Friday, May 26, 2017

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts,” says the Lord."  Isaiah 55:9 

One of my biggest struggles I face every day is letting my thoughts consume me. When a challenge arises or self-doubt surfaces, my thoughts overwhelm me- “you aren’t good enough.. you don’t measure up.. you’re unworthy”. But according to this verse, I should be telling myself “Be quiet” because God’s thoughts about me are so much more important and so much higher than mine. His thoughts should be the ones consuming me and overwhelming me in those moments of fear and doubt. 

So what does God think about me? In Ephesians, Paul states in chapter 1 verse 18 that we are His glorious inheritance. Like what? That inheritance all of us look forward to receiving one day? God views us as His inheritance that...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, "My father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will but your will." Matthew 26:39 (NIV)

Jesus was human; he connected with humanity. We often see Jesus more like God, rather than a human being with emotions, struggles, and feelings. This passage reminds us Jesus was a human being like you and me. Within only hours, Jesus would be faced with death, a brutal death by crucifixion with much pain, agony, and suffering. He prayed during this time for God to "let this cup pass from me." In other words, let me not have to die like this, let this situation not have to happen. Don't we sometimes feel this way; a challenge is ahead of us, and we don't want to have to deal with it. We pray for God to remove it or not let it have to happen. Our prayer ends there. 

Jesus was selfless. As he c...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. Psalm 25:8 (ESV

Moving towards Christ reveals our impurities. It’s not that He points out our imperfections to make fun or show us how horrible we are. But God has provided for us the Living example of perfection through His Son Jesus Christ.

Imperfection is recognizable when we are moving towards perfection. Pursuing Christ intentionally means we are moving towards His example consciously aware that changes are made little by little through His provision and grace. Our God is still in the business of deliverance, but most will be tested to the limits because it’s in the testing that our faith grows. It’s such a beautiful thing to advance into the depths of Christ.

Being exposed to His perfection gives way to growth and change. Through His guidance, we receive the love that builds up. His...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful... When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms... But Peter said, 'I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene - walk!' And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk... And all the people saw him walking and praising God; and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement..." Acts 3:1...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Psalm 46:10-He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

The first part of this verse has been put on my heart daily. I know that there is more that God wants to speak to us through this verse. Currently as I write this, I sit in a church that seats thousands of people. Yesterday, I experienced lasers, smoke machines, coffee everywhere, cell phone ringers going off, and feet shuffling quickly so bodies could find their seats. All sounds that make it evident that the world is still turning. In the midst of organized chaos, never under estimate the power that the presence of God can bring to any situation. A stir can be stopped and unity can be brought into one accord only by the anointing presence of God. “Be still and know that I am God.” All those sights and sounds that surrounded me came from within a church, and to the world’s eye it’s attractive, but I’m h...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Psalm 19

Whenever I think of good instructions I think of a few requirements that they must meet. They should be clear, they should show me how to do something exactly, and they should enable me to put together whatever it is I am trying to put together. If the instructions meet those requirements then it would be reasonable to expect that the thing I put together should remain together and only require some up-keep from time to time.

David, who wrote Psalm 19 says that, "The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul." When I read that I am immediately wondering where I can get my hands on these perfect instructions. And the answer is in the Word that God has inspired and breathed into the collection of books we call the Bible. If the thing we are trying to put together, and if I'm honest put together daily is life, then we need to be in these per...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)

C.S. Lewis called pride “the great sin” and stated that it led to every other type of sin. Pride isn’t something written on our foreheads if we are acting out of pride, but it manifests in our actions and leads to “disgrace,” as talked about all through Proverbs. There are so many stories about pride leading to destruction throughout the Bible, but one story I want to point out is about this guy named Uzziah who became king of Judah when he was your all’s age. You can find his whole story in 2 Chronicles 26, but I will summarize. He started off under the mentorship of Zechariah, and he set his heart to seek God. The book states that as long as he sought the Lord, he prospered. As a result, he acquired wealth and fame and became pretty powerful. He, therefore, stopped se...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. They were glorious to see... As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, and terror gripped them as the cloud covered them. Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” When the voice finished, Jesus was there alone. Luke 9:28-31; 33 - 36

There is a saying that says, Jesus alone is enough. Jesus plus anything is nothing...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Psalm 46:10- He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Be still- Do you silently and quietly wait upon the Lord? I am God- He will make Himself glorious by great and beautiful works. Do you believe He is the one and only almighty God? Many days I write, and God speaks words onto a page through my heart, but other times I hear, “Be still and know that I am God.” 

We almost always feel like we have to be saying something to have a relationship with Christ. I have found that we should do less talking and more listening. “Be still, and know that I am God.” In the silence, He is speaking. If our silence is more truthful than our words, then remain in silence and let Him speak. Listen for Him. “Be still and know that I am God.” We must spend time in silence with God. Your conversations will be mo...

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees (religious leaders) saw this, they said to His disciples, 'Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?' But when Jesus heard this, He said, 'It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire compassion and not sacrifice,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners...'" Matthew 9:10-13 (NASB)

Let's say, for argument sake, God keeps score concerning our religious activities, like going to church, praying, reading the Bible, taking communion, baptism, etc..., and how we treat others. If we would place a number value on our actions, what would you give for church attendance? Probably...

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