“There is one body and one Spirit,”
...just as you were called to one hope when you were called...
He was the talk of the town. Actually, all of Galilee was aware of this unusual teacher. Hoards of people hounded Jesus, hoping to hear his message and witness the miracles he performed everywhere he went.
Everywhere except in his hometown. In Nazareth, most folks were skeptical of his claims and teaching. They were certain he was just a carpenter— Mary and Joseph’s son— for they had watched Jesus grow up. Now he came with a newfound bag of tricks. In turn, Jesus marveled at their astounding unbelief. Their blasé view of him and their doubt robbed them of the opportunity to see God’s power and glory.
Do we eagerly anticipate that God will reveal himself in our daily routine, or does our familiar ho-hum attitude hinder the work of his Holy Spirit in our lives and, through us, in others? Jesus said the most important work we can do is to believe in the One he has sent (see John 6: 29). When we take the time to see— really see— who Jesus is, we will see the miraculous things he does in our lives and in the world around us.
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Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Is that you? Are you waiting for something that seems like it will never happen? Are your dreams slipping away?
Our timing is not God’s timing and our ways are not like His. But His faithfulness and His Word is true. He that began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6) You might not see it or experience it yourself, but it will be done. His will. So don’t be discouraged. Be still and know that He is God.Read More
You’ve worked hard. You’ve done what you’ve been called to do. You expect big things. And then it doesn’t happen. Disappointment creeps into your life and brings you down. What happened? Why do we feel like we have it all under control?
God tells us in Isaiah 55:8, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
I am so thankful that His ways and His thoughts are different from mine even though I strive to be like Him on a daily basis. My life would be an utter mess if I truly believed I had it all under control. I don’t. My way and thoughts are often self-seeking even when I think what I’ve been called to do. God’s ways are awesome, mighty and powerful. His thoughts are about His will, His children, His Kingdom.
When you feel that the Lord has let you down, He is doing great things through your life. Often we don’t see what God is doing in our lives until years later. It only takes one person to change the course of history. Let go of your disappointments today and be patient. Wait on the ONE who is going to do great things through your life in His timing and in His ways. Are you the one?Read More
I often wonder what Abraham was thinking when fell facedown and laughed at God’s announcement that he was going to have a son. Did he want to die? Abraham, the one God calls righteous and the father of all nations and faith laughing at God? I have to admit, God did throw him a bombshell at the old age of 99 and told him that he would have a son. And when Sarah later heard the news, she laughed too! If that happened to me at the age of 99, I wouldn’t laugh, I’d cry and scream- no, no, no!
God had already told him earlier that he’d have a son of his own flesh and blood. And his nation would be more than all the stars in the sky. He believed and I’m sure he discussed this with his wife. But when Sarah remained childless, she took matters into her own hands and gave her Egyptian maid, Hagar, to Abraham to give them a child. And Abraham went along with it! This is not what God intended. The son would be from Abraham’s bloodline, not a son from an Egyptian maid. What a mess! But God was faithful and took the matter into His own Hand and fixed it. Some time later, Abraham and Sarah had a son, Isaac, the one promised by God.
We do the same thing today. We hear a word from God and then we second guess it. If it’s not in our time frame, we run ahead of Him and take matters into our own hands. Next thing we know, we’ve messed up big time and run back to Him to fix it. But here’s the cool part – He does.
Our God is the God of His word. His promises are always true. They might not happen when we want them to happen, but if He says – it will be. If you’re waiting on something to happen that He has promised you that it will, be still. His Word is truth. His Word is love and His Word is grace. Isn’t that enough?
As Christians, we have been called to be the light and the salt in the world, a reflection of Him. We have been called to share his message and give to others. As we take our place in the succession of believers, it’s our responsibility to be ready to share our faith with those we meet along our life’s journey. We must be willing to share the ONE message of all time…Jesus. When we share and communicate His love to others, we will reach millions.
Here are a few suggestions as you share your faith to strangers.
What does your Communicate bracelet mean?
1. I am so glad you asked me. It’s my reminder to tell you that you are unique. One of a kind. Nobody is like you and never will be like you. Do you know that God created you with dreams, talents and gifts that only you can share with the world? And that He has a plan and a purpose for your life?
2. It’s my reminder to tell you that God sees you, knows you and loves you. And He has a plan and purpose for your life. A life free from guilt and shame. A life full of mercy and grace through His Son Jesus.
3. Jesus knows your name. He loves you. He sees you. And wants He wants a personal relationship with you.
Here are some scriptures for you to share with others.
Psalm 139:16 – Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
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We live in the information age, an era where thoughts and ideas move around the globe instantaneously. Satellite broadcasts, cellular telephones, the Internet, voice mail, texting, and email allow human communications on a level unparalleled in human history. And even though we have these capabilities, we’re not sharing the most important message of all – Jesus. Our families are in crisis. Lives are suffering financially. Our children are bombarded by fear in their schools. Marriages are falling apart. I wonder what would happen if we communicate Christ in everything we do?Read More
Our mind is an amazing thing if you think about it. Our mind gives us the ability to remember, to create, to calculate, and to perform new skills. Our mind helps us do the impossible and to create the unthinkable. But have you ever noticed what God says about the mind? Here are a few verses to keep in mind.
Matthew 22:37 - Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Ephesians 4:22-23 - You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
Isaiah 26:3 - You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Philippians 2:5 - In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
Colossians 3:2 - Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Think about this today and remember His words about the beautiful thing He has given you. Your mind is a beautiful thing to waste on meaningless things of this world. Keep your eyes focused on the ONE and do the impossible. With Him all things are possible.Read More