Friday, October 24, 2014

“Wherever I Am”

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I have honored my followers in the same way 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 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 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 you have for me will become part of them, and I will be one with them.

John 17:22-26

Real love is certainly present when you are more concerned about the desires of the object of your love than you are about your own. What you want takes second place to the longings of your loved one. That is the "secret" of a long and lasting marriage.

These verses in John 17 reveal the desires of the heart of Jesus! Jesus wants you to be with Him wherever He is! So when you truly begin to love Jesus you will seek to be with Him because that is what He wants, not because you want to avoid Hell and enjoy the pleasantries of Heaven. And when you are with Jesus, you will see His glory!


At that point your "relationship" with the Son of God begins to dominate everything in your life. He is what you think about and talk about more than anything else. For you,Jesus is the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. If there is a moment when you don't feel His presence, you drop whatever you are doing and seek Him again. Your day becomes nothing more than being with Jesus or seeking to be with Him!


And because Jesus loves you, He seeks to fulfill the desires of your heart. The power of you and Jesus loving each other and seeking to be with each other is beyond anyone's imagination!


"Lord Jesus, I want to be with You today, and I want You to be with me! And may I praise Your Holy Name forever and ever! Amen."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Your Wants and His Will!

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I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father.   Ask me, and I will do whatever you ask. This way the Son will bring honor to the Father.   I will do whatever you ask me to do.

John 14:12-14

If you are a follower of Jesus and don't feel at least a little bewildered by these words you must not have heard what He said! He said, "I will do whatever you ask me to do." And He also said that if we have faith we will do the same things He did. But what about the miracles? Does this mean that every Christian will "heal the sick and raise the dead?"


Here is the simple answer to that profound question. The work that Jesus did was to walk daily in the will of God! Whatever God wanted for today is what Jesus did. If that meant walking on water or raising Lazarus from the dead, that is what Jesus did. If walking in the will of God meant working with His earthly father as a carpenter then that is what Jesus did.


But what about the part where Jesus said I will do whatever you ask me to do? What "on earth" does that mean? It means that if you are walking in the will of God like Jesus did, and there is something that you need in that walk, just ask Jesus and He will do it! It doesn't matter what it is. It may be healing the sick, raising the dead or walking on water. But it also could mean that you simply need a time to "get away" and be alone with God like Jesus often did.


So if you are being led by the Holy Spirit and walking in the light of His Word as you respond each moment to His will for your life, you can ask for "anything you want" and He will do it! At that point your wants and His will, will be one and the same! That is the powerful, victorious life you were promised!


"Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I will only want the things that are Your will for my life! And I thank You in advance for Your great and mighty power which I will see all around me today! Praise Your Name forever. Amen."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What is Jesus Like?

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If you love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like.

John 14:21

What is Jesus like? How would you describe Him? And how do you know what Jesus is like? Are you just repeating something someone else told you or do you from personal experience?

Of course, the Bible tells us the story of Jesus and every follower of Jesus will want to know and meditate on every Word of Scripture. But how has Jesus shown you what He is like?


Remember that prayer is a conversation, not a presentation. When you "spend time" with Jesus you not only pour out your heart to Him, but Jesus shows you what He is like! It is an intimacy that cannot and perhaps should not be described and "shared" with others.

The pathway to knowing Jesus is not to understand what it means to know Him, but rather to simply love Him and obey His Word! Then you will experience the love of the Father and Jesus Himself will show you what He is like! Every moment of your day will be one of discovering how Jesus wants you to respond, act, speak and even think. With the Holy Spirit in your heart, Jesus is your constant companion.


"Lord Jesus, I want today to love You more and be more obedient to every Word that comes from You. Show me more of what You, Jesus are like. And may You be praised forever. Amen."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Not My Will, But Yours!

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God had the power to save Jesus from death. And while Jesus was on earth, he begged God with loud crying and tears to save him. He truly worshiped God, and God listened to his prayers. Jesus is God's own Son, but still he had to suffer before he could learn what it really means to obey God.  Suffering made Jesus perfect, and now he can save forever all who obey him.

Hebrews 5:7-9

I can't imagine how difficult it must have been for Jesus to live in a human body. When Jesus took on the form of a human being He allowed Himself to be limited. Jesus was thirsty and hungry like every other human. Jesus needed to get away from the crowd and spend time with God. When His friend Lazarus died, Jesus wept! There is nothing that you experience or suffer that Jesus does not understand completely.


These verses even say that Jesus "learned" what it really means to obey God. Does that mean that before Jesus learned what it means to obey, that He was disobedient? Of course not! Jesus did not disobey God, but suffering somehow focused His grasp of obedience as a human being.


There are many books written about suffering and what it means for you as a follower of Jesus, but if you are like Jesus, suffering helps you "learn what it really means to obey God!"


If there is pain in your life right now, or if it comes unexpectedly today, recognize that suffering and being obedient to the will of God are closely linked. If you decide once again today that you want to obey God, you can know for sure that suffering will be a part of your life of obedience.


"Lord Jesus, help me today to see the sufferings in my life, the same way that You saw Yours. And give me Lord, the courage to say, even as You did "NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS BE DONE! May You be praised forever. Amen."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Your Leader and Lord!

 
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Wisdom brings strength,
and knowledge gives power.
Battles are won
by listening to advice
and making a lot of plans.
Wisdom is too much for fools!
Their advice is no good.
Proverbs 24:5-7

A foolish leader does not listen to the advice of wisdom. He may “hear” the words and the advice of men and women who understand and know how to deal with a situation, but the foolish leader would rather go on letting his own opinion dictate his decisions! The hole he digs with his shovel of conceit gets deeper and deeper as his people begin to consider his opinions to be worthless.

If you live in a country with a foolish leader, it doesn't take the people long to see that their leader is not wise! And your leader's lack of wisdom will be the source of much national suffering.

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then your Leader and Lord has the Wisdom of the Ages and Eternity itself at His disposal. If you rely on Jesus and His Word for the wisdom you need in life, then your life will display greater wisdom than Solomon himself!

The Word of God lets the man who knows nothing move through life as if he knew everything! It is like when a child is obedient to the words of his parents, he benefits himself with the wisdom of many times his own years of living. So it is with God's Word. When you order your steps according to the Word of God, then the Wisdom of God is evident in everything you do.

Turn your heart to Jesus! Walk according to Word of God, not the foolish words of your Commander in Chief! You will never regret having Jesus as your Lord!

"Lord Jesus, thank You that Your wisdom can guide the steps of my life, until the day that I leave this world. May You be praised forever. Amen."









Sunday, October 19, 2014

ARE YOU AT WAR WITH GOD?

 

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No matter how much you know

or what plans you make,

you can't defeat the Lord.

Even if your army has horses

ready for battle,

the Lord will always win.

Proverbs 21:30-31 (CEV)

When it comes to winning in this world, knowledge and planning are very important. If you want to finish first in the contests of life, what you know and how well you plan can make all the difference.


But if you declare war against God Himself, you will not win, no matter how smart you are or how well you plan!


Much of the trouble, even followers of Jesus experience comes from their sifting through the Bible to find out which parts of God's will they are willing to obey. They quietly ignore the rest. They are like the man who embraces all the laws of "nature" except the law of gravity, and he continues to wonder why he breaks his bones so often!


Often someone might ask you: "What is your favorite verse?" Truthfully, your favorite verse is not important. That is the one you readily embrace. Your "least" favorite verse, the one you really don't like is more important to your walk with the Lord!


Instead of searching the Scriptures to find those parts with which you agree, look diligently through the Word of God for verses that may have prompted your "War with God!" Those are the ones that will make a huge difference in your life, when you finally embrace them in your heart!


"Lord Jesus, show me today how I may be fighting against Your will. And give me the strength to submit my will to Yours in EVERYTHING! And may You be praised forever! Amen."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Umbrella of Free Will!

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We make our own decisions,

but the Lord alone

determines what happens.

Proverbs 16:33

There they are: Free Will and the Sovereignty of God! How can the two co-exist? The answer to that question is profound and yet profoundly simple.


The free will of man exists because of God's Sovereign choice. Without God having declared it so, there would be no free will at all.

In the rain storm of life, God has chosen to give you an umbrella under which you may move freely and at your own discretion. But the limits of your "free will" are fixed and determined by God Himself.

When men attempt to move outside of the limits of free will and take upon themselves those decisions that are God's alone, calamities turn up on every hand!

God has given you the freedom to marry, and to choose which man or woman of the opposite sex will be your partner in life. But as they did in Sodom, we are insisting that we have the "right" to move the boundary God set up for marriage. When we do we are outside the "umbrella" of free will and will be pummeled by the storms of life as a direct result of trying to change God's design.

It would also be like the man who decides that he will live this life without eating food or drinking water. You have the right to decide what you eat and drink, but it is outside of the umbrella to eat and drink nothing. Your "free will" will come to a tragic end if you choose not to eat or drink.

So live freely under the Sovereignty of God. Enjoy life as you move about under His umbrella of Free Will.

"Lord Jesus, may I never forget that Your Sovereign Will is the source of my "Free Will" and that I am truly free only in You! And may You be praised forever! Amen."