Thursday, January 16, 2014

Come Near To God



Come near to God and he will come near you. James 4:8

How can we come near to God? James gives five ways:

Yield to his authority and will. Commit your life to him and his control. Be willing to follow him.

Resist the devil. Do not allow Satan to tempt you.

Purify your hearts. Lead a pure life. Replace your desire to sin with your desire to experience God's purity.

Grieve and mourn in sincere sorrow for your sins. Do not be afraid to express heartfelt sorry for what you have done.

Humble yourself before the Lord and he will lift you up. Humbling yourselves means recognizing that our worth comes from God alone.

When we humble ourselves and realize our need for God, he will come to us and lift us up.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Embrace The New Year

Happy New Year...

Let us embrace the New Year from the book of Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good,
and what the Lord really wants from you:
He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful,
and to live obediently before your God.


God has made his wishes clear. He wants his people to be just, merciful, and to walk humbly with him. 

In your efforts to please God, examine these areas on a regular basis. Are you fair in your dealings with people? Do you show mercy to those who wrong you? Are you learning humility?

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us[ and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2

Therefore, be imitators of God.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Christ's Humanity

Lessons from God's Humanity...

Christ is the perfect human leader and he wants to lead you.

Christ is the perfect human model and he is worth imitating.

Christ is the perfect human sacrifice and he died for you.

Christ is the perfect human conqueror and he conquered death to give you eternal life.

Christ is the perfect human High Priest and he is merciful, loving, and understanding.

God, in Christ, became a living, breathing human being.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Keep Following Him


Jesus proclaimed good news. 

He told people that God had done something for them they could not do for themselves, that through Jesus he had made right their relationship with him.

Jesus also served people. Although God in human flesh, he did not come to be served, but to serve. He listened, healed, encouraged, taught, and loved those he encountered.

That's it. Not a long list, but a life worth living. When you follow Jesus you'll find yourself giving good news to others you are serving and helping. Just keep following him.

Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed people who had every kind of sickness and disease (Matthew 4:24 NLT)

Friday, December 07, 2012

Who is God?


Who is God?
So who is God? Can I trust Him to take care of me? How much time do you have?

The weather changes—but God is UN-changing! Fashion changes. Even change changes. But Hebrews 6:17 says God is always the same—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

So can we trust God? Is He powerful enough? You and I are limited—I think that goes without saying! One sneeze in my direction, and I’m contaminated, sick with a cold and out for a week. No one can soil or stain God. No sin contaminates Him.

We’re limited by brain capacity, time, relationship overload, and responsibilities—you can only be at one soccer game at a time after all! And patience! But God? He has no limit to his time, power, knowledge and love.

Check it out for yourself in Psalms 147:4-5

He counts the stars 
and names each one. 
Our Lord is great and very powerful. 
There is no limit to what he knows.

So—can God take care of you? I’ll let you answer that!

From Max on Life
http://www.christianity.com/devotionals/upwords-max-lucado/

Friday, May 04, 2012

Don't Know How to Pray?

The Holy Spirit will help you in prayer when you don't know how to pray.

Romans 8:26-27

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
 
Pray with Humble Heart.
 
2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
 
Pray with Wholeheartedness
 
Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
 
Pray with Faith.
 
Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
 
Pray with Righteousness.
 
James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
 
Pray with Obedience
 
1 John 3:22

And we will receive whatever we request because we obey him and do the things that please him.

Why should we pray?  Prayer Develops Our Relationship with God.

If we never speak to our spouse or never listen to anything our spouse might have to say to us, our marriage relationship will quickly deteriorate. It is the same way with God. Prayer + communicating with God = helps us grow closer and more intimately connected with God.
 
Thank you for the Holy Spirit!

Friday, April 13, 2012

How Others See Me (God See The Big Picture)

I read this prayer early this morning via Prime Time With God (Ephesians Four Ministries) and it made my heart heavy.

Today's Prayer

Dear Father in Heaven, You can see the big picture. You know me and where I'm to fit in life. Please help me see myself through your eyes...and understand my role on this earth. Help me stop and take a look at how others see me...my family, my friends, my co-workers, my neighbors. When someone mentions my name, I want it to be in a good way; in a way that glorifies you. I want to live the life you planned for me. Thank you for including me in your plans...and for loving me unconditionally. Bless You, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

"I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do." - John 17:4

The Lord has revealed to us that the number one thing we are to do is love the Lord our God with all our heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves. His desire is for us to know Him and the power of His resurrection. The fruit of this relationship must then result in our glorifying Him by completing the work He has given each of us to do.