To be like Jesus 69

A hand of kindness…

“Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him and forgave him the debt.

But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desirest me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your fathers forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” Mathew 18 v23-35 AKJV

To understand our talents and use them wisely TBLJ 63 to follow the God’s purposes TBLJ 64 to hear the word of the Lord and keep it TBLJ 65 to serve the Lord God TBLJ 66 Lotd, teach us to avoid tempation and to reach that place higher than ourselves TBLJ 67 to share the Gospel TBLJ 68

and then today … -a hand of kindness-goes farther than we will ever understand this side of heaven.

Lord, I thank you and pray for the resolve to be forgiving as you have forgiven. When I am weak, you are my strength. Amen

March 10

To be like Jesus 53

Today

“And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the misdst of Samaria and Galilee And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them,

Go shew yourselves unto the priests.

And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said,

Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? They are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

And he said unto him,

Arise, go thy way: they faith hath made thee whole.” Luke 17 v11-19 AKJV

To be like Jesus. Today, all that needs to be is, to God be the glory for what he is doing. It came only from a stranger.

Lord, this day is yours, for I am not able to carry it through on my own. I ask your forgiveness in my own struggles, not to put them out to the world only to be trampled by them, but to let them know as well that I am only what you would have me to be, by your graces and mercy. I know many face the same as well. We do know there is an adversary, and he awaits the challenge and never rest so by your graces-(not to use them as an excuse for wrong doing)-We will overcome. Amen.

February 22

To be like Jesus 51

Today

“Then said he unto the disciples,

It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times a day, and seven times a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” Luke 17 v1-4 AKJV

To be like Jesus. To live in a world of expectations of the better good winning is an instilled right of everyone who lives. To understand that there is a constant challenge between good and evil is to accept reality. All people are influenced by one or the other on the daily decisions we make, at home, at work, or where ever we go.

As a Christian-to be like Jesus- and to follow his teachings requires us to know him in a way that we can walk in his spirit, as we have been taught, and as that teaching by his spirit continues to come.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Nor the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkeness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections of lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galations 5 v16-26 AKJV

To be like Jesus. It isn’t everyone accepts what many are shown many of the mysteries of the gospel, so to expect understanding of them is to be misguided. As I am offended, Lord, Jesus, help me not to offend others. Make my goals in this life be remembered as goals for eternal life not only for myself, but in my daily travels, for others as well. Let me understand better, and instill in me a greater fullness of the “fruit of the Spirit” that the witness of you will overcome the darkness shed by the “works of the flesh.”

Lord, forgive us this day, as we seek to forgive those who trespass against us. This is your day. Amen

February 20

To be like Jesus 21

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them,

When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” Luke 11 v1-4 AKJV

We give thanks that the whole world see’s your work in the heavens. Who in this world can brighten and darken the moon, or turn it to the shade of red? You are our Father, which is in heaven.

“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8 v31

Lord, we pray for our nation today. We thank you that you are a just and loving God. Let the small things not hinder our service to you this day in the way we meet others. Amen

January 21

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