You haven’t any idea how much I appreciate you, and I probably should show it more often.
I thank you for being a great mom for our kids. The things you accomplish sometimes amaze me, then I remember I married an amazing woman.
I love you and pray you have a wonderful Mother’s Day,
We go through life saying we need this, and we need that, but truth be told the things of this world is far from what we really need.
We, the human race, really need a better relationship with God. That means everyone. If your relationship is not that great you have to get a better one. If you feel you’re in good standing with God, you could still get even closer.
It is like an old married couple. Even though they may have been together for 50 years, there are still some things they are learning about their life mate. Even if you been reading and studying about your God for years; even if you have a good prayer life now, there is still room to be more intimate.
What better way could we get more intimate with God, than by talking with him? Each day I live I am learning that praying and praying more is essential to living. If God is the strength of my life, and I neglect to talk to him and build that relationship to know where he wants me to go, to know how he desires for me to live, then I end up making the mistakes and taking the wrong turns when I didn’t have to. I realize now that many of the heartaches that I have experienced have come from
In a nutshell I am just wanting to encourage my readers to find time to pray more. Even after you read this, bow your head and seek God for his wisdom, his guidance, his favor. Get intimate with God, remember all you have to do is talk, then listen.
Many people shy away from serving because there is an element of self-sacrifice. Either one believes him or herself to be too important to be serving others(pride), or serving cost more than we are willing to give.
Reading a verse from my daily scripture reading for today, Mark 10:44, brings me to tears at this moment. It reads, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” I cry because I see so many ministries, corporations, and organizations, littered with people vying to be chief. Desiring so much to be above everyone else when the complete opposite is required.
We must serve first and foremost. Our leading comes from our serving. I look to my Lord and Savior Jesus as the example. Verse 45 says, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The King came to earth not to be served but to serve. Since I am the King’s child I must behave as so.
Will you join me in serving?
I’ve been really thinking about this statement lately. I have heard it over and over in my life even though so very brief at the age of 33. I am sure I have heard it ten thousands of times, and every time I hear it, it causes me to stop and evaluate my life.
I have been given quite a bit in my life. I have been blessed to have been raised by a loving family. I have been blessed to be able to have the opportunity to go to college. Blessed to have the opportunity to work almost everyday since I was 15. Blessed with a wife that loves me and children to raise. Out of all the things I have named it doesn’t match the awesome gift I have been given of salvation.
When I think of this gift of salvation I know it came with a great price. Not a price I had to pay, but the cost of my Lord’s life. So when I think of this statement, “To whom much is given, much is required…”, it causes me to evaluate just how much I have been given. I have been given the gift of eternal life. Along with that been given the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The great sacrifice of Jesus Christ has afforded me the opportunity to live, but with that he also charges me to live as a witness and an example.
What have you been given?
Jesus said and they mean so much to me. What does it mean to you?
Jesus did so many things while he lived. He healed the sick, made the blind to see, the dumb to speak, turned water into wine, fed 5000 plus with a young lad’s lunch, and I could go on and on, but when he spoke these words he summed his life up in one phrase, “I am the resurrection.”
To me that is one of Jesus’ most important words he ever uttered. Why? Because he confirmed what he was all about. He in this context was confirming to Martha who he was and what he came to do. He was a man, sent from God to bring life and not death. His whole existence was ordained for him to be the resurrection.
Without Jesus in our lives we can only experience death. Death in our relationships, death in our bodies, death in our finances, our souls and every other area of our lives. Our belief in Him and in what he did for us on Calvary, give us access to His resurrection power. He says it plainly, “he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”. I don’t know about you, but that sends chills up my back.
Are you saying to me, that because of my belief in Jesus, any of my dead situations can live again? Yes that is what I am saying.
Although our marriages may be dead, our belief in Jesus can bring life to them again. Although my body is dying and my health seems to be failing me, my belief in Jesus and his power to heal can bring wholeness and new life. Although our communities may seem like graveyards, our belief in Jesus can bring life again.
What in your life needs resurrecting? Put your trust in Jesus and it shall live.
The month of April I will be posting readings from the bible pertaining to offerings and sacrifices. I am reminded of a scripture even now that says, “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1Samuel 15:22b)
Although sacrifice is necessary obedience is better. If you think about it, obedience is a sacrifice, and a sacrifice that is one of the hardest to fulfill. To obey God eventhough everyone in the world is mocking you. To obey God eventhough you don’t see the outcome. To obey God when the people closest to you offer every opportunity not to. Obeying God in all things is truly the sacrifice of all sacrifices.
Jesus did it for us. He was . Because of his obedience and His great sacrifice, you and I are afforded the opportunity to experience life and life more abundantly.
Just as Jesus obeyed, we are to obey God as well. Sacrifice may bring crosses and crucifixions, but as Jesus was elevated later we will likewise if we faint not.
So please follow along on facebook and twitter and look for the hash tag: #offeringsandsacrifices as we take this journey through the month of April discovering what God says about offerings and sacrifices.