Prayer

Don’t Want to be Here!

 

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.

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS!

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.

Make the Move

Think back to how many times you have moved from one address to another. For some people, that exercise doesn’t take much effort because they’ve lived in the home they grew up in. Then there are those average movers that have resettled less than a dozen times and have found their place. I counted sixteen times I have moved, and praise God I don’t see any more moving in the future. Moving, however, is not something we only do physically because of job changes or marriage, but it is also something you do spiritually. To experience God, you must move! You must move from a relationship with God into fellowship with God, and yes, there is a difference. A relationship with God through Jesus Christ can certainly open the doors of heaven when you die, but with a intimate fellowship with God, the life of God will flow through you.  So the question here is, are you in fellowship with God or just in a relationship with Him? If you’re in a relationship with God, you live with the “I don’t feel like it” attitude. I don’t feel like praying. I don’t feel like going to church. I don’t feel like reading God’s Word. In a relationship, you let your feelings mostly dominate your life when it come to spiritual matters. A relationship with God doesn’t create a sensitivity or concern for other, but fellowship does. Even those in fellowship with God have to overcome their feelings, but those in fellowship with God have recognized the value, satisfaction and the fulfillment their fellowship has brought into their lives.

Please hear this, the devil in hell doesn’t care if you have a relationship with God so long as you never move into intimate fellowship. He doesn’t want us to move into fellowship because he knows that’s where the victory is, and that’s where the abundant life is, and that is when your witness for Christ shines. So if you haven’t moved there, move! He saves us for fellowship. I have a relationship with many, many people, but they really don’t impact my life the way those do who I am in fellowship with. One thing I know, moving is not easy, it’s going to cost you. Jesus paid the price for our fellowship with God through His sacrifice on the cross for our sins, and fellowship with God will cost you some significant time out of your life. And you will find if it’s fulfilling enough, you will make every effort to be alone with Him, just like you would to spend time with a spouse or best friend.

Philippians 1:3-6 “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete [it] until the day of Jesus Christ”

MAKE THE MOVE TODAY!

Wonderful Counselor

His name will be called—“Wonderful Counselor.” One of the first questions an expecting mother gets is, “Do you know what you’re having?” Some women are anxious and eager to know their baby’s gender, while others like to keep it old fashion and surprising. Knowing what you’re having in advance definitely has its advantages. Long before Mary conceived the Messiah-child, the prophet Isaiah prophesied what she was having.

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”


Mary would give birth to a Son who would be called “Wonderful Counselor.” This was more than a title given to a child, it was part of the calling on His life. Perhaps you’ve been to a good counselor before, but let me tell you what makes Jesus-Messiah such a Wonderful Counselor. He always has an opening anytime you need to talk. That means He is there when you need Him. On top of that, He already knows the issues we are struggling with and trying to work through before we open our mouth. In some counseling sessions you are only allotted a certain amount of time to open up and share and then receive guidance, but Jesus is able to spend as much time with you as you need. His services are absolutely free and you can come back as often as you need. As a Wonderful Counselor, Jesus will never mislead you or give you advice that would worsen the circumstance, but He will always advise you towards the right path. Whatever it is, He can help you get through it. Our Wonderful Counselor holds to the strictest standards when it comes to confidentiality and only shares with those He knows will pray for you. His counseling also comes with a guarantee, and the guarantee is that you will feel at peace before you leave His presence. Let me ask you, do you need counseling? In reality, we all need time with the Wonderful Counselor.

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