MY EVIDENCED VALUE OF JESUS

MY EVIDENCED VALUE OF JESUS

That perfume was worth a year’s wages. —John 12:4

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). “Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said” (Luke 10:39). Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with an ointment that was worth a year’s wages. In today’s economy the average U.S. household income is $53,657. She surely treasured Jesus not only with her finances, but also with her time. She loved to sit at Jesus’ feet to listen to Him.

How about you and I? How are we using our income and time to honor the Lord Jesus Christ and to further His kingdom? Is there anyone or anything greater than He in our lives? What is the evidence in our lives that He is our top priority?

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Dear Father, may I have Your priority in the use of the time and finances that You have made me a steward over. May this be done to honor the Lord Jesus. May it be so!

HE KNOWS!

For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. I Chronicles 28:9

Nothing escapes His notice— no thought, word or deed. He knows it all. This is so far beyond us. We really know very little that is happening in all of creation at any time. Yet, the Lord God Almighty knows it all.

This is a challenge and a comfort to me. On the one hand I desire to think, speak and act according to His will. Unfortunately I do not always do so and he knows… On the other hand He knows all the injustices and evil that is taking place and one day He will set all things right. This I take great comfort in.

May we who have called on the Name of the Lord trust Him to accomplish His desires in and through our lives and in this world. Yes, may we line up with His will and be about His business. We are on the victory side! We are on our way home to Heaven. Rejoice!

Dear Father, I am grateful to know that You know everything at all times and in all places. May I trust You for what You are doing on this planet. May I also be faithfully engaged in those things You desire me to be— all for the glory of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

TRUST

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel. —I Chronicles 17:7

What has the Lord taken you from and what has He selected you for? Well, we know He took us out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:12-14). We also know that He saved us from sin to a relationship with Him. He wants us to continually be in communication with Him through prayer (Luke 18:1-8) and through His Word (II Timothy 3:16-17). It is clear He also selected us to be part of His church to fellowship with others who love Him (Acts 2:42) and to bear witness of Him to those who do not know Him (Acts 1:8). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjazfFvqsig&index=21&list=PLqQhyErJxSIT-7S-ueQHW1fXk0guRr9rV

Those who have truly trusted the Lord Jesus Christ are God’s workmanship. They have been created in Christ Jesus for good works which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). There are many things we know God has for us and then there are other things we have to trust Him to guide us into as we follow Him (Psalm 32:8). As we walk through today may we be faithful with what we know He desires of us and trust Him to guide us into the unknown.

Dear Father, I trust You to guide me in the way You desire me to go. May I be faithful with those things You have revealed to me and faithful with the things You will reveal to me. May it be so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.

PROCLAIM JESUS!

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise, for the Lord is coming to judge the earth. —I Chronicles 16:23-26, 33

The United States and nations of the world are chasing after mere idols. They are not singing to the Lord. They are not proclaiming the good news that He saves. They are not publishing His glorious deeds. They are not telling of the amazing things He does. They do not praise Him. They do not fear Him. They are not recognizing that He created the heavens. They are not acknowledging that He is glorious and strong. They are not giving Him the glory He deserves and they do not believe that He is coming to judge the earth.

Are you and I chasing after mere idols? Do we sing to the Lord? Are you and I proclaiming the good news that He saves? Have we been publishing His glorious deeds among the nations? Are we telling everyone, anyone about the amazing things He does? Do we praise Him? Do we fear Him? How have we recognized that He created the heavens? In what ways do we acknowledged that He is glorious and strong? How do we give Him the glory He deserves? Do we believe that He is coming to judge the earth?

Today may we shine for the Lord Jesus and honor His Name. Let us proclaim Him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjJ3pdW7_A8&index=36&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l

Dear Father, may I be sensitive to the people I come into contact with today and proclaim to them Who You are and what You have done in the Name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

JESUS HEALS AT TIMES AND HE DOES NOT HEAL AT TIMES

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! —John 9:1-7

Some sicknesses and deaths may be because of sinning (I Corinthians 11:30). But there are others who have health issues not due to sinning. Such is the case of the blind man in the context above. Jesus said this man’s blindness “happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” This specific blindness to this specific man at this specific time was in the plan of God to reveal His power. Yes, this happened so God’s power could be seen in healing the man.

Ever hear of a healing ministry where someone made mud with their spit, put it on a guy’s eyes, told him to go wash in a pool and then the man came back healed? That is exactly what Jesus did! But I have never heard of a salivac mud ministry today. I have not heard of anyone trying to duplicate this like the snake handlers ministry does from Mark 16:18.

Let’s face it… God does not choose to heal every time, but there are times He does— both of these situations are for His glory. I know a pastor who believes God’s desire is to heal every single time someone is ailing… Yet this pastor wears glasses. Why? I know people that have gone through years of difficult health issues and they love the Lord. Why haven’t they been healed? The apostle Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” which was some irritating issue in his body. He asked for it to be taken away three times, but the Lord said His grace was sufficient for him (II Corinthians 12:1-10). Whatever this “thorn” was that “tormented” Paul it was a messenger of Satan. Yes, God allowed Satan to affect Paul’s bodily health. Why? It was “in order to keep me from becoming conceited,” Paul said. Then Paul went on to say, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (II Corinthians 12:9-10). Do we truly have a biblical perspective on what God is seeking to do in difficult circumstances or are we so self-focused that we just want to be comfortable?

God uses sicknesses and situations for His glory and our benefit. Yes, there are times He heals and there are times He does not. Both are for His purposes and for our benefit. We may not fully understand the why of it all, but we can trust the One who knows all about it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DPediW-W5Y&list=PLOKN9wIGWRB_wyzW-VC9HDbxYPa6AOLJ0

Dear Father, thank You for accomplishing Your purposes in whatever situation we find ourselves in. May we be sensitive to what You desire to do in and through our lives for Your glory and honor.

JESUS— CREATOR AND SUSTAINER OF ALL

The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!” At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple. —John 8:57-59
Again the Jews wanted to kill Jesus because of what He claimed. He had just said He existed before Abraham. The Jews understood what He was saying and wanted to kill Him for it. Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of all life. “His is before all things.” (John 1:1; Colossians 1:17).

Jesus existed before Abraham. Jesus is the Creator of all and holds all things together in all of creation. Surely He is big enough to handle your life. “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:27). So what is it today that seems uncontrollable? Bring it to the One who existed before Abraham. He is able to handle it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kND0DcTCOE&list=PLZkuWJX6IoAoiBHgWmqqbnQz3vMXZB95s&index=3

Dear Father, I am grateful to know Jesus and to know that He has authority over all things in Heaven and on Earth. My life is safe with Him and I will trust Him.

CONSEQUENCES

The descendants of Ephraim were Shuthelah, Bered, Tahath, Eleadah, Tahath, Zabad, Shuthelah, Ezer, and Elead. These two were killed trying to steal livestock from the local farmers near Gath. Their father, Ephraim, mourned for them a long time, and his relatives came to comfort him. Afterward Ephraim slept with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Ephraim named him Beriah because of the tragedy his family had suffered. —I Chronicles 7:20-23

Two brothers killed for trying “to steal livestock from the local farmers near Gath.” Their actions caused mourning for a long time to their father as “his relatives came to comfort him.” Such heartbreak was brought onto their dad and family because of their sinful actions and the result of them.

Being involved in prison ministry has shown me the great mourning and heartbreak that takes place because of people’s sinful actions. Whole families mourn over the sinful actions of their loved ones. Families crumble and fall apart, marriages collapse and children take the brunt of adult’s sinful actions as is usually the case. Children are so often hurt the most and impacted for life.

As followers of Jesus, may we make a difference and have a positive impact in people’s lives. May it be so…

Dear Father, may I live in such a way that honors You. I can only live this type life in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power. May I do so!

THE HOLY SPIRIT—- GOD’S GRACE UPON US

The Holy Spirit— God’s Grace Upon Us

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) —John 7:37-39

It is all about grace— God’s favor upon us which is unearned and undeserved. The Father is the One who draws us to Jesus (John 6:44). The Holy Spirit of God is given to a person not because they earn Him or deserve Him. No, He is given to every single person who believes and calls on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation (Romans 10:13)– “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” Ephesians 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit, He is our “guarantee!” Yes, it is all about God’s grace to us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwCTbhImNeI

If a person has truly trusted the Lord Jesus there will be evidence that the Holy Spirit is in their lives. He will produce fruit in a person’s life revealing that the person has truly trusted Jesus (Galatians 5:16-26). Also, the person is growing to hate evil as God does (Proverbs 8:13) and seeking His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and serving Him (II Timothy 3:16-17). The follower of Jesus should now grieve over their sin as the Holy Spirit does (Ephesians 4:30) and seek not to “quench the Spirit” as mentioned in I Thessalonians 5:19.

Evidence and it is about the whole of a person’s life and not just when they are in a Christian gathering of some sort. Someone has once said that “we are truly who we are when we are in the shadows with nobody else around.” We are to be honoring the Lord with our whole life and not part of it. It is not about showing up on Sunday and then living life like we want. It is about serving the Lord at all times, seeking to honor Him at all times. May this be so in our lives— the Holy Spirit bearing witness that we belong to the Lord Jesus by the fruitful evidence in our lives. May it be so today.

Dear Father, may I walk in the Spirit and not according to the sinful desires of the flesh. Oh, that I would honor the Lord Jesus today in everything I say and do. May it be so in the Name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

OVERCOMERS

The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil. —John 7:7

Jesus was not convicted of doing anything wrong. Pilate, the governor, had told the people after interrogating Jesus that he “found no basis for your charges against him” (Luke 23:4, 14, 22). Still, Pilate handed Jesus over to be executed because that is what the people wanted (Luke 23:23-25). He caved in to their desires and handed the innocent Jesus over to be executed.

Killing someone is the pinnacle of the hatred that starts in a man’s heart— Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19). The world system under Satan, He heads up the kingdom of darkness, is filled with these things. The world hated Jesus because He accused it of doing evil. Don’t be surprised when the word hates you when you speak against the evil it does. We do not have to look too far to see that. In fact we are told in II Timothy 3:12 that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” You will face opposition if you truly live for Jesus! It will come in various forms— overtly and covertly, obvious and subtle.

Just remember, as Jesus overcome the world (John 16:33) so also we overcome the world by our faith in Him (I John 5:1-5). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP_XATZQ8sU

Dear Father, may I be faithful to You regardless of what the world seeks to do to me. Oh, that I would shine for Jesus and encourage others to trust Him as well. May this be so in the power of the Holy Spirit.

CHOICES AFFECT THOSE AFTER US

Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the Lord is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.” —II Kings 20:19

Because of Hezekiah’s lack of wisdom in security “Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Listen to this message from the Lord: The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king’” (II Kings 20:16-18). Hezekiah’s carelessness would affect the next generation.

Sounds a lot like our generation and how we are negatively affecting the next generations to come with our present poor decisions. Choices and policies regarding our economy, our military, our entitlement programs, our turning away from God and our social immorality will affect many that come after us.

Hezekiah’s response is much the attitude of many today— “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.” What a selfish and self-centered attitude. He cared not about what those following him would have to go through because of His poor judgment. That is callous. May we not be like him, but have a desire to leave a positive legacy for those following us. May the Lord God Almighty help us in this.

Yes dear Father, may You be pleased to do something supernatural once again in this nation in the Mighty Name of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power. May it be so…