Oct 6. Don’t Run from God. Jonah 1:1-2. If
you obey God, he will supply all your needs. Instead of Jonah doing what God
asked him to do, he did what he wanted to do. Jonah tried to run from the
presence of God. But there is no where to flee from God’s presence, Ps
139:7-10. God cares about the sinner and the saint. When we disobey God it’s as
if we are saying God does not know what He is doing. When you don’t obey God
you go down, down, down, just like Jonah. God prepared a fish to get Jonah
where He wanted him to be. God is able to bring you around. You cannot out run
God, He has all power. Accept Jesus as Savior and stop running. Serve God, love
God, obey God.
Sep 29. Rev J. Blake. Do You Hear the Call?
God is an equal opportunity employer. 1 Sam 2:35. What does God want you to be?
You may be good at many things but what is your calling? In Genesis 2:15 man is
given a purpose. Samuel was called by God. 1 Samuel 3:1-10. The Word of God was
precious. Hear the voice of God. Have an open ear to God. Samuel was about 11
years old when he heard the voice of God. Encourage our children to take part
in the work of the Lord now. In all you do, honor God. No matter your
occupation or position, you are never above the Lord. David as a young man killed
Goliath while the men of the army were afraid and did nothing. Take a stand as
did the three Hebrew boys. They determined to obey God even if it cost their
life in the fiery furnace. The young man Jesus was born to set us free. He was
obedient to His mother, father and to the Lord. If you hear the call, don’t run
from it. Don’t focus on your short comings, focus on God.
Sep 22. Don’t Forget God. Ps 9:17. Some of the things we forget are more
important than others. We forget where we put our keys. When trouble comes we
seem to forget where God has brought us. When sickness comes we seem to forget that God is a healer. When we are
blessed we forget to thank God for our blessings. The children of Israel
cried out to God when they were in slavery. God heard their prayer and
delivered them. He gave them a miracle at the Red Sea. He fed them with manor and
quails. He gave them water from a rock. But they forgot all God had done. Be
careful that you don’t forget God. Pride causes some to forget God. Focusing on
earthly things causes some to forget God. The wicked don’t seek God and nations
that forget God shall be turned into hell. We and our nation need to repent. We
need to pray. Jesus gave His life that we might live. Don’t forget God.
15. Sinners in The
Hands of an Angry God. Genesis 6:5-7. Sin is a conscious and responsive
wrongdoing as seen in relationship to God. A sinner is someone that practices
sin. We are all in God’s hands; and judgement is in God’s hands. God is a
loving God. God is kind and generous. God is a forgiving God. God is slow to
anger; but sin makes God angry. When God created man, He said it was good. But
during the time of our scripture text He was sorry He had made man. When
judgement comes there will be no repentance. There is no I’m sorry. There is no
forgiveness. Judgement is coming.
Now is the time to repent of your
sins and accept the Lord as your personal savior. Put God as number one in your
life. Rev 20:12-15. Don’t be found in the hands of an angry God when it comes
time to die. Accept the love of Jesus who died on the cross that we might live.
8. News That’s Too Good to Keep. John 1:41-46. God saved us to go
out and tell the good news to the lost. Jesus is the good news that is too good
to keep. Tell people about the goodness of
Jesus; tell them that Jesus saves. Celebrate when the lost are found. God gave
too much and paid too great a price for us not to share the news. Don’t hide what God has done for you. Tell it
that Jesus rose from the dead. This good news came down from heaven. Spread the
good news by (1) speaking it with your mouth (2) living it so people see Jesus
in you (3) following wherever Jesus leads. We walk by faith not by sight. Start
with your family as Andrew did. Tell people to come and see as Nathanial did. Jesus
died for our sins and rose from the dead. Jesus saves and is coming back again.
Don’t keep this good news to yourself. Jesus is Good News.
Sep 1. The Devil on His Cell Phone Calling 9-1-1. Isaiah
14:12-15. We have the victory. Because of Satan sin entered the world, Adam and
Eve ate the forbidden fruit, Cain killed his brother Able, Sodom and Gomorrah
were destroyed, Job was tormented by death and disease. Satan has been so
successful that hell has enlarged herself, Isaiah 5:14. Satan seeks to destroy
us but in Christ we have the victory. Satan tried to destroy Daniel, David, and
Joseph but God delivered them. Satan tried to destroy Jesus, but God raised Jesus
from the dead. Every day Satan is walking about like a roaring lion seeking to
destroy us, 1 Peter 5:8. Satan is trying to keep us from heaven. But Satan will
be brought down to hell to the sides of the pit. In Revelation, Satan is defeated.
When Satan faces judgement, he will want to call 9-1-1 but there is no one to
come to his rescue. Not God, Moses, Jesus or us. We have the victory. Rev
20:1-10. Don’t let Satan use you. Come to Jesus who died for you. Avoid Satan’s
fate of everlasting punishment.
25 God Expects the Best
From You. Luke 13:6-9. We are not accidents, God has a purpose for you. He has
a plan and He uses us in His plan. God expects the best from us and examines
our lives to see if we are bearing fruit. The Word of God hoe’s around us so we
will bear fruit. God wants a garden that produces. Jesus is the gardener – He gave
his life for us. He fertilizes us with the Word of God. God wants people to
bear fruit – not just look good. Train our children to bear fruit. God has
given you another chance to bear fruit but one day your chances will end. Stay
ready because we don’t know when God will return. God expects the best. God is
checking on you; are you producing fruit? God is looking for the fruit of the
Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,
temperance, Gal 5:22,23. God expects the best from you – He gave us his best; Jesus
died on the cross for us.
Aug 18 Rev. W. Thompson. Gen 13:8,9; Ps 133:1-3. God
Created Us to Live Together. David said
harmony is pleasant and precious. Though we disagree it should not lead to
division. Harmony gives us a foretaste of heaven. Harmony relieves tension. Ps
122:6-7, peace is more than the absence of conflict. To find real peace we must
find God. John 14:27, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Phil 4:6,7, peace that passes all
understanding. John 17:11. God created us to live with others. You may have to separate
but be there for each other. Intercede on behalf of your brothers. Love even if
you can’t hang together. We can have a common understanding - be witnesses, 1
Cor 1:8-11. 1 Cor 3:5. Isa 11:6. Learn to love all men. Let people see Jesus in
you. Release the hurt. God has greater for you.
Aug 11 How To Decide What’s Important – Priorities.
Matt 22:36-38. A shopping list will help keep you from spending time and money
on the wrong foods. We need to feed our
spiritual bodies with the fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5:22-23. Most do not
set priorities or do not live by the priorities they set. We can determine what is important by knowing
what is important to God. What are the priorities for life? It’s all in the
Book. Our first priority is to love God; Matt 22:36-36. We should love men even
if they don’t love us; Heb 13:1,2. Make
it a priority to follow Jesus; Matthew 16:24,25. Make it a priority to keep the
promises you have made to God. Make your priorities match God’s priorities.
Aug 3 The Eagle Stirs Her Nest. Deu 32:11-13. We
can see God in the eagle. God is swift: God had released Peter from jail while
the church was still praying. God has extraordinary sight: God can see the
frown behind the smile on your face. God is strong: thousands can lean on Him
at the same time. Sometimes God has to push us out of our comfort zone. When
God disturbs our nest, we begin to pray again. Our souls will soar when God releases us from
this mortal body.
July 28. Jesus must be the
Center of Your Life. Philippians 2:10-11. John 1:1-5. Our focus should be on Jesus.
We focus on too many things that distract us. The church focused on Jesus will
be on one accord. Put Jesus first and forward of all we do. No weapon formed
against us shall prosper. God will supply your every need when Jesus is the
center of your life. Knowing this allows us to focus on Jesus. Ask, seek, and
knock. Be good stewards of what God gives you. Focus on Jesus morning, noon,
evening and night. The devil tries to warp your mind. Keep your mind on Jesus:
love, forgive, let your light shine. Present your body as a living sacrifice.
Seek the Lord. Call on Him. We don’t know when death will come but when it does
you want Jesus as the center of your life.
Spiritually Broken. Min E Frazier. Ps 51. To be spiritually broken is to be
crushed over sin. In Christ we are new creatures. David sought the Lord in his brokenness,
but he had to suffer the consequences. 2 Cor 7:10, God wants us to be
spiritually broken. There is a lack of remorse over sin in this world. God
desires a broken and contrite heart. Benefits of being spiritually broken:
draws us closer to God; Makes us pursue God’s presence; Shows us how desperately
we need Jesus Ps 34:18. God works in your brokenness; He is preparing you for
greater. No matter how low you are, if you become spiritually broken the Lord
will pull you up and out. Draw nearer to God and He will draw nearer to you.
Then walk with Him; being spiritually broken is the beginning.
Dr. Mathis-Wisseh. Succeeding. Walk in the Light. Priscilla brought her husband
to the Lord. Lydia was a seeking woman. Deborah shows us that leadership comes
from character. Be the backbone of your husband and children. God prepares you
for what you go through. Leave an exemplary life before your children. We all
have a divine purpose. Stump Satan and lift Jesus. Phyllis Whitney, Harriet
Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune are examples for us. God has a plan for you. Move
when God tells you to love. Jer 29:11, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. June
30. Rev. E. Wade. Jud
13:1-5; 1 Sam 1:2-11. Samuel and Samson. Stay-In. Samson was to be a Nazarite, separated
unto the Lord. Samuel’s mother promised to give him back to God. One stayed in
the church and one strayed away. Parents keep your children in church. For our children
to continue to grow: teach them, pray for them, be good examples for them. Eli
was continually teaching Samuel even while his sons were going astray. Be with your
children so you know what is going on. Parents come to church and keep your
children in the house of God. Pray fervently. Make sure your children know who
He is, let them know you want them to know God. Though Samson strayed God avenged
him and he won the victory in the end. Stay in the church.
June 23. Matt 16:13-18. A Church The Devil Can’t
Handle. Jesus did not say the devil would not try to handle (control, manipulate)
but that he would not prevail. The church is a living organism, is fed by the
Word of God and is the body and bride of Christ. The devil can’t handle the
church because it can’t handle Jesus. With Jesus in us the devil can’t handle
us. To win the battle, keep your eyes on Jesus, keep God’s Word, have the
attitude of Christ and put God first. No weapon formed against us shall
prosper. Have faith in Jesus who gives us the victory.
June 16. Lk 15:11-18. Go to Your Father. Don't be too quick to leave your father.
The father no
doubt was looking everyday for his son to return. Father God is waiting on us
to come back home.
June 9. Matt 1:21. Fulfilling your Purpose.We
are here for a purpose. Daniel, Joseph, and Jesus all had a purpose. Love one
another: Jesus showed us how to love; He asked God to forgive those who crucified
Him. Love the Lord with all our heart, mind, and soul and your neighbor as
yourself. Our purpose, like Jesus, is to obey the Lord. He wanted to make His
Father well-pleased. Who are you trying to please? Jesus submitted to baptism
to set an example for the world. God announced at that time that He was well-pleased
with Jesus; Matt 3:13-17. The Devil will try to keep you from fulfilling
your purpose. Satan tempted Jesus after 40 days and nights of fasting, Matt
4:3-10. Resist the Devil with the Word of God. To fulfill our purpose, stay in
the Word. Your purpose is found in the Word. Sometimes you will need
encouragement. In Matt 17:1-5 we see Jesus receiving encouragement from Moses
and Elijah. Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
Are you fulfilling your purpose? Praise the Lord. Jesus laid down his life and
picked it up again to save us and fulfill His purpose.
June 2. Matt
7:24-27. If I Could Do It All Over Again. We have done foolish things
and wouldn’t it be good if we could do it all over again. Differences between
the wise and foolish: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the
foolish fear nothing; the wise learn from the mistakes of others, the foolish learn
from no one’s mistakes; the wise prepare for the worse yet hope for the best,
the foolish does not prepare at all; A wise son
maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother; The
way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is
wise; The foolish find joy in doing evil, The wise follow the
commands of God and that makes them wiser than their enemies. Our scripture
tells us of the difference in being wise and foolish. Two possible foundations: the solid rock of Jesus or the
sinking sands of life without Jesus. We have a chance to start all over again
by accepting Jesus as Savior.
May 26. Rev Blake. John 1:1. Love.
May 19. Rev E. Wade. Eph 6:10-17. We have to be obedient to God to
succeed. God gives us His best; give God your best. Let those on the outside
see Jesus in us. Build one another up. Faith and God protect us when we are
tempted to doubt. But on the armor of
God. God gives us the gospel of peace. We have the helmet of God by believing
in God. The breastplate of righteousness- good, honest, standing up for the weaker
ones. Gently help people to grow with us. The belt of truth keeps us from
giving into the world. God’s word is our offensive weapon. The Holy Spirit
helps us see our wrong; correct it and turn it around. Put God first in all
things. Always strive for the best. Arm yourself with the Spirit of God.
Ps 103:22, 104:1. A Call to Gratitude.
Be grateful for all God does: the dangers you overcame, the fears that never happened,
the narrow escapes, the answered prayers. Children of all ages, be grateful for
your mother. Be grateful for a praying mother, one that sets a good example,
one that believes in you when no one else does, that disciplined you, that
taught you to obey, that taught you about God. 1 Kings 4. Be
grateful that God cares for us even better than a mother.
May 5. We Have Security
in Jesus. Ps 91. No matter what happens, God is there and we have no reason to
fear. Put your trust in God. The devil sets traps for you, but the Lord will
deliver you. Praise God for being our refuse. Live in the truth-it is our
shield. The shield of faith will block the fiery darts of the wicked. All
around the wicked fall but you stand because you praise God. Trust in the Lord
with all your heart, mine, and soul. We have security in Jesus.
Apr 28. He’s Coming Back.
Acts 1:8-11. Jesus died, rose, and ascended. We must do more than believe.
Faith without works is dead. Deny yourself. Get ready because Jesus is coming
back. Do not do anything that will keep you away from Jesus. The devil never
quits so keep holding onto Jesus. John 14. Where Jesus is, we will be. Jesus is
the way to the Father. Do what He says to do. When Jesus comes back every eye
will see Him, and every tongue will confess Him. Seek the Lord while He may be
found. Jesus is a friend. Live so people see Jesus in you. Jesus left on a
cloud and is coming back. God is unique in giving us what we need and what we
ask for. God is able and He is coming back again.
21. The Miracle on Calvary. Luke 23:33-43. Jesus worked many miracles when He
walked this earth. On Calvary He gave us all the opportunity for eternal life. God
still loves. Ask Jesus to remember you. No matter what you have done you can
call on Jesus. Jesus is ready to give you a place with Him. Thank God that He
rose. To God be the Glory.
Apr 14. The Lord Needs
You. Mark 11:1-4. God who created everything, that owns everything and everyone,
wants to use us. The Lord wants us to love and forgive one another, to be holy,
to compel men to come to Him. Do exactly what God tells you to do. The Lord can
use whoever or whatever He pleases: a fish for taxes, a rooster to condemn
Peter, a raven to feed Elijah, a spider to save David, a colt to ride triumphantly
into Jerusalem. The Lord wants to use you but don’t think He can’t get along without
you. Let Jesus ride in your life and He will take away the sinful habits. Let
God use your hands, feet, mouth, everything; surrender all to the Lord.
Apr 7. When A Man Finds God. 1 Sam 1:4-18. God knows
what is in your heart. Learn to pray for yourself. Give your children back to God.
God protected Samuel. Samuel heard the call of God. Do what God wants you to do
not what you want. The Holy Spirit will lead you. When you find God your whole
attitude changes. You are a new creature. You can forgive. You can get along
with anyone. You love. You don’t worry, because God will supply all you need.
Mar 31. Don’t Let Go. Min E. Frazier. Gen 32:22-32.
Mar 24. I've Got to Blow My Trumpet. Ezek 33:1-6. Everywhere you look in this world there is sin and sadness.
We need to call sin, sin. The world is separated, God wants to bring us
together. Through the Word, we can do what God wants us to do. The Bible is our
plumb-line not the ways of the world. God has called us to warn Christians and
non-Christians. Christians must obey the Word of God. Those who don’t know
Christ must accept Jesus as Savior. Hear the Word of God. Ezekiel preached the
Word to dry bones and they lived again. Jonah tried to run from blowing his trumpet
and ended up in the belly of a fish. When Jonah went to Nineveh and warned the
people, they repented. Train your children in the ways of God. When God tells
you to blow your trumpet, do it.
Mar 17. Man's Role in Society and Family. Rev 13:9. Dea Wade. Men must become better and stronger to continue their role as protector. Men have more opportunity today to be connected to their family. Men should be leaders. Lead in the home, 2 Tim 3:5. Follow the scriptures to improve relationships with wife and family. Be wise, use the knowledge around you, Prov 21:20. Tithe, Mal 3:10. Trust God, Eph 6:10-18. Hear. God is in charge. Ps 34:8.
Mar 10. God Will Provide. Ex 14:14. We can see how God
provided in the life of Moses and the children of Israel. God protected Moses
from death at his birth. God provided Aaron to assist when Moses said he was
unable to speak well. God provided a dry path through the Red Sea when there was
no way of escape. God changed bitter water to sweet. God provided meat and bread
for them to eat. God provided the law to direct them. God provided protection
from poisonous snakes. Those that looked up were healed. We must look up to
Jesus and be healed; and God will provide.
Mar 3. Even Now. John 11:21-22. No matter what you are
going through God can bring you out. Despite what seems like impossible odds,
even now God is able. Trust God to deliver you even now.
Feb 24. Making A Difference. 1 John 1:5-7. Many people
have made a difference throughout history. Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas,
George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington were all born slaves and made
a difference in the lives of many. Martin Luther King, Jr, helped end segregation
and won the Nobel Peace Prize; he made a difference in the lives of many. We
can make a difference no matter where we were born or who our parents are. You
can bring light into a dark world. Walk in the light and make a difference.
Pray for others, love, let your light shine. But the greatest difference maker was Jesus
Christ. He was born in a stable and laid in a manger. He temporarily gave up
heaven to bring light into this world. He died so we could live. Jesus continues
to make a difference. Are you making a difference?
Feb 17. We Are All
one. Gen 1:26. Rev J. Blake
Feb 10. Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone. Acts 9:10-19.
Min J Frazier. God calls us out of our comfort zone because He want to stretch
our boundaries, He wants us to witness Him using us in amazing ways, and He
wants us to depend on Him.
Feb 3. The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:1-16. We are blessed
if we have a humble opinion of ourselves; mourn over our sinfulness; pull
together; strive for righteousness; are forgiving and compassionate; are
honest, true and sincere in all things; devote ourselves to making peace; do
not flee but stand for God; people speak evil of us falsely for the sake Jesus.
Christians bring out the best in this world. We are the light of the world. Let
your light shine so men everywhere can see your light. Glorify the Father in
heaven. Live by the beatitudes.
Jan 27. Sowing and Reaping; It’s Coming Up Again. Gal
6:7. The principle of sowing and reaping cannot be denied. This text applies to
everyone: individual, saint, sinner, families, churches, nations. This life is
like a field and we must be careful what we plant. Weeds grow without planting;
be sure to pull the weeds out of your life. When you sow, expect to reap.
Expect to reap the same kind of seeds you plant. You cannot avoid the harvest. Whatever
you sow, it is coming up again. Be careful what you do, what you say, what you
think. Jezebel, Ahab and Elijah in 1 Kings 21 and 22 give a dramatic example of
sowing and reaping. Sow to the Spirit and not the flesh to reap eternal life.
Jan 20. God So Loved the World. John 3:16-18.
Take time to think about how God loved us. He gave His only Son to die on the
cross so we could be saved. How great is that love. God sacrificed his only Son
and forgives us because of His great love. God’s love is seen in the woman
caught in adultery. It is seen in prayer-we can come boldly and find mercy and
grace to help in trouble. Nothing can separate us from God’s great love. Love
one another with God’s love. God’s love is so great that He loved us while we
were still sinners. Jesus died a painful death on the cross because of His love
for us. Love the Lord and you will have eternal life. Spread the love.
Jan 13. Prayer. James 5:16-18. Prayer should be a two-way
communication. Faith is the foundation of prayer. By faith we believe Jesus as
Savior, that God hears prayer, and that God is able and willing to answer
prayer. Worship reminds us that God is what matters; worship put the focus on God
and not ourselves. Confession prepares us.
The holiness of God calls for repentance of sin. Isaiah 6:5; 1 John 1:9.
Praise expresses our admiration for the one we cherish and respect, Ps 150:2,
119:164. Thanksgiving expresses appreciation for what God has already done. Thank
God for His forgiveness, for hearing our prayers, for Jesus Christ, for
Salvation, for the Holy Ghost. No matter what comes your way, start with
prayer. Prov 16:3, Psalm 127:1.
Jan 6, 2019. Get Rid of The Trash. Gal 5:14-18. Christians
are not allowed to be selective about what trash he should throw away. Just a
small amount of trash can be harmful or deadly. We sometimes put ourselves
before God; that is trash. We can have no god before God. Paul gives a partial
list of trash in Galatians: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, indecency,
idolatry, witchcraft, disharmony, jealously, wrath, strife, rebellions,
heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelings and similar acts. Evaluate your
life for the trash you need to get rid of. Fill up with the fruit of the
Spirit: love (fulfills all the law), joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faith, meekness, self-control. These will keep out the trash. Walk in
the Spirit and get rid of the trash for 2019.
Dec 30, 2018. Minister G. Jones. Deu 4:20-31. Don’t Play
With God. Time will not solve your problems if you are on the wrong side of
God. We are called to be different. We can’t act like the world and get to the
Promised Land. A 71 day journey took 40 years because of disobedience, disbelief
and dishonoring God. Choose to walk worthy so that you can receive your inheritance.
Act like you serve the God of heaven. Choose to think like God. God must be
number 1 or nothing at all. Trust – you must do it God’s way. 1 Cor 6:19, your
life is not your own. Love God. Your priorities let you know if you are playing
with God. Go into 2019 not playing with God. Seek God first and all these things
will be added to you, Rom 3:31. Life is more than what you want for you.
God is Self-Sufficient.Isaiah 6:1-3.
God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.
Isaiah was confronted by God. God is God all by
Himself. God will use man, but He can get along without him. We are convicted
by our own sinfulness when we see the majesty and self-sufficiency of
God. God is trying to get our attention; He wants us to examine ourselves. We
are converted when God purges us from our sins; we are changed from evil to
righteousness. Determine to follow the self-sufficient God. God is asking who
will go for Him. We are commissioned. Jesus told us to go and make disciples of
men. The self-sufficient God has work for us to do. God never wonders why, never
asks questions, never worries, and never needs help. He is self-sufficient. Praise
God that He wants to use us. Praise God for all He is and go and tell others.
Dec 9. John 17:1-17. Rev E. Wade. The Intercessory
Prayer. Jesus prayed for His disciples and us, the believers. Jesus knew all
scripture had to be fulfilled. Phil 2:5,9,11. Jesus was before the world was. The
gospel has to be preached and taught. You can live differently by listening to
the Word. Be dedicated to the cause of Christ. Jesus gave His life for us.
Glorify God. V5. Jesus prayed for us because we are in this world. V17, Jesus
prayed for the sanctification of the believers. The world is on the attack. Know
that His Word is true. We can overcome all through the sacrifice of Christ. God
will not forsake you. Trust God; give Him your heart. Don’t settle for less.
Jesus prayed for spiritual unity among His people that the world may believe, V21.
V24, we can share in the promised eternal life if we have the faith to trust
Dec 2. Jesus is Coming Back. John 14:1-3. All the
Words of Jesus came true. All the prophecies of Jesus’ first coming have been
fulfilled: Gen 3:15, Micah 5:1-2, Isa 9:1-2, Zech 9:9, Ps 34:20, Isa 53, Ps
22:16. Many of the prophecies that must precede His second coming have also
been fulfilled. Matt 24:26, Joel 2:28, Matt 24:12, 2 Tim 3:1, Ezek 38:15-16,
36:33-35. The gospel must be preached to all the world, and then shall the end
come, Matt 24:14. Rev 20, Satan will be bound for 1000 years. Do not worry
about the things of this world, Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us.
Nov 25. Give Thanks to God. 2 Kings 6:25-33; 7:3,4. Leprosy was a
dreaded disease and those with it were isolated. These lepers went to the camp
of the enemy thinking they might be able to get food before they died. When
they got to the camp, the enemy was gone, and they had more than enough food.
They thanked and praised God and shared the good news with those that had
isolated them. Praise God for a lot or a little. Luke 17:12. Jesus healed 10
lepers and only one came back to give thanks. Give God thanks, He has done so
much for us. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.
Don’t be bitter, be thankful. God wants us to give thanks in all things,1 Thes
5:18. No matter what trials you go through, they will make you better and
stronger. We like Paul should learn to be content in whatever state we are in.
Trust, obey, worship and give God thanks. Thank God for Jesus, the one that
died for us. Thank God every day.
Nov 18. Don’t Be Caught Again in Satan’s Web. Gal 5:1.
Satan seeks to weave a web to catch anyone he can, 1 Peter 5:8. We all were
caught in Satan’s web at one time; Jesus died to free us. Don’t be entangled
again. To protect yourself against the web of Satan: Be sealed with the Holy
Spirit, following His leading; Stay away from places that attract Satan (night
clubs, casinos, gossip, ungodly entertainment, ungodly relationships); Remove
emotions that are good hiding places for Satan (selfishness, fear, jealously,
pride). Jesus encountered Satan’s web after
fasting 40 days and nights. Satan tried to trap Jesus with food, power and pride.
Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, avoided Satan’s trap by using prayer and the
Word of God. Satan used men to have Jesus convicted and crucified. Jesus died
that we could be free and never be entangled again. Stand fast and do not be caught
again in Satan’s web.
Nov 11. Please Don’t Miss The Meeting. John 20:24-25. At
this time Jesus had been honored on entering Jerusalem, but then He was crucified,
and now He has already risen from the dead. Jesus rose and told His disciples
to meet Him in Galilee. Thomas was not at the meeting. Judas betrayed Jesus,
Peter denied Him, and Thomas doubted. Please don’t miss the meeting. When Jesus
called each of the disciples, they left what they were doing. Some don’t
believe Jesus is coming back, but everything Jesus said has come true. “Come
unto me all that labor and are heaven laden and I will give you rest.” At the
next meeting all 11 disciples were there when Jesus appeared. Thomas believed
because he had seen. Jesus said blessed are those that have not seen and yet
believed; that’s us. Another meeting will take place in a city not made with
hands. You must be pure and cleansed from your sins to get to that city for the
meeting. Please don’t miss the meeting in heaven with Jesus.
Nov 4. A Glimpse of Heaven. Rev 21:1-8. It is beyond
our imagination what God has prepared for those that love Him, 1 Cor 2:9. We
started in the Garden of Eden where there was peace. God made a new heaven and
earth that reminds us of the first garden: even the animals will be at peace.
God gave His Son that we would have eternal life. The love of God gives us a
common bond. Heaven is a beautiful place; no tears, no pain, no sorrow. We are
the bride of Christ and we need to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. Do
not love the world. Work while it is day, the night is coming. Psalm 139:1, God
knows all about you. But there is another option. Hell has enlarged herself for
the great number of people going there, Isaiah 5:11-16. Choose Jesus; we all
have to die. We all must face the judgement.