And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who was working destruction among the people, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” —II Samuel 24:16

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. —Luke 22:41-44

            Don’t think for a moment that our Lord is not in control of this covid19.   He either directly brought it or allowed Satan to instigate it. Our Sovereign Lord said, “Consider it pure joy…whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” (James 1:2-8). Also take a look again at Job chapter one. God allowed Satan to attack Job. Why do these things happen toward believers? One thing is for sure— “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith—more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:6-7). The “proven character of your faith… may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” So for the Church all over the world during this time our faith is being tested.

            Also in the purposes of God through this, and I am sure there are a multitude, is judgment on the world for rebelliousness that is taking place.   This is both toward the disobedient in His Church as well as those outside His Church— worldwide. When David rebelled against God it cost 70,000 lives in three days! Yet in the passage mentioned above our Lord tells the angel working destruction— “It is enough; now stay your hand.”  It was our Lord who initiated the judgement at that time and it was our Lord who stopped it. Even in Job’s life test our Lord put down limitations that Satan could not pass.   Satan was destructive, but allowed by our Lord within the boundaries He set. Yes, our Lord is Sovereign over this covid19 and He does have boundaries that only He knows when it will be enough to accomplish His purposes.

            For those who do not think our Lord God Almighty either brings these calamities or allows them, then take a look at Jesus! In the plan of God He was going to go through the worst event ever to take place. He was going to suffer for the sin of the whole world for all time as well as taking the sorrow and grief for all time, tasting death for every man! (Hebrews 2:9).   Yet this was in the plan of God for the eternal benefit to all who call upon His Name (Romans 10:13).

            So, the question is— Will you allow what He desires to do in your life to happen? Will you obey? Follower of Jesus yield to Him. You, who do not know Him, call on His Name today!

Dear Father I am grateful to know that things like this happen to mature us, to test us and to prove our faith in Jesus. May I be and do what You desire in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!



This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.  Luke 21:19-20

            Remember! Jesus gave His life for us… The illegal trials, the verdict of death, the mocking, the blindfolding, the beatings, the cross carrying, the cruel execution… He was given for us even though His innocence was known! Jesus was God’s GIFT to us— “For God so loved the world that he GAVE His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “Nor can the GIFT of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the GIFT followed many trespasses and brought justification” (Romans 5:16). “For the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).   “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the GIFT of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life” (Ephesians 2:8-10).          

            Children… and adults… are eager to open up gifts— whether it is Christmas, birthdays or on any other occasions. Are we eager to know and live for this GIFT OF GOD GIVEN for us? May it be so! Jesus is the most precious GIFT we could ever receive. Now, out of gratitude of our hearts, may we live for Him. Remember, His body broken for us! Remember, His blood shed for us! Remember…

Oh Dear Father may I truly live a faithful life of gratitude for all Jesus is and what He has done for me.   May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!



And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him. —Luke 21:8

The people were so eager to hear Jesus that they came early in the morning. How about you and I— how eager are we to hear Jesus? Is this the first desire we have when we wake up? Do we want to hear what He has to say to ready us for the day ahead? — “The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of discipleship, to sustain the weary with a word.   He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple” (Isaiah 50:4). Are not His Words the most important I will hear all day?   If I believe that then do I not want to hear what He has to say to me as soon as possible on any given day? Are His Words truly my top priority? May I not only hear what He has to say, but may I be and do what He desires as He speaks to me from His Word.

These people that came to see Jesus early in the morning obviously made this a priority in their lives. They arranged their schedule so they could come to hear Jesus early in the day. How about You and I? If we need to rearrange our schedule to meet with Jesus early, will we do so? Will we go to bed earlier to get up earlier?   Will we make it a priority to meet with Jesus first thing to be prepared for the day?

In the Isaiah 50:4 passage above we learn that: 1- Our Lord gives us the words to speak 2- Our Lord gives us the wisdom to serve the weary 3- Our Lord wakes us morning by morning 4- He helps us hear what He is saying.   Plain and simply our Lord seeks to prepare us for service in the day ahead. Oh, that we would meet with Him, listen to Him, learn from Him and serve others for Him in the day ahead as we run the race marked out for us, keeping our eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith Hebrews 12:1-2).   Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.



Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. —Luke 21:28

            The disciples asked, “When will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” Jesus responded—

  • Don’t be deceived. Many will come in My name
  • You will hear of wars and rebellions
  • Nations and kingdoms will rise against each other
  • There will be earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places
  • There will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven
  • Before this they will seize you and persecute you
  • Because of My name they will deliver you to synagogues and prisons
  • They will bring you before kings and governors
  • Use these as opportunities to witness
  • He will give them the words to say that adversaries won’t be able to resist or contradict
  • You will be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, friends
  • Some of you will be put to death
  • You will be hated by everyone because of His name
  • Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies— you will know her desolation is near
  • Those in Judea— flee to the mountains, get out of the city, stay out of the city
  • The day of vengeance has come
  • Those days will be miserable for pregnant women and nursing mothers
  • Great distress will be on the land and wrath against this people
  • They will fall by the sword and be led captive to all nations
  • Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled
  • There will be signs in the sun, moon, stars and on earth dismay among the nations
  • They will be bewildered by the roaring sea and surging waves
  • Men will faint from fear and anxiety over what is happening on the earth
  • The powers of the heavens will be shaken
  • Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory

We do know this— our redemption is drawing nearer! The mockers may say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” These people say this because they are “following their own evil desires” and “they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (II Peter 3:4). Mockers mock but their mocking doesn’t change the truth! Rejoice! Our redemption is drawing nearer!

Dear Father may we be about Your business when Jesus comes. Yes, I look so forward to see Him and being with Him forever and with all those who love Him. May I be faithful until that day in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!



But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 44 David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” —Luke 20:41-44

            Jesus asked a question and He did not get a response? The answer to that question would be an acknowledgement that David called one of his descendants Lord— God in the flesh. This is something the people did not understand. Yes, the Christ would be “David’s son”— a descendant of David, but He would also be “Lord”— “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3, 5:18, 8:58, 10:30-33; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3).

            It is very clear as to who Jesus is— “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:1-4). Jesus is both the son of David and the Son of God!

            This is why Jesus could take care of the eternal sin issue, because He Himself is eternal. His “propitiation” (I John 2:2) would satisfy God’s wrath against man and enable man to be forgiven and be in relationship with Him through Jesus. His sacrifice would be the perfect sacrifice, the final sacrifice and He Himself was the final perfect Lamb of God that would be slaughtered.   This was so because “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16-18). To reject God’s gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus is to have the judgment of God remain upon you— forever in hell after you die.   To reject God’s gift of Jesus is a rebellious, seditious act against Him, showing you don’t want anything to do with Him, with Heaven or with His people. It is a cjudgment of eternal doom upon yourself. Oh, bow the knee and Call upon the Lord Jesus today (Romans 10:13).

Dear Father I am so thankful that You drew me to Jesus. I know I did not deserve salvation and that it was only though Your mercy and grace. Now may I bring this glorious message to others by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus that they would come to know Him as well.   So be it!


One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it came from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” —Luke 20:1-8

           “One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” This is what Jesus did while He was on the earth— He taught people and preached the gospel. Our Lord has given us the command to do the same.

           The religious leaders of that day challenged His authority to do this.   Jesus responded with this question, “Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” These leaders were not going to acknowledge that John’s authority to baptize came from heaven, which it did (John 1:6). If they acknowledge that John’s authority to baptize came from heaven then they would have to acknowledge John’s message that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God and the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29, 35).   But they also did not want to say “from man” because they were afraid the people would stone them because the people were “convinced that John was a prophet.” So the leaders said they did not know and by not answering His question Jesus said He would not answer their question.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” —Matthew 28:19-20

           In the above verses it is very clear that Jesus has “ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.” With that authority He has sent us to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The question I have for myself and for you— “Are we being obedient to this commission He has given us?” Am I/are you making disciples that are taught to make disciples that are taught to make disciples that are taught to make disciples…? Asked our Lord to identify for us who He would like us to disciple and then teach them what Jesus has taught us. One of the very first things is to have the person you disciple to ask our Lord to identify someone they are to disciple and each disciple is to do this.   That is what obedience to the commission is. Discipleship is teaching another to obey all the Lord has taught us. This is restated in II Timothy 2:2— “And the things that you have heard me say among many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be qualified to teach others as well.” 1-Jesus discipled Paul and others 2- Paul discipled Timothy and others 3- Timothy discipled faithful men 4- faithful men disciple others 5- others are to disciple others… we are to disciple others… “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Are you discipling someone? If not, why not? It is disobedience not to be doing so! Remember, we go in Jesus’ authority. This is His desire. May it be our desire as well. Pray for that person to disciple and then do what our Lord has commanded us to do. We will give an account one day. May you and I hear those words from Jesus— “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Oh yes, Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!



It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” —II Samuel 11:2-5

            David was out for a walk. He should have been at the battle with his men. While walking he saw a woman bathing. At that point he should have looked away and walked away, but he didn’t.   He looked upon her and observed that she was very beautiful and temptation started to enter his mind. He should have walked away… speedily, but he did not. He formulated a plan. The temptation was turning to sin. He inquired as to who the woman was and then sent messengers to bring her to him. He should have stopped, but he didn’t. He lay with her and then she went home, but shortly sent a message that she was pregnant.

            David quickly formulated another plan to try and cover his wicked deed.   He had Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, sent back to him from the battlefield. Uriah was a faithful soldier to David and was willing to put his life on the line for his king. When Uriah arrived David asked how the battle was going and then got Uriah drunk in hopes he would go down and have sexual relations with his wife. In this way he thought he would “cover his tracks” and nobody would know. But Uriah was dedicated to the king and to his fellow soldiers and stayed with the soldiers. He would not go down to his own house (II Samuel 11:13).

            David quickly formulated yet another plan to try and cover his wicked deed.   He wrote a letter to the commander of the army, Joab, and told him to set Uriah in the heat of the battle and withdraw from him. David sent the letter of Uriah’s planned death by Uriah’s own hand to deliver to his commander. And so it happened, Uriah was put into the heart of the battle and was killed (II Samuel 14-17). I am sure King David felt a sense of relief, thinking now his wicked deed would not be found out.

            David quickly formulated another plan to try and cover his wicked deed.   After Bathsheba was done mourning for her husband he sent for her and she became his wife (II Samuel 11:26).   “There,” I am sure he thought, “Everything is OK now.” But there was One that knew and He was displeased with what David had done!

            Then came along Nathan the prophet and told David about a man who had many sheep, but when the man had a visitor instead of killing one of his own sheep he went and took by force the only sheep of a man who had loved that sheep. He killed the man’s sheep and gave it to his guest. David was outraged and said, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity” and Nathan responded to David, “You are the man!” (II Samuel 12:5-7). 

            How much time goes into our thinking, planning to cover up our sin? Temptation is not sin; it is when we give in to that temptation and act upon it… that is sin. That is what David did and he worked hard to cover his tracks. Are you? Are you trying to hide some sin from people? God knows and “you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).  Repent (turn from) and confess (I John 1:9). He is gracious to forgive!

Dear Father please help me when I am tempted and flee from that temptation. If and when I sin, please help me not to seek to hide it, but confess immediately to You. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. My desire is not to sin against You!



For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. —Luke 19:10

            When Jesus was walking the earth during His ministry years He was very intentional in what He was doing and how He was using His time. His main focus was “to seek and to save the lost.”   That is what the cross is all about!   He came “that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Jesus is “the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).   Jesus is the good shepherd that “has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent” (Luke 15:4-7).

            How intentional are you and I in seeking the lost?   Do we have this same passion that Jesus had? He left the glory of heaven to come to this sin infested world— this filthy, sinful, rebellious planet that He could rescue the lost. He left the comfort of heaven to experience the most uncomfortable experience that anyone would ever have—- taking the punishment for the world’s sin— past, present and future— upon Himself at the cross. Not only that, but He experience the sorrow and grief of the people of this planet past, present and future as well. Now… can we leave our “comfort” to seek the lost?

            Sinners do not seek after our Lord for salvation.   Just like Adam and Eve they try to hide their sin from God. Of course, this is impossible. But our Lord God sought out Adam and Eve and Jesus came to seek us out as well. So as followers of Jesus let us be obedient and be the witnesses He has called us to be (Acts 1:8). Let us be the disciplers He has commanded us to be (Matthew 28:19-20).   He will do His will though us who desire to will His will! Yes, He will !

Dear Father may I have a passion like Jesus and seek out the lost and make disciples. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!   



And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Who is good enough to merit or deserve salvation? Nobody! Not you and not me, not anyone! —“There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12) and “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God’s Word shows there are no “excuses, and to show(s) that the entire world is guilty before God.” (Romans 3:19). “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isaiah 64:6). Whoever we are, rich or poor or somewhere in between, we cannot be good enough or do anything good that would get us into a relationship with God or get us to heaven.   Nothing! The rich man mentioned above thought he had kept the 10 commandments… or at least the ones Jesus mentioned. But the man had broken the very first one by not having God as his first priority (Matthew 22:37-40). Instead his wealth was more important. This can be seen when Jesus, God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14), invited the man to sell his wealth and follow Him. The man went away sad. Why?   It was because his wealth was more important to him than Jesus was. When Jesus said, “It is hard for a rich man to enter heaven” his disciples asked— “Who then can be saved?” Jesus responded that “with man this was impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


Jesus then told them how He was going to be brutalized and killed, but then rise again the third day. They did not understand and unless you understand what Jesus has done for you through the cross and resurrection, you cannot be saved. If anything is more important to you than Jesus then you cannot be saved. Understand this— “No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—so that they should live on forever and not see decay” (Psalm 49 7-9). But the eternal Son of God made redemption possible through His precious blood shed on the cross (I Peter 1:19). What will you do about it? Whoever calls on the Name of the Lord Jesus will be saved! (Romans 10:13). Call on Jesus today!


Dear Father I am so grateful that You brought me to the place of understanding that I was not good and only You are. Thank You for showing me what Jesus did for me at the cross and through the resurrection.   Though Your Holy Spirit’s power may I now live faithfully for Jesus.



 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ ” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? —Luke 18:1-8

               “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Will He find faith in me and in you? How will this faith be seen according to the verses above? It will be seen in persistent prayer— a dependency upon God and expectancy of Him answering— on-going communication with Him.

            In the parable above the widow lady was seeking justice and she did not give up requesting that justice until the answer came. This parable is talking about persistence. The widow lady really wanted an answer to her situation and did not give up. When you and I pray, do we truly want an answer? Will we continue to seek Him to answer? Or, when an answer does not come when we think it should, will we give up and not pray anymore about it?

            You keep on asking! You keep on seeking! You keep on knocking! It will be given. You will find. The door will open. But you must be persistent. Yea, we are commanded to be persistent (Matthew 7:7). “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11). So do not give up. He will answer in His time! He will answer according to what is good for us.

            A lack of prayer in our lives indicates a lack of faith— a lack of trust in God. We are seeking to accomplish things in our own strength and not looking to Him to act on our behalf. Which do you really want? Do you want to seek to do things in your own strength or seek Him to accomplish what you cannot? Oh, that we would persistently seek His face. My Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.