I AM THERE
Today’s Reading: Matthew 18
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Key Verse: Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.
Were you in church last Sunday? Were there two or more people there? Then He who cannot lie was in the midst of the worship in a special, unique way. Norma-Jean sang a song for me from the piano recently: “He is here! Listen closely! He is calling out your name! He is here! You can touch Him! You will never be the same!” Just the two of us were worshipping, and we experienced the presence of Jesus. When we confront problems and difficulties, we are not alone. He is here! It’s a fact! Minister to someone today. You can assure that person that HE IS HERE!!! Just as certain as Jesus was present to heal in Galilee, He is with you as you minister in His Name!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, please send Your Holy Spirit upon me so that I will be totally confident of Your presence, particularly as I meet with others. Your Word declares that You inhabit the praises of Your people. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Nik Walenda walked over Niagara Falls on a tight rope. If you watched it on TV you would have heard this Spirit-filled believer worshipping. He was heard all over the world saying,”Thank You Jesus! – Thank You Lord! – Praise You Lord! – I worship You Jesus!” Over and over, when the sound of the broadcast took his words, he was worshipping. A great congregation, including Norma-Jean, our two grandsons, David and Adam, and I, were praising God with him. More recently, he did the same kind of high-wire worshipping as he crossed the Grand Canyon! (here is a link to a secular report about it). Like Nik, when I need to experience the presence of God, I begin to worship. I’ve had the honour to know the Walenda family personally as they have appeared several times on the 100 Huntley Street telecasts. They stretched a high wire above the back parking lot of the Crossroads Centre, walked across, did acrobatics, and witnessed for Jesus on live television across the continent (you can watch our report on Nik’s Niagara Falls crossing here).
Yours for walking in challenging circumstances,
P.S. Throughout this 730 day trip through the Bible, I will point out the repetitions that emphasize the truths contained in our readings. In today’s reading, Jesus is recorded speaking of His Father four times.
Thank You, Father, for loving us. Please keep all your children close to You today, and help us to be faithful witnesses of You and your Word. We exalt You, Lord God! Please bring many to You today, dear Lord, we ask in Jesus’s great name, amen
Amen Rob. God is faithful to His promises. Nik Walenda showed such faith and trust in God and also skill. When we also put Him first in reading His Word and prayer, He will do great things for us. Amen? Is a rainy day in the Maritimes!
our key verse speaks of two or three agreeing:
I felt these scriptures from my morning’s quiet time affirm today’s Key verse:
“Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness , because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit and the water and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: For this is the WITNESS of GOD which HE testified of HIS SON. 1John 5:5-9.
Enjoy your day for it is the Day the Lord has made!