Thursday, September 19, 2019

Father of Fake News




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Jesus answered: If God were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and only from him. He sent me. I did not come on my own.  Why can't you understand what I am talking about? Can't you stand to hear what I am saying?  Your father is the devil, and you do exactly what he wants. He has always been a murderer and a liar. There is nothing truthful about him. He speaks on his own, and everything he says is a lie. Not only is he a liar himself, but he is also the father of all lies.  Everything I have told you is true, and you still refuse to have faith in me. 

John 8:42-45

If the Devil were a journalist, he would specialize in Fake News.  The essence of the warfare that has gone on since the Garden of Eden is the battle between Truth and Lies!  God tells the Truth and Satan tells Lies!  

When you dip your hand into the well of Truth, you touch the Water of Life!  When you touch the Lies of Satan, you are on the path to death and destruction!  

When lies rule in your life, Satan has a prominent place that gets in the way of your relationship with Jesus.  When Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to go into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan, the temptations came as He listened to the words of the Devil.  

Satan's favorite "Fake News" is when he tells you that God did not really mean what He said in the Bible!  That is the lie that he used with Adam and Eve and it still works today with those who want to "understand" everything that God has said.  Understanding the commandments of God has never been part of His expectation of those who come to Jesus!  

More than 50 years ago I remember listening to short wave radio broadcasts from communist countries.  It was curiously interesting because you knew that most of what you heard was a lie!  The people of those countries did not hear the truth reported by their news outlets.  Of course, the Bible says the "Truth will set you free."  Without truth oppressive governments are able to enslave the people.  

It is the same with Satan.  The lies that he tells are tools to keep you in bondage!  And they work quite well.  If you want to be free, seek the Truth.  If you want the Truth, seek Jesus.  The Bible says that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life!

Don't listen to the Father of Fake News!  Listen to Jesus!  Then you will be free, forever!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for always telling us the Truth!  And thank You most of all that You are the Truth!  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!"

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

FORGIVENESS AND FREEDOM




His glorious power will make you patient and strong enough to endure anything, and you will be truly happy. I pray that you will be grateful to God for letting you have part in what he has promised his people in the kingdom of light. God rescued us from the dark power of Satan and brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son, who forgives our sins and sets us free.

Colossians 1:11-14

The immediate impact of the work of Jesus Christ on our lives has two parts. Jesus paid the price for the forgiveness of our sins! Forgiveness is part one! Without forgiveness you still owe a debt that is bigger than you could ever pay.
Part two is Freedom! Until forgiveness happens freedom is impossible! That is why Satan wants you to think that your forgiveness is partial or incomplete. If you are not fully forgiven, you will not have the boldness to step out in the Freedom of Christ!
After you turn your heart to Jesus Christ, every sin in your life is crossed out and “FORGIVEN” is written in its place!
You may say, I know what it is to be Forgiven, but what does it mean to be Free? Being Free as a follower of Jesus Christ means that you can come to God and talk to Him about anything and everything in your life. When you are forgiven nothing stands in the way of you being permanently in touch with the Creator of everything.
“Thank You Jesus for paying the price for all of my sins and thank You for the Freedom that can only come from knowing the Father! May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Power and Peace



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In the crowd was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent everything she had on doctors, but none of them could make her well.  As soon as she came up behind Jesus and barely touched his clothes, her bleeding stopped.  “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. While everyone was denying it, Peter said, “Master, people are crowding all around and pushing you from every side.”  But Jesus answered, “Someone touched me, because I felt power going out from me.”  The woman knew that she could not hide, so she came trembling and knelt down in front of Jesus. She told everyone why she had touched him and that she had been healed at once.  Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace!”

Luke 8:43-48 

The woman touched Jesus for a completely selfish reason.  She had been bleeding for a dozen years and believed that Jesus had the power to heal her! As she thought, when she touched Him the infirmity left her body!  

When the woman realized that she could not keep her secret touch of Jesus hidden, she came and knelt down before Him and confessed!  Her example is important for men and women today.

Over the centuries since this woman encountered the healing power of Jesus, there have been unknown numbers of people who reached out to Jesus and were blessed by His power and compassion!  

The Bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from God.   When a man reaches out and touches even the hem of God's garment what he will receive is the power of God applied to his life!

The woman who touched the clothes of Jesus received healing, but did not immediately receive peace.  She was still upset and worried, even though she was healed.  Then Jesus prayed that God would give her peace!

Reach out and touch Jesus so that His power will flow through your life, but also ask Him to give you Peace!  

"Thank You Jesus for Your healing power applied to everything in my life that needs it.  But most of all Lord, thank You for the Peace that comes only from You.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!"






Friday, September 13, 2019

The Old Wine is Better


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Jesus then told them these sayings: No one uses a new piece of cloth to patch old clothes. The patch would shrink and make the hole even bigger.  No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The new wine would swell and burst the old skins. Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined.  New wine must be put only into new wineskins.   No one wants new wine after drinking old wine. They say, “The old wine is better.” 

Luke 5:36-39

When you first met Jesus Christ, and found out about His love for you, what a marvelous memory was burned into your brain!  Many followers of Jesus tell others about those days and call it their "testimony!"  That was when the "New Wine" entered your heart and you were thrilled and even overwhelmed to realize that having Jesus and His Holy Spirit in your heart is real in every way!

In the years since then, I do often long for the zeal and enthusiasm of youth as the Wine began to ferment and swell in my heart.  But these Words of Jesus say it clearly! "THE OLD WINE IS BETTER!"

When I was young I came to know that Jesus could heal any and every disease.  Now that I am old, I rest assured and know that being filled with the Spirit of God is better than being healed!  Then I heard His Word, now I also hear His Heart!  

Yes, old wine skins are more fragile and can break.  And that is the way it is with an old human body.  But the wine, oh the wine is so much better!

As a follower of Jesus, don't let your life be about the wineskin!  Center your heart on the Wine that Jesus poured into your heart when you gave your life to Him!  

"Thank You Jesus, for the Wine that you give to everyone who comes to You in Faith.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be Praised, now and forever, Amen."


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jesus is the X Factor





Don't fool yourselves! If any of you think you are wise in the things of this world, you will have to become foolish before you can be truly wise. This is because God considers the wisdom of this world to be foolish. It is just as the Scriptures say, “God catches the wise when they try to outsmart him.” The Scriptures also say, “The Lord knows that the plans made by wise people are useless.”

1 Corinthians 3:18-20
The plans made by wise people are useless because they purposefully ignore the reality of God Almighty which they could see all around them, if they would look! It would be like a student of mathematics trying to solve problems, but always leaving out the “X” in an equation! He deems the “X” to be, at least unimportant and even irrelevant. Needless to say, he will always get the wrong answers.
It doesn’t matter how high a man or woman’s I.Q., if they leave out God in trying to understand the world around them, they will always come up short.
And in fact, even a small child, with Faith in Jesus will understand more of the world around him than the greatest intellect on earth without the Lord!
Let your faith in Jesus be the foundation of your seeking wisdom and knowledge. Ask Him to give you the ability to understand the things that you see and hear, and recognize that all true wisdom comes from God!
“Lord Jesus, You are the “X” factor in every equation of life! May I always recognize You in seeking the answers to life’s deepest questions. Praise Your Holy and Righteous Name, now and forever, Amen!”

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Way of His Will for Your Life




I ask the glorious Father and God of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you his Spirit. The Spirit will make you wise and let you understand what it means to know God. My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and you will understand the hope given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all God's people.
Ephesians 1:17-18
Have you discovered “the glorious blessings” that will be yours as a follower of Jesus Christ? Has the light of Jesus Christ flooded your heart? You see, it is only after the light floods your heart that you will discover the blessings!
When light floods your heart, you will see things that you could not see before. Image a football game at night with no stadium lights! There might be lots of sound and fury, but it would only be chaos and confusion. But with the light comes the ability to execute the plays with success and enjoy watching the game as it proceeds!
Without the light of Christ in your heart, your life will be filled with chaos and confusion! But with the light of Jesus Christ flooding your soul comes an understanding of things far beyond any human being’s ability!
As a follower of Jesus, never be satisfied to walk in the darkness. Ask Jesus to let the Holy Spirit light your path and show you the way of His Will for your life!
“Thank You Jesus, for letting Your light shine in my heart today and forevermore. Praise Your Holy and Righteous Name, now and forever, Amen!”

Monday, September 9, 2019

Anchor Your Heart in Jesus




We must give our full attention to what we were told, so we won't drift away. The message spoken by angels proved to be true, and all who disobeyed or rejected it were punished as they deserved. So if we refuse this great way of being saved, how can we hope to escape? The Lord himself was the first to tell about it, and people who heard the message proved to us that it was true. God himself showed that his message was true by working all kinds of powerful miracles and wonders. He also gave his Holy Spirit to anyone he chose to.

Hebrews 2:1-4

Sitting alone on a lake in a small boat, on a beautiful day is perhaps the most relaxing thing a man can do. The soft sound of the tiny waves lapping up against the sides of the boat can lull you to sleep very quickly. A gentle breeze will cool you and enough clouds to keep the sun’s burning rays at bay will distract your attention from everything that might present a danger!

But unless your boat is firmly anchored to the bottom of the lake you will begin to drift! I have done that very thing, and looked up from my serenity with a flash of fear! “Oh, my, where am and I and how far have I drifted from the place I wanted to be?” If you are only a few meters from where you started, you can quickly regain your orientation, but if the drifting has gone on for hours or more you may find yourself in trouble.

Your job then is to get back to the place you wanted to be!

If you find that your life has drifted away from Jesus, it is time to get back to the place of dropping your anchor into the heart of Jesus. Then you will not drift away from Him. But if you pull up your anchor, even for a short time your life will drift away from Jesus! That is not what you want to do and it will not bring you to a place of peace, but rather turmoil and confusion!

Again, your job is to get your life back to the place where you can anchor your heart in Jesus!

“Lord Jesus, help me to never pull my anchor away from You as I travel through this life. Hold me tight to Your Heart and warn me if I try to pull away. Praise Your Holy and Righteous Name now and forever, Amen!”