Monday, June 18, 2018

Who is Jesus?

"I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father.  If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him."  Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need."  Jesus replied: Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don't you know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me to show you the Father?  Don't you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me? What I say isn't said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things.

John 14: 6 - 10

Jesus was the daily companion of the disciples for the three years He walked with them.  As a human being they knew Him better than anyone, and yet they did not grasp who He really was!  The disciples did not realize that when they looked at the face of Jesus they were looking at God Himself!  

God is One and God is Three!  God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit make up the fullness of God.  It is easy for us to forget, just as the disciples did that when you come to know Jesus you are experiencing a relationship with God Himself!  

Jesus reminded the disciples that the Father lived in Him!  The Bible also says to followers of Jesus that, Christ lives in you, and he is your hope of sharing in God's glory. (Colossians 1:27)

So when you “come to Jesus” and give yourself to Him there is much more that takes place than a simple decision to be a disciple.  You are opening up your heart to be possessed by the Holy Spirit and have Christ Himself live in you!  Then the Hope that you have will be that you will share in God’s Glory forever!  

And you are right when you say, “I don’t understand it, but I believe every Word that God has spoken!”

“Lord Jesus, may I see a little more today of who You really are, and how You want me to live.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thank You for the Sugar!

After the stone had been rolled aside, Jesus looked up toward heaven and prayed, "Father, I thank you for answering my prayer.  I know that you always answer my prayers. But I said this, so that the people here would believe that you sent me."  When Jesus had finished praying, he shouted, "Lazarus, come out!"  The man who had been dead came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with strips of burial cloth, and a cloth covered his face. Jesus then told the people, "Untie him and let him go."  Many of the people who had come to visit Mary saw the things that Jesus did, and they put their faith in him.  Others went to the Pharisees and told what Jesus had done.  Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called the council together and said, "What should we do? This man is working a lot of miracles.  If we don't stop him now, everyone will put their faith in him.

John 11: 41 - 48a

Many years ago I was sitting at the dinner table across from my grandmother.  She looked at me and said, “Thank you for the sugar, Bill.”  It was a simple statement with a profound life implication.  I answered with the words, “Why do you thank me for the sugar before I give it to you?”  My wise and dear grandmother replied, “I thank you for it before you give it to me, because I know you will!”

That is the same reason Jesus thanked God for answering His prayer for the resurrection of Lazarus before it happened.  Jesus even went on to proclaim that the Father “always” answers His prayers.  

Do you thank God for answering your prayers before you bring your requests to Him?  Or do you approach the Throne of God wondering if the thing you desire from Him might, possibly be something that He would agree to answer with a positive response?  If that is how you pray, then consider the fact you are not praying like Jesus did!  Jesus knew the Father well enough to know how He would answer.  

When you pray according to the Will of God, you can know in advance that He will answer your prayer!  So, as you read the Bible, not only look for ways you can be obedient to that Word, but also search for the Truth about what God desires.  When you pray according to His desire, you can know for certain that He will answer your prayer!  

“Lord Jesus, teach me to pray as You did.  And I thank You Jesus for answering this prayer!  May Your Holy Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.” 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Blinded by the Light

The LORD rules the whole earth, and he is more glorious than all the false gods.  Love the LORD and hate evil! God protects his loyal people and rescues them from violence.  If you obey and do right, a light will show you the way and fill you with happiness.  You are the LORD's people! So celebrate and praise the only God.

Psalm 97: 9 - 12

Once again Jesus spoke to the people. This time he said, "I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won't be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life."

John 8: 12

The light that shows you the way in the darkness of this world is Jesus Christ!  You may hear stories about a light at the other end of a tunnel of darkness!  If you are a Jesus follower the "Light" is with you always, so how could it be at the end of a tunnel?  

I have a small flashlight that is extremely bright.  The LED technology surpasses all the other systems by far.  With that light I can see a long way, even in total darkness!  But that same light can be dangerous if I look directly into it's beam.  The light that can show me the way can also blind me!  

The same is true of Jesus!  When Jesus is with you, or perhaps more accurately when you are with Jesus then His light will illuminate everything around you.  You will see things that others do not and really cannot see.  But if you approach the Lord without faith in Jesus, the Light that always shines from Him will blind you and confuse you!  

So if you follow Jesus, His light will show you everything.  But if you fight the Lord, His light will blind your eyes and your understanding will be darkened.  

Know this for certain: If you come to Jesus with Faith in Him, you will be blessed and you will see clearly the world around you.  But if you come to Jesus to oppose Him you will be blinded by His light until you yield your heart to Him.  

"Lord Jesus, I come to You to trust You in everything.  May I never set my will up against Yours.  Thank You Jesus for being the light that shows me all things.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mention His Majesty!

Sing a new song to the LORD! Everyone on this earth, sing praises to the LORD,  sing and praise his name. Day after day announce, "The LORD has saved us!"  Tell every nation on earth, "The LORD is wonderful and does marvelous things!  The LORD is great and deserves our greatest praise! He is the only God worthy of our worship.  Other nations worship idols, but the LORD created the heavens.  Give honor and praise to the LORD, whose power and beauty fill his holy temple."  Tell everyone of every nation, "Praise the glorious power of the LORD.

Psalm 96: 1 - 7

Those who choose not to believe in God and yet are avid students of nature and even the heavens must develop an alternative to God!  To explain the origins of the most intricate, amazing, organized and interdependent universe imaginable without a Creator reveals a bias against the concept of God, not any proof that He doesn’t exist.

When you look at the world around you, there is nothing but evidence of God!  You can see God in the cycles of life in nature and in the death and resurrection pictured in the seasons of the year.  

The reason men can so easily believe that they are the highest form of life, is that they were created in the image of the One who is the Highest and Greatest of all!  After believing this deception they dream up all kinds of foolish assumptions designed by Satan to separate them from the One they deny!

Those who choose to believe in God must spend their time seeing the greatness of God around them and praising Him.  Tell everyone how Great He is and make it your goal to mention His Majesty in every conversation you have today!

“Lord Jesus, thank you for Creating me in the image of God!  May everyone who lives on earth Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Protection From God

Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful.  Then you will say to the LORD, "You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you."

Psalm 91: 1 - 2

Security companies don’t hide their identity.  “Protected by” is the phrase often seen on doors, buildings, and even front yards of people who get service from one of the many world wide security organizations.  

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you should have a sign on your life and heart that says, “Protected by God Most High!”  

With God as your personal body guard you can be sure that any trouble that comes your way has first passed through His wall of protection that is built around you!  And you do not know how many agents of Satan were pummeled in their attempts to harm you and those you love!  

Certainly, we as followers of Jesus are in a fight that is sometimes intense, but always remember that Satan cannot have access to your life without first being allowed through the shield that God has put around you!  If the Devil had unfettered access to Christians, they would all be dead before they took the next breath after accepting Jesus!

So you can rest in the Peace of knowing that you are under the Shadow of God All-Powerful which is your “Place of Safety!”  God wants your life to declare to everyone that you are Protected by God and His Mighty Power!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You for guarding my life against the destruction that Satan would bring to me, if he could!  May Your Name, Jesus be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Monday, June 11, 2018

War on God!

A husband is the head of his wife, as Christ is the head and the Savior of the church, which is his own body.  Wives should always put their husbands first, as the church puts Christ first.  A husband should love his wife as much as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it.  He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water.  Christ did this, so that he would have a glorious and holy church, without faults or spots or wrinkles or any other flaws.  In the same way, a husband should love his wife as much as he loves himself. A husband who loves his wife shows that he loves himself.  None of us hate our own bodies. We provide for them and take good care of them, just as Christ does for the church, because we are each part of his body.

Ephesians 5: 23 - 30

The attacks on “traditional” marriage and the roles of husband and wife are not, and I believe have never been about “conservative values.”  The attacks on marriage are part of the War on God that Satan has been waging from the beginning.

The fact that God designed marriage to be between one man and one woman for life, and that he said that the man should be the “head” of his wife and love her as Christ did His Bride changes our understanding of the “Institution of Marriage.”  Marriage on earth is a portrait of Christ and His Followers who are His Bride.

Marriage is not a re-defineable concept that can be changed to fit the cultural norm of the day.  Changing the way marriage works is like saying we need to alter the way we get oxygen into our blood stream and replace breathing for that purpose!  

There are many cultural practices that do no violence to the Will of God on earth, but tampering with God’s design of marriage will destroy a society!  And, in fact in many places on earth that is what is happening!

And the attacks on marriage are being followed by a war on the idea of gender itself.  Little children are being taught that there are an unlimited number of genders, not just men and women!

“Lord Jesus, show me how to be in complete harmony with Your Will and accept the way You designed everything on earth!  May Your Holy Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Not A "Do It Yourself Religion!"

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You stupid Galatians! I told you exactly how Jesus Christ was nailed to a cross. Has someone now put an evil spell on you?  I want to know only one thing. How were you given God's Spirit? Was it by obeying the Law of Moses or by hearing about Christ and having faith in him?  How can you be so stupid? Do you think that by yourself you can complete what God's Spirit started in you?  Have you gone through all of this for nothing? Is it all really for nothing?  God gives you his Spirit and works miracles in you. But does he do this because you obey the Law of Moses or because you have heard about Christ and have faith in him?

Galatians 3: 1- 5

If you have ever had small children, you know the "I can do it myself" cry that comes when you are trying to teach a child how to do something new and especially something that he or she does not yet have the ability to accomplish.

It is a mixture of pride and foolishness that is in everyone of us!  There are many young people who will bear scars for life from the foolishness of youth.

It is not however only the young who have the human nature that wants to have the glory for what they do.  Followers of Jesus Christ are regularly tempted to say "I can do it myself" in their journey with Jesus.  

After experiencing a life demonstrating the power of God flowing through everything they do, they are confronted with a situation that seems easy enough if they just do what God did through them before.  Then they "strike the rock" instead of speaking to it as the Lord had instructed.

Jesus Himself said that He only did the things that He saw the Father do! (John 5:19)  How can we do anything else as we walk in His steps here on earth?

When you obey the Lord it is not in order to gain His favor.  You obey God because you have already gained His favor through the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross!  

Christianity is not, and can never be a "Do It Yourself Religion!"

"Thank You Jesus, for doing all that needed to be done to make me right with the Father!  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."