Friday, August 18, 2017

Ride Out the Storm With Jesus!

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After Jesus left in a boat with his disciples, a terrible storm suddenly struck the lake, and waves started splashing into their boat.  Jesus was sound asleep, so the disciples went over to him and woke him up. They said, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  But Jesus replied, “Why are you so afraid? You surely don’t have much faith.” Then he got up and ordered the wind and the waves to calm down. And everything was calm.  The men in the boat were amazed and said, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him.”
Matthew 8:23-27

Storms will come, even when you are in the boat with Jesus! Some have suggested that Jesus intended for the disciples to exercise their faith and order the storm to calm down. That certainly is possible, but it is also the case that He may have hoped they would have enough faith to ride out the storm and not panic.

It was the disciples who were afraid. Jesus was sleeping peacefully. Do you believe that if the disciples had not roused the Lord from sleep, they would have all drowned? I believe they could have trusted that God Himself had a plan for Jesus and for His disciples and that that plan would be fulfilled regardless of the storms on the lake!

If the disciples had let Jesus sleep and even not commanded the storm to stop, the will of God would not have been harmed at all by the wind and the rain! Perhaps it would have been a sign of faith if the disciples had spoken to the storm, or perhaps it would have been a sign of even greater faith if they had followed the lead of Jesus and ignored the storm altogether!

If you are “in the boat with Jesus” today and a storm comes upon your lake, what should you do? The answer to that question is this: Do whatever Jesus tells you to do. If Jesus is in your boat don't fear, and don't panic! Jesus will be fine and if you are with Him, you will too!

“Lord Jesus, if the storms in my life need to be calmed for me to stay close to You, then speak to my storms, or tell me to do it! But if You want to let me cling on to You as we feel the wind and the waves, then give me the faith to hold on to You and ride out the storm! Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever. Amen.”

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good News, Bad News!

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Our Lord Jesus will punish anyone who doesn’t know God and won’t obey his message.  Their punishment will be eternal destruction, and they will be kept far from the presence of our Lord and his glorious strength.  This will happen on that day when the Lord returns to be praised and honored by all who have faith in him and belong to him. This includes you, because you believed what we said.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-10

If a man refuses to "come to Jesus" and obey His message, the Return of the Savior will not be a happy or pleasant experience.  Those who are "sure" that Jesus will save everyone from Eternal Death are simply believing a lie of Satan.  

The Good News of the Gospel is for those who Trust and Obey Jesus.  If you do not, the Bible promises that you will suffer "eternal punishment" and be kept far from the presence of the Lord and His glorious strength.

The Love of Jesus is a powerful motivation for you to turn from your wicked ways and follow Him.  But, the fear of Hell is also a good reason to Repent!  

You may already know Him, or at least know all about Him, but you refuse to obey the Words of Jesus!  Knowledge without Obedience will not open the Gates of Heaven!  If you know of something, anything that God has told you to do, but you have refused to put your hand to the plow, then Just Do It Today!

"Lord Jesus, show me how to be obedient to You today.  And if I have never really given my heart You, I do it now!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Real News!

When the Son of Man appears, things will be just as they were when Noah lived. People were eating, drinking, and getting married right up to the day the flood came and Noah went into the big boat.  They didn't know anything was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. This is how it will be when the Son of Man appears. Two men will be in the same field, but only one will be taken. The other will be left.  Two women will be together grinding grain, but only one will be taken. The other will be left.  So be on your guard! You don't know when your Lord will come.  Homeowners never know when a thief is coming, and they are always on guard to keep one from breaking in.  Always be ready! You don't know when the Son of Man will come.

Matthew 24:37-44

If you like to “keep up" on what is going on in the world today and watch Cable News 24-7 and read every link on the Drudgereport, you will still be terribly ignorant of the “real news” that is happening and will happen until the End.

The Real News is not what country is threatening to go to war with another country.  It is not about the state of the economy!  It does not concern itself with the political fortunes of any party.  

The Real News is about Jesus and what is happening to make the world ready for the Return of Jesus Christ! 

Let me assure you, it is much more interesting to watch God at work in the world around you every day than to watch CNN, Fox News or MSNBC! 

“Lord Jesus, open my eyes to the Real News about Your return to planet earth and help me be ready for it, even today!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.” 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Total Eclipse and Total Submission!

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In those days I will give my Spirit to my servants, both men and women, and they will prophesy.  I will work miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below. There will be blood and fire and clouds of smoke.  The sun will turn dark, and the moon will be as red as blood before the great and wonderful day of the Lord appears.  Then the Lord will save everyone who asks for his help."

Acts 2: 18 - 21

The  total solar eclipse of 2017 sweeping from the Pacific Coast of the United States to the Atlantic has stirred much interest across the land.  A total solar eclipse brings a few minutes of darkness in the middle of the day!

Is this eclipse a random act of “Mother Nature” or a purposeful sign from the God of Heaven?  The Bible is quite clear that before the coming of Jesus “the sun will turn dark.”  It doesn’t say how long that darkness will last or where it will cover the earth.  Could this be the Lord signaling the return of Jesus?  Of course it could!

So, instead of rushing to find a place to get the best view of the total eclipse, you should rush to the arms of Jesus, in faith and total submission to Him!  When you are resting in the arms of Jesus and leaning on Him for every need in your life, it will not matter what happens in the world around you and whether or not the sun shines or goes dark!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You, Lord that Your light never goes out  in the lives of those who place their faith in and are totally submitted to You.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Monday, August 14, 2017

Amazing and Wonderful God!

Have pity, God Most High! My enemies chase me all day.  Many of them are pursuing and attacking me, but even when I am afraid, I keep on trusting you.  I praise your promises! I trust you and am not afraid. No one can harm me.

Psalm 56: 1 - 5

There is a well known song with the line “Whenever I  feel afraid, I whistle a happy tune.”  Simply deciding not to be afraid is the first step on the road to a foolish disaster.  Fear is a God given ability that serves us well in keeping us from stepping off the side of a mountain or jumping into the water when we can’t swim.

Abandoning your fear before the reason for the fear is removed will often lead to a tragedy.  But trusting in God and His promises will serve you well in cancelling the reason for the fear!  

So when you fear, keep on trusting in God.  Praise His promises and no one can harm you!  That is the wonder of knowing an Almighty God!

“Lord Jesus, help me to trust You today, even when I am afraid!  You are an Amazing and Wonderful God.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, August 12, 2017

God's Voice from Your Mouth!

These are evil times, so make every minute count.  Don't be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.  Don't destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life.  When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.

Ephesians 5: 16 - 19

There is something very special and powerful about praising the Lord in song with other people.  When two or three or more sing the same words together the impact on others can be amazing!  

All around the world people gather, and some even pay money to spend an evening just listening to accomplished singing groups lifting up their voices together in Praise to God!

But an even more amazing thing is that God has given us His Word in the Bible and He allows us  to, and even encourages us to join with Him in speaking that “Word of God” to others!  

As a child of God, You can tell the world what God’s plan is for their lives!  It is God’s voice coming from Your mouth!  And that my friend is truly a miracle!

“Lord Jesus, may I not only hear Your Word today, but let Your Words come out of my mouth in the hearing of those who are lost!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Friday, August 11, 2017


That is how it was with us. We were like children ruled by the powers of this world.  But when the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the Law, so he could set us free from the Law, and we could become God's children.  Now that we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts. And his Spirit tells us that God is our Father.  You are no longer slaves. You are God's children, and you will be given what he has promised.

Galatians 4: 3 - 7

The timing of God is perfect!  God is like an archer who always hits the center of the target with his arrow!  It doesn’t matter how strong the wind is blowing or how much rain is falling, God perfectly times His intervention in the affairs of men to perfectly accomplish what He aims to do!

Even as Jesus was born at just the right time, so were you!  In the Mind of God there was a plan for your life.  Your birth came at the perfect time for you to accomplish God’s purpose. 

You may say: “It is too late for me to fulfill God’s Will for my life!”

Oh, no!  If you are alive today, then God’s purpose for this day is what you should be about.   Ask Jesus to reveal His Will for today.  

“Lord Jesus, I can’t change the days I have already lived, but I can do Your Will for today.  Make it clear to me what You want for this moment in time!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”