8/18 - "You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into
light." (2 Sam. 22:29 - NIV) While this is true of physical light,
it is even more true of spiritual light, as we read in Psalm 119:105.
In the darkness of this sinful world, turn on the "light" of God's Word
8/19 - "May God be gracious to us and
bless us and make His face to shine upon us." (Psalm 67:1 - ESV) The
Psalmist here quotes part of the Aaronic Benediction (Num. 6:24-26) to
remind his readers of God's gracious promise to be with us and protect
us daily. That promise still holds true today.
- "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."
(Isaiah 56:7b - ESV) This promise from God, through Isaiah, is still
coming true today. In Germany, for example, many Muslims are leaving
their faith and turning to confessional Lutheranism - one of the most
underreported phenomena in the mainstream media. Oh, give thanks to the
8/21 - "God is
faithful, and He will not let you be (tested) beyond your ability, but
with the (test) He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be
able to endure it." (I Cor. 10:13b - ESV) Many Christians,
throughout the world, are being persecuted for their faith. Don't
forget to pray for them. And if persecution comes to America (more than
it is already), don't forget this promise of God.
- "No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one
and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and money." (Luke 16:13 - ESV) It's that
simple! Or is it? Satan will do his best to confuse the Christians'
thinking in order to lead them away from God. But remember God is faithful.