Never Forget the Cost

As we draw closer to Easter, churches all around the world begin to teach about Easter — the significance, the purpose, and the gift. We get so focused on the events of Jesus’ last week on earth, that I worry that we forget the cause of Easter — our sin.

In Isaiah 53:5-6 we read, ” But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

As we remember the cause of Easter, don’t forget the cost of Easter. Our sin, regardless of how big or small has a cost. It cost Jesus His life, it costs our families, marriages and health. The next time that you are tempted, remember that your sin has a cost.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Is It All Good?

If someone were to promise to give you something that could cause you pain, would you be excited? Studies have shown that a large percentage of mega lottery winners will endure hardship (financial, personal, relational) after winning the lottery. Many of these that encounter trials say that if they would have known the troubles that would follow their winnings, they would have never wanted to win in the first place. Is winning all good?

In Philippians 1:29 Paul writes, “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,”

The Lord has promised that there will be many great things that will happen when we allow Him into our lives, but we are also warned that we may “suffer for His sake”. We like the great things, but we are not normally excited about the suffering part. As you endure your suffering, and ask yourself “is it all good”, remember, because Jesus died for our sins, not only is it good, it is great!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Recipe for Success

You don’t have to look far to find a “recipe for success”. Whether it be business, relationships, weight loss, etc. people are very willing to sell you a “program” that is your “recipe for success”.  Did you know that it is the Bible that gives us the only proven and permanent recipe for success?

In Psalm 37:3-4 it states, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

To be successful, we must trust in the Lord, do good, be faithful and seek our Joy in the Lord and only the Lord. The Bible promises us that if we do that then “He shall give you the desires of your heart.” The great news about this recipe is that it is completely free, Jesus has already paid the price!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Are You Prepared?

Regardless of where you live, we are all told to prepare for a major disaster that could strike our area. Regardless of whether it is a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or winter storm, we are told to have food, lighting, clothes and shelter ready. We are encouraged to be “ready for the big one”. I think that it is good to be ready, but is a natural disaster what we should be getting ready for?

In Joshua 1:10-11 we read, “10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”

As much as we should be prepared for a natural disaster, we must listen to Joshua’s command. We must prepare ourselves for the time that we will cross into Heaven. This is one event that we definitely want to be prepared for!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

You Have Little Strength

Recently, we studied the church of Philadelphia. A small, insignificant church that Jesus said, “had little strength”. You would think that such a church would be somewhat disappointing to Jesus, but as you read that scripture, you find that this was probably the church that Jesus favored the most. Why? Because they “had little strength”. Because of that, they relied on the Lord and not themselves.

In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Paul writes, “2 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.”

Paul reminds us that we are not to act in our own strength, but in our weakness so that we will rely on the Lord’s strength. The next time the Lord calls you into action, do not fear because of your own weaknesses, rejoice in the Lord’s strength!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Do You Pray For?

As you spend your daily time in prayer, what do you pray for? Now, I am sure that there are many things that are running through your mind. You pray for safety, provision, healings, etc. But, is that all we should be praying for ?

In Deuteronomy 34:9 we read, “Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.”

We are reminded to pray for the Lord’s wisdom. Not just for ourselves, but for our families, friends, churches and pastors. It is only through His wisdom that we can be led by His guidance down His path.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

You Get Out of It What You Put In to It!

When I was in college, I joined a fraternity. Many people that join fraternities and sororities create lifelong friendships and their fraternity/sorority become an integral part of their remaining life. I must confess that I only joined a fraternity to put it on my resume. Because of that, I didn’t put much effort into become involved in the fraternity, I didn’t spend much time there, and I don’t have any lifelong friendships as a result of it. You see, I got out of it what I put into it. The same can be said for our relationship with Jesus.

In 2 Peter 1:4 we read, “by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

There are many blessings, promises and lifelong relationships with fellow believers that await those that commit their lives to the Lord. However, to receive all that the Lord wants to give you, you must be willing to invest your life into a meaningful relationship with Him. Remember, “you get out of it what you put into it”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Witnesses

We live in a society where information is always at our fingertips (literally) and quick decisions are a way of life. Studies have shown that employers make a decision on someone they are interviewing within the first several minutes of the interview (before they really even answer any questions). We live in a world where we make most of our decisions without having all of the information. Unfortunately, sometimes those decisions involve judging others.

In Deuteronomy 17:6 we read, “Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.”

Through out the Bible we are told to bring “two or three witnesses”. I think that the Lord is reminding us that we are not to make quick judgements on people, but do so in a way that involves prayer and patience. When you find yourself making quick judgements about people, take time to gather in prayer “three Witnesses” — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Why?

For those of you that have children, I am sure you remember the many “why” questions that your children have asked. As they grow, their curiosity begins to spark the question of a million “whys”. They are so eager to know the world around them and understand how things work. With great care and love, we answer their questions to teach them and develop them into people that will be educated and informed so they can make the “right” decisions. Just as we are obligated to answer the “why” questions of our children, do you know that as children of God we are also obligated to answer the “why” questions of the world?

In 1 Peter 3:15 we read, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”

As people see us living differently they are going to want to know “why”? Be ready to answer their questions about the Lord and His working in your life so that they too can make an informed and educated decision about their walk with Jesus.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Special Treasure

This devotional is like no other I have ever written — it is a special message for a special person. Unfortunately, I don’t know who that person is. As I was doing my reading today, the Lord gave me this scripture and a message to give to one of you that needs to hear it.

In Deuteronomy 14:2 it states, “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

Maybe you might not feel like God’s “special treasure” today, but the Lord wants you to know that you ARE His special treasure that He has set above “all the peoples”.  You are loved by Him, you are forgiven by Him, you are saved by Him. Regardless of what you may be hearing from people around you, you are the apple of His eye and “a special treasure” that He holds dear to His heart. Never forget how much He loves you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!