Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Both Conservative and Liberal

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No one is loyal to God; no one does right. Everyone is brutal and eager to deceive everyone else.  People cooperate to commit crime. Judges and leaders demand bribes, and rulers cheat in court.  The most honest of them is worse than a thorn patch. Your doom has come! Lookouts sound the warning, and everyone panics.  Don't trust anyone, not even your best friend, and be careful what you say to the one you love.  Sons refuse to respect their own fathers, daughters rebel against their own mothers, and daughters-in-law despise their mothers-in-law. Your family is now your enemy.  But I trust the LORD God to save me, and I will wait for him to answer my prayer.

Micah 7:1-7

These words, written almost 3,000 years ago are as up to date as the latest News Alert!  When men cease being loyal to God they follow the same pattern of sin.  "Everyone is brutal and eager to deceive everyone else."  

Go back and read these verses again and think about how things are in the world today.  Without Jesus, the course of any culture moves rapidly toward destruction!  But with the Lord at the center of any land, justice and mercy overwhelm the forces of evil and the Glory of the Lord is seen across the land and around the world!

Choosing Jesus is not a choice between conservative or liberal.  Jesus is both conservative and liberal!  Jesus is "Truth" and He is THE WAY not "a way."  But Jesus also gives Salvation from sin and death to those who did not earn it and do not deserve it!  Both the "Left" and the "Right" find in Jesus the things they value most.  But Jesus is beyond political perspective.  The "chief of sinners" can come to Jesus and be received by Him.  The most "far left" radical can give their heart to the Lord as well as the most "right wing" person among us!  

When you come to Jesus and love Him with all your heart, you will find that He also loves those with whom you totally disagree!  Then He moves on your heart to love them too!  

You will soon find that loving someone across the borders set up by suspicion, hate and fear will free you seek the lost like never before!  Bring men and women to Jesus and let Him correct the things they misunderstand in the world around them!  That's what He does with me and you!

"Lord Jesus, thank You that the Good News of Your Death, Burial and Resurrection is for all men and women everywhere.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.'

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Full Disclosure to the Lord

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Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long.  Night and day your hand weighed heavily on me, and my strength was gone as in the summer heat.  So I confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, "I'll tell the LORD each one of my sins." Then you forgave me and took away my guilt.  We worship you, Lord, and we should always pray whenever we find out that we have sinned. Then we won't be swept away by a raging flood.  You are my hiding place! You protect me from trouble, and you put songs in my heart because you have saved me.

Psalm 32:3-7

There is a raging flood that will sweep away men and women who do not confess their sins to the Lord!  According to these verses we can sin and then find out later that we did it!  Sin is, therefore not something that we always do on purpose.  

A man's conscience is not the deciding factor about whether or not something is sin.  You can sin with a completely clean conscience!  Just because something is legal and even acceptable in the eyes of your country and culture does not mean that it is right according to God Almighty!  Also, history is filled with people who lived honestly and righteously before the Lord and in the light of His Word but they became criminals in the eyes of the government of their country!  

The Word of God is the standard by which our sin is revealed.  If you don't know what God has said about a thing, how can you know what He thinks about it?  

If you desire to be an upstanding and honest citizen even when the laws of your country contradict the Word of God, you may find yourself honored by your country, but not by God!  It is better to be right in the eyes of the Lord than to be the most revered person in your land!  

"Lord Jesus, give me the courage to confess all my sin to You and be willing to walk according to Your Word in everything I do!  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Changed To Be Like Jesus

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Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone.  There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.  All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus.  So Peter said to him, "Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."  While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, "This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!"

Matthew 17:1-5

Jesus, the Son of God Almighty was perfect in every way.  He was changed in the way the disciples saw Him, but not in who He was!  The “Transfiguration,” as it is sometimes called, simply revealed the Glorious nature of Jesus to Peter James and John.

As followers of Jesus we too are changed, but not just in the way we appear.  We are changed from fallen, lost and hopless men and women into “Spirit Filled Children of God.”  And, oh yes, the difference can be seen by those around us!  

The change in your life is not because of all the good things you now do.  The good things you do are the result of that change.  Because of the Holy Spirit living in your heart the world will see that you are a different person!

“Lord Jesus, may Your Love and the Holy Spirit rule in my heart so that the world may see the change that You are making in me today!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Spiritual Child Abuse!

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About this time the disciples came to Jesus and asked him who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus called a child over and had the child stand near him.  Then he said: I promise you this. If you don't change and become like a child, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.  But if you are as humble as this child, you are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And when you welcome one of these children because of me, you welcome me.  It will be terrible for people who cause even one of my little followers to sin. Those people would be better off thrown into the deepest part of the ocean with a heavy stone tied around their necks!  The world is in for trouble because of the way it causes people to sin. There will always be something to cause people to sin, but anyone who does this will be in for trouble.

Matthew 18:1-7

When someone harms and hurts a child there is no mercy from most courts and judges!  There is no way to explain away or justify abusing a child!

These verses talk about Spiritual Child Abuse!  When you become a follower of Jesus Christ, you are indeed a Child of God!  You exhibit many characteristics that are common in small children. You trust your Father without question.  You love everyone.  You enjoy the beauty of the world around you without paying attention to the wicked corruption promoted by Satan.  

Even as a father who is willing to lay his life on the line for his child, Jesus came to die on the Cross to save Children for God!  

When men try to draw away, tempt and otherwise abuse Children of God, they are in for trouble!  Spiritual Child Abuse will always cause God to respond! 

If you are not a follower of Jesus the warning is this: "Don't abuse God's Children!  He will not take it lightly if you do!"

If you are a follower of Jesus remember this: "Your battle is not against those who might abuse you.  Your struggle is against Satan as you stand every moment on the Word of God and in His strength!  Then you will overcome at every turn!"

"Lord Jesus, help me today to truly be a child in Your Holy eyes! And may I never be guilty of Spiritual Child Abuse!   Praise Your Holy Name  now and forever!  Amen."

Sunday, October 7, 2018


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 1:6-10

When you say “I have not sinned,” you are making a declaration of “I have no need for Jesus!”  If fallen humanity could pick themselves up off of the trash heap of life and present themselves to Jesus clean and worthy of Heaven, then Jesus did not need to come!

So why am I ashamed to admit that I have sinned?  Refusing to acknowledge my sin tells the world “If you just live like me, you won’t need Jesus!”  

NEWS FLASH! When you turned your heart to Jesus, your body did not rejoice!  Your flesh probably said, “But what about my desires, and the pride that I want to take for being who I am?”  As a follower of Jesus you decided that you would not be ruled by your body and it’s many desires!  

When the Bible says “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory” (Romans 3:23) it is talking about you and about me!  As long as you live and breathe on this earth temptation will try to draw you away from Jesus!  

You and I, and all men and women are sinners because that is the nature that Adam and Eve passed on to us!  The Devil wants you to believe and declare that you are not a sinner and have no need for Jesus Christ!

“Lord Jesus, I need your sacrifice for my sin as much as anyone ever born on this earth!  The Apostle Paul declared himself to be “Chief of Sinners,” but so are we all!  May Your Holy and Powerful Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”  

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Falsely Accused

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Then I heard a voice from heaven shout, "Our God has shown his saving power, and his kingdom has come! God's own Chosen One has shown his authority. Satan accused our people in the presence of God day and night. Now he has been thrown out!  Our people defeated Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and the message of God. They were willing to give up their lives.  The heavens should rejoice, together with everyone who lives there. But pity the earth and the sea, because the devil was thrown down to the earth. He knows his time is short, and he is very angry."  When the dragon realized that it had been thrown down to the earth, it tried to make trouble for the woman who had given birth to a son.  But the woman was given two wings like those of a huge eagle, so that she could fly into the desert. There she would escape from the snake and be taken care of for a time, two times, and half a time.  The snake then spewed out water like a river to sweep the woman away.  But the earth helped her and swallowed the water that had come from the dragon's mouth.  This made the dragon terribly angry with the woman. So it started a war against the rest of her children. They are the people who obey God and are faithful to what Jesus did and taught.

Revelation 12:10-17

It is a terrible thing to be falsely accused!  It still upsets me to remember the time when I was falsely accused of stealing a small bottle of breath freshener from a pharmacy near my home.  I was only 16 years old, but the memory remains more than a half century later!  

When the Devil accuses me before God the accusations are not false!  He is not lying when he tells God that I am guilty of sin and deserve to spend eternity in Hell!  I might wish to declare that I am innocent, but that would be a lie!

What is true is this: Jesus gave His Perfect Life to die for me, so that I might not suffer the eternal consequences of my sin!  If Jesus is my Lord and my Savior, the charges against me, no matter how extreme are irrelevant!  

Don't spend your energy trying to defend yourself against the accusations of Satan.  You see, it really doesn't matter if they are true or false!  Jesus paid for all of your sin and is, according to a popular Christian song from many years ago, "MY LAWYER IN HEAVEN."

If you are falsely accused, Jesus will vindicate you.  And if you are accurately accused of sin, Jesus will forgive you!  

Cast your cares on Jesus and trust Him for everything in your life!  He has never failed anyone who does that!

"Lord Jesus, You are an amazing Lord and Savior and must be praised Now and Forever!  Amen." 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fellowship of Confession

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If you have sinned, you should tell each other what you have done. Then you can pray for one another and be healed. The prayer of an innocent person is powerful, and it can help a lot.

James 5:16

There are two phrases in this verse that are very important.  “Tell each other” and “pray for one another.”   They clearly show the Fellowship of Confession.  We are to confess our sins, but we are told to confess our sins to “each other!”  Confession is not intended to be a one way street.  

Satan wants sins to be kept secret.  He wants you to feel guilty about your sin, but not to tell anyone about it!  When sin remains a secret it is like an infection under your skin that needs to be drained.  If you refuse to open up the sore, it will only get worse!

The Enemy uses “everybody’s doing it” to get as many people as possible deep into the throws of sin!  Jesus uses “everybody’s confessing it” to open the doors of the prison of even a moment of personal rebellion against God!  Of course, confessing your sin is worthless without the Blood of Jesus, which is the power behind your confession.  But Christians without repentance and confession of their sin are immobilized by the mud and mire of their guilt!

The Bible says in 1 John 1:8  “If we say that we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn't in our hearts.”

Add the fellowship of confession to your repentance and experience the peace of God in every way!

“Thank you Lord Jesus for the healing that comes through confessing our sins and praying for each other.  May Your Holy and Precious Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.” 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Never Too Soon to Obey Jesus

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Everyone in Israel should then know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ, even though you put him to death on a cross.  When the people heard this, they were very upset. They asked Peter and the other apostles, "Friends, what shall we do?"  Peter said, "Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit.  This promise is for you and your children. It is for everyone our Lord God will choose, no matter where they live."

Acts 2 : 36 - 39

It was not the Gospel of Peace and Joy that prompted men and women on the Day of Pentecost to repent.  The stark reality came upon them that Jesus was Lord and Christ and they responded to Him by killing Him!  

They were very upset, as anyone would be who discovered that they had, even unknowingly opposed God Himself to the point of Crucifying Him!  They were guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt!  There was nothing they could do to make it right.  And when they realized that Jesus had risen from the grave, they could only imagine the vengeance that He might take on every one of them!

Instead of running away from God, Peter told them to run to Jesus and be baptized in His Name!  He told them that then they would experience forgiveness of their sins and would be given the Holy Spirit!  

Instead of trying to define and understand the theology of what Peter was telling them to do, they rushed to the waters of baptism that day!  Like prisoners would rush from the confines of their cells when the doors were opened, three thousand of those who killed Jesus responded quickly and without debate!  

Even today when a man or woman becomes convicted of their sin and the ultimate consequences of that sin, unqualified obedience becomes the next step!

Don't be guilty of slowing people down in their response of obedience to Jesus!  You cannot obey the Lord too soon!

"Lord Jesus, show me today how I can continue to be obedient to You in everything I do.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Are There Fish in Your Net?

Jesus later appeared to his disciples along the shore of Lake Tiberias.  Simon Peter, Thomas the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, and the brothers James and John, were there, together with two other disciples.  Simon Peter said, "I'm going fishing!" The others said, "We will go with you." They went out in their boat. But they didn't catch a thing that night.  Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize who he was.  Jesus shouted, "Friends, have you caught anything?" "No!" they answered.  So he told them, "Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish." They did, and the net was so full of fish that they could not drag it up into the boat.  Jesus' favorite disciple told Peter, "It's the Lord!" When Simon heard that it was the Lord, he put on the clothes that he had taken off while he was working. Then he jumped into the water.

John 21 : 1-7

The disciples had been with Jesus for three years but still did not recognize Him when they saw Him on the shore.  But when they followed His advice, they filled the net with fish!  

When you try to "fish for men" without letting Jesus tell you where to drop the net, the results may indeed be the same!

Also don't be surprised if at some point in your walk with Jesus, He speaks and you don't know that it is Him!  You may ask yourself, "Was it Jesus who prompted me to speak to that stranger?"  or "Is the Lord directing my path today by allowing my car to break down, sending me to the auto repair shop?"

The answer is simple: Look at the net and see if there are fish in it! When you see the fish in your net, you will recognize Jesus on the shore!  And when you see Him, do what Peter did!  Jump in the water and swim to Jesus!

"Lord Jesus, I know You desire to direct my steps as I fish for men!  Show me today where to go and what to do as I drop the net for today's catch!  May Your Holy Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."   

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Peter's Polar Opposite

When Jesus and his disciples had finished eating, he asked, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than the others do?" Simon Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know I do!" "Then feed my lambs," Jesus said.  Jesus asked a second time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know I love you!" "Then take care of my sheep," Jesus told him.  Jesus asked a third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus had asked him three times if he loved him. So he told Jesus, "Lord, you know everything. You know I love you." Jesus replied, "Feed my sheep.

 I tell you for certain that when you were a young man, you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will hold out your hands. Then others will wrap your belt around you and lead you where you don't want to go."  Jesus said this to tell how Peter would die and bring honor to God. Then he said to Peter, "Follow me!"  Peter turned and saw Jesus' favorite disciple following them. He was the same one who had sat next to Jesus at the meal and had asked, "Lord, who is going to betray you?"  When Peter saw that disciple, he asked Jesus, "Lord, what about him?"  Jesus answered, "What is it to you, if I want him to live until I return? You must follow me."

John 21:15-22

The night before the Crucifixion Peter denied three times that he even knew Jesus!  Then, after the Resurrection Jesus asked Peter to declare three times that he loved the Lord!  After that Peter was the first of the Apostles to preach publicly the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  

When you repent, you not only stop repeating your sin, but you also start doing the "Polar Opposite" of that sin!  When you stop hating your neighbor, you start loving him!  When you stop stealing, you begin being a blessing to others as you give of your means to help those in need!  When your actions bring shame on the Name of the Lord, your repentance means that you give  God Glory in everything you do!

When Peter repented of his denial of Jesus, he began a life long walk of declaring his love for the Lord.  Saul who was a murderer became Paul the man who brought life to all those he encountered.  

When you repent of your sins, you will begin to walk in the opposite direction.  With Jesus and the Holy Spirit in your heart your life will go up from the place where you "hit bottom!"  Don't be surprised if the Holy Spirit leads you to minister to those who are caught in the very sin that had captured you!  

Peter denied the Lord in a very dramatic and memorable way.  Peter also glorified the Lord by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus until the day he died.  

"Lord Jesus, show me how today to bring Glory to Your Holy Name even as I repent of my sin!  And Lord, may You Name be praised now and forever!  Amen."

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Shadow of God

Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful.  Then you will say to the LORD, "You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you."

Psalm 91 : 1-2

On a hot summer day, the shadow of a large tree, a soft breeze and a cool drink of water bring comfort to any traveler.  In a shadow the air is cooler and the light does not blind!  Add cool water and a breeze to the mix and you will be refreshed and ready to go.

When you stay in the Shadow of God your life will be blessed in so many ways!  The cool breeze of the Holy Spirit will refresh you and the Water of Life will give you the strength to carry on!
 Don’t forget that you must stand close to God to be in His shadow!  Jesus is the only way to God and He is the only way to stand in God’s shadow.  Unless you are a follower of Jesus you will not be able to get close enough to God to feel the Cool of the Shadow of God!
 “Lord Jesus, thank You for making it possible for me to stand in the Shadow of the Father!  There is no other place to find Peace forever!  May Your Holy Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Far and Wide

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But the LORD says, "Now I will do something and be greatly praised.  Your deeds are straw that will be set on fire by your very own breath.  You will be burned to ashes like thorns in a fire.  Everyone, both far and near, come look at what I have done. See my mighty power!"  Those terrible sinners on Mount Zion tremble as they ask in fear, "How can we possibly live where a raging fire never stops burning?"  But there will be rewards for those who live right and tell the truth, for those who refuse to take money by force or accept bribes, for all who hate murder and violent crimes.  They will live in a fortress high on a rocky cliff, where they will have food and plenty of water.  With your own eyes you will see the glorious King; you will see his kingdom reaching far and wide.

Isaiah 33 : 10-17

Christian discouragement is one of Satan's best weapons.  The devil wants to kill your courage and keep you from being a bold believer!  If you are convinced that God will not do many things today, you can easily settle in to an attitude of despair.  Why ask God to do anything if you don't believe He will?

Instead of making a list of the things that God will not do today, spend your time and energy looking for the things that He is doing!  Today God is rewarding those who live right and tell the truth.  God is displaying His mighty power before the eyes of all those who are looking to see it!  

The most amazing thing happening in all the world today is the spread of the Kingdom of God "reaching far and wide!"  Even those who are enemies of Christ are seeing Him and yielding to His love as they become Christ followers!  A fire is burning around the world like never seen before! 

"Lord Jesus, thank You for letting us see Your Mighty Power as Your Kingdom spreads to the far corners of the earth.  May Your Holy and Precious Name be praised now and forever.  Amen." 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Because God Said It

Now I want you to know that Christ is the head over all men, and a man is the head over a woman. But God is the head over Christ.  This means that any man who prays or prophesies with something on his head brings shame to his head.  But any woman who prays or prophesies without something on her head brings shame to her head. In fact, she may as well shave her head.  A woman should wear something on her head. It is a disgrace for a woman to shave her head or cut her hair. But if she refuses to wear something on her head, let her cut off her hair.  Men were created to be like God and to bring honor to God. This means that a man should not wear anything on his head. Women were created to bring honor to men.  It was the woman who was made from a man, and not the man who was made from a woman.

1 Corinthians 11 : 3-8

These verses show how the Word of God is opposed to the world system.  According to accepted "truth" in today's world to say that, "a man is the head over a woman" is offensive and wrong!  It is also objectionable today to quote God's Word when it says "Women were created to bring honor to men."   

There are those who say: "If God said it, then I accept and believe it."  And others would take the position: "If God said it, then I reject it and refuse to believe it."  They decide to reject whatever, if the source of those Words is God!  They don't consider whether or not the Words are true, but rather who said it!  It is what rebellious children do when they decide to always be disobedient to their parents.  That attitude will result in a bad outcome for a child!  It is also like two opposing political parties who always object to the position of the other party with no regard for truth!

Sometimes a parent tells their child to believe something "BECAUSE I SAID SO."  When you are a child there is great wisdom in believing your parents.  When you are a child of God, there is great wisdom in believing His Word even when you don't understand it!

Because of who God is and who you are, you will never completely understand God while you live here on this earth.  But you can believe God and every Word that He speaks!  You will understand it when you step past the Gate of Eternity and see Him face to face!

"Lord Jesus, I confess that I don't understand everything You say, but I choose today to believe Your Word and be obedient to it!  I believe You because of Who You Are and not because You always make sense to me!  May Your Holy Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pinhole Into Eternity

When one of you has a complaint against another, do you take your complaint to a court of sinners? Or do you take it to God's people?  Don't you know that God's people will judge the world? And if you are going to judge the world, can't you settle small problems?  Don't you know that we will judge angels? And if that is so, we can surely judge everyday matters.

1 Corinthians 6 : 1-3

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you will be appointed to the Ultimate Supreme Court!  These verses clearly say that Christians will judge the world and angels.  I can imagine how we might be in a place to judge the world, but I can't imagine how, why or when we will judge angels!  

Reading the Bible is like looking through a pinhole into Eternity.  It gives us a glimpse of something that will only be understandable when we arrive on the Shores of Heaven.  Walking by faith and not by sight on this earth qualifies us to be able to judge even the angels in Heaven!  

Everything the Bible tells us about the life to come is only a tiny fraction of what Heaven will be like!  Like an unborn baby can hear the muffled sounds of his mother's voice we know so little of Eternity!

Don't spend all your time and energy trying to understand Heaven.  Instead, put your hand to the Plow of God so you will be ready to go when He calls your name!  

"Lord Jesus, I can't imagine what it will be like in Heaven.  But Jesus, I can know what it is like to listen to Your voice and obey every Word that comes from You today.  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Monday, September 17, 2018


I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea.  Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven. It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown and ready to meet her husband.  I heard a loud voice shout from the throne: God's home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people.  He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.

Revelation 21 : 1-4

Living together without being married is very common today in the western world.  Men and women try to enjoy the blessings of marriage without the comitment.  But the problems of an intimate relationship without the security of an assurance and vow of “forever” are great.  That is what marriage adds to a relationship.  The "NO MATTER WHAT" permanency of marriage brings great peace and joy to the sometimes rough seas of blending two lives into one!

Living with Jesus without the "Wedding" will not happen!  Jesus will not respond to your offer of a relationship without commitment.  You will either be totally His and fully committed to Him, or you will not be with Him at all!  Jesus will not have a "mistress!"
  Determine today to make Jesus not only the Lord of your life, but also the desire of your heart!  You will not only be with Him here on earth, but you will live with Jesus as His Bride forever in Heaven!

"Lord Jesus, I do look forward to being with You at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Story of Your Mark

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After this I saw four angels. Each one was standing on one of the earth's four corners. The angels held back the four winds, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. These angels had also been given the power to harm the earth and the sea. Then I saw another angel come up from where the sun rises in the east, and he was ready to put the mark of the living God on people. He shouted to the four angels,  "Don't harm the earth or the sea or any tree! Wait until I have marked the foreheads of the servants of our God."

Revelation 7 : 1-3

Sometimes when you go to a public event instead of giving you a ticket to get in they will put a mark on your hand.  That mark will prove that the price has been paid for you to be there.  Even if you leave for a short while the mark will allow to you get back in without any further payments!

When Jesus paid for your sins on the Cross He put His mark on you!  Nothing else is owed for you to enter the gates of Heaven and live with Jesus forever!  

I once worked with a man who had tattoos on almost every available spot of skin that could be seen by others, except his face.  During a break he told me about the reasons he got those marks on his body.  He had a story behind every one of them.

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ other people will notice the mark that Jesus put on you!  The testimony that you have to tell others is about that mark and how you came to get it!  Sometimes followers of Jesus tell others that the mark of God on them is "really nothing at all," or it is something  "that I did when I was young and was stupid."  Those are the kinds of things some people say about their tattoos!  

But when you turned your heart to Jesus Christ and He marked you as His very own child, He gave you a story to tell to everyone you know or even meet!  Determine to tell someone the Story of Your Mark today!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for putting Your mark on me!  Give me the courage to tell the Story of when You put Your mark on me.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Friday, September 14, 2018

Love is the Proof

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts.  God has given us his Spirit. That is how we know that we are one with him, just as he is one with us.  God sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We saw his Son and are now telling others about him.  God stays one with everyone who openly says that Jesus is the Son of God. That's how we stay one with God and are sure that God loves us. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us.

1 John 4 : 12-16

Some people have mistakenly assumed that the “gifts of the Spirit” are the most important evidence that someone is a true follower of Jesus.  The real evidence that the Holy Spirit is living in you is the “Fruit of the Spirit.”  It starts to look and smell like a small beautiful flower and then blossoms and is transformed into a gorgeous, tasty and nourishing fruit!  

The fruit hanging on your branches tells the world that you are a Jesus follower!  

Even a magician can appear to do miracles, but real love for your brothers and sisters cannot be successfully imitated!  

So, our job as a follower of Jesus is to love God and each other and tell everybody we know about the Savior!  The love that we have for each other is the mark that proves that we really do belong to Jesus!

“Lord Jesus, help me today to love You more and to love Your other followers!  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Smell the Food Cooking in Heaven!

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You survivors in Israel, listen to me, the LORD. Since the day you were born, I have carried you along.  I will still be the same when you are old and grey, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe.  Can anyone compare with me? Is anyone my equal?

Isaiah 46 : 3-5

I have heard so many people talk about when they “found the Lord.”  Perhaps you were young, or already an adult.  Some of us don’t come to know Him until we are already old.  But these verses in Isaiah remind us that God has carried us and kept us safe from the day we were born.

God has known you from the very moment you were conceived and even before!  He provided for you during the days of your childhood, as a young adult, into maturity, and now that you are “old and grey.”

When it is almost dinner time you can smell the aroma of a wonderful meal soon to come.  When you know Jesus and you look in the mirror and see that you are old and grey, take heart.  With a deep breath you can smell the aroma of the marriage supper of the Lamb as it being prepared!

So when you are tired and the pains of old age remind you every day that this life won’t last very much longer, take a long slow breath and enjoy the aroma!  There is a song that says it well.  “Soon oh very soon, we are going to see the Lord!”

“Lord Jesus, thank You for the hope of Your soon coming as well as the hope of my soon going!  The food really does smell great!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Language of God!

God sent a man named John, who came to tell about the light and to lead all people to have faith.  John wasn't that light. He came only to tell about the light.  The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world.  The Word was in the world, but no one knew him, though God had made the world with his Word.

John 1 : 6-10

When God speaks everything in the cosmos understands His Word!  Everything,  except human beings!  The heavens may declare the Glory of God, but unredeemed people only hear a loud noise and have no idea what it means!  

They do not speak the language of Heaven!  When men of this world hear the Word of God it is only a bunch of words in an old book that mean nothing to them!  But when a man decides to have faith in Jesus that unintelligible language becomes crystal clear!  He hears the old, old story of Jesus and His love!

It is very difficult, if not impossible to live in a land and not know the language!  People of this world don’t understand the language of God!  They see His Creation and may even hear His voice, but it all means nothing!  When a man turns to Christ it begins to make perfect sense.

That is why a “new believer” is sometimes “obsessed” with reading the Bible!  Learning the language of God is a miracle that happens when you receive the Holy Spirit!

“Lord Jesus thank You for teaching me the language of God and helping me to understand His Word!  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, September 9, 2018

God Loves You Like He Loves Jesus

Father, I don’t ask you to take my followers out of the world, but keep them safe from the evil one. They don’t belong to this world, and neither do I. Your word is the truth. So let this truth make them completely yours. I am sending them into the world, just as you sent me. I have given myself completely for their sake, so that they may belong completely to the truth.
I am not praying just for these followers. I am also praying for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me. I want all of them to be one with each other, just as I am one with you and you are one with me. I also want them to be one with us. Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.
I have honored my followers in the same way that you honored me, in order that they may be one with each other, just as we are one.  I am one with them, and you are one with me, so that they may become completely one. Then this world’s people will know that you sent me. They will know that you love my followers as much as you love me.

John 17:15-23

How much do you love your children?  Who can answer that question without going beyond human ability.  My mother would always say, "I love you more than words can tell!" 

Indeed my mother's love was not just words. She loved me with sacrifice every day.  I remember when we had one chicken to divide among our family of four, including two teenage boys.  My mother would often say that her favorite piece of chicken was the back.  The back of course had almost no meat on it.  

If God loves you as much as He loves Jesus, what could that mean?  It means that God loves you more than words can tell!  Some have said the Bible is a love letter from God.  It is that, of course, but if all you have is a love letter or even 66 love letters you may still  indeed be sad!  

A love letter without a living relationship with the author of the letter is empty.  The love letter of God is written by the Holy Spirit.  And that same Holy Spirit also comes to live in your heart!  And the One who loves you leads and guides you every day!  He is able to empower you to live a life that is amazing to those who do not know God!

So let your mind pause for a moment and ponder that God the Father loves you like He loves Jesus!  And His love is in Word and in Deed!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for paying the price that it took to redeem me from the world and the sin that had me in chains!  Thank You for loving me more than Words can tell!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."