Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice. You opened your eyes and stretched your limbs because of Him. You better praise Him! This is a message I have shared many times before that bares repeating so let’s be blessed by it again.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, had we been there when You rode into Jerusalem, would we have been shouting hosannas and waving palm branches? Would we have sanctioned Your teachings, stood up for Your message, proclaimed Your Lordship? What do we find ourselves doing today? Are we rejoicing, sharing Your gospel, defending Your Word, Your values, Your absolutes? Or have we withdrawn to our comfortable TV chairs, not wanting to get involved or to think about our children’s future world? Forgive us, Lord, if by being apathetic or naive we have inadvertently joined the crowd, mocking Your truths, deserting Your teachings, re-writing the Bible to make today’s sins acceptable. Open our eyes, Lord, to see ourselves as You see us. Strengthen us to be Your kind of Christian, for fear that we find ourselves allied with those who are crucifying You one more time. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Let’s eat.

Embracing the Lean Times

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. –Jeremiah 17:7

OK, this is where I’m at today. Have you ever considered at what point a test becomes so difficult that you decide you can no longer trust in GOD and you must take over to solve the problem? The prophet Jeremiah describes a situation in which the temptation to solve a financial problem can become so great that we trust in man’s way to solve it.
This is what the Lord says:“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit”(Jeremiah 17:5-8).

Jeremiah drew a sharp comparison between the man who trusts in his own effort to solve his problem and the man who trusts in God when he cannot see the outcome. The man who trusts in God bears fruit despite the circumstances in his life. He does not shrivel when the heat comes; in fact, his roots go deeper into God’s grace. He continues to bear fruit in spite of his circumstances.

Recently, a friend from Africa explained to me that whenever a plant lives in an arid climate, the roots drive deeper and deeper into the soil to get the water they need. This forces the plant to develop a root system that is far beyond the normal plant because it is forced to go deeper to gain the water it needs. Sometimes God forces us to go deeper into the grace of His love in order to build a greater foundation in our own lives. These lean times are designed to accomplish this in us. If you find yourself in this condition, ask the Lord who provides the water for our soul for the grace you need today to continue to bear fruit in the desert.

Quote of the Day

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, and grace without Jesus Christ.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer





Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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  1. Bonnie Marlowe's UV

    Only God’s Grace, is Sufficient For All Situations✝️


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