To be like Jesus 20

Today

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her,

Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10 v38-42

To be like Jesus. If we asked ourselves, as Jesus did his disciples, What manner of spirit is this that is showing up in who we are? Are we putting things in life ahead of what God would have us to do? TBLJ 14, We cannot turn back on this Journey he has called us to put our hands to, even when it seems we are not getting to far? TBLJ 15, There are still many who need to hear the correct word in order to prepare themselves for eternity. TBLJ 16 Although great power has been given in the realm of our spiritual lives, the most important part above any power we receive is that our name, as a “born again Christian,” is written in the lambs book of life. Jesus is the lamb. TBLJ 17 To know Jesus, is to know God, the debate ends. TBLJ 18 To show compassion, mercy, and understanding is directly in line with who we are as Christ Jesus like Christians TBLJ 19

Many have heard and many have seen the miracles of God, or even the judgement of God in there own lives yet have chosen to go another way. Today, Martha’s concerns over what she thought must be the most important actions for the visit of Jesus were redirected to understand the need to really hear him.

In my heart many times, it would be a great blessing if some would just hear what God is saying to them. The business of today’s culture creates a justification process to not take the time to hear God, To hear Jesus calling us all to repentance of wrong doings or to hear Jesus bless what we are doing as life goes forward.

Being born again is more than just a place secured in heaven when this earthly life is over. The scripture teaches us that it comes with a renewing of who we are…

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51 v10

Life, let me live life as you have raised me, as being born again.

“Jesus saith unto her,

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believe thou this?” John 11 v25, 26 AKJV

and the word continues…

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For this we groan, earnestly, desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5 v1-10 AKJV

Lord, Jesus, in heaven and of all the earth, we thank you for all that you have done for us. Let me pray Lord of my confession’s first asking you to remove all things hidden or unhidden that may stand between you and I and this prayer. Hear my heart Lord, as I know I am weak and you are strong. Keep in me a strong faith, renew in me a strong spirit, and clean heart. I pray this prayer, not alone for me this day, but for all others as well. Especially those who I know are struggling in some form this day. We believe in your healing in all forms, and we keep our faith in you. We rebuke in your name, this day, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, evil that is now or will be working against us this day. We love you Jesus and we thank you again for all that you are doing for us. Amen

January 20

Jesus-as it was

     “In those days came John the baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esais, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.” Mathew 3 v1-9 AKJV

     Here, in my mind a man came preaching boldly the message of repentance. It was a message of positive authority and confirmation of prophecy. 

     “The voice of him crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for God.” Isaiah 40 v3 AKJV

and there’s more…

     “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. The voice said, Cry, And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, and the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.” Isaiah 40 v4-8 AKJV

     The prophecy’s of God’s promises and of his sovereign authorship of life eternal began hundreds of years prior to John the Baptist and lived on through him, as they will you in some ways. John was the forerunner, the messenger, to and of Christ Jesus in his day. Isaiah was the messenger of God in preparation of Jerusalem, and the rest of the living body of Christ to follow. Jesus is, and always has been, the trinity fulfilled in completion for humanity to see and accept as the -final sacrificial lamb- for the redemption of those who choose him.  Repentance for me was the opportunity to become a part of the body of Christ with him, his spirit living in me with great influence and bringing the joy of walking with him to it’s fullest. Life with Christ doesn’t have to be burdensome as often portrayed, but is full even in the difficult times. In truth, there is a time of purging ourselves of all unrighteousness. That time is given in a measure of faith as we learn and experience a life of trusting God. Daily, we fall short but daily we are over-comers and with that comes the ability to take on life in a positive way and also to share that positive way with others. 

     Humility is not hanging our heads in shame but accepting by faith the joy of living in a Christian way. Many events took place in the introduction of Christ to the world in his day. Those same events bear witness today of the turning marked in time and observed throughout the world. 

     The birth of John-leading to the birth of Jesus- as it was…

     There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of the course, According to the custom of the priest office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of the incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.” Luke 1 v -14 AKJV

     “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mothers womb. And many of the Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom and just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1 v14 – 17 AKJV 

Doing what is right is good, loving to do what is right and doing it is even better.

Prepare our hearts Lord, for your coming. Prepare us in our ways-our mind for living the day in honor of you. Lord we thank you all things. We pray. Amen

Tuesday 12/18/2018

Today’s Meditation 11/1/2018

a random verse…

“For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Acts 28 v27

Lord, I thank you for this day. Increase my will to follow your understandings which are in my heart. Lord, forgive me this day. Lord, I pray a special prayer for my family. Lord, I pray for all others. Amen

Thursday 11/1/2018

Today’s Meditation 10/10/2018

a random verse…

“If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I devils through Beelzebub.” Luke 11 v18

Lord, I pray that you bond us together with you that we may stand. Lord, we love you this day and thank you for this special day. Lord, I pray a special prayer for my family. Lord, I pray for our friends and all others. Amen

Wednesday 10/10/2018

Today’s Meditation 3/30/2018

“And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.” 2 Chronicles 30 v14

…”Hezekiah prayed for them saying, The good Lord pardon every one … That prepareth his heart to seek God, …”

Lord, we thank you for the opportunity to prepare ourselves for your service and in seeking you. We thank you, especially for this day represented. Amen

Good Friday 3/30/2014