Sunday, May 24, 2015
Fall in LOVE with God and His Word
Psalm 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
The greatest day of my life, is the day I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. The best thing I ever did for my Christian walk was fall in love with the Bible and it’s author, God. As I wrap up my studying for my last Old Testament exam tomorrow morning. I reflect on where I once was as a believer three years ago to where I am today. The questions that have been answered, and many more that are still to be answered. I know that many of my questions will not be answered until I am home in heaven, where God will reveal the answers to me. A journey in the Word of God is not completed in a year, or when You graduate from Bible college, but rather daily throughout your lifetime on earth. Our love for God and His Word should increase daily; as we turn the pages of His heart, as He writes them onto our hearts. Allow the Word of God to change your reflection as you meditate daily on His promises and reflect Jesus to the lost world.
Heavenly Father I am so thankful for the opportunity to grow and learn in Your Word daily. I pray to continue searching Your heart out diligently and allowing You to write Your Words upon my heart. I pray to take the Bible and share Your promises with all the world, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Jesus Will Restore
Isaiah 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain
As I am studying for my last exam in Faith Bible Institute, over Old Testament. The subject on the Millennium Reign in Isaiah is heavy on my heart. Reading this chapter and comparing the “FBI” notes I truly am shouting praises to my Messianic King. The amazing glories we will see as the Bride of Christ is breath taking. My mind is truly over working in imagination tonight. I keep looking back over my notes and picturing all the amazing things that will take place just in the thousand year reign here on earth. To begin with, we who are in Christ will be raptured up, before the horrible tribulation. Then Satan will be cast down and chain in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. Then Jesus will restore the earth, He will remove the curse of sin and the earth bring forth fruitfulness as never before. The wolf, loin and lamb will lay down together and children will have no fear of venomous snakes. He will heal all sickness and deformity. He will remove sickness along with suffering. All children born in this thousand year reign on earth will be born without any sickness or deformities and they will live for the entire thousand years. There will be NO deaths, or nature disasters, God will preserve life. Jesus will lead us as a one world religion and we will worship the One true God. He will teach and judge all men. The temple will be rebuilt and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to worship as one. There will be world peace, unparalleled joy. Jesus will bring holiness to all man and He will minister and comfort our every need. There will be a great out pouring of the Holy Spirit to all mankind. We will given a great understanding of God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. There will be a unity with all men speaking the same language. Both those of the natural body,(who are saved during the tribulation) and spiritual body, (the church) will inhabit the new earth together. We will have jobs and work, but no longer to the curse of labor, but of blessings and prosperity. Jesus will remove the curse of hunger and famine, we will no longer be hungry or thirsty. I am so excited about this wonderful promise of blessing to come. Until Jesus comes back we Christians need to be busy at work here and now. By delivering the good news of the Gospel of salvation to all the world, (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20.) We need to be spreading the NEWS..people get ready cause Jesus is coming and we who are saved are going home to be with the Lord. Don’t get left behind and miss out on heaven for the pleasures of this world. Nothing compares to the glories and blessings we have coming!!!!!
Heavenly Father I am so ready for my Groom to sweep me off my feet and rapture me up to heaven. Your amazing promises of the restoration of Israel and the earth has me shouting praises. Lord I am looking forward to spending not just one thousand years with my Savior worshiping You, but I am looking forward to spending all eternity worshiping You Father and the Son, in Jesus name I pray Amen.
Friday, May 22, 2015
In our Weakness Jesus is Strong
Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
This verse is so inspiring because when the women at the tomb seen Jesus in His glorified body, He instructed them to go tell His disciples and Peter He had rose. Why is this verse so encouraging? Because when we are struggling to keep our eyes on Jesus, questioning His reasons or stumbling in our Faith. Jesus always sees the best in us and what we can do through Him to expand the kingdom of God and bring Him glory. Peter, got out of the boat, but took his eyes off Jesus and begin to sink, (Matthew 14:29-30.) Peter rebuke Jesus when our Savior spoke of dying for the world on the cross, (Matthew 16:22-23.) Peter denied Christ three times while our Savior was taking our sins and nailing them to the cross, ( Matthew 26:33-34.) “BUT” Peter was among the first disciples Christ appeared to when He rose the 3rd day, (Mark 16:14.) Peter preached the greatest sermon the day of Pentecost, that resulted in over 3,000 being saved, (Acts 2:38-41.) Peter along side the other disciples took the great commission and turn the nation upside down, (Matthew 28:19-20.) Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Peter penned the Gospel Peter and the two epistles 1 & 2 Peter. Never think you have sinned too much or backslide to far that God can’t use you! Each man and woman of the bible serves a great message of faith, trust and determination to follow Christ no matter what the cost, (Hebrews 11,) and just like us they too had there faults. “BUT” it was through those faults like ours today that Christ shines the brightest in our weakness!
Lord Jesus I pray to always keep my eyes on You, and know that no matter my faults, that You are always a forgiving and restoring God. Thank You, Jesus that in my weakness Your strength is revealed and through my faith You are glorified. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Blessing Not Bitter
1 Chronicles 15:29 And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal, the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.
How many times have we stood at the window and witness the joy of others in Jesus, only to have despite in our hearts toward them. Why? Jealously! The devil wants nothing more than for us to be a heart divided. How quickly we lose track of who should be getting the glory. When people notice others believers for their faithfulness, it’s truly Jesus who is seen and not them. When we have a bitterness toward that Christian, we actually have bitterness toward Jesus, “how we treat others is how we treat Jesus,” (John 25:40.) Never rob yourself of the sidelined blessings of watching others shine bright for Christ. The real rewards that matter are never the pats on the back here on earth, but rather from God in heaven! Build up others with encouragement, remember that all is for the glory of God. Let’s never trade blessings for bitterness!
Heavenly Father I pray to be an encourager to others while here on earth. I pray that when others are being recognized for their service to Your kingdom, that I will build them up and not tear them down because of pride. I pray to be a sideline witness of Your glory that brings blessings to others, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Reflecting Christ EVEN in Our Hardships
2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
Pursuing God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the souls of men should consume the believer daily. I admire Paul, he never stops being appreciative of the mercy the Lord Jesus showed him in stopping him and getting him on the right track. “Faint Not,” means that when we face terrible obstacles; we need to work even harder to bring the message of salvation to the lost. Paul himself face stoning, shipwreck, imprisonment, and worst of all, rejection from his own people; and still he did not lose heart over spreading the Gospel. Since God had called him to proclaim it, Paul could not abandon his calling. Instead he trusted God to strengthen him. Paul’s persecuted life gives us a great example of how we must walk daily in the salvation we have received. I must ask myself and you one question. Are you filled with the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ? If you are, then are you shining that Light in the darkness? Paul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, and He changed Paul’s life for all eternity. From that moment on, Paul’s mission was to shine the Light of Jesus even on his hardest days of persecution, (Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.) Are we Christians truly living a life that reflects Christ; even on our hardest days?
Heavenly Father I am so thankful that You stopped me in my tracks 4 years ago and turned my life completely around. Lord even when I am having a day of hardship I pray to remember that You have set me apart to shine for Your glory, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Stay Hungry for Christ
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
After Jesus had performed the miracle of feeding the five thousand with only five loaves of bread and two fish, (John 6:9-12.) He went away seeing that the people wanted Him as their earthly king, (John 6:14-15.) His disciples didn’t even know where their master had gone. They themselves depart on a ship, later to be joined by Jesus, who came to them walking on the sea on to their ship, (John 6:19-21.) The next day the people found Jesus and His disciples in Capernaum, (John 6:24-25.) The people immediately wanted to know why Jesus left,(John 6:25.) The answer He gave them, is still the same answer for us today. Since the day of our salvation of consuming the bread of life, our desire has been to seek after Jesus, (John 6:26.) We need to stay focused on this hunger for the Word and Christ who can only satisfy our needs and fuel us to labour the kingdom of God. Jesus, is instructing these people to worry more about their spirit and less about their flesh. He is telling them that the gift of eternal life which He only can give them is much more important than the material necessities that only this world can give to their flesh.
Most gracious Heavenly Father I pray to stay focused on Jesus and hungry for Your Word. I know that this world is a huge distraction and there is nothing that it can offer to quench my thirst. I am thankful for my salvation and the One and only Bread of Life, I pray to consume it daily and be a reflection of Christ to this lost world, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Time to study for my last FBI “Faith Bible Institute” exam this week, over the Old Testament..” But this is just the beginning of my studying God’s Word!
Just a handful of lessons on the Bible at any school are not enough to prepare you to minister. Paul told Timothy, stay in the Word of God. Continually study and learn more each day. The only way to rightly divide the Word of Truth, is to stay in the Bible studying every day, and let the Holy Spirit of God teach you the meaning of the Scriptures.
Heavenly Father I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to study, grow and learn in Your Word through Faith Bible Institute. Lord I pray to stay in Your Word daily to gain more knowledge. I pray Father that my hunger and thirst for Your Word will never be meet, and that I will have a constant desire to study Your heart. I pray for the ministering of Your Word to my heart, and that I will apply it to my walk, so that I maybe able to minister Your Word to others, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Our Faith brings Glory to God
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
This verse is a lesson in itself. How many times have you been asked what faith is? You probably turned to this verse and read it to the one asking the question. Faith is believing, even when you can not see it. Faith is the opposite of fear. Faith is assurance. Faith is not a substance in which you can see with your eye or hold in your hand. Because substance is not faith, but rather it’s what you hope for. This is saying, believe in something that you will be able to see later. Evidence is an indication or a sign and is of something not seen. God said, anything that you can see takes no faith to believe. Jesus told Thomas, blessed are those who did not see but believed,(John 20:29.) When we place our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, we are placing our hope in things not yet seen, but is to come. This is the same exact faith we must have as being servants for the kingdom of God. We may not see the results of our works for God now; but the Judgment Seat of Christ will reveal what we hoped for in faith, and will be the evidence of His glory.
Heavenly Father I praise You that faith is the substance in which I stand on my solid ROCK Jesus Christ. Lord I praise You that we do not live by evidence, but rather the unseen pure Faith of grace. I pray to keep my focus on the finished work of Christ, so that I may continue servicing Your Kingdom, with hopes that the evidence of my faith will bring You glory, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.