Daily Archives: October 17, 2012

He Searches For You

Posted by Victoria Osteen on 10/16/2012

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9, KJV)

Do you realize that God’s eyes are constantly scanning the earth? He longs to show Himself strong on your behalf. He’s looking for hearts that are perfect toward Him. Now you may be thinking, “But what if I make some mistakes? Does that mean God’s eyes are going to pass by me?” No. In this verse, that word “perfect” means “devoted, consecrated and dedicated.” He’s looking for hearts that are faithful to Him and desire to please Him in everything. Having a perfect heart means that He is first place in your life, and you are looking for ways to show His love and be a blessing to others.

In the Bible, David was a man after God’s own heart. David didn’t do everything perfectly. In fact, he made a lot of mistakes, but He always repented and sought to do things God’s way. When David made a mistake, he didn’t run from God; he ran to God. He chose forgiveness, and he chose to show kindness to those who had wronged him. He said in the Psalms, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”

David put the Word of God first and let it shape his character, and he had the perfect heart that God was searching for.

Today, I believe God is searching for you and longs to show Himself strong on your behalf. He has good plans for you—plans to prosper you, plans to bless you and give you hope for your future. Keep your heart open, keep being faithful, and keep your eyes set on Him. When you search for Him with all your heart, you will find Him and experience His life, peace and blessing now and forevermore!

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries


The Road of Relationship

by Joyce Meyer – posted October 17, 2012

If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren). —James 1:26
Sometimes it seems that religion is killing people. There are many who are seeking a relationship with God, but the religious community tells them what they need to “do” in order to be acceptable to Him. This religious spirit was alive in Jesus’ day, and even though He died to put an end to it and bring people into close personal relationship with Himself, the Holy Spirit, and the Father, that same spirit still torments people to this day—if they don’t know the truth.

Religion says, “You must find a way, no matter how impossible it may seem. You had better follow the rules or suffer punishment.” But relationship says, “Do your best because you love Me. I know your heart. Admit your faults, repent of your mistakes, and just keep loving Me.”

From the book Ending Your Day Right by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2004 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Our Daily Bread – Before The Beginning

Read: Genesis 1

When he was a teenager, my son asked me one of those questions that make you earn your pay as a parent. “Dad,” Steve inquired, “if God has existed for eternity, what was He doing before He created the universe?”

So, what was happening in the eons before “God created the heavens and the earth”? (Gen. 1:1). For one thing, we know that there was “wisdom” before creation itself, which came from God’s character. Wisdom, personified in Proverbs 8:23, said, “I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth.”

Also, we know that God’s salvation plan of grace was in the works before the world was hung in its place. In 2 Timothy 1:9, we read that grace “was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” Likewise, Titus 1:2 says that eternal life was promised “before time began.” We also know that Jesus was glorified and loved in God’s presence “before the world was” (John 17:5; see also v.24).

These tiny glimpses of God before He created the earth help us see a little of the essence and magnitude of our awesome, eternal God. We see His majesty and greatness. Amazing, isn’t it? We worship a God who existed from the beginning . . . and beyond.

Great God of the universe, we stand amazed that
You are the Alpha and Omega—the Beginning
and the End—and so much more. Thank You
that we can worship and magnify You.
The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity.
—Sir Thomas Browne

Jacksonville Sea + Sky Spectacular

Biketoberfest – Daytona Beach

Event Happens: Oct 18, 2012 – Oct 21, 2012

Why have a regular ol’ Octoberfest when you can experience Biketoberfest® in Daytona Beach. This is a roaring good time throughout Central East Florida, as bikers come from near and far to participate. There’s nothing like being on the road, enjoying the freedom and feeling that Florida sun. Ride the Loop, meet your fellow riders and enjoy fun events all four days. Even if you’re not on a bike, you won’t want to miss the glorious sound and vision of gleaming motorcycles by the thousands and the characters who ride them.

Events will be happening throughout Daytona Beach, but Riverfront Park on South Beach Street will be hopping with vendors and food. DJ Ronnie will be keeping the music going from 10 am – 7 pm. Hourly giveaways and Beach Street Riverfront Beauties serving drinks spice up the action at the park.

For more information including helpful ride maps and a full schedule, visit Biketoberfest.org. Find your Central East Florida lodging near Daytona Beach by clicking here.