by Rev. Dr. Selwyn Q. Bachus, Senior Pastor
|SCRIPTURE||THEME||MEDITATIONAL THOUGHT||KEY POINTS||PRAYER|
|Joshua 1:5-7 (NKJV)||The Faithfulness of God||It shouts me when I realize, that God has honored me with the same promise of His faithfulness that made my predecessors at Salem great warriors and witnesses in the Kingdom of God.||A. The Faithfulness of God Never Forsakes Us|
B. The Faithfulness of God Never Forgets Us
C. The Faithfulness of God Never Fails Us
|Lord, help me to remember, the promised assurance of Your f faithfulness. In Jesus Name. Amen.|
|Genesis 45:1-8 (NKJV)||An Unexpected Tapestry||It shouts me to know that God works behind the scenes to reweave the tapestry of my life regardless of my messes, mistakes, and missteps.||What others see in us is very different from what God sees. |
God takes the tapestry woven in our lives and turns it into something unexpected.
God can take our greatest mistakes and turn them into something good.
|God, thank you for see me in my highest possibility and blessing me even when my
actions are inconsistent with your will for my life. Amen.
|Matthew 1:1-6 (NKJV)||Shaking the Family Tree||It shouts me when I realize that the inclusive, sovereign, and redemptive power of God covered and kept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a holy and acceptable sacrifice, as He journeyed through a messy family genealogy on His way to the cross, the grave, and resurrection.||God is an inclusive God - God is a God of all people, not just the Jews but everybody.|
God is a sovereign God - While we may not always like it, what God has in store for us is for us; nobody will be able to stop it or take it away.
God is a redemptive God - God can redeem the most difficult situations and turn them into blessings.
|Lord, help me to remember You are a faithful provider. In Jesus Name, AMEN|
|Psalm 18:1-3 (NKJV)||The Worthy God We Worship||It shouts me to know that like the psalmist David, we should have a song of victory in our hearts and on our lips because we have been saved by God's grace.||The Lord is worthy of our affection|
The Lord is worthy of our confidence
The Lord is worthy of our praise
|Lord, teach me to call upon you, no matter what circumstances I find myself in. Cause me to realize that there is victory in you and that you are my Savior forever. You are worthy to be praised. In Jesus Name, AMEN.|
|Luke 19:1-10 (NKJV)||When Jesus Has A Place At The Table||It shouts me when I realize, that despite my imperfect background and unlovable features Jesus still loves me and wants to be with me.||Zacchaeus went to great lengths to be in the presence of Jesus because he was small in stature and because he was despised for being a tax collector. He did it at the risk of: |
Being personally embarrassed by the crowd
Being rejected by the crowd
Being offensive to the crowd
In the midst of Zacchaeus' great effort to see Jesus, restoration takes place and Jesus restored him to a place that was better than before.
|Lord, help me to allow you to have a place at the table of my heart. In Jesus name, Amen.|
|Psalm 105: 1-22 (NKJV)||The Lord Is Faithful||It shouts me when I realize the faithfulness of God never forgets, forsakes, or fails, when it comes to His absolute promise to protect and provide when all else fails in the weakest and darkest moments of our lives.||Faithfulness is one of the characteristics of God; it is inextricably tied to God's grace and mercy. In the text, the people of Israel are required to look back over their lives and see that God is ever faithful. According to the text, the Lord shows his faithfulness in the following ways:|
The Lord is faithful in his promise
The Lord is faithful in his protection
The Lord is faithful in his promotion
There is a constant refrain in the text that says, "And the Lord was with Joseph." Just as the Lord was with Joseph, His desire is to be with you and me because of His faithfulness.
|Lord, help me to remember that nobody can do more for me or with me than You. In Jesus Name, Amen.|
|Psalm 34: 1-3 (NKJV)||Positioned For A Blessing||It shouts me to know that wherever I find myself and whatever situation I am in, I can bless the Lord for my safe keeping and my deliverance. Oh, magnify the Lord with me...!||All times are the right times to praise the Lord. While many people wait until trouble shows up to bless the Lord, the Psalmist David reminds us that anytime is a good time to bless the Lord. And while he may have been in trouble during the time of the text, David reminds us that the Lord's praise shall continually be in his mouth. According to the text, if you want to position yourself for a blessing you must have the right attitude because:|
An attitude of blessings and praise is an act of the will
An attitude of blessings and praise flows from our emotions
An attitude of blessings and praise spreads to those around us.
|Lord, help me to remember that anytime is the right time to give you honor, glory, and praise. I will bless you at all times. Amen.|
|Genesis 26:1-5 (NKJV)||What God Has For You||It shouts me to know that what God has for me is for me. It has been designed and tailored just for me, and it has my name on it.||Even though Abraham and Sarah was promised a child from the Lord, they went ahead of the Lord and Sarah allows Hagar, her maidservant to have a child by Abraham. However, in the fullness of time, Sarah gives birth to Issac because what God had for Abraham and Sarah came to past.|
What God has for you is for you in spite of your location: The location where Issac finds himself is not the best location for his family. He decides to go down to Egypt, however, God tells him not to go because the land he was in would be blessed. The Lord can bless you right where you are despite your location and your situation.
What God has for you is for you in spite of your imperfection: Issac was the benefactor of a generational promise. He would be the beneficiary of the promise that was made to Abraham, even though Abraham was deceased.
What God has for you is for you in spite of others: As soon as the Lord started blessing Issac, the people began to despise him and asked him to leave from among them. However, God move Issac from one blessing to another until he received his greatest blessing.
|Lord, I am so glad that every time I turn around, you keep on blessing me. Therefore, help me to be more faithful with your provisions, and allow me to be a blessing to others because you are a blessing to me. In Jesus Name, AMEN.|