MAY 2022



JOHN 6: 64-71
What a powerful statement in verse 64. Jesus knows our hearts. He knows who does not really believe in and trust Him. Notice in verse 66 that many walked away. The Lord turned to His crowd and asked them if they would leave Him too in verse 67. Notice verse 70. Jesus knew these men, yet He chose them. He even knew that one would betray Him. Our lesson for today-we don’t choose to follow Jesus, He chooses us! The Lord knows who is a true believer and who is not.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Help me Lord in my walk with you today to be closer to you than ever before!

JEREMIAH 33: 1-3
Did you notice the place that Jeremiah happened to be in verse 1 today? He was yet shut up in the court of the prison, the Lord told Jeremiah in verse 2 that He was the creator and of the power and authority that He has. In verse 3 the Lord told Jeremiah to call unto Him and He would answer and shoe him great and mighty things that he didn’t know. Here is the point, the Lord can use you and I no matter where we are! I have heard some young men over the years say preacher, pray for me. As soon as God puts me in the right place I want Him to use me! My answer, the Lord can use you now where you are!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, use me for your honor and glory today, right here where I am!

MATTHEW 24: 36-42
How close could this old world be to Jesus call the church out? The Lord here tells us in verse 36 no man knows the time. But we are given some hints in verse 37 and 39. Friends, if you turn on the news today, I believe that we are closer than ever before. I love verses 40-41 telling us what is about to happen. People are going to leave this world. Watch the advice in verse 42- “watch- look around. Today could eb the day!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me share the gospel and help me look more to Jesus!

HOSEA 14: 1-5
Today’s text is a cry for God’s people, the nation of Israel, to turn back to the Lord. Verse 1 tells us why they need to return to the Lord. Because they have fallen before the Lord in their sin. Even though this scripture is talking about Israel, I believe that it could apply to our nation today. Verse 2 tells the nation what to do before the Lord-turn to the Lord, and ask the Lord to take away all iniquity. In other words, America needs to repent of her sins before God! Notice, if our nation will do this, what God says He will do in verse 4 & 5. He will heal our backsliding, love us freely and turn His anger from us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, I pray for America to come back to you as a nation. Please Lord, send your people revival!

I love this verse! It is to the point. Paul is saying that I don’t have to write to you about loving the brethren. Paul is saying you should already know that God expects you to love each other. Let’s do something today because of this verse. Let’s call or text or tell someone in person today that we love them as a brother or sister in the Lord. You never know, that just might be what a person needed to hear today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me to let my brothers and sisters in the Lord know that I love them!

In these powerful verse, the Lord reminds us that the earth is His! It reminds us that He has total control over it. Notice the words He used- utterly consume man and beast. Friends, the word of God here is reminding you and I that God made this world and it is in His hands as to whether it goes forward or not. God is letting His people know that He is in control! He is letting us know that He could destroy us. Let’s remember today that God is a merciful God full of grace and love, but let’s remember that He is a just God that does own this earth and He does have the power to destroy it.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy.

ACTS 18: 9-10
It has been a while since we looked at this piece of scripture. Have you ever had the Lord put something on your heart for you to say but maybe you were just too afraid to say it? Well, this scripture is for you! Paul stayed in trouble because of preaching the gospel. He spent a lot of time in jail because of sharing the gospel. There had to be times that Paul feared for his life. But he never showed it. The Lords tells Paul here not to be afraid to speak. The Lord reminded Paul that He was with him and the He (the Lord) had a lot of people in this city. So, if the Lord is dealing with you to speak today, do it!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, give me the strength and courage to speak up for your glory!

EXODUS 20: 1-17
OK, I know that today’s text is a little long but this is the 10 Commandments! This is what God expects of His people. Now I know that we are under grace today not the law but this is the word of God! As you read and study this scripture keep in mind that God expects His people to live right and to behave. Just as we expect our kids and grandkids to do the same!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me to live daily in a way that is pleasing to you.

LUKE 23: 39-43
What a beautiful portion of scripture. Here is our Savior dying on the cross, yet always ready to save a soul that will turn to Him! One of the malefactors here confessed to Jesus, the other one rebuked the first one. This man acknowledged that he and the other man had done wrong, but Jesus had not. Notice, when he called on the Lord, event at the point of death, Jesus saved him! What a Savior!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for dying for my sins!

ISAIAH 59: 1-2
What a powerful scripture. God’s reach is so long, He can reach down wherever a person is, no matter how deep his sin and how deep in this world and save! He can hear a person no matter how far from Him we are. But, verse 2 tells us that our sin can and will separate us from God. When the Bible says in verse 2 that “your sins have hid his face from you” it means just that. A Holy God cannot look upon sin! God is there waiting for you and I to repent of our sin, no matter where we are. But until we do repent, He cannot be there for us!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, forgive me of all my sins before you!

JOHN 14: 1-6
OK, it has been a long time since we have shared this scripture. This is one of my favorite passages of scripture in the Bible! Jesus has just told His disciples that he has to leave them, that He has to go away. They are hurt, they are upset. In these verses not only are there words of comfort but we see an insight as to what will happen. I believe when a person passed from this life that trust in Jesus as Savior, in verse 3 Jesus tells us that when He has finished preparing us a place, that He will come again and receive us. Think about it. When a child of God leaves this world no angel takes us home, the Lord comes and gets us! What a Savior!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me live for you until you take me home to be with you!

PSALM 149: 1-4
I have heard many people say over the years that they could not sing. I have heard some of these people try to sing and I found out they were telling the truth! But the new song that the Bible is talking about here can be and should be sung by all that know Jesus as Savior and Lord! This song is the song of praise to God for what He has done for us and for who He is. The Bible takes it even further in verse 3. Here we are to praise His name in body movement (dance) and noise. Notice verse 4 when we worship God, the Lord taketh pleasure in His people!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, I just want to praise you today!

This is a powerful verse. Paul, under the leadership of the Holy Ghost, was reminding us that he was not home yet, but as being pushed in that direction, he had to forget some things that were behind him. Paul had to forget past failures. Paul had to forget the times he stumbles before the Lord and the times that he had let God down. Paul was saying that I must push ahead with my focus as on the Lord and not the past. Maybe you and I should do this today. Instead of looking back on what we cannot change, let’s look ahead to serve the Lord to the best of our ability until we go be with the Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, use me today to your honor and glory!

GENESIS 8: 1-3
In yesterday’s study we talked about how we need to forget some things to move forward for the Lord. Today take note of how that the Lord will remember those that do according to His will. Noah obeyed God and built a big boat. God told him the dimensions of the boat and what to put on the boat including animals and his family. The flood came but the Bible here said that God remembered Noah and every living thing. God will keep His word! Remember this today, take God at His word.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for always remembering me!

Every now and then it is good just to stop and think about heaven- the city of God. Todays scripture does just that. John give us a close look at the place that the Lord has prepared for all that trust Him as Savior and Lord. My favorite verse is verse 4. Can you imagine today a place where there will be no more death or pain or sorrow? Yet, that is what the Bible says about this place. What a Savior we serve!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, every time I get scared or tired of this world, remind me of the place that you have prepared for me !

OK, somebody is going through something right now that they don’t understand. Today’s text helps us deal with this. First, if you are going through something today that is really shaking you remember this will last only for a season-a time-not forever. Second, there is a purpose. Now I know what you are thinking, what in the world is the purpose behind this? Why am I going through this? According to this scripture, although we may not know now, one day I believe we will. Hang in there! This too shall pass
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, hemp me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

ROMANS 3: 23
This little verse is packed full of Bible truth! Let’s look at it. First, the verse starts out letting us know that this verse applies to everyone. “All”. Many people today are searching for exemptions. This verse tells us up front no one is exempt from what follows. Next, the Bible tells us what all are guilty of-sin. According to the word of God, we have all broken the law of God. We have all failed God. Then, the Bible tells us that we have all come up short of the glory of God. Let’s thank the Lord for His grace today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, I repent of any sin in my life. Please forgive me!

Sometimes we need to remember where light comes from Some people believe that light come from a switch. But that’s not true. Almighty God gives light. Jesus Christ, the Son of God is known as the light of this world! The Bible here tells us in verse 4 that God saw that light was good and that it was God that divided the light from the darkness. Notice verse 5 tells us that it was God that name day and night. So the next time you turn on a light switch and the light comes on, remember who gave you and I that light.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for giving me light in my life.

LUKE 9: 57-62
Do we really understand what it means to follow Jesus? In today’s text, one might think that the Lord was being cruel or heartless about not taking the time to bury a father. No, that is not it at all. Jesus was pointing out that once a person, when they have drawn by the Spirit of God to follow Jesus, once that person come to the Lord, Jesus is to come first before anything or anyone. The Bible teaches that if we are saved, we are bought with a price. That price is the blood of Jesus. If we are saved, then the Lord should come before everything and everyone!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me to keep focused as I put you first in my life.

PROVERBS 30: 11-14
I call this scripture the generations in which we live. As you read these verses today, think about the TV or radio or newspaper news. I guarantee that you will hear stories about each of these generations. This text was penned down years ago but it sounds like it could have been written today. Today’s scripture sure reminds you and I how alive the Bible is in today’ world.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, use me as a witness for you in the generation in which I live.

LUKE 6: 17-19
What a great text dealing with the power of God. Jesus Christ was 100% man when He walked on this earth but He was 100% God at the same time. Oh, to see people across the nation and around the world do what these people were doing in verse 19. They sought to, or reached out to, touch Jesus. Think about that. Today, when we are sick, we reach out to doctors. When we need money, we reach out to banks. If we, as a people, as a world, reached out to Jesus today, what a world we would live in!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, I look to you today, not the world.

PSALM 41: 1-3
We should try to help someone today who is poor or in worse shape than we are. The reason I love this scripture so much is in verse 1 I am told that if I do that God will bless me and God will deliver me in a time of trouble. Verses 2 and 3 tell us that the Lord will preserve me and keep me alive. And the Lord will strengthen me for thinking of the poor or those in worse shape than I am in. The point-the Bible is reminding you and I today that if we reach out to others, God will take care of us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me to help others today!

GALATIANS 1: 12-16
In today’s text, Paul is telling the church that his work, his ministry was a call from God not man. Paul reminds the church of his conversation in verse 13. What was Paul trying to get across to the church? That the work he was doing for the Lord was the work that God call him and set him aside to do. Notice verse 15-God separated him from his mother’s womb to do the work of God. If someone today calls you and I a religious nut for following the Lord, just tell them no, the Lord knew a long time ago that He had a work He wanted me to do. And man had nothing to do with it
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, give me strength to do your will and not man’s will.

GENESIS 3: 9-13
Adam and Eve in the garden in today’s text shows us what sin does to a person. Adam and Eve had disobeyed God already in this scripture. They have taken fruit from the tree that God told them to stay away from and have eaten the fruit of that tree. They have sinned before a Holy God. Notice what sin will do to a person-sin will scare a person. In verse 10, Adam said “I was afraid”. Sin will make a person blame others. Verse 12 states “the woman whom thou gavest to be with me”- Adam blamed Eve. Then notice in verse 13, the woman blamed the serpent. Here is the point- sin will lead a person to do a lot of bad things before a Holy God. Let’s stay away from sin!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me to live a righteous life before you and the world.

I have used today’s scripture in hundreds of funerals over the years. The text is really talking about the rapture of the church. Notice the speed of the event in verse 52. In the twinkling of an eye. Verses 53-54 are talking about these bodies being changed. Verses 55 and 56 talk about the hurt and the pain of the grave. But verse 57 tells of our victory over the grave in Jesus Christ. I don’t know about you, but after reading this text again today, I am looking forward to the rapture of the church!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, give me the wisdom and strength to tell others about your coming!

JOSHUA 24: 6-20
There is a lot of talk and a lot of teaching in the world today about how loving and kind that God is. It is true. Almighty God is kind, He is loving, He is merciful, He is a God of grace. But the Bible here reminds us that He is also a God that is jealous. He is a God that will punish sin. He is a God that will get angry and will bring wrath on His people if they turn to false gods and sin before Him. Let’s always remember to respect God and let’s do what the people did before Joshua in verse 21-let’s serve the Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace!

REVELATION 21: 18-23
Let’s just stop and enjoy the beauty of heaven for a few minutes today. Notice the wall and gold in verse 18. Notice the foundation of the city in verses 19 and 20. Notice what the gates are made of in verse 21. Notice the light of the city. Just imagine the beauty of this place. I cannot wait to see it. How about you?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for preparing such a great place for us, your children!

ISAIAH 43: 5-7
My favorite words in this text are found in verse 5. “Fear not, for I am with thee”. When the Lord tells you and I not to be afraid, we do not need to be afraid. The Lord is telling His people here that He will bring them back together. Notice verse 7-everyone that is called by my name. This is old testimony. Today, we are adopted into the family by the blood of Jesus Christ. But this scripture applies to you and me. If you and I know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord today, we belong to the Lord. Praise the Lord!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for your protection and your care.


ACTS 9: 32-35
Don’t you love the power of Almighty God in the name of Jesus Christ! Take notice in verse 34, the Lord used Peter to heal Aeneas but it was the power of the Lord-the power in the name of Jesus Christ that made the man whole. Notice how that this act of healing turned people to the Lord in verse 35. When the Lord healed me of asthma many years ago, even though there were people that prayed for me and anointed me with oil many times, it was the Lord that did the healing! I have said it many times- what a Savior we serve!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, thank you for you healing power!

A true friend is hard to come by. A real friend will love you when things are good or bad. A true friend will love you when you are well or sick. A real friend will love you on rainy days as well as sunny days. Thank God for the real, true friend. As for the second part of this verse, if you have a sibling, there will be disagreements. Enough said!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for the true friends in my life!

This is a powerful verse. Over the years, as a pastor, I have had many people ask me if to do so and so was wrong. My answer – if you have to ask if it is wrong, it probably is. The Bible puts it as plain as can be. Stay away from anything that even has the appearance of evil!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, help me live in a way that will always bring honor and glory to you!