Can you see it? Can you hear it?


Do you get it? Do you understand it?

Are you doing anything about it? Are you thinking about it? Are you considering it?

Do you get it?

Are you just looking or do you see? Are you just hearing or do you listen?

Do you understand?

The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled!

There will only be truth!

Until that day, what are you doing to be able to discern the difference between fact and fiction?

Until that day, what are you doing to be able to know the difference between right and wrong?

Until that day, what are you doing to be able to know the difference unity and division?

Until that day, what are you doing to be able to know which are for now and which are for the future?

Until that day, what will you do and how will you live?

Consider the words you are about to speak before they come out of your mouth! Consider if they are the true! Consider if they are helpful! Consider if they are inspiring! Consider if they are necessary! Consider if they are kind!

Don’t be found out to be someone who speaks false words or is a liar!

Don’t be someone who leads people astray or whitewashes messages!

Don’t let your imagination trick you into things! Don’t be fooled!

Will you try to disheartened the righteous? Will you encourage the wicked?

How do you want it to end for you? How do you expect to be found based on the way you are living?

What is most important to you? Will you turn back to God before it is too late? Will you follow after Jesus the rest of your life?

Do you think you can escape? Do you know the way? Do you know what is required? Will you make a choice before it is too late? Why not today?

Let’s come together and unify! Let’s come together and do what is right and what is just! Let’s come together and lead with love! Let’s come together and share the hope that is within us thanks to Jesus! Let’s face the troubles that come our way knowing that we don’t have to worry because Jesus has overcome the world and He has told us that in this world we will have troubles! Let’s consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds holding onto the hope that is within us because we have been told “that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Let’s stand firm! Let’s put on the full armor of God!

Let’s watch out for those who try to cause division! Let’s watch out for those who try to put stumbling blocks in the way! Let’s not be fooled by smooth talkers who try to flatter us and lead us astray!

25Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith— 27to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

–from Romans 16

 


Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 12, 13, 14, Romans 16

How bad does it have to get before…


Take a look around you … do you see what is happening? do you see what has taken place? do you see the efforts around division? do you see the efforts around breaking apart? do you see the efforts of trying to hide lies? do you see the efforts of trying to deceive? do you see the efforts to try and hide the truth? do you see the efforts to replace the truth or modify the truth with lies?

Is there anything that can be done to be able to cut through the lies? Is there anything that can be done to bring people back together? Is there anything that can be done to hold those in authority accountable for their words and their actions? Is there anything that can be done to hold those in authority accountable for the actions they do and create? Is there anything that can be done to recreate unity? Is there anything that can be done to unify the people?

How bad does it have to get before people turn back to God? How bad does it have to get before people realize that we need God? How bad does it have to get before people give up self in order to allow God’s way to rule? How bad does it have to get before…


As new as some of the struggles we see around us, it seems that life is like a pendulum or a merry go round that goes round and round or back and forth. Consider in the Bible when people walked away from God and the behavior they exhibited to where we are today. Consider in the Bible when people finally got to the end of their rope and finally turned back and cried out to God to save them. God’s Word reminds us how if we will humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways and pray, God will hear our prayers and heal our land!

How bad does it have to get before…


Today’s reading begins in Isaiah…

1The burden of Moab. For in the night that Ar is devastated, Moab is ruined; for in the night that Kir is devastated, Moab is ruined. 2He has gone up to the shrine, to Dibon, to the high places to weep. Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba. Every head is bald, every beard shaven. 3In their streets they wear sackcloth. On their housetops and in their plazas, everyone wails, weeping profusely. 4Heshbon and Elealeh cry out. Their voice is heard as far as Jahaz. Therefore the soldiers of Moab cry aloud, his soul faints within him. 5My heart cries out for Moab. Her fugitives are as far as Zoar as a three year old heifer, for by the ascent of Luhith they go up with weeping, for on the way of Horonaim they raise a cry of distress. 6The waters of Nimrim are desolate. The grass is withered away, the new grass withers, there is nothing green. 7Therefore the riches they had gotten and whatever they have stored, they carry over the Wadi of Willows. 8For the cry has gone around the borders of Moab, the wailing to Eglaim, and the wailing to Beer-elim. 9For the waters of Dimon are full of blood, but I will bring on Dimon even more— a lion for those escaping from Moab, and for those remaining in the land.

–from Isaiah 15

When will truth reign? When will mercy be established? When will justice be provided? When will we be ready for righteousness? When will joy and gladness return? When will we get past the haughtiness, arrogance, insolence, and dishonest boasting?

When will we humble ourselves? When will we turn from our wicked ways? When will we pray?

How big will the remainder be? How many people will hold onto the truth? How many will not lose hope and not lose faith in God? How many will stick close to God through it all?

1Send lambs to the ruler of the land from Sela in the desert to the mountain of the Daughter of Zion. 2For like fluttering birds, scattered from a nest, so will the daughters of Moab be at the fords of Arnon. 3‘Give counsel, execute justice. Cast your shadow like night at noonday. Hide the refugees, do not betray the fugitive. 4Let My refugees stay with you. Be for Moab a hiding place from the face of the destroyer. For the extortion is at an end, devastation ceases, oppressors are gone from the land. 5A throne will be established in mercy, and One will sit on it in truth —in the tent of David— One who seeks justice and is ready for righteousness. 6We have heard of the pride of Moab— very proud is he—of his haughtiness, his arrogance, his insolence, and his dishonest boasting. 7Therefore Moab will wail for Moab— everyone will wail! For the sweet cakes of Kir-hareseth you will moan, utterly stricken. 8For the fields of Heshbon have withered, as well as the vine of Sibmah. Rulers of nations have trampled the choice clusters, that reached as far as Jazer and into the desert, its branches spread out and crossed to the sea. 9Therefore I will weep bitterly for Jazer, for the vine of Sibmah. I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh. For on your summer and your harvest the battle cry has fallen. 10Gladness and joy are taken away from the fruitful field. In the vineyards, no singing for joy no happy shouting, no treading wine in the presses. I have made the shouting stop. 11Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a lyre, and my inward part for Kir-heres. 12So it will be, when Moab is weary upon the high place and comes to his sanctuary to pray, it will do him no good. 13This is the word that Adonai spoke concerning Moab in the past. 14But now Adonai has spoken, saying: “Within three years (as with the years of a hired worker), the glory of Moab will be disgraced; for all his large population, the remnant will be very small and feeble.”

–from Isaiah 16

How long will it take before we look beyond what we can do and turn to God for whom all things are possible? How long will it take before we look to the God of our salvation? How long will it take before we look to the God who is our rock?

1The burden of Damascus: Behold, Damascus will cease as a city and will become a ruinous heap. 2The cities of Aroer are forsaken. They will be for flocks—they will lie down and no one will frighten them. 3The fortress will also cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus. The remnant of Aram will be like the glory of Bnei-Yisrael. It is a declaration of Adonai-Tzva’ot.

Jacob’s Glory Fades

4Now in that day Jacob’s glory will fade, and the fatness of his flesh grow lean. 5It will be as when the harvester gathers the standing grain and reaps the heads with his arm, as when one gleans grain in the valley of Rephaim. 6Only gleanings will remain, as when beating an olive tree— two or three olives at the very top, four or five on a fruitful tree’s branches. It is a declaration of Adonai God of Israel. 7In that day a man will look to his Maker and his eyes will turn to the Holy One of Israel. 8He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, nor will he look to what his fingers have made—neither the Asherah poles nor the sun-images. 9In that day the strong cities will be like forsaken forests and treetops that were abandoned, because of Bnei-Yisrael—they will be laid waste. 10For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and you have not remembered the Rock of your strength. Therefore you plant delightful plants and set out exotic vines. 11In the day that you plant, you fence it in, and in the morning you made your seed to sprout— but the harvest will be a heap in a day of grief and incurable pain. 12Oy ! The uproar of many peoples who roar like the roaring of the seas. The rumbling of nations, who rush in like the rumbling of mighty waters! 13The nations will rush in like the rumbling of many waters, but He will rebuke them so they will flee far away, chased like chaff on the hills before the wind, like whirling dust before the storm. 14At evening time—sudden terror! Before morning, they are no more. This is the reward of those who plunder us and the lot of those who pillage us.

–from Isaiah 17


Heavenly Father, You are so awesome and incredible. I pray for Your will to take place today in my life that in and through it all You will be glorified. Provide for me today I pray wisdom for every situation and every decision that will come my way. Lord, You have taught me the importance of forgiveness and releasing the bitterness and anger that I had held onto. Lord I pray in Jesus’ name that You will forgive me for what I have done or left undone as I have forgiven others. Grant me wisdom I pray that I won’t be tempted by the evil one and be lead astray, but will cling onto the truth. I ask all this in Jesus’ name so that in and through it all You will receive, the praise, the honor, and the glory. Amen.


Let’s ask Jesus into our hearts! Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and our guide! Let’s allow God’s way to take root and bring us back to that peace that goes beyond all understanding! Will you believe Him? Will you trust Him? Will you follow Him?

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Let’s stop repeating the past and walk forward in faith and hope believing and trusting in God!

Healing on Shabbat

1After this there was a Jewish feast, and Yeshua went up to Jerusalem. 2Now in Jerusalem there is a pool by the sheep gate, called Bethzatha in Aramaic, which has five porches. 3In these a crowd of invalids was lying around—blind, lame, disabled. 4 5Now a certain man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. 6Seeing him lying there and knowing he had been that way a long time, Yeshua said to him, “Do you want to get well?” 7The invalid answered Him, “Sir, I have nobody to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I’m trying to get in, somebody else steps down before me!” 8Yeshua tells him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk!” 9Immediately, the man was healed! He took up his mat and started walking around. Now that day was Shabbat, 10so Judean leaders were saying to the man who was healed, “It’s Shabbat! It’s not permitted for you to carry your mat.” 11But he answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” 13But the man who had been healed didn’t know who it was, for Yeshua had slipped away into the crowd in that place. 14Afterwards, Yeshua finds him in the Temple. He said to him, “Look, you’ve been healed! Stop sinning, so nothing worse happens to you.” 15The man left and told the Judean leaders that it was Yeshua who had made him well.

Sent by the Father

16Because Yeshua was doing these things on Shabbat, the Judean leaders started persecuting Him. 17But Yeshua said to them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” 18So for this reason the Judean leaders kept trying even harder to kill Him—because He was not only breaking Shabbat, but also calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. 19Therefore Yeshua answered them, “Amen, amen I tell you, the Son cannot do anything by Himself. He can do only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does. He will show Him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever He wants. 22The Father does not judge anyone, but has handed over all judgment to the Son 23so that all should honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24“Amen, amen I tell you, whoever hears My word and trusts the One who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed over from death into life. 25Amen, amen I tell you, an hour is coming and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of Ben-Elohim. Those who hear will live! 26For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted the Son to have life in Himself. 27Also He has given the Son authority to judge, because He is the Son of Man. 28“Do not be amazed at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice 29and come out! Those who have done good will come to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil will come to a resurrection of judgment. 30I can do nothing on My own. Just as I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, for I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me.”

The Father Testifies about the Son

31“If I testify about Myself, My witness is not valid. 32There is another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony He gives is true. 33You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34I do not receive the testimony of man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35He was the lamp that was burning and shining, and you wanted to rejoice for a while in his light. 36“But the testimony I have is greater than that from John. The works the Father has given Me to finish—the very works I am doing—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37And the Father who sent Me has testified concerning Me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form. 38Nor do you have His Word living in you, because you do not trust the One He sent. 39You search the Scriptures because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. It is these that testify about Me. 40Yet you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life! 41“I do not accept glory from men. 42But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. 43I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me. But if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that comes from God alone? 45“Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have put your hope. 46For if you were believing Moses, you would believe Me—because he wrote about Me. 47But since you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

–from John 5

So will you go beyond knowledge and ask God for wisdom? Will you look beyond self and look to God and His Word? Rulers of the past as rulers of the present may not understand it or get it, but the truth never changes! Will you give yourself up to God and allow the Holy Spirit to come into your life to lead you and guide you through every step of every day?

Wisdom that Rests on God’s Power

1When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with excellence of speech or wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of God. 2For I decided not to know about anything among you except Yeshua the Messiah—and Him crucified. 3I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power— 5so that your faith would not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 6We do speak wisdom, however, among those who are mature—but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7Rather, we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery—a wisdom that has been hidden, which God destined for our glory before the ages. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it—for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written, “Things no eye has seen and no ear has heard, that have not entered the heart of mankind— these things God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10But God revealed these things to us through the Ruach. For the Ruach searches all things—even the depths of God. 11For who among men knows the things of a man, except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the things of God except the Ruach Elohim. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God—so we might come to know the things freely given to us by God. 13These things we also speak—not in words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Ruach, explaining the spiritual to the spiritual. 14Now a natural man does not accept the things of the Ruach Elohim, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But the one who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is discerned by no one. For 16“who has known the mind of Adonai, that he will instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Messiah.

–from 1 Corinthians 2

 

Unified vs Divided…


Unified we stand! Divided we fall! Even with the right motive and intentions, if we don’t have unity then we run the risk of division and the fall. God calls us through His Word to walk in unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. He also tells us to make him truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose..

We can serve two masters..Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Whose plan are you trying to fulfill? Is it of man or of God? Are the man made plans for unity causing division? Are they creating more things that pull people apart? Are we grabbing onto God’s plan and inviting Him into our heart so that we are giving up trying to do everything our way but submitting our plans to Jesus to work it out in and through us His way?

Don’t be trying to divide! Don’t be trying to mess up!

We need to realize that by trying to bring unity into a situation it will automatically create division. Jesus faced it when there were those who believed in Him and those who did not.


Today’s reading begins in a situation where the king’s heart was towards God but the cultural competing forces remained in place…

Amaziah’s Demise

1In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel, Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah became king. 2He was 25 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 3Now he did what was right in the eyes of Adonai, yet not like his father David—he did like all his father Joash had done. 4Still, the high places were not taken away. The people were still sacrificing and burning incense in the high places. 5Once the kingdom was established in his hand, he killed his courtiers who had assassinated his father the king. 6However, he did not execute the children of the assassins, keeping what is written in the Torah of Moses, where Adonai commanded saying, “The fathers will not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but each one will be put to death for his own sin.” 7He struck down 10,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt, captured Sela in the battle, and renamed it Joktheel, as it is to this day. 8Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, “Come! Let’s meet face to face.” 9But King Jehoash of Israel sent word to King Amaziah of Judah, saying, “The briar in Lebanon sent word to the cedar in Lebanon saying: ‘Give your daughter to my son in marriage.’ But a wild beast in Lebanon passed by and trampled down the briar. 10You have indeed defeated Edom, and your heart has become arrogant. Glory and stay at home! Why should you provoke trouble and cause your own downfall—you and Judah with you?” 11But Amaziah would not listen. So King Jehoash of Israel advanced, and he and Amaziah king of Judah confronted each other at Beth-shemesh, which belongs to Judah. 12Judah was routed before Israel—they fled every man to his home. 13King Jehoash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah, son of Jehoash son of Ahaziah, at Beth-shemesh. Then Jehoash advanced to Jerusalem and breached the wall of Jerusalem from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate—400 cubits. 14He also took all the gold and silver and all the articles that were found in the House of Adonai and in the treasuries of the royal palace, as well as hostages, and returned to Samaria. 15Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 16Then Jehoash slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. Then his son Jeroboam became king in his place. 17And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived fifteen years after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel. 18Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 19They conspired against him in Jerusalem, so he fled to Lachish, but they sent men after him to Lachish and assassinated him there. 20Then they brought his body back on horses, and he was buried in Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David. 21And all the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and proclaimed him king in place of his father Amaziah. 22It was he who rebuilt Elath and restored it to Judah after the previous king slept with his fathers. 23In the fifteenth year of Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah, Jeroboam son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and he reigned 41 years. 24But he did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes. He did not turn away from all the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he caused Israel to commit. 25It was he who restored Israel’s border from the entrance of Hamath to the sea of the Arabah, as was the word of Adonai, God of Israel, which He spoke by the hand of His servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher. 26For Adonai saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter and spared no one—whether bond or free—nor was there a helper for Israel. 27But Adonai did not say He would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, so He delivered them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Joash. 28Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam and all that he did, and his might, including how he fought and recovered Damascus and Hamath for Judah in Israel, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 29Then Jeroboam slept with his fathers with the kings of Israel. His son Zechariah became king in his place.

–from 2 Kings 14

Will you start strong and finish weak? We need to finish strong! If we don’t run the race to win then we can lose it in the end. Consider runners of marathons…if they sprint out of the gate and are leading for half of the race but then run out of energy…if they run at a pace to stay near the front and leave enough in the tank to sprint out the finish…if they run at a pace to stay near the front but then in the middle get tripped up they may end up not even being able to complete the race…

God wants us to finish strong for the glory of His kingdom. Today’s reading speaks to this with the same story but in a different book…

Amaziah Begins Well

1Amaziah was 25 years old when he became king and reigned 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan from Jerusalem. 2Now he did what was right in the eyes of Adonai, but not wholeheartedly. 3Once he had the kingdom firmly secured under him, he executed his courtiers who had assassinated his father the king. 4He did not put their children to death, but acted according to what is written in the Torah, in the book of Moses, which Adonai commanded saying, “Parents should not die for the children, neither should the children die for the parents, but every person should die for his own sin.” 5Amaziah gathered together the people of Judah and assigned them according to their clans to officers of thousands and officers of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He mustered those from 20 years old and upward, and found 300,000 chosen men, able to go to war, able to handle spear and shield. 6He also hired 100,000 valiant warriors from Israel for a hundred talents of silver. 7But a man of God came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for Adonai is not with Israel—not with any of the children of Ephraim. 8For if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has power to help and to bring down.” 9But Amaziah said to the man of God, “And what is to be done about the 100 talents that I have given to the Israelite troops?” The man of God answered, “Adonai is able to give you much more than that.” 10So, Amaziah dismissed the troops who had come to him from Ephraim to go back to their homes. Their anger burned greatly against Judah and they returned home in a rage. 11Amaziah then took courage and leading his army, marched to the Valley of Salt. He struck down 10,000 men of Seir. 12The army of Judah also captured 10,000 alive, and brought them to the top of the cliff. They threw them down from the top of the cliff and everyone fell to their death. 13Meanwhile the troops that Amaziah had sent back and not allowed to go with him to battle raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth-Horon. They struck down 3,ooo of them and took considerable spoils.

Idolatry and Defiance

14Now after Amaziah returned from slaughtering the Edomites, he had the gods of the men of Seir brought and installed as his gods. He prostrated himself before them and burned incense to them.15The anger of Adonai burned against Amaziah, and He sent a prophet to him, who said to him, “Why have you sought after the gods of the people who could not deliver their own people from your hand?”16But while he was still speaking to him, the king said to him, “Have we appointed you a counselor to the king? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” So the prophet stopped after he said, “Now I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have acted this way and have not listened to my counsel.” 17Then Amaziah king of Judah took counsel and sent this message to Joash son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel saying, “Come, let us meet face to face.” 18Joash king of Israel replied to Amaziah king of Judah saying: “The thorn bush in Lebanon sent a message to the cedar in Lebanon saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son in marriage.’ Then a wild beast of Lebanon passed by and trambled the thorn bush. 19You say, ‘Behold, I have defeated Edom.’ So now your heart has become arrogant and proud. Stay home! Why ask for trouble and cause your own downfall and that of Judah with you?” 20However, Amaziah would not listen, for it was from God in order that He might deliver them into the hand of Joash because they had sought the gods of Edom. 21So King Joash of Israel attacked. He and King Amaziah of Judah confronted one another at Beth-shemesh, which belonged to Judah. 22Then Judah was routed before Israel, and every man fled to his tent. 23King Joash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah—son of Joash, son of Jehoahaz—in Beth-shemesh. Then Joash brought him to Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Ephraim gate to the Corner Gate, 400 cubits. 24He took all the gold and silver and all the vessels that were found in the House of God with Obed-edom, together with the treasuries of the king’s palace and the hostages, and returned to Samaria. 25Amaziah the son of King Joash of Judah lived 15 years after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel. 26Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, the first and the last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel? 27From the time that Amaziah turned away from following Adonai, they conspired against him in Jerusalem, so he fled to Lachish. But they sent men after him to Lachish and put him to death there. 28Then they brought him back on horses and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.

–from 2 Chronicles 25

We need to stand strong! We need to stand firm on the rock of Jesus Christ and the Word of God! We need to do what is right! We need to live a biblical worldview in order that people hear hope, see hope, and feel hope! We need to be ethical leaders who do what is right even when people aren’t looking! Businesses were designed to bless people! Bless employees! Bless investors! Bless customers! All businesses have the purpose to meet the need of people!

As the CEO of your piece of the world, Chief Ethics Officer, how are you living and leading others? Are you filling others? Are you leading them?

A Mitzvah on Shabbat

1Yeshua entered the synagogue again, and a man with a withered hand was there. 2Now some were carefully watching Him, to see if He would heal him on Shabbat, so that they might accuse Him. 3He said to the man with the withered hand, “Stand up here in the center.” 4Then He said to them, “Is it permitted on Shabbat to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5After looking around at them with anger, grieved by their hardness of heart, He says to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out right away with the Herodians and began plotting against Him, how they might destroy Him.

Crowds Clamor for Yeshua

7Yeshua withdrew to the sea with His disciples, and a large crowd from the Galilee followed. From Judea, 8and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and beyond the Jordan, and around Tyre and Sidon, a great number, hearing all He was doing, came to Him. 9He told His disciples to have a small boat ready for Him because of the crowd, so that they wouldn’t mob Him. 10For He had healed many, so that all those afflicted fell down before Him in order to touch Him. 11And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, would fall down before Him and cry out, “You are Ben-Elohim!” 12But Yeshua strictly ordered them not to make Him known.

Appointing the Twelve

13Now He climbs up on the mountain and calls those He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. 14He appointed twelve (whom He also named emissaries), so that they might be with Him and He might send them to proclaim the Good News, 15and to have power to drive out demons. 16And He appointed the Twelve: to Simon He gave the name Peter; 17to Jacob and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, He gave the name Boanerges, which is Sons of Thunder; 18and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, Jacob the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot; 19and Judah from Kriot, who also betrayed Him.

Binding the Strong Man

20Then He comes into a house, and again a crowd gathers so they couldn’t even eat. 21When His family heard about this, they went out to take hold of Him; for they were saying, “He’s out of His mind!” 22The Torah scholars who came down from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by beelzebul,” and, “By the ruler of demons He drives out demons.” 23He called them and began speaking to them in parables: “How can satan drive out satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand but his end has come. 27“But no one can enter a strong man’s house to ransack his property, unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he will thoroughly plunder his house. 28Amen, I tell you, all things will be forgiven the sons of men, the sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever slanders the Ruach ha-Kodesh never has release, but is guilty of an eternal sin!” 30For they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

A Spiritual Family Begins

31Then His mother and brothers come. Standing outside, they sent word to Him, summoning Him. 32A crowd was sitting around Him, and they tell Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.” 33Answering them, He said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?” 34Looking at those sitting in a circle around Him, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 35For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

–from Mark 3

 


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He got you here so will you do your part?


Ever gotten the opportunity to be somewhere or get somewhere? Now that He got you there, what are you going to do about it? You know what you need to do, but are you going to do it? Will you handle your part of the task? You know you can! You have the power! You have the backing! Will you ask Him and then go and do what He is calling you to do? What’s holding you back? Why won’t you complete the work that has been set before you? If you won’t then you will have to deal with the consequences of your decision, so don’t complain, just do it!

Today’s reading gets started on this subject…

Inheritance of Ephraim

1The allotment for the children of Joseph went from the Jordan at Jericho to the waters of Jericho on the east to the wilderness, going up from Jericho through the hill country to Bethel. 2From Bethel it went out to Luz, then continued to the border of the Archites at Ataroth. 3Then it went down westward to the territory of the Japhletites, to the territory of Lower Beth-horon, on to Gezer, and ended at the sea. 4So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their portion. 5Now the territory of the children of Ephraim according to their clans was as follows: the border of their inheritance eastward was Atroth-addar, up to Upper Beth-horon. 6Then the border went out westward at Mich-methath on the north, then the border turned eastward to Taanath-shiloh, and passed by it to the east of Janoah. 7Then it went down from Janoah to Ataroth and to Naarah, then reached Jericho and came out at the Jordan. 8From Tappuah the border went along westward to the Wadi Kanah and ended at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim according to their clans, 9together with the towns which were set apart for the children of Ephraim in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all these towns with their villages. 10But they did not drive out the Canaanites that were living in Gezer, so the Canaanites continued to live in the midst of Ephraim to this day, and became forced laborers.

–from Joshua 16

and

Inheritance of Manasseh

1Now this was the allotment for the tribe of Manasseh, the firstborn of Joseph. To Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, since he was a man of war, he got Gilead and Bashan. 2So for the rest of the children of Manasseh according to their clans—for the sons of Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher and Shemida—these were the male children of Manasseh son of Joseph according to their clans. 3But Zelophehad, son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, had no sons but only daughters—these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 4So they appeared before Eleazar the kohen, before Joshua son of Nun and before the leaders saying: “Adonai commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our kinsmen.” Therefore according to the commandment of Adonai he gave them a portion among their father’s kinsmen. 5Thus ten shares fell to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan that is beyond the Jordan, 6because the daughters of Manasseh received a portion among his sons. Meanwhile the land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the sons of Manasseh. 7The border of Manasseh ran from Asher to Michmethath, which is facing Shechem. Then the border went along southward to the inhabitants of En-tappuah. 8The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim. 9Next the border went down to the Wadi Kanah, south of the wadi, by towns belonging to Ephraim among Manasseh’s towns. But the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the wadi, and ended at the sea. 10The south side belonged to Ephraim and the north side belonged to Manasseh, and the sea was its border. They reached to Asher on the north and to Issachar on the east. 11Within Issachar and Asher, Manasseh possessed Beth-shean and its villages, Ibleam and its villages, the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, the inhabitants of En-dor and its villages, the inhabitants of Taanach and its villages, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages—three regions. 12Yet the children of Manasseh could not take possession of these towns, because the Canaanites were resolved to live in that land. 13But when Bnei-Yisrael became stronger, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly dispossess them. 14Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua saying: “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? For we are a numerous people whom Adonai has thus far blessed?” 15So Joshua said to them, “If you have so many people, go you up to the forest and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.” 16“The hill country will not be enough for us,” the children of Joseph replied. “But all the Canaanites who inhabit the valley land have iron chariots—both those who are in Beth-shean and its villages and those who are in the Jezreel Valley.” 17But Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and to Manasseh saying: “You are a numerous people with great strength! You shouldn’t have just one allotment, 18because the hill country should be yours. Though it is a forest, you will clear it, and to its farthest borders it will be yours—for you will drive out the Canaanites, even though they have iron chariots and even though they are strong.”

–from Joshua 17

and

Scouting the Land Further

1Then the whole congregation of Bnei-Yisrael assembled at Shiloh and set up the Tent of Meeting there, after the land was now subdued before them. 2Yet there remained among Bnei-Yisrael seven tribes that still had not received their portions. 3So Joshua said to Bnei-Yisrael, “How long will you be slack about going in to possess the land which Adonai, the God of your fathers, has given you? 4Appoint for yourselves three men from each tribe, and I will send them, and they will arise and walk through the land, and describe it according to their inheritance, and then return to me. 5They are to divide it into seven portions: Judah will remain within its territory in the south, and the house of Joseph will remain within their territory in the north. 6After you have described the seven portions of land, bring the description here to me. Then I will cast lots for you here before Adonai our God. 7But the Levites have no portion among you—for the priesthood of Adonai is their inheritance. Also Gad, Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan eastward, which Moses the servant of Adonai gave them.” 8So the men arose and went, and Joshua charged those who went to write a description of the land, saying: “Go and walk through the land and describe it, then return to me, and I will cast lots for you here before Adonai in Shiloh.” 9So the men went, passing through the land, and described it in a scroll, town by town, in seven parts. Then they came to Joshua at the camp at Shiloh. 10Then Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before Adonai, and there Joshua apportioned the land to Bnei-Yisrael according to their divisions.

Inheritance of Benjamin

11Now the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came up, for their clans. The territory of their allotment lay between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph. 12Now their border on the north side was from the Jordan—the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and it ended at the wilderness of Beth-aven. 13Then the border passed from there to Luz, to the side of Luz (that is, Bethel) southward. Next the border went down to Atroth-addar, near the mountain that lies to the south of Lower Beth-horon. 14On the west side, from the hill facing Beth-horon southward, the border curved, turning about southward, and ended at Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), a town of the children of Judah. This was the west side. 15Then the south side was from the outskirts of Kiriath-jearim, then the border went westward, going to the spring of the Waters of Nephtoah. 16Then the border went down to the foot of the mountain by the Valley of Ben-hinnom, which is at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim. Then it went down to the Valley of Hinnom, to the slope of the Jebusite southward, and went down to En-rogel. 17Then it curved north, and went to En-shemesh and ran to Geliloth opposite the Ascent of Adummim, and went down to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 18Next it passed northward to the slope facing the Arabah (of the Jordan Valley), and went down to the Arabah. 19Then the border passed along the side of Beth-hoglah northward, and the border ended at the northern bay of the Salt Sea, at the south end of the Jordan. This was the southern border. 20The Jordan was to be the border on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, and its borders all around according to their clans. 21Now the towns of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their clans were: Jericho, Beth-hoglah, Emek-keziz, 22Beth-arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, 23Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 24Chephar-ammonah, Ophni, and Geba—12 towns with their villages. 25Gibeon, Ramah, Beerot, 26Mizpeh, Chephirah, Mozah, 27Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28Zela, Eleph, and Jebus (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah, and Kiriath—14 towns with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their clans.

–from Joshua 8

So let’s walk out today in alignment with God and His plans for our lives! Let’s follow the example of Jesus in the way we live and treat others! Let’s be humble and serve others giving them respect and treating them as we would want to be treated! Let’s be walking in unity with God and one another! Let’s be united in mind, heart, and soul! Let’s be living and acting out of selflessness! Let’s be humble and obedient to God’s call upon our lives! Let’s not try to pump up ourselves, but rather let’s focus on becoming more like Jesus! Let’s allow the world around us to see it in and through us! Let’s allow our lights to shine in this dark world that other may see it and look to God our Father and glorify Him! Let’s be salt that spices up the world in which we live! Let’s not grumble or argue, but rather let’s have a heart that looks for good and isn’t trying to point blame or accusations! Rather, let’s be encouragers and motivators!

Let’s see what today’s reading has to say in it’s conclusion…

Messiah’s Example of Humility

1Therefore if there is any encouragement in Messiah, if there is any comfort of love, if there is any fellowship of the Ruach, if there is any mercy and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love, united in spirit, with one purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfishness or conceit, but with humility consider others as more important than yourselves, 4looking out not only for your own interests but also for the interests of others. 5Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah Yeshua, 6Who, though existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be grasped. 7But He emptied Himself— taking on the form of a slave, becoming the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man. 8He humbled Himself— becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue profess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord— to the glory of God the Father.

Work Out Your Salvation

12Therefore, my loved ones, just as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence—work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13For the One working in you is God—both to will and to work for His good pleasure. 14Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15so that you might be blameless and innocent, children of God in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. Among them you shine as lights in the world, 16holding fast to the word of life, so that I may boast in the day of Messiah that I did not run or labor in vain. 17But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and the service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18The same way, you also—rejoice and share your joy with me!

Sending and Receiving Encouragement

19But I hope in the Lord Yeshua to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too might be encouraged when I know the news about you. 20I have no one else like him who will genuinely care about you— 21for all seek after their own interests, not those of Messiah Yeshua. 22But you know Timothy’s proven character, that he served with me in spreading the Good News like a son with his father. 23Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me. 24And I trust in the Lord that soon I too will come myself. 25But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus—my brother and co-worker and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and aide to my need. 26For he was longing for you all and troubled because you heard that he was sick. 27He certainly was sick, close to death. But God had mercy on him—and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28Therefore I have sent him with special urgency, so that when you see him again you might rejoice and I might be less worried about you. 29So welcome him in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard, 30because he came close to death for the work of Messiah, risking his life to make up for what was lacking in your service to me.

–from Philippians 2

 

How important is purity in your camp?


How about your home? How about your family? How about your friends? How about your company? How about your team? How about your relationships? How about your workplace? How about your neighborhood? How about your church?

Are you living it? Are you being protective of it? Are you aware of what is going on? Have you setup safety rules about it? Have you setup boundaries to enforce it? Will you work to avoid and prevent jealousy? Will work to produce unity?

Is it a priority to you? Is it a priority to those around you? Is it a priority for those above you? Is it a priority for those under you?

How can you tell? Is there evidence? Is there something visible that demonstrates it to be true?

Will you be a blessing to others? Would you pray his on others?

24The LORD bless you, and keep you; 25The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; 26The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. 27“So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.

–from Numbers 6


 

Today’s reading that starts with Numbers 5, Numbers 6 kicks off on this topic. Today’s reading then concludes in 1 Corinthians 1.

We need to make the unity of the body a priority! We need to be thankful for what God has done and continues to do in and through our lives! We need to keep our focus on God’s wisdom! We need to be people who live out Jesus to this world! We need to give away the grace that God has provided us! We need to be ambassadors of peace! We need to be living testimonies of who God is!

So s let today be a great day! Help others find the truth!


Today’s reading concludes with…

Greetings

1Paul, called as an emissary of Messiah Yeshua by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2To God’s community in Corinth—having been made holy in Messiah Yeshua, called as kedoshim—with all who everywhere call on the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, both theirs and ours: 3Grace to you and shalom from God our Father, and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah!

Thanksgiving

4I always thank my God for you because of God’s grace that was given to you in Messiah Yeshua. 5For in Him you were made rich in every way—in all speaking and all knowledge—6just as the evidence of Messiah was confirmed among you. 7So you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you eagerly wait for the revealing of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 8He will also strengthen you until the end—blameless in the Day of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 9God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Yeshua the Messiah our Lord.

Concern about Disunity

10Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, through the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers and sisters, by those who are from Chloe’s household, that there are rivalries among you. 12I say this because you are each saying, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Kefa,” or “I follow Messiah.” 13Has Messiah been divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you, was he? Or were you immersed into the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I immersed none of you, except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one should say that I had immersed you into my own name. 16(I also immersed the household of Stephanas; besides them, I don’t recall if I immersed anyone else.) 17For Messiah sent me not to immerse, but to proclaim the Good News—not with cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Messiah would not be made of no effect.

Whose Wisdom Is Foolish?

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the intelligent.” 20Where is the wise one? Where is the Torah scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For seeing that—in God’s wisdom—the world through its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased—through the foolishness of the message proclaimed—to save those who believe. 22For Jewish people ask for signs and Greek people seek after wisdom, 23but we proclaim Messiah crucified—a stumbling block to Jewish people and foolishness to Gentile people, 24but to those who are called (both Jewish and Greek people), Messiah, the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26For you see your calling, brothers and sisters, that not many are wise according to human standards, not many are powerful, and not many are born well. 27Yet God chose the foolish things of the world so He might put to shame the wise; and God chose the weak things of the world so He might put to shame the strong; 28and God chose the lowly and despised things of the world, the things that are as nothing, so He might bring to nothing the things that are— 29so that no human might boast before God. 30But because of Him you are in Messiah Yeshua, who became to us wisdom from God and righteousness and holiness and redemption— 31so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in Adonai.”
–from 1 Corinthians 1

 

 

 

Consider the power when people come together.


The power of encouragement. The power of unity. The power to change lives.
The power of
hope. The power of change. The power of love.
The power of belonging. The power to make a difference.


The leader appears to lead the way. The leader appears to provide a vision.
The leader appears and serves.
The leader knows to encourage, to build up, to raise up, to empower.
Others will rise up for the opportunity to follow,
because they believe in the leader.


So step up and step out.
Trust in God whose love is amazing & unfailing.
Put your hope in Him!
Chase after the dreams and visions
that He puts in your mind and heart.
It’s not all about you!
It’s about the plans, the purposes, and the future God has for you!


12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours. Surely you repay all people according to what they have done.

Psalm 62:12


Today’s devotional: Don’t Let Yourself Snap

(Non-Bold or Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)

Have you been overstretched? Are you just trying to tie the broken pieces back together? Do you know what behavior got you into the predicament in the first place? Can you detect if you fall back into the same pattern? Be aware of where you are standing and how you got there. Realize it before you repeat it. We go through situations and events for a reason – it may be to learn how to go over the mountain before us, it may be to learn to go around the mountain before us, or yet, it may just be that we have to go through it. Any way it is, we need to make sure to learn from it the first time so that we don’t have to repeat it again.

Let’s say you’re working around the house and break a rubber band while trying to stretch it around something. You can’t find another rubber band, so you try to fix the broken one by tying the ends together.

Sometimes in our daily lives, we stretch ourselves beyond our capacity, and we snap like the rubber band. We think we’ve fixed the problem by simply tying the ends back together. But soon we fall into the same behavior that caused us to break down in the first place.

Don’t get burned out or snap. Allow time to rest and refresh. Allow time to be refilled and refueled. Take time to de-stress. God has a plan for us and if we try to go farther, stretch further, and overwork ourselves, we will be like that elastic or rubber band and snap.

Over time with repeated exposure to stress, our lives begin to resemble that worn-out rubber band. It can completely deplete us.
Ignoring God’s laws and His ordained limits for our lives will ultimately cause burnout. You simply can’t continue to overwork your mind, emotions and body without eventually paying the price. But that’s not how God wants you to live.

How are you looking at things? Consider God’s perspective and align to it. We only get one life to live, so we need to handle it with care. Are you looking for the instruction manual? It is available and can be found in electronic (softcopy) or paper (hardcopy) formats. It’s God’s Word!

Adjust your perspective to match God’s. Seek His peace and His pace for your life. Respect your body. Treat good health as a priceless gift. Don’t waste the energy God has given you on stress. Save it for living and enjoying life!

Prayer Starter:

God, I want to find my rest in You. Instead of constantly going and snapping under stress, show me how to follow Your pace for my life.


Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to Fearless

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

Biblical Truth:

Satan is a deceiver, but God is faithful, so draw strength and security from Him. He knows our limits and will either proportion temptation to our strength, or provide us with the strength to overcome. Be faithful to Him by relying on Him.


Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan 

  • Exodus 35
    • time of rest
    • time to give
    • time to teach
  • Exodus 36
    • God has gifted each of us for His purpose
    • Imagine if everyone gave what they felt in their heart and the word went out that there was more than enough
  • Exodus 37
    • complete the work God has called you to complete
  • Proverbs 7

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for the reminders of allowing time for rest and not overstretching for the risk of breaking. I thank You Lord for the reminder that You always provide a way out when we are tempted. I praise You Lord that You will never give us
more than we can handle. Today Lord, when I look at my time with You 1:1 as well as corporately, I pray Lord that You will speak to me and grant me wisdom for my current situation and what You want me to do. Grant me wisdom to be obedient to Your plan. Grant me wisdom to be courageous to step up and step in to what You have in store for me next. I give my life into Your hands Lord trusting and believing in You so that in every thought, every word, and every action, You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Are you shining? Is your light apparent or visible to those around you? Can anyone see your light? This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.


Seek wisdom from God for He will provide generously and without finding fault. Do not hold onto offenses that would allow the devil a foothold into your life.

Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Do you realize that in every situation, God will use it to allow you to push the gospel forward? Will you grab onto God’s truths through the trials and tribulations so that you may share the great things God is doing in and through you?

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

Consider what you are doing. Consider how it would impact others when they are seeing you as an ambassador of Christ.

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Looking for an example of how or why we need to be humble? Wondering about fairness?

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


WORSHIP

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
Psalm 139:7-10

WISDOM

The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.
Proverbs 26:22


Today’s Reading:

Philippians 1:1-2:11; Psalm 139:7-10; Proverbs 26:22

Do you have a passion for anything? Is there anything that puts a fire in your belly?


Have you ever noticed that some people think that certain things are bad? How do you respond or deal with that? Is it helpful to that person and your relationship with them?

Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.

When you act out, what impact is it having on others? What you do? What you say? It it creating hope? Do you try to work it out for the greater good? Do you work towards unity and try to avoid creating division?

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Receive one another as Christ received us. Let ‘s live today with a servant’s heart that we may glorify God and edify the body.

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:

“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name.”
And again he says:
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”
And again:
“Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!”
And again, Isaiah says:
“There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

God desires that we have clarity and understanding. He desires that we walk in unity and hope. Let’s look to Him and bring Him praise, honor, and glory.

Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient-in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, but as it is written:

“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
And those who have not heard shall understand.”

Avoid those who try to cause division. Christ desires unity, and as such those who try to create division are not serving Him. Don’t let their smooth words and flattering speech deceive your heart. Be wise in what is good and simple concerning evil.

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith-to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.


WORSHIP

LORD, remember David
And all his afflictions;
How he swore to the LORD,
And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes
Or slumber to my eyelids,
Until I find a place for the LORD,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Psalm 132:1-5

WISDOM

He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him. But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. – Proverbs 24:24-25


Today’s Reading :
Romans 14:13-15:21; 16:17-20,25-27; Psalm 132:1-5; Proverbs 24:24-25

Do you think you know everything? Or do you realize all the wisdom you have comes from God?


God desires that you do not come up short, but that you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ who will confirm you to the end, so that by His blood and  by His works, we may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are to be one body – so we need to work in unity of purpose. We need to work together to shine the light and love of Jesus to our communities. The enemy desires to divide us, but God desires that we work together like a well oiled machine. Let our message be the same, one of love, grace, mercy, and hope. Let us defend the unity and confront anyone who tries to bring division with the church. If it is in the Bible, let’s believe it and pursue after it. If it isn’t but is someone’s pet project or just something someone would rather believe, let’s reject it.

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

God’s ways aren’t our ways. God’s ways are higher and better than our ways. What the devil plans for evil, God is able to turn around and use it for good. Some people may be well educated and think it is crazy, but I know what I have seen and experienced personally and I know that my God exists and love me. I praise Jesus for having died on the cross that I may be reconciled to God and be able to have a living relationship with Him. Praise be to God.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

If you takeaway anything from this post today, I pray it be this: Jesus Christ came and was crucified, for you and for me. He gave His sinless life in one of the most difficult ways that by His sacrifice of dying on the cross we could be reconciled to God. He conquered the grave and rose from the dead on the third day, that we may know that when we believe, we will also be raised in the last days with Him. May the Spirit of God through His works be evident in and around us today. Not by our power nor by our ability, but  by the power that comes through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit that He sent as our guide and comforter, may we share our testimonies in what we do and what we say, what we share and what we give. May God receive all the praise and the honor and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.


WORSHIP

Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
Psalm 119:97-100

WISDOM

The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the LORD.
Proverbs 21:31


Today’s Reading:
1 Corinthians 1:1-2:5,12-16; Psalm 119:97-100; Proverbs 21:31

God’s has a great plan for you. God has the right timing for ever piece of the plan. Hold onto Him and press forward with His dreams and visions for you.


God’s timing is perfect. I know there are times when we feel that He should hurry up because of the pressure or pain or friction or irritation we feel. Without pressure coal wouldn’t become a diamond. Without friction or irritation we wouldn’t get a pearl. God will never give you more than you can handle, whether you realize or not. Consider the things you have been through and how they have impacted your life and made you stronger – physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, … It is up to us to decide how we will respond and how we will react. Our reactions reveal the state of our heart.

The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.


God knows what you are going through. God came out of heaven in the form of Jesus Christ and walked on this earth, fully man, fully God. He knows the challenges and opportunities. He knows the beginning from the end. He is outside of time and as such has prepared in advance events that we will get to participate in that will bring praise and honor and glory to Him. God’s Word – The Holy Bible, is alive. Every day it speaks truth and hope and love into my life. Every day, it speaks wisdom, direction, and correction into my life. Take time daily to seek the face of God. Take time daily to hear His Word.

And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, "Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry."

(Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)

"For it is written in the book of Psalms:
‘Let his dwelling place be desolate,
And let no one live in it’;
and,
‘Let another take his office.’
"Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection."


We always have to make choices. When we consider who, we need to choose wisely. When we choose who, we need to know those who labor among us. When you choose, pick someone who is equally yoked. We can only have one master. If we try to have two, we will end up hating the first and love the second or devoted to one and despise the other. Have you casted lots recently? Have you been willing to give control over to God?

And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, "You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place." And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


Look at your relationships. Look at your team. Look at your group. Look at your friends. Look at your leaders. There is power in unity. There is power in singularity of purpose and vision. There is power when people come together for a purpose greater than themselves. And the power of God can come into these situations to bring in a multiplicity that without unity could never take place. Have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit? God’s Word provides for all of us to receive this baptism. John baptized in water, Jesus came that we would be baptized with the Spirit, that we may receive comfort and peace, wisdom and power. Listen to this encounter…

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "Whatever could this mean?"

Others mocking said, "They are full of new wine."


It is interesting how people try to remove the miraculous from God’s Work. People hear a group speaking their own languages and praising and telling of the truths of God and some mock saying they were drinking. Seems strange as I have never heard of someone speaking perfectly in a new language and praising God in that language after getting drunk. Take in the miracles of God and don’t let anyone take away the great and mighty things He has, He is, and He will do in and throughout your life.


Today’s Reading:

Acts 1:1-2:13; Psalm 113:3-4; Proverbs 20:14


WORSHIP

From the rising of the sun to its going down
The LORD’s name is to be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
Psalm 113:3-4

WISDOM

"It is good for nothing," cries the buyer;
But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
Proverbs 20:14

How far are you willing to go to accomplish what God has for you? What are you willing to bare?


Why do you do what you do? What is your intent or purpose for your actions? Do you let God guide your step? Ever head someone say:
”What would Jesus do?” Are you considering beyond your current circumstances and who all can be impacted by what you are doing?

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

"I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

"I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

As God gives you wisdom, allow the Holy Spirit to let you know what to keep and what to share. Some you are to share, so that when it happens there are witnesses of God’s greatness. When you ask God, He may say yes, he may say no, or he may say not yet. Be patient and obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:

‘I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep will be scattered.’
"But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee."
Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be."
Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."

But he spoke more vehemently, "If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!"

And they all said likewise.

Do you have a group of 12? Do you have a group of 3?

Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here while I pray." And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch."

When you know something is going to happen, do you pray that God take it away? Do you pray that God give you the strength to make it through? Do you pray that His will be done? Do you pray for those closest to you too?

He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."

Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.

Then He came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand."


Today’s Reading:

John 17; Mark 14:26-42; Psalm 110:1-3; Proverbs 20:6


WORSHIP

The LORD said to my Lord,
"Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."
The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of Your enemies!
Your people shall be volunteers
In the day of Your power;
In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
You have the dew of Your youth.
Psalm 110:1-3

WISDOM

Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man? Proverbs 20:6


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is within me. Lord, as I look to Your Word I see dedication and conviction, teaching and training, wisdom and courage. Lord, as I think of the verse from Proverbs today, I look to You. and ask for forgiveness from “proclaiming my goodness” and ask Lord that You help me to be “a faithful man”. Help me walk in humility today that people look to You, they look past me and see You. Lord, that there would be less of me and more of You. God, when I look at those closest to me, help me Lord to make a difference and to speak into their lives. Help me Lord to be more like You. I lift all this up to You and give it into Your hands, that You may receive all the praise and all the honor and all the glory, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.