Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Song at Midnight

Often, you and I belly-ache about what we are going through, how hard life is, and the circumstances that weigh so heavily on our shoulders. But truly we should take lessons from the early disciples from Acts chapter 16.

"And when they had laid many stripes on them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them securely: who having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, fastens their feet in the stocks, and kept watch by night. But around midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God, and the prisoners heard them. When suddenly the earth began to quake and the foundations of the prison were shaken, and suddenly the prison doors flew open and the chains fell off." (Acts 16:23-26)

If you and I would learn the secret to prayer and praise, what could happen in our lives? If we would just for a moment get our focus off of "us" and place our focus on "Christ" and put a song back in our step....there is no limit to what God will do in our present circumstances. What we need is a song at midnight! An outrageous, radical praise in the middle of where we are right now. Look what God did for Paul and Silas. He will do the same for you.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Voice of God

"The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of Majesty, " is proclaimed by the Psalmist in Psalm 29:4. There is nothing quite like hearing the voice of God. It is vital in the christian walk to take time, not only to talk to God, but to listen.

There is no voice like the voice of God, no words as comforting and confirming as hearing the very voice of God. It is necessary that we remove the clutter and busyness in our lives and listen for the voice of God. Seek Him for direction. Call out to Him for confirmation of purpose and calling. And allow His powerful mighty voice to reaffirm YOU through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The voice of the Lord is full of Majesty and there is nothing like hearing the voice of God.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Light

In John 8:12, Jesus declares: "I am the light of the world, he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." Here we see a strict declaration of how those who follow Christ should walk. There is no room for gray areas here.

Jesus said that His followers do not walk in darkness (sin) but have made a life-change. They have or possess within them the light of life. Because they have experienced an encounter with Jesus, they no longer are in bondage to the sin of this world but walk in freedom and liberty and light and life.

This is another "no excuses" Scripture for a mediocre lifestyle, tainted with this world's sin and bondage. By only your asking, God will free you and strengthen you to walk in the light. He will give you self-control and empowerment that you never dreamed possible. And your success will be rooted in Him.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Full of the Spirit

In the book of Acts, the Church met daily for prayer and the Word of God. And consequently, in Acts 2:46, "the Lord added to the Church daily". There is an outpouring of God's Spirit that awaits the cup of the Church, yet the Church today does not make itself available to the moving of the Spirit. Things have taken precedence over being full of the Spirit of God.

The early Church gathered together with "purpose". They often had prayer meetings and believed God for mighty miracles. When they faced persecution, affliction, bondage, and imprisonment, the Church got themselves together with one heart and prayed for deliverance.
The early Church was a radical Church that trusted God for everything.

When the early Christians gathered they did not complain about how long the preaching was or about the rainy weather, but they were hungry for a move of the fullness of the Spirit of God. Scripture promises, "they who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled". God stands ready to pour His Spirit on your life, your spouse, your children, your grandchildren and to a thousand generations--but you and I have to be hungry.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wanna Be a New Person?

God invites you and I to be a new person. Scripture records, "...Seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds, And have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Him."


God offers us a change from the old and mundane way of life. He extends fresh life to us and invites us to walk a new way. He teaches in His Word that when we approach God and ask for forgiveness and our walk is now "in Christ". And Scripture declares, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, and behold all things are become new."


When we humbly come to God He gives us a new heart. He makes us into a new person. The old person dies spiritually and the new person unfolds in Christ. What Christ offers us is abundant life. A new life that is free from old habits and bondages that once held us in captivity. He makes us into a new person with new desires and aspirations for good things.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Busyness Robs You

I have found that your busyness will rob you of your JOY &  YOUR SENSE OF PURPOSE.
Psalm 139:1-6, "I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, While the wicked are before me. I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good; And my sorrow was stirred up. My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue: "Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah. Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them."

When we allow the distractions of life to dictate our schedule and do not seek to put God first, we busy ourselves in vain. We are merely moving shadows and all of our busy rushing and hustling ends in nothing.  We heap up wealth, not even knowing how to spend it. And in the end, we find ourselves void of JOY and living with a LACK OF PURPOSE. Allow God to control your life and watch your JOY increase and your PURPOSE become fulfilled.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Blessing of Loyalty

2 Chronicles 16:9 declares, "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." This  Scripture shouts that God Himself will bend over backwards, do cartwheels or whatever it takes to uphold those who walk in loyalty with Him.

The word loyal is defined as endless devotion, faithful allegiance, and undying commitment. It's important that we ask ourselves today, "Does the word loyal truly describe my relation to God? Is my loyalty to Him endless devotion, faithful allegiance, and undying commitment?" The loyal are protected by the eyes of God who watches over this vast universe and guards our heart and protects our families. Nothing escapes Him, nothing passes by Him unnoticed. He knows exactly where you are and what you face and works to keep your heart always in His plan.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

God is Holy

The Leviticus 20:7-8 declares, "Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy." Scripture teaches about the holiness of God, yet it's instruction here is focused on our initiative, "Consecrate yourselves and be holy!" There is something that you and I must do. We must daily make a declaration to serve God fully with our whole heart. God asks that we dedicate ourselves to living right and walking daily in His holiness.

Yes, we are carnal and have a sinful nature that tends to want to follow its' own way. But like Paul, we must crucify that old, sinful nature daily and pursue with great diligence a life that pleases God. Over and over again in Scripture, God declares that if we love Him, we will keep His precepts and the teachings of God's Word.

Today, let's make a new commitment. I will strive to be holy because God is holy and I walk in a right relationship with Him. I will keep the commandments of God and follow the decrees of Scripture because I follow God, who is able to make and keep me holy.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Communion Blessings

Participating in Communion is not simply a ritual ceremony. It connects us to our Covenant with a Mighty God. Jesus releases spiritual strength and blessings in our lives, as we remember Him in this Holy Ordinance because it is an act of obedience. Anytime, you and I respond obediently to the commands of Scripture.... blessing is poured out. God is a loving and caring God who desires every opportunity to render blessing unto those who follow Him. However, the blessing is often only released in response to our own obedience.

In 1 Corinthians 11:25, Jesus commands us to respond lovingly to our Covenant with Him by remembering Him through this act of obedience. "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, this do as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me." As we partake, we can reflect the life Christ lived, the sacrifice of Himself He made for us, and the redemption that is now available to all who will only respond to Him with a heart of repentance. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

God's Plan for You

Jeremiah 29:10-11 is quoted often, but it's message is clear. "This is God's Word on the subject... I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not to abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." (The Message Bible)

Faith looks forward to the future blessing and highlights the dreams of our heart. Our human minds seek to figure it all out in great detail before we are willing to move forward. But often, serving God requires great faith. Faith to stand on His Promises. Faith to Believe that He knows exactly what He is doing in our lives. Faith to step forward, not knowing how or why or when the total answer will come. Faith trusts God to work out the fine details, instead of worrying about the future. Faith depends completely on a Sovereign God.