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Freedom Phrase-Surrounded By Unfailing Love

September 26th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Psalm 32:10.

“Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.”

That is an amazing thought to consider how the LORD’s unfailing love is all around us when we trust in Him.

His unfailing love is in front of us-providing us with grace and peace as the LORD turns his face toward us with His favor.

His unfailing love is below us-giving our faith a firm foundation.

His unfailing love is behind us-giving direction for our journey. His voice behind us says, “This is the way, walk in it.” 

His unfailing love is also above us, sending us good and perfect gifts from heaven.

And His unfailing love is beside us, providing us with friendship on the road that leads to heaven.

Through Jesus, we are set free to celebrate the LORD’s unfailing love surrounding us.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Eye on Integrity-Relying on God’s Love

August 7th, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Eye on Integrity is based on First John 4:16.

And so, we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

We would not lean on an object if we questioned its strength to support us. There are various things in this world that may offer us temporary happiness, but they cannot sustain us or support us like the love of God. Here are some of the words used in the Bible to describe God’s love.

Psalm 36:7 says, “How precious is your unfailing love, O God!”

In Psalm 136, God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Ephesians 2:4 describes God’s love as great.

God’s love stands the test of time, carries the weight of all our sin, and never fails us. God’s love is life’s precious gift.

Walking in reliance on God’s love is a virtue to embrace for our lives in the Year of Integrity.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Moment Of Celebration-Evidence Of God’s Love

April 10th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the evidence of God’s unfailing love.

Thomas saw the evidence in John 20. The disciples had seen Jesus and told Thomas, “We have seen the Lord!” Thomas was skeptical. He would not believe it unless he saw the nail marks in his hands.

A week later, Jesus appeared to doubting Thomas and made him a believer by showing him his nail-scarred hands. Thomas responded by saying “My Lord and my God.”

In that moment, Thomas was seeing three significant things. The first thing that he saw was that Jesus was brought back to life. His grief turned into joy after seeing His beloved leader alive again.

A second thing that Thomas saw was the power that Jesus had over the grave.  In seeing the resurrection power of Jesus, Thomas’s fears turned into hope.

A third thing that Thomas saw was the expression of love that was evident in the nail scars. His doubts turned into confidence that Jesus is alive, and he could trust that the love of Jesus would never fail him.

The evidence of God’s unfailing love is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Lesson Of Faith-Remembering Human Limitations

February 1st, 2013 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – We have seen some amazing accomplishments in our lifetime through technological breakthroughs. However, there are limits to what we can do and the capability of our inventions. We cannot save ourselves from death, and we cannot live perfect lives as Jesus did.

Isaiah 2:22 urges us to “stop trusting in man, who has but breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he.”

There are limits to the capability of weapons of war to protect us. Psalm 44:6 says to the LORD, “I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory, but you give us victory over our enemies.”

There are limits to the security that human leaders can provide for us. Psalm 118:8 and 9 says, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”

There are limits to the durability of money. Psalm 49:16 tells us that the rich man takes nothing with him when he dies. Money will not benefit him then. But God’s grace is trustworthy beyond the grave.

Psalm 13:5 says, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”

The limitation of man is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

LIFE APPLICATION TRUTH-SOWING AND REAPING

November 7th, 2012 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – From Hosea 10:12.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”

Unattended soil is unproductive dirt. It just lays there, not producing anything that can be turned into food. This kind of soil is compared to the heart that is resistant to the Gospel. However, breaking up the unplowed ground of our heart is comparable to making our heart tender to God. We become receptive to the word of the Lord, and that word becomes a seed that springs forth a productive crop that leads to eternal life. The seed of God’s Word also produces the righteousness of Christ in us as we accept His message of grace by faith.

Choices have outcomes. We cannot expect good fruit to form out of bad seeds. Galatians 6:7 says, “God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Seeking the LORD prepares our heart to receive the word of the LORD so that we might be trained in His righteousness and live a productive life.

Planting God’s Word in our heart is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com