Silent Witness

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Silent Witness

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Your life is a walking bill board for Jesus. We believers must witness for Christ with our lives as well as our lips. The way you live and the way you show love to others is your sermon. We will have many opportunities to share the Gospel; sometimes with words and sometimes by our actions. Many see the way you respond to trails in life or how you love with patience and see a message. There are times when the quietness of our everyday actions speak loudly, revealing our love for the Lord. In our desire to share Christ with a broken world, let’s not ignore the power of our silent witness. Live the kind of life, that when others mention your name, you are recognized as a child of God!

Heavenly Father I pray that my everyday life is a great witness to others of the love I have for Christ. I pray to not only speak the Gospel, but to also witness silently with my actions of love, humbleness and patience. I pray others will always see You Lord when they see me, in Jesus name, Amen.

Power In The Name Of Jesus

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Power In The Name Of Jesus

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

There is power in the name of Jesus; when we speak His name demons flee, and God causes even our enemies to live at peace with us. (Proverbs 18: 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.) (James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.) The mightiest warrior in God’s army and greatest enemy to the devil is a believer who knows how powerful the name of Jesus is and who they are in Christ. If God is for us who then be against us; our own selves! We cause more trouble for ourselves due to not realizing our authority in The Lord. When storms blow in, just the mention of Jesus name, the winds calm and the waves descend to small ripples. We need to be the kind of Christians that when our feet hit the floor in the morning; the devil hides and his demons tremble, because like David we come to fight with the mighty name of Jesus!

Most gracious Heavenly Father thank You for my salvation and freedom of bondage to fear. I praise You Jesus for Your mighty name that causes the devil to flee and demons to tremble, I pray that Your name will be my first response and not my last resort. In Jesus Holy mighty precious name I pray, Amen.

God Sees ALL

Friday, October 17, 2014

God Sees ALL

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

God is the judge of us all, He is not a “got you” god! He is not out to destroy us, the God we serve is “LOVE. He wants to have a intimate relationship with each one of us and bless us above and beyond that we could ever imagine. Many people like to say “God is the only one allowed to judge me!” They are completely correct, and that should be the main reason you want to be saved and have that personal love relationship with God. No He is not gonna put you out on a stage and reveal your darkest sins. But if you chose to not accept Jesus as your Savior with the reward of eternity in heaven; then you will bring judgment on yourself to spend all eternity separated from God in Hell. You can hide all your dark sins from those in the world and put on a front that you are good; in all reality God sees all. He sees our good, bad and future of who we can be walking in the light of Christ. God is omnipresence, He is everywhere at all times. God and all the heaven’s rejoice when one person is saved and God’s heart breaks when He has to bring judgment on the lost and cast them in Hell for all eternity. God is love and He sees all! It should burden our hearts as it does God’s to bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Christ. We have a message and that message is, “For God so loved the whole world, (John 3:16.)

Heavenly Father I am thankful for my security of eternity in heaven. I pray to continue reaching out to the lost daily to bring them to the saving knowledge of Christ, and to tell them God loves them and wants to spend eternity with them in heaven, in Jesus name, Amen.

Remember Our Faithful Leaders

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Remember Our Faithful Leaders

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Each one of us have someone who led us to the Lord. We should always highly regard that person. The fact that they listen to the Lord and followed through witnessing to us. We are not to worship them, God is the only one to be worship and be given the glory. However we should set them apart in our hearts, as the one who cared enough to share the Gospel. We each have a Pastor, youth minister, Sunday school teacher, Awana leader, Bible study leader or mentor that guides and leads us in the Word of God. Again we need to keep in our hearts of remembrance of those who make it their life mission to minister and lead others to Christ and in the Word of God. These men and women of God spend precious time preparing themselves in prayer and in the Bible to guide each of us. Our Pastors do not just sit behind a desk all day; no they spend endless hours working as our shepherd, leading, praying, preparing, visiting, listening..etc. The position of a Pastor is to teach his congregation how to live a victorious godly life in Christ after they are saved; and that is a full time job! The position of a youth minister is to lead teens in the Bible and teach them how to apply God’s Word in their life as they live in a crazy world full of temptations. Life as a spiritual leader is not always easy and can be demanding and challenging, but ask each of them what makes it worth their time; the answer will be love and the rewards of seeing someone come to know Christ as their Savior. Take some time today and thank those who make it their priority to lead you daily in Christ and in the Word of God. Being a servant of God is being a volunteer to others.

Thank You Father for my Pastor and Sunday school teacher; for my oldest daughter’s youth minister, for my son and youngest daughter’s Awana leaders. These individuals make it their life mission to raise my family up in the Word of God, I am thankful that You Lord have given them a servants heart. I love our faithful followers of Christ at church eager to serve others and I pray for each of them, in Jesus name, Amen

Teaching with Loving Patience

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teaching with Loving Patience

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Each one of us is a teacher in some form of a way. Whether you are a Pastor, youth minister, Sunday School teacher, a school teacher, college professor, supervisor, trainer, a mom or dad; what ever position you hold someone is learning from you. I have recently stepped into the toddler church position, and my age group ranges from 2-4 yrs of age. That’s an age of a lot of patience! This age group has a very short attention span and lots of energy. You have to bring a lesson on their level and be prepared to redirected their little minds back to what the group is doing constantly. Working with little kids takes a very patient person, if not you will gain patience. When dealing with small children you have to stay positive, but stern; never leave the children not wanting to come back to church due to your wrong attitude. God is our teacher and He has LOTS of patiences with us; patient is just another form of love. Some are born with a laid back easy going attitude toward others, but many like myself have had to gain patiences through many trails over the years. God’s key reminder to us in this verse is teach with loving patience toward others. When you teach with love the lesson is taught and learned easier, smoother and better; rather then with a bad attitude causing fear, confusion and rejection.

Heavenly Father thank You for Your abundance of patience for me daily. I pray to grow stronger in this area of my life with patience toward others, especially for my children and husband. I know when I show patience toward others I am as well showing love, thank You Lord for ALL the love You show me, in Jesus name, Amen.

God IS Love

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

God IS Love

1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

God has loved all of mankind from the very beginning of time. If He did not, why would He have bothered to create us in the first place? The greatest love ever shown was the love of God for us, when He sent His only begotten Son to save us from our sin and from ourselves, (John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.) Truly our life is hidden in Jesus. Jesus is eternal life. If we have Jesus, we have eternal life, (John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.) Eternal life is more than an endless existence. It is a personal love relationship with God. (1John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.) Jesus told His disciples, that if they had seen Him, they had seen the Father, (John 14:9) This just meant that the Spirit of God dwelled within Him. Jesus was the manifestation of the Godhead on the earth. When we are full of God’s love, we are full of Jesus. The more full of Jesus we are, the more love we have for others, (Mark 12:30-31 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.)

Heavenly Father thank You for Your amazing agape love! You loved me even when I was still a sinner living for the ruins of this world. I praise You Jesus for loving me so much that You came down from heaven and died on the cross for my eternal salvation. I pray to be filled with the love of God, and show His love to all my family, friends, neighbors and even enemies, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Be the Lighthouse

Monday, October 13, 2014

Be the Lighthouse

1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

Today’s generation is full of moms who alone take their children to church. Wives who are on their knees daily praying for their husbands salvation or spiritual leadership in the home. Sometimes these women become discouraged, because they feel like God is not listening to their prayers; but that is not true God hears them. Sometimes God says NO to those prayers, because He knows the future and He sees what the wife needs from this experience. The wife must first let God change her, in order for her to walk by faith, walk the talk and be a lighthouse in her home. Walking in faith, simply means to walk with the revealing of Christ love in you at all times especially at home with non believers. Moms and wives need to spend more time investing walk the talk of Christianity into the lives of their family before they do into the lost world. The spiritual leader mom needs to be the lighthouse for her family by constantly showing God’s love and speaking His Word. Wives, who are peacemakers, hold the family together. The husband is the head of the family, but the wife is the heart. The husband builds the house; the wife makes it a home. Women, do not nag your husband to become a Christian, which will run him off. Show him the love that is in you that was placed there when you became a Christian. He will almost certainly come to Christ, if he can see Christ in you.

Heavenly Father thank You for this message today, I needed this reminder and I pray it will help others who are struggling as well. I pray to show love, been a constant lighthouse to Your Word and let my husband see Christ in me, Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Give Thanks unto the Lord

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Give Thanks unto the Lord

1 Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

There is always a reason to be thankful! If you woke up this morning, be thankful, (Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.) If you have some money in your pocket, all bills paid and a kitchen full of food, be thankful, (Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.) If you, your spouse and children are all healthy, be thankful, (3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.) If you have at least one running vehicle, clothes for your family, beds to sleep in, be thankful, (Matthew 6:25-34). Most importantly if you are saved, able to freely worship the Lord at church, pray in public, read & study the Bible and share the Gospel without persecution, be thankful, (Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.) Always share with others the blessings from God with thanks and rejoicing, (Psalm 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.)

Heavenly Father, thank You for all Your love, grace and mercy I am unworthy of. I am thankful for the blessings that You graciously extend to me. Thank You Lord for all that You provide for me and my family daily. Father I am thankful for Your Holy Word, my salvation through the precious blood of Christ on the cross and fellowshipping with others in Your house, thank You, in Jesus name, Amen.

Speak Life NOT Corruption!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Speak Life NOT Corruption!

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

I have always heard a bad attitude is the worse illness to catch, I believe a corrupt tongue can be too. Complaining, murmuring, disputing and foul language can change the mood of many who are ear length away from a Christian’s rotten lips. It is not God honoring and is out of character for His child to have such distasteful words, (Psalm 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.) Off color jokes, profanity, dirty stories, vulgarity, double entendre, and every other form of corrupt talk should never cross our lips. The Christian’s speech should be instructive, encouraging, uplifting, even if it must be corrective, and suited for the moment, (Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.) Because believers have been saved by grace and kept by grace, they should live and speak with grace. Our Lord Jesus set the standard, (Luke 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?) A heart stayed upon God will say good things that will build up the person you are speaking to, and not tear them down. The tongue is exceedingly difficult to control. It is “a fire,” James says, (James 3:6-8 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.) when we continue allowing the old man to talk, we grieve our Holy Spirit, and break God’s heart. We need to let Jesus wash our hearts in His blood and cleanse us. Christians must speak things that build up Christ and the one they are speaking to.

Most gracious Heavenly Father, please forgive me when I allow my old man to speak and break Your heart, and grieve my Holy Spirit. I pray Lord, that You will put a watch over my lips and tame my tongue to only speak life. I pray to not just walk by faith, but speak with faith and not corrupt talk, in Jesus name, Amen.

Pray for Wisdom before you Speak!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pray for Wisdom before you Speak!

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Sometimes I feel like Peter, I only open my mouth long enough to remove one foot and place other in. Far to often this verse comes plugging into the very depths of my beings, after I have made a big fool of myself. A quick response of anger is a quick way to turn another away from Christ. Even in our own homes, living with a spouse or child who not saved can be challenging and at times feeling like we are constantly be tested. Well, you are, the devil wants nothing more then to make you look like a complete fool to a nonbeliever, so you can be the one reason they don’t want to be a Christian or attend church. It is hard and sometimes we have to draw blood from our own tongues in order to not be a stumbling block. When the urge to snap back, tell them off or become angry comes over you, quickly leave the situation, drop to your knees and ask God for some wisdom. Cause if you stick around expecting to overcome by your flesh, you have already lost! Far to many times we have been the one standing there with our Jesus shirt on, while claiming the title CHRISTians and giving someone a piece of our mind with an audience full of believers and nonbelievers.

Heavenly Father, I know there are times I quickly response and get offensive at a situation, I pray to have a burden in my heart to seek Your wisdom before I react. Thank You for the cross, because I will fail, but praise You Father, You life me up, dust me off and give me undeserved grace and mercy. I pray to think before I speak, in Jesus name, Amen