Monday, May 27, 2013

Jesus is the Word

Psalm 107:20 (NKJV) He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.

According to John 1:1, 14, Jesus is the Word. In Luke 4:18 Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;" Notice it does not say, "only if you deserve it". He came to set us free and there are no strings attached.

Maybe you struggle with a problem you brought on by yourself. Perhaps an addiction or a financial challenge. You need to know that God wants you free from everything including problems you brought on yourself. He delivered you from your own destructions.

You are a valuable treasure to God. God loves you so much; He made salvation simple. Believe in Jesus and His resurrection and all your wrongs are forgiven. He did this so we would not be ashamed to come to Him. When we come to Him, He comes to us. This allows Him to break bondages and fix problems in our lives.

I have some items I treasure. I keep them clean, polished and highly tuned. I fix them when they are broken, and I thoroughly enjoy having time with them. But I would not give my life for them. On the other hand, Jesus took more than forty lashes, nails through His hands, was spit on, humiliated, beaten, and endured a long torturous death on a cross. He did this for us.

The Bible says in Hebrews 12:2, "Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross." He did it for the joy set before Him. We are His joy. We are His valuable treasure.

God is over-flowing with grace. God desires one thing from us---personal fellowship. No matter how big your wrong is, He wants to treasure you. Do not let anything separate you, especially not your mistakes.

Be blessed!

Monday, May 20, 2013

God Wants to Honor You

Judges 4:8-9 (NKJV) And Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!" So she said, "I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking."

My focus has always been on giving God glory. God gives us every good thing we receive as well as every strength or talent we possess. Without God we would be hopeless; even the unbeliever receives His goodness so it only makes sense that we could not glorify God enough.

The more I know God personally---the more I am humbled. However, lately God has been talking to me about expecting more than just deliverance over my challenges. He wants me to believe for honor. God says in Isaiah 61:7, "Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,"

In Judges 4, we read about Barak, a leader of Israel's military force, and Deborah, a prophetess. Deborah had a word for Barak to go to battle and receive a victory, but Barak did not have enough faith to receive the honor. The story reveals that he did receive the victory but not the glory.

When I first read this story, I saw a humble man who did not care about the honor. As I pondered this, I realized God wanted to glorify Barak.

We are His body and God wants to glorify us too. We are an outlet for His glory. When the prophet Isaiah gave a word to the people of Judah, he said, "If you will not believe, Surely you shall not be established" (Isa. 7:9). The Hebrew word translated as established, means to build up (1).

In our verse at the top, Barak had the faith to believe for victory only if the prophetess came along; there was not enough faith for anything else.

God wants to lift you up. Do not limit yourself to just the victory in the challenge---see a promotion. In this way, you will release the glory of God into an unsaved world.

Be blessed!
(1) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s number, H539.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Release the Blessing!

Numbers 6:22-27 (NLT), Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’ Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.”

Last Sunday in church a friend asked me to pray for their son. That night when I prayed, not knowing any specifics, I prayed in the Spirit and asked God for a word to share with my friend. The next morning I received a wonderful word and it was a good one for me too.

The Bible tells us in Revelation 1:6 (NLT), "He [Jesus] has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father." Just as Aaron and his sons were made Priests in the Old Testament, born-again believers of the New Testament are made Priests. What goes for Aaron and his sons, goes for the New Testament believer. The Scripture at the top ends with a wonderful promise. When we bless the people of our family, God Himself will bless them.

The instructions at the top were quite specific. This is something we need to do as priests. Declare this blessing over your children regularly. If they are not saved, do it in private. Speak these words into their life and you will release the power of God over them.

Isaiah 65:23 (NLT) gives us another promise. It says, "They [God's children] will not work in vain, and their children will not be doomed to misfortune. For they are people blessed by the Lord, and their children, too, will be blessed." Release the blessing and see God work in the lives of your children.

Be blessed.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Communion---A Ritual?

Luke 22:19 (NKJV) "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me."

If you have followed my blogs for any length of time, or you have read my books, you know that I am a huge promoter of  communion. It is probably no surprise to many of you, I have communion almost every day. Sometimes even more than once.

This morning I decided to go to a nearby park to fellowship with God. It is springtime here and it was a beautiful morning. When I got to the park, I realized I had not had my communion. I had this urge to go home and have it but then I reminded myself the purpose of it all in the first place.

When I have communion, I like to use the real grape juice and a cracker because that is similar to what Jesus used that night during the Last Supper. The truth be told, it can be just as powerful to use milk and cookies. So why do I like to use real juice and a cracker?

I like to use the real stuff because I find it brings me closer to the perfect example Jesus gave us. It helps establish my relationship with Jesus based on the crucifixion. When I start my day with communion, I am reminded of the great price Jesus paid and the complete fellowship it provided.

I do not allow the event to be a religious ritual. This morning when I began my prayer time, I still had communion. I had no juice or cracker but I went through the process in my mind. I began my prayer time with a comprehension of the price paid and all the benefits. Then I had a wonderful prayer time as always.

I still prefer to have real juice and a cracker. It just seems to help me grasp what Jesus did. I do it regularly so I can also enjoy it without the physical elements.

I love communion. It will never be a ritual to me. It is a great way to start my fellowship with God.

Be blessed!