Category Archives: Wisdom

Do you have to hit rock bottom before things start to look up?


Will you turn back? Will you look up? Will you choose to do so before you hit the bottom?

When you hit the bottom will you choose to bounce back? Will you choose to start looking up? Will you choose to start looking for other alternatives? Will you lie their moping and bitter?

The devil wants you to believe the lie that you aren’t loved and that nobody cares for you!

The truth, the one that will set you free is that God does love you! God loves you so much that Jesus came to die on the cross to forgive you for everything that you did and to transform you life!

Don’t lose hope! Not even if you let it keep dropping till it hits rock bottom!

When you hit rock bottom, bounce up! Cry out to God! Seek God! Search for God! Look for opportunities to hear about God through His Word in the Bible! God’s love letter to you from God! Want to get a snippet of that in your own language? Checkout this Father’s Love Letter page. More of a person who likes to hear and see about it? Checkout these videos!

An amazing man I heard speak said “A setback is a setup for a comeback

No matter where you are on this journey called life, don’t allow the lies of the devil to rob you of the promises and purpose of God! God created you on purpose! God created you with purpose! God created you for a purpose!

I’ve seen and heard people try to jump to a certain part of the bible and watch everyone freak out! The challenge is that without getting the context and allow the Bible to help you understand the background, people can totally misinterpret the words being shared. Consider Ephesians 5, we can’t just jump to the sections with a header that someone put in there without understanding the context of what was said before it. So let’s take a look at this example and read from verses 15-21. With knowledge we can in! Information enables us to win! Walking in without it we aren’t prepared or setup for success!

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

–from Ephesians 5

So let’s make sure we do our research and don’t just go rushing into situations with guns a blazing! Let’s come in prepared and educated for the conversation and not be acting stupid or speaking foolishness!  We need to try and grasp the purpose for this situation! We need to grasp God’s will, God’s devision purpose for us! If we can get aligned with that then we are in a better position to accomplish His will! Consider how we live and how the things we put into ourselves cause things to come out of ourselves! Are they good? How about if we lived out our lives with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? There is nothing bad about these things or as the Bible puts it, “Against such things there is no Law.” So consider the words you will use and that you speak into, over, or even at other people.

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification or to try to build each other up!

So why would we submit to anyone? Be it your boss? your wife? your husband? your friend? your neighbor? your leaders? It would be to glorify God and reverence for Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!

So we need to take a hold that having a relationship (not rituals, routines, schedules) but an actual relationship with God which has been made possible through the sacrifice Jesus made for you and me out of love! It goes beyond actions, it’s about building a relationship with Jesus! It’s about building an intimate relationship with Him where you invite Him into every situation! You allow Him to speak life, wisdom, discernment, peace, hope, love, into and through your life via the Holy Spirit!

The bouncing back from hitting rock bottom, the bouncing back from a heart of stone that gets softened, the bouncing back of betrayal, it all comes back to grace! Grace – the unmerited love and favor of God! So when we go through things being able to share how God worked in and through it and sharing it with other to encourage them that they can move forward bounces the glory up to heaven giving God all the praise, the honor, and the glory!

I got the opportunity to do that at work where I got to share the power of forgiveness! I was asked if I would do a story slam to share part of my story as part of a work effort to help connect employees at a more personal level but it couldn’t have to do with my work at the company. Forgiveness seemed to be the right story for me to share and when I gave them 4 various stories of when God had worked in and through my life and I had to bounce back, they chose this one – without having heard the full story themselves. It went like this…Have you ever had a problem where it started with someone saying “have I got a deal for you?” and then they did the opposite…

So how can we give God the glory for helping us bounce back? What can we do or could we do if we wanted to speak hope, life, love, truth into the people God brings into our lives? How could we serve them? How could we be God’s arms and hands extended in this hurting world? How can we do it in a way that will glorify God?

WHAT WILL YOU DO TODAY?

Let’s reflect on it as we read through today’s reading from God’s Word…


Bounce it Back Up

Day 273: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Why glorify God? … Psalm 115:1-11
  2. How to glorify God? … Philippians 1:27-2:11
  3. When to glorify God? … Jeremiah 1:1-2:30

What is God telling you to do? Will you do it?

What is God telling you to speak? Will you say it?

Where is God telling you to go? Will you go?


 

 

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Did you hear that? The still quiet voice.


How will you respond? Will you receive it without needing to hear the loud booming voice? Will you set yourself in the right position and posture to respond and react? Will you be obedient to what it says? Are you even trying to set time aside so you can hear it and receive it? Do you hear the wisdom? Do you hear the instruction? Do you hear the direction? Now what will you do with it? How will you respond?

Having ignored the still quiet voice at a point in my life till the point where the big booming voice was used, I recommend listening and obeying the still quiet voice as the loud booming voice is enough to freak you out … it did me anyways.

Will you allow the Spirit to speak words of wisdom to you so that you can share and speak life into the lives of the people around you? Will you allow the Spirit to speak words of discernment to you so that you can help other find peace and answers they are looking for? Will you allow the Spirit to speak truth that will set people free with the reality of Jesus Christ? Will you be a conduit and obedient to speak it, even it feel uncomfortable?

Will you find a way in the midst of the noise, talk, and distractions of this world to allow the Holy Spirit to encounter you? Will allow Him to speak to you in a way where you will realize that Jesus is real and wants to have a relationship with you? A real, intimate relationship with you? What about to help those around you to come to the realization of Jesus?

If not you then who? If not now then when? If not through you then how? If not here then where? If not for His glory then why? If not for salvation then what?


How to Listen to the Holy Spirit

Day 232: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Listen to wisdom and knowledge … Proverbs 20:15-24
  2. Listen through the gifts of the Holy Spirit … 1 Corinthians 14:1-19
  3. Listen to good advice and prophetic words … 2 Chronicles 10:1-12:16

Today’s Reading:

  • Devotional
  • Proverbs 20:15-24
  • 1 Corinthians 14:1-19
  • 2 Chronicles 10
  • 2 Chronicles 11
  • 2 Chronicles 12

Hearing the Voice of the Holy Spirit

4 days…


Timing… Perspective… Position… Placement… Action… Response… Questions… Answers… Retrospective… Control… Preparation… Faith… Peace… Joy… Hope… Trust… Love… Sow… Reap… Invest… Return… Steward… Selfless… Serve… Heart… Lead… Follow… Obey… Humility… Turn… Patience… Kindness… Goodness… Self-Control… Faithful… Gentleness… Endurance… Restraint…

What will be next? What will end? What will begin? What will continue? What will change? What will stay the same?

Where will you turn? Who will you talk to? When will you notice? When will you realize? Why will it take so long? Why not sooner? Why not now? How will it impact you? How will it make a difference? How will you respond? How will you react? How will you know?

The countdown continues…


Today’s reading comes from Nehemiah 7-8, and 1 John 1. Let’s take hold of all God has to say today and let’s share His hope and His love with the world around us so that they may hear the Good News of Jesus and respond before their time runs out.

What happens to people when they accomplish something? What happens to people when they meet their goals? What happens when it is finished? What’s next? New plan? New purpose? New schedule? New direction? What things will stay the same? What things will change? Will we need to take a count or audit of what is left? Will we need to consider the skills and talents of the remnant? Will we need to press on to the next milestone? Will there be new goals? Will there be new work?

1And now the wall had been rebuilt, the gates had all been put in place, and the Temple guards, the members of the sacred choir, and the other Levites had been assigned their work. 2I put two men in charge of governing the city of Jerusalem: my brother Hanani and Hananiah, commanding officer of the fortress. Hananiah was a reliable and God-fearing man without equal. 3I told them not to have the gates of Jerusalem opened in the morning until well after sunrise and to have them closed and barred before the guards went off duty at sunset. I also told them to appoint guards from among the people who lived in Jerusalem and to assign some of them to specific posts and others to patrol the area around their own houses.

The List of Those Who Returned from Exile

(Ezra 2.1-70)
4Jerusalem was a large city, but not many people were living in it, and not many houses had been built yet. 5God inspired me to assemble the people and their leaders and officials and to check their family records. I located the records of those who had first returned from captivity, and this is the information I found:
6Many of the exiles left the province of Babylon and returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own hometown. Their families had been living in exile in Babylonia ever since King Nebuchadnezzar had taken them there as prisoners. 7Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah.
8-25This is the list of the clans of Israel, with the number of those from each clan who returned from exile:
Parosh – 2,172
Shephatiah – 372
Arah – 652
Pahath Moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab) – 2,818
Elam – 1,254
Zattu – 845
Zaccai – 760
Binnui – 648
Bebai – 628
Azgad – 2,322
Adonikam – 667
Bigvai – 2,067
Adin – 655
Ater (also called Hezekiah) – 98
Hashum – 328
Bezai – 324
Hariph – 112
Gibeon – 95
26-38People whose ancestors had lived in the following towns also returned:
Bethlehem and Netophah – 188
Anathoth – 128
Beth Azmaveth – 42
Kiriath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth – 743
Ramah and Geba – 621
Michmash – 122
Bethel and Ai – 123
The other Nebo – 52
The other Elam – 1,254
Harim – 320
Jericho – 345
Lod, Hadid, and Ono – 721
Senaah – 3,930
39-42This is the list of the priestly clans that returned from exile:
Jedaiah (descendants of Jeshua) – 973
Immer – 1,052
Pashhur – 1,247
Harim – 1,017
43-45Clans of Levites who returned from exile:
Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah) – 74
Temple musicians (descendants of Asaph) – 148
Temple guards (descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai) – 138
46-56Clans of Temple workers who returned from exile:
Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
Keros, Sia, Padon,
Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,
Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
Besai, Meunim, Nephushesim,
Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
Bazlith, Mehida, Harsha,
Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
Neziah, and Hatipha.
57-59Clans of Solomon’s servants who returned from exile:
Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,
Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth Hazzebaim, and Amon.
60The total number of descendants of the Temple workers and of Solomon’s servants who returned from exile was 392.
61-62There were 642 belonging to the clans of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda who returned from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer; but they could not prove that they were descendants of Israelites.
63-64The following priestly clans could find no record to prove their ancestry: Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai. (The ancestor of the priestly clan of Barzillai had married a woman from the clan of Barzillai of Gilead and taken the name of his father-in-law’s clan.) Since they were unable to prove who their ancestors were, they were not accepted as priests. 65 The Jewish governor told them that they could not eat the food offered to God until there was a priest who could use the Urim and Thummim.
66-69Total number of exiles who returned – 42,360.
Their male and female servants – 7,337
Male and female musicians – 245
Horses – 736
Mules – 245
Camels – 435
Donkeys – 6,720
70-72Many of the people contributed to help pay the cost of restoring the Temple:
The governor 270 ounces of gold
50 ceremonial bowls
530 robes for priests
Heads of clans 337 pounds of gold
3,215 pounds of silver
The rest of the people 337 pounds of gold
2,923 pounds of silver
67 robes for priests
73  The priests, the Levites, the Temple guards, the musicians, many of the ordinary people, the Temple workers—all the people of Israel—settled in the towns and cities of Judah.
–Nehemiah 7

How about setting a common ground? How about setting up a firm foundation on which to build everything else? How about aligning things with a cornerstone so that as things start to get built up they are in line? How about using good resources to ensure it lasts?

Consider the solid foundation which is Jesus Christ! Consider the cornerstone to align with to be Jesus Christ! Consider the common ground to be rules of higher standards Jesus has called us to! Let’s first love God with all of our hearts, mind, soul, and strength! Let’s love our neighbors as ourselves! Let’s lead with love! Let’s put Jesus in the middle of all our relationships so that we can come together with common purposes! A chord of three strands is not easily broken! Let’s point people back to God! Let’s turn our lives back to God! Let’s walk with Him and in His ways! Let’s start a revival where God is glorified and lives are transformed for eternity! None of the “stuff” will last forever, only people! So we need to have God’s eyes and God’s ears and God’s heart for the people around us! God sent Jesus to save the world! His hope was that nobody would perish but that everyone would come to faith in Jesus! So let’s ask God how He would have us kick things off! Let’s ask God for clarity and vision, purpose and passion for His plan! Let’s ask God to make us sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit so that in every situation we will be able to step up and step in and help people be restored to God!

Ezra Reads the Law to the People

1By the seventh month the people of Israel were all settled in their towns. On the first day of that month they all assembled in Jerusalem, in the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra, the priest and scholar of the Law which the Lord had given Israel through Moses, to get the book of the Law. 2So Ezra brought it to the place where the people had gathered—men, women, and the children who were old enough to understand. 3There in the square by the gate he read the Law to them from dawn until noon, and they all listened attentively.
4Ezra was standing on a wooden platform that had been built for the occasion. The following men stood at his right: Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and the following stood at his left: Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
5As Ezra stood there on the platform high above the people, they all kept their eyes fixed on him. As soon as he opened the book, they all stood up. 6Ezra said, “Praise the Lord, the great God!”
All the people raised their arms in the air and answered, “Amen! Amen!” They knelt in worship, with their faces to the ground.
7Then they rose and stood in their places, and the following Levites explained the Law to them: Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, and Pelaiah. 8They gave an oral translation of God’s Law and explained it so that the people could understand it.
9When the people heard what the Law required, they were so moved that they began to cry. So Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra, the priest and scholar of the Law, and the Levites who were explaining the Law told all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God, so you are not to mourn or cry. 10Now go home and have a feast. Share your food and wine with those who don’t have enough. Today is holy to our Lord, so don’t be sad. The joy that the Lord gives you will make you strong.”
11The Levites went around calming the people and telling them not to be sad on such a holy day. 12So all the people went home and ate and drank joyfully and shared what they had with others, because they understood what had been read to them.

The Festival of Shelters

13The next day the heads of the clans, together with the priests and the Levites, went to Ezra to study the teachings of the Law. 14 They discovered that the Law, which the Lord gave through Moses, ordered the people of Israel to live in temporary shelters during the Festival of Shelters. 15So they gave the following instructions and sent them all through Jerusalem and the other cities and towns: “Go out to the hills and get branches from pines, olives, myrtles, palms, and other trees to make shelters according to the instructions written in the Law.”
16So the people got branches and built shelters on the flat roofs of their houses, in their yards, in the Temple courtyard, and in the public squares by the Water Gate and by the Ephraim Gate. 17All the people who had come back from captivity built shelters and lived in them. This was the first time it had been done since the days of Joshua son of Nun, and everybody was excited and happy. 18From the first day of the festival to the last they read a part of God’s Law every day. They celebrated for seven days, and on the eighth day there was a closing ceremony, as required in the Law.
–Nehemiah 8

Time is short! Life is like a mist! This world in its present form is passing away! We should live like stewards rather than owners as the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it! We should live like servants as we serve the Lord! Be God’s hands and arms of love extended! See the world like He does! Hear the cries like He does! Ask Him for wisdom so that you know what to do! Ask Him for sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in every situation because there may be more to it than what is on the surface! Let’s meditate on the Word of the Lord always! Let’s hope and trust Jesus in everything! Let’s live for eternity so that not only will we get to spend eternity with God but also that we can help others come into this same relationship!

The Word of Life

1 We write to you about the Word of life, which has existed from the very beginning. We have heard it, and we have seen it with our eyes; yes, we have seen it, and our hands have touched it. 2 When this life became visible, we saw it; so we speak of it and tell you about the eternal life which was with the Father and was made known to us. 3What we have seen and heard we announce to you also, so that you will join with us in the fellowship that we have with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4We write this in order that our joy may be complete.

God Is Light

5Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him. 6If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions. 7But if we live in the light—just as he is in the light—then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.
8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us. 9But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make a liar out of God, and his word is not in us.

–1 John 1

Make time with God! Make time to hear from Him! Make time to do what He is calling you to do! Make time to speak life into the people He sends to you!

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

Do you realize you are in this position for a purpose?


Do you realize you have been put in that position on purpose for a purpose? Do you realize that it wasn’t an accident or a coincident? Do you realize that just as God said that He would bring you before leaders, there was a purpose and a plan? Do you realize that those skills, those gifts, and those talents given to you by God were for a reason and that because of them you will have divine appointments? Will you be God’s hand extended? Will you be His voice into various situations? Will you ask God for wisdom so that you know what to say? Will you ask God for wisdom so that you know what to do?

Do you realize the timeline of God? Do you realize what parts have been accomplished? Do you realize what parts are yet to come? Do you realize the number of prophecies that have already been accomplished? Do you realized the number of prophecies that are yet to come? Do you see the signs of the time? Do you see what is taking place around you? Do you realize how many were accomplished by the birth of Jesus? Do you realize how many were accomplished by the sacrifice of Jesus? There are some in the Old Testament that were fulfilled during the Old Testament! There are some in the Old Testament that were fulfilled during the New Testament! There are others that are yet to come, the appointed time!

Do you know God? Will you align and obey Him? Will you receive God’s wisdom and share it with others? Will you stand against lies and stand for the truth? Will you glorify God in all you say and do? Is your name written in the book of life? Have you asked Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior?

Do you realize the end times is spoken of both in the old and the new testament? Today’s reading speaks to it in Daniel 12…

The End Times

1“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
5Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. 6One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”
7The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”
8I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”
9He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. 10Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
11“From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.
13“As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”

–Daniel 12

Don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Persevere! Trust in the Lord with all your heart! Lean not on your own understanding! In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight!

Jesus is the way! the truth! the life! Nobody comes to the Father except thru Him! Turn to Jesus! Invite Him into your heart and your life! For all those who call on the name of Jesus will be saved! Don’t wait till it is too late! Why not now as we prepare to celebrate His birth thousands of years ago this Christmas season! Jesus is the Christ in Christmas! My hope and my prayer is aligned with God’s purpose and plan! My hope and my prayer is that people will hear the good news of Jesus and be saved! God is not slow as some may defined it, He is long suffering and wants that nobody would perish but that everyone would be saved! Jesus was sent to save the lost! He didn’t come to condemn the world, He came to save it! He will come back and when He does that will be the end and you don’t want to be too late and have spend eternity apart from God rather than with Him! So choose now, choose quickly so that you too can be saved! Let not your heart be troubled and end up like those who missed out on getting to enter the promised land!

1Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
8“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
9where your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”

–Psalm 95

So let’s close with today’s reading from the New Testament and reflect on what it has to say…Let’s believe and be saved!

Jesus Greater Than Moses

1Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all Godʼs house. 3Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5“Moses was faithful as a servant in all Godʼs house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6But Christ is faithful as the Son over Godʼs house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
Warning Against Unbelief
7So, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
8do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the wilderness,
9where your ancestors tested and tried me,
though for forty years they saw what I did.
10That is why I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”

12See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sinʼs deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”

16Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

–Hebrews 3

 


Today’s Reading: Daniel 11, Daniel 12, Psalm 95, Hebrews 3