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Friday, July 21, 2017

New Being


Many times when we are suffering a health crisis we cry out to God for his great grace to ease our pain and suffering. This week will will be looking at how to get and live well. There is a path that we need to follow to achieve this in our lives. Paul instructs Christ follower: 

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.  They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves overto sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned  when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. - Ephesians 4:17-24

Paul warns not to act like and think like the world. It will cause you to be separated from God and develop a hard heart and depraved mind. Instead follow the truth of Christ and become "new" in your thinking and actions. You were created (and redeemed) to be forgiven, holy and righteous.

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” - Psalm 40:16

Regardless of your circumstances today you can turn to Christ and become a new being in Him. Through the power of the Holy Spirit all change is possible. Amen?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Right Answers


Have you ever encountered someone who believed they had “all the answers”? How frustrating was it trying to get them to understand they had something wrong? Jesus had the same encounter with the so called “wise” of His world. He left that hostile environment, and returned to the peaceful banks of the Jordan River.

Look at John 10:39-42 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp. 40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 41 and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.”42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.

There He found many who were considered uneducated and poor, but hungry for His truth. They accepted His teaching, healing, and claim of Messiah. It was the same message, but there was a vastly different response. People must respond to Jesus - some in acceptance others in rejection. Knowing who Jesus’ identity is not the same as “knowing” and accepting Him as your Savior.



What does it take to “discover” Jesus today? It’s all about the truth and responding to God’s great love, mercy, and grace. Amen?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kingdom Work


"Our Father, which art in Heaven "Hallowed be thy Name"

Thy kingdom come "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"

Give us this day our daily bread" And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us"

And lead us not into temptation" "But deliver us from evil"

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen



"Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name" Jesus begins this prayer with a plural word “our”. This is not a “me and Jesus” prayer. Instead we are united with others throughout the globe, people who pray in a variety of languages and hold customs far different than ourselves. We seek ways to keep God’s name holy, by using God’s name for prayer, praise and thanksgiving. But, we may need a push here. We also keep God’s name holy as we proclaim God’s wonderful deeds. God’s holy name is not intended to be kept silent.



"Thy Kingdom come" let us pray to be open to ways God might use us to bring God’s reign to this earth. How might we proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to those who do not know of the love of God? How might we be part of God’s team?



"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" Much hinders God’s will, but we pray that we might not be ones who prevent God’s will from happening. We pray that we are not stumbling blocks for others to hear of God’s love made known in Christ. Let us pray for wisdom and open spirits to allow God’s will to be done in and through us.



"Give us this day our daily bread" Evangelism is proclaiming good news in word and deed. How can someone hear the Good News of Jesus when her children are starving? How can someone hear the Good News of Jesus when he is exhausted from thirst?



"And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" By the grace of God, we let go and embrace the day. Slowly our hardened hearts yield to a life with joy and hope. By God’s grace, we witness to the freeing power of forgiveness in Christ.



"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. We pray we might not be deceived by all that draws us from God. It is so easy to confuse our busy schedules with lives which truly serve Jesus Christ. For our sake, Jesus kept it very simple: Love one another; Tell everyone about my love. Yet, we succumb to the daily temptation to not be a witness to Jesus.



"For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen" We give God glory by offering our lives to follow Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Phases


I was recently reminded about a teaching from John MacArthur. He shared that there are Three Phases of Your Saved Life in Christ:

1. Justification - God saved me from the penalty that my sins deserved.

2. Sanctification - God is increasingly saving me from the power of sin in my daily life.

2. Glorification - God will one day save me from the very presence of sin when I am in heaven.



The greatest choice you can make is to accept Jesus’ offer of forgiveness and salvation. Out of love and gratitude we should offer Him our love and devotion. Not just in the beginning, but for all eternity.

Turn to God with all your life choices. Be justified, sanctified, and glorified!

Amen?

Monday, July 17, 2017

His Way


During the pilgrimage to Jerusalem the Jews would go through a horrible place called Baka. It was dry, desolate, and the home to robbers and murders. We all have to go through troubled times, but even in "Baka" there were wells and occasional rains. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs;  the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

 Keep your head up and be obedient. God will make a way through the dry and desolate times in your life. - Psalm 84:5-6



We have access to God through Jesus Christ. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. - 2 Corinthians 3:18 We can approach Him and bathe in His glory.



Pray today like David. Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow. - Psalm 5:8 (NLT) The Lord's burden is light and His instructions are easy - we just have to be listening and obedient. Amen?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Different


God's House should be welcoming and transforming by the power of the Holy Spirit. When church leaders decided that it should be something other than that Jesus got mad.



Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers. - Matthew 21:12-13



God’s temple starts with self and we need to be anointed with the Spirt, obedient, and faithful to His call on our lives. In other words we must be transformed!

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

Know and do God’s will always.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

That Person


In 2 Kings 13:14-19 the King says to Elisha – “If you are going to leave us then make sure you leave us with some strength from God”.  Elisha puts his hands on the Kings hands to illustrated the process of spiritual instruction, guidance, and coaching. This is a picture of how God places His hands over weak human hands to do supernatural things. (Psalm 144:1) The prophet was about to mentor him in a whole new realm of warfare.



Then Elisha prophesied – You must strike and destroy them, and this was before he took the arrows! The King wasn't listening. He was waiting for something dramatic miracle to happen. His heart and faith were not in to it. He missed the warning and opportunity to change history. The King was polite instead of passionate. He sacrificed his nation’s hopes on the altar of public opinion (what would people think) and personal doubts (not trusting). The King failed to realize that he held the arrows of prophetic destiny in his hand.



We have the same opportunity when: “It’s time to pray, sing, listen and respond to the Word”. The passion with which we respond in the spiritual realm almost certainly predetermines our victory in the physical realm. When will we realize that the arrows of prophetic destiny are in our passionate praise and fervent worship? When passion comes down the aisle, presence comes back in the building. Remember Passion proceeds Presence. God has an incredible idea. He thinks church is about Him! In today’s fainting church should we be praying for a Holy Ghost defibrillator.



The King faced a divine opportunity when the prophet prophesied and handed him the arrows of deliverance – but he failed. The church is at a critical junction right now; a divine window in time has been opened. We choose our destiny by what we prioritize and make important. God wants us to choose between Him and the religious ideas we have about Him.



God is looking for people who will seize the arrows of opportunity and say, “If You said strike the ground, then we will obey although we don’t understand. All we know is to loose our passion for Your presence!”Are we that people? Are you that person?