Eager Vs. Meager Bible Study

Bible Study
Bible Study Taken From Thompson Chain Ref. #4150 and #4153 N.I.V. Bible

Eager Vs. Meager

Eager _________ Vs. ____________Meager

Mark10:17___________________ Eze. 33:31______________________________

Mark12:37___________________Mt.13:20_________________________________

Luke21:38___________________Mt.13:21_________________________________

John4:40____________________Mark8:18________________________________

Acts10:33___________________Mark8:19_________________________________

Acts13:42___________________2Tim3:7__________________________________

Acts17:11___________________Js.1:24__________________________________

Mt. 24:36-37_______________ Mt. 24:36-39_______________________________

Mt. 24:42-47_______________ Mt. 24:48-51_______________________________

Mt. 25:1-2,4,9,10___________ Mt. 25:3,8,10,11-13__________________________

Mt. 25:14-17, 19-23_________ Mt. 25:18-19,24-30___________________________

Here are the answers to fill in the blanks:

Bible Study
Bible Study Taken From Thompson Chain Ref. #4150 and #4153 N.I.V. Bible

Eager Vs. Meager

Eager

Mark 10:17 Rich young man. Ran, fell on knees (note how eager turned into meager)
Mark 12:37 Common people, with delight
Luke 21:38 Attenders @ temple, early
John 4:40 Samaritans, stay, urged
Acts 10:33 Cornelius & Fam, Sent for, listened to everything
Acts 13:42 Gentiles, speak further
Acts 17:11 Bereans, great eager, everyday
Mt. 24:36-37 Noah was eager
Mt. 24:42-47 Home owner, servant
Mt. 25:1-2,4,9,10 Wise virgins
Mt. 25:14-17, 19-23 Talents, Stewarts, wise

Meager
Eze. 33:31 Listen but don’t practice, mouth service
Mt. 13:20 Shallow hearts, rocky
Mt. 13:21 No root, No depth
Mark 8:18 Soon forgotten. Fail to see, hear, remember
Mark 8:19 Miracle and beyond—forget leftovers
2 Ti 3:7 Truth fails to grip Learn but not acknowledge
Js. 1:24 Hearers with a short memory forget
Mt. 24:36-39 Unaware, unbelieving, left out of ark
Mt. 24:48-51 Servant unprepared
Mt. 25:3,8,10,11-13 Foolish virgins
Mt. 25:18-19,24-30 Foolish use, bad investment

Redemption (Meeting and message being developed)

Redemption
(All in NIV)
Rev. 5:9 (Read by___________)
And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Jesus paid it all
Bought and owned by Him
Prayer chorus “He Paid A Debit” (Led by___________)

Prayer: next few verses (By______________)
Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 34:22 The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.
John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Psalm 103:1-10
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
9He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
Song: Song #_______(Lead by________________)

MESSAGE: (read by__________________________)
Isaiah 44
1 “But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.
2 This is what the LORD says– he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun,whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.
5 One will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel.
6 “This is what the LORD says– Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
7Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come– yes, let him foretell what will come.
8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”
9 All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.
10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing?
11 He and his kind will be put to shame; craftsmen are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy.
12 The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.
13 The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of man, of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.
14 He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
15 It is man’s fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.
16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”
17From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me; you are my god.”
18 They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”
20 He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”
21 “Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant; O Israel, I will not forget you.
22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
23 Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
24 “This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,
25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,
26 who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’ of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be built,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’
27 who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,’
28 who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.” ‘

Isaiah 48:17 (Read by_______________)

17 This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
Isaiah 59:20 (Invitation read by___________)
20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the LORD.
(add other verses on Repentance necessary for redemption)
Invitation song:
(_______________led by________________)
IF You’ve repented: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness

Romans 3:20-26 (Read by________________)
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–
26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Romans 8:23 (Read by ___________)
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Ephesians 1:7 ( next two verses Read By___________)
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
Ephesians 1:14
14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
Song: “Family of God” (led by_____________)
Ephesians 4:30 (read by______________)
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (read by___________)
30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Colossians 1:14 (Read by_____________)
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Hebrews 9:12 (read by_____________)
12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.

Closing song: (______________led by_______________)

Closing prayer: (read by_______________)
Psalm 103:1-10
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
9He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

Stop, Stoop, Serve (Message still developing)

MESSAGE
STOP, STOOP AND SERVE
Luke 10:30-37
V. 31 Priest’s reaction (who was priest)
V. 32 Levite’s reaction (who were Levites –in charge of Tabernacle)
V. 33 Samaritan’s reaction (who were Samarians- mixed race, avoided, sometimes Jews would walk around city to get to the other side)
STOP (one 1 person)
Stoop v.34
Serve v. 35
Stretcher barriers idea, prayer in action.
V.37b GO AND DO LIKEWISE.

“Messiah’s Misfits”

Messiah’s Misfits
(The Message Translation)
1st Co. 1:26-31;4:9-13(fools for Christ, Scum of the earth)
Is. 57:15 (Low-spirited, spirit crushed)
Jn. 4:27 (“That kind of woman”)
2 Thess. 3:5 (Take you by the hand)
Invite the misfits
Mt. 9:9-13 Mt. 11:19
Mk. 2:15-17
Lk. 5:29-32; 7:39; 14:7-14; 15:1-3; 19:1-10
Jn. 8:11
Ro.5:8
1st Tim 1:15
Is. 29:17-21; 53:11-12

Charles Swindoll wrote “a gross intolerance of those who don’t fit our mold reveals itself in a stoic stare or a caustic comment. Such legalistic and prejudiced reactions will thin the ranks of the local church faster than fire in the basement or flu in the pew.
If you question that, take a serious look at Paul’s letter to the Galatians. His pen flowed with heated ink as he rebuked them for “deserting” Christ (1:6), “nullifying the grace of God” (2:21), becoming “bewitched” by legalism (3:1), and desiring “to be enslaved” by this crippling disease (4:9).
Sure there are limits to our freedom. Grace doesn’t condone license. Love has its biblical restrictions. The opposite of legalism is not “do as you please.”
-It is do that which pleases God.
1 John 1:9
Look back at WHO Christ accepted and ask yourself if YOU can accept Christ now.

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Lite Sermon

“Lite Sermon”
Written 8/20/15 Tom E. Bailey
Before I had an official class on ‘homiletics’ (the art of preaching a good sermon) the first thing I was told was:
• Tell em’ what your gunna’ tell em’
• Tell em’
• Tell em’ what ya told em’
I probably still have that written on a little piece of paper that Capt. Don Canning gave me.
Over the years I learned a little more and took notes and developed how to take the scripture and turn it into something you can preach or share with others. I recall an older pastor getting up at a luncheon one day with limited time to speak and he said he was told:
• Be bright
• Be brief
• Be seated
All very good advice.
This morning on the way to work I thought about how preaching a sermon is like bringing a suit case or ‘brief’ case before a group of people and setting that brief case before then:
• Tell them what is in the case
• Pull out the items and tell them why it’s in there or the significant behind that item
• Then reviewing with them the points behind each item.

While driving I pray often and the Lord brings things to my mind for ya see my prayers are a two way conversation. I try to listen more than just rattle off to the Lord.
I thought about that piece of luggage and what items would be in it and the Lord began to unfold 3 things to me and 3 is good because it is not over whelming. It is good to ‘pack lite’ for a short stay but also have what you need for a full adventure that is meaningful. 3 point sermons are always a delight and usually given an “A” as a letter grade 
It is my prayer that as I share this and we go on this journey together it is just that; full, adventurous, and meaningful.
So, here are the items I found in my luggage this morning:
• A Candle with matches
• A Flash light with batteries
• A Spot light with a Cord (a lamp)
Here is what they mean to me: (could not figure out outline structure with Microsoft Word but did it the best I could)
I. The Candle

A. Needs Matches
1. once struck and the flame (fire)
2. apply to the wick
B. The candle gives light.
1. The light only goes so far
2. Great for personal use but in larger room ya need more!

II. The Flash light
A. Need Batteries
1. Batteries got to be the right size
2. When they are put in correctly they should work
B. The Flash light gives light
1. This light is better and goes further and is stronger
2. Great when you want to do more

III. The flood light/spot light/larger lamp
A. Got to plug it in
1. If you have electric current you plug it in
2. Plug it in…
B. The Lamp gives light
1. It gives off even more light
2. enough light for a room full of people

Here is what stuck with me…
MT. 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A City on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on it’s stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

I’m taking a stand as I share this with you. Strike the match, put in the batteries, get plugged into Christ for you see:
JOHN 1:1-14 (NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–
13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

I cannot unpack all of that for you in this little amount of time, I’m not sure that everyone here would want me to BUT The Holy Spirit can.
There are many times when Jesus would share a story and even in the Old Testament before Jesus came into the world God used object lessons and metaphors and sometimes even people’s life experiences (Job, Jonah, Jeremiah…to name a few) to tell them & us something.

These Bible verses I share today are not just words, God is alive in His word and His words can actually give life. The life we live, in His word is like a light and it exposes the darkness in our lives, takes it away. I have come to realize that Jesus Christ through his suffering and death and resurrection is able to bring me life and not just life but abundant life and life after this life and until He comes back or I go to be with Him I will let this life, this light, shine on.
Will you? Are you lit? Do you have the source of power? Come and get it!
Do invitation, let Holy Spirit work, get out of His way…Not just be seated, kneel in prayer.

Who is on The Lord’s side?

Who Is On The Lord’s Side?
Psalm 124 God’s People,
The Lord is on our side, if not we’d lose and would have lost long ago.”
We must be on His side for HIM to be on our side.
(TEXT PSALM 124:1-8)
Ps. 124:1-3 (Eph. 6:11-12 word “against” used several times, remember Spiritual battle)
Ps. 124:3-5 Look at adverbs/adj. in Ps. 124:3-5
Don’t lose heart –struck down but not destroyed
2nd Co. 4:1-18 (Read it all)
Even in death we are, “Destin To Win”
Ps. 124:7 Escape, broken snare, Escape (Repeated)
V. 8 (Reflects back to Ps. 121

The Lord is on the side of those who are on HIS side, He backs us up but more importantly, HE LEADS US.
“Jesus First”
Follow Him.

Fill Up

12193414_1036881976343266_5326145992009484817_n“Fill UP”
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).

The Amplified Bible: “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Many times we do not ask the Lord to fill us (Hold pitcher of water over cup and saucer)
Other times we ask and He ALWAYS does (pour some water into cup)
Then we go about, as we should, and share with others what the Lord has filled us with (Pour from your cup into someone else)
Then we must ask the Lord to fill us again, and He always does (His living water is good to the last drop, and there is no last drop – Christian Coffee song, “Onward Christian Foldgers” lol
Here is what we need to do (Pour from big pitcher of water into cup until it overflows into saucer, then take saucer and pour what is in saucer into another person’s cup –and keep repeating that)
Fill my cup Lord, yes, over flow and keep filling me and may I give to others what over flows.
Guard my heart and mind and may I continually come to you to be filled with all You want and give to those around me what flows over and beyond me In Jesus Name and for His sake Amen.

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

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Bride of Frankenstein or Bride of Christ

Bride of Frankenstein or Bride of Christ

Opening Scripture – 2 Corinthians 11:2-4

In the 21st century there are so many things competing for our attention – media in multiple forms will work its magic to deceive the believer into thinking things aren’t “so bad.”

Scriptural Litmus Test

1. 2 Peter 2 – Be aware of false teachers in our midst
2. Matthew 25:1-13 – The wise bridesmaids are prepared and not surprised when the groom appears
3. Romans 12:1-2 – Don’t conform, but be transformed and renewed

The Bride of Frankenstein was created by man to fulfill his own needs – a wife for his monster. We’ve been created to be the beautiful bride – the Bride of Christ – Revelation 21:2-6, 9-11.

It’s our choice – will we be the Bride of Frankenstein or fulfill God’s design for us as the Bride of Christ?

Chorus: Teach me how to love thee
Teach me how to pray
Teach me how to serve thee
Better every day
Teach me how to serve thee
Better every day

Come apart before you fall apart

Come apart before you fall apart
We all have burdens, we all have stress and that drives us but there is a point when we feel that even on vacation we are carrying a load.
Some things stick with us and we cannot seem to shake them or leave them behind.
We try to “LET IT GO” but it is like a heavy back pack (Pilgrims Progress).
Let that just remind me that I am still a man in need of a savior (DC Talk song “In The Light”)
I want to get across the point in this devotional that  whatever we are  carrying & wherever we go,
GOD IS THERE.

SCRIPTURAL BACKING:
Psalm 139:7-18
TAKE TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD IS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU
(this also leads to our attention being put on Him rather than on our problems or circumstances. When we realize we have a Big GOD our problems are small. Don’t sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff. If we fail to realize how BIG GOD is and think of Him, even for a second as small, our problems become way to big, we cannot bear them.
1st Pe. 5:7
Lk. 10:38-42
Mk. 6:31
Ps. 46:10

Automatic Everything?

Automatic
Got my hair cut yesterday and honestly wondered if in the future are they going to have a thing you put your head in that will give you a buzz cut.
Think about it. We live in a day and age and country where almost everything is done for us or to help us accomplish things faster and better than if we did it by hand.
We have ovens that will turn on and cook while we are at church. Right now, if this is used as part of a Sunday morning message people are thinking about their roast.
We have machines that wash our clothes.
We have pre-cooked food we just heat up.
Some people have a vacuum that does the floor on its own and I’ve heard that there are lawn mowers like that now.
My 3 little girls are so use to automatic soap, sinks and paper towel dispensers that I had to show them how to get all 3 by hand (funny story…they went up to the soap and waved their hands under it but nothing came out. They did the same to the faucet at the sink and then to the paper towels).
But regardless of what it is that we do, want or need there is still something we need to actually do to get results.
A simple calculator will not add on its own we have to punch in the numbers we want it to add. A smart phone won’t call someone until we tell it who we are trying to call and say it just the right way so it calls the person we are actually trying to reach. (funny story…”call Rhonda!” Did you say, “I drive a Honda?” “no! Call Rhonda !” Did you say, “Banana?” “WHAT? NO!” …you know what I mean)
God’s grace is not automatic. It is personal and takes belief and asking for it. It is free and it flows none stop but we must ask with a sincere heart, true belief and submission. When we are honest with ourselves and submit to God, surrender to His Lordship it is then He is able to come in and help us be who and what He wants us to be.
God will help us want to do His will –and then empower us to do what He wants done. Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His purpose.” HE is our righteousness. Without Him we can do nothing. When HIS will and HIS way supersedes ours we find true pleasure in Him and living our lives for Him.
Matt. 7:-8 Luke 11:9 Knock and the door will be open. Are you asking God to come in? Are you seeking, asking, knocking? The door of our heart doesn’t just open automatically, no one steps on a mat and it opens hands free, we measure who is at the door first. (funny story…my aunt was a missionary and when she finally came back to the states she went to walk into a store and the door open automatically…she fell on her face thinking she had to push it).
Our phones tell us who is calling in. We look at the caller I.D. and see if it is someone we want to even talk to. It is the same thing when we meet people or get offered different opportunities. We consider if we want to participate or have them interact with us in our lives and if they are, THEN we open up and say, come on in, let’s talk.
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you…” We have to respond to God and resist the devil.
Although we all make mistakes we all know that for every action there is a reaction. There are consequences for every decision we make and follow through with. We must actively seek the Lord. We don’t grow in God’s will if we only follow our own will. If we are selfish in our desires and attitude that crowds God out of our lives and He can’t be Lord if we don’t let Him.
God is all powerful but He doesn’t force Himself on us. He wants us to have a love relationship with Him not some type of automatic religion that through obligation makes us His and Him ours. It is not by works less any man should boast.
Remember the hose you ran over at the gas station and it would set off a bell to let the attendant know your there…Rev. 3:20 Jesus is knocking on the door of our heart, won’t you let Him in? The attendant wasn’t a machine, they responded to the customer when the bell went off because they wanted to please the customer and their boss. They would come out and do everything they could, pump the gas, check the oil, check other fluid levels, check the air in the tiers, clean your windshield. When we hear God’s call we too should respond like that, let Him move and motivate us to do whatever He wants us to, many times He wants us to do something for ourselves in His name or something for others but there are also many times He is wanting our attention just to have fellowship with Him and out of that fellowship grow spiritually, reach others for Him and bless His holy name.

The main challenge of this devotional is to spur us on to develop Christ’s Lordship in our lives and realize that our relationship with Him is not automatic. We must nurture and cultivate the seeds of His Word in our lives. Scripture: 1st Cor. 3:2 I gave you milk, not solid food; Heb. 5:12 You need milk, not solid food!; 1st Pe. 2:2 babies, crave pure spiritual milk.