Month: October 2015

Just Have Faith

Scripture: Mark 5: 36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Observation: Why is it I’m always afraid? Even now I’m worried about what’s going to happen at work and our finances. It’s always something. Why can’t I believe that God is watching over me and that He will guide me in the direction He desires me to go. He has always been there, why is my faith so weak?

Application: I need to do the best I can in glory and honor to God, then trust Him. I will focus on God and not my problems. Realizing He has a plan for my life and He will be the one guiding me.

Prayer: My Lord guide this servant through this day. Take away this fear in my heart and open my eyes to see what you want of me.

Why Am I So Afraid

Scripture: Mark 4: 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Observation: I’m sorry to say I still live my life hearing Jesus words why are you so afraid. I panic so easy about money, work or anything I’m working on it seems. Jesus proves over and over again his faithfulness yet my faith is so weak.

Application: I need to start replacing fear with prayer, anxiety with scripture meditation and start looking at Jesus instead of my situations. I need to know Jesus is with me no matter how a situation turns out so there is no reason to worry about it.

Prayer: Dear Lord increase my faith. Draw me near to you so I may hear your voice.

Being in Jesus’ Family

Scripture: Mark 3: [35] Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Observation: I want to be part of God’s family. I deeply want to do God’s will, but my laziness and fear keep from doing all I need to do.

Application: Right now there are three things I feel God calling me to do. Simple things, a BBQ for a Pastor, a women’s breakfast and food for the CARE camp. Each day I overwhelm myself with thoughts of preparation. This should be my joy not my burden. I get to serve, I have an opportunity to honor God, who has done so much for me by serving others. It’s not a great work of faith but an opportunity to do the will of the Father.

Prayer: Dear Lord I want to be part of your family, the brother of Jesus. Wow what a position. Strengthen me, open my eyes to your will. May I please you today.

When Jesus Sees Our Faith

Scripture: Mark 2: [5] When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Observation: What does Jesus see when He looks at my faith? The last two days I’ve been so nervous about getting a job. I allow it to occupy a lot of my time. Today I sat outside the company I was interviewing with wondering what this day will bring, nervous if I’ll get the job and already wondering how I’ll support my wife and new home. Where is my faith? Jesus must be looking down saddened of his child He has gotten through so much and yet my faith is so weak.

Application: I need to give this burden to Jesus and trust his will be done. I need to let go of it now and let him work and no matter what might happen, trust in Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord take this burden from my heart and take charge. Show me how to be obedient and to stop and listen to you. Lord I believe, help my unbelief.

Fishing for Men

Scripture: Mark 1: [17] “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

Observation: This is what Jesus is saying today to follow his ways and bring others to Him, but is that what I’m doing. Am I being a good fisherman? Does my attitude draw others to God, am I catching anyone’s attention?

Application: I need to trust God more. I need to follow Him, before I can lead others. I need to be in constant prayer and reading to know what to do.

Prayer: My God make me more like your Son. Increase my faith and show me how to be a good fisherman for you.

Go Make Disciples

Scripture: Matthew 28: [19] Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Observation: I wonder what my purpose is sometimes and I pray to God for direction. One thing is clear that we are to go and spread the word of Jesus, to make disciples of others. So no matter what else God has in store for me the end result is to bring others to Christ either by words or action.

Application: In everything I do I must reflect Christ character, so others may be drawn to Him. Today I must be filled with joy, showing a love to others that could only come from the love I receive from Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord open my eyes to the opportunities to share your love and word. May you give me the words to say that I may bring others to you.

Surely He Is the Son of God

Scripture: Matthew 27: 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Observation: Sometimes I feel I take Jesus too lightly. He is the Son of God, my Lord and my Savior. I shouldn’t be able to say His name without wanting to bow and worship Him. It should pain me to hear His name used in vain and I should always defend and speak out to others.

Application: I need to always recognize the name of Jesus with the reverence He deserves, the Son of God and part of the trinity. My savior He loves me so much that He gave His life for me.

Prayer: Dear Lord may my life reflect how important you are and may my actions honor you. May I point others to you in love and worship.