Friday, December 6, 2019

HOW SNAKES LOST THEIR LEGS




The Lord God then asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The snake tricked me,” she answered, “and I ate some of that fruit.”  So the Lord God said to the snake: “Because of what you have done, you will be the only animal to suffer this curse— For as long as you live, you will crawl on your stomach and eat dirt. 

Genesis 3:13-14 - CEV

In the January 2018 edition of the magazine called "Scientific American" there is an article titled:

How Snakes Lost Their Legs

This well respected journal claims that there is now fossil record of snakes with legs.  I don't want to be an "I told you so," but I learned that when I was not much more than three years old and went to Sunday school each week!

Here is the dilemma.  Do you believe what the Bible says because science can confirm it to be true?  Or do you believe what the Bible says even if science has not yet be able to establish God's Word as true!  Science is not the standard of truth!  The Word of God is the standard of truth!  

Scientists are sometimes able to discover that the Bible is actually true!  When they do, it may bring some closer to a point of faith in God!  But if you only believe what the Bible says if science is able to confirm it, you will miss most of the message God has for you!

Don't build your faith on the findings of science.  Let your faith provide science with many wonderful things to investigate!

"Lord Jesus, may my Faith be built on what You have said and not just on what science can prove.  Thank you Lord for telling us thousands of years ago that snakes had legs!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."






Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Your Damascus Road




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About noon I saw a light brighter than the sun. It flashed from heaven on me and on everyone traveling with me.  We all fell to the ground. Then I heard a voice say to me in Aramaic, “Saul, Saul, why are you so cruel to me? It's foolish to fight against me!”  “Who are you?” I asked. Then the Lord answered, “I am Jesus! I am the one you are so cruel to.  Now stand up. I have appeared to you, because I have chosen you to be my servant. You are to tell others what you have learned about me and what I will show you later.”  The Lord also said, “I will protect you from the Jews and from the Gentiles that I am sending you to.  I want you to open their eyes, so they will turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then their sins will be forgiven, and by faith in me they will become part of God's holy people.” 

Acts 26:13-18 - CEV

When Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus, the light was so bright that Saul became blind to the world around him.  

After Jesus rose from the grave He appeared only to those who would tell others about Him! (Acts 10:38-41)  When a man or woman sees the resurrected Christ, he or she has a story to tell!  And what a story it is!  It is the story of light overcoming the darkness!  It is the story of life doing away with death!  The story of Jesus on earth began in Bethlehem the night that He was born, and it will not end until He returns and takes His people home!  

When Jesus shows Himself to you, you will be blinded by the Light!  Like Saul whose name was changed to Paul, the purpose of your life will change!  Instead of running after the things that "light up your life," you will seek to reflect the light of Jesus to everyone you meet.  

The story of Charlie is real.  Charlie mentioned Jesus to everyone he met.  I heard his grandson tell me that once Charlie saw a man high up on a ladder as the man worked.  Charlie called out to the man and asked "Do you know Jesus?"  The man said "yes" and Charlie shouted a word of approval and walked away! Charlie is now with Jesus in Eternity after spending more than 90 years on this earth telling others about the Light of Christ!

In a sense, all Christians have a "Road to Damascus Moment" when Jesus shows Himself to them and calls them to tell others about Him!  If you have not yet seen Jesus, ask Him to show Himself to you today!

"Lord Jesus, give me the courage to tell everyone I meet today about You!  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Do You See Jesus?




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God gave the Holy Spirit and power to Jesus from Nazareth. He was with Jesus, as he went around doing good and healing everyone who was under the power of the devil.  We all saw what Jesus did both in Israel and in the city of Jerusalem. Jesus was put to death on a cross.  But three days later, God raised him to life and let him be seen.  Not everyone saw him. He was seen only by us, who ate and drank with him after he was raised from death. We were the ones God chose to tell others about him. 

Acts 10:38-41 - CEV


After Jesus came out of the grave He appeared only to those who would ultimately tell others about Him.  Everybody did not see Him!

Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene when she came to the tomb.  He appeared to all the disciples, except Thomas on that day in a closed room.  

That is the same as it is today.  Even though Jesus returned to Heaven and sat down on the throne on the right side of God, those who follow Him still see Him working in the world every day!

There are worship songs which cry out to 
God with a desire to see Jesus!  Seeing Jesus happens when you walk in faith and trust Him in everything.  When you obey Jesus, you will see Him!  

When the Bible is the Lighthouse on the shore of your life and it shows you the way to walk every day, you will see Jesus over and over again during your day!

If you don't see Jesus, stop and turn your heart back to Him and ask Him to show you the path your day should take!  When you take the way He shows you, you will see Him working in everything!

"Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see You today.  Show my heart the way You want me to walk today and every day for the rest of my life here on earth!  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Spirit Will Give You The Words




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But before the end comes, the good news must be preached to all nations.  When you are arrested, don't worry about what you will say. You will be given the right words when the time comes. But you will not really be the ones speaking. Your words will come from the Holy Spirit.  Brothers and sisters will betray each other and have each other put to death. Parents will betray their own children, and children will turn against their parents and have them killed.  Everyone will hate you because of me. But if you keep on being faithful right to the end, you will be saved. 

Mark 13:10-13 - CEV

Many places in the world have laws against proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you tell others about Jesus while in those countries you may be arrested for doing it.  If that happens to you, these verses say you don't need to worry about how to respond to the charges.  The Holy Spirit will give you the Words to mount your defense!

Of course, that does not mean that you will be released and the charges dropped.  But it does mean that you will continue doing the Will of God if you use the Words of the Holy Spirit to respond.

Don't forget that a large part of the New Testament was written by men who were in prison!  

But don't you need to prepare a defense against the charges?  The answer to that is no.  You simply need to spend your time deepening your relationship with Jesus!  Then the Words you speak will come straight from His Spirit!

Ponder this:  A man can tell others about Jesus without a having a relationship with the Lord Himself!  If you do that and do not have the Holy Spirit in your heart, there is no promise of His help after you are arrested!  You are not a Christian because you tell someone else the message.  You are a follower of Jesus Christ because of your faith in Him and your willingness to be obedient to Him in everything you do. 

Check your own heart to see if you indeed have the Holy Spirit living in you before you boldly proclaim the message that may land you in prison!

If you are already there and are struggling for comfort from the Lord, go back to square one and give your heart to Jesus.  Ask Him to be the Lord of your life in everything, and receive His Holy Spirit!  Then you will be ready to live with His Power leading your every step and every Word you speak!

"Lord Jesus, help me to draw closer to You today and every day.  Give me the Words to speak and the thoughts to think whether I am in prison or I am free.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."   

  

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Eyes of Eternity




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Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man answered, “Master, I want to see!”  Jesus told him, “You may go. Your eyes are healed because of your faith.” At once the man could see, and he went down the road with Jesus.

Mark 10:51-52 - CEV

Jesus healed the blind man and did for him the one thing that Bartimaeus could not do for himself!  The only thing Bartimaeus did was to embarrass himself by crying out to Jesus in public and asking Jesus to have pity on him!

After he was healed, Bartimaeus "went down the road with Jesus."  His physical eyes were opened that day, and of course would be a wonderful blessing for the rest of his life here on earth.  But the most important thing that happened to Bartimaeus was that he became a follower of Jesus.  When you follow Jesus, your spiritual eyes are opened and will stay open for Eternity!

Every man who does not know Jesus Christ is blind!  You may see perfectly with their physical eyes, but you live in Spiritual Darkness!

When Jesus passes by your way, cry out to Him no matter who is there and might hear you!  And when Jesus asks you what you want from Him be quick to let Jesus know that you want to see with the Eyes of Eternity!

"Lord Jesus, open the Eyes of my heart and let me see as You see.  Give me the courage to proclaim to all what You have done for men and tell them that You still heal the eyes of those who are blind! May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Sunrise in Your Heart




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If we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark.  But if we love others, we are in the light, and we don't cause problems for them.  If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark. We don't know where we are going, because we can't see in the dark.

1 John 2:9-11 - CEV

When the lights go out, everything changes!  If you live in a place where electricity is plentiful enough for you to keep the lights on after dark in your house, you know what I am talking about.  A disruption in your electricity makes life much more difficult.

When I was a child and grew tall enough to reach the light switch, I thought it was a "great joke" to turn the lights out on a dark night!  My parents quickly told me that darkness is not a joke!

If you are walking in the light of Jesus Christ and filled with His Holy Spirit, you are living a glorious life.  It is the one Jesus planned for you to live on this earth.  But if you chose then to hate someone, even one person, you turn out the lights in your life!  Darkness will come upon and you may not even notice that darkness!  

Spiritual darkness is not a joke!  When you love everyone, even your enemies, you turn on the lights in your heart and you will know where you are going.  When the lights are out, you don't where you are going!

If I were Satan, I would try to get followers of Jesus to hate just one person.  That will flip the switch and turn off the Light in your life!  If there is someone that you hate, darkness is coming upon you.  Replace that hate with the Love of Jesus and watch the "Sunrise in Your Heart."  

"Lord Jesus, reveal to me whether or not there is hate in my heart.  If there is, please help me to repent and replace it with Your Love!  Praise Your Holy and Righteous Name, now and forever.  Amen."

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Last Brick in the Wall



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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!  Every time I think of you, I thank my God.  And whenever I mention you in my prayers, it makes me happy.  This is because you have taken part with me in spreading the good news from the first day you heard about it.  God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won't stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.

Philippians 1:2-6 - CEV

Imagine that you are still alive on the Day that Jesus Christ returns to earth!  On that Day the last person to hear the Gospel of Jesus will consider the message, have an opportunity to accept the Lord, and then Jesus will come!

When the job of telling others is complete, Jesus Christ will return!  The thing that you and I can do to hasten the return of the Lord is to tell someone about Him today!  The message that Jesus died to wipe out sin and it's consequences must be proclaimed!  There will be a final heart who embraces the call of Jesus and then the Trumpet will sound.  

That person may be on your spiritual radar.  You may be the one to deliver the final invitation to accept Jesus Christ!  If you are destined to play that role in the culmination of all things, your name will be included in the final chapter of the Story of Jesus!

Truthfully, no one knows how important their role is in the completion of God's work on earth!   When you tell someone about Jesus, you may be putting the final brick in the wall of the Story of Eternal Redemption for all who will accept it!  

"Lord Jesus, help me to remember that You want me to play a role in the completion of Your work here on earth!  Every time I tell someone about You today remind me that this may be the Last Brick in the Wall!  Lord Jesus, may Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."  

And if you are not a follower of Jesus, you may be that last brick!