is absolutely essential for your country and your
people to experience revival?
First, the Spirit of God must move in a mighty way.
Second, the people must open their hearts to hear and respond to the
Word of the Lord.
So let's commit to pray together, all over the world, that our people
will open their hearts to the Spirit and the Word of God!
PRAYER: Holy and Almighty Father God, please move powerfully in our
day to bring revival. Open the hearts of the peoples to Your truth
and enable those who proclaim Your Word to speak Your truth with
power. Please use us to help make a difference in the lives of those
around us. In Jesus' saving name we pray. Amen.
WHAT JESUS DID! Leaving the Crowd Behind
Matthew 13:36-39 (NLT) Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went
into the house. His disciples said, "Please explain the story of the
weeds in the field." "All right," he said. "I, the Son of Man, am the
farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good
seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people
who belong to the evil one. The enemy who planted the weeds among the
wheat is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the
harvesters are the angels.
WJD THOUGHT: Jesus leaves the crowd. They will not own Him. They will
not even be the source of His greatest or most important ministry the
rest of His life. He will focus on His disciples. They are His work
because they can continue it after Him. He will pour Himself into
shaping them and preparing them for a life of ministry. Once again
Jesus reminds the disciples that their ministry and His church will
live in a real world where many people do not follow Him. In fact,
those who don't follow Him are under the rule of Satan to some extent
or another. While we are in the world, we are not tied to the world.
While the world will at times offer things that look like authentic
faith, they do not. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of
those who are in the world and bring them into the Kingdom of light.
WJD PRAYER: Most powerful and holy Father God. Help us to understand
what is at stake in the lives of people who do not know You as Lord.
Please give us a passion to work with Jesus in liberating them from
the bondage that Satan has them under. Through Your Holy Spirit,
please stir our passion and our insight and our timing so that we can
be used by You to make a difference in the lives of our friends who
are not a part of the Kingdom family. In Jesus' saving name we pray.
What Jesus Did! Teaching the Crowds
Mark 10:1 (NLT) Then Jesus left Capernaum and went southward to the
region of Judea and into the area east of the Jordan River. As always
there were the crowds, and as usual He taught them.
WJD THOUGHT: Two characteristics marked Jesus' ministry at this stage
of His life.
First, He was very popular and crowds accompanied Him everywhere He
Second, He taught them God's will. Jesus' goal in attracting people
was not to gain an earthly following, but to teach and to train a
group of people who would change the world. He saw teaching as His
task -- not His only task, but His primary task.
WJD PRAYER: Father God, we thank You for those who have so
wonderfully taught us. We realize, dear Father God that these people
gave us one of the most wonderful gifts anyone could give. Help us to
never forget their sacrifices. In Jesus' saving name we pray. Amen.
What Jesus Did! Jesus Pronounces Judgment
Luke 10:13-15 (NLT) "What horrors await you, Korazin and Bethsaida!
For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and
Sidon, their people would have sat in deep repentance long ago,
clothed in sackcloth and throwing ashes on their heads to show their
remorse. Yes, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on the judgment day
than you. And you people of Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven?
No, you will be brought down to the place of the dead."
WJD THOUGHT: Jesus seldom pronounces judgment so sternly and so
clearly. Yet here, He does so with great passion and clarity. He had
done great miracles and taught God's truth. Yet the people refused to
believe in Him and change their lives. Jesus is the picture of God's
love. However, part of love is being upset, concerned, and yes, even
angry when those we love choose destruction. By rejecting Jesus,
these cities chose death and destruction over deliverance. Let's
understand the stakes in the choices that people make and work for
deliverance in the lives of those we influence now, as well as those
that we can possible influence in the future.
WJD PRAYER: O Father God, we are shocked and motivated to see Jesus'
sharp words and deep frustration. We know He left heaven to bring us
salvation and that His goal was not judgment. Yet we are constantly
amazed at how often people we know choose their own way, the way of
destruction, over Jesus' grace and deliverance. Stir us to such deep
concern and help us find ways to communicate that concern to the lost
with passion and love. In Jesus' saving name we pray. Amen.
WHAT JESUS DID! Beyond Appearances
John 9:8-12 (NLT) His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind
beggar asked each other, "Is this the same man -- that beggar?" Some
said he was, and others said, "No, but he surely looks like him!" And
the beggar kept saying, "I am the same man!" They asked, "Who healed
you? What happened?" He told them, "The man they call Jesus made mud
and smoothed it over my eyes and told me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam
and wash off the mud.' I went and washed, and now I can see!" "Where
is He now?" they asked. "I don't know," he replied.
WJD THOUGHT: How often have you judged someone simply based upon his
or her appearance? The folks who were supposed to be the neighbors of
this man Jesus healed knew him only as a label. That label was based
upon his physical blindness and his need to beg. They never spent
enough time to move beyond the label to the man. They didn't know
him, only his label. They didn't bother to befriend him because he
was a blind beggar. Before we get too self-righteous, let's ask how
different we are! We all need to ask ourselves, "Do I make unfair
assumptions about people based on external appearances?" Do I use
labels to push people away so I do not have to deal with them in
WJD PRAYER: Father God, please forgive us. We confess that many times
we do not view people like You do. We find ourselves too easily
dismissing them based on external appearances so we don't have to
involve ourselves in their lives. Father God, we don't want to waste
our time worrying with folks that are chronically dependent and don't
want to change. However, dear Father God, we don't want to neglect
blessing anyone that You send our way who needs to experience Your
grace. Please give us the wisdom to know how to balance the two
responses so that we do what You would have us do in the life of
anyone we meet. In Jesus' saving name we ask it. Amen.
Daily Guide to Miracles from Oral Roberts Ministries
Frustrating Decisions by Richard Roberts
Perhaps you have heard about the man who complained about how hard he
had to work. When a friend asked him what he did for a living, the
man said, "I sort potatoes."
"That doesn't sound too difficult," commented the friend.
"Oh, it isn't the work," replied the man. "It's all those decisions!"
The illustration is humorous, but the fact remains that decisions can
be most frustrating. They can sap your strength, your vitality, and
your joy. But God did not leave you to wander
aimlessly...searching...and never knowing His will. He has left a
simple biblical formula to guide you in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV):
1. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.
2. Lean not on your own understanding.
3. In all your ways acknowledge Him.
What happens if you do these three things? He shall direct your
paths! Do you have a decision to make that is troubling you? Instead
of fretting and worrying, why not try God's plan?
My Declaration of Faith for Today: Father God, as I trust in You and
obey Your word, You will direct my steps.
Remember, "Something GOOD is going to happen to you!"
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Our Heavenly Home
Hebrews 11:16a - But the truth is that they were yearning for and
aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly
Two years ago, our local television morning show asked for the
definition of a Canadian. The winner coined this phrase: "A Canadian
is an immigrant with authority!"
It is true that at one time, most Canadians came from somewhere else.
My immigrating Icelandic ancestors gave me the opportunity to be born
Canadian. On July 1, Canada Day, the Canadian national holiday, many
new immigrants choose to become Canadians officially, just as my
Here in Sandycove Acres, we celebrate Canada Day in a big way because
we are grateful to live in such a wonderful country. Red and white
flags and banners decorate the community. We cheer when the veterans
march by. We applaud the floats and clowns. Then we eat and play
games all the rest of the day.
Of course, we are all proud of our nationalities and our countries,
but let's not get sidetracked. If we know Jesus as our personal
Saviour, no earthly country is our real home. God has a better place
in store for us!
Hebrews 11:16b - Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God;
indeed, He has prepared a city for them. (NRSV)
Philippians 3:20 - But our citizenship is in heaven. (NIV)
We come in agreement with Brenda's Prayer: Father God, we thank You
for the country of our birth. We are grateful for its culture and all
that it brings. Still, Father God, keep us ever mindful that it is
not our final resting place. Help us to live as citizens of heaven,
for that is what we are. In Jesus' saving name we pray. Amen.
Brenda Wood -- brcwood@...
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
WHAT JESUS DID! Teach and proclaim the good news
Acts 15:33-35 And after spending some time there, they were sent back
by the brethren with [the greeting] peace to those who had sent them.
 However, Silas decided to stay on there.  But Paul and
Barnabas remained in Antioch and with many others also continued
teaching and proclaiming the good news, the Word of the Lord
[concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in