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John 13:35 kjv
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Along our pathway in life we will observe that we are not the only travelers. There are others traveling the same road who need our help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp as we lift someone up, minds to encourage, tears to dry, hearts to inspire and souls to lift up and teach about Christ and His love for us and them.
I encourage you my friends to pay attention to the plight of those you encounter. Encourage them with a kind word and a smile; lend a helping hand, be there to listen and encourage. As we pass God’s love along to others we open the door for them to know Christ and His love though us.
Heavenly Father, please open my eyes to the needs of others around me. Give me a kind and loving heart along with a desire to help others so they may see Your love in me and come to know You better through the love and compassion I show them. In Jesus Name, Amen
Ezekiel 34: 16
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong I will feed them with judgment.
As I picked up my bible to study today it open to Jeremiah 23 where is says, “Woe unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture.” I read here for a few minutes then opened my bible again. It fell open to Ezekiel 34 where it says, “I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand.” After the second time I knew the Lord was speaking to me about the leaders of many of our churches today. Far too many of our churches have become weak to the point where they are not much different than the world and its views. Because of this weakness we are seeing a world that is falling further and further away from God and His principles. God will one day hold those who do not teach His Word accountable. As we watch this falling away happening it can be disheartening if we do not hold to God’s promise to take care of His sheep; those who hear His voice and follow Him. In Ezekiel 34:16 it says, “I will seek that which was lost , and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.” God will one day separate the wheat from the tares so hold on my friends; God sees what is happening and what is being done to His people. He knows the oppression we are facing and the lack of teaching of His principles. He is seeking out His own to bind them up, to strength them and heal their brokenness. The church world as a whole may be failing but God never fails. He knows His own and will always be there for them; don’t be disheartened, God is still in control and we can rest assured He will always take care of those who are His sheep.
Heavenly Father we seek You today as we see our world falling further and further from You and Godly instruction. Help us as the sheep of Your pasture to stay on course and follow You even though so many around us are falling by the wayside. We know and trust You are always with us strengthening us as oppression and sickness rages around us. Help us Lord to be a light in a world filled with darkness as we see the day of Your return approaching. In Jesus Precious Name! Amen
Philippians 2: 14-15 kjv
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Do all things without murmurings and disputing! WOW! This can be a hard one at times. We know the Lord wants us to act in a Christian manner and if you are like me I do a good job most of the time but then there comes that one moment on a day that hasn’t gone so well and I seem to lose it all. We are human and God knows we have our weak moments but He does not want us to be murmuring and disputing with one another. In our world today people seem to be constantly bickering with each other or even worse doing bodily harm to others. The Lord does not want us to be as the world is; but He does want us to use wisdom when we are faced with bad situations.
We know we are allowed righteous anger because Jesus got angry and threw the moneychangers out of the temple. (Matthew 21:12) Jesus had a legitimate reason for what He did. Jesus was faced with many situations where He could have gotten angry and blown up yet He held His peace and used wisdom to handle what He was being faced with. We, as Jesus was, are allowed to stand up for what is right but we are to do it with wisdom in a manner that would be pleasing to God.
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
Father, help us to learn wisdom and teach us understand so that we know how to answer anyone in any given situation. Help us to control our anger so that we are not acting as the world acts around us but let us do all things with a wisdom that only comes from You so that we may shines as lights for You in a world filled with anger and hate. In Jesus Name! Amen
Job 37:14 kjv
Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Sometime we are faced with so many things happening around we don’t know how to just stand still, relax and enjoy the moment we are in. God did not put us on this earth to be constantly running to and fro; but He wants us to have time to enjoy His presence, the beauty around us and the love of family. I know for myself I can get so wrapped up in all the responsibilities I have each day that it seems I almost forget to breathe. Living this way is not health for our physical bodies, our emotions, or our spiritual life. We can’t take care of others or our responsibilities if we are empty. We need time to relax and spend time with God, family, and just with ourselves. God’s wondrous works are here for us to enjoy. I encourage you to take some time each day for yourself; spend time with God in prayer, meditation of His Word and just learning to breathe again.
Father, help me to stop running to and fro so much; always in a rush, never taking time to stop and enjoy Your presence. I know I need You and my quiet times with You to function in this world. Take me to a quiet place and fill me up Lord so I can have what I need to carry Your gospel, be there for others, and fulfill my responsibilities. In Jesus Name. Amen
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto (turn from) wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire (shame) on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Have you ever been so hurt and upset at someone that you wanted to get revenge? As much as I hate to admit it I have been there. Not long ago I was so hurt by someone that all I wanted was for them to feel the same pain I was feeling. Yet Paul teaches us here that we are not to try to avenge ourselves. Vengeance, if any takes place, should be in the hands of the Lord. The Lord loves everyone including the one who hurt us. He doesn’t want to see harm to anyone; all He wants is to see us change to be as He is, loving, kind and forgiving. When we are hurt we don’t feel like we want to do good for the one who hurt us; but doing good is best for us and for them. Our actions may bring shame upon them and just maybe it will bring reconciliation or at least a change of heart and peace with that person.
One of the greatest gifts we can give someone is forgiveness. That forgiveness doesn’t just help the other person but it releases us to be at peace. I know for myself praying for the one who hurt me helped me to forgive and move past the pain I was feeling. It doesn’t necessarily mean we will be in a relationship with the person who hurt us again but through forgiveness we can live our lives without the weight of anger and hate in our heart.
Remember my friends; goodness will overcome evil but only in God’s time and in God’s way; trust God for He is always working things for our good.
Heavenly Father please help me to put any anger and hurt feeling I have in Your hands. I know with Your help I can learn to forgive and move past my hurt. Fill my heart with forgiveness and mercy for my offender just as You forgave those who hurt and offended You. If you can say forgive them Father as You hung on the cross I can learn with Your help to forgive those who have hurt me. Thank You Lord for Your mercy and forgiveness to me. In Jesus Precious Name. Amen
John 10:10 KJV
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Satan is that thief, constantly trying to whispers lies into our heart; telling us to do things that will steal our joy and contentment. He longs to destroy us because he knows the Heavenly Father loves us. If we give our ear to Satan he will only bring destruction to our lives. Far too often we listen to the lies of the enemy and we then pay the price for it. I know for myself I have been guilty of this.
On the other hand there is our Heavenly Father who only wants peace, joy and contentment for our lives. He whispers come follow me and I will give you all the joy and peace you long for. His love for us cannot allow Him to desire anything else for us. The question is, “How do we know who is speaking to us”? One way is to measure what is being spoken to us against God’s Holy Word. If what we hear or feel does not measure up to what He teaches us then we know it is a lie from Satan. God speaks to us through is Holy Word constantly teaching us to hear His Word in our heart as we learn His written Word. We need to ask the Lord to teach us to hear His Word and to give us understanding so we know in our heart we are following him.
Heavenly Father, please give me an ear to hear Your voice as You speak to me. When Satan comes to speak lies to me help me to know in my heart who is speaking to me. Lead me into a personal relationship with You so that I know Your voice. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice and follow me. Lord, I long in my heart to be one of Your sheep following You all the days of my life; for I know when I follow You I can live in the peace, joy, and contentment that only You can give. Thank you Father for loving me and guiding me as I travel this road called life. In Jesus Name. Amen
John 14:18 kjv
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
What a wonderful promise we have from the Lord. Even though there are times we do not feel Him by our faith we know He is always there watching over us. Those times when we feel alone He is still right there walking beside us, guiding us and protecting us. When we are weak He is strong. Where there is darkness He is light. When we have lost our way He guides us with His gentle hand; always loving us and never leaving us.
Thank you Lord for Your presence in my life. Even though I do not always feel You I know You are with me.You promised me in Your word that You would never leave me or forsake me. With Your promise I can go through my days knowing no matter where I am or what I am doing You are right there with me guiding me and protecting. Help me to live by my faith in You and not by my feelings. In Jesus Name. Amen
1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 55-57
Verses 51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Verses 55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is so much sickness and death around us lately with this new virus we’re dealing with; not to mention all the other diseases around us. As we watch what is happening around us it’s hard not to become depressed and scared. Just this week in our community a young mother in her 40’s died from the COVID virus. My heart has been so heavy for her husband, children and family. Yet, from speaking with her husband and hearing him talk about her life I feel she through her faith just reached her heavenly home a little sooner than the rest of us. Paul wrote in I Corinthians chapter 15 how we would all have to face death but death cannot hold us if we belong to Jesus because He overcame death when He hung on the cross. Verse 57 says, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I encourage you my friends when this world begins to get you down go an find a quiet place to read God’s promises to us; it will give you the strength you need to overcome the depression and the sorrows of this world.
Heavenly Father, we give You thanks for Your promises to us, for we know You have never made a promise You did not keep. Through You and our faith in You we can overcome this world with all its sorrow. We praise You Father and give You thanks for the hope of eternal life through your son and our Savior Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name. Amen
John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
We live in a world were our days are busy and far too often our nights. It’s so easy to run through life without ever asking the Lord if we are doing what He put us on this earth to do?” We have family, work, and a million other things we have to keep up with. In the mist of it all are we taking the time we need to be the person God created us to be? Are we slowing down enough to hear His voice? How often do we take the time to speak to that one in need of a cheerful or encouraging word; or take the time to lend a helping hand to others? Far too often I find myself letting these things slip by me. We all have responsibilities but I know for myself I want to be able to say as Jesus did in John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” When are able to say this we know we have had a fulfilling life, a life in which at the end of our days we have peace and contentment knowing we have fulfilled God’s will for our life.
Heavenly Father, Teach me to slow down and listen for Your voice daily so that I know I am fulfilling Your purpose for my life on this earth. Remind me to set my priorities upon You and Your will for my life not upon all the things happening around me. Help me to have a kind and loving heart that sees the needs of others. Help me to be like Jesus who gave His all and did Your will while He walked this earth. Help me to fulfill my purpose and glorify You each day of my life. In Jesus Name. Amen
Matthew 26:75 kjv
And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
I Samuel 16:7 kjv
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Can you just imagine how Peter must have felt when the rooster crowed for that third time and he remember the Lord had told him he would deny him three times before the night was gone? His heart had to have been filled with great sorrow and anger at himself. I’m sure he felt like the Lord would never want anything to do with him again. Yet, after Jesus rose from the dead and later sat by the sea with His disciples He said to Peter “Feed my sheep!” He knew what Peter had done, knew what he would say even before Peter himself knew. Yet Jesus also saw that Peter loved him and was willing to follow Him no matter how much he had failed in his past.
Satan whispers to us far to often you have done too much, gone too far and made too many mistakes for God to ever use you. This is a lie from Satan! The truth is many times our mistakes and how God turned them for good is the greatest testimony we can have. None of us are perfect but God takes the imperfect and makes us perfect before him through the shed blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Aren’t you glad God doesn’t look on the outward man or at the mistakes we have made but looks to our willing heart seeing only our future and what we can accomplish for Him.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me beyond all my faults and seeing what I can be for you. Forgive me of my past mistakes. Help me to see my future through your eyes as I give all my baggage over to you. Teach me daily how I can become more like you leading others to you as I live my daily life. Instill in me a soft and willing heart that loves others as you do so they can see you living in me. In Jesus Precious Name. Amen