Tuesday, August 26, 2014
IN LIFE OF COURSE, it's always difficult to fully place one's faith upon the Messiah./ But thankfully, in Him we find the Resource to do just that and attain a peaceful daily walk./ That leads all of us to places of His power at work in our lives and guiding us to meaningful life./ The sort of existence that is supremely powerful and lasting to guide us to that final destination--Heaven!
IT IS, OF COURSE, ALWAYS QUITE A TOUGH thing to hold tightly to the Messiah today. For He's invisible. But in the story of His crucifiction we find an account of somebody gaining a huge reward. It reads like this: "40 But the other criminal told the first one off, 'Don’t you fear God? Aren’t you getting the same punishment as this man? 41 We got what was coming to us, but he didn’t do anything wrong.' 42 Then he said to Jesus, 'Remember me when you come into power!' 43 Jesus replied, 'I promise that today you will be with me in paradise.'" (Luke 23:40-43). What a beautiful account of how this fellow got an assurance to go into Heaven. He did it by simply fully trusting the Christ. Hence he gained a vast reward and found himself the next day in Heaven with the Messiah. So it falls upon us today to be that sort of people. Souls who regularly rely upon Jesus for salvation and guidance in everyday life. Dear Jesus, we do ask that You would please alter our hearts to ever rely upon You. In Your holy name, amen.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
PRAYER IS INDEED A MYSTERIOUS ENDEAVOR. Due to the hardness of speaking to invisible folks/ Who earnestly long to hear from you. Ya see, the beauty of prayer is the fact that that activity/ Can deliver amazin results in your life for good and the lives of others, puttin you/ In the drivers seat of life givin. To the glory of Jesus!
IT SURE HELPS TO KNOW HOW to pray. Cause then your prayers have a huger affect upon improving your life and that of others, who you, of course should be prayin for. But, of course, it's tough to understand the flavor of appropriate prayer. Ain't it? I think so. As one who wrote a best sellin prayer book and prays in a way that gets astounding results, let's look at prayer stuff. We find the Christ prayin this way: "41 Jesus walked on a little way before he knelt down and prayed, 42 'Father, if you will, please don’t make me suffer by having me drink from this cup.[f] But do what you want, and not what I want.'” (Luke 22:41-42). See in this passage a style of prayer that should absolutely be ours: humble, honest requests. That's it. Simply assume a position often on your knees as I do early each mornin first of all prayin for a bigger faith. For faith is the power in the world that gets good stuff done. I achieve this by sleepin just 30 minutes to three hours a night. But you can do it in your own style. And then enjoy the wonder of the Trinity travellin throughout the day with you. Holy Jesus, we do ask that You would please help us to pray well. In your name, amen. Peace of the Spirit to you!
Friday, August 22, 2014
TODAY WE STAND IN A PRECARIOUS PLACE. A spot of great risk, for Satan longs to drag us to Hell./ And, of course, his ambitions make enormous sense, for most need to head there./ Hell is actually a happy place for eternity. But if we hold tightly to the Trinity with courage,/ Then our future is assured, as the masses for certain end up in Hell. But Heaven, of course, is way better.
SATAN'S SKILL CLEARS THE DECK. Fact is he doesn't have any competition for he knows how to tempt folks and run them toward Hell. The ultimate destination for many. Hence our choice stands. Resist him and hang on to the Trinity, who long to help ya, or give in, as nearly everyone does, and go down to Hell. The destination for about everyone. I for one continue to adore Satan for I find his work crucial to the peace of the world. Jesus comments on Satan this way: "31 Jesus said, 'Simon, listen to me! Satan has demanded the right to test each one of you, as a farmer does when he separates wheat from the husks.[d] 32 But Simon, I have prayed that your faith will be strong. And when you have come back to me, help the others.'” (Luke 22:31-32). That's right. The Trinity have given Satan the right to guide folks toward Hell in a siftin manner. Appropriate. But this day, if you are willin, you can stand strong and resist him, as well as hold fast to the Trinity who long to guide you to Heaven. Dear Jesus, we do pray that You would please help us to hold tightly to You. In your name, amen.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
THE WHOLE ISSUE OF WHAT SERVANTHOOD looks like poses some difficulty. For is not being a servant quite difficult? Of course it is. But we get some insight from the Christ about this: "The most important one of you should be like the least important, and your leader should be like a servant. 27 Who do people think is the greatest, a person who is served or one who serves? Isn’t it the one who is served? But I have been with you as a servant." (Luke 22:26-27). So our Lord here spells out the vast necessity of living as a servant and what that looks like. Not really too tough. Yet Satan, of course, will always pull you toward the selfish direction that is most human. Hence our task this day is to be the people of Jesus who wholeheartedly strive to ever live the servant life. Makin us something terribly attractive to those we serve and helpin get them to Heaven. Holy Jesus, we do ask that You would please remind us always to live as servants before you. In Your name, amen.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
THERE IS, WE KNOW, a huge opportunity to share in the communion with the Lord of His supper./ And with that receive the sweet chance to commune with Him in this world./ Thus we can, along with Jesus, experience an awesome walk within His appearing./ Ending, if done regularly, in meeting the Messiah upon our person in a way that's strikin and endearing.
THERE STANDS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY for us all. We see it in the wonder of the Lord's Supper. We find Jesus talking about it this way: "19 Jesus took some bread in his hands and gave thanks for it. He broke the bread and handed it to his apostles. Then he said, 'This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this as a way of remembering me!'” (Luke 22:19). And that is the magic of the Lord's supper. A time when you can share in this dear communion with the Christ and find not only the touch of His Hand upon you, but also, if you do it right, the appearing of His awesome Spirit landing upon your person. And believe me, as the only boy in the world with this glory constantly upon me, it's so worth it for you to regularly attend to the Lord's supper. For in that you can experience the joy of thinkin of Him and, if done right, His appearance upon your body. That, my friends, is the joy you can know often. Holy Jesus, we do pray that You would always remind us to share in Your supper. In your name, amen. Peace of Christ to you!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
SATAN, IN MY OPINION, is not at all regarded highly enough. For his work in the world is vital to its success./ But you can join me in adoring Satan for the critical job he does of leading most folks to Hell and sinfulness./ The Father and Jesus created Satan knowing he would fall by choice and be lord over Hell./ And of course they are very happy with the way all this has played out and so we should be glad Satan tempts all.
ONE OF THE VERY SAD THINGS in life is how little Satan is understood. I say this as the only soul in the world besides Jesus who does not sin. Due to this fact, Satan has clobbered me painfully many times. But I just laugh it off. Since I admire Satan a great deal. Speaking of him, we get a glimpse of the way he works here: "Then Satan entered the heart of Judas Iscariot,[a] who was one of the twelve apostles." (Luke 22:3). And ya know the story, Judas went on to complete the worst sin ever due to his willingness to get the Christ killed. But this day take a moment to think about the Lordship of Satan, as it can help you. Rather than just fear him, if you are walking with Jesus daily, instead speak to him directly about how much you admire him. Because his role as the tempter of the world leading most folks to Hell is key to the world running according to Jesus's design. Since these people are happy in Hell forever, with Satan in charge. Know that nobody but me admires Satan, because everybody fears him. But I would like you to join me in adoring him due the great work he does. Since it's always better to be his friend if you're goin to heaven; he appreciates that and I think might even give you less trials that he could inflict. A much healthier relationship with Satan than just fearing him.
Friday, August 15, 2014
PRAYER IS THE THING THAT LIFTS us from the struggles of this life into the arms of the Trinity. Who, of course, long to hear from us and to share in our struggles and so help us. Thus, the prayer thing makes enormous sense in order to achieve a life that work. Jesus speaks of it this way: "Watch out and keep praying that you can escape all that is going to happen and that the Son of Man will be pleased with you." (Luke 21:36). So, when we pause to consider the huge opportunities in this world that have befallen us, we can do the prayer thing often and experience, to a touch, the magic of Jesus visitin and casting His lot with ours. That feels good. Hence the challenge is ours: to pray. Not occasionally but seriously and often. And with that prayer we can feel, at times, the presence of the Trinity and know their pleasure at this sort of livin. Holy Jesus, we do pray that You would please remind us to always pray and hold tightly to you. In your name, amen. I pray that God would open Heaven and come down to you with storm clouds under His feet to rescue you.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
IT'S ALWAYS TOUGH TO BE A BIG GIVER, when such sacrifice is personally costly. For there are always expenses to attend to. But we find in the teachings of Jesus an emphasis on sacrificial giving. He sees that as a far greater treasure than hanging onto much money. We find it described this way: "He also saw a poor widow putting in two pennies. 3 And he said, 'I tell you that this poor woman has put in more than all the others. 4 Everyone else gave what they didn’t need. But she is very poor and gave everything she had.' (Luke 21:2-4). So the Christ presents a model of giving big time. An example of how to painfully give to the Lord and store up treasures in Heaven. It's this sort of sacrifice that turns the Lord on and drives to the giver to happier places of sacrifice that offer great confidence about one's future in Heaven. Dear Jesus, we do ask that You would often urge us to be sacrificial givers to Your Kingdom. In your name, amen.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
IT'S ALL ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT thing. That is, payin our taxes when they are due and bein sure to avoid/ The thinkin that many hold of rebellion toward the government. Sure, it's corrupt and not worthy of the money./ But our duty this day is to be honest and willin to simply pay what's due and wait for a better government,/ That shall surely come when we pass this upcoming most severe depression created by the Democratic Party./ Hence our hearts must remain pure amid the bad stuff and do the right tax payin thing.
IT SURE IS TEMPTING TO AVOID paying taxes when the government wastes so much money on needless efforts. But consider Rome, a far worse nation that surely produced deeper waste and corruption. So instead, consider the idea from Jesus about how we should view the tax thing: "Then he told them, 'Give the Emperor what belongs to him and give God what belongs to God.' 26 Jesus' enemies could not catch him saying anything wrong there in front of the people. They were amazed at his answer and kept quiet." (Luke 20:25-26) The Christ responds to their question about taxes where they tried to trick him, by suggesting an approach that amazed everyone and put them on their rears. He offers the notion that we all should simply be content and pay our taxes, no matter if we think the government wasteful and corrupt as it moves strongly Democratic and into our greatest depression ever in coming years. Hence our job is to our head down and just pay the tax. Knowing that the Trinity feels any pain we might experience as they share our pain. For they have been involved in trillions of universes before ours with way better governments. Great Jesus, we do pray that You would please put in our hearts a strong desire to simply pay our taxes. In your name, amen.
Monday, August 11, 2014
OUR HOLY JESUS, WE so want You to know how much we adore You. For You are our hope./ Because this is the kind of livin we find true power to excel at overcoming Satan's temptations./ That thing that ensnares most folks and speeds them to Hell./ So let's always find time to simply admire the Christ and experience the joy of His touch He longs to share.
YA KNOW, THE CHIEF FABRIC OF a great life is gaining the habit of admiring the Messiah. I say this as the only boy in the world who has done this my lifetime and does not sin. The result? Everyday the powerful presence of the Trinity rolls over my body as I walk about; of course, nobody is interested as they pass by me and brush the glory of the Trinity that once time in their lives. For, of course, everyone else in the world sins and only reaches the Trinity from a distance. So let's this day take a look at the business of admiring the Lord: "Then they led the donkey to Jesus. They put some of their clothes on its back and helped Jesus get on. 36 And as he rode along, the people spread clothes on the road[g] in front of him." (Luke 19:35-36). Don't ya know that these folks who cast these clothes below Jesus got truly blessed. And that, my friend, is how you should be. Devote yourself to often adoring the Christ and then expect your life to be way enriched. A bit like me. Dear Jesus, we do ask that You would please help us to adore you often. In Your name, amen.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
OH TO BE A PEOPLE BRINGING the sweet message of salvation to a needy range of people always about./ That's the Jesus style. Something we this day can do for sure, delivering life to those hopin for that./ Don't sweat it that Satan opposes you. For he always shall. But the joyous arrival of your hope breaks though./ And delivers that dear salvation that a few need. Those you, yes you can in fact deliver to eternal Heaven.
IN LIFE IT'S ALWAYS TOUGH TO be the person who is busy bringin salvation to many. For they often resist it. But the reality is that some shall always be ready to welcome such thinkin and find real life. So our duty, this day, is to be folks walkin about with the good news of Jesus upon our hearts and lips. Ever ready to ring life unto the few who deeply long to get that message. We find an account of Zachaeus gettin this wonderful rescue: "Jesus said to Zacchaeus, 'Today you and your family have been saved, because you are a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man came to look for and to save people who are lost.'” (Luke 19:9-10). Yep, here we get to read an account of the wonder of the Lord bringin real life to this struggling dude. A happy endin indeed. Somethin that should thrill us and drive us to be the sort of folk that are ever ready to deliver this sweet salvation. I've done it many times, studying the book of "Mark" with a number of people and leading them to life. Let's do this regularly! Holy Jesus, we do ask that You would please help us to be a people of life, ever casting your message to people in need. In your dear name, Amen. Peace of Christ to you.
Friday, August 8, 2014
IT'S LEGEND KIND OF stuff when people stretch to live in faith. For amazin stuff can happen./ Like this guy who got suddenly healed entirely due to his remarkable faith./ Hence the callin lands in our laps, to either be the typical believer who struggles through life Or the commanding person who lays their heart to a large faith that works incredible miracles.
IF WE ARE EVER TO GET our arms around a productive faith, we need to always consider passages that show the wonder of faith. The fabric of extraordinary livin. We see it here: "Jesus replied, 'Look and you will see! Your eyes are healed because of your faith.' 43 Right away the man could see, and he went with Jesus and started thanking God. When the crowds saw what happened, they praised God." (Luke 18:42-43). What brought this amazin healing is the way this man persisted. He heard the Lord comin and so he called out to Him. Of course the crowd about him tried to shush him. To no avail. He continued and caught the attention of the Christ. Bringin instant healin and in turn stirring the crowds to honor God. That, my friends, is the incredible treasure found in a sizeable faith. Great Jesus, we do ask that You would increase our faith and make us like this dude. In your name, amen.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
THERE ARE, OF COURSE, huge challenges in this life. Among them the trial of trying to live for God while also making it through this life. And the costs, at times, are overwhelming. But, if we concentrate on the teaching of the Messiah, just maybe we can overcome them all. The Lord puts it this way: "Jesus answered, 'You can be sure that anyone who gives up home or wife or brothers or family or children because of God’s kingdom 30 will be given much more in this life. And in the future world they will have eternal life.'” (Luke 18:29-30). That's it. Be willin to sacrifice severely and you shall gain huge rewards. Jesus assures this. So, at this point, striving to get ahead, the calling remains on us all to always--sacrifice. And then, in time, in this life, we shall reap huge rewards and then the big one. Exulted Heaven. Our Jesus, we do ask that You would always urge us to constantly sacrifice the nice things in order to arrive at the great life now, and the even better one to come. In your name, amen. Peace of the Spirit to you.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
THERE IS CERTAINLY WONDER in the beauty of kids. Just give them a moment to admire their innocence and serious joy about livin and you see something way appealin. We find that Jesus has somethin to say on this: "So Jesus called the children over to him and said, 'Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these children belong to God’s kingdom.[e] 17 You will never get into God’s kingdom unless you enter it like a child!'” (Luke 18:16-17). So what is it about kids that makes them so special. The big thing. They have the presence and wonder of the Trinity in them all the time. That's it! And why we must always strive to get close and admire this magic. This huge power within their being grants them the ongoing joy that enables children to survive adult hardship. Holy Jesus, we do ask that You would help us to see Your ongoing presence in kids. In Your name, amen.
Monday, August 4, 2014
IT'S FAIRLY EASY TO GET CONFUSED about what real godliness looks like. Due to our penchant for acts of righteousness. We see this in an account where Jesus explains how a pure Pharisee who fasts twice a week and gives a tenth of his money to the Lord falls way short of the tax collector who is heartbroken by his sinfulness. The Messiah explains this way: 14 "Then Jesus said, 'When the two men went home, it was the tax collector and not the Pharisee who was pleasing to God. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.'” (Luke 18:14). This picture rings well of what Jesus truly wants: a humble, contrite heart versus pure ethics. And what is especially indicting is the way that most churches spend their time on ethics and legalism; quite opposite of what the Christ desires. So if you want to honor Heaven, turn humble and broken daily and walk closely with the Lord. Lovely Jesus, we do ask that You would give us humble hearts and take our thinkin off of ethics. In your name, amen.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
THE CALLIN THIS DAY is to pray. Not easy, of course, but the fabric of fantastic livin if we are to know it./ Somethin way tough to do, to be sure. But essential if we are to enjoy the sweet fellowship of the Trinity./ Because, all the time, They wait on us to respond and call to Them, leaning on their eternal power./ So the obligation is ours: pray or just struggle through this life alone. What's it gonna be?
IT'S ALWAYS TOUGH TO HONESTLY AND forthrightly seriously pray. For Jesus is invisible. But that's why His words hold enormous weight. We find it put like this: "Won’t God protect his chosen ones who pray to him day and night? Won’t he be concerned for them? 8 He will surely hurry and help them." (Luke 18:7-8). In this statement from the Lord we get to read His insight for dealin with life; pray through it. Not somethin easy, of course. But essential if we are ever to experience some flavor of victory. The sort of life that has huge impact and experiences deep peace. Hence praying remains our one great vantage to enter the arms of the Trinity and savor their care. Arriving at a happy place of lasting care from Heaven. Dear Jesus, we do ask that You would always remind us to pray often. In Your name, amen.
Friday, August 1, 2014
STUFF OF MAJESTY AND POWER in our way. Something well beyond our little world that transforms/ That changes us into people of power that can work vast miracles that actually alter our thinkin./ Yeah, that's the appeal of Heaven this day; live it right and stretch constantly toward the/ Distant ideal that happens to work powerfully to pull even little folks like those who look like you and me.
THERE'S A DEEP TRAVESTY occuring amidst us all. It's about a huge opportunity that has befallen us. Something way big, a thing beyond ordinary human thinkin. It's the stuff of deep imagination, that thing that seems to often escape all. The big thing. Looks like this: "He answered, 'God’s kingdom isn’t something you can see. 21 There is no use saying, ‘Look! Here it is' or ‘Look! There it is.’ God’s kingdom is here with you.'” (Luke 17:20-21). So the Messiah lays it out for all; God's place is not far. Nope, it's right here in our midst. Talk about beauty. So, the calling remains before us, if we will only reach hard for it and pull our hearts to it. Making everyone, in Heaven and on earth endlessly happy. At last, bringin peace and joy into our dear center. We see it in kids and animals--the Trinity! Something livin powerfully here in our lives and also, interestingly, all around us. If only we can reach and experience true livin. Holy Jesus, we do ask that You, our Lord, would just pull us toward Your majesty and grant us Your dear thrill that only You long to bring us. In Your name, amen!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
TO BE FOREVER GRATEFUL should be the callin we feel constantly in our lives if we are ever to reflect/ The Messiah's priorities in our lives. But, of course, such livin is way tough so few do it./ But does that mean we happily go along and ignore all the blessins about us from Heaven?/ Naw, instead, what we so ought to do is fight hard all day to remain always thankful for/ Every little thing that we manage to find in life that is sure from Heaven.
ONE OF THE MALADIES OF LIVIN in this world, is that vast pullin to often be ungrateful for life since it's so hard. And that, of course, is true. But the Heavenly outlook, that Jesus wants us to assume, is a way grateful life since that sort of livin makes our existence way more victorious. We find a quote on what this should look like: "Jesus asked, 'Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine? 18 Why was this foreigner the only one who came back to thank God?'” (Luke 17:17). And so, this dude is the exception to the other nine who were also healed. Why weren't all of them rushin back to the Saviour to express deep gratitude? Because that is how nearly all people are; they don't give a thought to blessins from Heaven, and why most end up sufferin in Hell for ever. But the callin on our lives is to be a people of eternal gratitude to the Trinity for their generous care for us. Great Messiah, we do ask that You would forever make our hearts grateful to You. In your name, amen.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
TO AT LAST ARRIVE AT A place of faith is the overall mission of our lives, to finally get to that dear place./ While the natural comfort sure stands totally opposed, our responsibility from the Hand of God is to pursue this space,/ Finally arriving at a spot of deep faith that can bring astounding miracles I have seen many times./ So the duty of this day that beckons is to change our thinkin toward somethin stirrin toward chimes/ Of faith that ring in our heart often and strong, pushin us to places of God able to craft miracles in us.
TO CONSIDER THE FACT OF scripture, one would end up seeing that faith is the fuel that drives the Trinity in matters of religion. While religion of this world mainly focuses upon ethics, legalism and self-righteousness. That I find comical since I don't sin and I daily long for a bigger faith. 'Cause I know that faith is absolutely the force that can bring wonderful changes into our lives. Jesus explains this way: "If you had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!" (Luke 17:6). Wow, that my friends is the incredible power waiting for us this day. Yep, to be able to pray and amazin stuff happens. The task at hand is to pray often and consistently for a bigger faith. The fabric of God's glory in our little lives. Great Jesus, we do ask that You would please increase our faith. In your name, amen. God bless you!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
IT'S EASY IN THE WORLD TO LOSE SIGHT of the reality of the afterlife. For it's always so remote and uncertain in the eyes of most. But that ain't really true. For we know Hell is not a happy place. And it's so real, a place where the vast majority of people go because they don't daily walk with God. We get an insight on what Hell looks like here: "The rich man also died and was buried. 23 He went to hell and was suffering terribly." Yep, Hell's a place of serious long term pain, even to people who become spirits. And to me, it's all terribly fair, for God gives everyone the opportunity to turn to Him during their lives and makes it all quite easy to attain; but few do. So the obligation for us, the ones who know God, is to be careful to remain in His arms everyday so we can be sure to get into Heaven. Dear God, we do ask that You would always remind us to stay tight with You daily. In Jesus name, amen.
Monday, July 28, 2014
TO UNDERSTAND THE MESSIAH, one must be willin to accept His views. Things that strike at the heart of everyday life and propel us to think in His terms. Ways that are quite foreign if we are living with a worldly outlook, as most folks are. We find a statement by the Christ put this way: You are always making yourselves look good, but God sees what is in your heart. The things that most people think are important are worthless as far as God is concerned." (Luke 16:15). This the Lord spoke to the Pharisees, trying to get them to think in Heavenly terms, rather than their customary worldly approach. But the beauty of this passage is that we can apply it to our lives, understanding that what the world counts as mostly valuable is worthless in God's eyes. He could care less about what the world treasures. Hopefully propelling us to think and live toward stuff that we find in His teachings as valuable. Holy Jesus, we do ask that You would guide us to think of the things that you term important. In your name, amen.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
TOO OFTEN WHEN SOMEBODY SINS against a family or parents, the response is to ostracize the kid. Not a good idea. For this leads to a wider gulf between the parties. Instead, Jesus gives us a better perspective with this quote: "The younger son got up and started back to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him." (Luke 15:20). The beauty of this story is the fine way that the father ran to his previously wayward son and kissed him lovingly. And that, my friends, is precisely the way the Messiah wants us to relate to lost folks seeking help. They desperately need us. So what if they're homeless or dirty; the Lord longs for us to ever try to help them. And we should respond with His flavor of care. Dear Jesus, we do ask that You always help us to constantly offer this sort of love to those needing our help. Never to turn them away, even if they are comin from bad sins. In your name, amen.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
FROM A HUMAN STANDPOINT, it's tough to envision the proper level of love demanded by the Saviour. For our humaness leads us to operate with a reserve toward anyone, having been bitten in relationships a time or two. But Jesus makes a demanding appeal if we want to walk near to Him. He puts it this way: "You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot come with me unless you love me more than you love your own life." (Luke 14:26). That's it! Constantly walk with the Messiah with unbriddled love; something way beyond anything you can experience in this life. And believe me, there's rewards. I'm exhibit A. Once I quit sinnin, probably the only one to do that since the apostles because sin feels so good, the Trinity inhabited my spirit and body strongly all the time. So I walk around all the time with their glory surging in me, providing a chance for everyone near me to brush a greater touch from Heaven than they shall ever experience. And, of course, nobody is interested. Because people are sinful and selfish. But the truth remains, if you will only love the Lord passionately at all times, you can come close to this level of experience. Maybe won't experience what I have since my disciplined pursuit of Jesus has way exceeded all. But you can enjoy such a deeper level of Their touch. Great Jesus, we do ask that You would drive us to love you deeply. In your name, amen.
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.