You may be living in the blessings of those around you. When someone walks in faith and obedience to God, that person lives with the overflowing blessings and favor of God. There is a light and love and a goodness that emanates from their life that touches those around them. Those who walk in faith and obedience to God will have a great attitude and outlook on life, but what I’m talking about is more than someone having a great attitude. These followers of Christ are the “super-spreaders” of God’s saving gospel. They are the carriers of His presence. Listen to this, your work place ought to be favored because you are there. Your school and church and programs ought to be favored and especially blessed because you are there walking in faith and obedience to God.
Jesus said these words, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” —Matthew 5:16. God saved us and put His spirit in us to make an impact wherever we go. As you go out today, know that you are taking God’s presence with you, so don’t hide it. Be a blessing everywhere you go!
On the same day Jesus rose from the grave He appeared to the apostles. He spoke peace to them and then showed them His hands and His side. This was not only the visible proof that He was the One they had committed their lives to, but the showing of His hands and side has far more greater meaning to us.
Recently I smashed the ends of my fingers on both hands. My fingernails have turned black and ugly from the injury. The painful incident and my startling reaction to it was so traumatic that I have shared it with many people. I’ve shared the story because I witnessed God help me in that moment of pain. I was manually pulling down a garage door and my fingers got caught between where two panels come together. I couldn’t pull my fingers out and I couldn’t lift the door back up. The pain was severe and I didn’t care who heard me yelling in pain. But I know it was God who quickened me to kick the door up with my foot, releasing my fingers. I’ve shared this story because in my personal trauma, God was with me. Many times we are quick to share our physical wounds with others, but not so quick to show the wounds on the inside. Most of the time we don’t want people to know about the wounds of our hearts and minds, but when we do, something happens to whoever is listening. They are relieved to know you are real and can relate to what they maybe going through. Those disciples must have felt so alone and discouraged until Jesus appeared and showed them His wounds. When was the last time you got real with someone like Jesus did and showed them your wounds? What about the wounds on the inside? Jesus showed His wounds and the disciples were glad and believed in Him. Don’t be afraid to show people the healed wounds in your life. It just may bring the healing to them they need.
You do know there are many many people who are where they are, but do not want to be there. Recently I heard the story of a family going on an incredible vacation, but the 14 year old son didn’t want to be there. Instead of trying to enjoy the trip, he just made everyone else miserable. How unfortunate for the family and for the young man who couldn’t get over himself and embrace the experience. No doubt, it’s hard to be some where with someone who doesn’t want to be there. They don’t say it, but it’s almost as if they see it as their personal responsibility to make everyone else miserable. You’ve heard it said, and it’s true, “Misery loves company.” Miserable people are every where today. You work with some and you go to church with some and they are on your child’s ball team and they are behind the counter. I was thinking that Judas, the betrayer of the Messiah, had to be a miserable person. In a moment of humble sacrifice Mary anointed the Lord’s feet with oil and wiped His feet with her hair. But Judas spoke up and said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” John 12:5.
Judas killed that sweet moment of fellowship and service to the Lord. Judas was with the disciples, but he really didn’t want to be. And that’s what people do when they are in a place they don’t want to be, they say something or do something that ruins what could be an amazing moment for others. Judas’ main problem is that he simply needed Jesus! He was with Jesus, but didn’t have Jesus and he was miserable.
So what do you do when you find yourself in a place you don’t want to be? Ask God to change your heart and attitude, because you want to be a light where ever you go. Be careful about what comes out of your mouth, because those with you may absolutely love where they are. Believe that where you are right now is not where you will always be, God can move you or change you. Several years ago I went to evening service at our church and I didn’t want to go, but my wife strong armed me. I went almost mad, but I knew I needed to go even for a witness to my young children. About half-way in to the song service I noticed how my attitude had changed. By the time we left that service, I was so blessed to have gone.
Whether you know it or not, you are a vital part of the atmosphere around you. You either are a catalyst the presence of the Holy Spirit or a hindrance. Don’t be guilty of blocking the Spirit from moving and don’t be guilty of making everyone around you miserable. Be changed in Jesus Name and make every place you go meaningful and enjoyable for everyone else.
The window of opportunity is closing for you to surrender your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You may be one who doesn’t think you need to surrender or confess anything, or you may be one who doesn’t even believe in the existence of God. But you should not be so quick to make such definitive calls or conclusions about creation and the origin or destination of human life. Every single person who has walked the face of this earth has walked with limited knowledge. There are people who act like they know everything, but the reality is, they know somethings and most often only about specific subjects. But what about life after death? What about the possibility that this is an area you have limited knowledge about? I know this doesn’t speak to everyone, but hopefully it will speak to the one who is searching for answers and the one God is drawing. Listen, today is the day. Today is the day of salvation if you will humble yourself and call on the name of Jesus to save you. Look at these verses.
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
…”that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
“For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
What sense does the cross make if everyone could enter eternal life and heaven the way they decided? That would seem like a cruel joke on Jesus, but the fact is, the cross was no joke, but it was the expression of God’s love to the world. I don’t know what you are waiting on to surrender everything to Christ before you step out of this world. Don’t let anything stop you from trusting in Christ and receiving the free gift of salvation. Yes, it is a free gift with no strings attached except for the eternal cords of God’s love. The struggle in the faith is not in receiving Christ, but in living for Christ each and every day. The struggle is in taking up your cross, separating yourself from the world and not being ashamed of the One the world mocks and despises.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Imagine the conversations in heaven if men could decide on their own how they would enter heaven and receive eternal life. I can hear the conversations now, one man would say, “I was a generous giver and gave millions away.” Another man would say, “I volunteered thousands of hours to help the poor and needy in the world.” Another one would say, “I shared the gospel with thousands and thousands of people.” Another one would say, “I was at church every week and served on countless committees.” There would be no end to the self righteous acts men would consider worthy of being accepted into heaven. But there will be no such conversations in the Kingdom of God. In God’s Kingdom men, women, boys and girls will all say, “He touched me and changed my life.” Today is the day to open your heart and receive Christ once and for all and then live everyday to the glory of His name. Open your heart and tell God what you want.
Holy Father, I have heard your voice today and I believe you are speaking to me. I don’t understand it all, but I know you love me and sent your Son to die on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me of all my sins and make me Yours. I want to be a part of the family of God. I want eternal life and heaven. I want to live with hope and joy and peace. Father I ask you to fill me now with the Holy Spirit. By faith I accept you into my life and by faith and by Your power I will live out the rest of my days for your glory and honor. Thank you Jesus for this moment! Thank you for saving me! I ask this in and through the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Praise God! Praise God! If you prayed that prayer and made that request by faith in God you are born again and a child of God. The angels in heaven rejoice over you this very moment and listen, God is going to use you in mighty ways, I believe it. If you accepted Jesus as your Savior please reach out to me and let me know because I want to be encouraged by it as well. Be encouraged today brother or sister, God is on your side and working it all together for your good. Amen.
Recently my wife brought to me a problem. It was a small floor heater she used in her office that had suddenly stopped working. Without hesitation I started looking it over and then commenced to taking it apart. In my mind this was something I could fix and save the money on buying another one. It wasn’t long after the heater was handed to me that it was laying on the counter all in pieces. Nothing I tried gave any hope of salvaging the heater, saving a little cash and boosting my ego. Shortly after I surrendered to the obvious and tossed the heater in the trash I thought, there are some things God doesn’t want us to fix. This stands true not only for material things with nuts and bolts and wires and programs, but it’s also true for the people around you. There’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to help fix the problems of the people you love and even complete strangers, but if do, how will they ever know their need for God? About a month ago a young lady approached me with a problem and she was wanting some guidance on a decision she needed to make concerning her two jobs. I listened and asked a few questions, but the Lord stopped me from telling her what I would do. I told her that she was in a great place to which she looked at me very strange. I began talking to her about drawing near to the Lord to hear what He has to say about her situation. I take great joy in giving answers and trying to fix people’s problems, but I know also if we fix everything we may get in the way of what God was doing. I could not fix the heater, but it was not beyond repair. It simply needed to get into the right hands, right? You don’t need to fix every problem and the truth is, God won’t let you. God wants us to direct people to Him so they can find out for themselves about His love, mercy, and power.
A desperate father brought his sick son the the disciples, but they could not fix the problem. Matthew 17:16-17 “So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” Most likely you will run into someone with a problem today. God may want you to help, but even if you can, listen fir God to say to you, “Bring him here to Me.”
I saw this and thought, “That’s a smart dog!” It really is amazing what dogs can do. Instinctively when Rascal sees another animal on the television, he runs toward it barking and growling. Now that’s not that smart, but he can tell the difference between an animal and a human. He can do the normal smart dog performance such as a hand shake, speak/bark on command. He can high-five, turn around and even give a hug. But on this particular morning, as shown in the picture, Rascal inspired me. Hopefully you can see this, but he is laying down in a rectangle of light shining through our living room skylight. Is that a coincidence or did Rascal intentionally lay down in that spot? It was intentional, and not only was he laying down in the light, but he was facing and looking towards the one he loves the most in the world, my wife.
Be inspired today to get in the light and by faith look towards your Savior. How do you get in the light and look towards Jesus? The best way is to open up God’s Word and ask God to shine His light on you. Feel the warmth of His love as you read those eternal words. Stay there for a while to demonstrate your devotion to Him. Jesus’ light is still shining even in a dark world.
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”