Monday, October 23, 2017

Dream Home in Heaven!

Jesus said to his disciples, "Don't be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me.  There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you.  After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together.  You know the way to where I am going."  Thomas said, "Lord, we don't even know where you are going! How can we know the way?"  "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father.

John 14: 1 - 6

I don’t know if any of the home renovation television shows are broadcast internationally, but I’m sure you can see some of them on the internet.  Usually, near the beginning of the program a couple is explaining what their idea of a “dream home” would be.  By the end of the show you have seen their new home become everything they had ever imagined and more!  

It is totally appropriate that Jesus was a carpenter here on this earth, because right now He is preparing a place for you and me in Heaven!  The One who is decorating your home in Heaven is the same One who designed Roses and Lillies, sunsets and gentle rains, moon lite nights and hypnotizing waves rolling in on the beach!  He created everything beautiful that there is and is not done yet!  

The splendor and beauty of your new home will not even compare to the splendor and beauty of the Carpenter who is making it ready for you! 

If you have not yet given your heart to Jesus Christ, you literally don’t know what you will be missing!  

“Lord Jesus, help me today to be even more excited about the Day that may soon come, the Day when I will see my Eternal Home forever!  Praise Your Holy Name.  Amen.” 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

My Weakness His Glory!

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The leaders told the man, "You have been a sinner since the day you were born! Do you think you can teach us anything?" Then they said, "You can never come back into any of our meeting places!"  When Jesus heard what had happened, he went and found the man. Then Jesus asked, "Do you have faith in the Son of Man?"  He replied, "Sir, if you will tell me who he is, I will put my faith in him."  "You have already seen him," Jesus answered, "and right now he is talking with you."  The man said, "Lord, I put my faith in you!" Then he worshiped Jesus.  Jesus told him, "I came to judge the people of this world. I am here to give sight to the blind and to make blind everyone who can see."

John 9: 34 - 39

All of chapter 9 in the Gospel of John is devoted to the story of a man who was born blind, but was healed by Jesus!  The religious leaders threw the man out of the synagogue because Jesus had revealed His power in giving him sight for the first time in his life!  

Jesus said the man was born blind so that others would see God work a miracle for him!

If you have a “disability,” and we all do to some extent, how has God been glorified through your weakness?  Does your lack of ability in some area of your life discourage you or do you see it as an opportunity for God to point others to Him by displaying His power in your life?

He may show His greatness by healing you, or He may show it in some other way.  But God will use everything about your life for His purpose!  You have the choice of letting Him use you as you willingly give it all to Jesus, or you can refuse to be His obedient  servant and God will still use you like He did Pharaoh in Egypt!

"Lord Jesus, I want to be Your willing servant.  I give You my weakness today so that You may be glorified even in my disability.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.” 

Friday, October 20, 2017


Your father is the devil, and you do exactly what he wants. He has always been a murderer and a liar. There is nothing truthful about him. He speaks on his own, and everything he says is a lie. Not only is he a liar himself, but he is also the father of all lies.  Everything I have told you is true, and you still refuse to have faith in me.  Can any of you accuse me of sin? If you cannot, why won't you have faith in me? After all, I am telling you the truth.

John 8: 44 - 46

The term “FAKE NEWS” is commonly used today to mean that a news story is really a lie!  Jesus came to earth to bring us the “GOOD NEWS” that we can be saved from the consequences of our sin and rebellion against God!  The Good News is always true and is not a lie!

But the Devil is the father of lies and is in the business today of spreading lies, especially lies about Jesus and the Gospel!  

Satan says there are many ways to get to Heaven, but Jesus says there is only one way!

Satan says that Jesus was a good man, but certainly not the Son of God!

And the list goes on and on!  God says one thing, and the Devil declares just the opposite.  Let the Holy Spirit and His Sword, which is the Word of God help you know the difference between the Good News and the Fake News!

“Lord Jesus, help me today to know the difference between Your Truth and Satan’s lie.  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Knowing Christ is the Prize!

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

Philippians 3: 7 - 12

I think some followers of Jesus Christ today would judge the Apostle Paul as one who was “weak in faith” because he said he had not yet reached his goal!  They might say that Paul was not certain of his Salvation!  But that is not what this is saying at all!  

I think that the Prize Paul was talking about was simply this: Paul wanted to know Christ better!  So, after you are “Saved” you don’t just sit down, relax and wait for the return of Jesus.  After you are saved, you “Struggle and Run” to know Jesus and the power that raised Him to life!  

Knowing Christ is not just sweet fellowship with the Lord.  It is also suffering and dying as He did.  Knowing Christ is being raised to life even as He was three days after His crucifixion.  

“Lord Jesus, You are the Prize for those who are saved from the fires of Hell. You are all I need or will ever need.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Don't Wait for the Trumpet!

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: 3 - 6

Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ will not be finished until the day of His return!  That means simply this: If today is the day of the return of Jesus Christ, there may still time for you to tell someone about Jesus and for that someone to turn their heart to Him! 

Hopefully, there will be those who hear about the saving power of Jesus Christ and give themselves to Him, and as they “rise out of the grave” of the old life, they will see Him coming on the clouds!   

If you see the signs of the return of Jesus Christ, know this: It is time for you to tell everyone you meet this day about what Jesus did for them on the Cross!  Will you be embarrassed for being so bold?  Perhaps you will, but you will be even more distraught if you have opportunity to bring one more lost soul to Jesus before His return and you refuse to do so!

Don’t wait for the trumpet!  Then it will be too late!

“Lord Jesus, give me a heart of urgency about spreading the Good News about You to everyone I meet today.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.” 

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Sin Option!

Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.

Hebrews 4: 15 - 16

Do you take pride in the fact that you are not tempted in a certain area?  There are sins which are so “terrible” in our eyes, that we believe even to be tempted in that way is disgraceful and maybe even a sin itself!  

So what do these verses mean when they say that Jesus was tempted in “every way we are?”  I don’t believe that Jesus was “overwhelmed” with the desire to do something that would displease the Father.   But, I do believe that Jesus, because He was human, was fully capable of choosing the sin option in every situation in His life, and was confronted with situations that presented Him with the opportunity to reject every sin known to man!

You cannot call out to Jesus when you are tempted and have the Lord tell you that He doesn’t know how you feel in confronting that temptation!  

So, follow the example of Joseph and run away from Potiphar’s wife, but hold on tightly to Jesus who knows exactly how you feel!

“Lord Jesus, help me to meet every temptation in life today with the same success You had with that very invitation to sin.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Black Hole of Human Pride!

Who can measure the wealth and wisdom and knowledge of God? Who can understand his decisions or explain what he does? “Has anyone known the thoughts of the Lord or given him advice?"
Romans 11:33-34

Human beings like to measure the wealth, wisdom and knowledge of others!   We use the measuring stick of our own wealth, wisdom and knowledge to see if we are richer, wiser and smarter than other people.   Usually we put that stick away until it appears that we will win the comparison.

But when you try to measure God's wisdom, knowledge and wealth you will always find that your measuring stick is not long enough to even begin!   One of Satan's fundamental temptations is to tell you that you can be wiser, smarter, and even wealthier than God!   

And of course, the Enemy of God would have you believe that you can, without the help of Scripture or the Holy Spirit understand God's decisions or explain what He does!    It is then you take the final foolish step of trying to give God advice!

Certainly, it is fine to seek to understand God's decisions, but when brining your requests to God crosses over into the realm of pitting your wisdom against His, you step into a black hole of human pride!   When you come to God, always stay on your knees!

"Lord Jesus, I do want to know more and more about You, but I know that Your Wisdom, Wealth and Knowledge are beyond anything I could ever imagine.   Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.   Amen."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Heart but His Image!

The Pharisees got together and planned how they could trick Jesus into saying something wrong.  They sent some of their followers and some of Herod’s followers to say to him, “Teacher, we know that you are honest. You teach the truth about what God wants people to do. And you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are.  Tell us what you think! Should we pay taxes to the Emperor or not?”
Jesus knew their evil thoughts and said, “Why are you trying to test me? You show-offs!  Let me see one of the coins used for paying taxes.” They brought him a silver coin, and he asked, “Whose picture and name are on it?”
“The Emperor’s,” they answered.
Then Jesus told them, “Give the Emperor what belongs to him and give God what belongs to God.”

Matthew 22:15-21

Jesus was not a politician, but like political leaders even today, there were attempts to get Jesus to say some something wrong in public!  An upsetting "sound bite" is perhaps the best way to put yourself at the head of the media wolf pack!  

And the question they asked the Lord was about as political a question you could contrive.  They asked Jesus if they should pay taxes to Caesar.  His answer was simple and profound at the same time.  He asked for a coin and pointed out that the picture on the coin was a picture of the Emperor.  The Jesus said, "Give the Emperor what belongs to him and give God what belongs to God."  

Caesar's picture was on the coin, but God's image is on the heart of every man ever born!  You are made in God's image and, consequently, you belong to God!  When you give your heart to Jesus, you are giving the Lord a "Coin" with the image of Jesus deeply inscribed on it!

"Lord Jesus, every human being ever born into this world was Created in your image!  So, I give You today the one thing that I have that is rightly Yours, my heart!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."

Friday, October 13, 2017

Think About Jesus Before You Sleep!

You are my God. I worship you. In my heart, I long for you, as I would long for a stream in a scorching desert.

I have seen your power and your glory in the place of worship. Your love means more than life to me, and I praise you. As long as I live, I will pray to you.  I will sing joyful praises and be filled with excitement like a guest at a banquet.

I think about you before I go to sleep, and my thoughts turn to you during the night. 

Psalm 63:1-6

What do you think about before you go to sleep each night?  Many people fall asleep thinking about the regrets of that day.  The things that you did, but you wish you had not done can run over and over through your mind like a "broken record." Those are thoughts that can in fact keep you from sleeping and you wonder if the night is ever going to end!

King David had a difficult life, to say the least, but he tells us in Psalm 63 how he quieted his mind and slept peacefully through the night!  David thought about God before he went to sleep, and his thoughts turned to God during the night!  

The Bible tells us that we should think about good things.  What is better to think about than God Himself?  And, I believe the most amazing thought about God is this: Jesus loves me!  The Creator of all there is, the One who rules the universe and all Eternity, loves me, and He loves you!  That one thought, if you truly believe it, will drive all the worries from your heart and mind and let you rest in peace!

"Lord Jesus, show me how to think about You before I sleep at night.  And may thoughts of You fill my dreams as I sleep!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."

Thursday, October 12, 2017

God's Power Class!

I prayed to the Lord:

Our Lord, you are the one
    who gives me strength
and protects me like a fortress
    when I am in trouble.
People will come to you
    from distant nations and say,
“Our ancestors worshiped
    false and useless gods,
worthless idols
    made by human hands.”
Then the Lord replied,
“That’s why I will teach them
    about my power,
and they will know
    that I am the true God.”

Jeremiah 16:19-21

How do people come to know that God is the only true God?  Of course, there are many answers to that question but these verses in Jeremiah 16 say that people will know that He is the "true God" when He teaches them about His power!  

When a man or woman comes face to face with the undeniable Power of God in their life, they have only two choices.  They could turn and run away from God or they could run toward Him.  No one is touched by the Power of God and simply ignores the reality of God.

When God's Power touches you, you will not stand still.  You will move either away from God or leap into His arms!

That is why Satan wants you to believe that God's Power is no longer seen in the world today.  So if you are praying that someone enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, ask God to teach them about His Power!  Seeing the undeniable Power of God will bring anyone to a point of decision about the Lord!

"Lord Jesus, teach me more about Your Power today.  And when I see Your Power may I run to You, and always rest in Your love! Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever!  Amen."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Unimportant People!

When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all of his angels, he will sit on his royal throne.  The people of all nations will be brought before him, and he will separate them, as shepherds separate their sheep from their goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  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 25:31-40

Certainly, we are saved by faith and not by works, but when Jesus comes and brings everyone before Him, according to these verses He will not mention your faith, or your church, or how accurately you understood the doctrines of the Bible!  What He will focus on is this: Did you minister to Him by responding to the needs of others?  

You may be the greatest theologian who ever lived, but if you ignore the needs of seemingly "unimportant people" your prospect for Eternity is not good to say the least!  You see, extensive Bible study, and even seminary training is no substitute for doing the things that the Holy Spirit wants to lead you to do in your daily walk with Jesus!

So you are saved by the Blood of Jesus and not saved by works, but at the same time, you are not saved without them!   

"Lord Jesus, help me today to reach out to all the "unimportant people" you have put before me!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen." 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Song on the Cross!

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Jesus quoted the first line of Psalm 22 as He was dying on the Cross!  Those who knew the Scriptures must have realized that the rest of that Old Testament song was talking about Jesus!

My God, my God, why have you deserted me? Why are you so far away? Won't you listen to my groans and come to my rescue?  I cry out day and night, but you don't answer, and I can never rest.  Yet you are the holy God, ruling from your throne and praised by Israel.  Our ancestors trusted you, and you rescued them.  When they cried out for help, you saved them, and you did not let them down when they depended on you.  But I am merely a worm, far less than human, and I am hated and rejected by people everywhere.  Everyone who sees me makes fun and sneers. They shake their heads, and say, "Trust the LORD! If you are his favorite, let him protect you and keep you safe."  You, LORD, brought me safely through birth, and you protected me when I was a baby at my mother's breast.  From the day I was born, I have been in your care, and from the time of my birth, you have been my God.  Don't stay far off when I am in trouble with no one to help me.  Enemies are all around like a herd of wild bulls. Powerful bulls from Bashan are everywhere.  My enemies are like lions roaring and attacking with jaws open wide.  I have no more strength than a few drops of water. All my bones are out of joint; my heart is like melted wax.  My strength has dried up like a broken clay pot, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You, God, have left me to die in the dirt.  Brutal enemies attack me like a pack of dogs, tearing at my hands and my feet.  I can count all my bones, and my enemies just stare and sneer at me.  They took my clothes and gambled for them.  Don't stay far away, LORD! My strength comes from you, so hurry and help.  Rescue me from enemy swords and save me from those dogs.  Don't let lions eat me. You rescued me from the horns of wild bulls, and when your people meet, I will praise you, LORD  All who worship the LORD, now praise him! You belong to Jacob's family and to the people of Israel, so fear and honor the LORD!  The LORD doesn't hate or despise the helpless in all of their troubles. When I cried out, he listened and did not turn away.  When your people meet, you will fill my heart with your praises, LORD, and everyone will see me keep my promises to you.  The poor will eat and be full, and all who worship you will be thankful and live in hope.  Everyone on this earth will remember you, LORD. People all over the world will turn and worship you, because you are in control, the ruler of all nations.  All who are rich and have more than enough will bow down to you, Lord. Even those who are dying and almost in the grave will come and bow down.  In the future, everyone will worship and learn about you, our Lord.  People not yet born will be told, "The Lord has saved us!"

Psalm 22: 1 - 32

“May the Lord be praised now and forever! Amen.”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Try Repentance!

Listen to me, you rulers of Israel! You know right from wrong, but you prefer to do evil instead of what is right. You skin my people alive. You strip off their flesh, break their bones, cook it all in a pot, and gulp it down. Someday you will beg the Lord to help you, but he will turn away because of your sins.

Micah 3:1-4

When tragedy strikes a nation, any nation there are many who cry out to God for help!  Whether it is a hurricane, an earthquake, or even a mass shooting and murder, those who are brought low by the terrible event know that there is no real help except from God Himself!

But what if you beg God for help and He turns away?   Why would God refuse to come to the aid of those who cry out to Him in pain and anguish? The answer is simple.  Men turn to God without turning away from their sins!  If you do that you will find God not to be everything you had hoped!  

God is not in the business of rescuing sinners so they can keep on sinning!  The word that we want to leave out of the Gospel message is REPENT! Turning to God without turning from your sins will surely disappoint.  So if your "walk with Jesus" has been less than amazing try repentance.  Turn away from everything in your life that is not pleasing to God!  Then beg Him for mercy!  You will find a stunning difference in your life with Christ!

"Lord Jesus, show me today how I can repent of those things that do not please You.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Quiet Time Temptations!

Jesus said to his disciples, "During this very night, all of you will reject me, as the Scriptures say, 'I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.  But after I am raised to life, I will go to Galilee ahead of you."  Peter spoke up, "Even if all the others reject you, I never will!"  Jesus replied, "I promise you that before a rooster crows tonight, you will say three times that you don't know me."  But Peter said, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never say I don't know you." All the others said the same thing.

Matthew 26: 31 - 35

Peter told Jesus that he would be willing to die for his Master!  Peter sincerely believed that he would stand up for and even be willing to die with Jesus.  The other disciples repeated those words to Jesus.  But we read in the Bible that Peter’s strength of will was washed away in the flood of pressure that came just before the rooster crowed!

Peter was serious in his declaration of faith and willingness to die for Jesus.  In fact, Peter was the one who cut off the servant’s ear when they came to get Jesus.  Surely, Peter could have died if the soldiers had responded violently.  It was not in the heat of the moment that Peter denied the Lord, it was rather in the quiet of sitting by a fire waiting to see how things would come out!  It is a warning for us today.

Don’t be afraid of the violent onslaught of the Devil and his minions.  Most, will stand up to that even as Peter cut off the servant’s ear.  The hardest part of remaining loyal to Jesus is when you are sitting quietly by the fire and someone points you out as a follower of Jesus.  The first and second denial that Peter made of the Lord were in response to comments by two “servant girls” who recognized him.  Peter stood up well against the Roman soldiers who came to take Jesus away, but later he denied even knowing Jesus when two “servant girls” recognized him.

Sometimes it is the subtle temptations in a quiet time that are most difficult!

“Lord Jesus, help me not to deny You today. Make me strong enough to withstand even the QUIET TIME TEMPTATIONS.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”