Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Jesus is out walking on the water – well that may not surprise you anymore, but it freaked out the disciples. They saw some dude walking on water and got scared. So Jesus says..”Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” There are a lot of things a person could be afraid of. Living in fear of bad things is not Jesus plan for you. Jesus is saying “Don’t be afraid” Well Peter steps out into the water and tries walking on it. But when he realized that people don’t naturally walk on water – he got scared, he began to sink. Jesus caught him. Jesus will catch us when we are sinking, but Jesus plan is for us to have no fear of this world and what it has to offer. Instead we are to trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Your understanding is that people sink in water. With God all things are possible. But Fear can mess it up. Since fear starts with our thoughts, then we can stop fear by taking our thoughts captive. Phillipians 4:8 Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praise worthy, think about such things. Every time you sense fear creeping up on you, you start being afraid, replace your thoughts with something good. Having a scripture memorized can be just the trick.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I’m sure you’ve heard it said, well you reap what you sow… So lets talk about sowing and reaping, seed time and harvest Genesis 8: As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. A farmer will tell you If you plant corn, you will grow, corn. Well what does this mean to you. Whatever you currently have growing in your life, there is a good chance you planted the same thing some time ago. If all your friends have betrayed you and are talking bad bout you, maybe you can go back to a time when you did the same to someone. If you got a ticket for speeding, you probably were speeding If you want love, give love. If you want friendship, give friendship. If you want hate, give hate. It’s all up to what seeds you plant. Galations 6 says “a man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the spirit, from the spirit will reap eternal life.” Hmmm, that’s a tough one, destruction/ or eternal life, destruction, eternal life…Lets all go with eternal life. So ask God, what can I sow today that would be pleasing. What are you going to sow today?
Monday, June 21, 2010
What are you here to do? Hebrews 12 says "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." That’s right, God has a specific purpose for your existence. A race that He’s marked out for you. But how do you know what that is? Where are the markers? The passage goes on to say… “let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Our purpose can be discovered by allowing Jesus to author and perfect our faith. An author writes a book. Jesus wants to write your faith, and perfect it. We keep our eyes fixed on Him, even though He’s invisible. We can do this by reading the words He said, and following His example in the way he lived. You see John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Word of God. So fixing your eyes on Jesus can mean studying God’s word. We need to be sure of what we believe before we can live our purpose for God. In studying and learning, and allowing the Word to author and perfect your faith, that is, what you believe, you will infact begin to clearly see the race that has been marked out for you. Now all you have to do is run your race with perseverance, and with that, I need to quit now..
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Eph 1:22 God placed all things under Jesus his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, his body. So Jesus is in charge of the church. This tells me that church is incredibly important to God. Can’t I just have church at home, I mean, going to church can be such a pain…And maybe I don’t always like everything I see going on at church…Well what does Jesus have to say about it? After all, he’s head of the church.. John 15:5 If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing. How do we remain in Christ except to be connected to his body, which is the church. Going to church is a charge of inspiration from God’s word for personal growth. It makes us better. Pastors can get from God a message that is specifically for the congregation. What an advantage those who attend church have in life. When you attend a church there might be people and things that you don’t agree with. I wonder if that’s Jesus way of teaching you how to love unconditionally, how to serve, how to forgive, and how not to be judgemental. Remember, it’s like a family, and who doesn’t fight a little bit with there brothers and sisters?