All who are gifted artisans among you shall come and make all that the Lord has commanded. —Exodus 35:10
When we decided to build a new house, we didn’t recruit friends and family who enjoy working with power tools; instead we hired a skilled builder to create something both functional and beautiful.
Beauty in the church building, however, is not always a high priority. Some associate it with impracticality, so anything ornate or decorative is considered wasteful. But that wasn’t God’s attitude when He established a place of worship for the ancient Israelites. He didn’t recruit just anybody to set up an ordinary tent. He appointed skilled craftsmen, Bezalel and Oholiab (Ex. 36:1), to decorate the tabernacle with finely-woven tapestries and intricately designed ornaments (37:17-20).
I think the beauty was important then because it reminded the people of the worth of God in their worship. During the dry and dusty days of desert wanderings, they needed a reminder of God’s majesty.
The beauty created by God’s people in worship settings today can serve the same purpose. We offer God our best talents because He is worthy. Beauty also gives us a glimpse of heaven and whets our appetites for what God is preparing for our future. —Julie Ackerman Link
Lord, whether or not we’re able to worship in a
beautiful place, we ask You to create in us beautiful
hearts that honour You in our times of worship.
You are deserving of all our praise. Amen.
Beauty reflects God.
May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!
James 1:16,17 “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
Do not believe the lie of the devil. God is a good God and He does not want to harm you. He may allow certain things to come into your life that are uncomfortable and challenging but He will always give you the strength to overcome every problem. You need to be firm in the knowledge that God cares for you and that every good thing in your life is a gift from Him.
Proverbs 3:27-28 (AMP) “27 Withhold not good from those to whom it is due [its rightful owners], when it is in the power of your hand to do it. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again; and tomorrow I will give it–when you have it with you.”
Jesus said that one day everyone will stand before Him and have to give an account of the good they done while here on earth. As a matter of fact He said that many will say on that day that they done great works in His name; driving out demons and healing the sick, but they did not care for others in need. When the fire of God is burning in your heart, you will be compelled to give and share with others. Amen!
David was the anointed king of Israel, but before he could enjoy the realization of God’s promises, he had to go through a season of testing and waiting. During this time, he was forced to hide out in caves and literally run for his life. King Saul, who was bent on David’s destruction, continually hunted for him. Perhaps the Lord has given you a promise through His Word. You are ready to see it unfold, but it hasn’t happened yet. Though you have waited, it seems that there is no hope on the horizon. Remember, God’s timing is perfect.
He knows what you need, when you need it. He knows that if we are going to learn how to walk with Him in the daylight or the good times, we must learn first to trust Him in times of darkness.
At some point, each of us has waited for God’s promises to come. David may have wondered when the Lord would open the door to blessing. However, he never allowed his thoughts to turn to doubts. In fact, in Psalm 18:17, 19, he praises God for the victory he knew would be his one day. “(God) delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me … He brought me forth also into a broad (or spacious) place, He rescued me, because He delighted in me.”
When God delivers you from trial and trouble, you can be sure that He will bring you out into a spacious place of joy and delight – one that also will glorify Him and add encouragement to your life. Have you been pushing and shoving in an effort to move God on to the place where you think you should be? If so, stop and be determined to wait on God. The time you spend waiting in darkness will one day be rewarded by the Father of lights (James 1:17).
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ (Ephesians 4:7)
You have special abilities!
The Living Bible translation renders the opening scripture this way “However, Christ has given each of us special abilities; whatever He wants us to have out of His rich storehouse of gifts.” I like that term, “Special abilities,” for it lets us know that there’s not single one of God’s children that is lacking in ability. You may never have thought about the fact that God has given you special abilities, but let it dawn on you today that there’s special abilities in you which came into your life when you were born again and received the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says “But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you”. (Acts 1:8 AMP). What you need do is recognize and agree with what the Word says; tell yourself “God has given me special abilities, and I’m putting these abilities to work in my life.” Remember that God doesn’t have a duplicate of you; He has deposited in you gifts and abilities that set you apart and make you do things in a unique way. What a wonderful blessing! You can express the beauty of God from your spirit in a way that no one else can.
Never look at yourself and think there’s nothing special about you; don’t compare yourself with someone else. God has given you special abilities and it’s up to you to let them show, and make impact in the kingdom of God.
I thank You Father for depositing within my spirit, special abilities according to the measure of the gift of Christ. No task or endeavour is beyond me for I have in me the grace and supernatural ability I require for every task, in Jesus Christ Name I pray! Amen!
Every youth has potentials for greatness. God always deposits special abilities in everyone. Some people can sing, others can write very well, some are good with computers, fins arts, accounting, fashion designing, catering, hospitality, science, arts, crafts, acting, trading, communications, public speaking, sports, hairdressing, make-up, interior decoration, etc.
Whatever gifts you have as a youth can be carefully developed and harnessed for greatness. Start today by taking little positive steps in the right direction. Don’t be idle. Don’t be a loafer. Don’t waste time with idle minds. Keep company with progressive people. Find a mentor who can give you good advice about your goals. Get busy! Do something now!
Perhaps your dreams have been in the cooler, for long, or they appear to have come to a standstill. Do not lose heart. Be encouraged and wait for God’s appointed time for your big break. However, you must be passionate enough about your dreams to consistently follow that burning desire to accomplish. You must have a positive focus and do all within your human ability to make things happen.
I always love to thank God for giving us the Bible. What a treasure; what a special gift from God to us! Many have questioned the veracity and authenticity of this all – important book through the years. If they only knew how powerful the Bible is and how it has helped to mould individuals and nations, they would have a re-think.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It’s the only book in the world that has born the words of Jesus Christ through the ages. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). So you can expect God’s Word as contained in the Bible to remain relevant today, and forever.
Paul, in his letter to Timothy, said “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…..” If you’re going to describe anything as Scripture, then it has to be God – inspired. The Bible is God – inspired. The testimonies from people all over the world, and through the ages give credence to this truth. Many miracles have been wrought and lives changed as a result of studying, meditating and using it. What a wonderful treasure!
The Bible is God’s special gift to us – to build us up and make us His Word. So if there’s anything in life you must possess, let it be copy of the Holy Bible. And not only should you own one, study it regularly and meditate on the Word of God contained therein.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for giving us Your Word in the written pages of the Bible. I am so grateful Lord, for this wonderful treasure. As I study and meditate on it wholeheartedly today, I’m blessed by Your living Word, and my profiting is evident for all to see, in Jesus Christ Name. Amen!
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)