Category Archives: Guideposts

You are Mine

From: Guideposts

Digging Deeper for Today:  Thursday, June 25, 2015

Israel’s Only Savior

But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
-Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
-Matthew 10:30 (NIV)

Fruit of the Spirit

From: Guideposts
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22

A Time to Think

God’s friendship is the unexpected joy we find when we reach His outstretched hand. –Janet L. Weaver Smith, writer

A Time to Act

Confidently trust God to handle things beyond your efforts.

A Time to Pray

Heavenly Father, please help me face each day with grace and appreciation for the blessings of Your love.

See Your Troubles with Eyes of Faith

From Guideposts

Inside every problem is the seed of a solution.
By Norman Vincent Peale

How do you handle adversity?

There’s an old Russians proverb that I like: “The hammer shatters the glass, but forges steel.” If you’re glass, if you’re superficial, if there’s no faith in you, adversity will crack and shatter you. But if you “seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually” (1 Chronicles 16:11) you will have in you the victory that overcomes the world. Then the hammer of circumstance hitting you forges you into a strong person.  God knew what he was doing when he constructed this world so that there was difficulty in it.

Facing difficulty is what makes it possible for us to grow, to learn where our strength really lies. “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9).  Sometimes we get so caught up in our troubles that we forget an important fact: Within every difficulty is possibility. Always. Every problem has the seeds of its own solution, and sometimes those solutions lead up to new and exciting things. God says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19).

Generally, when people are disheartened, they can’t see the possibilities. They see only the difficulties that are involved, not the solution. They magnify the difficulties, to blow them up, to make them bigger than they actually are. Don’t let yourself go down that path! The thing to do when you are disheartened is the very opposite: Go hunting around in your situation for the bright possibilities that are surely there. God’s kindness and compassion “are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23). Seek them out! He wants to place before you “an open door that no one can shut” (Revelation 3:8). There are no dead-ends with God.

Jesus told his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, receive him as your Divine Redeemer, let your life be changed. Then you will be able to handle anything life brings. I don’t mean to say it’s going to be easy. It never will be easy. You’ll have trouble to the end, but you can be master of it in the name of Jesus.

The Glorious Dawn of Easter

From Guideposts Devotions

Mary Magdalene’s joy on Easter morning is a reminder to trust God’s grace when facing your own sorrows.

By Marci Alborghetti, New London, Connecticut

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” —John 20:15 (NRSV)

I think of Mary Magdalene journeying to the tomb at dawn. She has lost everything. The One Who had healed her has been agonizingly crucified, dying by inches over long hours. She knows because she watched. The One Who’d been her first real friend is gone.

Her hope—for herself, for her people, for all people—has been crushed. The prospect of an Israel delivered from the Romans is now a cruel joke. The people who had accepted and welcomed her are dispersed, cowering in their hiding places like terrified children.

After dutifully keeping the Sabbath, she has spent the night preparing spices and oils for Jesus’ body. And now, when it seems things could not possibly be worse, His body is not in the tomb. It’s been stolen!

Mary turns, and in the dim, morning mist, she sees a stranger. Is this the thief? But, no! He murmurs her name, and now she knows: “Rabbi!”

I pray that my life, my prospects, never become as dark, as despairing, as Mary’s were that morning. But sooner or later, they will to some degree. And that is when I must remember Mary. That is when I must recall a glimmer, just a pale reflection, of Mary’s glorious dawn.  That day, as much as today, will be my Easter.

Lord, my rejoicing today knows no bounds. Remind me of this Easter joy when I have most need of it.