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Don’t Worry Just Go…..

John 9:1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth….. 11 So I went and washed, and I received sight.

There is so much rich goodness in this chapter and even in these first 11 verses but I just wanted to share something that caught my eye this morning. For those of you who see God working in everyone else’s life & ministry, and while you are excited for them, you sometimes find yourself wondering when it will be your time. When will I get healed? When will my child be saved? When will I get that opportunity? Is it too late? Well Don’t Worry, God has not forgotten you. He loves you and is already at work. Now you should read the whole chapter as some point it will bless you. I want to highlight a few things:

The scripture says “as Jesus passed by,” it would seem that the man was not on His agenda. However, Jesus tells his disciples that this man’s situation was “that the works of God should be revealed in him.”—Take Away: It may look like God is passing you by but He’s using your situation so everyone can See Him work.

You see while he was passing by the man, teaching His disciples and leaving each of us wisdom to live by (God’s always at work), he was forming the mechanism He would use to heal the man and anointing the area of need. “He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” —Take Away: It may seem like nothing is happening, but know that God is anointing you and your circumstance as prepping for His “Big Reveal.”

After this Jesus told the Blind man to “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,” the blind man went, washed and came back with his site. —Take Away: Just Go!! The blind man could not see, he did not know where he was going, he could not even see the man who was telling him to go. However, by faith he moved and did what God said. If God has given you instruction…Just Go your Healing, your Miracle, your Breakthrough your Vision Awaits!!!

So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.”

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Who Is He???

Matt 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus asked Peter THE MOST powerful question.  The answer to this question determined Peter’s future and will ultimately determine our eternal destiny.

In the midst of Jesus doing numerous miracles, teaching His disciples about the tarnished ways of the Pharisee; and just before prophesying His coming death and transfiguring himself, literally bringing heaven to earth. Jesus prods Peter with this overwhelmingly critical examination.

While many people were seeing miracles with their own eyes, others hearing stories from afar and deciding for themselves what they thought based on others opinions, all were deciding who they thought Jesus was. Yet, Peter and his colleagues had walked, talked and been with Jesus for days, weeks, months, so the question to Peter, while very personal, we also very humbling.  After all, the disciple’s new Jesus best…..didn’t they??

Peter came thru like a champ with his answer; “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  He nailed it!!!….. But wait didn’t he later deny even knowing Jesus just 10 chapters later??  How could that be?  What chance do we have if Peter was right there with him, knew the answer and still failed?

I’ve got some great news, Peter’s destiny was stamped right at the point of his perfect answer. When we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts…(Rom 10:9-10), like Peter, our eternal destiny is stamped “Forever LIFE w/Jesus.”  Peter’s forever was changed when Jesus asked him this question.  What will your destiny be…

Who Do (enter your name here) say that I am?

Just a reminder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA

 
 

Sharp

I was reading today’s Proverb (27) and was struck by verse 17 a verse that is so familiar that it often loses its penetrating impact.  Yes it’s that verse.  “As Iron sharpens Iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  Are we still sharpening others or being sharpened????

Maybe just maybe we are becoming dull because of much usage….  You see, the knife is dulled when cutting or chopping–causing the blades edge to be bend and fold away eventually breaking off (losing pieces).  If not sharpened significant damage is done.

Regular sharpening restores the knife’s optimal performance without any metal being removed or loss.  Fret not, because our Lord is our restorer (Psalm 23), and He will provide for us other iron to sharpen and be sharpened by. Regular time in the Lord’s presence will strengthen you and allow us to strengthen one another. Time to get sharp….

 

Hail to the Father’s

(1 Cor 4:15) For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
We have a lot of men in this world and many of those men have children. However, just as the text states “yet you do not have many fathers.” A father is much more than someone that is able to procreate and we just don’t have many Fathering the numerous youth of today. Which explains a lot of the chaos we see in this World today.  

With that small backdrop I commend all of you Fathers out there today. Those who are providing, loving and pouring into your children and even those young people that are not yours by blood. You are the cream of the crop and the legacy that this world is longing for. 

For those who’ve never had a Father in their lives or like me no longer have your Father with you. Paul has some great news for us “for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” God our Father sent Jesus so that we would never be Fatherless. Because of His Glorious Gospel we can enjoy the love of a Wonderful Father for the first time or once again.  

Happy Father’s Day God, thank you so much for being my Daddy now and forever. Please keep teaching us how you Father is so we can be the Father’s you’ve destined us to be.

 

Morning Thoughts

Jesus,

You are the “King of Glory” and awesome is your Holy name. However, You love and accept a band of wretched sinners only to give them a piece of Your extraordinary and priceless throne.   What manner of Royalty are You???  (Ps 24; Matt 11:19; Luke 8:25)

Thank You my King, Savior, Friend and so much more….. (Ex 3:14; Jn 3:17; Jn 15:15)

For Your Goodness and Mercy battles, withstands and overcomes the enemy all the day long…forever and ever. (Ps 23 & 106)

 

The Lord’s Guide to Loving Your Spouse

John 15:9-11 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

I was recently talking to the Lord about marriage and I asked Him to give me a fresh word on the topic. When we’ve been walking with Christ for some time we can tend to hear the same verses preached time and time again.  If a preacher gets up and says the topic is marriage, certain scripture immediately come to mind in the Gospels, 1st Corinthians or Ephesians.  So it made me laugh a little when God took me too a familiar, yet out of the box verse that seemingly has nothing to do with marriage…. oh but it indeed has everything to do with it.

John 15 reminds us of Jesus’ words to His followers; we are to look to God’s love for Jesus as our guide and example to see love demonstrated, receive love and most important (especially in marriage), how to love others (Spouse).  We cannot look to the world, the church or even our own parent when it comes to loving our spouses, because:
*The world tends to treat marriage as a romantic comedy, trashy novel or sometimes both.  What do I mean?  There is always a happy ending, even if it means disregarding the sanctity and principles of marriage.  The world has no standard, instead it has numerous different ones and use whichever one suits their desire.
*The Church because although this should be where we go for examples, but unfortunately the church is made up of man and often when you look to man you open yourself up to disappointment.  Today, the numbers are quite discouraging, but more than 50% of these marriages are ending in divorce, there seems to be a huge disconnect!
*Our Parents, even though this is where most of our actions within marriage comes from; whether we want it to or not.  Many have parents that have been married for years, some have endured divorce and others have parents who have never been married.  Even in the best of situations, if we will be honest, there are many things that we’ve seen, experience or even vowed never to do, that we less than ideal examples to follow.  And while we should not blame our parents, because they did not have perfect models to follow either.

However, we do have hope and a guide provided by the Lord Himself. Jesus makes it clear with His own words that His example of how to love was from only one source. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you,” Jesus loved others as He was loved by his Daddy God.  God’s love for us is amazing, He gave us His very best when we did not deserve it.  God made plans for us (plans to prosper us and give us hope), He made provisions for us and He wrote a book full of love letters for us.  So, we have to first decide if God has loved us like this, which is typically the trickiest thing to do.  If He has then we are to love our spouses in the same manner.

He then encourages us to live, stay and remain in this love, “Now remain in my love.”  The word remain (or abide in the KJV) means to live, dwell or spend your time in God’s love for you.  The most important thing we can do in order to love our spouses is to become saturated in God’s love for us.  I look at it like this, most of us take showers and not baths.  Why?  A shower is much faster, easier, cleaner and focuses maximizing time to do other things.  However, a bath takes much more time, it is more difficult, it can get really messy and is really focuses on you (you feel refreshed when finished).  We do the same with God’s Love, we don’t spend time bathing in it, we allow a little to fall on us so we can get on to other things (there is so much to do).  When we really abide/remain in God’s love for us, our self-esteem is improved, confidence is greater and our trust in God goes through the roof.  We end up filled and are in a much better place to pour out love for our spouses.  When we don’t remain is His love, like I’ve often done, we end up loving out of frustration, disappointment and stress caused by daily life.  Remember; you get out what you put in, so when that is how you’re loving; that is what is being received by those you’re trying to love.  Your spouse is receiving the frustration, disappointment and stress you’re giving in the form of your love.  Did you ever get a gift you did not want 🙂  When we learn to bathe in God’s love for us and get full, we can then effectively love our spouses; and what they receive will become a part of their baths.

How then do we take this bath? Jesus said “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”  Keep and Commands become important words for our understanding.  The word keep means to guard, protect, build a fortress around; this is something very valuable.  The word Commands in this verse denotes a prescription, just like what a doctor would give you to heal an illness.  This prescription is the word of God, the bible the precept upon precept that Jesus came in human form to display for all to see or receive in written form; it is the “Prescription of Life.”  When we guard and protect God’s prescription for life we bathe in God’s love and are fulfilled.

Jesus told us this for one reason “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (full),” and if you receive this for your marriage today, I declare you marriage will be full of the Joy of the Lord!!!

 

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Seed to the Sower

2 Cor 9:10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God

February is usually a very busy month for us, there is Valentine’s Day, our oldest has his birthday and Vanessa and I celebrate our wedding anniversary.  This year there were additional things that happened which caused the month to be extra busy and significant (some of which you’ll be hearing about very soon).

Already we’ve been expecting huge things for 2016, both as a family and individually.  We’ve also heard the same message resonating from our church.  Recently, as a church, we sowed a seed of expectancy and our family decided that we would sow a significant seed based on what we were believing for. This scripture in 2nd Corinthians could not be more appropriate.

We are thankful that God provided the seed for us to plant.  There were many days that our seed, though planted with the same heart, would not have come close in size.  Therefore, we know that the Lord supplied us with this seed (He who supplies seed to the sower).  How fitting then that he would not only give us the seed to sow but then turn around and multiply what he gave us (multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness).

Let me just share with you about how Jesus has already begun increasing the fruits of His righteousness in our lives.  Favor is a fruit (tangible evidence; visible or invisible) of His righteousness that we’ve seen and experienced only hours after sowing our seed.  We’ve been looking for some time for a home to purchase so we can finally become settled here in the Houston area.  Just hours after sowing our seed, we received multiple text and phone calls about a home that we were interested in. We did not even know about it until late in the evening because the phone was in the other room.  Once we received the messages we then gave an offer and were excited that the home could be ours. Full of hope, only to find out that someone else had bought the home before our offer was received.  Somewhat saddened, because it was now the second time it had happened to us, but “We trust in our God, and through His unfailing love, we will not be shaken.” We trust and believe that God still had our best in mind.

So the following day was our anniversary, and we had a few minutes to ourselves for a change (doesn’t happen often with three kids).  As we enjoyed the day and each other God’s favor was working behind the scenes.  Long story short, the other purchaser had a hiccup, we had another opportunity to purchase the home at significantly less than the list price. The offer we made was accepted and now we are waiting to close on our new and final home.  How awesome is Jesus……Amazingly Awesome!!

God heard our prayer and desires, gave us the seed, placed it on our heart to sow it, multiplied the seed and His fruit in our lives, He then blessed us with the very thing we had been believing Him for from the get-go.  Amazingly Awesome