1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and,
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
When Satan tempted Jesus we see a truth explode in the scripture regarding the alignment of the scripture and the necessary requirement that all the scripture must be considered when studying the Word. Pulling the scripture out in just the right way to fit perfectly into our circumstance is reflective not of Christ, but of evil. Additionally, we see the danger of only knowing partial information, it can be disastrous. satan tempted Jesus first with the urge need to establish himself. It happens a great deal to us we need to establish who we are we need to stake claim to our turf, we need control so we shout from the roof tops who we are and what we are about. We self proclaim to the world who we are. satan thought he would take swing at Jesus with, "if you really are who you say you are." Now satan did not simply come out swinging all out of control. Instead he went about things strategically. he used a precise area in the life of Jesus to attack. Jesus had fasted for 40 days He was hungry. Many of us struggle to fast 4o minute much less 40 days. Jesus turning the stones into bread, would have been convenient and would have fed him immediately. However it would not have been what the Father was doing. He could have shut satan up and fed himself all at the same time, but that was not the plan. When we are faced with establishing who we are we need to make sure we are not doing the establishing Jesus can and will do this. As stated earlier I have been guilty of this; however. I have grown to realize that it is Christ Jesus who establishes me and He puts me in the places of authority and he delivers me. He will removes obstacles in my life and will not let anyone or anything interfere with the work He is doing. Therefore, i don't have to concern myself with establishing myself. Nor do you. Jesus will take care of that, we must simply stay in tune with him. Don't scream you are a christian, live you are a christian. Don't scream you are a child of Jesus, live you are a child of Jesus, not in some ways in every way. Don't scream you are a leader, just go lead and if things get in your way know that Jesus is there and He will move mountains those obstacles will not remain. Arm yourself with the scripture and pray the scripture to Jesus and let Jesus deliver you. Jesus spoke the scripture to satan and he quoted it accurately. You have to know the scripture preciously. Little changes make a big difference, after all it was God who said of the in Genesis 2:16-17, "
2 Timothy 2:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
I believe this scripture will benefit us in this turbulent time. Many of Christians gain knowledge in a certain area and it is as if they are on a quest to prove their point to everyone. With the latest supreme court ruling this will only intensify. However, I would ask you, what is the point? What is the point of you proving your point? Is it to sway the other person's beliefs.? Do you really think this is where the results of your "belief quarrels" are headed. You are to speak the truth and move on. Let the scripture be your example. How often do you see Jesus in the scriptures in a back and forth discussions with the Pharisees and religious leaders? It was not often, instead He stated what He believed and moved on. When people are telling me why they believe what they believe I determine my response based on what I hear. First of all, I am not going to argue long what I know is true. Why? Because of 2 Timothy 2:23. I listen to hear the reasons people believe what they believe. If they believe what they believe based on their feelings, my discussion will be even shorter. I can't and will not even begin to compete with feelings. Feelings are a roller coaster ride. It is why some people are like a box of chocolates, in that you never know what your are going to get. I am not going to fight that battle. I also listen to hear if they have to over explain the scripture they use, again it will be a short discussion. Why? Because the scripture speaks for itself. The scripture is pointed and sharp, if I am having to invoke a theses argument to make my point I am probably trying to make the scripture say what I want it to mean, instead of knowing what the scripture means. I agree you need to have a scriptural basis to guide what you believe and you need to seek the Word until you are convinced, but after you are convinced learn and memorize what you believe. Let it be ingrained in your memory. Memorize the scripture you are grounded on, know the scripture verse, and the context. Recite it daily. Use it in your discussion to the extent that it edifies and builds up. But stop continually dueling with someone over their beliefs you know to be false and realize that your continuance is sin it itself. You are violating 2 Timothy 2:23. Believe what you believe, know it is grounded in the scriptures by knowing and understanding the exact scriptures that reveal your stance on the topic. Spend your time memorizing these scriptures. When you say I can't memorize scripture, then go and write the scripture twenty five times. Read the scripture aloud twenty five times and then attempt to quote the scripture five times. If you still don't know the scripture, then do it all over again and do it until you know it. Now when your flesh just said I am not going through all that just to memorize scripture, then look yourself in the mirror and say these words to yourself and Jesus, "I do not believe knowing your Word to the extent of memorization is important enough for me to do what it takes to memorize it." Leave it at that and move on, but stop fooling yourself by just saying I can't. I would agree that some people because of age or ailment may not be able to do what they once did, but in my experience that is the exception and not the rule. And the proof is in the pudding. Are your statements backed up with your papers showing you wrote it out twenty five times. If you try you may be surprised.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize same sex marriage and to require all 50 states to recognize it, I would like to take a stance. We have entered a very troubling time in this nation. However, this did not start yesterday or last week. I have held back most of my comments until now because I wanted to gather my thoughts and watch the chaos unfold on social media. For many days now social media has been overloaded with pictures of rainbow white houses, parades, scripture, fumes of anger and fumes of disappointment. Many comments were very emotional and aimed in many ways to hurt. Both sides of the fence took this approach; truthfully very little good resulted from the exchange. I doubt many people surrendered their hearts to Jesus and changed their lifestyle because of the comments posted and the scripture shared. At the same time, I doubt very many people said, ‘well now that it is legal and because of the great arguments presented on Facebook, I think I will now marry Steve or Eve.’ The one thing I want us to understand as Christians is we have an absolute responsibility to stand up and walk in adherence to the Word of God. However, we have to do it in the right way. And we have to know what we are talking about.
So let me begin, am I surprised at this ruling? Not in the least. Should I be surprised? Not in the least. Listen, we are no longer living in a nation that governs, lives, and rules by the principals of Jesus Christ. The Supreme Court of this land makes decisions based on everybody in this land. Yes our nation was established on a Godly foundation; however, we have been building ungodly on that foundation for quite some time. We have been building divorce on our foundation; we have been building abortion on our foundation. We have been building common law marriage on our foundation. We have been shacking up on our foundation. We have been building distilleries on our foundation. We have been building pregnancy outside of marriage on our foundation. We have been building marijuana on our foundation. We have been worshiping idols on the foundation. The foundation is as strong as it ever was, but that which is built on it is not. Many, most, all of these building blocks mentioned happen right in the confines of the church. We need to understand the Supreme Court makes its decisions based on the constitution of the United States of America, to best fit for ALL people, not the majority, ALL people. We live in a democracy not a theocracy. But understand one thing Jesus does not make His decisions on the constitution. Jesus makes no reference to the constitution as He sits on His throne and Jesus does not govern by what is written into law by the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Jesus has His own constitution and it is strictly enforced and amendment free! You see we should not lose our minds that the government of this nation declared that Christian people are set apart, they are different, sanctified, they have a different set of standards than the rest of the world. The truth is the Supreme Court ruled we are different, so what are we to do, BE DIFFERENT! I am proud to be an American and glad to live in this land, but I will not love or depend on the land on which I stand more than the Creator of land. I am not, antipatriotic, I love the US, I am thankful to the men and women who serve to protect us; however, the Kingdom I serve is not of this world and no judge, ruler or earthly king can change my heart or my constitution.
One of the main comments I read on the Internet was, ‘God has defined marriage and no court of any land can change that definition.’ I agree completely with this statement, but God in the same book that He defined and described marriage, He defined and described divorce. But where was the outpouring of disgust and the defending of God’s Word and definitions January 1, 1970. On this day California became the first state to recognize no fault divorce, by 1985 every state had followed suit. God defined divorce in His word on more than one occasion. Do you know what God says about divorce? It is pretty simple; we are not permitted to divorce except for adultery and the abandonment by a LOST spouse. Both situations carry with it fault. “No fault” divorce does not exist with Jesus.
Matthew 5:32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Mark 10:11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
Luke 16:18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
1 Corinthians 7:10-16 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. 11 But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. 12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. 13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
Malachi 2:16 “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”
Now the scripture provided is not an exhaustive list, but it is certainly a list to get you studying and to gain an understanding that Jesus is clear there is no such thing as “no fault” divorce. However, today in the land of the free, there is no uprising there are no insults hurled, there are no threats, no slanderous ridicules, and there is no quoting of the scripture regarding divorce law. Why? Because divorce in many ways touches our life personally and in this Chex Mix Christianity that we live in, where we pick out the stuff we want and like and we leave the rest alone, we don’t touch the divorce issue. We allow every part of it in the world and in the church, why? Because it hits close to home and we don’t want to hurt the ones we love.
(Now before you go throwing me off the 13th Street Bridge, let me explain my stance on marriage and divorce. Outside of the definition Jesus Christ outlines in His Word for divorce, divorce is a sin. It is a sin that can cause others to commit adultery and certainly negates ones abilities to occupy certain positions in the church. Now once again let me finish before you poke your lip out, the real questions that must be asked regarding divorce and sin is: 1) Where does the divorce fit in regards to God’s Word and 2) Where did the blood of Jesus fall in a life? The best way for me to describe this is by case study, let us look at John Doe. He is a man who had difficulty in his early years and was married three times before the age of thirty. He was saved by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 33 and married a beautiful Christian woman at the age of 35. He is cleansed by the blood of Jesus and is not committing adultery in my opinion. Now let us fast forward a few years and look at John Doe, Jr. He was saved and baptized at the age of 24 and married his wife who was saved and baptized at the age of 22. The couple is married for ten years and then decides to call it quits, because they just are not happy. Their divorce is sin and they invoke adultery on anyone else they marry. (That is God’s definition of divorce in my opinion.)
It is important because we must understand that the blood of Jesus cleansed us from all unrighteousness and thus puts us in a place where we belong to Christ. We are sons and daughters of God, with this comes the responsibility of living for Him and continuing to live for Him each and every day. We have to make choices each moment all day long that reflects who we belong to. We cannot and must not choose to live contrary to the commands of Jesus Christ.
Supreme Court Finds Right to Choose Abortion
On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Roe v. Wade, a challenge to a Texas statute that made it a crime to perform an abortion unless a woman’s life was at stake. “Jane Roe had filed the case” an unmarried woman who wanted to safely and legally end her pregnancy. Siding with Roe, the court struck down the Texas law. In it’s ruling, the court recognized for the first time that the constitutional right to privacy “is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy” (Roe v. Wade, 1973).
Roe v. Wade has come to be known as the case that legalized abortion nationwide. At the time the decision was handed down, nearly all states outlawed abortion except to save a woman’s life or for limited reasons such as preserving the woman’s health, or instances of rape, incest, or fetal anomaly. Roe rendered these laws unconstitutional. The decision also set a legal precedent that affected more than 30 subsequent Supreme Court cases involving restrictions on access to abortion. Today abortion is legal in all 50 states. The Supreme Court ruled that life does not begin in the womb. God says that it does.
Job 31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
Psalms 22:10 I was cast on you from the womb: you are my God from my mother's belly.
Psalms 139:13 For you have possessed my reins: you have covered me in my mother's womb.
Psalms 139:14 I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well.
Proverbs 31:8 Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yes, they may forget, yet will I not forget you.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.
Just as God defines marriage and just as God defines divorce, God also defines life and when it begins. It is clear that it begins in the womb. The supreme court of the United States redefined life in 1973. Also in the 70s the courts defined divorce and in 2015 the Supreme Court defined marriage. We can play God all we want, and we can redefine all He has defined, but one absolute remains, we are only playing God, there exists a real God and He is not playing. He is a patient God and a loving God, but He is also a jealous God and a RIGHTEOUS JUDGE. There will be judgment. There are always consequences to our actions, and we will see the true definition of these and many other revelations of man.
So where the rubber meets the road is this, it is true that no court or land can redefine what God has already defined. No court or land can establish itself as a higher authority than God. However, we must pull our heads out of the “we are a Christian nation,” hole in the sand and understand we started down a slippery slope a long time ago and what is in America today is a remnant, not a nation. I agree completely with Jonathan Kahn in that we will not sit back and be forced to defy Jesus Christ and all that our faith teaches; however, we must take a long hard look at ourselves, what it is that we stand for, stop compromising in our own walk, and start walking in a manner worthy of the calling.
The word remnant that best describes our state of affairs in these United States is found in Isaiah 1:9, “Unless the Lord of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant,
We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah.” In the Hebrew is sariyd and it means, ‘survivor that remains.’ There are a couple of words in the Hebrew that are used to mean remnant, but only one time is the word sariyd used and it carries with it the term, “survivor.” There is a remnant of true followers of Christ left in America, survivors that remain. We must be willing to take on this task, and uncompromisingly cling to the scriptures that define who we are and live the BIBLE. When we as children of God, followers of Jesus Christ, “the sariyd,” stand completely armed with the Word of God, the love of Jesus Christ in our hearts, and the determination to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as those lost and perishing, then the people of this land will look at the “sariyd” and trust that we believe the scripture. It is only when we live what we believe that we will completely and truly believe what we believe. Our belief is expressed in our actions. Our actions reveal a story, a history, and a truth about what we believe as children of God. Jesus has fulfilled the law and left with us scripture by which we are to live, you are either a part of the remnant or not! Your actions will determine your place, your influence and your impact on the Kingdom. Jesus has empowered us to walk worthy of the calling. Go therefore and live the BIBLE. When people look at your life, your actions and your attitude what are they reading about Jesus Christ? What you say is empty and useless if what they see does not line up with what Jesus says. Truthfully, the only way we are going to impact the world in which we live is to live the BIBLE in which we read. If we do not read the Bible, which we are given, then we love not the Savior whom gave it. If we love not the Savior whom gave us the Bible in which we are to live, then we will have no real effect on those whom we are to disciple. The world will be unchanged and our lives only a clanging noise and at the end of the day as we stand before the almighty God we will be without excuse. Choose for yourself this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails…
Breaking Love Down
A. Love does not envy.
B. Love does not parade itself.
C. Love is not puffed up.
2. DO RIGHT
A. Love is kind.
B. Love does not behave rudely.
C. Love does not seek it’s own.
D. Love is not provoked.
E. Love thinks no evil.
F. Love does not rejoice in inequity.
G. Love rejoices in truth.
A. Love suffers long (Patient).
B. Love bears all things.
C. Love endures all things.
D. Believes all things.
A. Love provides hope.
B. Love NEVER fails.
Generally, we try to exhibit these attributes of love; however, we try to do them with failing tongues, crippled hands, and stumbling feet. The result is broken relationships, and feelings of being unloved, uncared for, and in the end abandoned. Why? Because somewhere down the line, we have convinced ourselves, we can love somebody the way Jesus designed, without first loving Jesus by His design. If you do this you will be an epic fail. You must love Jesus first. So think about it, if you are to love that special someone, you have to first love Jesus. Before you ever say to her, ‘I want to show you in every way, every day, you are my only one; you have to show Jesus in every way, every day He is your only one. Can you say this to Jesus right now? Can you say to Him, in everything you do, each and every day, He is your only one? Does your life scream, nothing is more important than Jesus? We will show Jesus we love Him by walking in the characteristics of love He describes in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. Let us so walk.
Jesus Raises the Son of the Widow of Nain
Luke 7:11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” 17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.
So young man I say to you arise!!! So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. Check this out He (Jesus) presented Him to his mother. How awesome is this, Jesus presented the young man to His mother! Do you know that Jesus has raised you from the dead if He is Lord of your life, He will present you as well. What a glorious day. Live today like a born again child of of the Most High! He loves you and right now He is sitting at the right hand of the Father making supplication for you. One day He will say, Father he is Ours! How awesome is that! We belong to Jesus! We belong to Jesus! We belong to Jesus!
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
We should be about making a joyful shout to Jesus Christ today! We should be all about praising Him! We should serve Him today with gladness. Today pick that piece of paper up off the ground with a smile on your face, happy to make your surroundings better because Jesus is in your heart. Buy somebody's lunch today and tell them Jesus loves them, do it with a smile on your face. How about this, receive a gift today and thank Jesus for it! Don't be stubborn, receive it with thanksgiving in your heart! He is a PROVIDER! Let Him provide. Tell someone about Jesus today and allow His Word to come alive and endure to all generations through the powerful message of salvation.
Brother Big Daddy
Have you ever thought about how you got here? I mean you look around at you circumstances in your life and you think how in the world did I get here. I left the gym this morning after a workout that was rough and I began to think about when my daddy and I used to run. We ran 5-10 miles everyday. I couldn't wait for the opportunity each day. About every other month we would get all crazy and run 15-20 miles. When I was doing that I never stopped, i was wide ope twenty four seven. I would teach all day, coach all evening come home and there was always a project going on in the house. I never stopped. When I did, I slept like a baby for the few hours I closed my eyes. That lifestyle led me to eating right and pretty much taking care of myself all around. What in the world happened? Slowly but surely the joy of running began to fade and a life of sitting took over. It didn't happen over night, but it happened. One day turned into two days and two days turned into a way of life. Then the ultimate in crazyville took place and I said, well since I am not exercising, why bother to eat right. The result of all this, a life filled with hauling around a ridiculous amount of extra weight, eating habits that can only be described as stupid, a ton of half finished projects around the house, and sleep, well sleep is just something you day dream about, but it never happens for more than two hours at the time. As I think about this I parallel it to someone who wakes up one day and says how in the world did I get engulfed with sin. we get there one small step, one slow fade at a time! You don't all of a sudden rush up the steps to the high dive and take off running and dive into an empty pool. Instead, you slowly begin to drift. First in your mind, your thoughts begin to carry you to some rough places. You once were quick to allow the authority of God living in you to redirect those thoughts immediately, but when the fade begins you stay there a little longer today. You think about it a little too long today. Tomorrow repeats today until eventually you are full out meditating on that which is impure and not of God. Then sin creeps in maybe through your attitude towards another person, or harsh words spoken in anger to a spouse, a coworker, or a family member. The comes the failure to repent. The conviction has not faded completely, it is still there. Yesterday your response to the conviction of the Holy Spirit was immediate, repentance was immediate to follow. Today, conviction leads to a little slower repentance. Negotiations begin, the flesh rages, and the fall is fast approaching. Then, the walking around in sin, walking in open disregard for what God says. You may play the part in many areas, but the reality is you are fading and fading fast. The result you are so overweight in sin that what used to be easy is now a chore and a burden. What was once easy and a blessing to your heart is now a ball and chain. What you once did out of love and commitment with joy, you now do with resentment and sometimes even anger. It is only a matter of time until you wake up take at look at your life and ask "What in the world has happened to me, where is my Bible, where is my church family, where is my brothers and sisters in Christ. I must make things right? ....So how? Well repent and do the things you once did. Read and study the Word of God. Pray without ceasing. Go to church. Love God's children and love the Word of God! NEVER, EVER, EVER give up! In essence get back in the gym. Stop whining about what you can't do anymore and start doing what you can do! God may carry you through some baby steps on your return to Him. Take the baby steps. Baby steps are good for us all. Baby steps lead to toddler steps, and the next thing you know you are a grown man! Go to work there is plenty to go around.
James 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Brother Big Daddy
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
How often to you give thanks to Jesus Christ for the saints that are in your life? Those individuals that you know are close to God, who have mentored and loved you through all walks of life. When is the last time you lifted them up by name? Well how about today? The scripture above contains another one of Paul's awesome prayers. Let us look at what He prays for:
1) spirit of wisdom
2) revelation in the knowledge of Him
3) eyes of understanding being enlightened
4) know the hope of His calling
5) the riches of the glory of His inheritance
6) greatness of His power towards us who believe
7) according to the workings of His power
8) same power that raised Jesus from the dead
9) greater than any name ever named
10) greater than any name to come
Have you prayed this for yourself today? Do it! It will look something like this:
I am asking with all my heart that you give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. Please enlighten the eyes of my understanding, that I may know what is the hope of Your calling, that I may know, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward me because I believe. Grant strength to me according to the working of Your mighty power, which raised You from the dead and seated You at His right hand in the heavenly places. Jesus your name is far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
Pray it today, it will be a blessing!
Brother Big Daddy
Finally, a chance to write again. I finally had two people in one week ask me about the blog, so it sparked the desire to get back in the saddle and write. I must admit I love to write, as I feel it is an extension of teaching. Teaching involves learning and I hope there is learning taking place on the receiving end of these blogs. I will say this, when you respond with comments learning takes place on my end. I am asking you to comment on these blogs. Share what God teaches you. It will not take a long time, but your comment may minister to me in a powerful way. Your comments are your way of returning the teaching. I know it takes time, but it is worth the time spent when someone reads your comment and is changed! Never underestimate the power of God working through you. Yes, you are powerless, but only when you depend on you! You are mighty, you are strong, when you depend on Jesus. Ok, off the soap box and onto the good stuff, Jesus Christ and His glory.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Be anxious for nothing, this is a command from Jesus, be anxious for nothing. He left no room for wiggle and certainly made no exceptions. We should not be anxious and worrying about anything. Why? Because Jesus will give you perfect provision in perfect timing. Now He says pray, supplicate, and give thanks in everything, and His peace will guard your heart and mind. Think about this, Jesus is saying, when difficulty comes and worry rears its ugly head, don't let yourself travel down the path of worry. How do you avoid this? By meditating on that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. Do you understand the word meditate? Meditate is not quickly thinking good and then running back to the bad. Try this exercise when you are worried about a difficult situation, or relationship problems, anything, sit down and write down as many things as you can that are good in your life, my list might look like this:
A calling on my life
A beautiful wife
Children that know Jesus
Great sister and brother in law
A wonderful church family
A roof over my head
Clothes on my back
This list can go on and on. You have to write your list not focused on emotion. You may be struggling at work so emotionally you don't want to claim it as a positive. You have a job when many others do not, claim the victory. If you rely on emotion to write your list, then your list will be flawed. Take emotion out of the way, and write your list based on positive truths. Then open a line of prayer to Jesus, giving thanks for all the wonderful things He provides. Pour out praise to Him, talk to Him, tell Him He is awesome, and mighty, powerful and true. Tell Him He is Lord of your life, and all the earth. Tell Him He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Tell Jesus that you love Him, and you recognize you are nothing without Him. Tell Jesus you want to walk with Him into eternity. Tell Him your love for Him is great. And then feel the peace that surpasses all understanding captivate you and sooth your heart and dissolve your worry. Throughout the day pull out your list, read it and praise Jesus.
Brother Big Daddy
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. --John 14:6
I thought I would begin blogging in 2014 with our week 1 memory verse. We must learn the Word of God, we must know it, memorize it, study it! Jesus said to him, to who? Jesus was speaking to Thomas, one of His disciples. He says clearly that He is the way. Thomas was telling Jesus they did not know where He was going so how could they know the way. You see Jesus was telling them about His Fathers's house and that He goes to prepare a place for them and that where He was going they would go also. Thomas was saying we don't know where you are going how will we know the way? Jesus summed it up, He basically said, I am going to the Father, and I am the only way to the Father. You follow My lead.
The Way= Jesus is the pathway to the Father!
The Truth= Jesus is the absolute truth. His Words will endure
The Life= Jesus brings forth true life. We truly live when we
surrender to Jesus!
Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
Write it down, put it on your refrigerator! Put it in your phone, make it your screen saver, say it over and over throughout the day. Be prepared to recite it, maybe at bible study, maybe at Wednesday night service, maybe Sunday morning. You be ready in season and out, rightly dividing the Word of God! Writing it over and over helps. You can do this. I know you can. I am praying that you will! Have a great day, trust that Jesus is the way, lean on the fact that He is the truth, and look for Him being the light of this world. Our destination The Father!
Loving Jesus With All I Got