The World Needs You

BIBLE READING:  Romans 10:14-17  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “LORD, who has beloved our message?”

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.


We live in a world that needs Jesus so badly. The god of this world has people blinded. He attacks their identity, their mind, their marriage, their children, their health, and their prosperity. It all began with the fall in the Garden of Eden…. but it continues. Yet, as Christians we have been given authority over the god of this world.

We have an obligation to tell others and show others the love of Jesus. We are not just in this world to exist, but we are here to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I once heard someone say that God does not need us and I have to kindly disagree. He needs us and he wants us. His spirit is present here on earth in the lives of HIS CHILDREN, but we are here in bodily form and we are to be about the work of Jesus. Now, if we refuse to do what he asks us, he will certainly move on and find a willing vessel.

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Just as the Isrealites did not all listen in the above scripture - neither will all those that we share Jesus with. Sometimes that is discouraging - but we must PRESS ON - there are so many that need Jesus and you just don’t know the seeds are you planting with your words and your kind deeds.

Let’s make sure we are loving (even the unlovable), befriending (even the unfriendly), and being the hands and feet of Jesus. Ask yourself that old saying WWJD? (what would Jesus do) - and DO IT TODAY!! The world is waiting on you….

Train A Child Up For Jesus

Bible Reading: Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.


Raising children is no easy task. Nowadays we are up against incredible forces from the world to entice our children away. It is incredibly important to be aware of what is happening in the world around them…. communication is vital and relationship is key.

Do you know that the children you have been entrusted to are gifts from God? The Bible tells us that, “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them”, Psalm 127:3-5.

The Bible tells us repeatedly that children are a gift from God. They are God’s reward to us, His blessing to us! Children have a way of making us think of our heavenly Father, and want to serve him more fully and perfectly! Hug your children today, tell them you love them, and thank God for the blessing they are to you.


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Side Note: Something tells me that some of you reading this today - are saddened. Maybe you weren’t a Christian when you raised your children and therefore, they didn’t receive that Godly heritage. Or maybe you did the very best that you could in the circumstances you were in but today they themselves aren’t walking with the Lord and your spirit is grieved. God’s message for you today is that He is the God of GRACE and RESTORATION. He is the God who puts things in place and draws those that we love to Him. Today, I want you to spend time alone with God the Father. Confess to him your failures, and ask forgiveness and then begin to pray fervently (like never before) for that lost child. After you have done this ONLY SPEAK POSITIVE of them - nothing negative - speak the word of God over them and believe on their return. Today is the day that your prodigal will start walking the path that brings them back to Jesus and back to you.

If I can pray with you - please contact me….

Imitators Of Christ

Bible Reading:

Ephesians 5:1-2 Be followers of God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.


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When I was a little girl I loved to be around my father. I loved everything about him. I even had a nickname for him - he was my “cherry pies”. (it was a simple nickname - I loved cherry pie and I loved my daddy). I found myself imitating the things that he would do, how he would walk, and what he would say.

The word of God in Ephesians 5 tells us to be followers of God. The Greek meaning of followers is: to imitate. This means that we are to imitate our Father in Heaven.

If we study the life of Jesus - we find that he was an overcomer. He overcame the world, sin, satan, and death. He did this by:

  1. Spending much time in prayer. We see him often times getting alone with God - away from the crowds and distractions and praying.

  2. He always spoke TRUTH. He spoke the Word of God. When he was faced with temptations of satan - he used the WORD OF GOD as his weapon.

  3. He spoke with authority. Many times people want to make Jesus look like someone who was so meek and kind, but I see someone who spoke with authority. He knew who he was and he knew that what he said would come to pass.

  4. He loved people. Jesus spent his time loving people and putting importance in others. He wasn’t afraid to touch the leper, or pray for the lame. The Bible tells us that he had compassion and that he wept.

With the guidelines above, ask yourself - are you imitating your Father? None of us are perfect, but that cannot be our excuse forever. As blood washed saints - we are to SET APART, different from the world, and STRIVING to imitate our Lord Jesus.

Dear Jesus - help me each day to be more like you. I want to love like you, speak like you, act like you and be more and more like you with each day. Help me to truly have compassion and love for others. Help me Lord Jesus to understand the authority that I walk in simply because I am our heir. Help me Lord everyday to be more like you. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

We Need Each Other

Bible Reading:  Hebrews 10:24-25

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.


I have always admired the Navy SEAL's (Sea, Air, and Land).  Of all the battles they must fight to reach the title of SEAL, the first battle is the most important - the battle of mind over body. 

As they go through the grueling days of training, their mind can say things to them like, "your never going to make it".   "Your not good enough, strong enough, or smart enough to make it through".    The physical body is made to endure amazingly harsh conditions during the training and their mind must be made to ignore the pleading of the body.  On average 70% of the candidates never make it past phase I of training.   

As Christians we too have a battle of our mind over body.    This becomes apparent during a fast when our body is screaming for food, producing symptoms of nausea and ill feelings, but our mind knows that we must be stronger.      We also face the mind over body when we know what the word of God says about our health, but the doctors report or the symptoms in the body say a different thing.   

The hardest part of a SEAL's training is week IV where they endure 5 1/2 days of continuous training.    This week is nicknamed "hell week".    Something amazing happens during this week though. The candidates learn to rely on one another to keep going.   They learn to encourage each other and cheer each other on.   

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In the Christian walk, we will face times in life where we feel too weak to pray, too fearful to have hope, and too defeated to go on.   This is why we are told in Hebrews 10 not to neglect meeting together.    I have heard countless Christians tell me that they don't go to church anymore.   It can be various reasons that cause this but they continue to tell me that they can grow close to God on their own.   I'm sure they can - but what happens when the problems arise?   I can't tell you how many times a Christian friend has lifted me in prayer and been there for me to lean on.  

The truth is that we need each other and we are commanded in scripture not to neglect meeting together and to encourage each other or spur each other forward in our walk with Christ.  

Have you stepped away from church?    Do you think you are ok without finding a good place of worship?     Just like the Navy Seals learn that they need each other - so do Christians.    Make it a point to find a church that will teach you the Word of God and make friends there.     And if you already do this.... look for that person in your church who has a need or is struggling in some way and spur them forward with the encouragement of Christ!   

 

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."