Remember What God Has Done

Remember What God Has Done

2 Chronicles 20:7-9 NKJV
“Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, If disaster comes upon us – sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine – we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.”

We must remember (recall) God’s care (help) for us in the past, when He has brought victory to us in other desperate situations. Jehoshaphat did just that. He remembered where God had brought them from and what He had done for them. Jehoshaphat remembered the victories they had won and the obstacles that they had overcame with the help of God.

Exodus 6:7-8 NKJV
“I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’ ”

Psalm 44:1-3 NKJV
“We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them.”

God is the same God that He was in days past. You can look back on past miracles (help) and it will build your faith in believing that God will help you again.

We Are The Temple Of God


During the Christmas season the thoughts of many are upon Jesus as a baby. But, we must recognize that Jesus did not stay a little baby. He grew up, was obedient to the Father, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, rose again, and is now in the presence of the Father. We too, must grow up spiritually, be obedient to the Father, turn away from sin, and draw close to the Father.


During His ministry Jesus was interested in the temple and it’s spiritual cleanliness. Twice Jesus was driven to anger when He saw the defilement of the temple. God is still interested in the temple today – us. We are the temple of God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God‘s.”

As a Christian we have the Holy Spirit living within us and we are the temple of God. With this great privilege comes a great responsibility. We must not defile the temple of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NKJV

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God. God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

Defile means to corrupt something or ruin something: to damage reputation; to damage somebody’s reputation or good name; to destroy sanctity of something; to make a holy or sacred thing or place no longer fit for ceremonial use; to pollute something dirty or polluted.

2 Chronicles 34:7 NKJV

“When he had broken down the altars and the wooden images, had beaten the carved images into powder, and cut down all the incense alters throughout the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.”

We must seek God, remove all the idols/altar/images from our lives and return to Jerusalem- a place of true worship. We must be faithful and loyal to God. Our intimate relationship with the Lord must not be defiled by idolatry or any other sin. When we defile the temple of God we make it unfit for the presence of God, and we grieve the Holy Spirit. God has given us the power that we need to be able to be a pure and holy temple for Him. That power is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will help us not to defile the temple of God and to be all that God intended for us to be.

Is your temple reflecting the holiness of God?

Does your life reflect that the Holy Spirit is living in you?

Dear Father,

I thank-you for the Holy Spirit, who lives in me. It truly is a great privilege. Help me not to forget the responsibility that comes along with it. Holy Spirit, help me not defile my temple or to grieve You.

Help me to seek You, O Lord, with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. Remove everything from my life that tries to turn me from You, and give me a greater desire for true worship. Help me to be faithful and loyal to You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen


The Waters Divide



Exodus 14:21-22 NKJV

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

When they left Egypt, the Hebrews were perused by the Egyptians. They came to a point where the enemy was behind them, mountains to each side of them, and a sea in front of them. To the natural eye it looked like certain death for the Hebrews. They had no way to escape from the Egyptians. However, God had a plan – He provided a way of escape for His people.

All night God caused a strong wind to blow across the sea. This wind made a path through the sea and made the sea bed dry. All the Hebrews, the children of Israel, were able to escape their enemy by crossing the sea on dry ground.


Dear Father,

I thank-you that You always make a way for me to escape from my enemies. I thank-you that nothing is beyond Your control.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


The Sun Stands Still


Joshua 10:12-14 NKJV

“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.”


The five kings of the Amorites gathered together with all their armies to attack Gibeon because they had had made peace with Israel. The men of Gibeon sent a message to Joshua about the Amorites, asking that he come and help them fight their enemy.

So Joshua and all the people of war set out to Gibeon. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand.”

During the battle Joshua called out to God and said, “Sun, stand still over Gibeon and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” Hearing Joshua’s request, God caused the sun to stand still and the moon to stop for a period of time, allowing the people victory over their enemies.


Dear Father,

I thank-you that You have power over everything and that You can do all things. I thank-you that You hear my cry and You help me overcome whatever comes against me. Through You alone I have victory!

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


The Miracle Of Jesus’ Birth


h1Matthew 1:18-25 NKJV

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her Firstborn Son. And called His name Jesus.”


Mary, who was engaged to Joseph, was found with child. Joseph did not know that she was with child by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was just man. He did not want Mary hurt so he thought about divorcing her secretly.
As Joseph slept an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Joseph awoke and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him to do. He took Mary as his wife, and not many months later Jesus was born.


Dear Father,

I thank-you that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to the earth to save us from our sins. I thank-you that Jesus truly is Immanuel, God with us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


The Lord Spoke To The Fish


Jonah 2: 10 NKJV

“So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”


God commanded His prophet, Jonah, to go and warn the people of Nineveh that the city would be destroyed because of their great wickedness. Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah set out for Tarshish. Jonah wanted God to destroy the people of Nineveh. Because Jonah did not have a right heart attitude, he refused to carry out God’s command. He deliberately rebelled against God.

While Jonah slept on the ship, God sent a storm, causing the frightened sailors to call upon their gods and to throw the cargo into the sea in an attempt to lighten the ship’s load. Lightening the load did not help and the sailors became more and more frightened.

They cast lots to find out who among them had brought this trouble upon them. The lot fell on Jonah and they questioned him about what he had done. He admitted to them that he was running from God. The sailors cried out to God for mercy as they threw Jonah into the sea.

Jonah 1:17 NKJV

“Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

Jonah was terrified! He found himself alive in the belly of a great fish, which God caused to swallow Jonah whole. For three days and nights Jonah was in the belly of the great fish. Finally, on the fourth day he cried out to God for help. He thanked God for all that He had done. Jonah knew that only God could save him.

God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land, and God again instructed Jonah to go and warn the people of Nineveh about their sin. At last, Jonah went to Nineveh in obedience to God. When Jonah preached God’s warning to the people of Nineveh, they believed God, and He withheld His judgment from the city.


Dear Father,

I thank-you that You are a God of forgiveness and second chances. I thank-you that You do not give us what we deserve, but that You are patient with us, full of love and mercy.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.








The Lord Is Our Light



Psalm 27:1 NKJV

“The Lord is my light and my salvation’

Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

Jesus, our Lord, delivers us from darkness through His saving light (salvation). We have been delivered from our enemy, Satan. Since Jesus is our deliver we should not be afraid of or fear anyone.

Psalm 118:14 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation”

No matter what is going on around us or what we are going through we can rest assured that the Lord will deliver us.

Micah 7:8 NKJV

“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness,

The Lord will be a light to me.”



Dear Father,

Thank-you for Your Son, Jesus, who has delivered me from darkness into Your marvelous light. Thank-you for always being with me, You are my light and my salvation. There is nothing to fear because You surround me with Your presence, love and mercy. No matter what is going on around me or I have the promise that You will deliver me. We do not have to be afraid because we are assured that You will deliver us. You are my light and my salvation.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


The Lions’ Closed Mouths


Daniel 6:18-23 NKJV

“Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”


Daniel distinguished himself above all the governors of King Darius. Daniel had an excellent spirit and the king was considering setting him over the whole realm of his kingdom.

Since Daniel had found favor in the king’s sight the other governors became very jealous. They began to plot against Daniel. One of these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” All of them knew that Daniel prayed to God three times that day. They decided to establish a royal statute and to make a decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except the king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Then they had King Darius sign the written decree.

When Daniel knew that the decree was signed he went home. In his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees and began to pray. As soon as they saw Daniel praying they went before the king and said, “Daniel, who is one of the captives from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.” The king was sad because he like Daniel, but he was bound by the law to have Daniel thrown in the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” Then they cast Daniel into the den of lions and a stone was placed on top of the den.
The king went to his palace where he stayed up all night fasting. Very early in the morning The king hurried to the den of lions. As he approached the lion’s den he cried out, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
Daniel answered the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”
The king was very glad and commanded that Daniel be removed from the lion’s den. No injury whatsoever was found on Daniel.


Dear Father,

I thank-you that You honor our faithfulness and devotion to You. I thank-you that You shield us from our enemy’s attack when we take a stand for You, and that we find favor with man.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.






Many years (around 1000 years) after the rededication of the temple, Jesus went to the temple to celebrate the Feast of Dedication.

John 10:22 NKJV

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.”

As Jesus stood in the temple looking at the lamp and at the oil in it, what was He thinking? The oil represented the first pressing of the olives. It was clean, pure and a golden color. In essence, the oil represented Him – He was pure, deity, and He would be pressed. Jesus knew that He was set apart for a specific purpose and that God had a plan for Him and for all mankind.

Just as Jesus stood gazing into the light of the menorah reflecting upon His life, we too must gaze into the Word of God as we reflect upon our lives. Also, just like Jesus, God has a specific plan and purpose for our lives.

When we are dedicated to God we will devote our attention to Him, spend time and energy pursuing Him, commit ourselves and everything about our lives to Him, set ourselves apart for His purpose, and strive for holiness.

In our Christian walk we sometimes allow things to creep into our lives that hinder God’s purpose and plan for our lives. May each of us gaze into the Word of God for a time of self-examination, and dedicate ourselves fresh and anew to God.


Dear Father,

Thank-you that You have a plan and a purpose for me and for my life. I desire to devote my attention to You, spend time and energy pursuing You. I commit myself and everything about my life to You, and I willingly set myself apart for Your purpose. Holy Spirit help me to strive for holiness in everything I do, say and think.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Our Responsibility As Light



Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do. The light within them is to be shared. Our task is to spread light, to illuminate the world with the light of God’s Word.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us. There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world. We are to shine as lights to both the lost and the saved.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As the moral climate of this world becomes darker and darker it is very important that Christians let Christ shine through them. Darkness will not go away by itself. By allowing the light of Christ to shine through us we are in essence creating more light, which makes the darkness disappear.



Thank-You that You have qualified me to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Holy Spirit, help me to fulfill my responsibilities. Let everything I do and say point people to You, O Lord. When people look at me may they see Jesus shinning through me. May what people see in me be the light that they need to create a hunger for You within them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.