IT’S ALL ABOUT FAITH

Jesus asks the disciples, “Do you STILL have no faith.” It’s like Jesus was saying after all you have seen and after all the miracles I have worked, you still don’t believe. That spoke to me. Last week I was spending a quiet time in prayer. I was praising God for his blessing. I was full of His goodness and then the floods, the tornadoes happens and I say God where are you. I believe He turns to me as He turns to the disciples and says, “Do you STILL have no faith.” The Christian life is all about walking by faith and not by sight. It’s all about seeing the unseen through eyes of faith. It’s all about looking for a city whose builder and maker is God. It’s all about knowing He is the God of the mountain as well as the God of the valley.

Let us Pray:

Heavenly Father;

Even during storms, trials, we must keep our eyes on You and keep faith. We need Your help on this Lord, we are weak, but we can be strong because of You. Help us to see the light Lord, Your light in these trials and storms. In Jesus’ name, AMEN

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Glory

We cannot even begin to fathom the unspeakable glories of the kingdom of God. Words cannot express how amazing it will be in all its perfection and majesty. And what did Jesus do? He left it. Though He was still fully God “He emptied Himself, made Himself nothing, and took upon himself the form of a common slave, and was made in the likeness of men…”

I want you to know the Bible says the world is going to be in the same pitiful shape when Jesus returns, but it ought not to be so. Jesus told us to watch and pray. We ought to look for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. My friend in that day there’ll be no time to repent. When kids mess up today they like to say, “My bad,” and then act like everything is okay. But that won’t cut it with Jesus. You’re right, it’ll be your bad all right, but then you’ll have to pay the consequences of that bad choice. Millions of believers are living today like Jesus will never come back – we’re not just not looking, but we’ve forgotten that we’re even supposed to be looking.

Are you? Are you living right before Him?

If God were to break into your life right now, today, at this very moment, would He be pleased with the offering you are making with your life? Listen, the question may simply need to be this:

Are you surrendered to the will of God for your life?

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Faithfulness

Friends, how much more faithful is our heavenly Father! Whether trapped by fallen debris or ensnared by life’s hardships and struggles, we are never cut off from God’s faithfulness. He is true to His character. He is reliable and trustworthy and can be counted on always. Here’s a simple definition: “God’s faithfulness means that everything He says and does is certain.” He is 100% reliable, 100% of the time. He does not fail, forget, falter, change, or disappoint. He says what He means and means what He says ­ and therefore does everything He says He will do.

Friends, God has been faithful to us in so many ways ­ even when we don’t see it. Some of you are standing on a diving board today. You’re headed for trouble unless you turn your focus to the Cross ­ where God’s faithfulness is fully demonstrated.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father;
In our moments of fear, through our tears we can see that you are faithful. You’ve always been faithful to us. Great is Thy Faithfulness Lord. We thank You and praise You. In Jesus’ name AMEN

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Brokenness

What is in the dark will always come to the light in due time. Brokenness is where the Lord wants His people because it is there that He can minister to them.

Do we remember the lady who touched His garment? Do we remember the lady at the well? What were the characteristics of these ladies? They were all broken, one touched the Lord’s garment, and the other was ministered too by the Lord. People are hungry and hurting, and it’s our job as believers, a royal priesthood to minister to those who are living in brokenness by meeting them with the Word of God, so that the Spirit of God can change, and minister to them for His glory. Brokenness abounds in our society, and we don’t even have to cross the street to finds its tentacles coming after us. We can see it for many of us in our friend’s lives, or in our homes. We can see it when we visit the hospitals, or even visit our local stadiums, and congregations.

The reality is that man’s words fail, but God’s Word will never fail. Every single person has to look deeply into who they are, and where they have been that they may see their own brokenness and then come to know Yeshua (Jesus) in that brokenness.

Friend are you broken today? Are you afflicted, beaten, torn, and burnt out? Let God touch you in the depths of your being today. He came down to die, by spilling His blood upon a tree, to give you new life, a life of radical passion, and radical obedience. Don’t put God into a box, and say you understand, today. Just come and worship Him by receiving His Son into your life. Let God breathe/speak/move in and through you today, for this is what He seeks after; those whom He can take from brokenness to wholeness.

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father;

We come to You today, with our brokenness. You know what it is and we seek You. We need You in our life, to heal us, to open our hearts, and to come to others that are broken and needs to hear Your love, Your word. May You guide us Lord, both in our walk, the words we will share. Continue to touch us as we need. We thank You for Your Love, Your Light, Your healing. In Jesus’ name, AMENImage

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On Earth Peace

Join me today, in reading Luke 2:1-20

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!” – Luke 2:14

 
Have you ever asked yourself… “Can we ever find peace here on earth?”

True peace can only come as men’s hearts are in tune with the heart of God, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” We bring that quality of peace of which the angels sang when we are “men with whom he is well pleased.” That means that with every little sacrifice of self we make, every step we take along the road of obedience to Jesus, every small area of control we give up to him, we bring his peace to that extent to the world. We can be peace-bringers by living our lives in harmony with him.

Answer these questions:

In what way has your life come into greater harmony with God since the last month?

How has the “God of Love and King of Peace” brought more hope and encouragement in your life?

We too listen to those words and long for peace on earth; peace in our time. Yet we look around the world and all we see after 2000 years of waiting is a continuation of war after war after war. So we ask ourselves “what’s happened to ’peace on earth?’” What was this peace that Jesus was supposed to be bringing?

Can those who are followers of Jesus Christ expect to find peace in their lives? Well on one level we’d have to answer no. Jesus said “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” The fact that we’ve decided to follow Jesus and others don’t want to have anything to do with him means that inevitably we’re going to encounter trouble in this world. Those who are opposed to Christ’s rule will be opposed to those who follow Christ.

Yet at the same time we’d want to say that Jesus also told his disciples: ” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27) There is a peace which Christ brings that passes all understanding. It’s not the peace that would see an end to wars. That sort of peace has to wait until the end of the world. Nor is it the sort of transitory peace that we experience from time to time in this world. It’s a lasting peace that remains with us even when times are difficult. And it’s a real peace, a peace that will see our hearts being put at ease.

Jesus came to bring peace. Peace with God. Peace of mind. Peace which passes all understanding. Peace that comes from knowing that the God of the whole universe cares about me, cares about you. And the proof of that care is seen in that tiny baby lying in a feeding trough in a stable in Bethlehem all those years ago. God loved me so much that he gave up his only begotten Son so that, since I believe in him, I won’t perish, but will have eternal life. God loved you so much that he gave up his only begotten Son so that, if you believe in him, you too won’t perish, but will have eternal life. If God did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?

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In Perfect Peace

Join me in today’s reading Isaiah 26:1-21

“Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3

The prophet here gives us a clear indication as to how peace can be found and sustained: by keeping our mind stayed on God. The mind is a fretful, impulsive thing, and will quickly wander to many things, like a child straying from the family to investigate something by itself. We may be doing a good thing, well-intent on doing it for a good purpose, but subtly slip into pride and ego, and in so doing, our minds are not stayed on God. This perfect peace of which Isaiah sings is the natural result of being in right relationship with God.

How do we focus our mind on God? We focus our mind on God through meditation on His word. If we daily spend time focusing our life before God by meditating on His Word, God will keep us in His peace.

The promises God keeps with us are intended to create confidence in His Word and faithfulness to Him. Those who abide in His Word and cultivate faithfulness, find peace, a deep, restful constant assurance that God cannot forsake His Word nor His promises. For those whose mind is fixed upon the promises of God, the outcome of all events is peace. These faithful few will know the peace that God alone is able to give.

Once you make peace with God you can receive the peace of God. You can develop a deep abiding relationship with God. Then daily choose to place your mind on God and make the purpose of your life a walk with God. Through this growing personal relationship you develop a deeper and fuller trust which gives peace, and eventually yields a perfect peace in whatever life brings your way.

Let us be encouraged to trust in the Lord forever no matter what may come. We have been in many trials, but never in one where God has failed us. We can rest assured that His everlasting strength will be there as our help and fortress as it has ever been.

Will you trust in God and His promises? You will only if you come to God and make your peace with Him here and now. For those who do, God offers a relationship that develops your faith in Him, which leads to experiencing more and more of the peace of God in the here and now of your daily life.
God is aware of your circumstances, but He calls you to live above not beneath your circumstances. He calls you to steadfast confidence in Him and in His Word.

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Light and Salt

Read with me, Matthew 5:13-16…”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. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Have you ever thought about the significance of Jesus’ words in these verses? Light, of course, illuminates all it touches and brings openness and clarity otherwise shrouded by darkness.

 
But what about salt? Well, it is an added “season” to a meal you make.. Okay, some put too much salt, but that is another topic! 🙂 Isn’t this what the Scriptures do? They “season” our lives with the rich goodness of God’s love and mercy. They take away much of the bitterness that impedes the joy and spiritual abundance He so freely and willingly offers.
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