This morning God reminded me of this prayer I sent out a few months back. Know that I have prayed this over you this morning.
“Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
Ezekiel 37:9-10 NKJV
From Matthew Henry: Note, The opening, sealing, and applying of the promises, are the ordinary means of our participation of a new and divine nature.
Dear Lord, I lift up to You those that will receive this message. I ask that You come and breathe life into their bones. I ask that You breathe into their life in such a powerful way that there is no doubt to whom they belong and from where the breath came from. I ask God that You raise them up! Raise them up to be in Your army. Equip them to go forth into Your battlefield with a fire in their bones that cannot be contained even in persecution. As the devil throws darts their way, surround them with Your protection because You have raised them up to be in Your army, to fight Your fight and not the wrong fight but the fight for the good faith. I thank You Lord for setting us on the same page together and allowing us to come together in this time and fight in the same army. I praise You ahead of time for the work You will do in our lives. Be with us as we study Your Word. Let Your power and presence descend upon us so every doubt is erased. In Jesus name I pray, amen! ❤️
“But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.”
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”
Jesus came to the earth to be a servant. There are two words used in these verses for servant. The Hebrew word "ebed" and the Greek word "doulos".
Doulos is translated as bond servant and defined as one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master; a slave. This was often a permanent position. The slave was the property of his master. Ebed has a similar meaning except that the Hebrew law allowed the slave to be set free in the 7th year or he could choose to become a bond servant, a permanent slave.
The reasons the slave would stay would be based on love. Love for his master, wife and children.
Jesus came to be a bond servant to His Master, the Father. He did this because He loves His Father, He loves His wife, the church, and He loves all of His children.
Who or what are you bound to today? Are you bound by the Spirit? Are you bound to your anxiety? Are you bound to your job? What holds you captive?
Jesus wants to capture us under His yoke to be His servant, but we have to humble ourselves to His service. Matthew 11:29, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your SOULS." Bondage to Jesus, results in freedom and rest for our souls.
Do you love your Master enough that you would be bound to His service for eternity?
I hope you have a good day, and I love you! 💜
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. Luke 24:1-11 NKJV
The women gathered together to go to the tomb to prepare Jesus's body for burial. When they got there, the stone was rolled away. That's a real game changer! They go in to find that Jesus isn't there. Two angels show up and ask " Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! REMEMBER, how he spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.' "
How often do we FORGET what Jesus tells us? I think I might try to remember Jesus telling me that He was going to raise from the dead! But not even just the resurrection, but the power of the resurrection. This same power from the resurrection dwells in us, and gives us life. See Romans 8:11. How often do we get caught up in self and forget about this power?
After the encounter with the two angels, the women turn to run and go tell the disciples. And here is their response: "And their words seemed like idle tales, and they did not believe them."
To me that verse is a punch in the gut. Not only do I not want to forget the things that Jesus told me, but I definitely don't want it to become an idle tale. Idle is also translated as nonsense. Nonsense means spoken or written words that have no meaning or make sense. We may not approach the Word or a message saying that it is nonsense, but our actions are a direct reflection of what we believe. Do you actions make the resurrection seem like nonsense, like the resurrection has no meaning? What does this look like? Worry, fear, anxiety, lack of self-control, lack of faith, and many other manifestations.
If the resurrection is power in your life, you will bear the fruit of the spirit. You will have transformation. Everyday will be fresh and anew as you walk with Christ. People will begin to recognize and come to know Jesus in you.
Today, let's remember the things He has said to us. Let us not forget the power that lives inside of us. Let us not make the resurrection out to be an idle tale. But let us MAGNIFY the Lord in all we do, pointing to the resurrection as our power and reason for living!!
I hope you have a good day, and I love you!
“and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.”
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.””
Many say they don't have time to read their Bible, or they don't have time to serve in the church, or they don't have time for really anything that would help them spiritually.
Both of these scriptures are words from Jesus himself. He commends the church at Ephesus for their labor. But even in their labor they did not grow weary.
So I ask today, what is your labor? Are you even laboring for His name's sake? Have you too left your first love?
His yoke is easy. His burden is light. If we are doing labor for His name's sake, with the right heart attitude, it should not be burdensome. Studying your Bible, or doing a Bible study, or discipline, won't be burdensome if you are truly seeking intimate relationship with Jesus. You will come to do these things at all costs.
The question King Nebuchadnezzar (aka King Neb 😊) asked was, "And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?" King Neb knew the answer to this question. In Daniel 2:47 after interpreting the King's dream, he said "Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of Kings, and a revealer of secrets." But he still worshiped himself and "his gods."
So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, responded to his question saying, we don't even need to answer you in this matter. We don't even need to respond by worshipping your idols. (They had already purposed this in their hearts.) They knew that King Neb knew the answer to the question. They knew there was no use arguing with him. And they knew that their God would prevail. But they responded anyway to make a statement.
They said, with confidence, "our God whom we serve IS ABLE TO deliver us from the fiery furnace, and HE WILL deliver us from your hand." They knew with confidence that God was able to do more than they could ask or imagine (Eph 3:20-21). They knew too that God would deliver them from his hand whether it was through death or through the fire. Either way they were making a statement.
"But if not, let it be known to you, O King, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have setup."
I think they knew that God may not save them from the fire in order to validate this stand. But they were ok with that. They had already purposed in their hearts that they weren't serving any other gods. Life or death.
What gods are you serving? Think of this in context of where you spend your time and thoughts. Is it in the Word? Is it meditating on things that are true, good, and righteous? Have you purposed in your heart all gods whom you will not serve? That way when the fire comes, you will not be afraid and can stand firm. Are you making a statement with your life that could turn the world upside down? Will you jump on Satan's train of negative thinking, bad attitudes, or unrighteousness meditation?
Stand firm. Period. KNOW who your God is. He WILL deliver you. Even if it's not the way you expect.
I hope you have a good day, and I love you! 💜
I want you to think about the temptations that you face. Temptations are things that come our way to prove our faith, fidelity and integrity. If you are not being tempted, I am scared for you because the devil already has you.😳 Think about those things that you can't seem to conquer in your weakness.
Let's look at this scene from the garden:
These men were weak in their sorrow. But Jesus was sorrowful too. He even told them and displayed signs of distress. His command was to watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. We have to watch and pray about the temptations that will come before us. We have to plan ahead for situations that we know will be tough. Jesus didn't say pray and sleep, lest you enter into temptation. But how often do we do this? Our spirit is willing to overcome, but we let the flesh weaken us. We just pray about the temptation, and hope we make the right decision the next time or when we are forced to deal with it.
If we look ahead to situations where we think we may fail or we know we will have to make a decision for a stand, we can watch and purpose in our heart the decision we are going to make. We can purpose to stay awake and watch and pray in that moment. We can purpose to keep our mouth closed the next time that person is rude to us. We can purpose to keep our mouth closed when it's easier to complain. We can purpose not to take part in activities or talk that aren't edifying to the kingdom. We can purpose to read our Bible instead of going to sleep or watching tv. What are you proving your faith, fidelity, and integrity too?
See Daniel knew the command and the law long before he had to make the decision to stand his ground in front of the King. He purposes in his heart that in situations where he might be asked to compromise on his beliefs about unclean food that he will not. He will not eat of this food that was against God's law.
Keep this in mind:
There are only two tables. You are either eating at one or the other.
We have to purpose our reactions to situations, and PRAY PRAY PRAY. What does it say in the Lord's Prayer? Lead me not into temptation, and deliver me from evil. There is a reason that line is in there!
Go ahead and purpose in your heart the decisions you will make when you face THAT temptation. The one that keeps lurking and defeating you. Decide today how you will respond.
I hope you have a good day, and I love you! 💜
I have fallen in love with this song, because it so simply describes our relationship with Jesus and has the gospel at heart.
💜Loving mercy I come,
“Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; For Your law is my delight.”
Psalms 119:77 NKJV
💜And humbly I bow,
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,”
I Peter 5:6 NKJV
💜At the throne of grace, I justly cry out, I cry out:
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Romans 8:1 NKJV
💜Praise the one who bestows on us, a love that stained a cross,
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”
I John 3:1 NKJV
💜Crown Him King of Victory,
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I Corinthians 15:57 NKJV
💜King of you and King of me.
“And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND Lord OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:16 NKJV
💜Wiped clean from the wretch I am, Redeemed through the blood you shed for me.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”
Ephesians 1:7 NKJV
💜 Jesus, defender of the weak.
““For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.””
Psalms 12:5 NKJV
I hope you will just take in the words to this song and the scripture and be reminded of who Jesus is. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is God.
I hope you have a good day, and I love you! 💖
In this verse, Jesus is restoring Peter as a leader to the church. Peter fell when he denied Jesus 3 times. Thus, the reason Jesus asks him 3 times whom he loves. He also called him Simon, which was Peter's name before he met Christ.
Jesus says 3 times, if you love me, you will tend my sheep. This is a message for leaders. God calls people to leadership positions. Then in 1 Peter below, Peter gives the instructions for these leaders.
It is clear from the instructions, he gives that the motive must be out of love. Jesus led by love. He is love. It is His nature. It is from there that everything He does flows.
So today, I ask where are your eyes fixed? If Jesus is Love, we are to fix our eyes on Him. Leaders and students alike are called to love. Students will one day be leaders. So even if your time isn't now, I believe God will bring you to be a leader. Whether you lead your children, your spouse, your friends, your enemies, etc. We are all set apart for Christ, and should be driven by love.
To tie it altogether. Here are the lyrics to "Fix my eyes" by King & Country. Specifically think about, "live life for another. "
Love like I'm not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You
I fix my eyes on You
I fix my eyes on You
I hope you have a good day, and I love you! I am still praying for you. 💖
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. -C. S. Lewis
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV
Are you resisting the building that God is trying to do in your life? Are you trying to take the hammer out of His hands? How big of a palace will you let Him create?
Upon salvation, God begins a work in us. We sign a contract on our house that he has paid for. But here is the deal, we can't live in it until he's through with His work. He's going to live there while He works. When is he through? When he comes back to take us home. We have to empty ourselves of self, and let Him work. It WILL be painful. But it will be worth it!
I hope you have a good day, I love you! 💜
Today I ask where is your faith? Do you have wisdom to see through your circumstance? Are you able to see God in the midst of where you are?
He seeks for us to lack nothing. Have you asked for what you need to see Him and His promises in accordance with His will? But have you asked with faith, so that He will bless you? Are you doubting, being double minded?
Are you being patient in the trial so that His work can be complete? What goal are you seeking? His or yours. His may be uncomfortable. Will you accept it?
A trial is a proving of your faith and fidelity. Who are you faithful too? Who do you serve and give your allegiance too? What do your actions prove?
Most of all, are you joyful? If you can be joyful, then you surely have patience, wisdom, and faith.
Ask God to complete you today. But accept the circumstance until His work is complete.
I hope you have a good day and I love you ! 💜