Sunday, January 20, 2019

His Words in My Mouth

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I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves.  Watch out for people who will take you to court and have you beaten in their meeting places.  Because of me, you will be dragged before rulers and kings to tell them and the Gentiles about your faith.  But when someone arrests you, don't worry about what you will say or how you will say it. At that time you will be given the words to say.  But you will not really be the one speaking. The Spirit from your Father will tell you what to say.

Matthew 10:16-20

Jesus promised His disciples that when things get really bad the Holy Spirit will give them the words to speak to those who arrest them!  

If someone tries to kill you because you are a follower of Jesus Christ, what should you say before the blade severs your head?

Thank God, even then, the Holy Spirit will lead us to proclaim the Love of Jesus as we are about to step into His presence forever! 

But is His ability to direct our words only for potentially deadly encounters with the World?  I certainly believe not.  

Part of your "praying without ceasing" should be the regular and repeated request that the Spirit of God tell you what to say to everyone you meet!  God knows what word every person needs to hear to draw them to Himself.  Pray that He will give you that word and prompt you when to speak it! 

Every time you open your mouth ask God to tell you what to say!

"Thank You Jesus, for the promised Holy Spirit and for the Words from You that He tells me to speak.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Sobering and Frightening

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Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven will get in.  On the day of judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, "We preached in your name, and in your name we forced out demons and worked many miracles."  But I will tell them, "I will have nothing to do with you! Get out of my sight, you evil people!"

Matthew 7:21-23

These three verses in the Sermon on the Mount are perhaps the most sobering and even frightening words in all the Bible!  They clearly say that you can call Jesus "Lord," preach in His name, cast out demons in His name and even work "many miracles," and still be rejected by Him at the day of judgment!  

Don't judge the authenticity of your walk with Jesus by the miracles that occur when you call on Him!  He will honor His Name regardless of who speaks the Word of His Holy Name!  You can even preach in His Name, cast out demons, and work "many miracles" in His Name and still be rejected by Him in the End!

We are not judged by whether or not there is power in invoking the Name of Jesus!  The Name of Jesus is and has always been powerful.  We are judged by whether or not we have a relationship with Jesus and are obedient to the Father!  It is the blood of Jesus that makes us right with God, not the effectiveness of our "ministry" here on earth!

This also means that we should not judge the message by the life of the messenger!  The accuracy of the Gospel message that is delivered to the lost and dying world has nothing to do with the personal purity of the one delivering it!  Don't reject the Gospel because the preacher is not perfect!  

Also don't accept the message of a man who seems to be morally upright, without checking with God's Word to make sure the message is true!

"Lord Jesus, I know that I stand justified before the Father because of Your blood and not because of anything I do.  Knowing You is the only thing I need on this earth and forever.  Praise Your Holy Name now and always!  Amen."


Friday, January 18, 2019

Road Without Worry

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I tell you not to worry about your life. Don't worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn't life more than food or clothing?  Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth more than birds?  Can worry make you live longer?  Why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow. They don't work hard to make their clothes.  But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn't as well clothed as one of them.  God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. He will surely do even more for you! Why do you have such little faith?

Matthew 6:25-30

There are plenty of people in this world who will tell you not to worry!  Sometimes though these folks are simply trying to keep you calm and have no real reason for telling you not to worry.

When you worry, you are thinking about all the things that can go wrong!  Of course, there is nothing wrong about being careful and trying not to take steps that take your life in a difficult and even tragic direction!  

But when Jesus tells you not to worry, it is very different!  When the One who created Heaven and earth and even designed your body says, "Don't worry" remember that He has the power to address all the issues you worry about!  

Faith is not simply saying, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" based on nothing more than a memorable popular song!  Walking with Jesus is the Road Without Worry!  Jesus is the reason not to worry!  When you set your heart on Jesus, your mind can be at peace, knowing that the One who designed and created you will care for you every day!

"Lord Jesus, there is no reason for me to worry when You are in charge of my life!  May every step I take today be part of Your will and design for me!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Thursday, January 17, 2019

I Was Blind!

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Jesus was followed by a large crowd as he and his disciples were leaving Jericho.  Two blind men were sitting beside the road. And when they heard that Jesus was coming their way, they shouted, "Lord and Son of David, have pity on us!"  The crowd told them to be quiet, but they shouted even louder, "Lord and Son of David, have pity on us!"  When Jesus heard them, he stopped and asked, "What do you want me to do for you?"  They answered, "Lord, we want to see!"  Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Right away they could see, and they became his followers.

Matthew 20:29-34

The reputation of Jesus preceded Him, so the two blind men cried out to Jesus for help!  Jesus was the only one they had ever heard of who could change blind eyes into ones that could see.

Both of them knew that Jesus was their only hope of seeing again!  Putting all embarrassment aside they cried out for Jesus to have pity on them.

The end of that story is that both men were healed and they became followers of Jesus!

The story of my life is simple.  Like the two blind men, I have problems in my life that no one but Jesus can fix!  And when the power of Jesus touches my weakness and turns it to strength, then Jesus gives me sight where I was blind!  My physical eyes were not blind, but my Spiritual Eyes were totally blind before I met Jesus!

Jesus shows me things that I didn't even know existed before I met Him.  Jesus shines His light on things that were hidden in the darkness of Eternity so that no one can see them without Him. In whatever ways you are blind and however you are weak, it is time to call out to Jesus and ask Him to have mercy on you!

And when the Power of Jesus heals you, gives you sight, removes your afflictions, it is time to become a follower of Jesus!  Like the blind men sitting beside the road, call out to Jesus and then get up and follow Him.  

"Lord Jesus, I am blind and I cannot see!  Please have pity on me.  Let me see again, and more importantly let me be Your follower today and every day for the rest of my life and for Eternity!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Gods of the Amorites!

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The Midianites took almost everything that belonged to the Israelites, and the Israelites begged the LORD for help.  Then the LORD sent a prophet to them with this message: I am the LORD God of Israel, so listen to what I say. You were slaves in Egypt, but I set you free and led you out of Egypt into this land. And when nations here made life miserable for you, I rescued you and helped you get rid of them and take their land.  I am your God, and I told you not to worship Amorite gods, even though you are living in the land of the Amorites. But you refused to listen.

Judges 6:6-10

Sin is contagious!  When you live in a place where many people have the flu, you must be very careful or you will catch the flu yourself!

God's people were living in the land of the Amorites and in spite of specific warnings from God, they refused to listen and started worshiping the Amorite gods instead of worshiping God alone!

God does not want His people to give their love to anyone or anything else!  God is not willing to share His relationship with you with Satan!  God desires that you love Him and only Him!  

Temptation to sin is very strong when people who live around you sin and think nothing of it!  The oldest excuse for disobeying God is this: "EVERYBODY IS DOING IT!"  Don't judge your own actions by the culture in which you live!  The god's of the Amorites will tempt all men and women who look to other people for justification for their deeds!

So let the Word of God and a daily communion with Him establish your lifestyle!  Test everything you do by His Will and His Word and walk only in the ways of God!

"Lord Jesus, keep me from worshiping the gods of the Amorites!  May I please You every day and in everything I do.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Jesus Rescues Men

You were rescued from the useless way of life that you learned from your ancestors. But you know that you were not rescued by such things as silver or gold that don't last forever.  You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ, that spotless and innocent lamb.

1 Peter 1:18-19

Have you ever needed to be rescued?  Rescues are fun to watch for entertainment in a movie, but when your life is at stake, if the rescue doesn’t end well, they are definitely not “enjoyable.”

Did you know that today you either have been rescued or you need to be?  

If your forefathers did not tell you about Jesus Christ and your need for Him in your life, then you were taught a “useless way of life.”  Now don’t become offended or angry. 

You may be a “wonderful” person and have the best intentions, but without Jesus you have no power to really make a difference in this world.  

Imagine the most brilliant and talented person in the world stranded on a desert island and having no way to communicate with the outside world!  Until Jesus rescues you, your way of life is useless!

Even then you will soon find out that Jesus rescues men and women to use them for His purposes in the world.

Jesus has a design and purpose for your life!  When you turn your heart to Him, He will gladly show you the desires of His heart for you!  When Jesus rescues you He will show you a way of life that is not “useless.”  Jesus will show you how to make an Eternal Difference in this world and beyond!

“Thank You, Jesus for rescuing me from my “useless way of life.”  May my life now be useful to You every day and in every way!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Blind to Everything But Jesus!

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As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind since birth.  Jesus' disciples asked, "Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was it because he or his parents sinned?"  "No, it wasn't!" Jesus answered. "But because of his blindness, you will see God work a miracle for him.

John 9:1-3

Sometimes we ask “stupid questions.”  I know I have been guilty of that.  The disciples asked Jesus if the man had been born blind because he sinned.  Such a question would assume that the man had sinned before he was born! I am glad Jesus didn't respond by pointing out how silly their question was.

Jesus said that the reason the man could not see when he was born was so other people could see God work a miracle for him later in his life!

Obviously the blind man did not know why he could not see.  God knew that there was a reason for his “disability.”  When the man’s lack of sight came face to face with Jesus, his disability gave way to God’s Glory!  

Don’t seek a miracle in your life.  Seek to be face to face with Jesus and trust Him to apply His power to your weakness in whatever way brings God the Glory He deserves!  He may take away your problem, or He may enable you to thrive and have victory in your life in spite of that burden!

“Lord Jesus, open my eyes today because I desire to see Your face as I stand before You.  May I be blind to everything else on earth except Your Precious Glory!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”