One Touched Him Different

Given August 1, 2015  Jesus_woman

The woman in the crowd with the issue of blood, (see Luke 8), touched Jesus.  Others that day had brushed up against Him or bumped into Him and maybe even said, “Oh, excuse me; I’m sorry I bumped into you.”  But the woman touched Him with a
purpose and she received from Him.

Many people go to church or are only near Jesus and brush up against Him.  They may even be thinking, “Sorry Jesus, I didn’t mean to get so close to you.  Let me back up a little.”  They don’t reach out to touch Him with a purpose as the woman did.  And they don’t receive anything from Him.

Today, make it a point to get close to Jesus, wherever you are, reach out and touch Him with a purpose in mind and faith in your heart.  He will notice that kind of touch and meet your need.  “And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’ “ (Luke 8:48).

There Is Hope

Given June 26, 2015Hope

There are times in our lives when things are not going well and we can’t see how we’ll ever get through it. The situation seems hopeless. I know there are some of you who are in a situation like this right now. Today let’s look at five things to remember at times like these.

1. God is with you. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;” (Psalm 23:4). “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). You are not alone, God is there, talk to Him.
2. God cares about you. “The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great. I say to myself, “The Lord is mine, so I hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24). “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). If you feel like no one cares about you, God does! Talk to Him.
3. God knows your situation. ”Doesn’t he see everything I do and every step I take?” (Job 31:4). “Every hair on your head has been counted” (Luke 12:7). Also, that “great cloud of witnesses” from Hebrews 12:1, who made it through some terrible things, is cheering you on. Ask God what you should do.
4. God has power that you don’t have. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.“. (Romans 4:18). Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18). Abraham was 100 years old and God told him he was going to have many offspring? Was that hopeless? Turn your situation over to God and let Him handle it.
5. God has promised to help you. “I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10). “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:81). Seek out God’s promise for your situation and trust Him. “It is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6:18).

There is hope in your situation, let God handle it.

Memorials

Given May 23, 2015

We are celebrating Memorial Day but what do we think of on this day? A day off from work, cookouts, the military? Webster’s Collegiate RockMemorialDictionary defines a memorial as: Something that keeps remembrance alive: as a monument. When we see a monument or picture, we remember the significance from the past that the item represents. Officially becoming a holiday in 1971, the last Monday in May honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Tomorrow, we remember and honor those great Americans.

The Bible is full of memorials; things that remind us of God’s mercy and grace in the past. The first memorial is the rainbow that God set in the sky to remind HIMSELF of his promise, (Genesis 9:13-16). Communion is another one; our remembrance of what Jesus did for us, Jesus said, “this do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19-20). Many times God’s people set up an altar or memorial to remind them of God’s goodness. In Joshua 4:1-7 after they crossed the Jordan River, God had Joshua to command the Israelites to set up twelve stones as a memorial. When the children would see the stones and ask what they were, the adults could tell the story of how God delivered them from the Egyptians.

The flood, the death of Jesus and the exodus were all troubling and difficult times but God takes care of His people. They see the memorial and remember that God is good and is on their side. Is there something in your past that was bad but God brought you through it? If you’re saved, your pre-Jesus life was bad. Think of a time when God brought you through. Now, choose something for your memorial: a rock, a picture, a tree, a pocket cross, something that, when you see it, you will be reminded of what God did for you. And, when the devil comes reminding you of something in your past, show him your memorial and say, “Look what the Lord has done!” “So Devil…you can leave now.”

Be A Doer

Given September 20, 2014

You won’t get the job unless you apply. You can’t find out if you’re any good until you join the team. You won’t know if your idea is worthy until you telGet busyl the boss. You won’t get your work published until you submit it. You won’t see a harvest until you plant the seed. You won’t get where you need to go until you take the first step. You won’t get to know that person until you introduce yourself. You can’t pass the test until you study. You won’t defeat your fear until you face it. You can’t get past your mistakes until you confess them. You can’t mend a relationship without forgiveness. You can’t move forward while you’re looking back. You can’t become a great player without enduring the pain of training. You won’t know what’s behind the door until you open it. You can’t catch the fish unless you cast the bait. You can’t learn how to play the instrument until you pick it up. You can’t get in shape until you get up off the couch. You won’t know what God has in store for you until you volunteer to serve Him. You can’t praise God while focusing on your problems. You can’t go to Heaven without saying yes to Jesus. You can’t really have anything of lasting value until you first seek God. (Matthew 6:33)

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat.” (Proverbs 13:4)
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22)

Determine in your Spirit today to take action on whatever it is you feel God wants you to do.

Do You Need Help Getting Up?

Given April 10, 2015

The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). As we think about this verse today, I want us to JesusHelpingHandimagine the following scene in our minds.

Picture yourself walking along the path toward Heaven. You see God’s glory up ahead and you’re moving in the right direction, getting closer to Him. Then suddenly, there in the path, is an obstacle. Where did this thing come from? Why is it in my way? The answer is in John 10:10: “The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy,” he will do anything to distract you, cause you to stumble or to stop you from getting to God’s glory. So, you’ve fallen. Remember Romans 3:23 above, everybody has fallen from time to time. But Jesus does not condemn, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”. Remember the woman caught in adultery in John 8, “And Jesus said, “Neither do I. (condemn thee). Go and sin no more.” We’re going to fall short from time to time but if we are with Jesus, we can confess our sin, ask for forgiveness, and He will give it and help us up to continue our journey.

Remember Peter in Matthew 14? He was “with” Christ, got out of the boat and walked on the water. However, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid,” (the obstacle in his path from the scene above). What did Jesus do? “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” Peter had cried out to Jesus, (confessing his fault and asking forgiveness/ help), and Jesus helped him up and they continued on their journey.

We’re sometimes going to fall short but I want to encourage you today to not believe the lies of the devil and give up. Don’t give up but look up. Look up into the forgiving face of Jesus, take His hand and get up. Then continue on, toward the Glory of God.