January 1, 2009

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Well it's finally here--2009--can you believe it? So let me start off by telling you how thankful I am that you are part of Powered by 4. The fact that you've committed to reading the Word with us each week is pretty awesome. If your life has been anything like mine over the past couple of holiday weeks, it's been full and really busy. Because of that, I've struggled with my Bible reading some days--and yes, I even missed a couple of days, I'm sad to say. Reality is, I can't go back and change those days. But I can start fresh today and ask the Lord to help me be diligent as I move into 2009. You can too.

I'll leave you with this. I read Psalm 119 last night. It was so wonderful. Over and over again it talks about meditating on God's statutes, learning God's law and then living and walking according to His Word. Psalm 119 is long and it's kind of repetitive too. I think that's why it hit me so wonderfully last night. What an absolute affirmation that there's nothing more important than taking in and living out God's Word. Thanks again for being part of Powered by 4 and for seeking God and His Word with us!!

We're having a few technical difficulties with my New Year's video blog, but we'll get it posted as soon as we can. Tami W.

P.S. By the way, there are now more than 5, 750 people taking part in Powered by 4. Amen to that!!

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Happy New Year!!

My resolution for 2009 was to spend more time in the wonderful word of God. For me more means beyond a devotional at supper. I am excited about the Power of 4 and already feel blessed by it.

Today's lesson from Luke and the last question were really thought provoking. Too many times I haven't given thanks for the amazing things that God has done in my life. I'm thankful for sure but haven't been faithful in giving thanks as much as I should be.

Another thing I found really interesting for this study was the ritual of cleansing the healed leper had to go through when he showed himself to the priest. That is described in Leviticus 14.

Praise God from whom ALL blessing flow!

Happy New Year :) Let the fun time bible reading begin!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I didn't really make any resolutions this year....haven't been real successful in the past, but I did commit myself to having a deeper walk with God. This week I made great effort to try and keep myself focused on hearing God. At the first of the week, Satan kept interfering with my focus, but I didn't give up. In the last few days, God has spoke to me in many ways. It's the first time in my life I feel I have heard God, and I have been a Christian 43 years. It's totally amazing.

Nick, in the last year I have really had to take what you said a step further and thank God even in the bad things.This has been a year full of struggles for me, but I have told myself when I fear making choices that even if I make the wrong choice, God can use it to His glory. It really takes the stress out of not knowing what to do, especially if Satan is messing with me. Satan took some really good things in my life and made them struggles, because he knew it was my weakness, but God taught me even in the bad times that I must depend totally on Him.

God bless everyone in the new year!

we are told in all things to give thanks. i know when i am going through difficult time that it is difficult to be thankful but what i have learned is that in those times my focus is limited, it is not focused on how God sees things in my life. He see what i am going through in the eternal sense, and that hope he has given me will give me victory over all the trials i must face. I only have to wait, and Yes be thankful because one day he will take away the sorrows, and he will dry everyone of my tears. So because of this i can, in all situations, say thank you Lord for i have truly been made more then a conqueror with the overcoming faith he has given me by His grace.

I heard a comment on one of the Bott Radio programs that I listen to and the speaker said that anything that brings us closer to God or draws us into a deeper relationship with Him, is a blessing. And so many times it's those difficult times that we tend to seek Him more deeply. So, I believe that we SHOULD give thanks in all situations, even the bad ones. Not necessarily FOR the bad situation, but the blessing that will come from it as we draw closer to our Savior. That to me is encouraging. That hit home with me because I recently lost my mom to a terrible disease, which I never really considered a blessing, but as she lay ill, we had a regular devotional time together that we probably would not have had if she were well. And thus, I was drawn closer to God and that, in the words of the speaker, was a blessing. I praise God for His inifinite wisdom!

Thank you for your understanding words on January 1st. I am one of the sick that need the new wine skin of Jesus. I don't know why it is so difficult for me to have a relationship with people. I want to love and be loved but most I desire a true relationship with God.
That means being bold and feerless, which most often I am not. How can one be happy knowing the people I loves do not love or desire Jesus. Please pray the effort I wish to make in this program will follow through and grow and not fall back.

Hi Tami, Thanks so much for your blog, it is really a blessing to see every day. I have a question about today's reading which may be obvious to everyone else, but has always puzzled me. What does Jesus mean in Matthew 5:34 when he says "can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?". Thanks a lot.
Linda

As I was looking toward the new year, I have been meditating on Psalm 19. The God of the universe teaches me how to live. How awesome!

Hi Tami,

I have been feeling terrible, I have not been reading GOD's word on a daily basis. For the past few years, I have been feeling lost and disconnected from the church. I do love Jesus, and I know He loves me. I am so very happy that He showed me "Powered By 4" I know it is GOD's will for me to read and meditate on HIS word daily. Thanks for being hear.

Doesn't this mean that because Jesus is the bridegroom, his disciples did not fast while he was on earth?

This is a response to Linda's question about the Luke 5:34 passage.

Luke 5:33-34 says, "Then they [the Pharisees] said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?" And He said to them, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?

The Pharisees had a very legalistic approach to religion—and a joyless one as well. While they were nitpicking about fasting, Jesus knew the issue was deeper than that. And, like He often did, He went to the heart of the matter. He said, in essence, "I came to offer a wedding, not a funeral. I came to bring joy, not doom and gloom. There will come a day when fasting will be appropriate, but for right now, I am here among my friends and it’s a time to rejoice."

Fasting is never commanded in the New Testament as it was in the Old Testament, but it was assumed that believers would fast (see Acts 13:1-3, 1 Cor. 7:5, 2 Cor. 6:5). Yet it is not the joyless obligation of the Pharisees, but a joyful way of drawing closer to Jesus.

Hope this helps Linda.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

This is a response to Mary.

First, let's deal with your desire to have a "true relationship with God." A true relationship with God is based on Jesus Christ. John 1:12 says, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." So believing that Jesus died for your sins, and receiving His gift of eternal life by surrendering your life to Christ is the key to being part of God's family.

But having a true relationship with God is no guarantee that you will be "bold and fearless" when it comes to sharing that faith with others. Timothy apparently had that problem as well. Less than a robust person physically (1 Tim. 5:23), Timothy also was apparently easily intimidated by others (1 Tim. 4:12). Paul's solution was to urge him to "stir up the gift" which was given him by the Holy Spirit (1 Tim. 4:14, 2 Tim. 1:6).

Paul also tells the Christians at Rome, "God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly" (Romans 12:6-8, NLT).

When you reach out to others in your area of giftedness, you will have a confidence that you don't normally have because it's not just "you" that's doing it but the Holy Spirit in you. So discover your gift (every born-again Christian has at least one) and use it to minister to others generously and joyfully.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

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