Thursday, March 5, 2015
Be the Salt that Preserves
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
We are not just the light of the world; we are the salt that adds flavor to a plain and broken world. Salt is a preservative, making us Christians a preservative. This earth would already have been destroyed, if it were not for us Christians here. If the Christians fall away, what will happen to the earth? That is just exactly what is happening today. Watered down Christianity is taking over. If the Christians do not rise the bar on godly standards, then all is lost. Lukewarm Christians will not make the final cut. God will spew lukewarm Christians out like lukewarm water, (Revelations 3:16). We need to live by the standards raised in the Bible. Sold out to God Christians are the salt of the earth. We must preserve the Bible and its standards, until Jesus returns. We must not compromise with the world.
Heavenly Father I pray to be the salt that those of this lost world needs to see Christ in my everyday life. I pray to not compromise with this world, but rather add flavor to it with Your Word daily. Lord please forgive me when I allow the world to influence me instead of being the influencer, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
No Giant can Stand against Our Mighty God
Numbers 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
There is a reason why Caleb and Joshua were the only two from their generation that went into the promise land with the children of the new generation. God told Moses that He nor the generation He brought from Egypt would ever set foot in the promise land; that their children along with Caleb and Joshua only would, (Numbers 14:26-38). Why? Because of their unbelief, murmuring and complaining against God. When Moses sent out scouts to scout out the promise land, Caleb came back energized and ready to take on the giants; because He knew God was with them and they would win, (Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?) The other scouts came back with defeated already in their hearts, causing an uproar among the Israelites against Moses and Aaron for taking them from their comfort zone of Egypt, and accusing God for the death of their wives and children in the wilderness, (Numbers 13:32-14:4). When we look at our battles with a heart like Caleb we come to realize the battle has done been won by our Savior, Jesus Christ on the cross. Defeat takes us hostage when we or looking at the size of our trial and not the size of our God, causing us to remain wondering in the wilderness. Stand before your giant (trial) like David did with Goliath; knowing that it is not the stone that knocks the giant down, it is your faith in God and that the battle has already been won in the shadow of the cross.
Most gracious Heavenly Father I praise You Lord that I never have to face any battles or giants alone. You are always with me and for me and through each trial I grow stronger in my faith. I praise You Jesus that Your ultimate sacrifice on the cross is my victory in every battle I face. I pray to have a heart like Caleb and David knowing that it is not I but You Lord that takes down the giants on my path, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
No Earthly Gains are Worth the Lose Heaven
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
All the riches in the world are nothing if you have to give up eternal life with Jesus to have it. Life on this earth is very short, and all the wealth of the world for this short life cannot even begin to compare with all of eternity in heaven with Jesus, (Matthew 6:19-21). We spend most of our lives trying to gain the worlds respect, and never stop to receive God’s amazing grace. When climbing a corporate ladder is more important then salvation, our priorities are out of line. At the end of our life when we take our last breath here on earth and come face to face with our Creator, God; we will be judged as who we were here on earth. Having the knowledge of God will do us no good and all our worldly gains we racked up while here on earth will quickly burn up in the refinery fire of God’s judgement, (Malachi 4:1). Being a good person on earth and helping others, will do you no good standing before God, if you never excepted Christ as your Savior, (Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity).
Most gracious Heavenly Father I pray for the many who are still lost to the lies of worldly gain. I also pray for us in Christ; to do the works that glorify You and to set our treasures in heaven, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Jesus Will Meet Our Needs
Mark 8:18-21 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
This was a very good question Jesus asked His disciples in verse 21,” how is it that you do not understand?” It is almost unbelievable that the disciples were all there to witness both feeding miracles, (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 8:1-10,) and yet they still did not believe that He would take care of their needs. They had their eyes so fixed on their physical needs that they forgot that Jesus could supply their physical and spiritual need, (Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live). We are like the disciples, we must look for and understand our spiritual need and not be so concerned about the physical needs. How many times have we witness Jesus provide for a loved one we have been praying for; and then have doubts when it is our turn for needs. This is what Jesus was asking His disciples, you seen and heard me provide for the Jews, why would you think I would not provide for you. Jesus had never failed to supply our needs, and He want stop now!
Heavenly Father I praise You that my needs are meet. I know that You provide for me in Your timing and by Your will. Lord I am grateful to be a witness of others needs that are meet by You. I pray to continue having faith, You will supply ALL my needs, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Your Heart Will Reveal What You Eat Daily
Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
The words that come out of our mouths defines who and what we listen too, and how the lost will see who we are as followers of Christ. How do those words even enter into our minds to speak? By what we feed our hearts daily. The kind of entertainment we choose; music, T.V, movies, friends or even what we look at on the Internet. Like our body requires fuel to work properly; our heart and mind requires spiritual nourishment to thrive. This kind of food for our soul is given to us daily through the time we spend with God in His Word, prayer, watching Christian movies and listening to worship music. We can put on a show Sunday morning at church, but during the week as pressure starts to weigh on us, the food we feed our hearts will be what we serve to the world. We believers are a walking billboard for Christ, we are meant to shine and stand out; not blend into the world, by our speech and actions. What a man feeds his heart will indeed come out of his mouth to the world looking for hope. Be the light in a dark room, not a trash can for the world’s liter.
Heavenly Father I pray to have my light shinning brightly for the lost of this world to see Jesus. I pray Father that I will continue being a student of Your Word and a prayer warrior who is representing Christ by what comes out of my heart that is fed to me daily, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Jesus Healing Touch is Still Available
Mark 6:55-56 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
What a sight this must have been; Jesus’ fame had already spread throughout this region; and now that He was here, people ran quickly and brought everyone who was sick or crippled to Him. They believed that even if they could touch His garment, they would be healed; and that was just what happened. I imagine the talk of faith between people in their houses of the great Messiah and how they would finally be able to walk again. The faith these individuals displayed before Jesus, as they reached out knowing He would heal them, must have been amazing in our Lords eyes. What a overwhelming thought, to know that God Himself would be in your village and healing the sick, only to be walking by. We still have this same amazing God! He still walks through our homes, cities and our country; and He still has the same healing power. We just got to get our selves, friends and family to the foot of the cross and the healing of our sins and new life in Christ will begin. Jesus is still in the saving and healing business. He is alive today, as He was then over 2,000 years ago and He is still coming to the lost and sick offering eternal salvation and freedom from sin.
Most gracious Heavenly Father I praise You Lord for Jesus Christ my Savior; Your one and only Son who is still alive and walking upon this same world today offering healing. I pray to lead those who are lost among my family and friends to foot of His cross, so they too can find salvation through His touch, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jesus Can Use Any Size Of Our Faith
Mark 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Our Faith can be as big as a mountain or as small as a mustard seed. There are even times when we may feel like we are literally hanging on by thread. The Gentile woman in Mark 5 had experienced a blood issue for twelve years and she had seen many doctors and spent all her money; but the issue only got worse, (Mark 5:25-26). When the Gentile woman had heard Jesus would be passing by, she knew without a doubt touching even just the hem of His robe would heal her, (Mark 5:27-28). As soon as she laid touch to the end of His garment, her issue of many years dried up and she was healed, (Mark 5:29). Jesus knew straight way that healing powers had been drawn from Him, and stopped to see who it was that touched Him. The Gentile woman with fear, spoke up and said it was I and explained her reasoning, (Mark 5:30-33). Jesus was pleased with the faith that this Gentile woman had displayed and said, “daughter thy faith had made they whole, go in peace, (Mark 5:34). Regardless of the amount of faith that you have, know that even just the touch of Jesus hem; He can heal and move mighty mountains that have been settled for years.
Heavenly Father I pray to have the faith of the Gentile woman who knew just the touch of Jesus robe would heal her. I praise You Lord that no matter the size of my faith, Jesus can use it to heal and move mountains. I pray to continue displaying my faith of the finished work of my Savior on the cross to the lost, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Don’t be FULL of Head Knowledge with EMPTY Branches!
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
We can easily become religious and bear no fruit on our branches; when we only allow the Word of God to give us head knowledge and not apply His Word to our lives. Satan does not care if you attend church, read & study your bible, and he doesn’t care that we post daily Scripture and devotions, it is no threat to him! It is when we take the Word of God and apply it to our lives, living it out and bearing fruit on our branches, that the devil throws a fit. Our walk with God needs to be a daily renewing of the mind, (Romans 12:2;) but also a daily feeding to our hearts and souls. If there is an area in your walk that you are struggling with; whether it’s your temper. Search out God’s Word for Scriptures on the topic temper, such as (James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath). This verse will do you no good if all you do is read it and hopes that someday you (flesh) can control your temper. That is what Satan wants you to believe. God wants you to meditate on this verse and be in constant prayer, (1Thessalonians 5:17,) of applying it to your life, for when the temptation arises that may cause you to quickly be angered; you can overcome it with a new mind and heart set. Like a cow that chews it’s cud over and over again till it can be digested; we too need to chew on God’s Word until it is applied in our hearts and we are living it and bearing it’s fruit, (John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.) God’s Word is to make a change in our hearts as a Christian and not just our minds of religious knowledge.
Heavenly Father I pray that each day that I spend in Your Word that I am not just gaining head knowledge; but rather being fed Your daily bread to my inner man. I pray that I will apply Your Words into my heart and live them out daily in faith bearing much fruit. I pray when others see me; they see my fruits of spirits that glorify you. I pray to not be seen as only with a head full of religious knowledge, in Jesus name I pray, Amen