Sunday, April 5, 2020

That the World May See Your Glory

Scripture:

“And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

When Moses died, Joshua was to take the children of Israel into the Promised Land on the other side of the Jordan River.  When he sent spies into the land, the people in the land said that were terrified because they had heard about how God worked on behalf of the people of Israel coming out of. Egypt.  They had no courage because they know they could never stand up to Israel’s God.  They acknowledged that Israel’s God was god in heaven and on earth.

Application:

I want to see God work so strongly in our midst that the people of the world have to stand and declare that our God is God over heaven and earth.  I desire to see God work in such ways that His enemies have to admit His power and the reality of who He is.  I want the world to have their hearts melted before Him as they see the demonstration of His power and goodness.

Prayer:

Father, glorify Your name in all the earth.  May Your name be lifted up in every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue.  Demonstrate Your power that this world may see and fear You.  Make it so clear that every skeptic has to say that there is a god and that He is powerful.  I ask You to end Coronavirus and do it in such a way that Your name is glorified and the world sees that You are the God who heals an delivers.  Let the world see your power!

Yours,
Jeff

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Believe

Scripture:

“Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
‭‭John‬ ‭20:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

After Jesus had resurrected, He appeared to His disciples, but Thomas wasn’t there.  He struggled to believe that Jesus had truly risen from the dead.  The second time Jesus appeared to them, He encountered Thomas and told him to look at Hands and to place His hand into His side.  When He had done this, He said, “Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  Jesus went out of His way to cause Thomas to believe and trust Him.  he wanted Thomas to know that the resurrection was real.

Application:

In our church we say that we want people to encounter Christ, engage in growth and extend God’s kingdom.  God doesn’t mind us having a desire to encounter Him.  He went out of His way to make sure Thomas had an encounter with the risen Christ and today I believe we need to have an encounter with Christ as well.  He wants us to be believing, not unbelieving.  We must learn to be “believers” that God will do what He says He will do.  After 3-1/2 years of walking with Christ personally, Thomas needed his faith strengthened to believe, we need ours strengthened periodically as well. I want to fully believe and have no unbelief in anything Christ told us.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to believe.  Let me encounter You more and more.  I believe You and Your word, but sometimes my faith is weak.  Increase my faith and help me to believe You and stand on Your word more every day.  I ask you to confirm Your word with signs following so that the Thomas’ out there can believe as well.  Arise O Lord and demonstrate Your power in my generation.  Stop this Coronavirus and heal Your people.

Completely Yours,
Jeff

Friday, April 3, 2020

One

Scripture:

“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭17:22-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

Jesus was near the very end of His life and He was praying for His disciples in these verses.  He spoke to the Father and said He had given them the glory which the Father had given Him so they could be one like the Father and the Son.  He went on to say that we would be made perfect in one so the world would know that the Father sent Christ and that God loves them.

Application:

Jesus said we would be one with the Father and the Son.  When a husband and wife come together, they become one.  They function as one instead of as two.  They are one, yet two.  In the same way, when we come to Christ we are one with Him and He is one with the Father.  When the world sees us, they should see Jesus and the Father in us and they should know that God loves us.  Just as this Coronavirus spreads from person to person without diminishing, so Christ can be in each person and never diminish.  We each have the fulness of Christ in us and should radiate that to the world because we are one with Him.  

Prayer:

Jesus, let me become one with You more and more.  Let me radiate Your glory through my life and my interactions.  When people hear me speak, let them hear You speak.  Let me become more like You in every area.  Fill my life and let me walk as one with You.  Let me spread your love stronger that the Coronavirus spreads fear and germs.

Yours Forever,
Jeff

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Peace in Troubled Times

Scripture:

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

Jesus was preparing for his death and departure.  He told His disciples that He was leaving them His peace and He was leaving it with them.  He told them not to let their heart be troubled or be afraid.  He knew they were going to go through some really tough times.  They were about to see Him arrested, falsely accused and killed.  They needed peace and to know that all of this was somehow in the will of God.  Jesus, knowing what they would go through, left His peace with them.

Application:

No matter what we are going through today, Jesus knew about it long ago and He has left His peace with us to help us not to be afraid or filled with anxiety.  The closer we walk with Christ, the more of His peace we will have in troubled times.  We must allow the peace of God to fill our hearts, but we can’t make that happen, we can just hang out with the Prince of Peace, and His peace will fill our hearts.

Prayer:

Father, in this trying time of COVID 19, let me walk in Your peace.  Let me be led forth with peace.  Let Your peace fill my heart that I may minister from a place of peace and rest.  I am Yours.  Thank You for leaving me Your peace so I can walk in it.  Let my mind be stayed on you, then I can walk in perfect peace.

Yours Forever,
Jeff

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Knowing His Voice

Scripture:

“And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”
‭‭John‬ ‭10:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

Jesus had just spoken about being the gate that allows people into and out of the sheep fold.  He then begins to speak of the shepherd of the sheep.  He said that a thief or robber goes over the fence, but the shepherd comes through the gate and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.  Sheep know the voice of their shepherd.

Application:

As we walk through some pretty difficult times right now, we need to be tuned into the shepherd like never before.  The shepherd doesn’t “hope” the sheep know his voice, he “knows” they know his voice.  The only way to know the voice of the shepherd during these trying days is to walk close to Him.  The more you are with the shepherd, the more you recognize his voice.  I never have to say who I am when I answer the phone because I have a very distinct voice and people recognize it.  I need to be tuned into the voice of God so I recognize next steps and things I need to be doing right now.

Prayer:

Lord, more than anything, I want to know Your voice.  I want to be led by Your Spirit and walk according to Your will.  Show me every step to take and open my ears to hear You more clearly.  Speak to me.  I long to know Your voice and to hear it with clarity.  Speak to me and I will follow.

Yours,
Jeff

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Work the Works

Scripture:

“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.””
‭‭John‬ ‭9:4-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

In this passage, Jesus healed a man who was blind from birth.  His disciples asked who sinned, the parents or the individual and Jesus told them neither, but this happened for the flory fo the Lord.  He then added, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Application:

Jesus knew what He was sent to do, no matter what people said about Him.  He knew that He must work the works of the Father while it was day because night was coming.  I also, need to realize that we are living in the last days and must work God’s works in this earth before He returns.  While I am here, I need to be lighting up the world for people around me.  Jesus told us that we are the light of the world, therefore, we must shine as bright as possible until He returns.  Even in isolation and quarantine, we are called to shine.

Prayer:

Lord God, help me to shine and light up the world as long as it is day.  Teach me to walk in the light and to share the light effectively.  I want to work Your works on the earth.  I pray this morning, “Let Your kingdom come and let Your will be done” in the earth.  Bring an end to Coronavirus and let your healing rivers flow.

Your Son,
Jeff

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Spirit Gives Life

Scripture:

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6:63‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

Jesus had just told the people that He was the bread who came down from heaven.  He also told them that they needed to eat His flesh and drink His blood.  Many turned away.  In this situation, the Lord said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”  Spirit produces life and His words are spirit and life.

Application:

We need to eat, feast on, the words of Christ.  His words are life and spirit.  There is true life in the Spirit.  He is the life giver and the one who fills us to overflowing with eternal life.  All I can do in the flesh is of no profit, but what comes from the Spirit is always powerful. I need to spend more time with the Holy Spirit and know HIs voice better.  I want to live out of the Spirit and not out of the flesh.  I want my life to count for Christ, therefore I need to walk in the Spirit at a greater level.

Prayer:

Lord God, help me to keep my eyes on You, the giver of life.  You are my life, my passion, my strength and my redeemer.  You are my everything.  Help me to focus more on You during the day and to seek Your face more and more.  Enable me to walk with You through life, impacting people all along the way.  I want to live life to the fullest and that is only possible when I live in the Spirit.

Yours,
Jeff