Don’t you love it when God shows you a weakness about yourself? We are all just a work in progress! I pictured Jesus this morning taking me to His workshop and making some fine adjustments. Sanding me down just a hair with His gentle hand. I could see that sparkle of love in His eyes and sensed the compassion in His heart. I received what He said to me this morning, but it is not always easy to hear a word of correction. Yesterday, I shared how Paul prayed for the Church and he prayed a specific prayer over them. I challenged you to pray that prayer for 7 days, then be obedient to what God called you to do. Yesterday afternoon the Lord placed Ephesians 1:15-19 right in front of my face! Here Paul begin to pray over his friends and his brothers and sisters in Christ. He wasn’t focused on himself, but he was thinking of those around him. He cared enough to pray for them!
Take a look as his prayer. Sense the love in his heart for his friends. Ephesians1:15-19 says, “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit if wisdom and revelation, so that you know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Do you dare pray this over your friends today?
I can study God Word for hours and not get enough, but I find it hard to sit over 10 minutes talking with the Lord. In His workshop this morning, He revealed to me that I don’t pray enough for the Church and my friends! Yes, I have a plan in place, I know what I need to do, now I have to implement the plan. Lord, help me to be a praying Paul! Help me to take my eyes off of myself and open my spiritual eyes. Help me to be creative in my prayer time with you, and let it be a top priority. Thank you Lord, and thank you for not using the real coarse sandpaper. I love you guys!!!
Paul prays a beautiful and powerful prayer over two local churches of his day. I want to share this prayer with you this morning, but I also want to challenge you to pray this over your local body of believers. The challenge is to pray this prayer for seven days straight, and then ask God, what would you have me to do now? Are you in?
Philippians 1:9-11 Paul prays, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God. Amen!
Make a difference today, pray over the Church! Let’s encourage one another and grow in love. Let us walk in humility, wisdom, and compassion. Pursue holiness and guard your mind against the evil one. Keep the faith and fight the good fight! Let’s kick some dents in the gates of hell today. Let’s join together and pray. God bless.
Ezekiel 18:30-32 says, “Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourself of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die. O, house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” Such a needed word for us today. Repent means to turn a complete 180 degrees and walk in a new direction. What do you need to give to the Lord today? Is it that hidden sin that has been haunting you for years, and it eating away little by little.
Lamentations 3:40-42 says, “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.” It’s time to walk away from that old way of living and walk in the newness of Christ. Repent and lay it at the feet of Jesus this morning! He is faithful and just and He will forgive you. Are you ready to dump that heavy load, are you ready to experience true peace in your life? Repent and really live!
I want to encourage you to pray Psalm 51:1-12 and let all pretense go. Call out to the Lord this morning, be renewed and refreshed! I pray over you courage, strength, and joy. Know this, God is still in the restoration business! Thank you Lord. I hope you have a great time of worship today!
Matthew 20:29-34 says, “As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them, “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.”
Wow. What a question! What if Jesus were to ask you that very same question: What do you want me to do for you? How would you answer that question? The sad thing is, most of us have no idea what we want God to do for us, or in us. What are your desires, hopes, dreams, and passions? What has God placed in your heart? Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I want to encourage you to dive in deep into your relationship with your Heavenly Father, begin to have some hard conversations with the Lord. Stop pushing Him away! Throw it all out there, and talk with God openly about your hearts desires. Man, it’s time to live out what God has placed in you. Don’t allow fear to rule your life and kill your dreams. Stop living from day to day, just existing, and live out the dreams God has put in your heart.
How would you answer the question this morning? Lord, do a work in my friends life, help them to follow hard after you, and give them the guts to do what you have called them to do. Amen. Define your passion and seek the Lord with all your heart, then you will be able to answer his question. Have a great weekend!
Good morning friends! Yes, it is Friday and the weekend is almost here! I what to give you a Friday Challenge this morning, and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone just for a moment. The older we get, the more predictable we become. We get so set in our ways, stuck in our routines, that we never really stop and listen to the Lord! What is He saying to you this morning. What does God have in front of you this today? Will you be open to a new adventure or willing to use what you have to encourage someone else? Listen, you may have to go to that same old job just like every other day, but open a window to what the Lord wants you to do out of the ordinary. It will refresh you! I dare you! I double dog dare you!😀
1 John 3:17-18 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our life for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” This is Friday’s Challenge, love someone outside of your family in a way that God leads you. Yes, that means you have to be in constant prayer and have your spiritual eyes open. Haha. I love this.
Have fun today! Enjoy life and stay positive. Let me know how the Friday’s Challenge turns out! Love y’all!
We have missed out on so many things since the Corona virus has hit. My beloved father-n-laws big celebration after he passed away, my niece’s wedding, church services, and March Madness. When I say March Madness, many of you know exactly what I am talking about. It is the College Basketball’s road to the National Championship! The top college basketball teams are brought together to decide who is the the number one college team in the country. Yes, there are blowouts and huge wins. There are very close games and huge upsets every year. Small schools playing huge schools. This is big time college basketball at it’s finest.
Many of the games come down to that last shot or that final free throw! Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. Millions of people are watching on TV and thousand of people are in the stands. Everybody is on their feet yelling and screaming at looking straight at you. Fans are waving their hands, jumping up and down, and doing everything possible to distract you. Where is your focus? What are you looking at while you are about to take the biggest shot of your life? Are you looking at the crowd or all the craziness going on around you? No, you are focused on the rim! You are seeing your shot going in. You are so focused on that rim that you don’t even see the crowd, much less hear them. You hit the shot, and your team wins the game. A story book ending!
I want to encourage you this morning to read Psalm 16 this morning. This Psalm is written by David, the little boy who killed Goliath with a sling shot and a rock. Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Talking about pressure of missing a shot! What about David? Forget March Madness. What would have happen if David would have missed that shot. But David stood firm and he didn’t miss! You see, David focus wasn’t on the crowd or the giant, but David focus was on someone bigger than Goliath. That is why David was not afraid of him. The giant was bigger than David, but God was bigger that the giant. David was focused on the Lord.
I don’t know what you are facing today or what you are going through. But I do know this, my God is bigger than any problem you are facing. Take you eyes off the giants that you are facing and turn them to the One who can overcome them! Set the Lord before you and turn your focus to Him. You will not be shaken! Amen.
1 Peter 5:6-9 tells us this, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s might hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”
There are 4 things that jump off the page to me this morning. 1. Be humble. 2. Stop worrying. 3. Be self controlled and spiritual alert. 4. Stand firm in our faith. We as Christians are under constant attack from the enemy, and he never gives up. He knows that his time is short and he is fighting a losing battle. But his selfish pride will not allow him quit. The one thing I want you to see this morning, the devil is not a roaring lion! He is an imposter. God’s Word tells us hear that he prowls around like a roaring lion. It doesn’t necessarily say he is a roaring lion. He is a want to be! The devil wants us to think that he is in control. He wants us to feel hopeless and helpless. Think about it, he is the one who is defeated! His days are numbered! He is like that snake that had his head severed. He is dead, but he is still wiggling around causing as much fear as he can, before he has to go. Jesus is the Lion of Judah! He is the one and only True King! His voice alone shatters the enemy. He rules and reigns and is worth of all praise and glory!
Listen to this encouraging word found in 1 Peter 5:10-11, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” Hold on to this truth this morning and share it with a friend. God is good and He is good all the time. He wants to restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. Have a blessed day.
Have you ever had that relative that is straight forward in what they say? You know, the one that says what on their mind, and there is no second questing where they stand on any issue. I have come to really appreciate those kinds of people. They are real, and there is no pretense about them. What you see is what you get, and you know where you stand with them.
This morning I wanted to share a straight forward word with you from Deuteronomy 30:15-18, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them. I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed.” Does it get any plainer than that? I believe this is a message that this great nation needs to hear without apology! We live in a country that was founded on Christian principles by godly men’s and women. And God has blessed this country because of their obedience to Him. But we have turned our backs on Almighty God, and we are running after all the wrong things. We worship and serve other gods and our own selfish ways. This is a wake up call to the world! Are we going to listen?
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 continues on, “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to Him.” Who will you serve? Choose well! Joshua says it best in Joshua 24:14-15, “Now fear the Lord and serve him with faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” There is no beating around the bush this morning. It’s a straight forward, in your face word from God! Choose well. Love y’all!
How many times have you spent a lot of money on a present for your little child or grand child, and you wrapped it up in a big box. When it came time to unwrap the present, they tore into the box and pulled out the present that you bought for them. They acknowledged the present and of course they said, “Thank you.” But for the next two hours, all they played with was they huge empty box. You could have saved a lot of money, and not bought that expensive present.
Some of my fondest memories of my grandparents wasn’t about big expensive gifts or trips. They were simple things and didn’t cost much of anything. I remember going to their house and climbing the fig trees, and having a fig war! I remember spending hours racking up leaves in the yard, then totally destroying the piles by running through them, and diving into the pile. I remember snack times, the sweet tea was sweet and the cookies and pound cakes where endless. Why did it seem like we never could finish our game before we had to leave?
I could talk about my childhood memories with my parents all day long, but this blog couldn’t hold it all. But what sticks out most to me is that they gave us the gift of their presence. They were always there! Yes, they gave us some amazing gifts, my all-time favorite gift was the Silver Streak go-cart! Man, did we have some fun with that thing, until my brother ran me down with it! Haha. I probably deserved it. But what I remember the most was doing things that didn’t cost any money. I remember throwing the ball with my dad on the mound he built in the back yard, and mom would sit out in the lawn chair and watch. I remember building a tent in the living room, and watching TV while eating sandwiches and pop corn. I remember our night time devotions and swimming in our above ground pool all day long! I will never forget those days and the feeling of being so loved.
I want to encourage you this morning to build some memories with those you love. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and you don’t have to travel around the world to do it. Build a tent in the living room and watch a whole movie together. Take along walk and don’t worry about how long it takes you to get back. Learn to celebrate the little things and be thankful for the small blessings in life. Those are the ones that means the most to you down the road anyways. Thank you Lord, for the blessings of life. To you, be all the glory and praise!