As You Prepare for Sunday

As you prepare yourself and your family to worship at your church this Sunday, remember Psalm 122:

The Joy of Going to the House of the Lord

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

122 I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
Our feet have been standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Jerusalem is built
As a city that is compact together,
Where the tribes go up,
The tribes of the Lord,
To the Testimony of Israel,
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For thrones are set there for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
Because of the house of the Lord our God
I will seek your good.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Why Do You Love Your Spouse?

Why do you love your spouse? For those of you that are married, have you ever really stopped and asked yourself that question? When I do pre-marriage counseling for couples, I always ask them “why do you want to get married?” There are many answers given. Some are attracted to their fiance’s physical appearance. Some are attracted by the personality. Some are attracted by the characteristics that the other has which are lacking in their own life. There are many reasons to love your spouse, but why should we really love each other?

In 1 Corinthians 7:3 Paul writes, “Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.” The Bible tells us that we should love our spouses not because of how they look, what they do or how they act. We are to love our spouses because the Bible commands us to.

Take time today to show your spouse the type of love the same love that Christ first showed us — a selfless, sacrificial, edifying love. No, not because they deserve it, but because the Lord demands it.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Just Wait Til You Get Yours!!!!!

How many times, when you were growing up, did you say “just wait til you get yours”? It was usually said, or yelled, to someone after they had done something to hurt you, embarrass you, or make fun of you. We would respond with “just wait til you get yours!” That would make us feel better and, hopefully, make them a little worried. As Christians, we are tempted to say the same. But, did you know we should be praying just for the opposite of those that hurt us?

In Job 36:5-6 we read, ““Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding. He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the oppressed.”

Unfortunately, the day is coming where we will all stand in judgement. Our job as Christians is to pray for those who hurt us so that they can come to know Jesus. Pray for people to be blessed. Pray for people to be saved. Pray for people to be transformed.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Are You Saying?

It is interesting that as you get to know people more, you being to understanding what they are saying when they are not speaking. Confused? Let me explain, how many times have we discovered our children not being truthful with us? When we ask them about it, they deny it, but the look on their face says everything. Sound familiar? Well the same things is true with our Christian walk.

In Mark 15:3-5 it states, “And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing. Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!” But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.” Pilate marveled at Jesus. Not because of what Jesus said, but because of what Jesus didn’t say.

As you look at your Christian walk, what are you saying to people? You will say more by your actions than you ever will by your words. When people look at your actions, what are you telling them about Jesus and what He means to you?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Key Element of Prayer

In the Bible, we read that Jesus taught us to pray the Lord’s prayer. It is a model we are to follow and pray. Jesus taught us many important things in this prayer. He taught us to praise God, seek His will and ask for provision. But, He also taught us something else that is very important.

In Mark 12:25-26 Jesus tells us, “25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

The next part of the Lord’s prayer deals with forgiveness. As Jesus reminded us in Mark, it is important to forgive so that we can be forgiven. Forgive those today just as the Lord has forgiven you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Be Careful What You Eat

“Be careful what you eat” is something we all have been told. It is something that we have said. We all know that our health is affected by what we eat. If we eat “good foods” we are healthier, happier and more active. If we eat “bad foods” we will most likely encounter more health problems, be less active and feel “bad”. Did you know that the same goes for what you eat spiritually?

In Mark 11:12-14 we read, “12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”

There are many people producing “fruit” in the name of Jesus, but not all of it is good or healthy for you. Be careful what spiritual fruit that you “eat”. It might taste good to us, but it doesn’t always mean that it is good for us.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Where Is It?

I don’t know about you, but it is very frustrating when you can’t find something that you are looking for. Maybe it is your keys, maybe it is your phone, maybe it is that piece of clothing that you wanted to wear that day. There is one other “thing” that many people spend a lot of time looking for — Jesus. Just like those keys, phones and articles of clothing, we get frustrated when we cannot find Him.

In Job 23:3 Job cried out, “Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!” Job wanted to come to the Lord, but He didn’t realize that the Lord had already come to him.

The next time you are “looking” for the Lord, remember that He is already here. He goes before you. He walks beside you. He stands in back of you. Regardless of where you go, His presence is there to surround you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Great Illusion

I love watching “magicians” do these very large and extravagant illusions on TV. I have watched the Statue of Liberty disappear and reappear. I have seen people “sawed in half” and put back to together. I have seen doves turned into lions. If you just look at these things at face value, you would think that these performers were truly magicians — they had special powers and skills that were causing these great feats. Unfortunately, as you begin to investigate further, you find that these “magicians” are really “performers”. They hold no special powers, but rather are really good actors with props and equipment that cause these illusions. As people look at your spiritual walk, do they see someone with a true commitment and walk with the Lord, or do they see a person creating an illusion?

In Job 9:20 it states, “20 Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me;
Though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse.”

Do you spend your time trying to live a righteous and blameless life or do you spend your time creating a great illusion?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Is He Listening?

How many times do we say something to someone and they do not listen? With today’s technology, it is becoming easier and easier to “not listen” to someone. Between cell phone conversations, emails and texts, there are many distractions that prevent us from “hearing” others. Many times, when it comes to our prayer lives, we feel the same way. We pray and pray, but is God really listening?

In Job 9:16 we read, “16 If I called and He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice.” Do we sometimes feel like the Lord is not listening to our prayers?

Even with all of today’s technology, problems and “issues” the Lord does hear our prayers. Better yet, He answers our prayers. The next time you wonder if the Lord is listening to you, remember the answer is YES!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Have You Been Freed From Prison?

There are times in our lives where our circumstances and situations cause us to feel “trapped”. It doesn’t seem that we can go anywhere or do anything. For some, this feeling becomes so great that they feel like a prisoner stuck in a prison.  Maybe that prison is sin. Maybe that prison is an illness. Maybe that prison is their house. For whatever reason, they believe that they have run out of options. If you have ever felt like that, did you know that one option still exists?

In Acts 12:5-10 we read, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant[a] prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.”

Both Peter and Paul were freed from prisons by the Lord. Did you know that, whatever prison you feel trapped by, that the Lord can and will also free you? Seek Him in prayer. Praise in in worship. Thank Him for His provision. The Lord wants you to be free!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!