Monday, August 21, 2017

I Choose to Believe It!

We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own power, when we learned that he had invited us to share in his wonderful goodness. God made great and marvelous promises, so that his nature would become part of us. Then we could escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world.

2 Peter 1:3-4

What do you need to live a life that pleases God? Do you need more faith? Do you need good works that give Him glory? Do you need a heart that is concerned about those who are lost? Of course, you need all of those things and more. But these verses in 2 Peter 1 tell us an amazing truth. God has invited us to share in His wonderful goodness and has promised that His nature would become part of us.

He said it simply in Colossians 1:27 with the words “Christ in you, the hope of glory!” You see when Christ is in you, you have everything you need to please God.

Your job is to let Jesus direct your steps and give you the wisdom you need for every decision in your life. When you do that your life will please God in everything you do.

“Lord Jesus, show me everything You want me to do today as the Nature of God becomes part of me. It is too wonderful for me to comprehend, but it is Your promise and I choose to believe it! Praise Your Holy Name forever! Amen.”

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.” 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Knife of God's Discipline!

We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God's throne!  So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won't get discouraged and give up.  None of you have yet been hurt in your battle against sin.  But you have forgotten that the Scriptures say to God's children, "When the Lord punishes you, don't make light of it, and when he corrects you, don't be discouraged.  The Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own."  Be patient when you are being corrected! This is how God treats his children. Don't all parents correct their children?  God corrects all of his children, and if he doesn't correct you, then you don't really belong to him.

Hebrews 12: 2 - 8

The proof of God’s love for you is not a million dollars in your bank account.  The things that we call “blessings” are not exclusively for followers of Jesus. Even the vilest man on earth has air to breath, water to drink and food to eat while he lives here.  And he may enjoy material “blessings” beyond those that even God’s children have. 

But you will know that God loves you, not because of the things He gives you, but when His discipline is applied to your life and you suffer loving punishment from the Almighty!  It is the pain of being formed into the image of Christ that confirms your place in God’s heart!  

So when you pray for a “Closer Walk with God” troubles may increase in the wake of that prayer!  The Great Physician will cut away parts of your life that stand in the way of intimate fellowship with God!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me enough to put me under the knife of Your loving discipline.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Good News in One Sentence!

Jesus replied: How can you be a teacher of Israel and not know these things?  I tell you for certain that we know what we are talking about because we have seen it ourselves. But none of you will accept what we say.  If you don't believe when I talk to you about things on earth, how can you possibly believe if I talk to you about things in heaven?  No one has gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from there.  And the Son of Man must be lifted up, just as that metal snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert.  Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life.  God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!

John 3: 10 - 17

The mind of Christ was filled with memories of Eternity in Heaven with the Father and the Holy Spirit!  He had seen it all and even though Scripture speaks of Jesus increasing in wisdom and knowledge here on this earth, He obviously remembered Heaven!  

There was a television show in the U.S. which featured an owner of a company disguising himself and becoming one of the regular employees of his own company.  In a sense that is what Jesus did. But Jesus came, not just to create an interesting show.  Jesus came to rescue all who had been lost to the lies of Satan.   Satan tried to steal men from God, but Jesus came to bring those who would have faith in Him back to the Father!  

Jesus paid the ransom with His own Blood, which washes away the sins of those who turn to Him in faith.  

And that my friend is the GOOD NEWS in one sentence!

“Lord Jesus thank You for paying the ransom to release those who have faith in You from the consequences of their sin!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Monday, July 31, 2017

Choose Jesus!

Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.  God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us, and he has given us the work of making peace between himself and others.  What we mean is that God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace.  We were sent to speak for Christ, and God is begging you to listen to our message. We speak for Christ and sincerely ask you to make peace with God.

2 Corinthians 5: 17 - 20

When Adam and Eve sinned, the entire human race declared war on God!  Ever since that day men and women have, by nature opposed the rule of God in their lives.  They are determined to say “no” to every Word that comes from the mouth of God!  To them, God is the enemy of a happy life on earth!

They believe that God would have them to “just say no” to everything that is truly delightful on this earth.  To them, it seems that God created men and women with desires that He demands them not to fulfill!  They see the Christian life as a somber, sad and unfulfilled experience!  But that is a huge lie of Satan!

When you make Peace with God by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, your life steps in to an arena of unparalleled peace, joy and fulfillment!  It is beyond your fondest dreams!  The Creator of everything that is becomes your daily Companion and One who is eager to impart His wisdom in your daily walk!  

“War and Peace” are the two possible states of man’s existence.  You can be at War with God because that is the family tradition of human beings, or you can be at Peace with the Creator through the Blood of Jesus Christ!  The choice is yours!  Choose Peace!  Choose Jesus!

“Lord Jesus, thank You for paying the price for my Eternal Peace and Joy!  You are indeed the Good News, now and forever!  Amen!”

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Addicted to Jesus!

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart and tell about the wonders you have worked.  God Most High, I will rejoice; I will celebrate and sing because of you.  When my enemies face you, they run away and stumble and are destroyed.  You take your seat as judge, and your fair decisions prove that I was in the right.  You warn the nations and destroy evil people; you wipe out their names forever and ever.  Our enemies are destroyed completely for all time. Their cities are torn down, and they will never be remembered again.  You rule forever, LORD, and you are on your throne, ready for judgment.  You judge the world fairly and treat all nations with justice.  The poor can run to you because you are a fortress in times of trouble.  Everyone who honors your name can trust you, because you are faithful to all who depend on you.

Psalm 9: 1 - 10

Do you run to God in times of trouble?  Do you honor the Name of God, and do you depend on Him?  

You can be sure that there will be troubled times for everyone who lives on this earth.  There is no guarantee of the “Good Life” for anyone, but difficulties are certainly going to be a part of every life on earth!  

The victorious Christian life is not one that is problem free, it is rather a life that responds to hard things by running to Jesus.  Someone has said that, “Jesus is the answer to every question!”  Every one of life’s puzzles and troubles can be solved by turning toward Jesus and then running to Him!

Also, when you honor the Name of the Lord, you will find yourself trusting Him more.  And, of course, when you depend on God, you will see how faithful He is to keep all His promises!

In a sense, a Christian is “addicted” to Jesus!  Jesus becomes the overwhelming source of strength, help, and comfort in times of trouble!  But the truth is this:  Being addicted to Jesus is a good thing, not a bad thing!  It is wonderful to let your relationship with Jesus consume your mind, heart, and yes your whole life.  

“Lord Jesus, You are the answer to every question, and the strength to get through every difficulty.  And You Lord are the only one on whom I can depend!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, July 29, 2017

It Will Happen!

The LORD is going to twist the earth out of shape and turn it into a desert. Everyone will be scattered, including ordinary people and priests, slaves and slave owners, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, the rich and the poor.  The earth will be stripped bare and left that way. This is what the LORD has promised.  The earth wilts away; its mighty leaders melt to nothing.  The earth is polluted because its people disobeyed the laws of God, breaking their agreement that was to last forever.  The earth is under a curse; its people are dying out because of their sins.  Grapevines have dried up: wine is almost gone-- mournful sounds are heard instead of joyful shouts.

 No one plays tambourines or stringed instruments; all noisy celebrating has come to an end.  They no longer sing as they drink their wine, and it tastes sour.  Towns are crushed and in chaos; houses are locked tight.  Happy times have disappeared from the earth, and people shout in the streets, "We're out of wine!"  Cities are destroyed; their gates are torn down.  Nations will be stripped bare, like olive trees or vineyards after the harvest season.  People in the west shout; they joyfully praise the majesty of the LORD.  And so, everyone in the east and those on the islands should praise the LORD, the God of Israel.  From all over the world songs of praise are heard for the God of justice. But I feel awful, terribly miserable. Can anyone be trusted? So many are treacherous!

 Terror, traps, and pits are waiting for everyone.  If you are terrified and run, you will fall into a pit; if you crawl out of the pit, you will get caught in a trap. The sky has split apart like a window thrown open. The foundations of the earth have been shaken; the earth is shattered, ripped to pieces.  It staggers and shakes like a drunkard or a hut in a windstorm. It is burdened down with sin; the earth will fall, never again to get up.  On that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens and the kings of the earth.  He will put them in a pit and keep them prisoner. Then later on, he will punish them.  The moon and sun will both be embarrassed and ashamed. The LORD All-Powerful will rule on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, where he will show its rulers his wonderful glory.

Isaiah 24: 1 - 24


Friday, July 28, 2017

Even in My Heart!

. . .God has commanded the present heavens and earth to remain until the day of judgment. Then they will be set on fire, and ungodly people will be destroyed.  Dear friends, don't forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day.  The Lord isn't slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.

2 Peter 3: 7 - 9

These words are very difficult to understand.  God, who is all knowing, and all powerful, desires something that according to the Scriptures will not happen.  The Almighty wants no one to be lost, but Mark 16:16 says that if you do not believe you will be condemned. 

There are those who say that the Sovereignty of God means that He will get everything He wants.  But God wants everyone to be saved and according to His own Word it will not happen.  Does this mean that God is weak and cannot do anything He wants?  Of course not.  It means that God wants your heart more than He wants your obedience.  He could force you to comply with every rule He has established without having your love!  But He created you with the freedom to choose or reject the One who breathed into your lungs the breath of life!  

So when you choose God, you give your Creator the one thing that He cannot give Himself.  And that is because when He created men He gave them the power to love Him or reject Him!  

Remember this: Your salvation means everything to you, but it also means everything to God!  He is one side of the loving relationship that the sacrifice of Jesus made possible.  

“Lord Jesus, help me today to choose You in every decision that I make.  May Your will be done even in my heart.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Problem of Sin!

Sometimes false prophets spoke to the people of Israel. False teachers will also sneak in and speak harmful lies to you. But these teachers don't really belong to the Master who paid a great price for them, and they will quickly destroy themselves.  Many people will follow their evil ways and cause others to tell lies about the true way.  They will be greedy and cheat you with smooth talk. But long ago God decided to punish them, and God doesn't sleep.  God did not have pity on the angels that sinned. He had them tied up and thrown into the dark pits of hell until the time of judgment.  And during Noah's time, God did not have pity on the ungodly people of the world. He destroyed them with a flood, though he did save eight people, including Noah, who preached the truth.  God punished the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and this is a warning to anyone else who wants to sin.

2 Peter 2: 1 - 6

There is only one way to avoid the judgement and wrath of God!  That way is Jesus Christ Himself.  

Don’t be foolish and pretend that God will overlook sin just because your sin is not as bad as the sin of other people.  Sin is a deadly plague that covers the earth and has only one cure.  Good works, law keeping, being charitable and generous with others, and everything else you might imagine will not keep you from being held accountable for your sin!  

One bite of poisoned food can make you just as sick as eating a whole meal of contaminated cuisine!  Jesus is the answer to the problem of sin, and He is the only answer!  Nothing and no one else can keep you from the Wrath of God because of your sin!

“Lord Jesus, thank You for being the solution to my Problem of Sin!  Draw me ever closer to You today as I wait for the day of Your return.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.” 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Unhindered Prayer!

If you are a husband, you should be thoughtful of your wife. Treat her with honor, because she isn't as strong as you are, and she shares with you in the gift of life. Then nothing will stand in the way of your prayers.

1 Peter 3: 7

If you have a wife, you should pay very special attention to 1 Peter  3:7.  Your ability to pray “unhindered” prayers is directly dependent on how you treat your wife.  

There is nothing more “faith building” than praying specifically and then seeing God’s very specific answer to that prayer!   Anything that gets in the way of that process will keep you from growing in faith!  Not treating your wife with honor will directly affect your ability to pray and grow in faith! 

So, if your goal for today to is “work on your prayer life,” then focus on how to honor your wife and bless her as God intends!  A good way to test this verse is to find a man who is powerful in prayer and watch him to see how he treats his wife!  The two things are closely related!

Remember, Jesus is the perfect example of a husband and His Bride will be honored at His side forever! 

“Lord Jesus, show me today how to honor my wife so that nothing will get in the way of my prayers!   May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Angel Number Four!

The third angel emptied his bowl into the rivers and streams. At once they turned to blood.  Then I heard the angel, who has power over water, say, "You have always been, and you always will be the holy God. You had the right to judge in this way.  They poured out the blood of your people and your prophets. So you gave them blood to drink, as they deserve!"  After this, I heard the altar shout, "Yes, Lord God All-Powerful, your judgments are honest and fair."   The fourth angel emptied his bowl on the sun, and it began to scorch people like fire.  Everyone was scorched by its great heat, and all of them cursed the name of God who had power over these terrible troubles. But no one turned to God and praised him.

Revelation 16: 4 - 9

In today’s world there is a great debate about “Global Warming.” Some say there is no doubt about the “fact” that the earth is heating up and that men are to blame, while others think that the recent warming, if there really is any, is just a part of the normal cycle of weather patterns.

Whatever the case, the Bible speaks of a time when “Angel Number Four” will empty his bowl on the sun, and it will begin to scorch people like fire!  Then, men will blame, not each other, but God Himself for the tragedy! 

When you see the judgments of God all around you, there is only one thing to do: “REPENT AND TURN YOUR HEART TO JESUS!”  He is the only hope of this world and the only One who can save! 

“Lord Jesus, I know that the global warming that men are talking about today is nothing compared to the global scorching that will happen when the Fourth Angel pours out his bowl!  Take my heart now and keep it safe until the Day that You return!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Choosing to Say Yes!

If we say that we share in life with God and keep on living in the dark, we are lying and are not living by the truth. But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus washes all our sins away.   If we say that we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn't in our hearts.   But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.   If we say that we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and his message isn't in our hearts.

1 John 1: 6 - 11

Telling other people that you are a follower of Jesus Christ does not make you one!  Even telling people about Jesus and the eternal fact that they can be saved through His sacrifice on the Cross does not make you a Christian!  

Jesus is Lord of your life, not because you say “Jesus is Lord,” but rather because you make your life choices based on His Will and His Word rather than your own!  

The “Free Will” that Jesus has given you is simply this:  You can choose to say “no” to God!  But you can also choose to say “YES!”  And when you say YES to God you will be living in the light and are truly a follower of Jesus Christ.

It is not that we should occasionally say YES to the Holy Spirit’s prompting in our lives.  That must be how we live minute by minute!  If you have not heard a Word from God during the past few minutes, then you are not listening!  

“Lord Jesus, help me today, instead of simply telling others about You, let me show them how You walked among men and trusted the Father in everything!  May there be no darkness on the path that I walk this day.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Prescription for Happiness!

God blesses those people who refuse evil advice and won't follow sinners or join in sneering at God.   Instead, the Law of the LORD makes them happy, and they think about it day and night.   They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.   That isn't true of those who are evil, because they are like straw blown by the wind.   Sinners won't have an excuse on the day of judgment, and they won't have a place with the people of God.   The LORD protects everyone who follows him, but the wicked follow a road that leads to ruin.

Psalms 1: 1 - 6

This first Psalm begins with a prescription which tells you how to be happy.  The blessings of God fall on those who refuse “evil advice,” don’t follow sinners or join in speaking in opposition to God!  And happiness comes to those who think about what God has said, during the day and during the night!

You are going to think about something.  The range of things you can think about goes from the lowest things of the gutter all the way to the Glories of Heaven!  It is a choice you can make and it is a choice that will determine how your day, your life, and yes, your Eternity will go!  

The harm in exposing yourself to music, movies and other “entertainment” that ignores or even outright denies God is that during that time you will not be thinking about the things of God and what He has said!  And of course, you will get “evil advice” and see men “sneering at God.”  

Here is some good advice.  Read the Word of God today until something God has said sticks in your mind enough, to stay there all day and through the night as you ponder and consider the Word of God!  Letting your mind be actively thinking about God’s Word will guard your mind and heart against the messages that Satan wants to deliver to you each and every day!  

“Lord Jesus, help me to think about Your Word all day and dream about it all night as I walk in the way You have prepared for me to go.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, July 15, 2017

God's Long Term Project!

I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!  Every time I think of you, I thank my God.  And whenever I mention you in my prayers, it makes me happy.  This is because you have taken part with me in spreading the good news from the first day you heard about it.  God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won't stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.

Philippians 1: 2 - 6

I like short term projects.  I can start and finish something, even the same day.  Then, I can move on to something else.  And God certainly has many “short term projects” for His children.  A cup of cold water given to a thirsty person can be done quickly, but as the scriptures say it can have an eternal impact.  

Sometimes the Holy Spirit will lead you to speak a word of encouragement to someone who needs it, and you never know why.  There are many such opportunities in the life of a follower of Jesus.  

I know though that life itself is a “long term experience.”   From the day that God created Adam until the day the “Second Adam” returns to claim His Bride, God has been working His will on Planet Earth.  God has a plan and He will perfectly execute that plan. Your life is part of that plan!

Human existence is like a giant jig saw puzzle and you are one piece of that picture. 

So yes, there are many short term projects as a follower of Jesus, but they are all part of the very long term project of preparing a Bride for Jesus Christ.

“Lord Jesus, help me to see today that everything You lead me to do is part of the plan You have for making Your Bride ready for Your return!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever!  Amen.”

Friday, July 14, 2017

Always on My Mind!

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Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won't let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God's throne!  So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won't get discouraged and give up.

Hebrews 12: 1 - 3

In your walk with the Lord, how do you get rid of the sin that just won’t let go?  That sin slows you down in the race that God has called you to run in this world.

These verses answer that question.  Getting rid of anything that slows you down in your Christian walk is simply a matter of keeping your eyes and mind on Jesus.  

When you keep looking at Jesus, you won’t be distracted by the “fruit” which is hanging on the tree of temptation.   Jesus is the “perfect man” and you will be captivated by the sight of Him working in the world all around you!  

And when your mind is continually pondering the Majesty of Christ the things of this world will “grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”  Those words come from a worship song called “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”

When you look for Jesus in everything around you and think about Him all the time, you will find that the pull of this world is greatly diminished and your walk with the Lord will dominate your life!

“Lord Jesus, let me see You today in what is happening around me.  And Jesus help me to keep you always on my mind!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Story of Your Faith?

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Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God. Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God's command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.  Because Abel had faith, he offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. God was pleased with him and his gift, and even though Abel is now dead, his faith still speaks for him. 

Enoch had faith and did not die. He pleased God, and God took him up to heaven. That's why his body was never found.   But without faith no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and that he rewards everyone who searches for him.   Because Noah had faith, he was warned about something that had not yet happened. He obeyed and built a boat that saved him and his family. In this way the people of the world were judged, and Noah was given the blessings that come to everyone who pleases God.  Abraham had faith and obeyed God. He was told to go to the land that God had said would be his, and he left for a country he had never seen.  Because Abraham had faith, he lived as a stranger in the promised land. He lived there in a tent, and so did Isaac and Jacob, who were later given the same promise.  Abraham did this, because he was waiting for the eternal city that God had planned and built.

Even when Sarah was too old to have children, she had faith that God would do what he had promised, and she had a son.  Her husband Abraham was almost dead, but he became the ancestor of many people. In fact, there are as many of them as there are stars in the sky or grains of sand along the beach.

Every one of those people died. But they still had faith, even though they had not received what they had been promised. They were glad just to see these things from far away, and they agreed that they were only strangers and foreigners on this earth.  When people talk this way, it is clear that they are looking for a place to call their own.  If they had been talking about the land where they had once lived, they could have gone back at any time.  But they were looking forward to a better home in heaven. That's why God wasn't ashamed for them to call him their God. He even built a city for them.   Abraham had been promised that Isaac, his only son, would continue his family. But when Abraham was tested, he had faith and was willing to sacrifice Isaac, because he was sure that God could raise people to life. This was just like getting Isaac back from death.  Isaac had faith, and he promised blessings to Jacob and Esau.  Later, when Jacob was about to die, he leaned on his walking stick and worshiped. Then because of his faith he blessed each of Joseph's sons.  And right before Joseph died, he had faith that God would lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. So he told them to take his bones with them.

Because Moses' parents had faith, they kept him hidden until he was three months old. They saw that he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king's orders.  Then after Moses grew up, his faith made him refuse to be called Pharaoh's grandson.  He chose to be mistreated with God's people instead of having the good time that sin could bring for a little while.  Moses knew that the treasures of Egypt were not as wonderful as what he would receive from suffering for the Messiah, and he looked forward to his reward.  Because of his faith, Moses left Egypt. Moses had seen the invisible God and wasn't afraid of the king's anger.  His faith also made him celebrate Passover. He sprinkled the blood of animals on the doorposts, so that the first-born sons of the people of Israel would not be killed by the destroying angel. 

Because of their faith, the people walked through the Red Sea on dry land. But when the Egyptians tried to do it, they were drowned.  God's people had faith, and when they had walked around the city of Jericho for seven days, its walls fell down.  Rahab had been a prostitute, but she had faith and welcomed the spies. So she wasn't killed with the people who disobeyed.  What else can I say? There isn't enough time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets.  Their faith helped them conquer kingdoms, and because they did right, God made promises to them. They closed the jaws of lions and put out raging fires and escaped from the swords of their enemies. Although they were weak, they were given the strength and power to chase foreign armies away.

Some women received their loved ones back from death. Many of these people were tortured, but they refused to be released. They were sure that they would get a better reward when the dead are raised to life.  Others were made fun of and beaten with whips, and some were chained in jail.  Still others were stoned to death or sawed in two or killed with swords. Some had nothing but sheep skins or goat skins to wear. They were poor, mistreated, and tortured.  The world did not deserve these good people, who had to wander in deserts and on mountains and had to live in caves and holes in the ground.

All of them pleased God because of their faith! But still they died without being given what had been promised. This was because God had something better in store for us. And he did not want them to reach the goal of their faith without us.

Hebrews 11: 1 - 41

These verses tell the stories of men and women of faith. What is the story of your faith and how would God put your story into Words? 

"Praise the Holy Name of Jesus, now and forever.  Amen."