PRAY

PRAY

He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” —Matthew 21:13

The temple was supposed to be a place of prayer, but thieves in the temple distracted people away from that. Today, our bodies are His temple. Are there “thieves” that distract us away from prayer? Maybe the thief of business keeps us from prayer. Or, maybe it is the thief of priorities. Could it be the thief of laziness or apathy that keeps us from prayer? Is there anything in your life right now that is keeping you from prayer?

Are there prayer times at your local fellowship of believers? What keeps you from being there with those who are praying? Is it not a priority? Is it not important? Does it really matter? Am I truly a praying person, persistence in prayer and not giving up (Luke 18:1-8)? Oh, that I may take time to spend talking with the Lord to start the day and to talk with Him throughout the day. May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSj31u3urvs

Dear Father, thank You that You are always available to talk with. May I do so often. You have made this possible through Jesus and by Your Holy Spirit. I am grateful.

SERVE

SERVE

But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” —Matthew 20:25-28

What was Jesus’ life all about while He was on this planet? Service… His life was about serving others. He served through His Words. He served through His actions. He served with His life. He served with His death. He served with His resurrection. All His service was so others could have eternal life.

How am I being a servant? Am I being a servant? Do I serve through my words? Do I serve through my actions? Jesus served for the benefit of others. Am I serving for the benefit of others? May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZGzu6oI9b4

Dear Father, may I have a servant’s heart and look out for the best interests of others. May this be done in the authority of Jesus and by the power of Your Holy Spirit.

ON EAGLE’S WINGS

ON EAGLE’S WINGS!

You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. —19:4

In Deuteronomy 32:11—“like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.” Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers states: ” When its young are first fledged, the eagle is said to assist them in their flight by flying beneath them, so that they may settle upon its wings or back, if necessary. God means that He has bestowed upon His people the same tender and powerful care, has borne them up mightily when they might have fallen, supported their first flight as fledglings, and so saved them from disaster.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvpjxfWrjzY

How often does our Lord do this for us! He bears us up and brings us to Himself. He will carry us throughout our whole life and then bring us to where He is! You can count fully on that fellow follower of Jesus! Rejoice!

Dear Father, thank You for Your great faithfulness, compassion, patience, wisdom, power, glory and so very much more. Thank You that you are bringing me to Yourself and that this is all possible through the authority of Jesus and by Your Holy Spirit’s power.

LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO JESUS!

LET THE CHILDREN COME TO JESUS!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” —Matthew 19:14

Oh, how children are hindered from coming to Jesus! Parents hinder them, relatives hinder them, the educational system hinders them, laws hinder them, media hinders them, abuse hinders them, hunger hinders them, sickness hinders them, worldly philosophies hinder them and society in general hinders them. Jesus is not happy about this. We are told by Jesus to let the children come to Him and not to hinder them, not to obstruct them from doing so.

Children are the weakest members of our world and they are greatly taken advantage of. The voiceless children in the womb are slaughtered by the consent of adults. Children are sexually and physically abused at the consent of adults. Jesus is not happy about this!

Jesus said to “Let the little children come to” Him. This was not an optional statement. No, He said, “Let the little children come.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMy7rabpY6g May we be faithful in reaching out to the smallest of those in our sphere to encourage them toward Jesus! May it be so!

Dear Father, help me to see children through Your eyes and through the love that Jesus has for them. Oh, may it be so in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

THE GREAT PHYSICIAN

THE GREAT PHYSICIAN

I am the Lord who heals you. —Exodus 15:26

Large crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick. —Matthew 19:2

Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’–meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum’ (Luke 4:23). Jesus is the Great Physician. He can heal anything, anytime, anywhere and whenever He desires to for His purposes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHDI1yPDAew

But let us not forget that the greatest “healing” will come after we die! “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth”’ (Revelation 21:10). Wow, talk about healing. The whole of creation is going to be healed! We are told that “what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us” (Romans 8:18-23).

Whether the Lord heals us today from a temporary disease or not, one thing we can be absolutely certain of is that a complete healing is ahead of us. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). That my friend is the total and eternal healing I am looking forward to! Rejoice in the amazing life we have now and the astounding life we have in glory! https://youtu.be/bo9ZWX1lEKI?t=1022 New eternal, perfect bodies ahead!

Dear Father, I truly want to be where Jesus is in that place He is preparing for me. Oh, how I desire to be there with Him and with all who love Him. Thank You for this incredible eternal glory set before me. Be pleased to work through me to encourage others to trust the Lord Jesus and join in this wonderful plan You have for us!

FORGIVE!

FORGIVE!

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” —Matthew 18:21-35

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13). “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15).

Forgiveness… we are called to forgive… period. People can come up with all kinds of excuses not to forgive, but we are called to do so. To not forgive will put myself in spiritual bondage and affect my fellowship with God.

Dear fellow follower of Jesus, look how much you and I have been forgiven! We had a debt we could not pay as the debtor who owed $1,000,000 to his master, but could in no way pay him back. So we too had a sin debt that we could never pay. It was an eternal debt. Yet Jesus paid the eternal debt for us on the cross and forgave us all our sin. Rejoice!

Now, why is it you and I cannot forgive someone else? We are to have the same attitude of forgiveness. We are not to be like the servant above who was forgiven his huge debt and then went out and found a fellow servant that owed him a few thousand dollars and had him thrown into prison until he paid up. No, we are “to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

Dear Father, please help me to have a forgiving attitude in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnfTHhYSxPE

THE POWER OF GOD

THE POWER OF GOD

“This is the finger of God!” —Exodus 8:19

God is powerful and that is all there is to it. His power is seen all around us and for those who deny His existence… well— “The fool says in his heart ‘There is no God”’ (Psalm 14:1). They are fools because “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4). They are without excuse— “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

The magicians of Pharaoh’s court acknowledge the plague was none other than “the finger of God.” These people used deception to “copy” some of the plagues, but their deception could only go so far as humans and then it was found out to be no comparison to the power of God. They acknowledged this. Yes, this was “the finger of God.”

Dear fellow follower of Jesus… say nothing about his finger, we are safe in His hand! “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:28-30). Rejoice in your security because of the power of God! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9_0jiO5ZRM

Dear Father, I am grateful to know that I am fully secure in Your power because of trusting Your Son, Jesus.

JESUS IS ALIVE!

JESUS IS ALIVE!

The only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. —Matthew 16:4

The only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. —Matthew 12:39-40

All of Christianity hangs on the resurrection of Jesus and that was what the sign of Jonah was all about—-“as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” Just as the great fish could not hold Jonah when God released him so the grave could not hold Jesus. It had to release Him. “The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:3-4). The resurrection proves who Jesus is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QCF_QyQ0x0

Jesus Christ— Why His Name?

WHY DO YOU DO IT?

THINK ABOUT IT!

Why do people punctuate their every- day speech with the name of Jesus Christ, Jesus, Christ etc?

· Why do people, when they get mad, use His name to let off some steam?

· Why do people use His name when they hurt themselves?

(For instance: you hit your thumb with a hammer, and in anger you say “Jesus Christ”)

BE TRUTHFUL WITH YOURSELF

· How often do you hear His name used like this in people’s everyday speech?

· How often do you say His name in vain?

A POINT TO BE MADE

Why is the name of Jesus used just to punctuate people’s speech?

HABIT?

Many people say this is only a habit. They don’t mean anything by using His name like this, they say. But… Jesus died on a Roman cross of execution almost 2,000 years ago!! There have been many great teachers, philosophers and thinkers that have lived on the Earth. When a person gets angry or hurts himself, why not use Aristotle, Buddha, Mohammad or Socrates’ name? Why not the name of Plato or Einstein? Why use the name of Jesus Christ? Can you think of another name that has been used in vain for almost 2,000 years? No, you can’t! There is no other name that has been taken in vain like His name. So why is His name used to punctuate people’s speech? There is more going on behind the scenes than most people realize or care to think about!

THE BOOK OF BOOKS

To find out why people use His name in tHis way we need only to refer to the Bible, God’s Word. Nobody has ever proven His Word wrong, nor will they ever. But people do ignore it or just plain don’t want to believe the Bible. They don’t want to hear what it says. In Exodus chapter 20 and verse 7, we read this, “You will not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.” In this verse we have a command and a promise….

THE COMMAND: “You will not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.” This means that you will not use the Lord’s name in a hollow way; in an empty way; in a meaningless way; in a senseless way– in other words, in an unworshipful way. There are two (and only two) ways to act toward God. Believe what He says in His word, the Bible, and worship Him as all mankind should. Not believe His word and rebel against God like Satan did and continues to do.

THE PROMISE: “… for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.” This simply means that those who take the Lord’s name in vain are guilty. Guilty of what? Guilty of sin! Sin is going against (rebellion) God’s commands. Taking or using the Lord’s name in vain is sin! It is rebellion against God! Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me.”

WHERE DO YOU STAND?

Taking the Lord’s name in vain gives strong evidence that you are not a Christian, that you have not been born-again (John 3:3). That
means you are under the wrath of God (John 3:18) and if you were to die at this moment you would spend eternity in hell! Get right with God now (Romans 6:23).

THE REASON people take the Lord’s name in vain is because they are rebelling against Him. Whether they realize it or not, Satan has them under his control (2 Cor 4:4). Satan was the first to rebel against God and he wants us to do the same. All who follow Satan’s way will be thrown into the Lake of Fire to be tormented day and night … forever! No one should want to go there! (Revelations 20: 1 0-15)

TWO ROADS 1. The wide road leads to hell. 2. The narrow road leads to heaven. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6) It is only through Jesus’ name that we can be saved (Acts 4:12). Jesus is the narrow road. All other ways lead to hell.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE… but there isn’t any other option. 1-To be on the wide road to hell, do nothing about your relationship with God. 2-To be on the narrow road to heaven, get right with God!! Admit to God that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23)—Admit that Jesus died for your sin and rose from the dead. (Romans 5:8; 10:9-11)—Repent (turn from your sin) Acts 3:19—Ask Jesus to come into your life and save you and make you a child of God. (John 1:12)

Nobody would blaspheme a dead man! Jesus is alive and He is coming again. Be ready to meet Him as your Savior, not as your Judge. ” .. .It is appointed unto man to die once, but after this the judgment. “(Hebrews 9:27)

Jesus is the only way, please trust Him Today!

Dear Father, I am so thankful that Jesus was willing to go to the cross to take my punishment for my sin. Now, may I live faithfully for Him by the way I think, speak and act. May this be done out of sincere gratefulness for what He has done for me. So be it!

TAKE COURAGE

TAKE COURAGE

“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” —Matthew 14:27

The disciples were caught in the midst of a storm and were fighting heavy waves. Jesus told them not to be afraid. He was there. Are you in a storm? Jesus is there and He has told those who follow Him that He will never leave them, nor will He forsake them. He is with them to the end of the age! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUWbmtbzDno Fellow follower of Jesus— you are not alone in the storm!

Dear Father, thank you that I can always trust You in the calm and in the storm. I am grateful to know that. May I trust You in the storm by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.

TRUST HIM TO WORK THROUGH YOU

TRUST HIM TO WORK THROUGH YOU

But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. “Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! —Matthew 14:16-21

What does Jesus want you to do? Are you feeling like you do not have the resources to accomplish it? Wait, Who wants you to do what? Don’t you think that if Jesus is leading you to do something that He will also provide the resources to accomplish it?

In the context of the verses above Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowd. There may have been 10,000 people or so in that crowd. The average cost of a meal at a restaurant in the U.S. today is $36.30 https://www.zagat.com/b/the-state-of-american-dining-in-2016. Just think how much it would cost today to provide this crowd with something to eat at that price—- $363,000! This is just for one meal!

Starting with 5 loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus blessed them and everyone ate as much as they wanted! Not only that, but there were 12 baskets of leftovers! Will you trust Him with what He desires of you? May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs

Dear Father, please help me to trust You for whatever You desire in my life. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son, Jesus.