Tuesday, December 11, 2018

God’s Love for the Lost

Scripture:

“Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?””
‭‭Jonah‬ ‭4:10-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

God made a plant quickly to protect Jonah from the sun.  The next day, God took the plant away and had it eaten.  Jonah complained about it and God told him, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there... But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals.  Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”

Application:

God loves lost people.  He doesn’t want any to perish, but all to come to repentance.  He will go out of His way to bring lost people to Himself.  He will even offend us, to get them saved.  I need to love lost people with the same passion the Lord loves lost people.  I must have a heart to see them saved like He does.

Prayer:

Father, give me Your heart for lost people.  Help me in my personal witness and evangelism.  Teach me to love the way You love.  Help me not to make excuses about building Your kingdom, but to do it with all my heart.  I want to reach more souls for You.

Your Son,
Jeff

Friday, December 7, 2018

Help from the Helper

Scripture:

“Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed.”
‭‭Amos‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Amos declares that Israel had abandoned God and was putting their trust in themselves and the work of their own hands.  They were not acting in justice and righteousness.  God said to them through Amos to do good and run from evil so they would live and then God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies would be their helper.

Application:

I want the Lord of Heaven’s Armies to be on my side and being my helper.  I need His intervention in my life in every area.  I desire the Lord to work with me and not against me.  Therefore, I must do good and run from evil.  I need to run from anything that doesn’t look like God and anything that looks like sin or is obedience.  I want to walk in the strong blessing of God, which comes on obedience.

Prayer:

Lord of Heaven’s Armies, I want to walk with You and work with You.  I want to be one with You.  I want You to flow in and through my life.  Help me to live a life of doing good and running from evil. Teach me to follow Your ways with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  I am Yours.  Lead me I pray.

Your Son,
Jeff

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Agreeing with God

Scripture:

“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?”
‭‭Amos‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

I have often used this verse to talk about a team going the same direction as a leadership principle, but have never really looked at the context.  God is really saying that Israel was about to be judged because they had not walked in agreement with God.  They had not been walking in God’s direction.

Application:

God wants us to walk with Him, but we can’t walk with Him unless we agree on the direction.  You can’t walk with God going your own direction.  He sets the direction and we walk with Him.  He wants to set our course and it is our job to agree with His will for our lives and to walk together toward His will.  I want to walk. In agreement with God and His direction for my life.

Prayer:

Lord, we can’t walk together unless we agree on the direction.  I don’t want to tell You the direction I need to go, but want You to set my course and show me where I need to be.  I give myself to You again this morning and say, “Thy Kingdom come and Thy will be done” in my life, my future, my plans, and my direction.  Lead me and I will follow.

Your Son,
Jeff

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Faith and Victory Over the World

Scripture:

“You see, every child of God overcomes the world, for our faith is the victorious power that triumphs over the world. So who are the world conquerors, defeating its power? Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:4-5‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

Here John says that every child of God overcomes the world and it is faith that is the victorious power that triumphs over the world.  He continues to say who the world conquerors are... Those who believe Jesus is the Son of God.  Faith is the victory and power over the things of this world.

Application:

I need to understand thes verses better and really let them get into my spirit.  I want to walk by faith more and more.  I want to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.  I want to live a truly victorious life through Christ and in Christ.  I want to walk as He walked.

Prayer:

Lord God, increase my faith.  I want to overcome the world and live a victorious life in Christ.  Fill my life with Your overcoming, overwhelming power.  I want to live a life that brings You honor and praise.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Flourish in Me

Scripture:

“For all who obey his commands find their lives joined in union with him, and he lives and flourishes in them. We know and have proof that he constantly lives and flourishes in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:24‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

In this passage, John tells us that all who obey God’s commands, which he described earlier as loving one another, find themselves joined in union with Christ.  He goes on to say that Christ lives and flourishes in them.  The Spirit is proof that Christ is living and flourishing in us.

Application:

I don’t want Jesus just to live in me.  I want Him to flourish!  When something is flourishing, it is growing and healthy.  When I think of flourishing, I think of something that has good soil and can grow in the right environment.  When I obey His commands to love God first and foremost and to love my other brothers and sisters, my spiritual life can flourish.

Prayer:

Jesus, I want You to flourish in my life.  I want to live a life that welcomes You and prepares a place for You and Your wishes to flourish.  Help me to love God with all my heart and to love my neighbor completely.  I want You to flourish in my life.

Your Son,
Jeff

Monday, December 3, 2018

God Gives Back

Scripture:

“The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.”
‭‭Joel‬ ‭2:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

God is speaking through Joel and tells HIs people that they have wandered far away from Him and His ways.  They had decided to do their own thing and He was turning His back on them.  Even when He was Turning His back, He had a plan for their restoration.  God always has a plan of restoration.  He may allow some stuff to happen because of our disobedience, but He always gives back.

Application:

When we fail God and don’t come through on our part of the Covenant, God is always there waiting for us like the father of the prodigal son.  He will allow us to see their results of our choices, but then waits with open arms and says, “I will give back what you lost”, when we turn to Him completely.  May we always be quick to repent when we get off track.   He wants to bless us when we do.

Prayer:

Lord, teach me to walk with You completely.  When I mess up, help me to be quick to repent, knowing Your amazing heart to restore.  You are incredibly faithful, help me to be more like You in wevery area of life.  I want to show Your glory in and through my life.  Help me to treat others like You treat me and them.

Your Son,
Jeff

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Consumed with Godliness

Scripture:

“Since all these things are on the verge of being dismantled, don’t you see how vital it is to live a holy life? We must be consumed with godliness”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

Peter says here that the delay in the return of Christ was simply because He wants more people to be saved.  He then says that, because of the nearness of Christ’s return, it is vital to live a holy life.  He finishes with the words, “We must be consumed with godliness,”

Application:

This Passion Translation uses the words, “consumed with godliness”.  Godliness should be what we are consumed with.  We should pursue godliness with passion and it should be the primary pursuit of our lives.  I want to be a man of God, but I need to pursue that with everything I have instead of just hoping to get there.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be godly.  I want to reflect Your image to this world.  Help me to live a life that is consumed by godliness.  Help me to realize how vital it is to walk in godliness.  I want to be godly.  Help me to walk with the Spirit and to be consumed with godliness.

Yours,
Jeff