Saturday, December 10, 2016

First Step on the Road to Hell!

The Festival of Thin Bread, also called Passover, was near.  The chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus, because they were afraid of what the people might do.  Then Satan entered the heart of Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve apostles.  Judas went to talk with the chief priests and the officers of the temple police about how he could help them arrest Jesus.  They were very pleased and offered to pay Judas some money.  He agreed and started looking for a good chance to betray Jesus when the crowds were not around.

Luke 22: 1 - 6

The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil.  That truth confirms that the 30 pieces of silver must have played a role in the motivation of Judas as he executed the most evil of all plans!  But don’t forget that the thing that encouraged Judas to take his first step on the road to Hell was when Satan entered his heart!  

Your heart is the target of Spiritual Warfare even today!  When you decided to follow Jesus and let Him be the Lord of your life, the Holy Spirit came to live in your heart!  But, the battle of the ages is still raging as Satan wants you to make room in your heart for him.  If the Devil can get even a little room in your heart, he can wreak havoc in your life like he did in the life of Judas Iscariot!  

When you allow Satan into, even a little of your heart you are inviting a tragedy into your life!  It may start with a simple thought that you know is not right, but you believe the lie that it can’t really harm, just to think it!  Remember, one step away from the Truth leads to another and another until you are squarely on the road, and running away from God!  This is the moment God wants you to stop and turn back to Him!  Go back to God like the prodigal son did to his father!

“Lord Jesus, help me today to give Satan, not even one square inch of my heart!  May You fill me completely so that there is no room for the Devil in my life.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Change Me Lord!

Only a fool would say, "There is no God!" People like that are worthless; they are heartless and cruel and never do right.  From heaven the LORD looks down to see if anyone is wise enough to search for him.

Psalm 14: 1 - 2

The Bible itself says that people who deny the existence of God are worthless, heartless and cruel.  It goes on to say that they never do right!  If you were to publicly agree with what God says about atheists, you would be judged as unloving and overly critical.  The truth is that our modern world agrees with very little that God Himself says!  

We are pressured to change our view of God so that He will seem to be one who believes everything that we do!  That is not the way He is!   Change is needed, but God is not the one who needs to change.

“Lord Jesus, help me to be willing to think like You do about everything, and to give up my political correctness when it conflicts with Your heart and mind!  May You Jesus, be praised forever.  Amen.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Blessing of Being Able to Love!

If God says his chosen ones are acceptable to him, can anyone bring charges against them?  Or can anyone condemn them? No indeed! Christ died and was raised to life, and now he is at God's right side, speaking to him for us.  Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, suffering, and hard times, or hunger and nakedness, or danger and death?   It is exactly as the Scriptures say, "For you we face death all day long. We are like sheep on their way to be butchered."   In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us.  I am sure that nothing can separate us from God's love--not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Romans 8:33 - 40

The greatest thing in all the cosmos is the Love of God.  The love that God has for His creation makes all the difference in everything.  Because of God’s love, He showers His blessings on the ones He loves, which include those who don’t yet love Him!  It is the sometimes glorious and sometimes painful experience of being the object of a loving parent’s eye!  

God intends and desires that you live your life like Jesus did on this earth!   Living your life as Jesus lived His requires no special amount of education or money.  It does not depend on your IQ being above a certain level.  It simply means that you depend on the Father in everything and that you let love be the driving force of your life.  First of all, you love God and then you love other men, even your enemies!

“Lord Jesus, the greatest blessing of all is that You have created human beings with the ability to love You!  Thank You Lord for letting us touch the essence of who You are, by loving You and loving others!  And may You Jesus, be praised forever.  Amen.” 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jesus Conquered Death!

From John to the seven churches in Asia. I pray that you will be blessed with kindness and peace from God, who is and was and is coming. May you receive kindness and peace from the seven spirits before the throne of God.  May kindness and peace be yours from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness. Jesus was the first to conquer death, and he is the ruler of all earthly kings. Christ loves us, and by his blood he set us free from our sins.  He lets us rule as kings and serve God his Father as priests. To him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.

Revelation 1: 4 - 6

Jesus may have been the first to conquer death, but He will not be the last!  Those who trust in Jesus will, like Him conquer death!  And, by His Blood they are also set free from their sins.  

What does it mean to conquer death?  Conquering death doesn’t mean that you don’t die.  It means that even though you die, yet you will live!  For those who know Jesus, dying on this earth is not the end of their life.  It is the beginning!  Dying on this earth for followers of Jesus is the beginning of Living with Him forever, where there is no death, or sorrow or pain!  

Jesus conquered death, not by avoiding it on this earth, but He overcame death by His Resurrection!  As a follower of Jesus, you can know that, like Jesus you will rise from death to live again!  Your victory over death will come after you cross over into the Promised Land of Eternity!  

The only followers of Jesus who will not die are those who are still alive when He returns to this earth!  You might be one of those, but even if you are not, there is no reason to fear death if you are a follower of Jesus!

Remember, living here as a follower of Jesus is preparation for living in Heaven as His Bride!  And that, my friend is simply more marvelous than anyone can imagine!

“Lord Jesus, thank You for being the first to conquer death so that those of us who follow You can do the same!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World!

Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ.  All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, so that somehow I also may be raised to life.  I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.

Philippians 3: 8 - 12

When you want to know Christ, more than anything else in this world, the Savior takes hold of your life!  It is then that Jesus uses you to accomplish His purposes, even when you do not realize it!  Somehow the desires of your heart are motivated by the Holy Spirit and the steps you take move you into places where Jesus is glorified by everything you do!

You are certainly aware that you want to follow Jesus, but the wake of your life rolls over the world around you like ocean waves on a windy day, and you find yourself unable to understand how each one came to be!

To be the best that Jesus wants for your life, simply seek Him with all your heart and let Him take hold of you and every breath you take!  The end of your life will then be an Everlasting Out of this earthly Body experience!  

“Lord Jesus, help me today to embrace the fact that knowing You is the most wonderful thing in the world!  And may You Jesus be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, December 3, 2016

You Can Enable God!

God, who created everything, wanted me to help everyone understand the mysterious plan that had always been hidden in his mind.   Then God would use the church to show the powers and authorities in the spiritual world that he has many different kinds of wisdom.   God did this according to his eternal plan. And he was able to do what he had planned because of all that Christ Jesus our Lord had done.

Ephesians 3: 9 - 11

Jesus enabled God to accomplish all that He had planned by being obedient to all that God ask Him to do!  

The power of “free will” is that we can choose to be used by God to accomplish His will on this earth, or we can choose not to be involved!  We cannot stop God’s will on this earth, but we can oppose His desire that we be part of that plan!  

God desires that we love Him and be obedient to His voice!  But, God has given us the ability to refuse Him, and that will result in our eternal separation from God and His love!  It is an unmeasurable tragedy!  

That tragedy, you can avoid all together by listening for His voice and obeying every Word that you hear!  Then you will enable God to do everything He desires to do in your life!

“Lord Jesus, I desire to be Your tool to accomplish Your will in the world around me today.  And may Your Name, Jesus be praised forever.  Amen.”

Friday, December 2, 2016

God Loves His Children!

"Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them.  But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.  Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the LORD Almighty.   "Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.  See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.  He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse."

Malachi 4:1-6

When the hearts of fathers are turned toward their children and the children do the same for their fathers, they are a living picture of God and His children!  God’s heart is turned toward you, if you are His child.  He truly wants what is best for you in your life!  

And then, the children of God turn their hearts toward Him!  When this happens, there is no curse on the land!  

So, fathers when you love your children, you are showing the world around you what God is like.  And children, when you love your father everyone sees how we should all love our Father God!  It is the most powerful presentation of the Truth of Eternity!  It is the final and glorious climax of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

“Lord Jesus, turn our hearts to each other so that we can show the world Your love and the love of the Father for us all!  May Your Name be praised forever.  Amen.”