Thursday, July 24, 2014
ONE OF THE MANY SURPRISING THINGS about the Christ is His odd way of dealing with situations. But happily, He lays out in scripture the mandate so we can grasp the truth and maybe apply it to our lives. Makin life way better. We read His idea here: "When you are invited to be a guest, go and sit in the worst place. Then the one who invited you may come and say, “My friend, take a better seat!” You will then be honored in front of all the other guests. 11 If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored." (Luke 14:10-11). So His appeal in this passage is to always assume the lowliest spot that you might be honored. This works. Our Jesus, we do pray that You would always remind us to be this humble at all times. In your name, amen. Peace of Christ to you.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
WE FIND JESUS TEACHING about the importance of living a good life and walkin with Him in order to arrive one day in Heaven. For many will not be enterin there, though they think they ought. We find the Christ talking about is this way: "Do all you can to go in by the narrow door! A lot of people will try to get in, but will not be able to." (Luke 13:24). And that, my friends, is the harsh reality of final days for many people; they simply won't get in to Heaven. Though they sure regret it at the moment. But the happy reality is that the reason they don't get in is due to their habitual sin and I'm sure they shall find Hell a very happy place. Since they get to sin there forever. And that's the beauty of God's design of His world. The few who walk daily with Him shall get into Heaven easily, while the most who don't, get to enjoy eternity doin sin stuff that makes them happy forever. So keep your heart tilted toward walking close with the Trinity and that assures you get in that narrow door. Holy Jesus, we do pray that You would always guide us to keep talkin to you. In your name, amen.
Monday, July 21, 2014
WE FIND IN SCRIPTURE the teaching to think in Heavenly terms. Sure ain't easy in this world. But the appeal in God's teachin seems to focus on jarring our thinkin toward abandoning the comforts of this life in order to adopt His view. An angle of livin that can propel us toward a certain place in glorious Heaven. We read Jesus's thoughts here: "Sell what you have and give the money to the poor. Make yourselves moneybags that never wear out. Make sure your treasure is safe in heaven, where thieves cannot steal it and moths cannot destroy it. 34 Your heart will always be where your treasure is." (Luke 12:33-34). So why would the Christ make this appeal? Because, having living for eternity in a Heaven He created, He knows He must somehow guide us sharply to think in His terms. And get us there. So our response needs to for sure be to, when we get some decent money, to give to the poor. Our Jesus, we do pray that You would please guide us to think this way so we can for sure get to Your Heaven. In Your name, amen.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
ISN'T IT TRUE THAT WORRY IS ONE of those things that seems to always haunt us. Sure is, since life is tough and the temptation remains to sweat the details so life can provide. But, fortunately, we have a better angle to attack the stuff. Found in this passage: "I tell you not to worry about your life! Don’t worry about having something to eat or wear. 23 Life is more than food or clothing. 24 Look at the crows! They don’t plant or harvest, and they don’t have storehouses or barns. But God takes care of them. You are much more important than any birds. 25 Can worry make you live longer?[b] 26 If you don’t have power over small things, why worry about everything else?" Our point in this account is to embrace the notion that God does in fact know every detail of our lives and He longs to care for us. That, my friend, ought to keep us on the course of walking in deep trust and letting go of worry. Great Jesus, we do ask that You would please help us never to worry but to always relish your provision. In your name, amen. Peace of the Spirit to you.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
WITH SO MANY PUT DOWNS CAST about us, it sure is easy to think less of oneself and worry about our prospects. But if we can only keep our hearts steadfast upon the teachins of the Trinity, we can find some solace. Know that it's so easy to live in fear, but a far better approach is to see the teaching of the Christ on the subject: "Five sparrows are sold for just two pennies, but God doesn’t forget a one of them. 7 Even the hairs on your head are counted. So don’t be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows." (Luke 12:6-7). Thus here we have it. In God's eyes your are indeed a treasure; He knows every tiny detail of our life easily. So the better response is to hand our hats on this notion that He cares deeply for us and indeed worries about the outcomes of our lives. Use this in your mind to find some comfort and to propel you toward greatness in His eyes. Dear Jesus, we do ask that You would always remind us of the great treasure we are to You. In your name, amen.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
JESUS GRANTS US SOME INSIGHT into the role of eyes in showing the place of the heart. He gets to the fact that clear and bright eyes suggest goodness in a person and the opposite is bad stuff. He spells it out this way: "Your eyes are the lamp for your body. When your eyes are good, you have all the light you need. But when your eyes are bad, everything is dark. 35 So be sure that your light isn’t darkness." (Luke 11:34-35). Now given that most folks would rather persist in sin and enjoy that for their lives, one sure would expect their eyes to reflect darkness. And, of course, they go onto, happily, Hell where they get to sin forever. But the better path remains that of purity and light in the eyes comin from a heart set on goodness. I should know, given that I don't sin and the glory of the Trinity flows through my spirit and body strongly. So as you would expect, my eyes shine bright with Their glory showin. Reach for this, as I am exhibit A that it is certainly doable. Though I suspect I might be on the only not to sin since the apostles. Dear Jesus, we do pray that You would drive us to welcome Your light into our hearts so it can shine from our eyes beautifully. In your name, amen.
Monday, July 14, 2014
IT MAKES SENSE TO OFTEN ponder the wonders of the Lord's doing during His ministry. Because, in fact, He sure wants to do the same sort of thing today. But, of course, half bred typical religion always gets in the way. So few enjoy His healing touch this day. Doesn't need to be that way. Let's consider an account of the Christ healin: "Jesus forced a demon out of a man who could not talk. And after the demon had gone out, the man started speaking, and the crowds were amazed." (Luke 11:14). Thus we do get this day to contemplate another miracle that could in fact occur in our space. Something sweet and lasting for this fella and certainly available to us. If we can only walk in faith and welcome such stuff. So our mandate about now is to cast off wimpy religion that fears miracles and step out, invitin the Messiah to enter our world and do that amazin sort of rescue we see here. Holy Jesus, we do pray You would please always remind us of Your ability to work these sort of miracles for those we love. In your name, amen. Peace of Christ to you.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
WHILE IT MAY BE TOUGH to ever stretch and keep beggin Jesus to help you, know that His outlook suggests that is always the right course. Ya see, He wants to feel like you are serious about the issue, since so many see religion as the easy approach of just firein a prayer here and there and think that satisfies Heaven. It don't. No, what the Christ really desires is to hear heartfelt requests, sometimes repeatedly in order to persuade Him the need is real. We read of Him phrasing His perspective this way: "So I tell you to ask and you will receive, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you. 10 Everyone who asks will receive, everyone who searches will find, and the door will be opened for everyone who knocks." (Luke 11:9-10). Do ya think He's serous about hearing your requests? I think so. Hence the mandate for us is always ask and never give up, knowing He awaits your concerns and longs to respond. Dear Jesus, we do pray that You would always remind us to keep askin. In your name,amen.
Friday, July 11, 2014
EVER WONDER HOW BEST TO PRAY? Fortunately, thanks ta Jesus, we have instruction on how our prayers should sound. Not really about our needs. No, instead the tenor of our prayers should instead be much more about adoring the Father and welcoming Him into our space. The Messiah puts it this way: "So Jesus told them, 'Pray in this way: ‘Father, help us to honor your name. Come and set up your kingdom." (Luke 11:2). While in our little thinkin we might postulate a flavor of prayer much more circling our special needs, the Christ instead lays it out so well: focus on the Father. Yep, that's it. Really not too tough. So please join me in devoting far more prayer time to adoring God and welcoming His power into your life. Then, I suspect, things shall get a lot better. Our Jesus, we do ask that You would always remind us how to pray properly like this. In your name, amen. Peace of the Spirit to you.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
WE GET TO ENJOY A Christ insight into the reality of life when He discusses truth in this passage. Ya see, He lays out the facts of life in such a way that we can really understand what's at stake. He puts it this way: "I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. 20 But don’t be happy because evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven!" (Luke 10:18-20). So here it is. Jesus spells out the reality of life, the view that Satan did indeed "fall from Heaven" maybe a trillion years ago and began his work tempting folks and guiding most to a joyous life of sin in Hell for maybe billions of universes since then. And He also here lays out the fact that we should not just be happy to see His miracles happenin about us when we get to a place of strong faith. No. Our great joy must be that we get to go to Heaven one day and experience the wonder of that incredible place! Holy Jesus, we do ask that You would always remind us of the incredible joy we shall enjoy when we get to Heaven. In Your name, amen.
Monday, July 7, 2014
DIVORCE, OF COURSE, is way too common in our culture. This is largely due to the feeling among those couple that, when they no longer like one another, they're entitle to a divorce. So what does Jesus say on the topic? Let's see: "He told them, 'A man who divorces his wife and marries someone else is unfaithful to his wife. 12 A woman who divorces her husband[a] and marries again is also unfaithful.'” (Luke 10:11-12). So in the Christ's eyes, most divorces today are terribly wrong. He would much rather folks just find a way to work back to when they really cared for one another. And that means, should ya ever want to marry such person, ya should surely forget it. For, in another passage where the Messiah speaks to sexual sin as the only valid divorce basis, we find that personal dislike just don't qualify in the Lord's eyes. Our Jesus, we do ask that You would always remind us to remain faithful in marriage no matter what. In your great name, amen!
Sunday, July 6, 2014
THERE'S SO MUCH DISAGREEMENT ON what true religion looks like. Most would suggest it's a focus on ever improving ethics and to go ahead and sin all ya want provided ya ask for forgiveness. But in the Christ, we find a far different explanation of what real religion appears to be. He puts it like this: 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]” (Luke 10:27) So the Lord helps us here to grasp what real faith appears to be, just a total focus on loving God and your neighbor. Forget ethics! Sure, that's a lot easier but also a path to Hell. Whereas, taking hold of this easier and far more profound approach leads to true life. And it sure feels good. Holy Jesus, we do ask that You would forever put in our heart a driving love of this kind. In your name, amen.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
WITH ALL THE ILLNESS THAT STILL seems to reign in the world, it sure helps to see a solution to it. And not the typical medical treatment most adhere to. No, this style actually always works. So why don't folks always pursue this? Because it's invisible. Not an easy track to harbor when the stress of illness strikes. We find an account that tells the result of faith before the Christ: "Then Jesus said to the man, 'Bring your son to me.' 42 While the boy was being brought, the demon attacked him and made him shake all over. Jesus ordered the demon to stop. Then he healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 Everyone was amazed at God’s great power." (Luke 9:41-43). So yeah, here we have it. The Messiah desires to heal even when faith is lacking in those wishing it. Yet with this weakness He still manages easily to bring sharp healin to this boy. He wants to do the same for us. Heavenly Jesus, we do pray that You would open our hearts and increase our faith enough so You can heal among us. In your name, amen. May God open Heaven like a curtain above you and come down with storm clouds under His feet to rescue you.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
A SURPRISING THING TO REMEMBER the extent of death the Messiah requires. Why so tough? Why not make the walk far easier since He seems one interested in our comfort? Well, for starters, the very character of this Christ is His love of suffering in our corner. He explains the real approach: "If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me. 24 If you want to save your life,[f] you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will save it." (Luke 9:23-24). So if ya ponder this verse it seems indeed that the Lord enjoys seeing us struggle at His hand. Not a bad fact, really. Since the outcome, if we really walk daily with the Lord and enjoy His presence, we get to find ourselves in Heaven forever. Learning about the billions of other universes there have been. Great Jesus, we sure do pray that You would help us to be this sort of people, those who relish sufferin for you. In your name, amen.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
SO TRAGIC HOW MANY face things like a lack of food and think only in desperate terms about how to get it. Of course, it's only natural to think in such terms. But the better reality, the one that makes like fun, is to consider looking toward Heaven for answers. It works. I've done it. Thankfully, we have an account of Jesus providing in a miraculous way that astounded his boys and the people there. It reads like this: "Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and fish and handed them to his disciples to give to the people. 17 Everyone ate all they wanted. What was left over filled twelve baskets." (Luke 9:16-17). Easy duty for the Messiah. And upon us, the mandate this day is to respond to any shortage with a similar take. Just reach out to the Christ and allow Him to fill your life. He so longs to make it happen. Our Lord, we do ask that You would ever guide us to often seek your provision. In your name, amen.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
WHEN ONE WRESTLES WITH THE PREDICAMENTS of illness and such trials in others, it sure helps to have a resource that can instantly heal. Someone Who can bring immediate healin and tremendous relief. Fortunately, of course, we have this Great Might among us. We read an account of such recovery here: "But Jesus answered, 'Someone touched me, because I felt power going out from me.' 47 The woman knew that she could not hide, so she came trembling and knelt down in front of Jesus. She told everyone why she had touched him and that she had been healed right away." (Luke 8:46-47). Can it really be this simple? Yep. But to see it happen one must have the level of faith this woman possessed. She approached the Lord with great confidence and so saw her malady instantly improved. Thus, the mandate upon all of us is to approach similar difficulties with this much confidence in the Christ's ability to heal. Lord Jesus, we do ask that You would increase our faith and grant us the vision to welcome your healin. In your name, amen. Peace of Christ to you.
Monday, June 30, 2014
PEOPLE IN THIS UNIVERSE, knowing that there have been millions of other universes in eternity before ours, seem ta think that trouble is purely biological. Do ya think they're wrong? I sure do. Fact is, in our universe and the millions before ours, Satan has been busy guiding his demons to invade folks with maladies. Do ya really think autism is a purely a psychological condition. No way! It's the work of Satan and his buddy demons. So tragic nearly everyone treats this with drugs when Jesus could heal so easily. We read of a similar situation: "The man saw Jesus and screamed. He knelt down in front of him and shouted, 'Jesus, Son of God in heaven, what do you want with me? I beg you not to torture me!' 29 He said this because Jesus had already told the evil spirit to go out of him." (Luke 8:28-29). So here we have it. This dude got struck by evil spirits, just as happens today often. But, of course, the Messiah healed him. We so need to be responding the many demon attacks knowing the Jesus can heal. Lord Christ, we do ask that you would open our hearts to enough faith to respond to demon attacks all around us with Your healing. In your name, amen.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
ONE WOULD THINK, with all their experience near the Messiah, that just maybe the apostles would come to expect his dazzling power to appear again and again. But no. Instead, they remain way human beside him and get shocked again and again at his Antics. We read it here: "Jesus got up and ordered the wind and waves to stop. They obeyed, and everything was calm. 25 Then Jesus asked the disciples, 'Don’t you have any faith?'” But they were frightened and amazed. They said to each other, 'Who is this? He can give orders to the wind and the waves, and they obey him!'” (Luke 8:24-25). Yeah, His poor apostles remain stricken with a lack of faith that drives them to be scare, even with the Christ in their midst. True, a bit surprising but understandable were you to find yourself there as well. So, in this story we get a great happy ending and see the wonder of the Lord bringing powerful peace to a troubled crew. Great Jesus, we do ask that You would increase our faith and drive us to ever expect your great power moving among us. In your name, amen. May the Spirit bless you with His presence.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
YA KNOW, WITH SO MUCH opportunity to share the gospel, there are ways to be far more effective. Because, honestly, most people are really not open to hear the good news and change toward salvation. But, thankfully, there are some who are quite receptive in the most wonderful way. I know this, having led numerous people to Christ, that if you just think about the receptivity of people and pray along the way, even when you are talking to folks, you can be way more effective. Jesus puts the opportunity this way: "Those seeds that fell on good ground are the people who listen to the message and keep it in good and honest hearts. They last and produce a harvest." (Luke 8:14--from the CEV, the best Bible version). So, it seems, our opportunity to be hugely effective in sharing Christ is actually quite easy. If we will only gauge the openess of people as we reach out. Really not hard to do. The key is assess their openness when you first start discussing Heaven stuff. For sure, there are many souls eager to experience salvation if you will just persist and always spend your time on the Good Ground. You see this in their eagerness to hear the message, knowing that yes, there are souls very ready if you can just always continue to try and quickly pull back at the many who are not serious. For those souls will be far happier in Hell where they can sin forever, what God intended when he created the universe. Awesome Jesus, we do pray that you would guide our hearts to find Good Ground folks. In your name, amen!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
IT'S TRUE THAT IT CAN BE VERY hard to express and display true regard for the Messiah. But, thankfully, we have some insights into how this looks. We find it recorded this way: 'Have you noticed this woman? When I came into your home, you didn’t give me any water so I could wash my feet. But she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You didn’t even pour olive oil on my head,[d] but she has poured expensive perfume on my feet. 47 So I tell you that all her sins are forgiven, and that is why she has shown great love.'" (Luke 7:44-47). So here we get it; real affection for the Christ looks like this. It's shown in the deep care this woman applies to the Saviour. And her reward? Her sins instantly get forgiven and so a strong relationship with the Lord begins. Great Jesus, we do ask that You would always remind us to adore you. In your name, amen. I pray that Heaven will often open like a curtain and the glory of God shall come down to you and encircle you.
Friday, June 20, 2014
HERE WE HAVE IT, ANOTHER STORY about the Lord bring swift healing and doing amazin stuff. This, of course, seems quite a trial to attain today, as stupid Religion so often suggest these miracles have ceased. Let's read the account: "Jesus went over and touched the stretcher on which the people were carrying the dead boy. They stopped, and Jesus said, 'Young man, get up!' 15 The boy sat up and began to speak. Jesus then gave him back to his mother." (Luke 7:14-15). So how do we respond to this story? Decide that we believe countless wise church leaders commanding us to disavow that such things could happen today? Naw, ya see, I'm one who have seen many miracles in my life. Including the miraculous healing of my daughter struck with life threatening asthma. All I did, after praying for a bigger faith for many years, is ask the Lord to heal her. And He did. Now she lives fully healed of asthma that had brought us to the emergency room many times with her life in doubt. But today she lives fully healed of this threat by Jesus' great power to heal today!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
SO HOW DO YA FIGURE whether or not someone has a sizeable faith? Well, if you think of it in God terms, the answer shines in maybe a surprising way. For shouldn't big faith be terribly religous, somethin that looks so dang apart from this world? Nope. We see it expressed this way by Jesus: "When Jesus heard this, he was so surprised that he turned and said to the crowd following him, 'In all of Israel I’ve never found anyone with this much faith!'" (Luke 7:9). Here the Messiah is responding to the strong humility expressed by a Roman soldier asking for healing of his servants. He went so far as to say himself unworthy to have the Master enter his home. This, as we see here, caught the powerful attention of the Christ, who went on to swiftly heal the servant and grant the man his wish. But most of all, what should capture our eye, is the quite unusual exclamation by the Lord that speaks of a huge faith, the thing he so often longs for amid people. Great Jesus, we do pray that you would increase our faith to be as big as this soldier. In your name, amen.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
THERE APPEARS A SPECIAL CHALLENGE FACING all people. It's the fact that, contrary to that all too human tendency to often think bad crap, that just maybe a course awaits providing relief. Jesus describes it this way: "Good people do good things because of the good in their hearts. Bad people do bad things because of the evil in their hearts. Your words show what is in your heart." (Luke 6:45). What the Messiah seems to describe at this point is the reality that good folks can in fact store up some wonderful beliefs and gain a sweet entrance into Heaven. But don't it seem, most folks don't go this way; no, they often think the bad stuff as they live habitual sin, for it's so easy. But here we see, the Lord ain't happy with this sort of thinkin. Nope. He so longs to see us think the good and ultimately end up in Heaven. Allowing most to go to Hell, where they forever get to enjoy unlimited sin. Don't ya see it, Jesus is so just and thoughtful. Wondrous Messiah, we do ask that You would be sure to keep us thinkin pure thoughts. In your name, amen.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
SO EASY TO CONCERN ONESELF with the sins of others. But, when we get truly honest, we can know that our Saviour/ Longs for us to think of our own sins. For that is what really matters when it comes to finding purity that opens/ The door to the Messiah's deep interest in blessing us with miracles, stuff that delights and enlights, granting/ Us just maybe, a path to a rich life of true fullness that blesses not only ourselves, but others!
FUNNY HOW PEOPLE ARE. So ready to find the imperfections of others and way hesitant to just maybe notice their own imperfections. This, of course, is why most churches waste crucial time exultting their great ethics and ignoring more important matters like faith and the huge role of the Holy Spirit. But, fortunately, Jesus lays out the proper course: "You can see the speck in your friend’s eye. But you don’t notice the log in your own eye. 42 How can you say, 'My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you don’t see the log in your own eye? You show-offs! First, get the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend’s eye." (Luke 6:41-42). So here we have it; concentrate your efforts on your own person and just leave the ethics of others alone. For with that, you enter that sweet place of purity, thinkin about stuff that really matters. And is this not what the Messiah wants? Of course it is. Great Jesus, we do ask that You, in Your deal Glory, would often remind us to straighten our lives and forget about the transgressions of others. In your name, amen! Peace of Christ to you.
Monday, June 16, 2014
IT'S VERY TRUE, OF COURSE, that caring often for others is a hard tack. When they often don't seem to deserve it. But, if one is willing to hear the Christ on the matter, the difficulty becomes way easier. Jesus puts His view this way: "Don’t be hard on others, and God won’t be hard on you. Forgive others, and God will forgive you. 38 If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others is the way you will be treated." (Luke 6:37-38). That's really the answer; simply always share with others in a loving, non-judgemental manner and you get way blessed. Ya see, God judges according to our treatment of others and if we go the right way, judgement shall be a breeze. And isn't that what we really want? Of course it is. So it stands to reason we should put these Messiah words into our hearts and carry them out often, always permitting ourselves to provide, provide, provide. Lord Jesus, we do ask that You would alter our hearts to always be providing for others in a kind way. In your name, amen.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
ONE WOULD THINK THAT JESUS came for the righteous. Not his language at all. Instead, we find Him talking about reaching out to sinners. How encouraging. But what's the impact? Seems that this idea includes the most important facet about life that it can have a happy ending. The Messiah puts it this way: “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. 32 I didn’t come to invite good people to turn to God. I came to invite sinners.” (Luke 5:31-32). We find here the passion of the Lord to transform sinners into healthy God fearin people. And with that the certainty that they can go to Heaven, while most end up in a Hell that suits them. Ya see, most people decide in this world to live a life of habitual sin since that approach feel so right. For holiness is way too pious for them. And thus Hell feels great when they get there since they get to habitually sin for eternity. But, thankfully, the Christ provides a way better path for the few who relish the righteous struggle. Holy Jesus, we do pray that You would make us hungry to become pure for You. In your name, amen.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
ONE WOULD THINK WITH THE amazing power of the Christ that just maybe more would lean on him for healing. But, it seems, the effort is too daunting. Much better to continue in habitual sin and enjoy eternity in Hell where one, and likely most, get to sin forever. Yet the opportunity remains, as we see in the story of some guys lowering their friends through the roof of a house so he can get healed. Unscared at the display. We read the conclusion of the wonderful story this way: "At once the man stood up in front of everyone. He picked up his mat and went home, giving thanks to God. 26 Everyone was amazed and praised God. What they saw surprised them, and they said, 'We have seen a great miracle today!'” (Luke 5:25-26). So here we have it; just humble oneself and stretch, really extend oneself in order to find incredible healing. So why not always give this approach a shot? Because its difficult, risky due to a possibility that healing may not arrive. But is that really reason not to try? Naw, with this level of healin available this day we all must constantly exceed our comfort zone and allow miracles to happen. Lord Jesus, we do ask that You would always alter our hearts to be ever reachin for the healin you offer. In your name, amen. Peace of the Spirit to you.
Monday, June 9, 2014
DO YA EVER WONDER WHY MIRACLES AIN'T happenin in most churches? Could it be that these churches carry on like Jesus is at their beck and call with an arrogant worship style? Yep, that's their problem. The truth of religion is that if you really want to see some amazin miracles happen, ya need to become deeply humble at every turn when you attempt to relate to the Christ. For that, according to scripture is what works. Consider this account: "Jesus came to a town where there was a man who had leprosy.[c] When the man saw Jesus, he knelt down to the ground in front of Jesus and begged, “Lord, you have the power to make me well, if only you wanted to.” 13 Jesus put his hand on him and said, “I want to! Now you are well." (Luke 5:12-13). So here we get to see true religion at the work. A flavor of faith so rarely seen in our day. How can that be? Due, entirely, to the pervasive arrogance that grips the hearts of the vast majority of people who despise public kneeling and carrying on like they really don't need Jesus moving in their midst. But is that truly wise to remain arrogant and happily live a life apart from the miraculous healing and work of the Lord? Not really, of course. So if we are to actually to experience amazin healing and the power of the Master in our midst, we need to always relate to him in deeply humble ways like this dude in this passage. Awesome Jesus, we do ask that You would constantly strive to grant us meek hearts that get us on our knees to adore you. In your name, amen.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
PROBLEM WITH SIN IS the pain it so widely causes. Both for the sinner and those close to him./ But, the wonder is, one can actually fully escape sin if that person is willing enough to often pray/ For a bigger faith and study the scriptures endlessly in such a way that sin ultimately becomes disgusting./ And once this spot gets hit, Satan shall curse the sinless one for he has a world that sins freely that he enjoys.
SIN IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS that persecutes us all. Thanks to the Devil. And his schemes. But, fortunatly When Simon Peter saw this happen, he knelt down in front of Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t come near me! I am a sinner.” 9 Peter and everyone with him were completely surprised at all the fish they had caught. 10 His partners James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were surprised too.there is a route to find total release from it's schemes." (Luke 5:8-10). Here we find Peter responding to the incredible blessing of the Christ before him; he got swamped with fish, as a fisherman, more than ever before. So what then happened to Peter long term as a result? I think he eventually quit sinning. Quite a marvel. For I doubt anyone has not sinned since that time. But Peter had lived with the Lord and caught wind of just maybe not sinning is the better. And so, Satan killed him as a result. So wish this could happen to yours truly. For, fact is, a few months ago, I arrived at that troublesome spot of no longer sinning. Never would have imagined this could happen to me, but it did. So now Satan curses me widely for not sinnin. But I must say, this life is better than my past and certainly doable. Lord Jesus, we do pray that You would put in our hearts a hatred for sin that leads us to break away from it. In your name, amen.
Friday, June 6, 2014
THIS DAY READING A BIT, we get to sit amazed at the wonder of Jesus healing so many. Yes, bringing His incredible/ Might down from Heaven in order to rescue many at the time sufferin at the hand of Satan./ And He, of course, does it wonderfully as we this day enjoy such sweet care for those poor strugglin souls./ Yet this power and touch extends to us today. Will we reach Him and take hold of this healin?
THE BEAUTY OF THE MESSIAH shows up in another passage in the wonderful account of Luke. What we find is Him bring healin Power down to folks that desperately need it. And terribly frustrating Satan, who had thought he had roundly banged these poor souls for their lifetime. We read it stated this way: "After the sun had set, people with all kinds of diseases were brought to Jesus. He put his hands on each one of them and healed them. 41 Demons went out of many people and shouted, 'You are the Son of God!' But Jesus ordered the demons not to speak because they knew he was the Messiah." (Luke 4:40-41). So here we get it again; the Messiah breaks through the Devil's ploy to bring amazin healing and rescue those in need. See it here: folks shouting out their incredible joy to see this amazin Lord bring healing and defeat the Devil before them. Our dear Jesus, we do pray that You would ever remind us of Your incredible power to heal and defeat the Devil. In your dear name, amen! Peace of Christ to you.
Monday, June 2, 2014
LOTS OF PEOPLE, OF COURSE, know a bit of the history of the Christ. But few really spend much time on the details, since the gospels are so well avoided in churches that focus on ethics. But for us, those actually open to pondering His life, there is room for some serious consideration of His majesty. And we see it in a passage like this: "They all were amazed and kept saying to each other, 'What kind of teaching is this? He has power to order evil spirits out of people!' 37 News about Jesus spread all over that part of the country." (Luke 4:36-37). The Lord had just healed a guy and the people responded with awe. Going on to speak of their startle at His power. And the take away, of course, is that today Jesus just as much wants to heal and right all the wrongs we may encounter. If we will only forget about talking ethics and instead allow our faith to carry us to places that naturally have good ethics and a confidence that yes, the Master can bring the everyday healing we need today just as he did for this dude. Holy Jesus, we do ask that You always remind us to lean heavily on you for fixing our lives often. In your name, amen.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
THERE IS A WONDER IN LIFE that awaits us all if we will only get our heads on straight in order to allow/ This reality to reach our hearts. It's the fact that the Spirit is indeed the source of strength and life today./ We see in the ministry of Jesus the Spirit appearing again and again. A shock? To many yes, but to those interested/ In the truth of existing that the Spirit supports way too meekly due to ignorance, we know huge progress and joy/ Can arrive in our lives if we only simply welcome the Spirit Longing to break in.
ONCE AGAIN, WE CATCH the Master encountering the Holy Spirit. Strange? Yes, when ya consider how little the Holy Spirit is pondered in our fake religion day. But with Jesus we find His beauty comin on strong: "When Jesus returned from the Jordan River, the power of the Holy Spirit was with him, and the Spirit led him into the desert. 2 For forty days Jesus was tested by the devil, and during that time he went without eating.[a] When it was all over, he was hungry." (Luke 4:1-2). So here we see it again in Luke; the Holy Spirit appears in His great power. Showing us all today, that just maybe we ought to become way Spirit people. Givin up on the shallowness of false religion that afflicts most churches always debating ethics. You know, when ya get honest and face this truth, the Messiah didn't spend much time on ethics and so He is quite displeased with shallow Christianity amazed at oneself and stupid thinkin. Instead, of course, the heart of the Lord is way interested in the Spirit's role in our world. If we could only welcome that sort of ponderin. Dear Jesus, we do ask that You would be kind and often remind us to forget ethics since faith shall bring ethics, but instead be consumed with the Spirit guiding us. In your name, amen. Peace of Christ to you!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
As I mentioned earlier, Luke is a book all about the Holy Spirit. And not to miss the grandeur of His coming, we find Him showing up in an unexpected way. For really, why would the Christ need the Spirit when He has all the power within His grasp. Maybe because the Spirit's power is truly somethin amazing. We see it described this way: "While everyone else was being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. Then as he prayed, the sky opened up, 22 and the Holy Spirit came down upon him in the form of a dove. A voice from heaven said, 'You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.'” (Luke 3:22). So here we see it, the Messiah did in fact need the Spirit to show up even at a time as simple as His baptism, which, incidently, happened by immersion contrary to many modern day methods. So here we get the sense that the Spirit's appearance is verily crucial to the Lord's early effectiveness. And just maybe crucial to our lives too. Our Jesus, we do pray that you would forever remind us to rely on Your Spirit just as You did in this passage. In your name, amen.
Friday, May 30, 2014
SPIRIT MAGIC. Yeah, that's the huge opportunity before us. To properly allow our thinkin to rest on His/ Laurels, His preeminence that exists in this world whether we recognize it or not./ How much better to pursue Him, to rest our thinkin and hopes firmly in His lap. Then fly often into His/ Arms and rest in His Power in our midst.
ONE WOULD SURELY THINK, that God would be the force that makes Mary pregnant and brings Jesus into the world. But no. Instead, fitting with the Christ's later teaching regarding the huge role of the Spirit in the world, He is the one who makes Mary bring the Messiah into the world. It is described this way: "The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. 36 Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. 37 Nothing is impossible for God!'" (Luke 1:35-37). There you have it. The Spirit, even before the arrival of the Lord, is the One who makes it happen. What a huge role! And that my friends, sets the tone for just how big is the massive presence of the Spirit for us today. That means we are to always reduce our emphasis on God and Jesus in church discussion and prayers. Instead, always and forever on the earth keying in on the Spirit for help and guidance. Just stand firm for this. Dear Jesus, we do ask that You would always help us to prioritize the Spirit in our thinking regarding the Christian life. In your name, amen.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
NOW I SHALL BEGIN A STUDY of the book of Luke. Because this book happens to have some crucial content. About the person we all desperately need to know, though few do well enough. The Holy Spirit is mentioned in Luke more than any book in the New Testament. And why? Maybe because Jesus told us all that the Holy Spirit would be the central Heavenly persona living in the times after his departure. And so, I do plan to explore the Spirit in this study since the text proclaims His key role. So please join me in the amazing book that also happens to present the other central character to life that we all need: The Christ.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
PRAYER CERTAINLY IS A MYSTICAL THING. It stands beyond the weakness and frustrations of this life to transport/ Needy souls to places of forgiveness and healing that cannot be achieved on one's own./ So constantly aligning our lives with these innocent people who pray can be the path to a way more peaceful/ And contented life that at the end of the day is actually quite easy.
AT TIMES IT SURE IS HARD TO SEE the effectiveness of prayers. So it helps to read God's perspective and in that see that prayers really do hold some incredible fixing power. We find it explained this way: "If you have sinned, you should tell each other what you have done. Then you can pray for one another and be healed. The prayer of an innocent person is powerful, and it can help a lot." (James 5:16). So persuading others to be prayer warriors for you can do enormous good. Since prayer is about the most powerful activity on the earth. It stands to reason that one should identify innocent people who pray, since they be the ones that can bring healing for sins and healing. Then you can rest assured that your soul is protected by the prayers of these friends and their healing prayers stand waiting to rescue you in a time of need. Our God, we do pray that You would remind us to align ourselves with innocent praying people so we can enjoy the healing of their prayers. In Jesus name, amen. God bless you!
Monday, May 26, 2014
OF COURSE THE NATURAL WAY to deal with illness is to seek help from doctors and medical professionals,/ For aren't they usually able to fix these things? Yes, but at a cost and often a far longer recovery/ Than can be achieved by simply prayin for healing that God so deeply wants us to pursue./ So it seems, in my experience, the far better course is to pray in faith for healing and expect to/ Get better. Because Go so longs for us to forget about medicine and instead rely on His powerful Healing.
IT SEEMS THE FIRST APPROACH TO healing from illness is to think in medical terms. But why? When God can so easily heal and the way he puts it in scripture is that is His desire. He explains it this way: "If you are sick, ask the church leaders[a] to come and pray for you. Ask them to put olive oil[b] on you in the name of the Lord. 15 If you have faith when you pray for sick people, they will get well. The Lord will heal them, and if they have sinned, he will forgive them." (James 5:14-15). So if you were to ask God how to handle sickness, I do believe He would say forget doctors or hospitals. Instead, just pray. For we must always remember that sickness comes from Satan and God delights to heal as He can trounce Satan. And this has been my experience in all my illnesses that has been quickly healed because I always pray for healing and it always comes fast. But now, of course, I have a five month virus that Satan put in my system that is way more virulent than any virus known to man and it is really Hell. He did this because I do not sin, seep one hour per night and he knows this might be his only way to bring me down. And what makes it especially hard, is the Trinity enjoys my sufferin and will not answer my prayers for healing. It's especially hard because I recently had a physical and the doctor got alarmed at the chest xray that showed how badly my lungs are damaged. I sure wish Satan would kill me as he did the apostles who I also suspect didn't sin, but for some reason the Trinity wants me around. Our God, we do pray that you would drive us always to ask You first to heal all our illnesses rather than lean on the medical world. In Jesus name, amen.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
NATURALLY, THE HUMAN CONDITION MIGHT steer us toward always finding comfort instead of accepting sufferin. But, when we can take God's perspective on the matter, we find a different outlook. It reads like this: "My friends, follow the example of the prophets who spoke for the Lord. They were patient, even when they had to suffer. 11 In fact, we praise the ones who endured the most. You remember how patient Job was and how the Lord finally helped him. The Lord did this because he is so merciful and kind." (James 5:10-11). Yeah, that's da outlook of the King of Heaven. He wants us to welcome sufferin because it is this sort of hardship that build character within us. And with that, an opportunity to at last see His poweful Hand enter our world and start doing the many miracles. That I still often see. So just welcome sufferin and then see His mighty Hand grip your life and lead you toward the fun stuff. Holy Father, we do pray that You would kindly help us to welcome sufferin so that we can please you. In Jesus name, amen.
Friday, May 23, 2014
NATURALLY IT'S PURELY HUMAN TO strive for stuff that we may be feelin ought to be in our lives./ But what if we instead open our souls to God speakin into our hearts about those things that/ Really matter? And then we pray that He might fulfill gettin that sort of stuff into our hearts,/ And with this just maybe we can experience Heavenly peace as His priorities fill our lives.
IT STANDS TO REASON THAT just maybe we don't really know what we truly need. As the Bible describes, the human tendency is to pursue all kinds of stuff in selfish ways that really don't guide us toward the greater good. Instead, it seems, God's calling is that somehow we align our wishes with His priorities and then things fall into order. He puts it this way: "You should pray for it. 3 Yet even when you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just for selfish reasons." (James 4:2-3). Yeah, that's it. To instead pray for those things we truly need. Maybe starting in the place of asking God by prayer for wisdom to want His interests in our lives. Turning our prayers from often focusing on our little vision, to that place of opening our hearts to allowing God to truly dictate what we may need. And with this, finding extreme joy as His desires arrive in our lives. Great God, we do pray that you would in fact tell us what we truly need and help us to pray for those thing. In Jesus' name, amen. May the Spirit lead you and grant you peace.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
OF COURSE THE CONSTANT TEMPTATION to speak poorly about and to others is caused by the Devil's tug./ But when we break free and begin only saying kind and uplifting things to others and in our own mind,/ We get to walk so closely with God that just maybe His work in our lives will be far more frequent/ And lasting in a way that great things get done through us.
ONE COULD EASILY THINK that words from the mouth are merely fleeting utterances that don't carry much weight. Not in God's eyes. To Him, bad words are among the worst evil that can flow from a person. Could this be because God is communication and hearing bad stuff strikes him terribly bad? I think so. God explains the problem this way: "It takes only a spark to start a forest fire! 6 The tongue is like a spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person’s entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be tamed and have been tamed. 8 But our tongues get out of control. They are restless and evil, and always spreading deadly poison." (James 3:5-8). So when we allow God to address the issue, bad words become among the most serious crime in His eyes. Again, due to the reality that God, by His nature, is Communication. Hence, the mandate for us to today be sure to break away from bad words and be sure to always make our conversation uplifting to others and our own souls. Great God, we do ask that You would please often remind us to stay pure in our speech. In Jesus' name, amen.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
WHILE THE TEACHIN ROUTE sure has some solid appeal, when we can allow God's perspective to enter our thinkin, it seems/ That choosing NOT to teach is the far better course. Because when we can be free of teachin, judgement then becomes/ Somethin way easier to survive. For when we make that stand, judgement sure gets easier.
WHILE THE NOTION OF BEING a teacher certainly has appeal, particularly when you have somethin to say. But in God's eye, that role has serious worries. For to Him, He would way rather that there be far fewer teachers, since few can actually do the job well. He puts it like this: "My friends, we should not all try to become teachers. In fact, teachers will be judged more strictly than others. 2 All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body." (James 3:1-2). Now given that judgement might be a challenging moment for us all, it does seem that laying off teaching whenever possible is the right move. Since teachers get judged more strictly. But for the ones who avoid teaching and stick to the life of simply serving, judgement sure becomes more palatable. And given that, it appears, most may just end up in Hell due to reckless livin, it sure stands to reason that passing on teachin at any chance should be the better way to go. Holy Father, we do pray that You would be sure to prevent us from being teachers. In Jesus name, amen. Peace of Christ to you.
Monday, May 19, 2014
WHEN PEOPLE ARE IN NEED, who comes to their help? Not many. And that is because so many are completely taken/ With their own concerns and priorities and could care less about about anyone else who may desperately need help./ And what will be the outcome on the day of judgement for that sort of behavior?/ Looks like most people are going to burn in Hell forever because they would not stretch a tad to help someone in need.
ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS about true faith is how it always leads the faithful to be about God's business. Yet probably, more commonly, folks talk faith a bit but never allow it to truly grip their hearts. Hence we get the help from scripture to truly spell out what faith looks like: "My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show that you really do have faith? Can that kind of faith save you? 15 If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, 16 you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? 17 Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!" (James 2:14-17). So yeah, here we get an honest, clear mandate that, if you're at all gonna claim to have faith, you'd better get busy caring for the needy. That shows real faith. I know this first hand, for at one time I was homeless and asked for help from "Christian" friends. Not one of them would help me out at all. As one who has made tons of money in the past, I would always be ready to help others. But not these fake believers. Hence we had better be real about doing our faith rather than getting stuck in typical weak, not helpful church talk. Holy God, we do ask that You would please help us to really live out faith by helping others. In Jesus name, amen.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
GIVEN THE NATURAL LEANING toward honoring the rich, for they can take care of us, we must instead/ Do the right thing that God commands: Honor the poor. Because, in His mind that group of people/ Can bestow on us and the world a vision of life so much better and so healing when riches always ultimately fail./ Thus, it seems, the Lord's interest in exulting the poor must become our style of living if we are ever/ To achieve a better place in this life.
OF COURSE IT'S ONLY natural to favor the rich. For from them flows abundance and a seeming strength. But, of course, God's view is quite different. He, instead, sees the poor as the true rich and wants them to get the better place. He puts it like this: "My friends, if you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, you won’t treat some people better than others. 2 Suppose a rich person wearing fancy clothes and a gold ring comes to one of your meetings. And suppose a poor person dressed in worn-out clothes also comes. 3 You must not give the best seat to the one in fancy clothes and tell the one who is poor to stand at the side or sit on the floor. 4 That is the same as saying that some people are better than others, and you would be acting like a crooked judge." (James 2:2-4). So in the Lord's eyes giving any special care for the rich is truly foolish. And God's wish is for us to think like Him; granting the poor always a special place in our hearts. Tough, to be sure, but so necessary if we are ever to assume a Kingdom focused sort of thinking that so please the Trinity. Holy Father, we do ask that You would help us to always lift up and honor the poor. In Jesus name, amen.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
NOW THE OBVIOUS TEMPTATION TO sin certainly pulls at all our hearts. Because the Devil remains the prince of/ This world, fully dedicated to keeping everyone steeped in sin and blind to any hope of redemption./ Ya see, he sure enjoys the prospect of meeting most folks in Hell for ever, knowing he has some dear agony/ Awaiting them in his corner. But when believers can get a clue and choose every day to break away from the/ Tastiness of sin the game changes: they get to be a huge light to non-believers and delight the Father.
WHEN LIFE SEEMS TERRIBLY COMFORTABLE, there just might be a shortfall. It's too easy. Yep, seems in God's heart His preference shall always be for difficulty. And this desire can be seen in one scary reality: "If you think you are being religious, but can’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and everything you do is useless. 27 Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil." (James 1:26-27). Scary indeed. For what God wants of us is absolute, unyielding purity that strikes the world as just maybe something exciting. Because they live in sin. Christians just can't. Sure, it hurts to remain that holy when such a life demands constant attention to living apart from the joys of reckless livin. But, just maybe, at the end of the day, the pain is way worth it. Great God, we do pray that you would always stir our hearts to holiness. I pray that God will open Heaven like a curtain and come down to you with storm clouds under His feet.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
NO DOUBT WE HAVE ALL dealt with temptation. For the Devil constantly seeks to entrap us that he might usher us to his home. But, thankfully, God has some insight on this trouble. He puts it this way: Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn’t use evil to tempt others. 14 We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. 15 Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead." (James 1:`3-15). So in God's mind and creation, this sin stuff really comes down to our dealing with our desires. That, my friends is the crux of the matter. Now I must confess, I don't sin. I know, sounds far fetched. But through 35 years of memorizing and studying the message of the Christ and seeing countless faith miracles in my own life, I sorta lost any appetite for sin. So please, truly trust me that sin is totally the result of giving into desires. It's true, Satan is terribly frustrated by my lack of sin. So he slams me with crazy curses that would startle anyone. But I don't care. I suffer intensely, way beyond anything you could ever imagine. But please know this: once you mature to the point where you no longer sin life becomes incredibly joyful. Our God, we do pray that you would open our eyes to see the desires that tempt us and be able to often ignore such desires. In Jesus name, amen! Peace of the Spirit to you.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
SINCE FEW ARE RICH, it seems reasonable to suppose that understanding the condition remains distant. But, obviously, for us all, a wish remains. So hearing God's counsel on the matter might help: "But any who are rich should be glad when God makes them humble. Rich people will disappear like wild flowers 11 scorched by the burning heat of the sun. The flowers lose their blossoms, and their beauty is destroyed. That is how the rich will disappear, as they go about their business." (James 1:10-11). It seems, in God's eyes, riches is something of a curse since, when one looks around, few wealthy folks spend much on the poor. Thus, the big money thing becomes a chain toward the gates of Hell, never really giving any meaningful rewards for eternity. So it ain't really that great. Much better to be poor and enjoy the favor of God that seems to so forcefully rest upon them. Or at least, be moderately well off and then be rich to the poor. Dear God, we do pray that you would always grant us a firm understanding about your disdain for wealthy people. In Jesus name, amen.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
KINDA STRANGE THE BIBLE SO often addresses faith when it so rarely gets dwelled upon in churches. If one were to pay attention to church talk, one would surely know that ethics is the hallowed ground in scripture. Ain't so. Nope, much of church discourse is truly fake religion, as faith, faith, faith is the crux of the Bible and the joy of Trinity thinkin. We see it in James as the power behind gaining wisdom. Put this way: "If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking. 6 But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt." (James 1:5-6). Wouldn't it be nice to be so wise that nearly all your decisions result in actions that are so satisfying and fruitful that life is a breeze? Can happen. Provided that you approach asking God for wisdom with the magic ingredient: A big faith. So, the calling is to dismiss pitiful church thinkin and go your own way to ever ask God for a bigger faith. Then getting a crisp dose of wisdom becomes easy. Great God, we do ask that you would increase our faith and grant us a deep thirst for ever greater faith. In Jesus name, amen.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
IN THE FACE OF HARD TIMES for a believer, surely it's tough to take that such treatment could be beneficial. So, it stands to reason a review of God's point on the matter is in order. He says this: "My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. 3 You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. 4 But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything." (James 1:2-4). The essence of these sort of calamities is the process of growing in character. For ya just can't get there apart from some real trials. Thus, when you ponder it, the mission becomes actually enjoying hard times, knowing this stuff can propel you toward some maturity not found in an easy life. Holy Father, we do pray that you would cultivate our hearts to be happy about trials so You can build character in us. In Christ's name, amen.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
COMIN TO GRIPS WITH THE fact of the Christ's role in our lives seems/ Indeed way too difficult. But why, does a focus on senseless ethics,/ Something the Christ does not favor, really do any good?/ Nah, that baby thinkin just keep us in Satan's claws, bringing him/ Endless joy. So how 'bout just allowin the idea of focusing on the Christ/ To seep in and remain?
I, FOR ONE, CONTINUE to be amazed that Jesus doesn't get the widespread glory that He deserves. But no, like the Spirit, the church and, seemingly, everybody else would far rather think self righteous ethics ad nauseum. But instead, hear God's perspective: "We know that Jesus Christ the Son of God has come and has shown us the true God. And because of Jesus, we now belong to the true God who gives eternal life." (I John 5:20). Yeah, that's it. The whole Christian thing can be rather easy if only we, and the church, would kindly lay off self righteous ethics, and focus on the Christ. For ya see, that is, honestly God's ambition. Yep, that we and the church would allow His presence to fill our hearts and just might drive us toward a tad of humility. I mean, consider the Gospels, the center of the Bible, don't we have the sustenance to drive us toward the Messiah? Seems so. Our dear Father, please, please, open our hearts to the vast need to focus on Jesus. In His name, amen! Peace of Christ to you!
Monday, April 28, 2014
AS WE TRAVEL THROUGH LIFE, as a believer, certainly we must be aware of the Devil's major attempts to tempt us toward committing some awful sins. And hopefully ruin our lives. For one of the worrisome factors, is that the Trinity allow him to attack us and bring untold pain and suffering into our lives. I guess thinkin this drives us nearer to Them. God comments on the idea this way: "We are sure that God’s children do not keep on sinning. God’s own Son protects them, and the devil cannot harm them." (I John 5:18). And that's the beauty of our relationship with God and His friends in Heaven; they long to protect us from the Devil's onslaught's. I know this better than most. Ya see, given that my faith is so huge and that I often go many days without sinning, the devil has me squarely in his sights and throws temptations my way beyond anything other people experience. And God allows it. But, wonderfully, He rescues me. For example, over the last year or so a number of articles in my home have disappeared into thin air. Now that is seriously upsetting. But, as in the case of my glasses, I prayed and God the next day brought them back to a new location. Now that's way exciting. But a bigger challenge has struck me in a fierce virus that Satan struck me with a few months ago that still rages in my body; causing awful coughing. Now I know that God didn't do this as God doesn't strike people with bad stuff. But for me, the tougher part is that God seems to enjoy my suffering. But who cares, I say: He's God and that is His prerogative. So while it's exciting to be tempted at a level others don't experience as Satan hopes to bring me down--but won't-- I do suffer a great deal. But I hold on to the notion expressed in this verse here: ultimately, though I have this virus for life, in the end, Jesus shall protect me. Dear Jesus, we do pray that You would always help us to hold tightly to Your protection. In your name, amen.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
SO WHAT'S THE RIGHT RESPONSE when you become aware some fellow believer has sinned?/ Per God, surprisingly, our take should be to fire up a quick prayer on their behalf./ Because, surprisingly, our intervention can make a world of difference for that person's soul./ So, when we can actually put this approach into play, the idea God desires, is for us to/ Often brim forth with tender thoughts to deal with sin, rather than the human tendency toward condemnation.
HARD TO BELIEVE THAT we can intervene in such way. That when someone sins, our prayers can actually rescue that person in the eyes of God. He trust us that much. Yet, it seems, there are sins no prayers can redeem. I suspect the affair, sexual type that are truly an abomination in God's sight. He puts this truth this way, "Suppose you see one of our people commit a sin that isn’t a deadly sin. You can pray, and that person will be given eternal life. But the sin must not be one that is deadly. 17 Everything that is wrong is sin, but not all sins are deadly." (I John 5:16-17). So yeah, looks like this speaks to praying for fellow believers, when they get trapped in sin. But the beauty of this passage is the notion that our prayers can verily rescue someone to such an extent that their sins get forgiven and they, in turn, are poised to enter Heaven. Powerful stuff? Heck yes. Great God, we do ask that You would always kindly remind us to first pray for those who sin, rather than first be about condemnation. In Jesus holy name, amen.
Friday, April 25, 2014
YEP, IT'S TRUE THAT praying can often be heartless work. Something like tredding in wild grounds with little/ Guidance since God rarely, individually, directs us how to do the task. But, thankfully, He does go so far/ As to lay out a prescription for how to pray: Do it totally on His terms!
YA KNOW, PRAYER of course can at times be some uncertain ground. Just the notion of speaking to unseen Beings brings with it a store of vertigo. But, thankfully, God puts the prayer method to us in such a way as making the task far easier. Check out this angle: "We are certain that God will hear our prayers when we ask for what pleases him. 15 And if we know that God listens when we pray, we are sure that our prayers have already been answered." (I John 5:14-15). So yeah! Just reading the Bible and understanding what God looks for creates a platform for how to pray. Speak it in His terms. And that, of course, makes Him truly happy since He wired the universe in such a way that His style surely brings some serious answers to our concerns. Thus, according to this verse, when we pray in His style, we can surely expect to see some definite results. Awesome Lord, we do pray that you would always remind us to pray with your priorities in mind. In Jesus name, amen.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
IN THE FACE OF ALL THE crap we may encounter trying to deceive, there remains that way greater truth./ Somethin well beyond anything this world could ever offer. It's about simply allowin God/ To reach our hearts with absolute truth. Yep, somethin well beyond whatever might attract in this/ Life and instead create a wellspring in our hearts that cannot be compared, truly that can lay/ Well above the wimpiness of this world. For God brings a pure, truthful message unable to be compared.
FACT IS AS WE CARRY on about life, truth remains difficult to discern. This racket here, that deceptiveness there. Seems so often a trick or two aims to capture something off of us. But the bigger truth, the One that obviously carries the biggest impact, is about God's sincere, obviously given that He can't lie, interest in capturing our attention to His level of honesty. Given that such thinking truly shines. He presents the idea this way, "But we can trust what God says even more, and God is the one who has spoken about his Son. 10 If we have faith in God’s Son, we have believed what God has said. But if we don’t believe what God has said about his Son, it is the same as calling God a liar." (I John 5:9-10). Heck yeah! If we just approach God's mission of spreading the truth about His Son across the land as something precious, we become way more positive and hopeful. For it ain't anything like the shadiness ever present about us. Instead, when God shines such a message He so desperately wants our abandoned devotion, our pure belief and absolute trust that He has the truth in spades we can never attain on the earth. Holy Father, we do pray that You would always kindly remind us to fully trust your message way beyond anything we can ever have on the earth. In Jesus name, amen! May God open Heaven like a curtain and come down to you with storm clouds under His feet.
Monday, April 21, 2014
IN THE HEART OF A BELIEVER, there must remain a quandry: what's it mean to love God? He's invisible, so how do ya actually feel a concern for Him? Great question. Really, it does get tough to actually feel some sort of passion for an invisible being--for we can't really touch Him. But, fortunately, He lays out what true care for the Creator appears like, "We love because God loved us first. 20 But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see? 21 The commandment that God has given us is: 'Love God and love each other!'” (I John 4:19-21). Do ya get it here? Yep, want to truly demonstrate your response of love for God? Love others. That's it. Really not too terribly mysterious or tough to grasp. Ain't it funny that God would choose that path when one would think great worship or lofty prayers might suffice? But no, when push comes to shove the fabric that seems to turn God on is show great concern for those about us. Great God, we do pray that You would help us to show our love for You by loving others. In Jesus name, amen.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
SURELY, MAYBE, ONE OF the things that compels some to become Christians is a basic fear of losing out on Judgement Day. Makes sense in a lot of ways. What worse thing in eternity for their to be a reason that God might turn you away from Heaven? Yeah, that does make sense as a basis to live the right sort of life in order to feel secure about facing God on that Day. But He provides a more sure way of getting to that Happy Place. Explaining it this way, "If we truly love others and live as Christ did in this world, we won’t be worried about the day of judgment. 18 A real love for others will chase those worries away. The thought of being punished is what makes us afraid. It shows that we have not really learned to love." (I John 4:17-18). Who would have thought that caring for others just might be a ticket into Heaven? For does not the church take extreme positions about the exceptional need for better ethics as the path to Heaven? Heck yeah! Yet in this passage we get the happier, truer picture about what God cares for. It's loving others, not stupid ethics. Indeed, seems one could be downright weak on ethics and strong on love and God would be so very happy. Great God, we do pray that You would impress on our hearts your abiding concern that we love others. In Jesus name, amen.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
WHILE IT CAN OFTEN seem like allowing everyone to know you are a believer is daunting. Truth be told, that sort of thinking fires God's Heart. His ever longing remains fixed on His people always remaining proud of their allegiance to Him. Yep, that's what thrills Him on a daily basis: to simply hear His folks claiming a deep connection to the Saviour. We can find the idea here, "God stays one with everyone who openly says that Jesus is the Son of God. That’s how we stay one with God 16 and are sure that God loves us." (I John 4:15-16). Ya see, when the Satan pull tugs at us to pull back and act like everybody else, surely some searching soul loses out. And isn't that what God seeks? Yeah, He remains, always, so hoping that believers will just step up and often let slip their silly faith thinkin. Openness. That's the ticket. To often and surprisingly talk belief whenever the natural opportunity affords. Our Father, we do ask that You would please help us to constantly be open with our faith and then allow those seeking You to find what they seek. In Jesus name, amen! Peace of Christ to you.
Friday, April 18, 2014
SO TRUE THAT LOVING stuff is difficult to fully implement. For, of course, the human predicament leads us to often turn our thinking toward our own needs. But the better angle that could, in time, guide us toward a happier place of fondly caring for others tends to be less about our ability to love and more about our fathoming God's love for us. We see it expressed this way, "Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven." (I John 4:10). Isn't it interesting that loving, when you get honest about it, has so little to do with our generation of warm kindness. No, it's so much about God's concern for us. That just maybe, when we fathom the extent of God placing Jesus, selflessly into the world to suffer untold pain for us, that His love is the fabric that beckons us toward ultimately loving others. He's the One who instructs us how to love. So forget about pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps in order to somehow generate better lovingness toward others. Because God, once more fully understood, ALWAYS desires we keep our minds upon His love for us that propels us toward mighty acts of love for others. Perfect Father, we do pray that you would always remind us to keep our thinking upon Your love for us as the basis to be able to love others. In Jesus holy name, amen.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
SO WHAT'S THE maybe access to power in God that we have today? Seems, from scripture, the answer is surprising to church folks who would never think this way. Since they all squander their time debating ethics and their superior morality, when in God's eyes, the answers are way more spiritual. We see it described this way, "Children, you belong to God, and you have defeated these enemies. God’s Spirit[a] is in you and is more powerful than the one that is in the world." (I John 4:4). Yeah, seems in the Father's mind our plight, or better said, our opportunity ain't construed in debating ethics. But instead ought to center on a humble welcome of the Spirit to allow His power to make the stretch He wants. I know, I know, church folk seemingly never talk in Spirit terms. No matter. He remains that Power seeking our attention and to finally recognize, whether we admit it or not, He lives in us and seeks to plunk exciting stuff into our lives. Great God, we do pray that you would make us open to ever pursuing the presence of Your Spirit in such a way He can do great things through us. In Jesus name, amen! May the Spirit bless you and keep you close.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
COMING TO THE PLACE of grasping this idea, that God does truly long for a friendly conversation with us/ Seems both exciting and troubling. For hasn't Religion been preaching so long that God deserves our perilous/ Uptightness and fear to drive all our honorable and holy discourse with God? Indeed, it sure has. Yet to grasp/ A fresher truth, a message of reality found in God's heart seems the way better course. Sinking our heart clasp/ Into a real place of casual talk with God does indeed appear His desire for us.
COMING NEAR TO GOD is both exciting and terrifying. Makes sense. For how can one actually approach the Creator and Sustainor of life without some trepidation? Yet, in scripture, we find a picture calling us to develop an informal comfort with the idea of easily pulling close to such Majesty. We find it written this way, "Dear friends, if we feel at ease in the presence of God, we will have the courage to come near him. 22 He will give us whatever we ask, because we obey him and do what pleases him." (I John 3:21-22). Yeah, this notion of feeling so at ease with God is actually His design, His purpose for our relationship with Him. Always longing for us to wax way more informal and "at ease" with the precept of reaching His way. Hard to believe, really. That such a Powerful and Preeminent One could desire this sort of casual conversation. But that sure looks like the straightforward intention of this passage. Indeed, letting go and allowing ourselves to more lightheartedly talk to God does seem the proper course to having our prayers answered. So ease up in His presence! Our God, we do ask that You would help us to talk to You more informally and casually and not be so darn uptight in our religion. In Jesus name, amen.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
IT'S TRUE THAT STRETCHING ONSELF toward caring for others is truly hard./ But it seems, when we can be honest, that such a reach makes God feel warm/ Toward us. And isn't that what we all should strive for, to go the extra mile/ In showing folks that our flavor of faith is actually the real deal?/ Yep, seems our Father's desire every day, is for His people to lay down themselves for others.
WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE the Christian life is failing, there's one thing to always hold on to: Love. It's the idea that just maybe caring for others is truly the course that proves most productive. Finding a place by caring deeply for those about you seems the better path. Because, God puts out his stance: "My friends, don’t be surprised if the people of this world hate you. 14 Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life. But if you don’t love each other, you are still under the power of death." (I John 3:13-14). Yeah, it's the stuff of life to go beyond barely thinkin of those you know; rather, the calling seems to be about deeply feeling for the folks around you. In this, we become more than mere religous fools, putting on a fake show. When we can sorely make a case often that our heart bends for other people we do get to experience that God connection only love can generate. Making those near us feel great. Really, that's the natural outcome of true caring. And know, when we do it God's way, we shall find His dear soul often reaching for ours. And ain't dat the outcome we should all desire? Holy Father, we do ask that you would help us to love other well. In Jesus name, amen. Peace of the Messiah to you.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
IT SURE IS TIRING to try and fight sin alone when the better way, once understood, appears all about God/ Providing a way more certain path toward escaping it. Because, it seems, that appears the sort of/ Destiny for sin dealing that God has in mind. Allowing Him to step in, to forcefully push sin away./ Then with that sort of handling, we just might experience His flavor of sin victory!
THE CURIOUS THING ABOUT dealing with sin is just how much resisting it is more a factor of a willingness to allow God to step in and deliver the cure. While it might seem appropriate to simply resist temptation, the more biblical method seems to revolve around allowing God to step in. He so wants to. He goes on to explain: "God’s children cannot keep on being sinful. His life-giving power[c] lives in them and makes them his children, so that they cannot keep on sinning. 10 You can tell God’s children from the devil’s children, because those who belong to the devil refuse to do right or to love each other." (I John 3:9-10). Thus, the dynamic seems here much more about, when tempted, or even before, allowing the power of God in to seriously limit any encroachment from sin. As that seems God's plan. And isn't it tiring to attempt to fight sin alone? Yep, since Satan is driving that game, to go at it on human terms often ends up failing. While, instead, posing a fight with God's power can truly change the route way better. Our God, we do pray that you would always remind us to turn to You for Your power to enable us to defeat sin. In Jesus name, amen!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
IT'S THIS UNUSUAL CONNECTION that seems to wait for us when we are willing/ To experience the marvel of being the children of the Creator who waits upon us./ With that, once we get the possibilities, we can share with Him in the blessed/ Relationship that only children can know.
IT STANDS TO REASON, that when we do get the relationship with God, that we're his children, everything should feel different. Consider the promise of such a relationship: It's the connection so intimate, so endearing that only a father can enjoy. But not too distant. When we do succumb to allowing such tightness with God to reign, we read of it this way: "Think how much the Father loves us. He loves us so much that he lets us be called his children, as we truly are. But since the people of this world did not know who Christ[a] is, they don’t know who we are. 2 My dear friends, we are already God’s children, though what we will be hasn’t yet been seen. But we do know that when Christ returns, we will be like him, because we will see him as he truly is. 3 This hope makes us keep ourselves holy, just as Christ[b] is holy." (I John 3:1-3). So the call remains steadfast in God's eye's, His absolute dedication to nurturing us always. And within that, once we grasp the enormity of such a tight closeness with the Father, that we can allow His beauty to infect our souls. And, finally, as that wonder slips in and takes hold of our hearts, we get to savor the Might of His power steering us places we would never pursue. Dear God, we pray that You would impress on our hearts the great longing You desire for us to be Your children. In Jesus name, amen. God bless you!
Friday, April 11, 2014
FACT IS, THOUGH WE MAY find getting to a place of comfort distant, God ever desires we meet Him/ On His terms. To allow His Spirit entrance into the fabric of our hearts that can indeed/ Result in stirring us toward places of infinite wonder, the destinations that only the Spirit/ Will ever achieve. Yeah, this struggle holds great fanfare if only we can possibly allow/ His dear Spirit to come so crucially close to our hearts and ring true.
WHILE LIFE SURELY seems tough, the Christ has been careful to provide a counselor to make up the difference. The Spirit ever waits to intercede on our behalf. If we will only recognize him. It's the notion that He can truly break into our lives and just maybe stir us toward a place of magical success. We see it written this way: "But Christ has blessed you with the Holy Spirit.[g] Now the Spirit stays in you, and you don’t need any teachers. The Spirit is truthful and teaches you everything. So stay one in your heart with Christ, just as the Spirit has taught you to do." (I John 2:27). What can this mean? That the Spirit does in fact wait upon us to allow Him to teach us. Finding within our wrestling hearts that sweet spot of promise. And so, our obligation ever becomes to welcome His presence and strive to allow Him entrance and the ability to drive home Heavenly thinkin. Indeed, we really don't need a teacher to instruct us when the Spirit stands ready to drive home eternal truth if we are merely able to create a road for His entrance. Dear God, we do pray that You would help us to welcome Your Spirit into our lives. In Jesus name, amen!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
TO SOMEHOW OFTEN allow our minds to center on thinkin of Jesus appears quite a reward./ For apart from such wonderings, our souls sort of lay unnourished. Yes, tepid even./ But once we manage to allow our minds to play upon the dear story of Jesus' life,/ We get to share, actually, in His power and desire for those ideas to rule our hearts./ So, the job is ours. Ignore it and likely see a life living merely along the edges/ Of a sweep that could be ours. But willingly enter in to thoughts of Him--and we soar.
THINKIN IS BOTH a curse and opportunity. One thing I have seen proven time and again is the reward in centering one's thinking on peaceful stuff or ideas of opportunity. For those things have vast rewards. But as a Christian, there is yet again a better path that surely shall provide far greater rewards. It's the notion of centering thinking on the beautiful message of Jesus and His sweet sacrifice. We can read of it here: "Keep thinking about the message you first heard, and you will always be one in your heart with the Son and with the Father. 25 The Son[e] has promised us[f] eternal life." (I John 2:24-25). Yep, that's the amazing preeminent force of simply pondering the story of the Christ. To get our arms around this again and again, knowing, in God's mind, such reflections offer deep blessings. Ya see, just as considering happy thoughts breeds better health and greater energy, so reflecting upon the wonder of Jesus steers our very being toward places of untold recompense. Isn't it odd to really believe that such ideas could somehow revolutionize our lives? Indeed. But the reality, from Heaven's perspective, is that merely allowing our minds to often enter a focal point upon the Christ shall, in fact, bring us into Their arms. Our dear God, we ask that You would often remind us to keep thinking of Jesus and His Message. In His name, amen.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
WHILE THE WORLD SHALL SURELY ALWAYS PULL, it sure seems the preference of our God/ Is for His people to remain distant in a way from ever truly giving their hearts/ To that world that truly can never offer any eternal promise./ And in doing so, if they are willing, He might just show up anytime they call/ Providing a Miraculous touch that can in fact bring sheer relief.
CERTAINLY THE CENTRAL problem of living in this world is the ever present pull to attach our hopes to its offerings. Makes sense in a lot of ways. For how else can you succeed in a job or friendships at work unless you succumb to their pullings. But God sure has different hopes for the lives of His people. We see it expressed this way, "Don’t love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you cannot love the Father. 16 Our foolish pride comes from this world, and so do our selfish desires and our desire to have everything we see. None of this comes from the Father. 17 The world and the desires it causes are disappearing. But if we obey God, we will live forever." (I John 2:15-17). So the import of this passage seems to be that we are, along the way, to simply always and often dis attach our hearts from the world. Never One to push us away from work or friendships there, God seems intent on, instead, guiding us toward a way of thinkin that enables us to remain, in a fashion, distant from loving these places. He longs for our affection. And, of course, if we are willin, He stands ready to so come down from Heaven to join us anywhere to reveal His glory so we can have some solace for this act of denying the world our hearts. Our God, we pray that You would please help us to, though in the world fully, to never love it. But love You. In Jesus name, amen. May the Spirit bless you and keep you close!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
TO UNDERSTAND THE ENORMOUS advantages of loving others seems an opportunity./ Realizing that such a walk provides a fine flooding of light into our consistency./ It's hard, to be true, but also, in the end, the obvious path if we are ever to achieve/ That amazing place of rest that God so want to afford, to reach our hearts with peace./ So the weight of those about us now seems to press in, never allowing us to escape./ But if we can finally allow God to work and speak through us we just might find the/ Level of contentment only true love for others can deliver.
TO CONSIDER THE OPTIONS of surviving in light or darkness ought not be difficult. But the human condition, that of wrestling with an urge to be self consumed, remains the limiting factor. So what shall it be? Seems that God has something to add on the concern: "If we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark. 10 But if we love others, we are in the light, and we don’t cause problems for them.[a] 11 If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark. We don’t know where we are going, because we can’t see in the dark." (I John 2:9-11). So the odds go in our favor if we can get serious about loving others, to become somehow consumed with their plight. Because that gets us into new, precious territory of light flooding our hearts and lives. And isn't that what really feels good? Sure seems to be. Yeah, tredding in darkness shall surely cause us to often bump into unpleasant territory. While light affords such cleaner approaches to even the worst trials that might come our way. Holy God, we do pray that you would help us to love others well. In Jesus name, amen. Peace of Christ to you!
Monday, April 7, 2014
WHAT A TRIAL TO get enticed by sin and pulled away from a fair course./ But, gladly, The Messiah remains ever willing to remove sin that is worst./ So all our duty stands is to simply trust Him and rely on that sweet forgiveness./ Knowing that in time we will in fact experience the peace of a heart transcendent./ The meaning is actually quite clear: Trust the Christ to stand in and rescue/ Us from this stinkin sin for that is what He so wants and stands ready to with sin undo.
DIS SIN THING ALWAYS seems to haunt us. Ever pestering hearts trying to somehow find purity. But, fortunately, we have that key help to find the sort of cleansing our hearts desire. Yes, it's again, the Christ. The picture John presents, so gladly from the Father, is the sort of healing that only can come from Heaven. What it means, in the end, is that the Messiah stands up for even weak people striving toward some sense of holiness. Not unlike any mentor guiding a student toward something exciting, something meaningful and enticing. For sin ever wants to grab hearts and tear them toward a place of captivity. John, rather God, explains it like this: "My children, I am writing this so that you won’t sin. But if you do sin, Jesus Christ always does the right thing, and he will speak to the Father for us. 2 Christ is the sacrifice that takes away our sins and the sins of all the world’s people." (I John 2:1-2). Think of it. God regards believing folk as his children. Thinking them capable of arriving at a place of true honesty and purity. And so, He is sure to have the Saviour standing in for them and insuring their sins get so totally removed! Dear God, we do pray that you would please help us to rely on your promise to provide healing through Jesus. In His name, amen. May God open Heaven like a curtain and come down to you with storm clouds under His feet. Blessing you.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
REALLY, HOW CAN SIN be that bad? Doesn't God understand He made us subject to it./ Yes, we are all trapped by the Devil and sin and it can't be fair to ever expect/ That all might be able to escape it at will. For sin entraps and causes anyone/ To falter and stress at its grasp. But, it seems somehow, that God just maybe/ Has found a way to guide us toward sweet purity. Yep, it's His majesty brushing/ Around us that in the end provides the relief bringing wondrous fellowship for all!
FORGIVENESS, OF COURSE, is a beautiful thing. Provided that the forgivee portrays an honest attempt to live right. Yet, to our chagrin, many folks have a tendency to play religous but not allow God to do much heart cleaning. For they treasure a life of habitual sin when the bad stuff doesn't appear too terribly wicked. But God knows. If one simply takes the time to examine an inventory of sins in a number of places that spell it out, identifying what is sin becomes relatively easy. We read a summary of this idea: "If we say that we share in life with God and keep on living in the dark, we are lying and are not living by the truth. 7 But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus washes all our sins away." (I John 1:6-7). Hence the true beauty of walking in some purity, though sinlessness shall never be absolute, is that we gain a communal life not found when trapped in sin. So if you desire a shallow existence, just keep on skipping along with the joys of soaking in sin. And you are sure to remain fairly ignorant. Stupid, even. But simply trying to remain pure and ever calling on God to forgive you sort of assures you a deep, vibrant life that certainly doesn't require perfection. Dear God, we do ask that You would please enable us to remain strong fighting against sin so that You can always forgive us. In Jesus name, amen.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
BEING TOUCHED BY JESUS in certainly unexpected fashion,/ Seemed the quality of experience that John found in His presence./ To know a Saviour up close and personal at a level only He/ Could bring to a broken planet so in need of a lift./ Yet in John's writing we so get to enjoy a vision of Life appearing,/ Bringing sweet relief from all our troubling concerns.
ONE OF THE WONDERS OF life we find in I John is to read of the marvel at Jesus' appearing. The breath taking away sort of arrival that certainly, in time, caught the fancy of John. We read of it: "One who gives life appeared! We saw it happen, and we are witnesses to what we have seen. Now we are telling you about this eternal life that was with the Father and appeared to us." (I John 1:2). So what did John really see? Seems he experienced the joy of actually touching and talking to the Creator of the earth. To find the uplifting fancy of sharing in intimacy with someone actually arriving from Heaven. This obviously caught his attention, seeming strenulously so if you are willing to ponder this passage for the expanse of touch that John experienced. Unlike anything he'd seen before. And thus it seems, the onus sort of like now extends to our lives, to respond to a higher level of entreaty and witness that John experienced. Certainly being stirred by the Christ in his midst. Our Jesus, we do ask that You would enable us to feel the joy that John felt at your presence. In your name, amen!
Friday, April 4, 2014
HOW ON EARTH did the Word appear so powerfully? Wasn't He supposed to be about bigger things? Like chasing folks that might just happily welcome his teaching. No, it seems His priority ever remained to find sinners. To endear them and somehow draw them toward a happier life. Something worth living. Yeah, that's the approach. Allowing them to realize that just maybe their true opportunity could reside in something far greater. John explains this way, "The Word that gives life was from the beginning, and this is the one our message is about. Our ears have heard, our own eyes have seen, and our hands touched this Word. (I John 1:1). Hence His coming actually appeared in a body tangible, something everybody could see and touch. That's the beauty of a Christ bent on seeking sinners and the weak. Those in need. And so, the obligation ends up in our laps. To in a way savor the wonder of his coming and maybe, in a fashion, allow our hearts to experience His majesty. Dear Lord, we do pray that you would enable use to enjoy your glory. In your name, amen. May the Spirit bless you and keep you close.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
ALLOWING JESUS TO ENTER our lives can be such a sweet place./ To finally feel His dear salvation touching many./ Yeah, that's the essence that our Saviour so impresses/ In this final resurrection. All about simply believing/ And then seeing true hope that can be always comforting./
UPON THE RESURRECTION OF the Christ, we find Him putting out the key part of his coming. It's the idea to take His salvation to the world. His dream appeared. Finally, it seems, the Messiah found the essence of His coming. To take the message to everyone, to bring them true life. We read His vision here: "Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world. 16 Anyone who believes me and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe me will be condemned." Can you read this and share a widespread belief that God shall save everyone? Don't think so. No, the order in this spot is fairly clear. Salvation, to end up in Heaven, is entirely about belief and getting baptized is really all it takes. Not too hard. But, incredibly, so many fail to grasp the enormity of such a simple teaching. Is it because not enough folks push forward to impress this message on others? Maybe. But the fact remains, if we are only willing to allow Jesus to speak through us, we can bring this sweet rescue to many. Great Jesus, we ask that You would please always remind us to be busy sharing Your dear message. In your name, amen. Peace of Christ to you!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
THE DISCIPLES NOW had to face a sharp reality./ Jesus had indeed been raised to a place of Majesty./ So they indeed did find his body gone and their hopes/ Soon changed into something promising. Their Lord rose/ To a Princely state of power and awesome delight only/ Seen in his wonderful glory. Yeah, that breaking beauty/ Revealed in a Master now risen.
MISSING JESUS UPON his death, the disciples felt terribly worried. Where had their Master gone? What a tragic end to this great life. They all must have felt so upset and fraught with deep concern. But a way better outcome arrived in this account, 6 The man said, “'Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was nailed to a cross. God has raised him to life, and he isn’t here. You can see the place where they put his body. 7 Now go and tell his disciples, and especially Peter, that he will go ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.'” (Mark 16:6-7). Wow! So they found in fact their Lord had been raised. He did truly come to life. So they now had to respond to a living Messiah. This, of course, thrilled them to no end. Finding that His body had really come to life. Once again, our Christ proved the measure of beauty only found in a reality that God had come close, raising Him to bright power. And so, they in a way got stuck with new pressure. That force of Life forever arising among them, coaching again their lives toward wonder. Dear Jesus, we do pray that You, Lord, would so impress on our hearts the joy of your resurection! In your dear name, amen.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
HOW CAN IT BE that people could choose/ To despise the Christ? It's their loose/ Thinking on display that manages to create/ A future in Hell. Giving Satan a taste/ Of the thinking that he so loves, they/ Choose to say incredibly stupid stuff/ And pile on the Messiah ridiculous/ Statements that convey amazing blindness.
THE THING THAT SO OFTEN seems to tear one's heart is the reality that people often turn toward darkness. When good would do so much better. We see this well at the crucifixion of Jesus when, incredibly, folks manage to express hatred for this man who had merely been about healing and caring for the masses. We find a description here: "The chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses also made fun of Jesus. They said to each other, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself. 32 If he is the Messiah, the king of Israel, let him come down from the cross! Then we will see and believe.” The two criminals also said cruel things to Jesus." (Mark 15:31-32). How is it that these people could manage to attack the Lord? Probably because Satan decided to inspire them toward such speech. And, as so often happens, these fools elect to toss their minds into the trash as they carve a path toward Hell. Thankfully, for our sakes, the Christ remains silent and takes this abuse when He could so easily cause them to evaporate. And it's this discipline that ought to inspire us, this endurance only a Saviour could mount. Holy Jesus, we do pray that you would enable us to appreciate your sacrifice in this story. In your name, amen. God bless you!
Monday, March 31, 2014
HAVING A CHANCE to save the Lord,/ The soldiers instead chose to wreck/ Havoc upon Him. Not realizing the / Incredible power that lived before them./ But, thanks to the life He brings to us,/ We do get to see His amazing discipline/ Saving the day. And so, in the face of this/ History, everyone enjoys the remarkable/ Opportunity to finally savor His sacrifice.
ONCE AGAIN WE GET to see folks waxing ridiculous. Having the chance to come clean and due justice to reality found in Jesus,they again elect to lose their minds. We see a record this way, "They made fun of Jesus and shouted, 'Hey, you king of the Jews!' 19 Then they beat him on the head with a stick. They spit on him and knelt down and pretended to worship him." (Mark 15:18-19). With all the wonder created by the Lord among them, these soldiers still manage to lose it and attempt to scare the Christ. Yet, typical of His Power, He just stays silent and takes it for our sake. Knowing he held their very existence in His Hands. Ya see, no matter how much you attempt to portray the Lord as a bad man, truth always wins out. Something Pilate couldn't understand. And so here, we enjoy the wonder of the Messiah portraying life itself and enduring such poor treatment. Hopefully, many will respond to this story with appropriate awe. For the Lord shows us discipline in a measure that transcends human weakness. How can you read this and not be amazed? Our Jesus, we do pray that you would open our hearts with enough faith to ever appreciate your great power. In your name,amen.