Month: <span>October 2021</span>

What Am I Shouting?

Scripture: Luke 23: [21] But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

Observation: I wrote something a while ago about the people that must have been there at this time. People who saw the miracles and even those who were healed and ate when Jesus fed the five thousand. They must have heard Him speak, yet no one came to His defense. These were the people Jesus came to save and they have either abandoned Him or were condemning Him. So what about me, what am I doing? Have I abandoned Him with my lack of faith or do I condemn Him with my actions that others see?

Application: I need to stand up for my Lord and Savior who stood up for me with the Father. I need to bear fruit in His name and touch the lives of others with His word. My actions and words need to prove to others that I’m a believer in Christ and the He sits on the throne of my heart and I need to direct others to this very special love that Jesus has for them.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for your love and mercy. Show me how to open my mouth in your defense to your accusers in this world. Give me the wisdom that I will need to say the right words and the courage to stand up against any persecution and show me how to lead others to you.

To Serve Like Jesus

Scripture: Luke 22: [27] For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Observation: I do want to be more like my Lord, Jesus. In all His ministry He shows how important it is to be a servant, but most of the time I only serve myself. Jesus was selfless always doing for others and pointing them to God. If I’m to be more like Jesus I need to have a servant’s heart and put the needs of others above my own.

Application: I need to fight this laziness I have and get off the couch and get into the game. I know what I’m supposed to do, but I’m too busy making excuses instead of making a difference. I don’t even know when Jesus slept during His ministry, but I know the people He touched and I need to start touching people in Jesus name.

Prayer: Dear Lord help me get going and serving for you. There is so much I can do, but I do so little. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and show me the path that leads to You.

Staying Out of the Trap

Scripture: Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.

Observation: We can get so weighed down with life’s problems that we can’t see anything else. We miss the blessings and God’s direction for our life because we become blind. So when Jesus returns where will I be. Will I be ready to go or so distracted by my worries that I won’t realize he has returned.

Application: I need to remember everything on this earth is temporary and will have an end, but my life with Christ is eternal and deserves my complete attention. I have no reason not to trust Jesus with everything and be able to rest in His peace. I need to live so when my Lord returns He will find me busy doing what He has called me to do.

Prayer: Dear Lord please forgive your servant for my lack of faith. Help me not focus on the things of this world, but open up my mind and heart to the things that will glorify you.

It’s All God’s

Scripture: Luke 20:25 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Observation: I still think I deserve things of my own, I owe the government taxes, I pay my bills and to the One I owe everything I give so little. God deserves all my love, praise and obedience, but yet He always seems to take a back seat and gets the leftovers of my life. I take a few moments and pray each day, read my Bible and from time to time will even do an outreach in His name. God asks for only a tithe of all that He has given me and I can’t even do that.

Application: I tithe 10 percent of the money I receive, but the most precious gift God has given me He doesn’t even get 1 percent. Today is my 60th birthday and I’m only here because of the grace of God and I know He desires to use me, but He allows me to make the choices. I really hate free will. I wish He would make me do the things He wants, but what He truly wants is my love and obedience given freely to Him. I don’t know how much longer God will keep me here, but I need to start living for Him and finish this race He started me on.

Prayer: Dear Lord I do love you and want to draw closer to you. I realize everything that I have is a gift from you. Show me know how to multiply your investment in me that I may bring glory to you.

Is Jesus Weeping over America?

Scripture: Luke 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it

Observation: I’m sure Jesus is weeping over America and what we have done to His blessing to us. We have taken a country founded under God laws and principles and have turned it into a den of sinners. Sexual immortality runs rampant, God word is no longer welcome, God isn’t allowed in our schools or government instead of loving each other we hate, steal and kill one another. We as Christians should be weeping for this country that we ask God to bless, when in our hearts we know He can’t bless sin.

Application: I’m part of the problem if I don’t do anything to change the state this country is in. Even though I can’t change the country I can show each person I meet the love of God. I can’t stand by anymore and allow the sin I see go on without saying something. I need to make a difference for God even if it’s only a person at a time.

Prayer: My Lord I ask for forgiveness on what we have done to this land you have blessed us with and also for me. I have let things go that I see is sin against you right in front of me and I didn’t say anything. Give me strength to confront people in love and tell them about your love for them.

He Is Worthy of Our Praise

Scripture: Luke 18: [43] Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Observation: When God healed me after I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior I was excited. I knew I needed to do something and couldn’t wait to serve. I was involved in several ministries trying to learn more about my savior. As time has passed my praise isn’t as loud as it was before and not as many people are seeing it.

Application: I have more to praise my Lord then ever and it’s about time that others see my praise so that they may praise our Lord as well. I have an opportunity coming up to do a class on depression and this can be the beginning of others seeing my praise for my Lord. A day should never go by without me praising God for all He has done for me and it should be obvious to others that He deserves the praise.

Prayer: Dear Lord you are worthy of all my love, praise and obedience. Help guide me through this life, take any pride from me and humble me in your presence and show me how to praise you at all times to others.

I Am An Unworthy Servant

Scripture: Luke 17: [10] So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”

Observation: Every once in a while I’ll do something that I know that honors God and after it’s done I feel good and wonder what God might have in store for me. I forget it is my job to do God’s will all the time and not just the times I feel like doing it. At times I feel like I’m doing God a favor instead of realizing at times I’m actually doing my job in serving my Master.

Application: When I’m at work I work hard and show results. I need to realize that my work on earth is my second job, my main job is to do God’s will in all that I do. When I do an outreach for the poor and tell someone about Jesus that is my job, the job God has created me for.

Prayer: My Lord your servant comes before you and I know that I’m not worthy of you and that I’m only here because of your grace and mercy. Help me be a better servant and be more focused on the job you have set up for me. May I make you proud of your servant and bring joy to you.