Memorable Scripture: It does not change a thing!

Matthew 14:10-11
So he sent and had John beheaded in prison. And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: Your Calling

Matthew 3:13-15
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: Voice in the Wilderness

Isaiah 40:3
The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God. Continue reading

How often we doubt!

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” Luke 1:18

This scripture reveals a major flaw in all of us – unbelief. Continue reading

Pushing Others!

Last time I looked at Preceding Others and how you pave the way for someone else.

I had things happen to me but only until I gave my life to Jesus. It would have been easy to go the opposite direction. But I had teachers, grandparents, friends that pushed me to be better.

History is full of evil and villains that were mistreated as children and ended up being psychotic killers or ruthless dictators without conscience.

It’s really no excuse. Each person is responsible for their own actions, whether good or bad. You have the choice to overcome the bad done to you. You can overcome it. Too many have already.

Sometimes it takes someone to push you in a positive way. I admire people like Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen who do such a great job at encouraging others to move forward.
I believe the best encouragement comes from the Lord.

Even Jesus had that encouraging person to pave the way for Him.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

He pointed all of mankind to Jesus.

He could have said, “There’s another rabbi or preacher!”
But John pointed to Him as the Messiah – the Savior.

So how can you encourage someone today?
What can you say or do that will pull someone up and get their feet back on the ground?

Do it!

Abba, I just want to be a blessing to others. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN

Preceding others!

Everyone knows the name of Billy Graham. But do you know Mordecai Ham?
He is the evangelist that was preaching when Billy came forward and accepted Jesus as Savior.

Everybody has someone that precedes them – that paves the way for them. Billy Graham, DL Moody, Tony Evans, or Chuck Swindoll all had someone that paved the way before them and help lead them to Christ.

Even Jesus had someone go before Him.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Mal 4:5

That was fulfilled in the person of John the Baptist.

John’s father, Zacharias was told,

He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Luke 1:17

Today you will go before someone. Will you pave the way to the Lord for them? Will you show the way?

Think about that before you act or say something today. You may be just the person to lead the next Billy Graham to Christ.

Abba, use me to point the way for others. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN

God at His best

Matt 11:3 “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”

Of all people to ask this question! This was from John (the baptizer), the one who once said of Jesus, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Certainly that was a declaration of faith and belief.

Perhaps, like us, John may have had a moment of doubt.

It’s easy to have faith and believe when things are going well, like when you’re healthy, have a home, a job, and everything is running smooth.

But when it starts to unravel and fall apart, faith can waver, even if for a while.

In the case of John – he’s preaching to the crowds one day and in prison the next.

You begin to wonder if God is listening to your prayers. You wonder if He has forsaken you. You begin to think what you’ve done to deserve these problems.

God doesn’t promise an easy life but a more abundant life! His word is sure and true; to give Him all your worries because He cares for you; that He will not leave you or forsake you.

Just remember when things are at their worst – God is at His best! (Just continue to read Matthew 11 and see what Jesus was doing!)

Abba Father, I know You love and care for me. It is that thought that helps me through tough times. It is in those times I often feel Your presence the most. I bless the name of the Lord Jesus for taking care of me! YES&AMEN

When God shows up!

god shows upOne day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying. Continue reading