Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Path of God is Jesus!

I offer you my heart, LORD God, and I trust you. Don't make me ashamed or let enemies defeat me.  Don't disappoint any of your worshipers, but disappoint all deceitful liars.  Show me your paths and teach me to follow; guide me by your truth and instruct me. You keep me safe, and I always trust you.  Please, LORD, remember, you have always been patient and kind.  Forget each wrong I did when I was young. Show how truly kind you are and remember me.  You are honest and merciful, and you teach sinners how to follow your path.  You lead humble people to do what is right and to stay on your path.

Psalm 25: 1 - 9

There is a path that God wants you to walk!  When you walk that path your heart will be at peace even if the way is rocky and storms come at you from every side!  On the path of the Lord you will sense the urging of the Holy Spirit to keep on walking!  

When your feet are on the path of God, you also place yourself in the center of the target for Satan’s arrows!  Don’t think it strange that you will be challenged at every turn. Think it strange if you are not opposed as you walk that way!

Walking through life without being on a path is difficult to say the least.  Trying to climb a mountain without following a path will often end in disaster.  Traveling through this life without putting your feet on the path that God has given you will lead you to an eternal tragedy!  Don't forget that the Path of God is Jesus Christ!  

“Lord Jesus, show me the path that You want me to walk today.  And Jesus, help me keep my feet on that path today and every day for the rest of my life here on earth.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jesus is my Wings!

God is wonderful and glorious. I pray that his Spirit will make you become strong followers and that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love.  I pray that you and all of God's people will understand what is called wide or long or high or deep.  I want you to know all about Christ's love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.  I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen.

Ephesians 3: 16 - 20

When you know “all about Christ’s love,” then your life will be filled with all that God is!  It really is hard to image what that means.  Like the lowly caterpillar who morphs into a butterfly, as a follower of Jesus you will discover that He has given you wings to fly above the cares of this world!

Before Jesus touched your life, you had no idea what it would be like to fly above the world and soar with the eagles!  You see Jesus is not the wind beneath my wings, He IS MY WINGS!  This life of a disciple has nothing to do with how I change my life, but it has everything to do with how He changes it!  

When your life is filled with all that God is, you will see and hear things differently, and you will run toward the raging spiritual battle knowing full well that you are armed and ready to defeat the Devil by the Spirit of God!

“Lord Jesus, teach me about Your love so that my life will be filled with all that God is!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Monday, June 19, 2017

You are a Seed!

Some of you have asked, "How will the dead be raised to life? What kind of bodies will they have?"  Don't be foolish. A seed must die before it can sprout from the ground.  Wheat seeds and all other seeds look different from the sprouts that come up.  This is because God gives everything the kind of body he wants it to have.  People, animals, birds, and fish are each made of flesh, but none of them are alike.  Everything in the heavens has a body, and so does everything on earth. But each one is very different from all the others.  The sun isn't like the moon, the moon isn't like the stars, and each star is different.  That's how it will be when our bodies are raised to life. These bodies will die, but the bodies that are raised will live forever.  These ugly and weak bodies will become beautiful and strong.  As surely as there are physical bodies, there are spiritual bodies. And our physical bodies will be changed into spiritual bodies.

1 Corinthians 15: 35 - 44

Your physical body is like the seed of a giant redwood tree!  Even though the redwood seed has the potential to sprout into the largest and one of the longest living plants on earth, it is, as a seed not very impressive.  

Like a seed, our bodies die and are planted in the ground.  But when the resurrection comes for those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord, the spiritual body that will come forth will be truly amazing!  The next time you see a large tree of any kind, think about the seed from which it came and remember that you as a follower of Jesus are now just a seed!  But when Jesus returns you will become the Giant Redwood He has destined you to be!

“Lord Jesus, thank You for the promise that You will change me into the person You created me to be!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Earthly Wisdom in the Pursuit of God!

As God says in the Scriptures, "I will destroy the wisdom of all who claim to be wise. I will confuse those who think they know so much."  What happened to those wise people? What happened to those experts in the Scriptures? What happened to the ones who think they have all the answers? Didn't God show that the wisdom of this world is foolish?  God was wise and decided not to let the people of this world use their wisdom to learn about him. Instead, God chose to save only those who believe the foolish message we preach.  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.  My dear friends, remember what you were when God chose you. The people of this world didn't think that many of you were wise. Only a few of you were in places of power, and not many of you came from important families.  But God chose the foolish things of this world to put the wise to shame. He chose the weak things of this world to put the powerful to shame.  What the world thinks is worthless, useless, and nothing at all is what God has used to destroy what the world considers important.

1 Corinthians 1: 19 - 28

When you use the wisdom of man in an attempt to understand the things of God, you will come up empty in your pursuit of the truth!  The wisdom of man does not apply to the ways of God.  You would be like a car mechanic going into the operating room attempting to do heart surgery.  Even the best mechanic in the world would fail miserably in the operating room!

Even so, the wisest man on earth will “fail miserably” if he tries to use his earthly wisdom to understand God!  

Be careful not to run after “earthly wisdom” in your pursuit of God!  And be prepared to discover that God uses what wise men think is “worthless, useless and nothing at all” to accomplish great things!

“Lord Jesus, give me Your wisdom instead of the wisdom of this world.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Friday, June 16, 2017

No Other Way to be Happy in Jesus!

Shout praises to the LORD! Our God is kind, and it is right and good to sing praises to him.  The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem and brings the people of Israel back home again.  He renews our hopes and heals our bodies.  He decided how many stars there would be in the sky and gave each one a name.  Our LORD is great and powerful! He understands everything.  The LORD helps the poor, but he smears the wicked in the dirt.  Celebrate and sing! Play your harps for the LORD our God.  He fills the sky with clouds and sends rain to the earth, so that the hills will be green with grass.  He provides food for cattle and for the young ravens, when they cry out.  The LORD doesn't care about the strength of horses or powerful armies.  The LORD is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love.

Psalm 147: 1 - 11

It is so very easy to judge the hearts of other people while ignoring the intent of your own heart!  I find myself pointing my finger at other people when I am guilty myself and want to divert attention from my own heart!  

I suppose, I am trying to make myself feel better by exposing the sin of others which I consider to be much worse than my own!  The Bible never says that I please Jesus by recognizing sin in other people.  It clearly says that I please the Lord by worshipping Him and trusting His love!  

There is an old hymn which perhaps says it best.  “There is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to TRUST AND OBEY!”

When I do that instead of pointing at the sins of others I am pointing others to the One who died that their sins might be taken away!  

“Lord Jesus, keep my focus on You this day!  May my heart be too filled with Your love to criticize those who need to trust You as well.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.” 

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Memory of Cool Water!

As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my God.  In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God. When will I see your face?  Day and night my tears are my only food, as everyone keeps asking, "Where is your God?"   Sorrow floods my heart, when I remember leading the worshipers to your house. I can still hear them shout their joyful praises.

Psalm 42: 1 - 4

I remember a time when a Sunday morning worship service was “electric” with anticipation!  We would come together, not just to hear a sermon or to sing songs of praise and worship, but to hear from God!  Regularly, God would speak to my heart and life while we were gathered together.  The Holy Spirit was moving among those who assembled!  The “order of worship” was regularly interrupted by the testimony of a brother or sister who “felt led” to bring us a short word!  It was the leader’s responsibility to lovingly judge the things that were said as to whether or not they were from God.  

Many of the songs we sang were new, and were even composed by someone in the fellowship!  I even remember one time when there was a line of people waiting to tearfully confess their sins to the congregation.  

“Sorrow floods my heart,” when I remember those days.  It was a time when God showed His face and overwhelmed us with His love!  But then came our “cooling off” to the things of the Spirit, and like the writer of Psalm 42 we have become “thirsty for God!”  It is the memory of drinking cool, refreshing water that makes your thirst even greater!  

“Lord Jesus, we are thirsty for You today.  Overwhelm us with Your love and bring revival to our hearts!  Lead us to a time when the whole world will see Your Glory and praise Your Holy Name!  Hallelujah! Amen.” 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Do Your Thoughts Please God?

Your love is faithful, LORD, and even the clouds in the sky can depend on you.  Your decisions are always fair. They are firm like mountains, deep like the sea, and all people and animals are under your care.  Your love is a treasure, and everyone finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.  You give your guests a feast in your house, and you serve a tasty drink that flows like a river.  The life-giving fountain belongs to you, and your light gives light to each of us. Our LORD, keep showing love to everyone who knows you, and use your power to save all whose thoughts please you.

Psalm 36: 5 - 10

Do your thoughts please the Lord?  Most people believe that pleasing God is the result of what you believe, do and say.  And, of course belief, actions and words are crucial in your walk with Jesus, but what about your thoughts?  

Thoughts are your “Secret Place” where you can ponder words that you would never say.  In your thoughts you can consider actions that you know would not be pleasing to God.  

Here is the lie that Satan tells us about our thoughts.  He says: “God doesn’t know what you are thinking. So go ahead and think whatever you want.  And as long as you don’t say it or do it, God won’t care!”

Like Satan’s other words, those words are a lie!  There is no Secret Place from God!  Your thoughts might as well be shouted from the roof top as far as God is concerned.  He knows every one of them.  One good definition of a hypocrite is someone whose thoughts don’t match his words and actions! 

There are two who know your thoughts, you and God!  Determine that your thoughts today will please God in every way!

“Lord Jesus, help me today to run away from every thought that would not please You and hold tight to every thought that makes You happy!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Be Completely Holy!

Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.  Don't turn away God's Spirit or ignore prophecies.  Put everything to the test. Accept what is good and don't have anything to do with evil.  I pray that God, who gives peace, will make you completely holy. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept healthy and faultless until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

1 Thessalonians 5: 18 - 23

As a follower of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is always available to guide you in the way that you should go.  But when you begin to walk in the ways of the world around you, the Holy Spirit is turned away from your heart!  He does not leave you, but your heart becomes deaf to His voice!  You cannot listen to the world and the Lord at the same time.  God’s voice will turn down the volume of the world’s appeal, but listening to the world will also make it hard or virtually impossible to hear the Word of God directed to your heart.  

Having anything, at all to do with evil in your life will deaden your spiritual senses toward the Holy Spirit.  God wants your life to be “completely Holy.”  He wants “your spirit, soul, and body (to) be kept healthy and faultless until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.”

So, your job for this day is to listen to and obey the Holy Spirit, but at the same time have nothing to do with evil.  Satan is continually presenting you with evil thoughts which he wants you to ponder, think about and even consider.  Say no to them all, because God wants you to be completely Holy!

“Lord Jesus, fill my heart and my mind with nothing but glorious, Holy and true thoughts from Your Spirit.  May I have have nothing to do with evil.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Flood of Saved Souls!

But the chief priests and the leaders convinced the crowds to ask for Barabbas to be set free and for Jesus to be killed.  Pilate asked the crowd again, "Which of these two men do you want me to set free?" "Barabbas!" they replied.  Pilate asked them, "What am I to do with Jesus, who is called the Messiah?" They all yelled, "Nail him to a cross!"  Pilate answered, "But what crime has he done?" "Nail him to a cross!" they yelled even louder.  Pilate saw that there was nothing he could do and that the people were starting to riot. So he took some water and washed his hands in front of them and said, "I won't have anything to do with killing this man. You are the ones doing it!"  Everyone answered, "We and our own families will take the blame for his death!"  Pilate set Barabbas free. Then he ordered his soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip and nail him to a cross.

Matthew 27: 20 - 26

Jesus went to the Cross and Barabbas was set free!  

Barabbas was the first person to be set free because Jesus took the punishment instead of him.  The Bible does not tell us, but I hope Barabbas came to know Jesus as His Lord and Savior.  That would mean that Barabbas was like the first drop of rain in the flood of Saved Souls that  covers the earth!

If you are part of that flood then you can rejoice every day that Jesus took the punishment that you deserved because of your sins!  If you are not yet “saved” then turn your life over to Jesus, including your heart and confess your sins and then proclaim to all that Jesus is your Lord and Savior!   

“Lord Jesus, thank You for taking my place on the Cross!  You are the only hope for all men!  You died that we might live.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It is All His Plan!

Then the king will say to those on his right, "My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created.  When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me."  Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink?  When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"  The king will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me."

Matthew 25: 34 - 40

When Jesus sees one of His children reach out to and minister to one of His other children He is blessed!  Could the Lord minister to us, relieve all our pain and cure all our illnesses without the help of anyone else at all?   Well, of course He could.  Then why does He desire that we bless His other children by serving their needs?  

It is all part of His plan to make us into the image of Jesus Himself!  When we suffer we begin to understand the suffering of Jesus!  When you trust God, like Jesus you will see His miraculous power applied to situations you encounter each day.  When you learn about the life of Jesus on this earth you will come to understand the life that He expects you to live this side of Heaven! 

If your life, as a follower of Jesus is filled only with blessings and never with suffer and pain, you should seek His face and make sure you are walking according to His will!  The image of Jesus on this earth is not one of an easy life and the praise of men.  

So we learn here below how to suffer like Jesus did and how to minister to others who are suffering!  It is all a part of preparing to live with Jesus in Heaven forever!

“Lord Jesus, teach me more today about what it means to be like You!  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

First Thoughts of Evil!

In the Scriptures it says, "I spoke because I had faith." We have that same kind of faith. So we speak because we know that God raised the Lord Jesus to life. And just as God raised Jesus, he will also raise us to life. Then he will bring us into his presence together with you.  All of this has been done for you, so that more and more people will know how kind God is and will praise and honor him.  We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day.  These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing.  Things that are seen don't last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That's why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.

2 Corinthians 4: 13 - 18

The fundamental spiritual conflict in this life is a battle for the control of your mind.  

If Satan can persuade you to spend your time letting your thoughts focus on the ungodliness of this world, then he will eventually have your actions and ultimately your allegiance!  

But if you only allow your thoughts to dwell on righteousness, holiness, and the eternal things that are not seen, your actions and your heart will soon follow in devotion to Jesus Christ!  

If you swat down the annoying gnats of the first thoughts of evil, you will not be overcome by a swarm of unrighteousness that attempts to control your life!

“Lord Jesus give me the strength to reject the temptation to think about things on this earth and not things in Heaven.  And may You, Jesus be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

Seeking a Message from God!

I, the LORD, also promise you a terrible shortage, but not of food and water. You will hunger and thirst to hear my message.  You will search everywhere-- from north to south, from east to west. You will go all over the earth, seeking a message from me, the LORD. But you won't find one.

Amos 8: 11 - 12

When you are truly hungry and thirsty, satisfying those needs becomes the focus of your life!  And if you go long enough without food and water you will die!  

When you fast and abstain from food on purpose, you choose to deny your desire to eat in order to focus on things that are more important in your life!  

Are you searching for and seeking a message from God?  Hearing from God is food and drink for your spiritual life.  A Word from God for your life will sustain you in times of trouble.  Knowing that God is aware of your difficulties and understands how you feel, brings refreshment like cool water and energy like a nourishing meal.  

Instead of just trying to understand more about God, seek to hear His voice and the message that He has for you today!  

“Lord Jesus, let my ears hear Your voice and my heart receive Your Word for me today!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever!  Amen.”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Useful Tool in the Carpenter's Workshop!

This is the LORD's message for his rebellious people: "You follow your own plans instead of mine; you make treaties without asking me, and you keep on sinning.  You trust Egypt for protection. So you refuse my advice and send messengers to Egypt to beg their king for help.  You will be disappointed, completely disgraced for trusting Egypt.

Isaiah 30: 1 - 3

As you make your plans for the day, the week, or for your life are you seeking input from God?  You may say that you make plans and then search the Scriptures to make sure that your plans do not contradict something God has said.  That is a good thing, but that is certainly not the best thing!

God wants you to seek Him as you are deciding what to do in life!  Ask God what He wants you to do today, and even in this next minute!  

The Bible is a Love Story, not a Rule Book!  It tells the stories of those who disobeyed God as well as those who lovingly sought to hear His voice every minute of every day!  Certainly, we must obey the Words of the Bible as we hear the Holy Spirit guide us, but obedience to Scripture without faith in Jesus Christ is powerless to save!

May the final step in the planning of this day be to ask God what He wants you to do, and then simply do it!  When you live this day in response to God’s Will and direction, you become a useful tool in the Carpenter’s Workshop!

“Lord Jesus, show me Your Will for my life, this week, today and yes, even for this moment!  May I please You in every way!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Glorious First Step!

You surely know that the Lord's return will be as a thief coming at night.  People will think they are safe and secure. But destruction will suddenly strike them like the pains of a woman about to give birth. And they won't escape.  My dear friends, you don't live in darkness, and so that day won't surprise you like a thief.  You belong to the light and live in the day. We don't live in the night or belong to the dark.  Others may sleep, but we should stay awake and be alert.  People sleep during the night, and some even get drunk.  But we belong to the day. So we must stay sober and let our faith and love be like a suit of armor. Our firm hope that we will be saved is our helmet.

1 Thessalonians 5: 2 - 8

Do you think you are safe and secure in this world?  Does your house have a lock on the door to keep strangers from coming in and stealing your things?  Do you have access to a doctor who can give you good medical care if you get sick?  And do you have money or land enough, or children to take care of your needs in old age? You may have all those things and even more, but your life like all the descendents  of Adam will come to a day when you will die and pass from this world.  What will happen then?  Are you ready for that day?  

There is only one way to be prepared for leaving this world, and that way is to have faith in and a relationship with Jesus Christ.  When you know Jesus and trust Him in everything, your departure from this world will be the glorious first step in a joy filled Eternity.

So as you live this day, make sure that you look for Jesus at every turn.  Think of Jesus with everything that runs through your mind.  When you speak, always mention the Lord!  Let His name be first on your lips and last on your mind!  Then when that day comes, you will indeed be ready to go.

“Lord Jesus, may You be praised now, here on this earth and in heaven forever and ever! Amen.”

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Ever After!

If we truly love others and live as Christ did in this world, we won't be worried about the day of judgment.  A real love for others will chase those worries away. The thought of being punished is what makes us afraid. It shows that we have not really learned to love.  We love because God loved us first.  But if we say we love God and don't love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don't love the people we can see?  The commandment that God has given us is: "Love God and love each other!"

1 John 4: 17 - 21

When a man and woman love each other and are united in that love as husband and wife, there is no stronger mutual bond on earth!  They each sacrifice many things for the good of the other.  And from that relationship comes new life, which has happened since the beginning of time and will until the return of Jesus Christ!

It is an earthly picture of a Heavenly truth!  Love empowers ordinary men to do Super Human things!  And when a man or woman loves God and His Son Jesus Christ, the floodgates of Heaven are opened to pour out the love of God on earth.  That life changing Love is what the Gospel is all about!  When the Love of God touches a lost man or woman, there begins a process of Eternal Transformation into a Bride for Jesus.  

No greater love story has or could ever be told!  The God who is LOVE gave His Son to die for us so that we might live in LOVE with Him forever!  It is the only real “Happily Ever After” story!

“Lord Jesus, I do love You and I want to love You more today than ever before.  May Your love flow through me to all those I meet today!   Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.” 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Walking on the Road to Heaven!

We have a great high priest who is in charge of God's house.  So let's come near God with pure hearts and a confidence that comes from having faith. Let's keep our hearts pure, our consciences free from evil, and our bodies washed with clean water.  We must hold tightly to the hope that we say is ours. After all, we can trust the one who made the agreement with us.  We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things.  Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord's coming is getting closer.

Hebrews 10: 21 - 25

Why is it a good idea to have a “habit” of meeting together with other Christians for worship?  Well, you see a habit is something you do whether or not you feel like doing it.  Some may argue that worshiping God when you don’t “feel” like it, is meaningless.  But the truth is that choosing to gather with other believers when you don’t feel like doing it is when you need it most!

Certainly, you can worship God while you are alone in a field, but you cannot encourage other Christians in their walk with the Lord while you are not walking with them!  

When I gather with other believers I am encouraged by those who sing with gusto even if they have not been blessed with great musical talent.  I am encouraged by those who seem to forget that anyone is watching and raise their hands in praise to God.  

And frankly, just seeing the faces of those whose lives were headed down the road to Hell when Jesus appeared to them and called them back to life in Him, makes my faith swell with hope!

So when you gather with other believers for worship this week focus on how you can be an encouragement for others in their walk with Jesus!  When you do that Jesus Himself will bless you!

“Lord Jesus, I know that the Day of Your return is closer than ever before.  Help me today to call others to faith in You and to encourage those who are already walking on the Road to Heaven!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Unbroken Chain of Faithfulness!

Then with the help of the Spirit, he took me to the top of a very high mountain. There he showed me the holy city of Jerusalem coming down from God in heaven.  The glory of God made the city bright. It was dazzling and crystal clear like a precious jasper stone.  The city had a high and thick wall with twelve gates, and each one of them was guarded by an angel. On each of the gates was written the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.  Three of these gates were on the east, three were on the north, three more were on the south, and the other three were on the west.  The city was built on twelve foundation stones. On each of the stones was written the name of one of the Lamb's twelve apostles.

Revelation 21: 10 - 14

The names of the Apostles and the names of the 12 tribes of Israel will be written on the gates and foundations of New Jerusalem.  I suppose that means that in Heaven you might say something like, “Let’s meet over by the Benjamin gate.” Or you might hear someone say, “I live near the Matthew foundation stone.”  That says to me that Earth will not be some kind of “distant past” that is only barely remembered for Eternity!  Who we are here and what happened here on Earth will matter a great deal in Heaven!

The Apostles will have their names on the foundation stones of Heaven and the sons of Jacob will have their names on the gates, so where will your name be in Heaven?

Of course, you cannot answer that question, but you can know this:  What you do here does make a difference forever!  As a follower of Jesus Christ, here on this earth, you can be sure that your walk with Jesus here will make an impact for an eternity!  The proclamation of the Gospel here on earth is like an unbroken chain of faithfulness by which all who are saved will be blessed forever!  

Be a link in that chain of faithfully living your life for Jesus.  Then, perhaps one day Jesus will show you where your name is written in Heaven!

“Thank You Jesus for letting me be part of what You are doing on this earth today, and Lord, for giving me the hope of living with You forever.  Praise Your Holy Name!  Amen.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

You Have Everything!

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.  My friends, I don't feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead.  I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.

Philippians 3: 8 - 14

Nothing is as wonderful, here on this earth as knowing Jesus Christ my Lord!  There are many wonderful and amazing things on this earth.  There are glorious mountains and grand valleys.  And don’t forget the spectacular oceans and seas.  As I am writing these words, I am listening to a recording of the sound of waves on the shore of the ocean.  It calms my mind to hear the  gentle touch it makes on the beach!

But the most amazing and wonderful of all the things in the world is the God given ability for a man or woman to know Jesus Christ!   If you have everything in the world, but don’t know Jesus, then you really have nothing.  If you have nothing in this world, but you do know Jesus, then you indeed have everything!

Let go of things that pull you away from Jesus, and hold tightly to those things that keep you close to Him!  Let nothing separate you from the Love of Christ!

“Lord Jesus, I want to know You better today than ever before.  Let me see again how amazing and wonderful it is just to know You, my Lord.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Monday, May 1, 2017

Display of God's Power!

Lead your people, LORD! Come and be our shepherd. Grasslands surround us, but we live in a forest. So lead us to Bashan and Gilead, and let us find pasture as we did long ago.  I, the LORD, will work miracles just as I did when I led you out of Egypt.  Nations will see this and be ashamed because of their helpless armies. They will be in shock, unable to speak or hear, because of their fear of me, your LORD and God. Then they will come trembling, crawling out of their fortresses like insects or snakes, lapping up the dust.  Our God, no one is like you. We are all that is left of your chosen people, and you freely forgive our sin and guilt. You don't stay angry forever; you're glad to have pity and pleased to be merciful. You will trample on our sins and throw them in the sea.  You will keep your word and be faithful to Jacob and to Abraham, as you promised our ancestors many years ago.

Micah 7: 14 - 20

As the Children of Israel were being led out of Egypt God did many mighty miracles that disrupted the whole society!  Moses did not present an “intellectual argument” to Pharaoh.  Instead, he confronted the Egyptian leader with the Power of God!  

There is no debate about whether or not God exists!  To debate about the reality of God would be like arguing about whether or not men can talk!  The proofs of God are all around every man and in fact are in our own bodies!  You prove God’s truth by the fact that you can breathe and think!  If God did not exist there would be no one to discuss the matter!

In your attempt to proclaim the reality of Jesus Christ to the world around you, let Him provide the proof by displaying His power!  

“Lord Jesus, display Your mighty Power again to those who have refused to turn their hearts to You.  And may You, Jesus be praised now and forever.  Amen.”  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I Believe in Global Warming!

From the temple I heard a voice shout to the seven angels, "Go and empty the seven bowls of God's anger on the earth.  The first angel emptied his bowl on the earth. At once ugly and painful sores broke out on everyone who had the mark of the beast and worshiped the idol.  The second angel emptied his bowl on the sea. Right away the sea turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.  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: 1 - 9

I believe in Global Warming!  Not the kind of climate change that comes from careless people who burn too much oil and gas.  The climate change I am talking about will happen when God pours out His final judgments on the earth!  Then there will be serious Global Warming!  God will cause the sun to heat up the earth and scorch men and women like they were standing too near to a furnace!

The response of people who don’t know Jesus during this terrible time will be to curse God and blame Him for the judgment of earth!

Will there be Christians still on earth during these judgments?  Some say, “Yes” and some say, “No.”  

Instead of joining in that debate, let your heart run after knowing Jesus better everyday.  When He is the object of your love and the goal of your life, it will not matter what the troubles are that come to your life, you will be ready because of Jesus! 

“Lord Jesus, I know that troubles will come to this earth because of Sin!  But I also know that You will protect Your people until the End of all things!  Praise You now and forever.  Amen.” 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Full Body Makeover!

My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God's people.  I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven.

Ephesians 1: 18 - 20

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, the Power of God will be applied to your life just as it was to our Lord when He was in the tomb!  While we live in this human body, we are changed and the life we live here is totally different because of Jesus, but there is more, much more!  

When it comes time for you to be transported from Earth to Heaven you will get a new body, like Jesus had when He was raised to life!  Truthfully, we don’t know much about the “new body” but we do know that we will be able to enjoy a meal and walk through walls!  Jesus did both of those after His resurrection!  And it will be a body that can live forever in Heaven with Jesus!

So, if you are struggling here on earth to change your body into one that is healthier, leaner, more athletic, or even more pleasing to the eye, take heart!  Your body will have a complete and total makeover when you are changed into your new and eternal body!  By the way, did I mention that your new body will have no pain or suffering, ever?  The same power that was used to bring Jesus out of the grave and change Him, will be applied to you when that day comes!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You that my weak and dying body here on earth will be changed into an eternally heathy and undying body and I will live with You forever in Heaven!  Praise Your Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beauty Instead of Blackness!

You know what sort of times we live in, and so you should live properly. It is time to wake up. You know that the day when we will be saved is nearer now than when we first put our faith in the Lord.  Night is almost over, and day will soon appear. We must stop behaving as people do in the dark and be ready to live in the light.

Romans 13: 11 - 12

I almost always wake up before the Sun comes up in the morning.  It is my favorite time of day.  It looks like it is still the middle of the night, but morning is not far away and then everything will be clearly seen.  With the Sun comes beauty instead of blackness and the birds will sing again.  

The return of the Sun to the sky reminds me of the return of the Son of God!  Before He comes again it will be dark, very dark.  And most folks will still be asleep and not looking for the Son to come back! 

But like the Sun in the sky, there is no stopping the Return of Jesus Christ.  He will return whether or not you like it, or even believe it.  Give your heart to Jesus, so that when He returns you will be filled with Joy and not with Terror!  

“Lord Jesus, wake me up to the fact that You will return and bring the End of all Things and the Beginning of Eternity.  May You be praised now and forever.  Amen.” 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Surface Water of Salvation!

So you will be saved, if you honestly say, "Jesus is Lord," and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death.   God will accept you and save you, if you truly believe this and tell it to others.  The Scriptures say that no one who has faith will be disappointed, no matter if that person is a Jew or a Gentile. There is only one Lord, and he is generous to everyone who asks for his help.  All who call out to the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10: 9 - 13

So is that all there is to being saved?  Is it just a matter of honestly saying “Jesus is Lord” and believing with all your heart that God raised Jesus from death?  Well, the answer to that question is yes, if you believe the Apostle Paul, but those things are just the “surface water” of Salvation!  If you don’t declare, and are committed to Jesus being Lord of your life, and you don’t truly believe in the Resurrection of Jesus you cannot even set one foot in the healing pool of Eternal Salvation!

But, once you are touching the water of Life in Jesus you will find it is deeper than anyone can measure.  How completely appropriate that when the crowd on Pentecost turned their hearts to Jesus and repented, Peter told them to get into the waters of Baptism as step one on their road to Heaven.  

Every day, in your walk with Jesus there will be another step you will take in obedience to the Lord!  Never ask whether or not being obedient in this or that is truly important.  Each Word that comes out of the mouth of the Lord is the highest priority for today! 

“Lord Jesus, may You be the author of my ’To Do List’ for today!  Guide me in every step that I take.  And may Your Name be Praised forever.  Amen.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

Serve God in a New Way!

That is how it is with you, my friends. You are now part of the body of Christ and are dead to the power of the Law. You are free to belong to Christ, who was raised to life so that we could serve God.  When we thought only of ourselves, the Law made us have sinful desires. It made every part of our bodies into slaves who are doomed to die.   But the Law no longer rules over us. We are like dead people, and it cannot have any power over us. Now we can serve God in a new way by obeying his Spirit, and not in the old way by obeying the written Law.

Romans 7: 4 - 6

Does this mean that we have no need to be obedient to the things we read in Scripture?  Of course not.  The written “Law” was the Law of Moses that was given by God to him for the Children of Israel to follow and was fulfilled when Jesus died on the Cross!  

So how does the “new way” of obeying His Spirit differ from obeying the written Law?  The Law of Moses was a set of rules for a culture of people who were chosen by God to bring Jesus to the world.  Obeying the Spirit is a relationship of a man or a woman with God.  The Bible is filled with examples of people who believed in Jesus and walked daily with Him by obeying the Spirit of God in them!  As they read the Bible, the Holy Spirit will say to their hearts, “This is for you today, listen!”  So they search the Scriptures and listen for the confirmation that, “this is for you!”

Don’t be fooled by the lie that says that you don’t need to be obedient to the Scripture.  You certainly do!  But obeying the rules without believing in and trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior will do you no good at all!  

“Lord Jesus help me today to listen to Your Spirit as He leads and guides me in the way that I should walk this day.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”