Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Be the Messenger Not the Judge
Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Many times in our Christian walk we get confused on who the judge is and who the messengers are. Though there is absolutely nothing wrong with bringing another’s splinter up, we must first acknowledge the huge pole in our eye first, ( Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?) I believe we all hold faults even as believers in Christ, does this mean we are not saved, absolutely NOT, God judges are hearts; and we are saved by faith through grace and not our own perfection. Our job as Christians is not to sit around like Pharisees pointing out what others do and do not do right as a believer. That is God’s job to fill the believer with the Spirit and pluck out the weeds that hinder our walk with Him. Yes we have to be careful as a believer how we live and what we allow in our Christian walk, again that is two-fold; we also have to remember our job is to be the messenger of the Great Commission. When you start pointing out all the rights and wrongs as a child of God it turns many hearts away from Christ and especially church. Who wants to go and worship with hypocrites who spend more time pointing your faults out then showing Christ love.
Heavenly Father I praise You and thank You for my salvation. I know where I was and who I was when You pull me out of the pit I was in. I pray to remember that everyone comes from all walks of life; and that we all grow at different pace on our walk. I pray to show Your love and not be the judge, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
My Shepherd knows my Name!
John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
How many times have we stood in a line with a ticket that has a number displayed on it; only to be acknowledge by that number. You leave the facility not even ever being known by your name but as a number. But our Savior Jesus and Heavenly Father knows our name. They know how many hairs that are upon each of our heads, (Luke 12:7) how many tears we have shed, (Psalm 56:8) each of our thoughts, (Psalm 94:11a) and our hearts, (Psalm 44:21). What a great feeling to know that God doesn’t just know us by name, but that He knows our every detail, He knew us even in our mothers womb, (Psalm 139:13). Oh how wonderful it is to know that both God and Christ thinks of their children all the time. (Psalm 139:17-18 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.) NO Christian is anonymous to God!
Heavenly Father, I am thankful You know me by my name. I hear my shepherd’s Jesus voice and I know He loves me and died for me. What a wondrous thing to know that You Lord have known me before time and when I get to heaven, Christ will say I know her as my child; and He will call out my name before all those in heaven. I praise You and thank You, in Jesus name, Amen
Monday, November 24, 2014
My Peace; Jesus Peace
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
In this world we never have absolute assured peace. Some where’s around the globe there is always a fight, war or dispute between families, sworn enemies and nations. You can’t turn on the news without at least one report on hate, war or terrorist threat. This world is full of evil and the master of the puppets is the devil himself causing this war on peace. One thing is for sure no matter what goes on around us believers we can stand firm in Christ’s peace and the promise of our eternal destiny. We may be living in strange land now with uproars all around; but soon we will be raptured up living in peace without fear, war and hate ever again. While the world around us is falling down, we believers need to be lifting others up with the promise of peace. Jesus did not die for us to live in fear, but to live in absolute peace as a child of God, sharing the message of the cross and the peace He offers.
Most gracious Heavenly Father I pray to not have my focus on the wars of this world around me, but to have my eyes fixed on Jesus. I am thankful for my peace, the peace of all understanding that matter what comes against me I am a saved and secure child of God. For if You Father are for me than who can possibly come against me! I pray to spread the good news and promise of Christ peace, in Jesus name, Amen.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
The Road Map of a Soul Winner
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
We are saved by grace and grace is only by faith. Christ did not take the penalty of our sins by dying on the cross for our punishment, (Romans 5:8;) only so that we can work to maintain our salvation. It is a free gift from God! We are all guilty of sin, (Romans 3:10,23) and all deserve eternity in Hell for our sins, (Romans 6:23a.) Praise God for our amazing Savior who has taken our guilt and placed it onto His account and has counted us righteous through His account. Jesus offers us salvation as a free gift of grace, (Romans 6:23b.) All we are required to do is believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and confess we are a sinner in need of a Savior, (Romans 10:9-10.) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved, (Romans 10:13.) No where in the Romans Road does it declare “Works” for salvation, scripture makes it clear that we are saved by faith through “Grace!!” Now take this good news and share it with the world, (Matthew 28:19-20.)
Heavenly Father, I pray to take Your Gospel into all the world and show how Your gift of salvation is 100% free. I pray to never forget that my salvation is by my faith and not works. For my attempt of good righteousness is but of filthy rags. I am thankful I am cleansed in the precious blood of the Lamb, in Jesus name I pray Amen.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
In the Family of God
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
What an amazing feeling to know that I am no longer a stranger or even a foreigner in the kingdom of Heaven. I have been bought by the shedding blood of Christ, sought out by God himself to adopt me into His family of saints. When I think about how Jesus took my penalty of sins to His account and placed His righteousness onto my account so that I can stand holy before God as His child; it leaves me praising Jehovah! I am a daughter of the one true and merciful, loving and grace extending King. WOW! My adoption is irrevocable, nothing can ever separate me from the mighty grip of God! I have been justified, sanctified, regenerated, adopted and some day I will stand in my glorified body before my Father and forever dwell among my fellow brothers and sister in Christ. What a glorious day that will be! I am not of this world..I am a citizen of Heaven, and I am looking forward to my eternal address change.
Most gracious Heavenly Father, I am thankful for my eternal destination, and that I have been adopted into Your family. I praise You Lord that some glorious day I will be in heaven with my fellow saints rejoicing in Your presence forever, In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
Tomorrow may not be promised, and today may have been a long exhausting and eventful day. But one thing is for sure, God holds yesterday, today and tomorrow in His hands, we just need to trust in His grand plan, (Jeremiah 29:11.) There are many who may have received a bad report for the Doctor, lost their job or a family member passed away today. We all face a giant of despair leaving us feeling physically and emotionally weak. No matter what obstacles come at you and hit you by surprise, leaving you feeling drained and weak; one thing is for sure the Lord is our strength, (Philippians 4:13.) God is not surprised by what comes at us, because He already knows your circumstance and has already provided away for you to overcome it, (1 Corinthians 10:13). Keep your eyes focused on Jesus as you step out onto the roaring waters; if you start to sink, cry out to Jesus He is your life guard and will save you, (Matthew 14:29-31). Jehovah is our forever strength!
Heavenly Father I pray to always remember that You are available 24/7 to strengthen me. I praise You Lord for Your amazing and abundant provision daily, in Jesus name, Amen.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
It is better to give them to receive, (Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.) The heart of a believer should be filled with the compassion to reach out to others in need and give. Our goal should be to focus on our eternal treasures to come and not worldly riches that will fade,( Matthew 6:19-21). Giving cherished material possessions or money is not the only way we help others; as well giving our time. Time is so precious and is the most valuable gift we can give to another. We have been given 24 hours in a day that is 86.400 seconds to give our time to another in need. What a humbling experience it is to know that giving your time to another is a blessing that no form of material possessions or money could ever provide or buy. It takes true humility to put aside your timely needs to help another who needs your time of help. God blesses and restores a happy giver with a humble heart that loves others with a heart of Jesus.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for all Your provision in my life. I am also thankful for those You have place in my life that gives their precious time to help me, as well as material possessions. I pray to have a humble heart like Jesus to give to others in their needs of time, provision and financial needs, I pray in Jesus name, Amen.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
We’re God’s Pleasure
Psalm 149:4a For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people:
I have had the pleasure of watching my 1 year old daughter and almost 2 year old nephew play together these last few days. There hearts were so full of joy as they had endless hours of play time, until their sleep finally took over. Watching them interact, play games, sing, dance and talk gibberish has been entertaining. My heart has been so over joyed. As I sat and watched their big smiles light up each other’s eyes; it brought unspeakable joy to my soul. I can only image the happiness we as children of God bring Him when we fully rely on Him. How full and content our hearts our when we look to our Savior for hope. It brings delight to God’s heart when His child can smile through a storm and know He is our refugee. When we sing praises and worship to God, He takes pleasure in the faith of His child. Like us parents beaming with a smile from ear to ear over the joy our children bring into our lives; God beams with joy for His child full of love that reflects Jesus, even when the world around us is dark and dreary. We can learn a lot from the absolute pure joy of toddlers at play with happiness in their hearts and a smile on their face.
Heavenly Father I pray to have the faith of a child and reflection of Jesus in this dark world around me. I pray to be the apple in Your eye that You take pleasure in. I praise You and thank You for loving me, even when I am unfaithful, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Jesus Is The Light
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
These words are in red in the Bible which tell us that Jesus spoke these words Himself. He is the Light. Those who do not receive Jesus, even now, are living in darkness. Jesus said, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life, (John 8:12). (Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid). In these Scriptures above, Jesus is explaining that if we are Christians, then we have His Light dwelling within us. This Light of Jesus should be so brightly shining, that no one need ask if we are saved; but they should be quick to see the glow of this Light within us. This Light goes with us and should illuminate wherever we are. Like the light house on the sandy beach, or the steeple on the church; we Christians need to stand and shine bright for Christ to help bring the lost ships to the shore and lost souls to the cross.
Heavenly Father I pray to be a light from Christ and reflect Him in order to bring the unsaved to salvation, in Jesus name, I pray Amen
Monday, November 17, 2014
It’s God’s Fight
Exodus 14:14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Everyday we face battles; we are either in a storm, at the edge of a storm or have passed through a storm with another on the horizon. God has made it clear to us in His Word, that even though we maybe saved, we will still face tribulations, (John 16:33). We just have to keep our eyes on Jesus as we step out unto the waters during the storm. We may feel inadequate to stand against the crashing waves; we must keep in mind that standing against the winds maybe impossible for us, but with God IT IS POSSIBLE, (Matthew 19:26). We can hold tight to the promise of hope in our Lord, that as we stand against the mighty walls of our enemies, under the shadows of our giants that God is there and He will fight for us. The battle is God’s and the victory God wins is ours. These Israelites would learn more and more to depend on God alone as they made their pilgrimage to the Promised Land. We must apply this message to our journey that we too must learn to depend on God and Him alone; to see us through every storm, battle and trail that comes against us while on this pilgrimage here on this earth, until we arrive safely in our promised land in heaven with Jesus.
Most gracious Heavenly Father, I praise You for my salvation, from the victories and battles that You fight for me. I pray to be in constant remembrance that You Lord will fight all my battles; I am just required to have faith. I praise You and pray to be a witness of Your amazing grace, in Jesus name I pray, Amen