Archive for August, 2012

WAtch me Part II

Posted in D. Mann on August 31, 2012 by workoutwarriors

38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

Matthew 26:38-39 (NKJV)

In yesterday’s devotional we shared that Jesus knew He was at a breaking point. He also knew that we would face breaking points in our lives, so He told His disciples to, “Stay here and watch with Me.” In essence, He was saying, “Watch Me. Let me show you how it’s done, so you can do the same.” Remember… God wants us to breakthrough, not breakdown, and Jesus is about to show us how.

FIRST…He went a little further. When we are under pressure, the temptation to give in, to quit, to throw in the towel can be very compelling. So the first thing Jesus did when facing His breaking point was to go a little further. Jesus was on the Cross for six hours. On the third day He rose from the dead. Breakthrough isn’t as far away as you think. Keep moving forward.

NEXT…He fell on His face and prayed. You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating –don’t run from God, run to Him. The answers we need are waiting for us in the presence of God. Yes, it’s always a good thing to get godly counsel from those you trust, but it’s foolish to ask the world for advice (see Psalm 1). Go to prayer. Seek the Lord. Ask for His wisdom and direction. As Roy Lessin said, “The man who walks with God is always moving in the right direction.”

THEN…He said, “Not as I will but as You will.” This is the most important lesson –the surrender of our our will to God’s. When stress is mounting and emotions are flaring, we tend to make dumb (more like stupid) decisions –decisions that may temporarily make us “feel” better but make matters even worse than before. You may want revenge; God wants you to forgive. You may want to walk out; God wants you to keep your vows.

Be Dilligent

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Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

— 1 Timothy 4:15-16 (NIV)

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

“Be diligent!” That’s not a phrase you hear much about these days. We want things to come easily. Sweat in the world of pseudo-faith is frowned upon. But, Paul wanted Timothy (and us) to know that maturity in Christ requires genuine effort. Having a redemptive influence on others is hard work. While it is God’s power that transforms, our effort is also required. God gives us the assurance that this effort will not only bear fruit in our own lives, but it will also lead others to salvation as well.

My Prayer…

Abba Father, please stir my confidence, courage, diligence, and determination so that the salvation you have blessed me with can be shared with others because of my life, my teaching, and my example. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Warriors Within

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And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

Matthew 11:12 (NKJV)

Within every Christian, God has placed the heart of a warrior. Jesus declared, “…the violent take it by force.” He wasn’t speaking of physical violence, but of an attitude towards life – an attitude of aggressiveness, and not passivity.

We are called to aggressively seize the life that God has given us…not passively wait for it to hit us on the head. Too many live timidly; afraid of what might happen to them if they step out in faith. But it’s time to release the warrior within!

Live by faith, a faith marked by force – sudden and intense action, exhibiting earnestness of purpose, zeal and concentration. Live your life on purpose, not by accident or mistake. We encourage you to take personal ownership of the life God has give you. Faith in God is what enables us to refuse to live our lives based on our current circumstances; rather, we live life by what God has promised He will do.

God’s Peace

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magine if God were to visit you in a dream tonight and ask you what He could do for you. What would you say to Him? Would you ask Him to give you a deeper knowledge of Jesus our Lord?

God’s Word tells us that when you receive revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, it will cause grace and peace to be multiplied in your life. It will cause you to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness.

What is grace? It is the unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor of God shown to us. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace. But the more we learn of the beauty and love of our Lord Jesus, the more we see His perfect work on the cross, and the more we position ourselves to receive a multiplication of God’s grace in our lives.

The verse says that peace too, is multiplied to us through the knowledge of Jesus our Lord. The peace of God sets our hearts free from fear, stress, worries, anxieties and cares. Wouldn’t you want to have the peace of God presiding over your heart always?

God’s divine power has given us all things that pertain not just to godliness, but to life as well. Wouldn’t you say that health, money, a good job and a nice home for your family pertain to life? Well, all these things and everything else which God has already given is released to you through the knowledge of Jesus our Lord.

So let’s ask God every day, ‚”Father, give me wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus.‚” For to know Jesus is to have grace and peace multiplied to us. To know Jesus is to receive all things pertaining to life and godliness!

Thought For The Day

The more we see Jesus and His perfect work on the cross, the more we position ourselves to receive a multiplication of God’s grace in our lives.

God’s Peace

Posted in D. Mann on August 31, 2012 by workoutwarriors

magine if God were to visit you in a dream tonight and ask you what He could do for you. What would you say to Him? Would you ask Him to give you a deeper knowledge of Jesus our Lord?

God’s Word tells us that when you receive revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, it will cause grace and peace to be multiplied in your life. It will cause you to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness.

What is grace? It is the unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor of God shown to us. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace. But the more we learn of the beauty and love of our Lord Jesus, the more we see His perfect work on the cross, and the more we position ourselves to receive a multiplication of God’s grace in our lives.

The verse says that peace too, is multiplied to us through the knowledge of Jesus our Lord. The peace of God sets our hearts free from fear, stress, worries, anxieties and cares. Wouldn’t you want to have the peace of God presiding over your heart always?

God’s divine power has given us all things that pertain not just to godliness, but to life as well. Wouldn’t you say that health, money, a good job and a nice home for your family pertain to life? Well, all these things and everything else which God has already given is released to you through the knowledge of Jesus our Lord.

So let’s ask God every day, ‚”Father, give me wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus.‚” For to know Jesus is to have grace and peace multiplied to us. To know Jesus is to receive all things pertaining to life and godliness!

Thought For The Day

The more we see Jesus and His perfect work on the cross, the more we position ourselves to receive a multiplication of God’s grace in our lives.

Offerring

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“Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” —Isaiah 56:7

When I was in high school, I remember a day in our PE class when a guy was using unbelievable profanity. As a non-Christian, I had cussed with the best of them, but even I was shocked at the profanity coming from this guy.

So I said to one of my friends, “What’s his trip?” (That is 1960s vernacular for “What’s his problem?”)

“Oh,” my friend told me, “he’s a preacher’s kid.”

As an unbeliever, even I couldn’t understand why a person would cuss so much. That guy was the worst witness, and his father was a preacher. It is a sad thing, because someone like that can keep people away from God.

Jesus doesn’t like it when we keep people away from God. That is why He drove the moneychangers out of the temple, telling them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves’ ” (Luke 19:46). Jesus was effectively saying, “You are taking My house, a house of prayer, a house for everyone, a place for people to know God, and you are driving them away. I don’t want that, so I will drive you away so there is room for these people. Everyone should be able to come to God.”

Even in the Old Testament, we see God extending His love to non-Jews. Speaking about the Gentiles, He said, “Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7).

God has extended His love to everyone. Therefore, a church should be a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.

A Sprinkle Of Salt Add Zest

Posted in D. Mann on August 31, 2012 by workoutwarriors

“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” – Colossians 4:6
Scripture gives some wonderful advice for witnessing more effectively: “Season your speech with salt.” How is that? If somebody sprinkles salt on food and makes it taste good, you appreciate it. But if somebody hands you a spoon of salt and says, “Take this all at once,” it’s a little hard to swallow. In fact, you can’t even digest it!

Well, think how the non-Christian feels when all you do is talk about God and church and Jesus. You never talk about baseball. You never talk about the office. You never talk about politics. You never talk about the struggles in the neighborhood. You never talk about your family. You never talk about the everyday concerns that a non-believer has. On the other hand, if you talk about all of these things and occasionally sprinkle in a little word about the Lord when there’s the right opportunity, or an insight you learned from a sermon, or a Bible verse they might not know, then they may think, Well, where did that wisdom come from? Their curiosity is aroused, and longer, deeper conversations may follow.

When you have the opportunity, just sprinkle the conversation with a little spiritual salt. It adds zest and flavor to life.