Monday, April 24, 2017

Come To Me, All Of You Who Are Weary And Carry Heavy Burdens, And I Will Give You Rest.


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Come To Me, All Of You Who Are Weary
And Carry Heavy Burdens,
And I Will Give You Rest.


Scripture

Matthew 11

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Observation

It is Monday!

This is a perfect passage to help you and me start out this week.

If we find ourselves weary and overloaded then let me suggest that we do just what Jesus tells us to do in Matthew 11:28-30! Lets go to Jesus.

Lets team up with Jesus and learn from Him. He will give us rest for our souls!

This personal invitation is from Jesus, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire Universe and all creation.

Talk to Him right now!

Colossians 1

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.
    So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
    everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
    by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

21 This includes you …

 Application

I am going to yoke myself with Jesus this week! How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, I am amazed that You want to have a personal intimate relationship with me. You, the Creator of this entire Universe, want to have a friendship with me. I don’t deserve Your love and I surely don’t deserve Your attention. But You do care about me. You want to walk through life with me. You want to take care of me. All I can say is “Thank You”!

I pray for anyone that may be reading this blog this morning. Give them rest for their weary souls. Help them to team up with You. Show them that they do not need to carry all of those heavy burdens. Let them find rest in You. 


Daily Bible Reading:  1 Samuel 28,29; Psalm 109; Matthew 11






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Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Old Self Has Been Crucified With Christ


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My Old Self
Has Been Crucified
With Christ


Scripture

Galatians 2

20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Observation

A W. Tozer said, “To be crucified means, first, the man on the cross is facing only one direction; second, he is not going back; and third, he has no further plans of his own.” Have you been crucified? If you have given your life to Jesus Christ and have trusted Him as your Lord and Savior then your old life has been crucified. It is dead. Now what we have to do is every day is remember to take up our cross and follow Jesus! 

2 Corinthians 5

14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.
15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

Luke 9:23 

    Then he said to the crowd, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me. 

 Application

Christ lives in me. I will not live only for myself. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me understand and help me live out Luke 9:23 and Galatians 2:20!



Daily Bible Reading:  1 Samuel 27; Psalm 141; 1 Chronicles 9; Matthew 10; Galatians 2





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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pray To The Lord Who Is In Charge Of The Harvest; Ask Him To Send More Workers Into His Fields.


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Pray To The Lord Who Is In Charge Of The Harvest;
Ask Him
To Send More Workers Into His Fields.


Scripture

Matthew 9

37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Observation

Do you have loved ones that need to follow Jesus? Would you like to see their lives transformed? Wouldn’t you like to see them walking in victory and experiencing the abundant life that God has allowed us to experience?

If you answered, “Yes” to those questions like I did then here is what we need to do; we need to pray!

Lets pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest and ask Him to send more workers, “real people” into the lives of our loved ones so that they can be drawn to Christ!

At least that is what I am doing and I am never going to give up praying for them and I am never going to stop asking God to send people into their lives until the direction of their lives is changed and they are walking with the Lord. It is what I must do? I must intercede for them. 

 Application

I will pray for God to send workers into the harvest and I will never give up. How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, I remember when this passage of scripture became so real to me. It was a long time ago when I had first given my life to Christ. Give me that same heart today for the lost that I had when I preached my first sermon from this Bible passage so many years ago. Don’t let me ever give up praying for those who need to be walking with and living for Jesus. I know that prayer is my only weapon that I have to defeat the evil one who has blinded them. Open up their spiritual eyes so that they can see and understand the Good News that Jesus loves them. 


Daily Bible Reading:  1 Samuel 25,26; Psalm 63; Matthew 9



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Friday, April 21, 2017

Foxes Have Dens To Live In, And Birds Have Nests, But The Son Of Man Has No Place Even To Lay His Head.


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Foxes Have Dens To Live In,
And Birds Have Nests,
But The Son Of Man Has No Place Even To Lay His Head.


Scripture

Matthew 8

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he instructed his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake.

19 Then one of the teachers of religious law said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”

21 Another of his disciples said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.”

2 Corinthians 6

10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

Observation

I have to remind myself all the time that the Lord has promised to take care of me. He will provide what Kathy and I need as we put Him first. 

What has it cost you to follow Jesus? What has it cost me? What have we given up? 

Jesus Christ didn’t even have a place to lay His head and yet His call was “follow me”.

His call on my life and His call on your life is a call for us to follow Him – right now!

Matthew 6:33 is not just a good verse to memorize it is a verse for us to live our lives by, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

“Follow Jesus” is not a suggestion. It is a command!

   



Application

I will follow Jesus and make His kingdom my number one priority. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, it is so easy for me to make excuses to why I am not putting You and Your Kingdom first, but I know that there is no excuse, no reason not to put You first. You have taken such good care of us. We are blessed. Show me what to do today that involves Your Kingdom. Guide me. Direct me. Don’t let me waste my time on stuff that is not important to You.

I pray for my son Hugh today. Bless him today on his birthday. I pray that he will live his life in a way that pleases You. Help him to sense Your presence and experience Your power and Your love in his life. 



Daily Bible Reading:  1 Samuel 24; Psalm 57,58; 1 Chronicles 8; Matthew 8





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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Why Worry About A Speck In Your Friend’s Eye When You Have A Log In Your Own?


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Why Worry About A Speck In Your Friend’s Eye
When
You Have A Log In Your Own? 

Scripture

Matthew 7

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

Observation

Why do we nit pick and criticize others? It is called “Blame Shifting”!

It is just easier for me to see your faults than for me to admit and see my own. It is easier to blame other people than to admit that I am broken too!

Kathy’s Dad used to say; “When I point a finger at someone I have three fingers pointing back at me.” So true!

When I criticize people pointing out where they fall short, it might make me feel better about myself for a moment but it doesn’t take care of the real issue – ME!

You and I have a problem and it is US! – Not THEM!

 Application

I will focus and work on Eddy’s shortcomings (the log in my eye) and not worry about the specs in the lives of others. How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to see where I fall short. Help me be concerned more with the log in my eye than the speck in someone else’s. Give me a servant’s heart. Don’t let me be apathetic to the needs around me. Give me Your heart for those around me. Thank You for loving me unconditionally. Help me to love others in the same way. 


Daily Bible Reading:  1 Samuel 23; Psalm 31; Psalm 54; Matthew 7




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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Forgive Us Our Sins, As We Have Forgiven Those Who Sin Against Us.


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Forgive Us Our Sins,
As
We Have Forgiven Those Who Sin Against Us.


Scripture

Matthew 6

12 and forgive us our sins,
    as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Observation

Forgiveness is a wonderful thing! In fact, if you want to enjoy your life, it is a very necessary thing!

I am so glad that God has forgiven me of all of my sins – all of them! Yet, it is interesting how you and I can be so unforgiving at times. We want to withhold forgiveness. We don’t want to forgive people that have hurt us.

When you and I get hurt and we refuse to forgive the person or persons who hurt us it messes all of our relationships up. Yes, it affects every one of our relationships!

Un-forgiveness destroys – if we are still talking about it – if we are still venting to those around us about it – then we have not given the gift of forgiveness and instead we are holding on to resentment.

Let it go!

Give them the gift of forgiveness. It will set you free! Of course, they don’t deserve it. We don’t deserve God’s forgiveness either.

Let it go.

Psalm 65:3

Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.

Ephesians 4:32

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Colossians 3:13

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

 Application

I will give the gift of forgiveness to those who hurt me. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving me of my sins. Thank You that You don’t hold them against me. You refuse to let my sins affect Your love for me. I know that I do not deserve Your love or Your forgiveness. Help me to love those around me with that same kind of selfless, sacrificial love.

I pray for anyone reading this blog today that has been hurt. Help them to let it go. Help them to give the gift of forgiveness to those who have wrong them so that they can enjoy the life that You want them to have. Don’t let them continue to be controlled by resentment and un-forgiveness!


Daily Bible Reading:  1 Samuel 22; Psalm 17; Psalm 35; Matthew 6




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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Let Your Light So Shine Before Men, That They May See Your Good Works, And Glorify Your Father Who Is In Heaven.


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Let Your Light So Shine Before Men,
That They May See Your Good Works,
And Glorify Your Father Who Is In Heaven.

Scripture

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.

Observation

My life verse is found in Matthew 5 verse 16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” This verse is a reminder to me about how I am to live my life and it is also a reminder to me about who is supposed to get the glory and the credit for any good that is done through me!

Matthew 5, 6 & 7 contains Jesus longest recorded message in scripture. Even if you are a slow reader you can probably read all 3 chapters in about 15-20 minutes. Yet those 3 chapters are packed with instructions about how to live the Christian life.

God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation is Jesus Christ speaking to us today! Jesus validates the Old Testament scriptures in Matthew 5. All of God’s Word is profitable for us. All of it from beginning to end is the God breathed inspired Word of God. 

Application

I will strive to live out Matthew 5:16 today. 


Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us Your Word. How would I be able to live life without it? I know that Your Word is reliable. It is trustworthy. I can count on all of it. I see Your purpose and plan for my life because of what You have told me in Your Word. Help others to trust Your Word. Help them to dig into it and discover Your truth. Bless anyone who might read this blog today. Show them that they can depend on You.

Daily Bible Reading:  1 Samuel 20,21; Psalm 34; Matthew 5




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