Tuesday, March 21, 2017
In all four Gospels there's only one time when Jesus said "make haste", Just once, there seemed to be an urgency in his voice and he seemed to be in an apparent hurry. Why?
Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was very wealthy and he got that way by cheating people. He had a bad reputation about town and wasn't well-liked .. yet he had heard about Jesus and was excited to get a glimpse of him as he was passing by. Zacchaeus climbed up in a tree so he could see over the vast crowds that were gathered to see Jesus and those that were following him in great numbers.
What's interesting to me is that
What's interesting is that when Jesus announced he was going to stay at Zacchaeus's house, he had to have said it loudly so that he could hear him all the way up in the tree. But I believe Jesus also wanted the entire crowd to hear him because Jesus wanted everyone to know that even though this man was a sinner, Jesus loved him and wanted him saved.
When we get in the presence of Jesus that's when we come to a place of true repentance that's when we can totally let go of our sin! The blood of Jesus and his mercy and forgiveness for us redeems us and begins to rend our hearts pure. It's in this place of repentance where we can call on Jesus to be the Lord of our lives and begin to live on purpose for Christ.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Our unwillingness to pay attention to God's commands, invites self inflicted sorrow and threatens that peace that we get to have through God and God alone..! It's like we've stepped out of the covering and divine protection of God through our own free will and willful defiance.
The Scripture says in Isaiah 48:17
What is holding you captive, what is your besetting sin? Be free! The Lord has already redeemed his children from slavery to sin through the death of his son Jesus... When you let God free you from your captivity, you will also be shouting with joy and entering into the promised land of being a new creation in Christ.
Many people continuously cry out for the need of comfort, security and relief from the turmoil and discomfort they are going through but they haven't taken the first step to repent and turn away from their sin.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Mary sat his feet trying to soak up every bit of Jesus' knowledgeable and loving teachings. She simply longed to spend time in the presence of the Lord. Nothing was more important to her than seeking him , being in his presence..
God has never called us to be perfect in our actions and deeds.. he is so gracious and merciful, he just calls us to love him, to choose him and to put him first in all things!
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Friday, September 9, 2016
We are not beggars, but believers! we must believe that Jesus did it all already! We must stand in Christ because we are able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or think according to the POWER that is at work in us (EPH 3:20)
Amen: An Endorsement of Praise or Prayer
Bible Verses About Answered Prayers
"I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry."
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
"Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
"If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
"And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."
"And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
1 Peter 5:7
"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."
1 John 3:22