Thursday, May 21, 2015

When What You Think is Wrong!


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You may think you are on the right road and still end up dead. Sorrow may hide behind laughter, and happiness may end in sorrow.  You harvest what you plant, whether good or bad.
Proverbs 14:12-14

In the thinking of many people being sincere is regarded as more important than being right!  
You are sincere when what you say and do honestly reflects what you believe to be true!  That, however does not remove the consequences of your actions if you are "sincerely wrong!"

You may be a sincere follower of a false god, but that sincerity will do you no good when you stand before the Lord of Heaven and Earth on the Day of Judgment. 

As a follower of Jesus Christ it is important that you be sincere, but sincerity alone is not enough!  You can sincerely walk along the "Road to Hell" and believe that the Grace of God will keep you from entering the Gates of Eternal Death! 

Never embrace a "theology" that allows you to live like "Hell" while sincerely believing you are on the Road to Heaven!

"Lord Jesus, look into my heart and mind and see if I am sincerely believing any lie!  Keep me on the Road to Heaven today and every day until the Day when You return.  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Power of the Resurrection!



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I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used  when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven.  There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well.
Ephesians 1:19-21

Have you ever been to a wax museum?  Skilled artists mold and paint wax to look like famous people both living and dead.  If you did not already know that the image was not living, at first glance you might really believe you are looking at a live person! 

Without the power of the resurrected Christ in your life you are no more alive than an image in a wax museum.  On the outside you may look just like you should, and as a powerless "Christian" you may even be able to say the "right words" to make others believe that you are indeed alive.  But when the heat of life comes, you will melt as quickly as a figure in a wax museum!

But after the Power of the Resurrection changes you into the image of Jesus Himself, you will appear to be alive because you are!  Don't be satisfied with a life that simply looks like it is filled with the power of God, turn your heart completely to Jesus Christ and let Him and the power of His Resurrection make your heart of wax into a living and breathing disciple of Christ!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to know more of what the Power of the Resurrection can mean for my life.  May my heart come to life because of what You did on the Cross!  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let Jesus be the Next Word You Speak!

 
 
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Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus had asked him three times if he loved him. So he told Jesus, “Lord, you know everything. You know I love you.”Jesus replied, “Feed my sheep.   I tell you for certain that when you were a young man, you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will hold out your hands. Then others will wrap your belt around you and lead you where you don't want to go.”  Jesus said this to tell how Peter would die and bring honor to God. Then he said to Peter, “Follow me!”

John 21:17-19

Peter had denied knowing Jesus three times, and Jesus, after His resurrection asked Peter three times if he loved Him.

How many times have you denied knowing Jesus? When I am afraid to confess the Name of Jesus because it is risky or hard and maybe even dangerous to do so, then I am like Peter denying Him!

Proclaiming your faith in Jesus when everyone applauds is of little real value. Standing before a congregation of believers and loudly proclaiming that "Jesus is Lord" can simply feed my own pride and even arrogance. But standing before the gates of Hell and confessing that I know and love Jesus Christ is where the reality of my faith is clearly seen by everyone!

Don't search for the easy place to confess that you know Jesus. Look for the place to speak His Name that is hard! Of course, it is true that proclaiming your faith in the face of those who follow Satan can cost you your life on this earth.  But refusing to confess the Name of Jesus can cost you much more than life itself!

Today, be ready for the Name of Jesus to be the next word out of your mouth at any moment. Instead of looking for a "safe and appropriate" time to speak His Name, say "Jesus" when it is not safe, and maybe even not "appropriate." For when is it ever "inappropriate" to utter the Name of the One who created you and everything that there is?

"Lord Jesus, give me the courage today to speak Your Name no matter how risky or dangerous it might be. And may You be praised forever. Amen."




Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Blind Man Sees Jesus!




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When Jesus heard what had happened, he went and found the man. Then Jesus asked, “Do you have faith in the Son of Man?”  He replied, “Sir, if you will tell me who he is, I will put my faith in him.”   “You have already seen him,” Jesus answered, “and right now he is talking with you.”  The man said, “Lord, I put my faith in you!” Then he worshiped Jesus.  Jesus told him, “I came to judge the people of this world. I am here to give sight to the blind and to make blind everyone who can see.”

John 9:35-39

The man who was born blind was healed by Jesus, but he still didn't know who Jesus was!  The power of God changed the man's life and restored his vision and yet the man was still in the dark about Jesus. 

Jesus still today touches the lives of men and woman who don't know who He is or why He came to this earth!  Every breath you take is a gift from God.  Every time you wake in the morning from a night of sleep you see a world around you that provides all your physical needs by the power of God's Grace!  Every time you are sick, Satan would like that illness to end in death.  But God created your body to fight off the infections that would otherwise destroy you!

One way to build your faith is to ask God to show you how He has, and is touching your life.  Seek to see the ways the love of Jesus is sustaining your life every day.  And as your blind eyes are opened by the power of Jesus look for His face above all else!

"Lord Jesus, I was also born blind!  I could not see the things that You want to show me.  But Jesus You have the power to heal my physical eyes, my spiritual eyes, and the eyes of my heart so that I can see everything you want me to see!  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Secrets of God!

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“The Lord our God has secrets known to no one.  We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.”

Deuteronomy 29:29 (NLT)

What does God know that you don't know?  Well, the answer to that question is that God knows everything! 

Someone has rightly said of human beings, "The more you know, the more you know that you don't know!"  With new knowledge comes the humbling awareness of how very much more there is that we don't know.  But, a little knowledge can convince you that you indeed know everything, when truthfully you know almost nothing!

Here is a sobering reality!  You are accountable for the truth that you do know and not the secrets of God that you don't know!  We like to explore the realities of God and add nuggets of truth to our treasures of understanding, but often we ignore the simple truths that even a child can grasp!  Jesus once said that my responsibility is to love God with everything that is in me and to love my neighbor as I love myself!  When I am busy with both of those things, I will find little time for discovering the secrets of God that He has not revealed!

When I spend my life being obedient to the Word of God that I can clearly understand, I will discover that God is pleased with His child!

"Lord Jesus, I know that You know everything!  There is no secret hidden from the mind of God.  Help me to trust, obey, and relax in the knowledge that You know everything there is to know in this world and beyond.  And may You Lord Jesus be praised forever.  Amen."

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blessed More Than Mary!

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As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!”   Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

Luke 11:27-28

The mother of Jesus was certainly a blessed, or should I say very blessed woman! God selected her to be the one who would give birth to His own Son on this earth and she said "YES" to God. There are many followers of Jesus even today who honor Mary above all women.

But consider what Jesus said about His own mother. Jesus said that if you hear the Word of God and put it into practice, you are blessed more than Mary! How could that be? Could you know Jesus better than Mary did? Could you walk with Jesus in a relationship that is even closer than a mother with her Son?

Mary is to be honored for the role she submitted herself to in the birth and rearing of Jesus on this earth, and many Christians ignore her altogether, but consider this: If you are a follower of Jesus who hears the Word of God and put's it into practice you are blessed more than Mary!

So when you think about what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, who puts His Word into practice remember that Jesus said in doing that you will be "Blessed More Than Mary!" What a precious thought and one that is worthy of pondering every day for the rest of your life here on earth!

"Lord Jesus, how could it be that I am blessed more than Your own mother by being obedient to Your Word. Such a thing is more wonderful than I can really imagine. But Lord, You said it and so I believe it! May You be praised forever, Lord Jesus, Amen."

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You Will Understand Later!

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Jesus knew he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given him complete power.  So during the meal Jesus got up, removed his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  He put some water into a large bowl. Then he began washing his disciples' feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing.  But when he came to Simon Peter, this disciple asked, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  Jesus answered, “You don't really know what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

John 13:3-7

As you walk in the steps of Jesus through this life, there are many things that you don't understand.  You may see where the steps of Jesus are leading you, but you do not know why.  You may be clearly convicted as to what you should say to someone you meet on the road of life, but you have no idea what God's purpose is for those words. 

Christians are like men on a chess board and God is playing the game.  He may move me from where I am now to another square, but His reason for the move remains hidden in His mind until He is ready to reveal it.  I believe God has a purpose for every encounter in my life.  When I stand next to someone, even for a brief moment, I know that God knows something I may do or say that will glorify Him and draw others to His throne! 

The reason I may miss many of those "God appointed moments" is that I am expecting to understand now rather than later!  When Jesus washed the feet of Peter, the disciple did not understand what the Lord was doing, but later he came to know the full meaning of  that humble moment of service.  Peter must have pondered it often over the years to come! 

If you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ and are hearing His voice, there will be many times when you hear what He says, but you will not understand why He speaks those words.  Remember the Words Jesus spoke to Peter on the night He washed the disciples feet.  Jesus said, "You don't really know what I am doing, but later you will understand."

"Lord Jesus, gives me the ears to hear Your voice and the courage to follow You even when I don't know where You are going!  May You, Lord Jesus be praised forever.  Amen."