Jesus called a man to follow Him and spread the gospel of the Kingdom of God, but the man wanted to take care of personal business first. Jesus knew if the man went back he would stay and not accept the call. The Bible relates the story…But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)
How many of us heed the call to serve yet put it off and then fail to serve. Some may say, “ You know, I’m not sure if it was the Lord calling me. What if it’s just something I wanted but it was just me, not God calling?”
Or, “What if I’m not able to accomplish what He’s asking me to do?” I firmly believe that if you have a doubt about your calling, do it anyway and God will bless you. Jesus told His Disciples that even someone outside the group, ie. not called, doing miracles in Jesus name was to be accepted. Anyone not against is for us, and acceptable. God will enable you even if you feel inadequate. Many who love the Lord serve Him out of that love. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, the doubts lessen and faith becomes resolute. Serve Him with joy!
Many people have awaken on a rainy Monday morning only to be filled with dread feeling yucky. We drag ourselves to the coffee pot, get to work and wish the day was over already. Then there are some people who spring out of bed with a song in their heart and bask in the excitement of another day with new opportunities for success!
It was just such a rainy Monday, when I myself was not basking, that suddenly I heard this sound coming from outside my window of birds singing. It was beautiful. You’d thought it was a sunny day, not a 55 degree fall day with wind and rain outside.
After some quick research, I learned that the rainy environment brings worms closer to the surface and also bugs come out to dry themselves, so this is a happy buffet for the birds. They chirp and sing to let other birds know that dinner is served. In the Bible we read the words of Jesus as He explains that God provides and takes note of even a sparrow falling to the ground. He cares for the least of these. How much more does He care for you? (Matthew 10:29-31)
So instead of starting that cold, dreary rainy day with dread, realize that your Father in Heaven is aware of you and takes note to care for you. Put a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and seize your opportunities. Claim your day!
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The Bible in Luke chapter 9 details the event in Jesus‘s life when thousands of people were following him to hear his message, and be healed. At one point the disciples came to Jesus and told him to send the people away for food and lodging because they were hungry and had no place to stay in the wilderness. But Jesus turned to his disciples and said the most perplexing thing. He said “you feed them.”
Unsettled they replied, “But we have only five fish and two loaves and there are 5000 men out there.”
So Jesus took what they had, five fish and two loaves, prayed over them, broke them into pieces and enabled the disciples to feed 5000 men plus the women and children who were with them. He could’ve done it in many ways but he chose to use his disciples to do it and he blessed what they did with the provision to do it. When you see a need and the Lord puts it upon your heart to help someone, even though it seems impossible, depend upon him to enable you with the ability to do what he’s called you to do. Then do it!
As Jesus approached the home of Jairus where reports spoke of the death of his little 12 year old daughter, with people grieving and wailing outside, He said to them,”The girl is not dead, she only sleeps. But the people knew that she had in fact died. They were witnesses to her death. We see that Jesus spoke and believed in a different outcome. In spite of the facts, He believed with everything in Him that she would live.
As He entered the room where she lay, He only took three disciples, and the parents of the girl. People who hoped, and prayed that Jesus would heal her. People of faith, not doubters. As a matter of fact He separated Himself from the doubters, but those whom He brought in with Him would be witnesses of the miracle. His faith began before He arrived, for He spoke and existed in faith before arriving on the scene. The seeds of faith were within Him, the seeds were fertilized and grew to the point that when He arrived on the scene, He simply harvested the miracle. In the Spirit, this miracle had already happened. The future became the present.
As it is with Him so it can be with us. If we believe. – gene
For all you prophecy watchers around the world watching the events leading to the end times second return of Christ, another piece of the puzzle has come true. A red heifer must be used in the purification of the Jewish Temple and it has arrived in Israel. As a matter of fact, the Jerusalem Post has posted, and I quote,
“Five perfectly red heifers, required for the ritual purification of those who have touched a dead body, arrived in Israel from a ranch in Texas on Thursday, as the Temple Institute continues preparations to lay the ground for the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.“
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
God gave Adam and Eve a choice. If they eat from this tree they will die. If not, they will live. It’s simple choice really. Who wants to die? They chose death and therefore every human being who came from them, including all of us, were doomed to suffer the consequences of that poor choice. However, God in His mercy gave mankind a re-do. A re-do! He sacrificed His only begotten Son to suffer death in our place. All we have to do is repent of our sins and accept Lord Jesus as our Savior for what He did for us on the cross.
Again, a simple choice. It’s not complicated. A person of any accountable intelligence can understand this choice. We all stand on the threshold of eternity and our simple choice determines our future. Life or death?
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Let’s face it, sometimes life is hard, very hard. There are people in nursing homes who have family that never visits. Family that they gave their life for yet they remain forgotten. Leaving them…broken. Single moms whose husbands abandoned them for selfish reason, leaving them…broken. Men who worked twenty years for a company giving their all and right before retirement they’re downsized. Leaving them…broken. There are children who roam the streets without food because of a drug addicted mother or father who are only thinking of their next fix leaving them…broken.
There is one who has experienced brokenness on a level which we can’t imagine…Jesus. He went through it for us, so that in our brokenness we’d have Him…to heal, to comfort, to love, and help us through. If you’re broken today, turn to the one, maybe the only one who really cares…Jesus.
Jesus said, “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” (Luke 6:27)
Wanna be like Jesus? Love, do good, bless, pray, offer, give, do. Well there you go!
“Gimme that old time religion, it’s good enough for me.” So the song goes, but is that really good for us? For the word of God says that the Lord is doing a “new” thing. And the Psalmist cries out for God to create a “new” heart within me.
Jesus said, “New wine must be stored in new wineskins. But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.” (Luke 5:38-39)
Ask yourself, what is God doing in the earth today, and am I a part of it. It is recorded in the Bible in Acts 2:27 ’In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
We live in those days now. Are we embracing the new or are we satisfied with the old. Is the old just fine with us. I hope not because God is doing a new thing in the earth. We should seek Him and His plan for our lives. He has one and its good.
The pop singing group REM have a powerful song and video called “Everybody Hurts.” It’s an example of hurting people and how that there are people, all around us, everyday people, who are silently going through despair, loss, grieve, pain, disappointment, betrayal, and for some, suicidal thoughts.
Most of these people have been hurt by others. Some in personal relationships, some in business relationships, and some by the death of a loved one. Within every situation we have the feeling that nobody understands, nor does anybody care. So in our pain we live our lives suffering quietly.
With pain just below the surface we are apt to strike out. We strike out at those around us and even those we dearly love. The next time someone hurts you, take a second and ask yourself, “Is this person just being mean, or is there something more going on here. Realize that hurt people hurt people.
The Lord Jesus experienced all the pain and suffering as we do in His earthly walk among us. In the Bible written in John chapter 11 we read about the death of Lazarus, a friend of Jesus and the brother of other friends of Jesus. When He saw their grief, He was touched and grieved with them. It says that Jesus wept. Jesus, the Son of God, wept over the grief of His friends for the loss of their brother. And we know, as the story continues, that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
He relieved them of their grief and He’ll help you as well. Whatever you may be going through, realize that there is comfort in the Holy Spirit, and hope in Christ Jesus. Don’t give up. You are loved.