I Need To Shine My Light

Description: Today there is possibly millions or even billions of people who have not seen the light directing them to Christ.

Verse:Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12

I wanted to reveal something today in today’s blog that most of us may overlook. We find in Matthew (5:13-16), that Jesus wanted to get away from the crowd where the Sermon on the Mount was performed. This conversation was not to a crowd but to his chosen disciples that day. Let’s look at what Matthew said on that day;

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. As Christians we have purpose on this earth not just to work and produce, but as well to be salt and light to everyone around us. Salt has a purpose and is defined, like in a meal, if the salt doesn’t do what it is intended to do, then the meal will be not fit for anyone, and all the effort will be lost.

When we show our family, neighbors, co-workers that Jesus is the best thing in our lives, we show the flavor of God. We also have the ability to show when we fail in our relationships, or our conduct before the world, that we don’t have Christ in our life and our testimony is not useful.

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. When we testify of our new relationship with God, the world will carefully watch everything you do. But we don’t have nothing to fear, because we just allow God’s love to transform us and show the world the new you. If the world does not see the change, we will portray what the world believes about God, and what we did also before we accepted the gift of salvation.

If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. This means get out there and share the story about Jesus. Show them in your new life that there is value to following Christ. Christ has locations for us to show anyone that they do not need to walk in darkness. When we get saved we tend to do a couple things;

1. Be afraid to share our story about Jesus, because we feel we’re not good enough or ready to share the story. STOP, go back to God and ask Him to tell you the words. Let Him point you in the direction that He wants you to start first. It could be someone as close to you as a family member or neighbor. Who knows God may be working, and they just need only a little nudge.

2. Then there is the ones that are ready to start preaching everywhere. You have to love this enthusiasm when God delivers someone from addition or a horrible past. The truth is they are so grateful that God loved them enough to forgive them, save them, deliver them from a horrible situation, and they want to tell everyone in the world about this man named Jesus.

Whatever your situation is today a new Christian, Transformed Christian or a Christian for many years, we all have the same task to shine the light of Christ into this world of darkness. Be useful to others, encourage others, pray for other, serve others, and love one another. Time is wasting and Jesus is coming soon, and there is a lot of work still left to do. Make certain your batteries are charged by the Holy Spirit and beaming everywhere you go. If you need some recharging, ask God to forgive you and turn on His light in your life for the world to see.Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Prayer: Lord thank you for changing my life from the old life I use to live. Help me show your light in every direction of my life that others will see you. Holy Spirit please give me the words and directions to bring others out of darkness through my life. Jesus please help me stay in tune with everything you desire me to do so I will be the salt and light for your purposes. Amen

In Jesus Name

Description : You hold my very moment; you calm my raging seas; you walk with me through fire, and heal all my disease…

Verse: That’s the place where God set up rules and procedures; that’s where he started testing them. God said, “If you listen, listen obediently to how God tells you to live in his presence, obeying his commandments and keeping all his laws, then I won’t strike you with all the diseases that I inflicted on the Egyptians; I am God your healer.” Exodus 15:26

Have you ever imagined walking through a hospital or critical care unit, nursing home, a cancer center or a children’s hospital and praying a simple prayer, “Lord heal all these people in Jesus name I pray, amen.” And something beyond any doctor, nurse, family member or pastor could imagine, everyone was healed!

I know the very thought of this happening would shake the media like no other thing in this world. But why is it to hard to believe that within everyone of our communities is the ability to see this not only happen, but to to know the truth is do we believe it or not is really the question.

Over and over again in Scripture we read, “In Jesus’ name,” or “In his name.” The devils were powerless because of his name (Luke 10:17). The demons were cast out in his name (Mark 16:17-18). Healing occurred in his name (Acts 3:6, 3:16, 4:10). Everything we do and say is done in his name (Col. 3:17). But, it is praying in Jesus’ name that I want to bring to the forefront. Jesus has invited, urged, and commanded us to pray in his name and has promised incredible results.

But what does it mean to pray in the name of Jesus? We are admitting the fact we can do nothing in our own name.When I pray in Jesus’ name I can come boldly before God because of the power of his name. I know that I am calling on a name that will not only answer my prayers, but wants me to come to Him with these requests.

We are representing him and his interests here on earth. Jesus has given every believer unlimited and general power of attorney in all matters and with the right to use his name in every situation.We pray expectantly. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we may expect the answer in accord with the value of his name. So we can pray with great and excited expectation.

Do you know that you can call on God anytime, no matter what the situation is in your life or your loved ones? If we live in accordance to what God instructs us today, we can be certain that we can petition our Father in heaven, not in our name but in the name of Jesus–things can happen. The thing that gets us all in trouble, is believing God will hear us.

I know God hears my prayers, but also I need to accept His will and not mine. His will is always for good for us, but sometimes we lose our faith and hope because God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we wanted Him to answer. Don’t give up, seek his face continuously knowing we cannot do anything without Him. Jesus is the healer and the name that causes the enemy to run in our lives. Who knows God may send you to a hospital to empty in JESUS name.

Prayer: Father thank you for sending your Son to die for my sins, who suffered it all for my sake so I could have a relationship with you. Lord please help me to see your healing power not only in my life, but others. Forgive me when I have doubted the healing powers from heaven. I need you Lord to heal me today, and be a testimony to the world of your mercy, grace and love. In Jesus name Amen.

Tell Me The Story….of Jesus

Description : Every believer has a testimony that shares how Jesus blessed them, healed them, and delivered them.

Verse: For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.  1 Timothy 2:5-6

Early in my life as a boy, I always remember how people stood up and cried, shouted and thanked God for what He had done in their life that week. They were great stories and the pastor never rushed anyone so he could preach his sermon.

Today we seldom hear what God is doing in their lives, unless you hear it before the services begin. I am not much for social media but it seems to be a great avenue to share what Jesus has done in other lives. I am blessed to hear the anointed healing and how God remains the same no matter how long we have served Him in this earthly life.

I was listening to a preacher on the radio one day as I was cutting the grass, and the challenge was, “Have you shared your story about Jesus?” Think about it, ‘When was the last time you shared your love story about Jesus?’ If it has been awhile, why? Can you remember the last thing where he has blessed you, possibly healed a friend or loved one? Possibly it was something you read in the bible, and God shared something special to you.

I love the old song, ‘Tell Me The Story of Jesus,’ Fanny Crosby wrote in 1880.

Tell me the story of Jesus,
write on my heart every word;
tell me the story most precious,
sweetest that ever was heard.

It is important that we share our love story of Jesus as much as possible, so that no one will miss the opportunity to be with us and Jesus in heaven. I will close with another old hymn ‘Jesus is the sweetest name I know.’ Lela Long (1925)

Jesus is the sweetest name I know
And he’s just the same as his holy name
And that’s the reason why I love Him so
Jesus is the sweetest name I know

Prayer: Lord help me share my love story about us. I want the world to know what you have done for me, and you are willing to do for them. Please grant me opportunities to share Jesus with others. Amen

Would You Share A Drink Of Water?

Description: Today many people are thirsty for water that will only satisfy their need momentarily; but the water offered by Christ will last for eternity.

Verse: Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4:13-14

The story of the nameless Samaritan woman at the well, recorded only in the Gospel of John, is a revealing one, full of many truths and powerful lessons for us today. In John 4:4–42 we read about Jesus’ conversation with a lone Samaritan woman who had come to get water from a well (known as Jacob’s well) located about a half mile from the city of Sychar in Samaria.

This was an extraordinary woman. She was a Samaritan, a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. This is evidenced by the fact that she came alone to draw water from the community well when, during biblical times, drawing water and chatting at the well was the social highpoint of a woman’s day. However, this woman was ostracized and marked as immoral, an unmarried woman living openly with the sixth in a series of men.

This day would be different for the nameless woman. Today she would be met with a challenge, but also the opportunity to have a different life. This woman was no different than any of us, she had been married multiple times, and was living with another man currently. But today she met a man who was also thirsty for a drink of water but had an offer that possibly she would not be able to refuse.

Jesus, who had been traveling for a while on the dusty trail, wanted a drink to quench his thirst. Jesus comes to the well, and see the Samaritan woman all alone and asks, “Please give me something to drink.” The woman who was alone, and thought she would be able to quench her thirst that day became astonished that a Jew who was forbidden to have discussions with her tribe of Samaritans. And to challenge the Messiah she asked, “Why do you ask me for a drink?”

Jesus’s reply was, “I will give you water that will cause you to never thirst again in your life.” Stunned and amazed with his offer she replied,”What are you going to draw this drink with, you have no water vessel.” She then through conversation with the Messiah, quickly learned not only about what she needed, but was indeed what she wanted.

Jesus knew her, and saw the need for her life to never thirst again. Jesus did not let any boundary line keep from offering this woman the gift of eternal life. It didn’t matter what tribe she belonged to, how messed up her life was, whether she was a male or female, the offer for eternal life was made available to this woman.

This woman went away that day with realities that all of us can have as well:

*Only through Jesus can we obtain and receive eternal life.

*All of us are valuable to God and that Jesus desires that we demonstrate love to everyone . . . including even our enemies.

*Jesus is the Messiah

Our testimony about Jesus is a powerful tool in leading others to believe in Him: The Samaritan woman ran home and told all her neighbors about what the Messiah had done that day. Because of her faith, others decided to follow the Messiah. Have you shared your story of how the Savior accepted you and forgave your sins?

There is many in our circle of life that need to hear the story of the water that will not only quench their thirst, but for eternity. He will accept them just as they are–just as he accepted us on our salvation day. Ask God to reveal to you someone today to share a drink of water with, and tell them a story of water that will last for eternity. Don’t let boundaries keep you from sharing your story of Jesus.

Prayer: Lord I am thankful you gave me water to drink and forgave me as a sinner. Help me to share the story of your love that will cause others to have eternal life. I am ready to meet someone at the well and share your love. Amen

Good or Bad

Description : If Jesus is the center of your life you will not fail!

Verse: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

The focus of my life every day is to be good and kind to everyone. But I will admit there are moments that it is difficult to show the love that Christ wants me to show when things are going bad. I desire to live in harmony with others, as the word tells me to do. (Romans 12:16) but sometimes I just cannot do that , do you know what I mean?

The challenges we face daily our not the challenges we faced years ago. We may not have changed or at least that is what we use in our decision cycle to be good or bad. Why do we wrestle with some things, but in others matters we are calm,and we don’t let the troubles of life steal our peace and joy. Have you ever asked yourself what matters the most in this difficult moment or problem area that you are struggling with today?

How can God be the most important thing in my life, if I struggle with an issue that challenges my faith? Someone challenged me when I was sharing a tough time in my life with a simple response, “Does sin have separate categories, or is sin just sin?” I replied, ” Sin is sin period.” My friend said, “Then you have your answer. Love like Jesus would love and pray about the sin.”

God has good intentions for all of us, and he knows that you’re struggling, but what He is looking for, is your response to Him. Jesus walked amongst all the sinners, He did not judge them, he loved them. He used His unconditional love to show them where they were and that he would accept them –no matter what the world or their family had to say about them.

Jesus accepted us in the same manner–good or bad–He loved us and forgave us from everything thing we did wrong yesterday, and what we do today–and what we perhaps may do tomorrow. He told the disciples there would be trials and tribulations, but that he would never walk away from us. We are the ones that walk away from Him, and we allow the devil to tell us lies about God.

I know how important it is for me to love the sinner, and not focus on the sin. Because God reminds me of how he loved me when I was a sinner. There is much work to be done, and we need to place God as the most important thing of our lives. When we are struggling with loving someone, ask God to reveal His plan to do His will. We all need to come to the cross, and we don’t want to be in the way of someone’s journey to the cross, but help them see Jesus inside of us. Remember what our verse says today, His plans for us and others are for a great life and a great future.

Prayer: Lord I know I am not where I want to be or where I need to be with you in our relationship. Please forgive me of the mess I have made of my life. I want you and nothing else in my life. Please help me, help me where I am weak, and help me to always to hold on to your promises of not just this life, but the eternal life with you. Amen

Little Things Do Matter

 

Description: It’s the little things that are vital. Little things make big things happen. John Wooden

Verse: Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8

Do you ever wonder or dream about things being better in your situation? I am certain all of us have day dreamed about winning the lottery or being able to have something we currently do not posses.

But in a different note, have you taken inventory of what you have versus what you don’t have in life? It is easy to want to have a better house, a nicer car, different clothes and a better job. Sometimes we are not content with what God has given us in life to enjoy. Often after we learn after a difficult time in life, we wish we had been more appreciative of the little things in life, because of those saying to us, “You never appreciate the small things in life.”

No, your not any different that the average person, but God blesses all of us with blessings that we should be more appreciative of than wishing for something that we do not have. Our spouses love it, when we notice the little things and acknowledge them, and that these tasks are appreciative and valued. Unfortunately we tend to keep track of the big tasks more than the little tasks.

God keeps track of every event in our lives and one day we will be held accountable for the little things as well as the big things. Being content in life, makes sense, because we can remain humble and have the servant attitude like Christ, putting others needs before ours.

Life is very busy, and sometimes we need to be reminded of why we do things in this life. Every thing in life we do has the potential for doing something big, or at least focused at what God wants us to do. So the next time in your personal time, when you feel down in the dumps, take in an inventory of the good “little things” that your life has been blessed with, and say “Thank you God for reminding me of my many blessings today, and show me how I can bless someone today.”

Prayer: Lord help me to become more content with what you have blessed me with today, and a way to share these blessings with others. Amen

Lord please fill my cup

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Description: When going through dry seasons in our life we always have a place of rescue to get renewed and filled back up for life’s journey.

Verse: A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalms 63:1

Today I am suffering through the normal season of my life where the leaves are seeing that they will soon come off the tree and make room for new leaves next spring. These seasons always cause me to have fits with my allergies. But I am reminded that in seasons of our live we need to be filled up.

Remember the Samaritan woman where Jesus met her at a well, and asked for her a drink. Then he offered her the water that would fill her where she would never thirst again. She was in amazement as she was looking through physical eyes, where Jesus was talking about internal water, not external.

But she had a hard time believing His promise. “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” (John 4:11)

Today marks an important day in history for Americans. Many still suffer with their losses from that day. Many have given their lives for a horrible event that America will remember for many years. Perhaps too, they are tired and thirsty still, wondering if their is hope for a better day.

I know that place of needing Jesus to look into my heart and show me the emptiness only He can fill. Like the woman at the well, I’ve tried many things to get my needs met. Yet when I look to them, instead of Him, they never filled me. I’ve looked to people: family and friends, teachers and mentors, my spouse and my kids. I’ve longed for their approval and the affirmation that comes with it. Still there was emptiness and voids that could not be filled.

I’ve tried to fill my emptiness with possessions and positions and accidentally put my hope in recognition. I’ve thought “if only I had or could … but always left me exactly where I started.”But no matter how much I do or get, it’s never enough to fill me up. And it’s not supposed to be.

I found that Jesus wants all of me, and he invites me continuously to come and drink, where I will never thirst again. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)

Today Jesus offers to fill you, me and all of us up where we will never be thirsty again. Don’t allow other things to attempt to satisfy your real need. There is only one that can meet your need today and His name–Jesus.

Prayer: Lord like the woman at the well please fill the emptiness and voids in my life where I have substituted the wrong things. Forgive me for not coming to you to fill the empty cavities in my heart. Fill my cup Lord today, I lift it up to you. Amen