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April 30, 2013

Wait

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Acts 1:4. While he was with them, he declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what my Father promised, which you heard about from me

The last instruction Jesus gave was to wait in Jerusalem for the fulfilling of the promise of the Holy Spirit.  At first the disciples were content to worship and pray together. But then they decided the should replace Judas.  We read (Acts 1:26.) “Then they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; so he was counted with the eleven apostles.”  They didn’t have the guidance of the Holy Spirit yet and resorted to their old methods of casting lots.  We don’t hear about Mathis again. God would be choosing Paul to replace Judas.  Before we judge the disciples too harshly for their impatience and taking matters into their own hands we must look at our own record.  How many times have we pushed ahead of the Holy Spirit’s leading?  Many times I’ve forced open doors that were shut.  That usually creates more problems than it solves.  Jesus never rushed.  Our question is will we wait for God’s direction in prayer nd use our impatient energy to obey quickly after we receive His direction?  We do the walking but God directs our steps and timing.

April 29, 2013

Paul Sees

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1 Corinthians 15:8. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also.

Tough this is after the 40 days, Paul considered it as significant as the other appearances of Jesus.  We don’t know if it was a vision or in flesh and blood that Jesus appeared to Paul on the Damascus Road but as far as Paul was concerned it was as real as if Jesus was still walking this earth.  Today we tend to think we can’t see Jesus.  That is only because we don’t look.  We may not see Him in the form of flesh and blood but we can see Him through others, through the Bible and through our meditation times.    We need only to ask Him to let us see Him in the way He chooses to reveal Himself to us and believe He will do it.  Once we have seen Him we will never be the same as we were.  None of us are born at the wrong time.  We were all born at the time God choose for us to walk this earth.  Our question is will we choose to walk this earth with Him in the way and the time He chooses?  
 

April 28, 2013

Not Idle

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Acts 1:9-11. After a he had said this, while they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud hid him from their sight. As they were still staring into the sky while he was going, suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven.”

Their mouths must have dropped open as the watched Jesus ascend up through the clouds.  Quite often when we see something that’s hard to believe we just stand and stare.   The angels came to tell assure them He would return, not as He first came as a baby, but just like He just left them through the clouds.  We have the same assurance.  Jesus is coming to gather together His Bride, the Church of believers and followers.  We are not to stand idle.  We are to follow the example Jesus gave us in being about the Father’s business.  Our question is are we following His example?

April 27, 2013

End of the Age

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Matthew 28:20. teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus ends with the words “end of the age.”  We are in the age of the building up of His Church.  He has told us what to do.  He also gave us warning signs to look for concerning the end of the age for building up His Church.  We are not told if, as these signs increase like they are, this will take a day, a year, a thousand years or centuries.  It really doesn’t matter for our future but it matters greatly to our work of making disciples.  God’s will is for not one to be lost from Him.  We have a part in that through prayer and witnessing.  As the wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters increase we must pray for more harvesters to witness.  We cannot pray for that unless we are willing to take part in it.  Time may be short or long.  Our question is will someone point to us at the judgement seat of God and say we didn’t tell them?  At the end of this age we will be with the Father and the Son.  Who do you know who might be missing?

April 26, 2013

Always With Us

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Matthew 28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

Jesus ends His words with a reminder to remember He is always with us to the end of the age.  Sometimes we don’t feel He is with us.  Just because we can’t see or feel someone with us doesn’t mean we’re alone.  It might just mean we are not looking the right direction.  Someone could be standing quietly behind me.  I can’t see or feel that person but if I turn around I find that person.  Our question is where do we look to find Jesus?  We find Him I prayer, in the Bible, in the look, words or touch of another believer.  When we feel we’re alone we must open our eyes and heart to see Jesus in whatever form He takes at that time.  He is always true to His word.  He never does leave us.  It is we who leave Him with our sin, distractions or unbelief.

April 25, 2013

Teach

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Matthew 28:20. teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

How are we to make new disciples?  We are to teach them to obey all He commands as recorded in the Holy Bible.  We can not be effective teachers if we don’t know what He commands nor if we don’t obey them ourselves.  Teaching without example is empty and meaningless.  Our question is will we choose to know what He has commanded and obey so we can follow through and show and tell others?

April 24, 2013

Go

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Matthew 28:19. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Jesus starts this command with the word “therefore.”  Therefore refers to the authority that is His, and through His name, ours. Because we have authority through Jesus we are to make disciples of all who walk this earth.  This includes all races, cultures and nations.  We are to baptize them. In the names of God, the Father, Jesus, the son and the Holy Spirit.  Baptize means to consecrate or sanctify by setting apart.  We are to shoe and teach others Howe to be set apart from sin and consecrated to God.  Our question is have we been set apart to love with and for God?  If so, are we obeying His command to bring others into the fellowship of believers?

April 23, 2013

Authority

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Matthew 28:18. Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Jesus said He has all authority in heaven I and on earth.  Having all authority’s means you call the shots.  When someone has the authority their name is connected and representative of their authority.  This is why the name of Jesus is so strong.  There is no stronger prayer than saying the name of Jesus. But that name is only honored if used in the right way.  We can use it as a word of worship, praise, plea for help or power over sin and temptation.  A police person has authority by the law he serves and represents.  Those who serve and represent Jesus have authority through Him.  Our question is do we use the authority we have through Him?  We would see many more miracles and victories if we would use this authority.  

April 22, 2013

Faith or Doubt

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Matthew 28:17. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.

As many times as the saw Jesus during those 40 days some were still doubting.  The doubters were among the worshipers.  That is still true today.  There are many doubters in our churches.  There are many doubters who claim to be Christians.  Occasionally doubt can sneak into the mind of any believer.  The disciples were still without the witness of the Holy Spirit.  We don’t have that excuse.  When we find doubt trying to invade our mind we must put on the full armor of God. (Ephesians 6:14-16)  Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Belief is a choice.  Job is a good example when he said, “though He slay me yet will I trust Him,”. Our question is do we choose faith and trust or will we feed on doubt?  Is faith what others hear coming from our mouth or do we feed doubt by giving them voice?

April 21, 2013

Place of Comfort

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Matthew 28:16. So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated.

Apparently Jesus told the disciples to go back to Galilee and meet Him on a nearby mountain.  They were back in their home-turf.  After a period of confusion, fear and unrest it’s nice to be in familiar surroundings.  We tend to relax and are more able to open up to new things when we are in familiar surroundings.  Jesus was ready to give the disciples their final instructions.  Then they would witness something extraordinary.  It would be something unknown to them and almost unbelievable.  Right now they are contented to be back in their home turf.  After we go through a challenge it is important to get back to “normal” as soon as possible.  This is what is concentrated on with victims of disaster.  In familiar surroundings healing comes quicker.  When we travel and have visited other churches it is so good to come back home to our church.  As soon as we step through the doors we feel love and comfort (even when the church is empty).  Everyone needs a place where the feel love and comfort.  Our question today is where is your place of love and comfort?   What about that place brings you love and comfort?  How can you bring those things to other places for other people?

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