Saturday, December 16, 2017

Comfortable Before God!

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When we love others, we know that we belong to the truth, and we feel at ease in the presence of God.   But even if we don't feel at ease, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.  Dear friends, if we feel at ease in the presence of God, we will have the courage to come near him.   He will give us whatever we ask, because we obey him and do what pleases him.   God wants us to have faith in his Son Jesus Christ and to love each other. This is also what Jesus taught us to do.

1 John 3: 19 - 23

Do you feel at ease in the presence of God?  What is the difference in the man or woman who is comfortable in God’s presence and one who is not?  The difference is courage!  Yes, it does take courage to come before God Almighty and present your case about anything!  

If all you know of God is the terrible and awesome strength and power of God, then you will certainly be shy about stepping up to the podium of God’s Throne Room and speaking your mind!

But if you feel at ease in His presence because you love Jesus Christ His Son and you love other people, as well as obeying God and doing what pleases Him, then you will have the courage to address the Creator of all there is and let Him know what you think!

Powerful prayers come from people who are at ease in God’s presence.  Set your heart to be comfortable before God and then your prayer life will explode with God’s Almighty power!

“Lord Jesus, thank You that because of Your Blood which was shed on the Cross I can be comfortable before the Father.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Your Last Sin!

Even if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful not to fall.  You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.

1 Corinthians 10: 12 - 13

Temptation is the doorway to the prison of sin!  Once you enter those gates, the addiction of wrongdoing controls your life and keeps you locked up until someone sets you free! That someone is Jesus!

It is a glorious thing when Christ releases you from the chains that bind you to the suffering and misery handed to you by Satan!  But it is also wonderful when God shows you the way to escape the temptation itself and you never fall prey to that sin! 

The Bible says that everyone will sin, and if you are reading this, then you have already sinned in some way.  Make it your goal to escape temptation today and every day for the rest of your life!  You do need the Blood of Jesus to deal with the sin you have already committed, but you don’t need to sin any more!

At some point in your life you will sin for the very last time!  Pray that your last sin has already happened and set your heart to escape all the temptations that come for the rest of your life!  

“Lord Jesus, help me to say no to the temptations that will come to my life today!  And may Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.” 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hands Off the Wheel!

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Jews ask for miracles, and Greeks want something that sounds wise.  But we preach that Christ was nailed to a cross. Most Jews have problems with this, and most Gentiles think it is foolish.  Our message is God's power and wisdom for the Jews and the Greeks that he has chosen.  Even when God is foolish, he is wiser than everyone else, and even when God is weak, he is stronger than everyone else.

1 Corinthians 1: 22 - 25

For those who follow Jesus Christ, there is a daily recognition of the power and wisdom of God!  You see His power in the world around you as well as the power He exhibits in answer to your prayer!  Somehow we have decided that we should only pray for those things that cannot be accomplished by human strength and will.  When you do that you may be saying to God: “I can take care of most things in my life, but I do want You to help me when things are beyond my ability.”  

Certainly, God does show His power to do things we cannot do, but as in any loving relationship He can and will do things that you could do for yourself!  Does a husband only do for his wife things that she cannot do?  Of course not!  In fact, everything we do for Jesus, He could do for Himself and certainly better.  

So, today let your faith be testing by taking your hands off of the steering wheel of your life and let Jesus take control of even the simple things!  I know you will find the experience exhilarating and faith building!  When the power of God and the wisdom of God come together to guide your steps the result is more than amazing!

“Thank You Jesus for walking with me even in the ordinary times of my life.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Friday, December 8, 2017

Touched by the Love of Jesus

Isaiah was fearless enough to tell that the Lord had said, "I was found by people who were not looking for me. I appeared to the ones who were not asking about me."  And Isaiah said about the people of Israel, "All day long the Lord has reached out to people who are stubborn and refuse to obey."

Romans 10: 20 - 21

Abraham's first son, Ishmael is the father of those today in the Muslim world.  It is believed that Muhammad was a descendant of Ishmael.  Abraham then was the father of both Jews and Arabs.  So it might accurately be said that all the turmoil in the Middle East today is still a struggle between brothers.  

It is widely reported that the fulfillment of these verses in Romans 10 is happening today in the Muslim world.  Jesus is appearing to those who are not asking about Him.  Especially, in dreams many Muslims are seeing Jesus and coming to faith in Him by trying to find out who He is!  I would hesitate to suggest how many times this is happening, but the numbers are indeed staggering.

I can imagine that Abraham is pleased to see so many descendants of his oldest son turning their hearts to Jesus!  Perhaps Abraham is one of those in Heaven who is encouraging what may become an historic movement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Even terrorists can be touched by the love of Jesus!

"Lord Jesus, help me to join you in loving those who are not seeking You.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Thursday, December 7, 2017

You Will Obey Someone!

Don't let sin rule your body. After all, your body is bound to die, so don't obey its desires or let any part of it become a slave of evil. Give yourselves to God, as people who have been raised from death to life. Make every part of your body a slave that pleases God.  Don't let sin keep ruling your lives. You are ruled by God's kindness and not by the Law.  What does all this mean? Does it mean we are free to sin, because we are ruled by God's wonderful kindness and not by the Law? Certainly not!  Don't you know that you are slaves of anyone you obey? You can be slaves of sin and die, or you can be obedient slaves of God and be acceptable to him.

Romans 6: 12 - 16

Human beings, by their very nature are obedient!  We either obey our fleshly desires and lusts, or we obey God, who is the Creator of all there is!  Being obedient to the flesh is, of course also being obedient to Satan.  Disobedience to God means we are being obedient to Satan and the opposite is also true.

Every minute of the day thoughts will come into your mind and you must decide to be obedient to them or not!  If you spend much time reading and meditating on Scripture you will be able, with the help of the Holy Spirit to know whether or not your thoughts are a temptation to sin or a leading to be obedient to righteousness!  As you grow as a follower of Jesus Christ, your senses will be sharpened to know the difference between a prompting of the Holy Spirit and the pull of the Devil!

Don't be fooled to think that even though you are not being obedient to God,  you are not living in sin either.  That would be impossible.  You are either headed for Heaven because of the Blood of Jesus Christ or you are headed for Hell.  There is no other eternal destination for any man.  So as you are obedient today, choose Heaven and not Hell!

"Thank You Jesus for giving me the opportunity to be obedient to You in every decision I make today.  Show me the way and help me to walk in it.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.   Amen."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Encourage People to Please God!

Michael, the chief of the angels, is the protector of your people, and he will come at a time of terrible suffering, the worst in all of history. And your people who have their names written in The Book will be protected.  Many of those who lie dead in the ground will rise from death. Some of them will be given eternal life, and others will receive nothing but eternal shame and disgrace.  Everyone who has been wise will shine as bright as the sky above, and everyone who has led others to please God will shine like the stars.

Daniel 12: 1 - 4

Is there a difference in telling someone about Jesus Christ and in encouraging  a person to please God?  

Perhaps not, but there can be.  If the message you share is all about how a person can be saved from the fires of Hell and not have to suffer the consequences of their own sin, but leaves out the part about how they can please God by giving their hearts to Jesus and being obedient to God, then there is a big difference.  Heaven will not be filled with people who learned some “Spiritual laws” and qualified for Heaven by following a "plan of salvation," but had no heart for pleasing God!

I you lead a man or women to seek to please God, they will do the things the Bible says are "necessary" to be saved!  And according to these verses in Daniel 12 you will shine like a star and point the way to God!

“Lord Jesus, may my life be pleasing to God even as Yours was and is.  Help me to lead others to please God as well.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Timing of God!

At this time many of your own people will try to make this vision come true by rebelling against the king of the south, but their rebellion will fail.

Daniel 11: 14

When God says a thing will happen, you can be sure it will!  But the temptation of man is to use his own power or cunning to make the thing a reality before God’s perfect timing.  That is the truth behind many failures of Christians.  We see a thing that needs to occur and we even see in the Bible that it is according to God’s will and so we set our hearts, minds and human strength to make it so!  But then we fail!

Often what we miss is not the will of God, but rather His timing!  There is a time for everything under Heaven and there is a time for every thought of God to be seen among men as it becomes reality!  

The Cross of Christ was certainly the plan of God, but it had to occur when the time was right!  We even read in the Bible that at least one time Jesus slipped away from those who wanted to kill Him because it was not the right time.

So as you measure your steps today in following Jesus be sure and ask if the thing you are pursuing is the will of God, but also ask if it is time for it to happen!  If it is time, you will find even the most difficult task to be easy or if it is not God's time the simplest thing will be impossible!

When Jesus says “come” even you can walk on water!

“Lord Jesus, help me to see Your will today and when You want me to do it!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”