1 John 4:16 says, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” O how we need to let Christ’s life and love fill us, and overflow to others wherever we go. Yes, sometimes that means talking and sharing your faith, but often times it means loving and accepting people. It means enjoying life, because your joy and peace will make people wonder what is it about you that is different. Walk in Christ love today and enjoy life, and the world will stop and take notice. Happy 4th of July! America bless God!
Hatred, deceit, hurt, and pain. This world is full of these four things! To say the least, our world has never seen so much division and strife. I believe there are those who love to spread this virus of hate, calamity, and confusion. There is nothing they wouldn’t do to see this world at each other’s throats! They live hiding in the dark corners and watch as their virus of hate spreads. You see, we live in a world where evil is promoted and praised, and good is pushed aside and keep quiet.
Sometimes I lose hope and I feel like things will never get better. But the Holy Spirit speaks and tells me to stay strong and never give up! Keep fighting with love and passion. Trust in the One that created it all. Dive into the encouragement pool of God’s Word and begin to pray bold prayers! Red, yellow, black, and white; We are all precious in His site! 1 John 2:9-11 says, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing to make him stubble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.” Expose the darkness of hatred and lies, and spread the hope, and love of Jesus Christ!
1 John 4:18-21 tells us this, “There is no fear in love. But perfect live drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a lair. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” This is His truth! See through the eyes of Christ and love the way he loved. Then and only then, will you see a difference in this world. God bless!
In Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” I was 5 years old when I opened my hearts door to Jesus. I remember it like it was yesterday! My mom and dad played a huge role in that, and I am forever grateful. What a blessing to have parents that nurtured me in the ways of God. But my mind goes back to a lady named Mrs. Moody. She taught me in Sunday School and I saw Jesus in her! I remember her being so kind and friendly. I can still see her teaching us and loving us as we walked out of her class. Mrs. Moody impacted my life! She wasn’t famous, or some big time minister, and she never wrote a book, but she helped change my life forever!
I had the greatest opportunity yesterday to pray with an 8 year old boy named Hays. His parents invited me to sit on the back porch to help him to receive Jesus Christ into his heart! Man, what a blessing to be apart of! I sit here this morning, typing on my little phone, with tears in my eyes thinking about yesterday. I looked into Hays’s eyes and I saw excitement, wonder, pure joy, and peace! His face lit up like a Christmas tree and a huge smile covered his face. That is what it is all about. It is so hard to put all of this in a short blog, but I left their house on cloud nine! I got in the car, and pumped up the praise, and I celebrated. Who were the “Mrs. Moody’s” in Hays’s life? Wow!
So many times we feel so insignificant, and at times we wonder if we are making a difference. Some have taught Sunday School, disciples students, and invested children for years and years. Know this, you are making a huge investment and it will be worth your wild. Keep reflecting Christ love in the hearts of the children and students around you. Take every opportunity to pour Jesus over them every time you see them. You are changing this world one life at a time! Keep it going and don’t grow tired of fulfilling your calling.
Hays, I am praying for you and just know how excited I am about your decision to follow Christ! You will be a mighty Warrior of God! Thanks for letting me share in the joy! God is good, and He is good all the time. God bless.
Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” I grew up loving to plays sports! But to me, the best part about playing sports, was getting a trophy. It was all about the hardware. I wanted trophies to cover the room on my wall. Every time I would fill up a shelf, my dad would make another one to display it them all. As a little boy, those trophies meant the world to me. But life will trash your trophies. They all ended up in a box and eventually got thrown in a dumpster. So what really matters?
Who you love and who loved you. That is what matters, the love between you, God, and those He places close in your life. It’s also about time. What are you doing with it? James 4:14 tells us this, “Why, you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and than vanishes away.” Our life is like a vanishing vapor! Here one moment, then gone the next. But God does have a purpose for each one of us in our short stay here. Here is the question of the day. What have you been giving your heart to lately? Our time here with family and friends is fleeting! Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” I want to encourage you this morning to make the most of every opportunity that the Lord is bringing before you! Make it count. What are you investing in? Stay safe and have an awesome day!
Let start our day off right in Psalm! Psalm 139:1-4 says, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.” He knows me in such an intimate way, and He even knows the dark corners of my heart, but He still loves me! It is not just that God knows me, but He watches me, and He cherishes me.
Have you ever try to have an conversation with someone whom seemed distracted? You know that person who is talking with you, but will not take his eyes off the TV. How about the guy who looks past you and is looking for the next person to connect with. We all know that person who can’t wait till you get done talking to be able to tell you what they think. It can be frustrating, because they are not focusing on you, and it seems as if they don’t care. That is not God! He is never in a rush because He has all eternity, and I believe He actually enjoys one on one conversations with us.
I remember watching my girls sleep when they were babies. I remember seeing them breath and move around, and they were so adorable! They were always dressed to a T when it was bed time. I treasure those memories, and I will never forget them. Our Heavenly Father isn’t preoccupied with something else, He even watches us sleep and He cares about the smallest details of our lives! You are loved, adored, and cherished by the King! Let’s celebrate this truth this morning! God bless!
Good morning friend! Where did the weekend go? God’s love is something that is so hard to grasp or fully understand, because His love is so deep and pure. The Bible is full of verses proclaiming God’s persistence love, and I want to share a few with you this morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Psalm 135:1-3 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His loves endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords; His love endures forever. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 says, “Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
Take time this morning to thank Him for His amazing love! He loves you so much, and His love has no limits! The message of the gospel is that when we couldn’t get to God, He came to us! He pursued us. His love never fades. Thank you Lord. I hope you have a great Monday.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it doesn’t boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.” We are loved by God with an Agape type love. Agape love is all about action. It has nothing to do with feelings, and it has nothing to do with whether or not the other person deserves it. Agape love forgives and it never quits!
It’s sad to see how many people who have a deep longing for love, without any idea of where they can find the type of love they need! We all need to be loved unconditionally, and there is only one person who can love us like that. Jesus Christ. Jesus doesn’t just love us because he feels like it. He loves us because we need agape love. He created us that way. His love is so great and ever present that I often take His love for granted. True love is found in a personal love relationship with Jesus Christ. Take time this morning to thank the Father for His amazing love, and for sending His very best to bridge the gap! Have a awesome Thursday and don’t forget to kick a dent in the gates of Hell. Yes sir.
I want to challenge you to read Luke 7:1-10 this morning. I have read this scripture so many times before, and I have prepared lessons and sermons using this passage. The one thing that has always stood out was the faith of the centurion. But I want to share another thought that blew me away yesterday morning. You know how the story goes, the centurion had requested to send elders to go to Jesus and ask him to come and heal the centurion’s beloved servant. The servant was very sick and about to die. Jesus agreed to go with the elders to heal the centurion’s servant. But before Jesus reached the centurion home, the centurion sent some friends to tell Jesus not to come. What was going on in the centurion’s head? He just sent elders to get Jesus, now he is sending friends to tell Jesus not to come! I believe the centurion knew he needed Jesus help, but he also knew he didn’t deserve his help.
The closer Jesus gets to us, the more we realize just how far away we are from him. When the centurion realized Jesus was getting closer, he panicked. He begin to think; What if he comes inside? What if Jesus sees the mess my house is in? What if he sees the real me? It’s sad, but many people think about Jesus this way. Jesus wants to come to their home, but when he gets closer, they get nervous and send him away. We all have been through some tough times. There have been moments where we have made some bad decisions, and times when we have sinned against God. But through it all, your value has never changed! You are priceless in His eyes and you are so loved by Him. You may feel unworthy today, but He is trying to get to you. Your house maybe in a mess today but don’t push Him away! This passage talks about the centurion faith but it’s really all about Jesus! Love you guys! I hope you have a great time of worship today! Let me know how your worship time goes today!
David was an hero of the faith and a great king. He never claimed to be perfect but he pursued God with passion! David also had many enemies that wanted his head on a platter, but David trusted in the Lord, his deliverer. David wrote a song to the Lord that went like this; I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and my horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2
How did David withstand all the pressures of this life and face his stressful job? You think you have a ton on your plate, try being king! His secret was found in his relationship with God. David wrote Psalm 27:1-3 and said, “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is my stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.” David’s time with God was his stronghold, and his high tower. This is where he found his strength and confidence to do what he was called to do.
We all need a high tower and a shelter when the storms of life come! I want to encourage you to run to the One who loves you the most, and He will welcome you with open arms no matter what! Thank you Lord for watching over me and loving me the way that you do! I want to give you the praise and the glory that you deserve this morning! He is my rock, my shelter, and my comfort! To you be the Glory forever and ever!