Who Do You Walk With Today?

Description: If you are wanting to walk on water, you perhaps might do it easier with Him.

Verse: At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror. But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. Matthew 14:25-29

I have been under the weather and my wife and I watched the movie, “The Shack,” and there were many great lessons observed in the movie; but the best for me was when man was visited by Jesus as he as on the water in the boat to focus his eyes on Jesus and get out of the boat. This immediately reminded me of another story of a man who sensed Jesus on the water one night early in the morning and Jesus told Peter to come to Him out on the water.

This experience was an experience any human would want to have the ability to walk on the water by our own strength — our abilities and not the help from anyone else. But this is entirely impossible and doesn’t need much explanation because it cannot be done by our strength–ever. But as Peter was the only one who was wanting to know the truth that night, I doubt he as thinking about walking on the water was his first thoughts, but to validate that Jesus was the one who was out on the water and no ghost.

After he got out of the boat, it had to be invigorating to see Jesus, but when his flesh became real with the waves and what was really going on–he started to slip, fall, disappear and realize he couldn’t do this without someone’s help. When he was sinking under the water he sensed his true help with His hand to pull him back on top of the water. His eyes were now back on the source that would make anything possible.

In the movie, the man remembered his previous experience, but perhaps forgot how it was possible at all to experience walking on the water. as he started to walk on the water, he started to go under the water instead of walking as he done earlier. He looked back at Jesus on the banks of the water, and Jesus said, “It is much easier when you do it with me.” The man waited for Jesus to join him and they both ran gleefully on the water to the other side laughing with one another.

Today is no different with whatever journey you are traveling. God does not want you to walk alone, He wants to accompany us to whatever or wherever we are going. When we attempt to do this life alone, we will face things that we cannot handle, but with God it is possible to get through any storm –or any difficult situation. Peter was the only disciple that could share a story about walking on the water one night. But you and I have the same ability to share our story of a moment where God showed up and helped us through a moment that we could not get through–without His help.

My friend perhaps you are on a journey alone–you don’t have to go another step alone. He will accompany you if you invite Him to the journey you are traveling. It may require your trusting in something that you have never done before–but it will possibly have a great story to share with the world. It’s your choice and the experience will be invigorating if you will allow yourself to believe in something new or different. I am certain it will change your life forever.

Prayer: Lord help me see I cannot do this life alone. The darkened things that harm me I may not clearly understand–but with your help–the journey is safer. Amen

FEELING WEAK TODAY

Description: Life can bring curve balls at the very best of us, but even in our weakest moments we still have power to do what needs to be done–with someones help.

Verse: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I apologize to those readers who have missed my blog recently, as in the past few weeks I have been under the weather, and not having much strength to do anything but rest. I do not know how to rest very well, and I am certain that may be why it takes me longer to heal my frail body. But I have never lost sight of our verse today in that I still have the ability even at my weakest point to still do what God wants, through the Holy Spirit within me. 

Jesus advised all of us that there would be days or seasons of tribulations and trials, but to not loose hope, that he had came and conquered all of the struggles we all face in this earthly life. Sometimes we forget the tools to use or remind us when things seem more than we can bear. I love these three verses to remind me about the strength that I can tap into for more power.

 TAP INTO THIS ONE: Philippians 4:12-13 “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Paul showed us a valuable lesson on being content with who and where we are in life. Contentment is hard for all of us, as we learn that our true strength comes from Him. He knows that we are all weak and so he reminds them that we can do all things through Him but only if He strengthens us, which He has promised to do. When you are weak, hungry, tired, and feel defeated, is the very moment that God can show His strength through you. His strength, not ours is perfectly displayed in our total weakness.

 TAP INTO THIS ONE: Psalm 28:7-8 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.”

 Both of theses verses state the same thing — God as our source of strength. Why — because HE IS the shield against the enemy; HE IS the helper because we trust in Him; HE IS the strength of His people, and most of all, HE IS our refuge in a time of trouble. Jesus said to abide or dwell in Him because none of us can do anything of ourselves (John 15:4) but if the Lord is your Shepherd, you shall not want for anything more (Psalm 23:1). WOW that is encouraging in whatever storm we are in! And HE IS going to come back and take us home to live with Him in heaven.

 TAP INTO THIS ONE: Ephesians 6:10-11 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

Paul is not telling the Christians at Ephesus to just “be strong” in their own strength but to do so “in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Our 24/7 protection is the –whole armor of God. Sometimes I think we believe we need to put it on everyday. A soldier does not take his combat attire off anytime during war, because he knows it is what helps protect him. Sometimes it is important to remind ourselves what the armor was given to all of us for when we became Christians. Every piece of the armor has a essential tool to keep us in our daily battle with the enemy. 

God is for us and with us everyday, and sometimes we need to remind ourselves that the battle belongs to Him, and HE IS with us everyday–always even to the last round, we know HE WINS! 

Prayer: God I am glad you have already went before me, and that you will give me ALL THAT IS NEEDED to get through today. I can count on you for all I need today and that the armor I wear is good enough to face my battles today, and because you are always beside me. Amen

SPIRIT INSPIRED WORDS

Description: When people hear there are over 50 different versions of the Bible in English alone, they often think to themselves, “No wonder there are many denominations each teaching different things, there are many different versions of the Bible.” This view, however, is wrong. Yes there are many denominations, but don’t blame that on the fact there are many versions of the Bible. There is one Bible. (http://www.bible.ca/b-many-versions.htm)

Verse: Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

Today as I was writing, the words, “spirit inspired words” came to my mind. I was attracted to the website in our description today, as many of us wrestle with purchasing a bible at a Christian Book Store if you can locate one,”What version is the best one to buy?” I have personally went through this challenge in writing not only this blog but as well in books that I have authored. I am certain the devout reader would vote for only one version –King James Version (KJV). And for those of us that can understand the words choose another translation that is easier to read and understand I.e., New International Version (NIV).

I have many of the translation (versions) of the Bible in my library, and I am not in favor of any one version, other than if writing or teaching, I will start with KJV and use other translations to help my audience with the topic I am teaching. But today as I am writing a devotional, the words “spirit inspired words,” came to my mind. The verse today implies that “the word” will be inspired if we seek God’s understanding as He wants it to be specifically understood during a reading. The translation that can be argued for missing words, or other phrases, can still inspire if it is the intent of the reader to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.

I am certain the surroundings and times are different from when these words were crafted thousands of years ago, because it was written with their words and understanding at that time. A good example of this would be the writings of Revelation by the Apostle John. All of us would certainly cry “Amen,” to our understanding and perception of this book. The verse below amplifies that the Holy Spirit was the vessel to every word we enjoy reading in the most purchased book still, today.

And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word. 2 Peter 1:21

WHATEVER version we enjoy can be utilized to bring what God wants to speak to us, if we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what we need to hear and do today. Maybe possibly we should ask for wisdom from the Holy Spirit what version to purchase. The most important lesson is that everyday we get in the word and listen to the lessons and REMINDERS of how to be utilized in loving one another as He commanded. Sooner or later we all have to grasp there will not be denominations or different versions to the Word in heaven — ONE GOD and ONE WORD.

Prayer: Lord help me to receive your words from the WORD everyday. Help me to become more interested in reading and allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in me. Help me to live a relationship that reveals you and not a religion. I want to start living here on EARTH as it will be in HEAVEN. Amen

Dad can we talk

Description:The twelve disciples could have asked Jesus for anything, but they asked the simplest request, “Lord how should we pray?”

Verse: With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: “Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are.” Matthew 6:9 MSG

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard brothers and sisters who are followers of Christ who say that the toughest thing to do is to pray. I always reply that it is simply as talking to me or someone you enjoy talking to everyday. Prayer is no different than a simple conversation between two close friends.

The disciples could have asked Jesus for many other things:

1. Lord tell me the words to bring healing to my family.
2. Lord how did you perform that miracle?
3. Lord how did you cast out those evil spirits?

I am certain that there could have been more numerous questions from the twelve men, but they asked Him how to pray. And He shared with them some simple steps how He talked to the Father.

A. Find a secluded place to be alone where you can talk.
B. Let your prayers and words be between you and Him.

It seemed pretty simple but I like the Message version of this prayer that reveals the simplicity that any day, any time, and any place we can talk to our Heavenly Father.

(Matthew 6:9-13, Message)
With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are.
Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes. Amen

Some of my regrets in life is that I never had the relationship I know have with God, but I am seeing it doesn’t matter to Him, because He doesn’t look at the past–but what is today and with His help tomorrow. It’s never to late to talk to God, you see He is our Daddy (AKA Dad) who always will make His time available to you when you call His name.

Prayer: Dad, how I wished I would have prayed and talked to you more in my past, but I am pleased that we are on a better road today and that I can call on you anytime. I love you Father. Thanks for helping me today in sharing you in the simplicity of sharing a simple conversation. Amen