Month: <span>January 2016</span>

Jesus is Always Serving

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Scripture: John 21: [9] When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Observation: Jesus just suffered, died and was raised from the dead for our sins. He should be sitting on the throne ruling and being praised. Yet He is sitting on the beach cooking breakfast for His friends. How much more should we be looking to serve those around us. My Lord and my Savior all my life has been serving me most of the time and I was unaware, but even through denial He stuck close as a friend.

Application: It’s time for me to get busy and serve my Lord with the same love He has served me with. The way is through service to others in His name. I need to get myself out of the way and focus on fulfilling my purpose for Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord I freely give you this life as a living sacrifice use it in glory and honor to you.

They Gave to the Needy

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Scripture: Acts 2: [45] Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

Observation: I give my tithe each week but not much more. I become selfish with the other ninety percent God has given me. It’s rare to give to someone begging at a corner or give to a charity or mission. Even my time I’m hoarding from God. God has blessed and loved me so much, yet I keep what He gives me and build my treasures in this place instead of heaven.

Application: Everything I have, God gave me to see what I would do with it. I believe I’m disappointing Him. I need to freely give my money and time to anyone who needs it, it’s not mine anyway. When I give, I give to God for His glory.

Prayer: Lord fill me with the Holy Spirit and take charge over this selfish man. Show me how to give in a way that will honor you. All I have is yours.

Holy Spirit’s Power

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Scripture: Acts 1: [8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Observation: When I received Jesus as my Lord and savior I received the Holy Spirit. My thoughts, speech and actions changed, it seemed immediately. At times it seems I’ve been suppressing the Holy Spirit in my life. My laziness, pride and greed stop me from fulfilling what the Holy Spirit wants of me. My one job is to be a witness for Jesus sharing the gospel and what He has done for me, which only can be done with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Application: I need to make a better effort to allow the Holy Spirit to work in my life. To set goals on what I should be doing to share the gospel for my Lord and to be the man God calls me to be for Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord fill me with the Holy Spirit and take charge. Use me as you will and open my eyes to your glory, fulfilling the purpose you have created me for.

Jesus is Sending Me

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Scripture: John 20: 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

Observation: Jesus is telling us what we are suppose to do , our purpose. He is sending every Christian to spread His word to the rest of the world. We’ll each have a different way of doing it and gifts and talents He wants us to use, but the end result is to spread the gospel.

Application: I need to make spreading the gospel my number one responsibility. Everything I do, the way I act, the things I say should glorify God. Each day I need to pray that God will show me how to spread His word to others.

Prayer: Dear Lord give me the strength and wisdom to do the things you desire of me. May I complete the race well in glory and honor to you.

Who Has the Power Over Me?

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Scripture: John 19: 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

Observation: I need to realize as a child of God and a follower of Christ, God is looking over me. If something happens, God knows and allows it. He has complete power over me and I need to trust that. When things appear to go wrong I need to pray and search what God is showing me.

Application: I need to make myself available to God and realize He has complete power and authority in my life. The only reason I exist is because of God and He has a plan and a purpose for my life. The only thing that can happen to me is what God allows.

Prayer: My lord, my creator, my God take charge of this servant and open my eyes to the desires of your heart.

Are You A Disciple?

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Scripture: John 18: 17 “You are not one of his disciples, are you?” the girl at the door asked Peter.
He replied, “I am not.”

Observation: The way I act and the things I say or think sometimes is the same as denying Jesus. I don’t have to say the words but if people see me and doubt I’m a Christian then I’m denying Jesus.

Application: To live a life that others would not doubt but be drawn nearer to my Lord and Savior. That my actions and words are that of a servant pointing others to Christ. Taking every opportunity to tell someone what Jesus has done in my life and point them to Him. To fulfill my purpose guiding others.

Prayer: Dear Lord I do belong to you. Make it obvious to those you place around me. May your light shine through me so others may see.

God’s Protection

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Scripture: John 17: [15] My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Observation: Jesus prayed for me that God the Father would protect me from the evil one. I know Jesus prayers are always answered since He prays the will of the Father. Knowing I’m protected from Satan should eliminate my fear and give me confidence that I’m protected by God. So why am I so worried and filled with anxiety each day?

Application: I need to live my life victoriously through Christ. Confident in my savior that no matter what might happen I am protected by His blood and love. That if anything might happen that there is a reason and I should search for what God wants me to learn.

Prayer: My Lord I thank you for my protection from the evil one. I do belong to you, show me this day how I may accomplish the purpose you have created me for.