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January 27, 2021

Conviction of Sin

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John 16:8  When He (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness and (TLV)

 Awhile back, when I wrote of the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin, someone commented that the Holy Spirit doesn’t convict.  Apparently, they never read the above verse.  A sinner doesn’t convict himself/herself of sin.  Sin doesn’t convict itself.  The Holy Spirit’s major job is to bring glory to God.  One way of doing so is to convict us when we sin so we can confess, repent and be able to give glory to God.  We need to learn to pay attention quickly to the Holy Spirit as He convicts us of the smallest sin for we don’t want anything, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to grow within us a block the Light of God from shining through us.  People watch people.  Many watch with a very critical eye, looking for the wrong in others more than looking for the right.  People like to point fingers because it makes them feel better about themselves.  Let’s not give others a reason to say Christians are just as bad as non-Christians.  In actually, we are just as bad but we’ve been forgiven and given the power to turn from our “badness” through the renewing of our minds through the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and through the power of the Holy Spirit within us. 

January 26, 2021

Growing Fruit

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John 15:16 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  (NIV)

We like to think we are the ones who chose to follow Jesus.  However, it was God Who chose us to follow Jesus.  We like to think He chose us because He wants to bless us.  He chose us so that we could bear fruit.  What is the fruit we are to bear?  (Galatians 5:22-23)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  We are to bear the fruit of the Spirit because, as we bear this fruit we witness to the mercy, love and grace of God through His Son Jesus, and by doing this, we demonstrate these fruits to those who are still living in darkness.  God doesn’t force people to come into His family.  He invites them through us.  We must regularly ask ourselves what fruits we are growing and what fruits we are stunting from growth.  None of the fruits are to be part time fruits.  We are to allow each and every one of these fruits to grow within us to the point they are being shared abundantly with those around us.  There are nine different fruits – all of equal importance.  Let us pay attention to all nine of them, asking the Holy Spirit to quicken our attention to the areas we lack and help us grow them to bring others into the family of God. 

January 25, 2021

Light Shine

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John 12:10-11 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.  (NIV)

Not only were the religious leaders, due to their jealousy of His continued popularity, planning to kill Jesus, they also planned to kill Lazarus because his being alive reminded everyone of the miracles Jesus was performing and thereby gaining more followers.  We shouldn’t be surprised that as our lives show more and more of the light, love and beauty of God, those opposed to God will grow more and more against us.  People who live in darkness don’t want the light to be seen.  Light reveals evil and evil wants to stay hidden so it can continue to thrive.  What are we to do?  We are in the light.  We are not to put the light under a cover but are to let it shine.  As those wanting more and more babies killed, genders erased and religious speech silenced it is imperative we keep the Light of God shining in and through us.  Let us remain immersed in the written word of God, the Holy Bible, keeping in close and regular conversation with Him through prayer times and let His Light shine through us in loving and peaceful boldness. 

January 24, 2021

Prayers Out Loud

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John 11:42 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”  (NIV)

There is good reason for praying aloud in front of other people.  But, we must be sure of our motivation.  Sometimes people pray aloud not for the purpose of talking with Father God, but to state their own personal views under the covering of presumed prayer so others will hear them.  Some “prayers” are really sermons.  However, praying out loud with the right motive is a good way to build faith for others as they hear the prayer and then, see the answer come about.  We don’t pray out loud to God trying to use it to correct others or point out things we want others to know.  We talk to God about things in our own hearts.  If we want to talk to others, we do it honestly, not in the pretense of prayer.  Let us remember, prayer is a 2-way conversation with God the Father and not a vessel for teaching or correcting others.  Let us be honest with ourselves, with others and with God.  Let’s keep our prayers holy (wholly) unto our Father, God.  When it’s right, let’s share our conversations with God with others for the building of their faith and for examples of how to talk with God in honest praise, worship, confession, intersession and supplication. 

January 23, 2021

Work of God

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John 6:29 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”  (NIV)

This is our major assignment or work, to believe in Jesus Whom God sent to demonstrate His love and reunite us as one in Him through the forgiveness of our sin of separation and all the things that cause our separation.  When everything is going good in our own evaluation, it doesn’t seem like work to believe.  We can’t forget that by believing in means we fully trust and that trust leads to complete obedience.  However, when we go through difficult times of trials, it takes a little work to hang on to our belief/trust that God is really in control and will really see us through the trial into victory.  We each have choices.  We can choose to dwell on our trials or we an choose to continue to trust no matter what we face.  Trust comes from experience of the One we trust always being true to promises made.  God’s promises are contained in the Holy Bible.  Reading, studying and meditating on the promises in the Bible give us the food for the strength we need to hang on to the trust that God is faithful.  Keeping a journal of prayers and how they have been answered also helps to give us strength.  Let’s spend the time feeding on the things that will deepen our trust and faith in God through His Son, Jesus so we can stand through all things.  God is faithful.

January 22, 2021

Helper

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Hebrews 13:6 6 So we say with confidence,  “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?”  (NIV)

It is true, the Lord is our helper in times of trouble and we need never be afraid.  But, we so often misconstrue what it means by the Lord id our helper.  We tend to treat God as our servant asking in prayer, “Lord do this, or Lord I need.”  We tend to forget we are to be helpers for God in allowing Him to share His Light and Love with those walking on this earth.  We are here to serve God.  God isn’t the One to serve us.  God does help us because He loves us but let’s not make assumptions and demands that God is to do our bidding.  Let us change from a “me, me, me attitude” and replaces it with a God, I worship You and desire to serve You attitude.

January 21, 2021

We Must Call

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John 1:41-42 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus  (NIV)

John 1:45 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote —Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  (NIV)

Notice there were some Jesus personally called to follow Him.  Also notice, some who Jesus directly called immediately went to tell others to come and follow Jesus.  This is our job once we have answered the call of Jesus to follow Him.  We are to tell others about Him and tell them how they, too, can follow Him.  Each of us must examine ourselves and ask ourselves if we have been doing our job.  Have we ever told someone about Jesus?  Have we told them how they can come and follow Him?  What a wonderful world this would be if each follower of Jesus would share with at least one other person, leading them to follow Jesus.  Be honest with ourselves.  Do our words and actions give others a desire to know and do what we know and do or do our words and actions seem hateful and/or judgmental?  Time is getting shorter each and every day before Jesus comes back to bring us to the Father.  Let us not disappoint God for He desires all to come into His Kingdom.

January 20, 2021

Voice the Truth

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Luke 24:21 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.  (NIV)

They were hoping that Jesus was going to redeem Israel from the Roman rule.  Their hopes were dashed.  The didn’t understand Jesus was redeeming them from the rule of sin.  They couldn’t see the victory that was God’s and therefore theirs because they were looking for a lesser victory.  We look at trials and troubles just like they did.  We fail to see the entire picture and how it is God get’s there.  We take our eyes off the goal.  Through these times of political unrest we keep our eyes on the unrest.  We are overwhelmed by the violence seen over and over on our electronic devices.  We hear many speaking of doom and gloom.  What are we to do?  Jesus told His disciples to wait until the power of God, the Holy Spirit came upon then and then go and spread the Good News of the Gospel to all the world.  We received the power of the Holy Spirit the moment we asked Jesus to be in our hearts, minds and lives.  Are we adding to the confusion with our words or are we sharing the Light of Christ with those around us or are we allowing fear of the unknown to dwell in us or are we praying in faith, asking God to give us courage and wisdom to allow Him to use us in sharing His Light?  Let us stand firm in the knowledge given us through Christ our Lord and through the Holy Bible and, instead of adding to the confusion by voicing agreement or fear, voice the truth of God.

January 19, 2021

Come

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Revelation 22:20  The One giving testimony to these things says, “Yes  I AM coming soon!”  Amen!  Come, Lord Yeshua!  (TLV)

If anyone is anxious, discouraged, depressed or worried, read the next to the last verse in the Holy Bible.  God is victorious in the end.  Jesus is coming back to collect His Bride, the believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Yes, we must go through times of testing and trials.  How many?  None of us knows.  But we do need to pray for those who haven’t received Jesus into their lives.  The trials and tribulations are to help people understand how much they need Jesus in their lives.  We can’t control outer circumstances (what others think, say or do or what happens as far as what we call natural disasters) but we can control our inner circumstances.  Yes, many lies are being said but we are all guilty of lies.  We have been warned people will hate us.  Hate comes from inner doubts and envy.  Let us dwell our minds on the final outcome.  Let us, as we wait for the final outcome, do all we can to make known to others the invitation waiting for them in Revelation 22:17  The Ruach (Spirit) and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!?  Let the one who is thirsty come—let the one who wishes freely take the water of life!”  God’s desire is for none to be left behind.  Our part is to share His love and light.

January 18, 2021

Eyes of Light

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Luke 11:34  Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light.  But when it is sick, your body is full of darkness.”  (TLV)

Luke continues to warn us to watch out and not have darkness in us.  This is a warning for us to watch out where we look.  Looking at pornography breeds lust.  A fascination with looking at violent movies, reading violent books and playing violent video games breeds an eventually excitement for violence and a desire to become violent.  Children are being immersed in seeing and participating in violence through games and cartoons.  Violence is becoming the acceptable norm of too many in today’s society.  We are looking at the wrong things.  We are looking at the things that come out of the darkness of Satan.  We are to turn our eyes to God.  We are to immerse ourselves in the words of light contained in the Holy Bible.  We are to feed others with positive words of love and hope.  We, as followers of Jesus Christ, are to be lamps shining the light of God’s love to all others.  We are to replace condemnation and criticism with love.  We are to show a better way of living through the way we live and speak each and every day in and through all circumstances.  When we drive, do we encourage road rage by making sure no one gets ahead of us in the line of traffic?  When in lines at stores or even for health care, do we show impatience?  Let us practice letting the light of God shine through us by keeping our eyes on His light.

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