The Stain of Blood

If you have ever tried to remove blood stains from clothing, you know that it is very difficult. In fact, it is almost impossible to completely remove the stain without seeing remnants left. When something is stained with blood, we considered it dirty, ruined. Did you know that it is by blood that we are made clean and pure?

In Acts 10:15 it states, “15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”

When Jesus died on the cross, we were covered and cleansed by His blood. It is by His blood that we were make clean and pure. It is by His blood that we are permanently covered and marked as a child of God. It is by His blood, and only His blood, that we are made something precious and special.

I pray blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Psalm of Assurance

Psalm 108

108 O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth;
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and hear me.

God has spoken in His holiness:
“I will rejoice;
I will divide Shechem
And measure out the Valley of Succoth.
Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine;
Ephraim also is the helmet for My head;
Judah is My lawgiver.
Moab is My washpot;
Over Edom I will cast My shoe;
Over Philistia I will triumph.”

10 Who will bring me into the strong city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Is it not You, O God, who cast us off?
And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies?
12 Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.
13 Through God we will do valiantly,
For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

I pray blessings for you today on your Journey!

Who Do You Call Out To?

What happens when trials and tragedy enter our life? Who do you reach out to? Who do you seek counsel from? Who do you cry out to? Now, let me ask you a different question — are your answers the same when things are going well in your life? If not, why not?

In Job 5:1 we read, “5 “Call out now; Is there anyone who will answer you?
And to which of the holy ones will you turn?

Who do you call out to? And, do they answer you? Remember, it is only the Lord that will always listen and will always answer. Make sure you are calling out to Him and only Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Open the Eyes to My Heart Lord

Many of you know that I have been dealing with some health issues related to my eyes recently. As part of the examinations, they have done multiple tests to check my vision (how well I can see). I used to think that my vision was pretty good, even though Geanene would always tell me I couldn’t see anything. During one of my tests, as I was reading the eye chart, I was feeling pretty good about my responses. That is, until they had me put on my glasses to do the test again. Once I put on my glasses and read the chart again, my response was “oh, I didn’t know that there were also numbers on the chart!!” It was pretty embarrassing and telling at the same time. It was at point that I know that I wasn’t seeing what I should be seeing.

How are your eyes? No, I am not talking about the eyes you have to see the things in the world, but how are your spiritual eyes? Are they seeing what the Lord wants you to see? There is a popular worship song that says, “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You”

If your “eyesight” is bad, it is time to pray for the Lord to open your eyes so that you can see Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Why God?

Many times, during my life, I have questioned what God was doing (or not doing) in my life. I was convinced of how things should/would go, but my way was not the way that God choose to handle it. Confused and frustrated, I would cry out to the Lord and ask “why God?!” Have you ever done the same?

Jesus reminds us in Luke 20:8, “And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The next time you want to ask “why”, remember that the Lord will not always answer. Not because He does not love us, but because His ways are better than our ways. When we question and doubt, we must draw upon our faith. The faith that says God loves us, God cares for us and God has a plan for us.  The next time you notice that God’s plan for your life is different than your plan, give thanks!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

God Will Provide!

One of the greatest worries that most people experience is provision. Whether it be the finances to “make ends meet”, a healing, a relationship or something else. We worry because there is a need missing in our lives and we do not think that need will ever be met. We pray, but sometimes, we stop praying because that prayer never seems to be answered.

In Ezra 7:20 we read, “20 And whatever more may be needed for the house of your God, which you may have occasion to provide, pay for it from the king’s treasury.” Did you know that all we need to do is ask the Lord and He will provide from the treasury that He has stored up?

Sometimes, the needs that never seem to be met are being met, but in a different way than we thought. Even though we may be in need of something, God’s hand is still upon us. If we continue to cry out to Him, that prayer will be answered from “the king’s treasury”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Is Your House a House of Prayer?

What does your house look like? No, I am not talking about what it looks like physically, but, what does it look like spiritually? Is it a home where the Word of God is spoken? Is it a home where the Lord is worshiped? Is it a house of prayer?

In Luke 19:45-46 we read, “45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

Jesus was upset because His House was no longer a house of prayer, but had been used for the things of this world. Jesus wanted His House to be used to worship His Father, not money. As you look at your house, is your house a house of prayer? Is it used to worship the Lord, or is it used to worship something/someone else?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Have You Done with Your Minas?

You hear so many commercials about how to invest your money for retirement. There are so many different companies with so many different philosophies, but one common goal. Increase your “wealth” by investing your money and letting your money “work for you”. It is a great concept and one that we should all be concerned about. How are we investing for our future? As you think about this, remember that the Lord is not concerned about your finances, but your minas.

In Luke 19:20-27 Jesus states, “20 “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 21 For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24 “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ 25 (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) 26 ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’”

What are you doing with the minas (talents) that Jesus has given you? Each of us has talents and skills that the Lord has given us, but what are we doing with them to spread the Gospel, increase His Kingdom, give Him glory?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Is Jesus In Your House?

I once heard Greg Laurie give a sermon about what would Jesus find in our house if He were to come and inspect our rooms, closets, dressers, computers, etc. It was a great reminder that we need to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord and not ourselves. If Jesus were to read your email, would He be pleased with what He sees? But, I think that there is another, more important, question that we need to ask — “Is Jesus in your house?”

In Luke 19:5-6 we read, “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.”

I think before we worry about what will Jesus find in our houses, we need to first make sure we have invited Him inside of our house. Jesus told Zacchaeus that He would stay with him that day and Zacchaeus was joyful. Jesus has made the same request of each of us, but have you let Him in? As you begin each day, ask your self if Jesus is in your house.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Are You Going to do Now?

I recently read an article about a conversation that 2 pro athletes (2 different sports) had during a chance encounter. One of the athletes has been the center of controversy for a while now do to allegations of illegal substance use. The other athlete is a hall-of-fame athlete. The hall-of-fame athlete asked the other athlete a simple question, “what are you going to do now?” The question was in reference to the allegations. The hall-of-fame athlete was not asking how this athlete was going to fight the allegations, but rather, what was the athlete going to do to be a good role model for children. That got me thinking about our own lives. What do we do after we have sinned?

In Luke 14:11 Jesus states, “11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

As Christians, we must all admit that we are sinners and will always be sinners. The question is, “what are you going to do after you sin?” Jesus tells us in Luke that if we humble ourselves (admit our sin and repent), we will be exalted. If we allow our pride prevent us from admitting and repenting of our sin, Jesus says that we will be humbled (not a fun experience).  The question for us is “what are you going to do now?”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!