HE LOVES ME— ALWAYS!

HE LOVES ME— ALWAYS!

My relatives have failed me, my close friends have forgotten me. —Job 19:14

When times of difficulty come upon us there are relatives and even close friends who are not there for us. It seems when things are going well that our relationships appear close, but then when difficult times come those relationships seem to fade. They do not come around as often as they used to or have any contact as they did in the past. It seems that the difficulty keeps them away and has changed our relationship from being close to being distant or not longer existent.

But, may we rejoice in knowing there is One who will never gives up on us, never leave us and is always there for us— “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Yes, may we rejoice in that He is always there and will not fail us. He will not forget about us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCg-qZg_bdA

Dear Father, what joy fills my heart to know that You love me and have proved it through the cross! You loved me first… that is truly amazing. Oh, may I truly love You in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus who even made this possible!

PERSECUTION & JUSTICE

PERSECUTION & JUSTICE

As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.

And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Acts 9:3-5

Those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ need to understand that when they persecute followers of Jesus they are persecuting Jesus Himself. This is a very serious offense!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYbX-3_a98U “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Justice will be brought about by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. We can trust Him for that. No one is getting away with anything. Jesus will do what is right. Yes, we can trust Him for that (Luke 18:1-8).

Those who are killing or harming Christians in various places of the world will be tried by King Jesus. For those who do not trust Him as Lord and Savior now, they will meet Him as Judge and “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). People can shrug Him off today like He does not exist or that it doesn’t really matter… but when the unsaved meet Him as judge they will be like the demons when they came into contact with Jesus— “What do you want with us, Son of God” or as James 2:19 says— “You believe that there is one God; you do well: the demons also believe, and tremble.” They tremble because they know judgment is coming. Those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ should be trembling at the prospect of Hell. But they shrug it off as if it does not exist…

Well, brother and sister, may we communicate the gospel clearly and challenge the lost to “flee from the wrath to come” (Luke 3:7) which they are already under (John 3:18, 36). Yes, let us warn them to flee to Jesus for refuge. May it be so.

Dear Father, please help there be an urgency in my life to bring the gospel to the lost. Oh, may it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

MAKE DISCIPLES!

MAKE DISCIPLES!

And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. —Acts 8:34-39

Have you been baptized? If you believe with all your heart you may and should be baptized. The eunuch’s confession of faith was “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” and upon that Philip baptized him.

Being baptized is obedience to what the Great Commission says about making disciples. Once a person believes and becomes a disciple they are to be baptized and then taught to apply God’s Word to their lives for the rest of their lives (Matthew 28:18-20). In turn they then go out and make disciples. This is what has happened since Jesus appointed the Apostles to do so. It has continued right down to us and will until the end of this age. Are you a disciple-maker? That is what we are called to be! May we be obedient.

Dear Father, help me to be the disciple-maker You desire me to be. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of my Lord Jesus Christ. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ3EZbgeCaU&index=39&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l

REPENT!

REPENT!

Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts, for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin. —Acts 8:22-23

Sin is not to have dominion over the follower of Jesus Christ — “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 67:14). Is there something in your life or mine that we need to repent of? 3340 metanoéō (from 3326 /metá, “changed after being with” and 3539 /noiéō, “think”) – properly, “think differently after,” “after a change of mind”; to repent (literally, “think differently afterwards”). Are you and I presently thinking wrongfully about something sinful? Then we need to repent and think according to the will of God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxB9VH3cCN4 May we be in fellowship with our Lord Jesus without any hindrance of sin. Someone has said, “Keep short lists.” I say, “Keep no list!” May you and I be living right before him… moment by moment.

Dear Father, search my heart and reveal any wicked thing that I would repent and do Your will. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEtsHWFE6-w

STIFFED-NECKED

STIFFED-NECKED

You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! —Acts 7:51

STIFF-NECKED

stif’-nekt (qesheh `oreph, literally, “hard of neck”):

As it is figuratively used, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, the word means “stubborn,” “untractable,” “not to be led.” The derivation of the idea was entirely familiar to the Jews, with whom the ox was the most useful and common of domestic animals. It was especially used for such agricultural purposes as harrowing and plowing (Judges 14:18; 1 Corinthians 9:9).

The plow was usually drawn by two oxen. As the plowman required but one hand to guide the plow, he carried in the other an “ox-goad.” This was a light pole, shod with an iron spike. With this he would prick the oxen upon the hind legs to increase their speed, and upon the neck to turn, or to keep a straight course when deviating. If an ox was hard to control or stubborn, it was “hard of neck,” or stiff-necked. Hence, the figure was used in the Scriptures to express the stubborn, untractable spirit of a people not responsive to the guiding of their God (Exodus 32:9; 33:3; Deuteronomy 9:6; 2 Chronicles 36:13; Jeremiah 17:23, etc.). See also the New Testament where sklerotrachelos, is so translated (Acts 7:51), “Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit.”. Compare Baruch 2:30,33.

Arthur Walwyn Evans

Is the Holy Spirit of God seeking to guide you in a particular direction but you are resisting Him, being stiff-necked? To be stiff-necked is to be seeking to go in the direction you want to go and not in the direction God wants you to go in. There are many stiff-necked people in this world.

I just got back from Los Angeles, California. I went out to be part of Ray Comfort’s Academy of open air preaching. We did preach open air and also shared the gospel with people one on one. It was exciting to be with a group of about 70 people who had the same goal to share the gospel the few days we were together. We went to the Huntington Beach pier, the Santa Monica pier and a shopping area on Santa Monica Blvd. We also went to Hollywood Blvd. It is a high tourist time and people everywhere, multitudes of people, lost people with no Shepherd. With that many people it is easy to share the gospel. The vast majority of people were willing to be engaged and talk. Some were ripe for harvest and responded to the gospel… others listened, but were not ready to respond at that time—- it was a planting or watering time in their lives. Then others were simply and obviously resistant at the time, some would die that way and that is sad

But, brother and sister, how about you and I though? It is one thing for a lost person to be resistant, but are you or I being resistant to what the Lord wants to do in and through our lives? Oh, may it not be so! May we not be stiff-necked!

Dear Father, please help me to be a willing servant in the power of your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

BE REAL!

BE REAL!

“What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” —Acts 5:4

A lie is not telling the truth. It can appear that people are telling the truth, but that is because they have veiled the lie with just enough truth as to make it look like they are telling the truth. But God sees beyond the veil into the human heart. He knows all that is going in our inner-most being. Nothing is hidden from His sight— “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). Is there something you are hiding from people? They may not know it, but God does and that is Who really counts. If you need to get something right with Him, do so now! If that means getting right with another person or other people, start that process now as well!

False fronts, fake smiles and words meant to give the appearance that all is well when it is not are lies. Why do we do this? Pride… is the motivator when this is going on. We want to be the god of our own lives and give the outward show that we are in fellowship with God and His people. But, we really want to be in control and not put our full trust in the Lord God Almighty. We live like atheists at times…

Dear Father, help me to fully trust in You. May I seek to be transparent and not be hypocritical and acting like everything is OK when it is not. Oh, that I would seek to be in fellowship with You constantly and with those who also love You. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son, Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIpnW3rtRQ4

ENCOURAGEMENT

ENCOURAGEMENT

Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement) —Acts 4:36

How can one truly be an encouragement to someone else? How can they bring comfort to someone who is in need of comforting? It can only be done if the one seeking to encourage or comfort someone else has been encouraged or comforted themselves. This sincere comfort and encouragement can only come from God.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort” (II Corinthians 1:3-7).

We can only truly bring encouragement and comfort to someone else only if we have truly experience encouragement and comfort ourselves. And that comfort comes from the Lord God Almighty. God’s Holy Spirit is called “The Comforter” (John 14:16; 15:26). When He is controlling our life, then we will be receiving the encouragement and comfort that only He can give. It is only then we will be able to encourage and comfort others.

But, if God’s Holy Spirit is being quenched or grieved by our sin then we will not be able to be a godly encouragement and comfort to others. Oh, may all known sin be confessed to God and may we live clean before Him so He can work through us to bring encouragement and comfort to others. May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ns-hhnqDs8

Dear Father, may I live a pure and holy life that I could be a vessel ready for Your use. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

PRAISE HIM!

PRAISE HIM!

“Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting!” Then they prayed:

“May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!

“You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you. —Nehemiah 9:5-6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6ZTMUjkx3Q

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Colossians 1:15-20).

There you have it! The Eternal Lord God Almighty “made” or “created” all things. People can deny this. They can reject this. They can seek to explain it away. But, the truth remains the truth whether people want to believe lies or not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2KB-7QzE9s I rejoice in His flowers, trees, skies, stars and all things He has created!

Dear Father, I thank You for Your Creation. It is truly astounding and I so look forward to when all sin will be gone and we will live in a perfect Creation with Jesus and all who love Him. Even so come Lord Jesus!

JOY!

JOY!

This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. —-Nehemiah 8:10

Joy is not dependent on circumstances, happiness is. True joy is determined by relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Circumstances and situations may change, but those who have a relationship with God through Jesus have a relationship that will NEVER change! Nothing or no one can change that. Nor can anything or anyone take away our joy!

Jesus

Others

Yourself

When we get the focus off of ourselves as first priority and focus on Jesus we experience joy. When we get our focus off self and focus on helping others we experience joy. Then when we consider ourselves we will experience joy because of the two others mention and all we have in Jesus! Oh, may the joy of Jesus, serving others and knowing what we ourselves have in Jesus bring you great joy today! Our joy in Him is our strength! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86_MXU76e0c

Dear Father, may I always look to Jesus first. Then may I be mindful of others. I know that this will bring me great joy! May this be done in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. May it be so!

DO HIS WORK!

DO HIS WORK!

Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work.” —Nehemiah 4:11

As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ we need to always be aware that we are in spiritual warfare. Satan and his demonic armies are destroyers. That is what they seek to do. When Nehemiah and the Jews were rebuilding the wall Satan’s dark kingdom worked through their enemies seeking to hinder them. Yes, the enemies even had a desire to kill them so the work would end.

Now, fellow follower of Jesus, don’t think our enemy today is any less desirous to destroy you so God’s work through you would stop (1 Peter 5:8). He would love to take us out of the battle however he could. Be aware of the tempter seeking to draw you into whatever he can to get and keep your focus off what Jesus desires. Be aware, have the amour of God on (Ephesians 6:10- 18) and continue in the work God has called you to. All for the glory of God! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ3EZbgeCaU&index=38&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaB621igMmxfeMUvroQqYr3L

I was recently asked to come to an area school for their field day with two of our ga-ga pits (a group dodge ball game– sort of). While I was there, as it my usual custom, I shared the gospel in passing using illusionary cards with adults. One of the school staff told me I could not do that. I could not had those cards out. I responded with, “I am talking with adults” and the staff person said OK and walked off.

It is amazing in our country that Islam is making such inroads and a complaint is barely heard, but talk about Jesus and the fireworks begin. Don’t be intimidated by this. Just do what the Lord would have you do. Yes, we are in spiritual warfare. Be prepared!

Dear Father, help me to boldly share Jesus with people wherever You desire me to. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.