Send Me

Bible Reading:  Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people?  Who will go for us?"  

I said, "Here I am.  Send me".  


In Isaiah the sixth chapter we read about a vision that Isaiah had of  the LORD God on his throne.  Isaiah thought life was over for him.  He thought he was doomed because the Glory of God had revealed to him the sinful man that he himself was.   He said that he had filthy lips and lived among filthy people.   A seraphim flew to him with a hot coal and purified His lips.  Then Isaiah heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?"   Isaiah's response was, "Here I am.  Send me."  

God will never make us do anything.   He does not coerce us into serving Him.   He has a plan for our lives and the deeper we know Him the more the plan becomes clear.    The choice is still ours to make though.   If we don't do what God is asking, we won't lose our salvation, but we could lose the blessing that He has for us in that plan.    

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Maybe God's plan for your life is to be a missionary to a far away country.  OR Maybe His plan for you is to stay right where you are and witness to the lady in the grocery store check out line.  Maybe you are to volunteer at the hospital and pray with those in need.  Maybe you are to stay right where you are and be that light to those around you.  

Maybe you knew what God wanted you to do at one time and you chose your own way.   The good news, actually great news, is that God is like a GPS - he can re-route you no matter how many years have gone by. As long as you are living and breathing - there is a God given plan and purpose for your life.    

Today:  Pray for a deeper revelation into the plan that Jesus has for your life.    And then say, "HERE I AM.  SEND ME."   

 

 

 

A Way Out

Bible Reading:  Matthew 18:7-9

What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin.  Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.  So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.  It's better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown in to the eternal fire with both of your hands and feet.  And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.  It's better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.  


In today's scripture Jesus is giving a stern warning about temptations that cause us to sin.  His warning is so severe that he goes on to say "cut off the body part that is causing you to sin".  Jesus is warning us that a life of sin will lead to eternity in hell and nothing is worth that!  

I have met people who think hell is not a real place.   They seem to think that they can live however they want and still reach heaven.   I have even heard people say that God is too loving to send anyone to hell.   God is full of grace yes, but the Word is clear that you must know Him as Savior and Lord to reach heaven.   

John 3:3 "Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


Temptations come to us all at times.  We can be tempted by friends, money, success, family, etc.   But we are told in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that, "The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure".      

BUT ..... in order to see "the way out" we need to have our focus on Jesus.   When we are not reading His Word, and talking with Him in prayer, we can become bewildered, confused, and unaware of being able to see the open way that Jesus is providing to get out of the temptation. 

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Heaven is real but unfortunately so is hell.    As a matter of fact the word tells us that hell needed to be enlarged (that is a sad thought) Isaiah 5:14.    Satan is constantly trying to suck you in with temptations that are all around.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and your mind stayed upon Him and His Word.    Then when the temptations arise - you will see the opening that God is providing for the way out.   

Thank you Jesus for always watching over me. Thank you for speaking to me, guiding me and loving me.   When I am tempted, you always provide a way.  You are true to Your Word.     I love you!  

 

 

Made In His Image

Bible Reading:  Genesis 1:27

So God created human beings in his own image.   In the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.   


You were made in the image of God.... just think about that for a minute....   

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As a little girl I would lay in my backyard and gaze at the sky.  I have always loved the outdoors.  I love the clouds, sun and stars. Looking up and watching them always gives me a feeling of knowing that the world is so much bigger than  "me".   At a very young age I knew that God was real and that he was a creator.  I knew that he created the beauty around me and that he created ME.    I would ask him over and over again 'Why God?'   'Why did you create me?' 'What is my purpose'?       Has anyone ever asked that question to God before?   

I believe the answer to our purpose in life is JESUS.  He is our purpose and he created us to have a RELATIONSHIP with Him.    Jesus said in John 15:15, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."     You are a friend of God and God made you in his very own image.    You belong to a kingly, heavenly lineage.   Your purpose is to have a relationship with the King of Kings!    

Spend some time today getting to know the King.  Talk to Him - His desire is to know you and have a relationship with you.  You are important to Him.   

 

Today Is Your Day

Bible Reading:   2 Corinthians 5:6

“At just the right time, I heard you.
    On the day of salvation, I helped you."

Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.


I will never forget the day I announced to my mom as a little girl that I was going to walk to my grandfather's house (who lived 2 houses away from us) and invite him to church.   I must have rehearsed my words a dozen times in my mind as I walked that well-worn path to their home from ours.    My grandfather was a hard man who didn't hesitate to use a curse word in every sentence even when his granddaughters were in his presence.  In some ways I was afraid of him, but in others ways I knew he loved me and thought he wouldn't possibly say no.... even so my nerves were working overtime.    I walked into their kitchen and visited with grandma for a while.   Then I proceeded into the living room where grandpap was sitting on his normal spot on the couch.   I talked with him for a while and then I dropped the question.  I told him we were having a special service and wanted to ask him to come along with us.     As I waited for his reply, I can still remember the way my heart was beating....  or rather racing.        His reply was, "oh honey, if I walked into a church, the walls would cave in".      I could see regret inside of his eyes, but in his mind the sins he had committed were too strong to believe that the GRACE of GOD was bigger.   

As I grew older I visited an uncle in the hospital and talked to him about Jesus.  Again, I could see that same look in his eyes.    The idea that the life he had lived and the sins he had committed were too large and too bad to be forgiven.   

I want you to know that nothing you have ever done is too bad or too big to be forgiven. It is people that put levels on sins.  We say things like, "it was just a little white lie" or "everyone does it".  But when it comes to a drunkard, murderer, or homosexual - we somehow say they are BIG SINS.      When Jesus died on the cross - he did that for YOU.    God knows all things and he knew that 2000 years later you would be born.  He knew you would do shamefully bad things.  He knew that that sin would separate you from a relationship with God.    He knew this because He knows ALL THINGS.      He sent Jesus with a mission and a purpose.  That mission was to make a way of forgiveness for ALL PEOPLE and for ALL THINGS.      

What is it that you feel is too bad to receive the forgiveness of God?   Jesus' blood will cleanse ever stain that sin has left.  There is POWER, WONDER-WORKING POWER in the blood of Jesus Christ.    The Word of God tells us that TODAY is the day of salvation.   When you feel God tugging at your heart, TODAY is THE DAY - IT'S RIGHT NOW!   

If you are not certain that you are born-again child of God - and you want to be sure - today is your day.  I would love to pray with you.   Please send an email to blog_reply@comcast.net and I will get ahold of you.   You can know for sure THIS DAY that you are His!      

Who Do You Say I AM?

Bible Reading:  Matthew 16:13 - 17  

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 

 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.


In today's scripture we witness a conversation between Jesus and his disciples.   Jesus asked them, "Who do people say I am?"      They replied with the obvious answer to his question.  "People say you are John The Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or another prophet." 

You know I have had people say all kinds of things about who I am.  I have been prejudged, misjudged, and unfairly judged especially by people who truly don't know me.  I know a lot of you have too.  I know because I have received prayer requests from those who have been hurt, abandoned, bullied, mistreated and misjudged.  

Jesus didn't hang long with the thoughts of what other people said about him.  He turned the conversation quickly to, "But who do you say I am?"        It was Peter who quickly answered, "you are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!"         

We too can't allow our minds and hearts to linger on who "other people" say we are.  We will  always be disappointed if we put our care and our value in what others think of us.   Instead we need to quickly turn the question in our mind to "But who does Jesus say I am?"      

Jesus says:

I am a child of God (John 1:12)

I am a friend of Jesus (John 15:15)

I have been justified and redeemed (Romans 3:24)

I will not be condemned (Romans 8:1) 

I have been set free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)

I am a fellow heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)

I am joined to the Lord and am ONE spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17) 

I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I am no longer a slave but a child of the heir (Galatians 4:7) 

I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3) 

and the list really goes on and on....   It doesn't matter who the world says you are.    Jesus said in John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you".      

What matters is who God says you are! That is your REAL IDENTITY!!  

Listen to this new song by Lauren Daigle and let it wash over you today - then THANK JESUS that who you are IN HIM is who you truly are!