Thursday, April 27, 2017

Full Body Makeover!

My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God's people.  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.

Ephesians 1: 18 - 20

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, the Power of God will be applied to your life just as it was to our Lord when He was in the tomb!  While we live in this human body, we are changed and the life we live here is totally different because of Jesus, but there is more, much more!  

When it comes time for you to be transported from Earth to Heaven you will get a new body, like Jesus had when He was raised to life!  Truthfully, we don’t know much about the “new body” but we do know that we will be able to enjoy a meal and walk through walls!  Jesus did both of those after His resurrection!  And it will be a body that can live forever in Heaven with Jesus!

So, if you are struggling here on earth to change your body into one that is healthier, leaner, more athletic, or even more pleasing to the eye, take heart!  Your body will have a complete and total makeover when you are changed into your new and eternal body!  By the way, did I mention that your new body will have no pain or suffering, ever?  The same power that was used to bring Jesus out of the grave and change Him, will be applied to you when that day comes!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You that my weak and dying body here on earth will be changed into an eternally heathy and undying body and I will live with You forever in Heaven!  Praise Your Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beauty Instead of Blackness!

You know what sort of times we live in, and so you should live properly. It is time to wake up. You know that the day when we will be saved is nearer now than when we first put our faith in the Lord.  Night is almost over, and day will soon appear. We must stop behaving as people do in the dark and be ready to live in the light.

Romans 13: 11 - 12

I almost always wake up before the Sun comes up in the morning.  It is my favorite time of day.  It looks like it is still the middle of the night, but morning is not far away and then everything will be clearly seen.  With the Sun comes beauty instead of blackness and the birds will sing again.  

The return of the Sun to the sky reminds me of the return of the Son of God!  Before He comes again it will be dark, very dark.  And most folks will still be asleep and not looking for the Son to come back! 

But like the Sun in the sky, there is no stopping the Return of Jesus Christ.  He will return whether or not you like it, or even believe it.  Give your heart to Jesus, so that when He returns you will be filled with Joy and not with Terror!  

“Lord Jesus, wake me up to the fact that You will return and bring the End of all Things and the Beginning of Eternity.  May You be praised now and forever.  Amen.” 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Surface Water of Salvation!

So you will be saved, if you honestly say, "Jesus is Lord," and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death.   God will accept you and save you, if you truly believe this and tell it to others.  The Scriptures say that no one who has faith will be disappointed, no matter if that person is a Jew or a Gentile. There is only one Lord, and he is generous to everyone who asks for his help.  All who call out to the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10: 9 - 13

So is that all there is to being saved?  Is it just a matter of honestly saying “Jesus is Lord” and believing with all your heart that God raised Jesus from death?  Well, the answer to that question is yes, if you believe the Apostle Paul, but those things are just the “surface water” of Salvation!  If you don’t declare, and are committed to Jesus being Lord of your life, and you don’t truly believe in the Resurrection of Jesus you cannot even set one foot in the healing pool of Eternal Salvation!

But, once you are touching the water of Life in Jesus you will find it is deeper than anyone can measure.  How completely appropriate that when the crowd on Pentecost turned their hearts to Jesus and repented, Peter told them to get into the waters of Baptism as step one on their road to Heaven.  

Every day, in your walk with Jesus there will be another step you will take in obedience to the Lord!  Never ask whether or not being obedient in this or that is truly important.  Each Word that comes out of the mouth of the Lord is the highest priority for today! 

“Lord Jesus, may You be the author of my ’To Do List’ for today!  Guide me in every step that I take.  And may Your Name be Praised forever.  Amen.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

Serve God in a New Way!

That is how it is with you, my friends. You are now part of the body of Christ and are dead to the power of the Law. You are free to belong to Christ, who was raised to life so that we could serve God.  When we thought only of ourselves, the Law made us have sinful desires. It made every part of our bodies into slaves who are doomed to die.   But the Law no longer rules over us. We are like dead people, and it cannot have any power over us. Now we can serve God in a new way by obeying his Spirit, and not in the old way by obeying the written Law.

Romans 7: 4 - 6

Does this mean that we have no need to be obedient to the things we read in Scripture?  Of course not.  The written “Law” was the Law of Moses that was given by God to him for the Children of Israel to follow and was fulfilled when Jesus died on the Cross!  

So how does the “new way” of obeying His Spirit differ from obeying the written Law?  The Law of Moses was a set of rules for a culture of people who were chosen by God to bring Jesus to the world.  Obeying the Spirit is a relationship of a man or a woman with God.  The Bible is filled with examples of people who believed in Jesus and walked daily with Him by obeying the Spirit of God in them!  As they read the Bible, the Holy Spirit will say to their hearts, “This is for you today, listen!”  So they search the Scriptures and listen for the confirmation that, “this is for you!”

Don’t be fooled by the lie that says that you don’t need to be obedient to the Scripture.  You certainly do!  But obeying the rules without believing in and trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior will do you no good at all!  

“Lord Jesus help me today to listen to Your Spirit as He leads and guides me in the way that I should walk this day.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, April 23, 2017

God Shows His Power!

On the day of Pentecost all the Lord's followers were together in one place.  Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting.  Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there.  The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.  Many religious Jews from every country in the world were living in Jerusalem.  And when they heard this noise, a crowd gathered. But they were surprised, because they were hearing everything in their own languages.  They were excited and amazed, and said: Don't all these who are speaking come from Galilee?  Then why do we hear them speaking our very own languages?  Some of us are from Parthia, Media, and Elam. Others are from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya near Cyrene, Rome, Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and others of us have chosen to be Jews. Yet we all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done.  Everyone was excited and confused. Some of them even kept asking each other, "What does all this mean?"

Acts 2: 1 - 12

During the beginning days of Christianity, God displayed His power to men who were on the brink of believing in Jesus!  Men speaking languages that they had never learned along with healing the sick and even raising the dead were not unknown in those days.

Then came the time when men began to proclaim “the age of miracles has ceased!”  For whatever reason, physical evidences of the reality of God were rarely, if ever seen in the world.  Did God suspend revealing Himself to men or did men quit seeking God with a heart that is willing to recognize His power?  

If you truly believe that God does not act in the world today in a way that would confirm His might, power and Majesty, then why would you pray?  God would have to answer your prayer without giving you even a hint that it was the Almighty Himself responding to your request!  

Prayer under those circumstances would be like throwing money into a wishing well and hoping it would make a difference! There is little wonder that few men, even Christians pray in today’s world.

God has given mankind the ability to reject Him in spite of many clear and convincing proofs that He is real!  People can even reject God after they are convinced that He indeed does exist!

But don’t be fooled by the lie that says, “The age of miracles has ceased!”  Even today, if you seek Jesus you will find Him.  If you desire to see Him you will!  If you want to follow the Lord, He will show you the way!

“Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see Your power in the world around me today!  I confess to You, that whatever You have done in the past, You can still do today, and will be able to that and more forever.  Praise Your Holy Name!  Amen.”

Saturday, April 22, 2017

What is Jesus Doing?

Jesus did many other things. If they were all written in books, I don't suppose there would be room enough in the whole world for all the books.

John 21: 25

This is an amazing statement.  Just the fact that Jesus did “many other things” in addition to the ones written about in the New Testament makes my mind wonder what those things were. For whatever reason, God decided not to include those in the Bible.  They were undoubtedly powerful and a certain witness to the reality of Jesus Christ as God’s Son!  

Perhaps, when we get to Heaven we will be allowed to see the whole life on Jesus on this earth and everything that He did!  That would be truly great!

But here is a truth for today about what Jesus is doing.  Jesus is working all around you every day in ways that you cannot see!  Through His Holy Spirit He is drawing men to conviction of their sin and their need for a Savior.  He is healing the sick, perhaps without anyone knowing that He intervened in the situation.  He is moving nations to set the stage for ushering in the final days on this earth!  Every time you see one thing that Jesus is doing today, you can know for certain that there is much more that you don’t see!

“Lord Jesus, You are amazing in every way.  Thank You for letting us know some of the things You did here on this earth by recording them in the Bible.  And thank You, Lord for everything else You have ever done, are doing and will do!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.” 

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Ocean of God's Love!

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I have honored my followers in the same way that you honored me, in order that they may be one with each other, just as we are one. I am one with them, and you are one with me, so that they may become completely one. Then this world's people will know that you sent me. They will know that you love my followers as much as you love me.  Father, I want everyone you have given me to be with me, wherever I am. Then they will see the glory that you have given me, because you loved me before the world was created.   Good Father, the people of this world don't know you. But I know you, and my followers know that you sent me.    I told them what you are like, and I will tell them even more. Then the love that you have for me will become part of them, and I will be one with them.

John 17: 22 - 26

When Christians are united by the love of Christ, those in the world around them can see the special relationship they have with each other and with God!   For those in the world who are seeking to know God, the unity of believers is a magnetic force that draws them to Jesus.  But those who have rejected Jesus are repulsed when they see the family of God around them.  

In these verses Jesus tells us, perhaps the most amazing truth in all the Bible.  He says that the love that God has for Jesus will become part of us!  We are not just saved from the fires of Hell, but we become part of the loving relationship of the Father and the Son.  

As a follower of Jesus Christ, your life is all about love.  It is about God’s love for Jesus and about the love that Jesus has for you.  It is also about God’s love for you because of Jesus.  And of course, your new life is about your love for God!  

As you swim in the ocean of God’s love, you can sink below the surface when the storms of life come and breathe the air of Heaven forever!

“Lord Jesus, loving and being loved by You is what life is all about.  Hold me close to You today as I swim in the Ocean of Your love!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”