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Saturday, 4 June 2005
Better Than Seven Sons
Now Playing: God always give us the best of what we truly need !
Topic: Provision
Author: Woodrow Kroll
Source: Lessons on Living From Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 4:14

Better Than Seven Sons

Ruth 4:14

Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him."

Better Than Seven Sons

A popular magazine carries a section in which it offers its readers the opportunity to send pictures of their part of the country and tell why they think it's the best. Month after month, people send in beautiful photos from all over the United States, and invariably someone will comment about their particular area, "It can't get any better than this."

That's what the women of Bethlehem were saying to Naomi. To have a son was wonderful. It was the responsibility of a Jewish son to care for his mother when his father passed away. He was her security and companion in old age. But these women agreed; Ruth was better than seven sons. She had done all that any son would have done and more—she had borne Naomi a grandson, the assurance that she would be taken care of in her latter years. It couldn't get any better than this.

This is also what Christ has done for us. Through His blood He has cleansed us from our sins. The past is forgiven. Through His Word we have the wisdom to live day by day. And through His Spirit we have the power to be His witnesses wherever we are. Through His resurrection we have the assurance that we, too, shall be raised beyond the grave to spend eternity in heaven. Everything is taken care of—past, present and future.

Have you thanked Jesus yet today for meeting your every need? There is nothing that can be added to what He has done and will do for you. It just can't get any better than this.

Only a complete Savior can make us complete.

(from W. Kroll)

Posted by dondegr1 at 8:46 PM EDT
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Friday, 22 April 2005
Strength for the Journey
Now Playing: Are we living on our own strength or asking God for help ?
Topic: Provision
Author: Woodrow Kroll
Source: Lessons on Living from Elijah
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:8 1 Kings 18:20-40 1 Kings 19:1-3 Philippians 4:13

Strength for the Journey

1 Kings 19:8

"So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God."

Strength for the Journey

One New Year's Day in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. After checking for mechanical problems, the crew discovered that the vehicle pulling the float was simply out of fuel. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gasoline. The most amusing thing about this whole fiasco was that the float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast oil resources, its truck ran out of gas!

Elijah had run out of gas as well. He had victoriously confronted the prophets of Baal and revived the people of Israel (1 Kings 18:20-40). He had raced King Ahab back to Jezreel and won (v. 46). Then he had fled from the wrath of Queen Jezebel and gone a day's journey into the wilderness (19:1-3). Now he was faced with another journey, this time to meet with God on Mount Horeb, but he didn't have the strength to do it on his own. God sent an angel of the Lord, who said to Elijah, "The journey is too great for you" (v. 7). Then God gave Elijah supernatural strength, and in that strength he traveled for 40 days and 40 nights.

Believers are not able to live the victorious Christian life on their own strength either. God knows that. But He is also able to give us the strength we need. The apostle Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13). God has unlimited resources, but unless we appropriate them to our lives, they do us no good.

Don't settle for a stalled-out Christian life. While you are inadequate in yourself, God is more than sufficient for all your needs. Call on Him today and you'll experience all the strength you need for the journey.

Be filled with the Spirit and you'll never run out of gas.

(from W. Kroll)

Posted by dondegr1 at 10:59 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 22 April 2005 11:02 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 19 April 2005
Arise and Eat
Now Playing: Are we seeking what God wants for us ?
Topic: Provision
Author: Woodrow Kroll
Source: Lessons on Living from Elijah
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:5-6

Arise and Eat

1 Kings 19:5-6

Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat." Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.

Arise and Eat

A missionary passed a field where lepers were at work. He noticed two in particular who were sowing peas. Because of their disease, one had no hands and the other had no feet. The one who lacked hands, however, was carrying upon his back the other who had no feet. He, in turn, carried the bag of seed and dropped a pea every now and then, which the other pressed into the ground with his feet. Together they got the job done, something neither could do by himself.

Elijah was equally pressed into cooperation with an angel of the Lord. The angel provided food and water, but it was Elijah who had to "arise and eat." While God made sure that Elijah received what he lacked, He was not about to spoon-feed the prophet. Elijah had to eat for himself. It was when he worked together with the angel, each doing his part, that Elijah received the nourishment and strength he needed for the task before him.

Christians tend to fall into one of two extremes: either we expect God to do it all, or we feel like the whole load is on our shoulders and we burn out trying to do more than we should. In reality, the Christian life is a matter of cooperation. As God's Spirit works to produce Christ's character in our lives, we work to allow that character to be reflected in the things we say and do. Together we bring glory to the Father.

Take a few moments to reflect on your Christian life. Are you trying to do it all? Are you sitting back and expecting God to do everything? Or are you working together with the Holy Spirit to accomplish in and through you the will of your Heavenly Father? Remember, God provides, but we "arise and eat."

What God supplies, we must apply.

(from W. Kroll)

Posted by dondegr1 at 11:56 AM EDT
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Thursday, 7 April 2005
Always Complete
Now Playing: God does not miss details !
Topic: Provision
Author: Woodrow Kroll
Source: Lessons on Living from Elijah
Scripture: 1 Kings 18:38-39

Always Complete

1 Kings 18:38-39

Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!"

Always Complete

Often the little things in life trip us up. A tragic example is an Eastern Airlines jumbo jet that crashed in the Everglades of Florida. The plane, Flight 401, was bound from New York to Miami with a heavy load of holiday passengers. As the plane approached the Miami airport for its landing, the indicator that verifies the proper deployment of the landing gear failed to light. The plane flew in a large circle over the swamps of the Everglades while the cockpit crew checked to see if the gear actually had not deployed, or if the bulb in the signal light was defective. When the flight engineer tried to remove the light bulb, it wouldn't budge. The other members of the crew tried to help him. As they struggled with the bulb, no one noticed the aircraft was losing altitude, and the plane simply flew into the swamp. Many people lost their lives in the crash.

Contrast this human failure with the God who answers by fire. He never misses a detail. When Elijah prayed, God answered so completely and fully that the people could only cry out, "The Lord, He is God!" So thorough was the Lord's response that even the stones and the dust were consumed. Nothing related to Elijah's sacrifice?the wood, the stones, the dust, the bulls?was left untouched. The God who answers by fire is the God of completeness.

When you pray, trust God for the particulars. You can be sure that He will never overlook anything that is necessary for your spiritual well-being. No piece of minutia will escape His attention. Give Him the total control of your life, bathe it in prayer, but leave the details to God.

With God, no problem is too big and no detail is too small.

(from W. Kroll)

Posted by dondegr1 at 3:15 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 22 April 2005 11:37 AM EDT
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Thursday, 24 March 2005
When the Creek Dries Up
Now Playing: Are we trusting in God in our difficulties ?
Topic: Provision
Author: Woodrow Kroll
Devotion: Lessons On Living from Elijah
Scripture References:
1 Kings 17:6-7
When the Creek Dries Up

1 Kings 17:6-7

"The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land."

When the Creek Dries Up

John Brenz, a friend of Martin Luther, was hated by Emperor Charles V. He often tried to kill Brenz and on one occasion sent a troop of cavalrymen to arrest him. Hearing about the plot, Brenz took a loaf of bread and went to a nearby town, where he hid in a hayloft. He was there for 14 days. Obviously one loaf of bread was not enough for two weeks. But each day a hen came into the loft and laid an egg without cackling.

In this way the Lord kept John Brenz alive. On the 15th day the hen did not show up. It seemed like the one lifeline he had clung to had been severed. As he was wondering what he would do without food, John heard the people in the streets below say, "The cavalrymen are gone at last!"

Elijah also experienced what appeared to be the loss of an essential lifeline. God had sent him out into the wilderness and provided food through the ministry of ravens and water from a small creek. But then a difficult situation became worse. As the drought continued, the brook dried up. At first glance, it might seem that God no longer cared about what happened to His prophet. Instead, God chose to provide in a different way and graciously directed him to the home of a widow in the city of Zarephath (v. 9).

Perhaps you feel that your creek also has dried up. The friend who has been your source of refreshment in a spiritual desert has moved away. The person who has been your lifeline at work has taken a new job. Whatever the case, trust God to provide through another source. It may be far different from what met your need before, but remember, God will not fail you.

When God closes a door, He always opens a window.

(from W. Kroll)

Posted by dondegr1 at 6:09 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 7 April 2005 3:13 AM EDT
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