On the verge of something new…


It will take an extra second today before we start the new year, but we are really close. UTC time will add it so that this year we will see a 12:59:60.

Is there anything keeping you back from becoming all that God has in store for you? Is there anything in the way of something new happening in and thru your life? You are where you are at such a day and such a time for a purpose, what will you do with it? Where will you turn to get the wisdom you need? Who will you ask to give you a sign? How will you know the specifics?

As we count down 2016 are you setting goals for the new year? What is motivating the goals? What is driving the goals? Where are the ideas for the goals coming from? So what will you do about it? How will achieve this goals? Do they align to your purpose? Will you come up with a plan?  Will you take hold your time to accomplish what God is calling for you to do? How will 2017 be different? How will 2017 be special? How will 2017 make a difference? How will lives be changed and touched in 2017?

And with still today to be had — how will you close out the year strong?


10 days left in my 365 day devotional. How will it set me up for the year ahead? What message can I take from it as I consider what 2017 will include? How will I be able to please God in 2017? What can I do to bring Him praise and honor and worship? Today is the day that the Lord has made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it! We need to appreciate every day we have! We need to appreciate the lives of the people God has brought into our lives! We need to let them know how thankful we are for them and how much we love them! Today…not later when it might be too late and generate regrets! So no regrets and leave today to the fullest!


Listen to what is going on around you! Listen to what is being said! Listen to what will be the impact! Consider how it will or may impact God’s people! Be it Christians or Jews, consider what people are doing and saying that will and can impact God’s people! Do you hear what they are saying? Do you hear what they are doing? Do you realize the threats?

Consider from today’s reading what Haman did! What has taken place in the world recently? What could the impact be? Is there anything you can do about it? What if someone called for you to step up and step out and do something before it was too late? What if you had the position or the power like Esther and got asked to do something like Mordecai asked for Esther? How would you respond? What would you do? Could it be that you have been put in such a place for such a time as this?

What could change your perspective? What could change your vision? What could change your viewpoint? How would that impact your behavior and actions? Would you do anything?

Will you step up and step out to do what is required of you? Will you take time like Esther and be bold and courageous to step out and do what is necessary? Will you ask people to join you in prayer and fasting to ensure that you do what is right? Will you receive the favor that has been set before you? Will you do something about it? Will you hold tight to what the Lord has planned and purpose to do in and through your life? Will you do like Esther and step out to complete what she had been called to do?

Now do you realize what is really being asked or are you assuming? Might you be hearing one thing which doesn’t align to what is being said because you are too proud like what happened to Haiman? Do you realize what your pride could do? Do you remember how pride comes before the fall? Do you remember how you are to walk in humility? Will you be a humble servant of God? Will you be a servant leader of those God brings into your life?

So as this past year ends like a dream, as the great things happened, how will you move forward? Will you try to go it alone or will you turn to God the provider and align with Him? Let’s turn to God and ask of Him of what we have need of! Let’s ask, seek, and knock so that He will answer, we will find, and He will open!

So as we close today, let’s join in the final chapter of today’s reading together…

How to Please God

1Keep on loving one another as Christians. 2 Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it. 3Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are.
4 Marriage is to be honored by all, and husbands and wives must be faithful to each other. God will judge those who are immoral and those who commit adultery.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” 6 Let us be bold, then, and say,

“The Lord is my helper,
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?”

7Remember your former leaders, who spoke God’s message to you. Think back on how they lived and died, and imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9Do not let all kinds of strange teachings lead you from the right way. It is good to receive inner strength from God’s grace, and not by obeying rules about foods; those who obey these rules have not been helped by them.
10The priests who serve in the Jewish place of worship have no right to eat any of the sacrifice on our altar. 11 The Jewish high priest brings the blood of the animals into the Most Holy Place to offer it as a sacrifice for sins; but the bodies of the animals are burned outside the camp. 12For this reason Jesus also died outside the city, in order to purify the people from sin with his own blood. 13Let us, then, go to him outside the camp and share his shame. 14For there is no permanent city for us here on earth; we are looking for the city which is to come. 15Let us, then, always offer praise to God as our sacrifice through Jesus, which is the offering presented by lips that confess him as Lord. 16Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.
17Obey your leaders and follow their orders. They watch over your souls without resting, since they must give to God an account of their service. If you obey them, they will do their work gladly; if not, they will do it with sadness, and that would be of no help to you.
18Keep on praying for us. We are sure we have a clear conscience, because we want to do the right thing at all times. 19And I beg you even more earnestly to pray that God will send me back to you soon.

Closing Prayer

20-21God has raised from death our Lord Jesus, who is the Great Shepherd of the sheep as the result of his blood, by which the eternal covenant is sealed. May the God of peace provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will, and may he, through Jesus Christ, do in us what pleases him. And to Christ be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

Final Words

22I beg you, my friends, to listen patiently to this message of encouragement; for this letter I have written you is not very long. 23I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been let out of prison. If he comes soon enough, I will have him with me when I see you.
24Give our greetings to all your leaders and to all God’s people. The believers from Italy send you their greetings.
25May God’s grace be with you all.

–Hebrews 13

 


Today's Reading: Esther 3, Esther 4, Esther 5, Esther 6, Psalm 126, Hebrews 13
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Where are you at?


Are you one who would be cast aside? Are you one who would be called?

Being given a high position — how will you handle it?

How will you lead? Will you lead humbly? Will you serve as leader?

Will you allow pride to trip you up? Will you allow pride to be the reason for your fall?

In whom will you put your trust? How much will you trust them? How much would you put your actions behind their words?

Do you consider the implications prior to taking actions? Consider what could be! Consider what might be!

How would you answer the call? How would you make the call? What would be the intentions of your heart? What are the thoughts going through your mind? What will the overflow of your heart and mind be?

There is purpose into why you had been called. There is a reason for you to be in the position you have been called into. Consider where you are at, how you got there, why you have been called, who has called you, what is the purpose for you being called to such a place at such a time!

Would you share the news? Will you pass it along for the benefit of others? Have you given spoken the truth in love to the one who needed to hear it?

Do you need help? Will you turn to God and ask Him for help? Will you pray?

In whom do you have confidence? Where does your confidence come from? In whom will you trust? Put your hope and trust in God!

Just as the lost child, turn back and return home to your Abba Father – our heavenly Father. Cry out to Jesus and be saved! Don’t put it off! Don’t miss out! Don’t worry! Don’t fear! Put your trust in God! Share the hope that is within you with the people around you! Consider what is yet to come for us who believe in Jesus! Let’s be encouraged as children of God! Let’s receive His correction to be able to become more like God!

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As we meditate on this, let’s conclude our time reading from today’s reading from the New Testament…

God Our Father

1As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. 2Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne.
3Think of what he went through; how he put up with so much hatred from sinners! So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up. 4For in your struggle against sin you have not yet had to resist to the point of being killed. 5 Have you forgotten the encouraging words which God speaks to you as his children?

“My child, pay attention when the Lord corrects you,
and do not be discouraged when he rebukes you.
6Because the Lord corrects everyone he loves,
and punishes everyone he accepts as a child.”

7Endure what you suffer as being a father’s punishment; your suffering shows that God is treating you as his children. Was there ever a child who was not punished by his father? 8If you are not punished, as all his children are, it means you are not real children, but bastards. 9In the case of our human fathers, they punished us and we respected them. How much more, then, should we submit to our spiritual Father and live! 10Our human fathers punished us for a short time, as it seemed right to them; but God does it for our own good, so that we may share his holiness. 11When we are punished, it seems to us at the time something to make us sad, not glad. Later, however, those who have been disciplined by such punishment reap the peaceful reward of a righteous life.

Instructions and Warnings

12 Lift up your tired hands, then, and strengthen your trembling knees! 13 Keep walking on straight paths, so that the lame foot may not be disabled, but instead be healed.
14Try to be at peace with everyone, and try to live a holy life, because no one will see the Lord without it. 15 Guard against turning back from the grace of God. Let no one become like a bitter plant that grows up and causes many troubles with its poison. 16Let no one become immoral or unspiritual like Esau, who for a single meal sold his rights as the older son. 17 Afterward, you know, he wanted to receive his father’s blessing; but he was turned back, because he could not find any way to change what he had done, even though in tears he looked for it.
18 You have not come, as the people of Israel came, to what you can feel, to Mount Sinai with its blazing fire, the darkness and the gloom, the storm, 19the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of a voice. When the people heard the voice, they begged not to hear another word, 20 because they could not bear the order which said, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling and afraid!”
22Instead, you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, with its thousands of angels. 23You have come to the joyful gathering of God’s first-born, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, who is the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, who arranged the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that promises much better things than does the blood of Abel.
25 Be careful, then, and do not refuse to hear him who speaks. Those who refused to hear the one who gave the divine message on earth did not escape. How much less shall we escape, then, if we turn away from the one who speaks from heaven! 26His voice shook the earth at that time, but now he has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven as well.” 27The words “once more” plainly show that the created things will be shaken and removed, so that the things that cannot be shaken will remain.
28Let us be thankful, then, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe; 29 because our God is indeed a destroying fire.

–Hebrews 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today's Reading: Esther 1, Esther 2, Psalm 108, Hebrews 12

Whose orders are you following?


What will it take for you to turn back to God?Does it matter to you who has asked you to do something? Does it matter to you based on who was asking if someone were to ask whose orders are you following? Will it stop you from completing the work depending on who ask you to do it?

What if it were God? Would you any person be able to stop you from completing the good work that God has prepared in advance for you to do?

So what is the driving force behind the work you are doing today? What is the driving force behind how you are living out your life today? What is the reason that keeps you moving forward to complete the work before you?

Being a father? Being a parent? Being a servant leader? Being a director? Being a son? Being a brother? Being a friend? Being a co-worker? Being a neighbor?

Will you finish the work faithfully? Will you finish the work no matter who tries to question your efforts? Will you finish the work God has given you to do?

How about in the midst of your life you learn that God gave you new instruction or direction, would you align to it? Would you follow His instruction and direction? Would you turn back to God and obey His Word?

Is God’s instruction good enough for you? Will you ask Jesus into your heart? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and comfort you? Will you walk in His ways? Will you turn from your own ways and turn back to God’s will and purpose? Will you complete the work He has for you? Will you be prepared when He shows up and to give an reason for the hope that is within you to anyone who asks?

I want to share the reading that concludes today from the New Testament…

Faith

1To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. 2 It was by their faith that people of ancient times won God’s approval.
3 It is by faith that we understand that the universe was created by God’s word, so that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.
4 It was faith that made Abel offer to God a better sacrifice than Cain’s. Through his faith he won God’s approval as a righteous man, because God himself approved of his gifts. By means of his faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 It was faith that kept Enoch from dying. Instead, he was taken up to God, and nobody could find him, because God had taken him up. The scripture says that before Enoch was taken up, he had pleased God. 6No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.
7 It was faith that made Noah hear God’s warnings about things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a boat in which he and his family were saved. As a result, the world was condemned, and Noah received from God the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 It was faith that made Abraham obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him. He left his own country without knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as a foreigner in the country that God had promised him. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who received the same promise from God. 10For Abraham was waiting for the city which God has designed and built, the city with permanent foundations.
11 It was faith that made Abraham able to become a father, even though he was too old and Sarah herself could not have children. He trusted God to keep his promise. 12 Though Abraham was practically dead, from this one man came as many descendants as there are stars in the sky, as many as the numberless grains of sand on the seashore.
13 It was in faith that all these persons died. They did not receive the things God had promised, but from a long way off they saw them and welcomed them, and admitted openly that they were foreigners and refugees on earth. 14Those who say such things make it clear that they are looking for a country of their own. 15They did not keep thinking about the country they had left; if they had, they would have had the chance to return. 16Instead, it was a better country they longed for, the heavenly country. And so God is not ashamed for them to call him their God, because he has prepared a city for them.
17 It was faith that made Abraham offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice when God put Abraham to the test. Abraham was the one to whom God had made the promise, yet he was ready to offer his only son as a sacrifice. 18 God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that you will have the descendants I promised.” 19Abraham reckoned that God was able to raise Isaac from death—and, so to speak, Abraham did receive Isaac back from death.
20 It was faith that made Isaac promise blessings for the future to Jacob and Esau.
21 It was faith that made Jacob bless each of the sons of Joseph just before he died. He leaned on the top of his walking stick and worshiped God.
22 It was faith that made Joseph, when he was about to die, speak of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, and leave instructions about what should be done with his body.
23 It was faith that made the parents of Moses hide him for three months after he was born. They saw that he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s order.
24 It was faith that made Moses, when he had grown up, refuse to be called the son of the king’s daughter. 25He preferred to suffer with God’s people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while. 26He reckoned that to suffer scorn for the Messiah was worth far more than all the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes on the future reward.
27It was faith that made Moses leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. As though he saw the invisible God, he refused to turn back. 28 It was faith that made him establish the Passover and order the blood to be sprinkled on the doors, so that the Angel of Death would not kill the first-born sons of the Israelites.
29 It was faith that made the Israelites able to cross the Red Sea as if on dry land; when the Egyptians tried to do it, the water swallowed them up.
30 It was faith that made the walls of Jericho fall down after the Israelites had marched around them for seven days. 31 It was faith that kept the prostitute Rahab from being killed with those who disobeyed God, for she gave the Israelite spies a friendly welcome.
32 Should I go on? There isn’t enough time for me to speak of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. 33 Through faith they fought whole countries and won. They did what was right and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 put out fierce fires, escaped being killed by the sword. They were weak, but became strong; they were mighty in battle and defeated the armies of foreigners. 35 Through faith women received their dead relatives raised back to life.
Others, refusing to accept freedom, died under torture in order to be raised to a better life. 36 Some were mocked and whipped, and others were put in chains and taken off to prison. 37 They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they were killed by the sword. They went around clothed in skins of sheep or goats—poor, persecuted, and mistreated. 38The world was not good enough for them! They wandered like refugees in the deserts and hills, living in caves and holes in the ground.
39What a record all of these have won by their faith! Yet they did not receive what God had promised, 40because God had decided on an even better plan for us. His purpose was that only in company with us would they be made perfect.

–Hebrews 11

Will your faith keep you moving forward? Will your faith keep you obedience to the point of death? Will your faith keep you blessing others? Will your faith keep you worshiping? Will your faith provide hope to the people in the world around you? Will your faith keep you going even in the midst of trials and troubles? Is your faith strong enough that you are sure of things you hope for and certain of things you cannot see? What is your record of faith? Will you stay a part of God’s flock? Will you align to God’s will humbly? Will you take care of those God has put into your care? Don’t worry about things, but give it up to God because He cares for you! Do not be afraid, be alert and on watch! Stand firm in your faith and resits the devil for then He will flee! Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds because you know many other followers of Jesus are going thru similar trials and also because you know that when it completes the work of perseverance in you that you will be complete and lacking nothing!  Do not lose hope when you face troubles because you have the hope of knowing that Jesus has already overcome the world!

The Flock of God

1I, who am an elder myself, appeal to the church elders among you. I am a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and I will share in the glory that will be revealed. I appeal to you 2 to be shepherds of the flock that God gave you and to take care of it willingly, as God wants you to, and not unwillingly. Do your work, not for mere pay, but from a real desire to serve. 3Do not try to rule over those who have been put in your care, but be examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the glorious crown which will never lose its brightness.
5 In the same way you younger people must submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. 7 Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.
8Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. 10But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation. 11To him be the power forever! Amen.

Final Greetings

12 I write you this brief letter with the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful Christian. I want to encourage you and give my testimony that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.
13 Your sister church in Babylon, also chosen by God, sends you greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14Greet one another with the kiss of Christian love.
May peace be with all of you who belong to Christ.

–1 Peter 5

 


Today's Reading: Ezra 5, Ezra 6, Psalm 110, Hebrews 11, 1 Peter 5

What’s next? Only days away from the new year…


Ever wondered what’s next? Ever wondered how it is supposed to go? Ever questions how are things going to change? Ever considered that you have a choice? Ever thought of preparing in advance? So what’s next? Where are you at now? What have you been preparing for? What will it produce? And what will it mean for you? Twelve … what comes to mind when you think of the number 12?

12 is the natural number following 11 and preceding 13. The product of the first three factorials, twelve is a superior highly composite number, evenly divisible by 2, 3, 4, and 6. It is central to many systems of counting, including the Western calendar and units of time, and frequently appears in the Abrahamic religions. 12 (number) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But what about 12 in the Bible? 12 disciples? 12 tribes? when Jesus turned 12? 12 stones on the breastplate? 12 in the book of Revelation? 12 as it relates to power and authority? 12 as a structural principle for organization? 12 children of Abraham from each mother – Sarah and Hagar?

So with only a few days left in the year, what’s next? What’s next for this blog? What’s  next for my devotionals? What next for my parenting? What’s next for my exercise routine? What’s next?

I know from God’s Word that He has a plan for me and it is good! I know that it is to give me a hope and a future! I know that Jesus came that I would have life and life to the full! I know that Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but that through it we could be saved! I know that in this world we will have troubles, but I can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! I know that I am to receive each trial that comes my way with pure joy, for you I that when my faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. I know that in making sure that my endurance carries me all the way without failing, so that I may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

So my hope and my trust are in God! No matter what’s next! My hope and in trust are in you Lord! Thank You Jesus for my family! Thank You for showing me how You have been to bless me! Thank You for teaching me that I can’t out give You Lord! You have taught me how when I give it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into my lap. For with the measure I used, it will be measured to me! Lord, You have even challenged me to test You in this habit of giving when you said:

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. –Malachi 3:10

So Lord, grant me wisdom! I ask, seek, and knock! I humble myself and as I ask for wisdom because I know that you will give it to me generously and without finding fault!

This is the Your day Lord, You made it, so I will rejoice and be glad in it!

And I know Lord that I am Your child, adopted into Your family. Engrafted to the vine (Jesus) as a branch. You know my name! You know my every thought!

So Lord, I know turn to Your Word for today as I know Your answers can be found there. I know I have but 12 days left after today’s reading. So I draw close to You and will listen to what Your Word will speak to me in Jesus’ name I pray.

Thank You God the Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit!


 

  • Time of restoration – Prayer for a nation’s restoration
  • Greater things are yet to come – Good, Better, Best
  • Draw near to God – thru Jesus we can go directly to God!
  • Sincere heart. Sure faith!
  • Start a group! Encourage one another!
  • Remember what you possess that will last forever! Do not lose courage!
  • Jesus is coming back! Be prepared! Don’t turn back! Have faith! Be saved!
  • Live the changed life!
  • Share the truth of Jesus with the people around us! Be a good steward!
  • Be glad! Hold tight to Jesus! Do what is right and what is good!
  • Judgment begins with us! Trust God with everything because He keeps His promise.

 


Today's Reading: Zechariah 13, Zechariah 14, Psalm 80, Hebrews 10, 1 Peter 4

Will you ask for what you have need of?


Are you in need? Do you have desires? What do you want?

Ask God for What You Need

7 “Ask, and God will give to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you. 8 Yes, everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened.

–from Matthew 7

Do you know why you don’t have what you need?

2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

–from James 4

Do you know why you are lacking? Do realize God’s plan?

Trials and Temptations

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

–from James 1

So we need to cling to Jesus! We need to hold onto Him and walk out our lives with Him! We need to live in relationship with Jesus! Once we have done that, nothing can separate us from the love of God!

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

–from Romans 8

This morning’s reading triggered these thoughts in my head. This morning’s reading started speaking about speaking to God, building a relationship with God, trusting God, building our relationship with Him! It’s title even began with how much God cares for us!

Don’t wander and walk like a sheep without a shepherd! Jesus is the good shepherd so don’t be tricked by the enemy! Know His voice and listen to His ways!

You don’t want to be against Him! You want to be with Him! Join in unity with God and His people! Do you realize the potter’s field and the reference in both the new and old testaments? Do you realize how much Jesus came to do? He won’t desert His flock! He is the good shepherd!

So let’s come together as God’s people! Let’s come together both gentile and jew. Let’s come together and align with Jesus so that the Lord will be glorified! Let’s bless the people of Israel! Put your trust in God! Let’s draw near to Him! Let’s allow our lives to glorify God! Even as today’s reading speaks to Jesus and how Jesus was pierced! Let’s not forget what Jesus has done for us! Let’s build our relationship with Him all the days of our lives!

Let’s allow love to fill us to overflowing! Let’s not forget what love is!

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Let’s be patient! Let’s be kind! Let’s not envy! Let’s not boast! Let’s be filled with love! Let’s overflow into the world around us so that they may know what true love is all about! Let’s never fail in spreading the good news of Jesus and His love!

Jesus is our rock! Trust in God! Share the testimonies of what God has done in and thru you life! Give your heart to Him! Invite Jesus into your heart! Let His Word be written on your heart and your mind! In this world we will troubles, but we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world!

When we receive Jesus into our hearts, we become the temple of the Holy Spirit. Let’s close with the final 2 chapters of today’s readings from the New Testament…

Worship in the Earthly Tabernacle

1Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. 2A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. 3Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, 4which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaronʼs staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
6When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. 9This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

The Blood of Christ

11But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,so that we may serve the living God!
15For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
16In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
23It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in Godʼs presence. 25Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

–Hebrews 9

When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are forgiven! Jesus gave His life once for all! He only had to give it up once! He now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me. He is coming back and we need to make our choice before then.

1Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in Godʼs sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Suffering for Doing Good

8Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17For it is better, if it is Godʼs will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at Godʼs right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

–1 Peter 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today's Reading: Zechariah 10, Zechariah 11, Zechariah 12, Psalm 40, Hebrews 9, 1 Peter 3