Our Daily Direction-God’s Schedule-January 20-26, 2020

Mon. “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (the day of the Rapture when Jesus comes for us). Matthew 24:36

The Rapture is on God’s schedule. We do not know when so we have to be ready.

Tues. “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:14

We don’t know when the Tribulation will begin. It could be right after the Rapture but it will last for seven years on earth.

Wed. “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Revelation 19:9

Believers are the bride of Christ so we will be at the reception. Old Testament saints will be the guests. I can’t wait.

Thurs. “Behold I am coming soon! My reward is with Me and I will give it to everyone according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:12

A reward time is on the schedule for believers. It may be a banquet-Wait-and-see.

Fri. “He seized Satan and bound him for 1000 years. He threw him into the Abyss and locked and sealed it to keep him from deceiving the nations.” Revelation 20:2-3

This will be a time when Satan will not be able to bother anyone.

Sat. “They will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for 1000 years. When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released…The devil was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur forever.” Revelation 20:6, 7, 10

This is called the millennium. Jesus will reign on earth with us for 1000 years.

Sun. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…Now the dwelling of God is with men and He will live with them.” Revelation 21:1, 3

This will be our eternal home. The best is yet to come.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction God’s Grace IV January 13-19, 2020

The Grace of 3 healthy baby girls in our church family

Mon. “For if by the trespass of one man (Adam), death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One Man, Jesus Christ!” Romans 5:24

Grace-unmerited favor. God’s righteousness at Christ’s expense. Amazing Grace!

Tues. “When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” Acts 11:23

God’s grace in our lives could make the greatest difference in our daily living.

Wed. “But when God who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His son in me so that I might preach Him.” Galatians 1:15

God has called all of us by His grace to tell others about Him.

Thurs. “Grace and peace to you from God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” II Thessalonians 1:2

Gods grace to us is a gift from God and Jesus. Enjoy this gift and be thankful.

Fri. “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” Ephesians 4:7

Jesus decides what grace gifts each of us should have. Use your gifts for His glory.

Sat. “And all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:24

God’s grace is a result of our being justified-seen by God as if we never sinned because of Jesus.

Sun. “The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.” II Timothy 4:22

Be aware of and appreciate God’s amazing grace.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction-God’s Ones-January 6-12, 2020

Mon. “This is what the Lord says-I am the first and I am the last; apart from Me there is no god. Is there any god beside Me? No there is no other Rock, I know not one.” Isaiah 44:6, 8

There is only one God. He is the creator and sustainer of it all.

Tues. “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” John 14:9, 14

One God in three persons-Father, Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. All equally God.

Wed. “If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy city.” Revelation 22:18- 19 All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” II Timothy 3:16

One Bible- Complete, without error and useful.

Thurs. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

One Gospel- Good News is found in the Bible.

Fri. “Jesus answered, ‘ I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ”

One way-No other way will lead to heaven but coming through Christ.

Sat. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

One Savior-Jesus died to pay for our sins so we can go to heaven.

Sun. “My Father’s house has many rooms. If it were not so would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:2-3

One Plan- The plan is out of this world for everyone who believes in Jesus.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction-God’s “Yeses”-Dec.30-Jan. 5, 2020

Mon. “But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you… will conceive and give birth to a Son and you are to call Him Jesus.’ ‘ I am the Lord servant,’ Mary answered,’. May your word to me be fulfilled.’ ” Luke 1:30,31,38

Mary said, “Yes” to God and became Jesus’ Mother.

Tues. “ ‘Come follow me,’Jesus said, ‘ and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed Him.” Matthew 4:19-20

Peter, Andrew, James, and John said, “Yes” and became Jesus’ disciples.

Wed. “ ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face.” John 11:U43-44

Lazarus said, “Yes” when Jesus called him and he was raised from the dead.

Thurs. “ ‘Come up here, and I will show you must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1

John said, “Yes” when Jesus called him to heaven to write Revelation.

Fri. “ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied. ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:27

Martha said, “Yes” to the teaching of Jesus and showed her belief in Him.

Sat. “ ‘Come,’ He said, then Peter got down out of the boat walk on the water and came toward Jesus.” Matthew 14:29

When Jesus said “Come,” Peter said “Yes” by his actions.

Sun. “ ‘Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.’ ”. Matthew 11:26

Jesus said, “Yes” to God the Father because Jesus was always willing to do God’s will.

I’ll say, “Yes, Lord, yes to Your will and to Your way. I will trust and I’ll obey. When the Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart, I’ll agree. I’ll say, “Yes, Lord, yes.”

May “Yes” always be our answer to God’s will this New Year.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction-God’s Christmas Songs-December 23-29, 2019

Mon. “You will conceive and give birth to a Son and you are to call His name Jesus.” Luke 1:31

Mary, Did You Know...Yes, Mary knew.

Tues. “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.” Luke 2:4

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Wed. “And she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:7

Away in a Manger- No crib for a bed.

Thurs. “There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” Luke 2:8

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks-The angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.

Fri. “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were terrified.”

Angels We Have Heard on High-Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Sat. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Harod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ ” Matthew 2:1-2

Three Kings

Sun. “And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:18

Ring the Bells-Let the whole world know Christ was born in Bethlehem many years ago. Born to die that men might live came to earth new life to give.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New year.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction-God’s Knowledge-December 16-22, 2019

Mon. “Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15 NLT

May you be eager to learn more about God.

Tues. “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

May we never suffer because we lack knowing God’s will for us.

Wed. “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.” II Peter 1:2

Grace and peace comes from knowing God and Jesus as Lord.

Thurs. “May (you) have power together with all the Lord’s people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3: 18-19

God’s love for us is totally beyond our knowledge. Too great to know!

Fri. “For this very reason make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness knowledge.” II Peter 1:5

It takes effort to read and study God’sWord. It is worth the effort.

Sat. “And this is my prayer that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.” Philippians 1:9

May this be our prayer for everyone.

Sun. “Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to Him both now and forever! Amen.” II Peter 3:18

We must grow. It is not an option. This will glorify the Lord.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction-God’s Comes-December 9-15, 2018

Mon. “Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

What a joy to be invited by Jesus to come for rest.

Tues. “Come, all you who are thirsty come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!” Isaiah 55:1

God satisfies our every longing. He does not charge for His gifts.

Wed. “Give ear and come to Me; listen, that you may live.” Isaiah 55:3

When God tells us to come, He expects us to listen and to obey.

Thurs. “Then you will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12

When we come to the Lord and pray, He promises to listen.

Fri. “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8

God comes when we come to Him. We have to do our part.

Sat. “Come and see what God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind! Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me.” Psalm 68: 5, 15

We have the privilege of telling others to come to the Lord and hear what He has done.

Sun. “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘ Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17

This is God’s final invitation to come to Him for all of our needs now and in heaven forever.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction-God’s Get Ups-December 2-8, 2019

Mon. “ ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ ” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.” Mark 2:11-12

Lord, help us to be ready to obey and get up, take up our mat, whatever it is and go.

Tues. “Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place.” Micah 2:10

Sometimes it is so comfortable to stay in our resting place, but God tells us to get up and go.

Wed. “During the night the Lord said to Gideon, ‘Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.’ ” Judges 7:9

When God tells us to get up and go, He will also give us the victory in the end.

Thurs. “But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, ‘Get up and stand in front of everyone.’ So he got up and stood there.” Luke 6:8

Someday, it may be necessary for all of us to get up and stand in front of enemies.

Fri. “But Jesus came and touched them. ‘Get up,’ He said. ‘Don’t be afraid.’ When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.” Matthew 17:7-8

When Jesus says, ‘ Get up.’ He will be right there with us. Keep our eyes on Jesus. No fear.

Sat. “ ‘You will be His witness to all people of what you have seen and heard and now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away calling on His name.’ ” Acts 22 15-16

What are we waiting for? We have a story to tell about all the Lord has done for us.

Sun. “ ‘Why are you sleeping,’ He asked them. ‘ Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptations.’ ” Luke 22:46

The first thing in the morning, we need to get up and pray so we will be prepared for the day.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction God’s Thanks-November 25-December 1, 2019

Mon. “But thanks be to God that though you used to be slaves to sin you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.” Romans 6:17

Thank You, Lord, for our salvation.

Tues. “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:57

Thank You, Lord, for the victory that You give us every day.

Wed. “With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord. ‘He is good; His love… endures forever.” Ezra 3:11

Thank You, Lord, for Your love that never ends for all of us no matter what.

Thurs. “First, I think my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because your faith is being reported all over the World.” Romans 1:8

Thank You, Lord, for all of my Christian friends as we all grow in faith.

Fri. “Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me.” John 11:41-42

Thank You, Lord, that we have the privilege of prayer and that You always hear us.

Sat. “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has given me strength, that He considered me trustworthy appointing me to His service.” I Timothy 1:12

Thank you, Lord, for giving us all work to do for You and You provide the strength.

“I thank and praise You, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, You have made known to me what we asked of You.” Daniel 2:23

Thank You, Lord, for the wisdom You give us when we ask.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey

Our Daily Direction-God’s Name-November 18-24, 2019

Mon. “I will remain in the world no longer but they are still in the world and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your name.” John 1711

Jesus prayed for our protection by the power of God’s name.

Tue. “By faith in the name of Jesus this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” Acts 3:16

Lord, help us to trust in the name of Jesus for every situation.

Wed. “Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

When God says there is no other way but Jesus, there is no other way to come to Him.

Thurs. “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:30

May we pray for God’s healing through Jesus like the early church did.

Fri. “The apostles left the Sanhedrin rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” Acts 5:41

Lord, help us to live worthy of suffering for Your name.

Sat. “All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.” Acts 10:43

Thank You, Lord, for Your forgiveness through Jesus death to pay for our sins.

Sun. “Let them praise the name of the Lord for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens.” Psalm 148:13

Praise the Lord for all He is and all He has done for us.

All Because of Jesus,

Luwana Burkey