Who Can Forgive Sins?

One of the hardest concepts for us to grasp is forgiveness.  Yes, the Bible speaks of it. Yes, we are supposed to forgive. But, why is it so hard? Well, maybe it is so difficult because it is not up to us.

In Mark 2:7 Mark writes, “ “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” it is God’s responsibility and God’s alone to forgive us of our sins.

The next time you struggle with forgiving someone for their sins, remember that it is up to you. Only God can forgive them for their sins. And, if God has forgiven them for their sins, then how can we not?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who Came After John?

Before Jesus came to earth, there was John the Baptist. It was John’s purpose to prepare the earth for Jesus’ birth and presence. But, now that John the Baptist is gone, who came after John?

In Mark 1:1-3 it states, “1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’”

Now that John has gone, WE are the Lord’s messengers. It is our job to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. It is our job to show the lost the path to Heaven.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

My Redeemer Lives!

There are times in our lives where things aren’t “going right”. Just when we think that things can get worse, they do. Whether it be with health, family, friends, jobs or finances, it seems that things get to be unbearable at times. We get discouraged, we get depressed, we get to a point where question everything, including the Lord. I am sure that you are familiar with Job in the Old Testament. A man that endured significant trials, suffering and losses. How did Job reply when he thought things couldn’t get any worse?

In Job 19:24-25 we read, “25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,”

Yes, things might not be going the way we wanted. Yes, we may be enduring pain that is almost unbearable. Yes, we may wonder if God is listening. But, never forget what Job declared, “25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,“. God is alive, God is in control, God is working.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

If I Had a Dime for Every Time…..

“If I had a dime for every time __________ happened, I would be rich!” How many times have you said that? How many times have you heard that phrase? It usually refers to a saying, situation, etc that occurs frequently to you. The point is that if you were given some monetary compensation every time it occurred, you would be rich! Do you know that there is a way that you can make yourself richer everyday?

In Matthew 6:20 Jesus tells us, “20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Every time you tell someone about Jesus, you get richer. Every time you show someone Jesus’ love, you get richer.  Every time you show someone Jesus’ kindness and compassion, you get rich! It is true, if you had a dime for every time you tell someone about Jesus, you can get rich!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Your Trials Lead to His Triumphs

When you hare going through a trial, it is sometimes very difficult to imagine anything good coming from it. How could an illness lead to something good? How could the lose of a job lead to triumph? How could financial trouble be a blessing?

In Acts 16:40 it states, “40 So they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.” Yesterday, we read that Paul and Silas, while jailed, were praying and worshiping God. Their devotion to God lead to the prison doors being opened, the jailor being saved and Paul and Silas being released. Because of how Paul and Silas handed their trial, the brethren were “encouraged”.

How you handle your trials may be used by the Lord to save and encourage others. The next time you are enduring a trial, trust that good will come from it and it will lead to the Lord’s triumph!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

How Do You Handle Stress?

How do you handle stress? Well, there is no simple or easy answer. Some lose sleep, some stop eating, some eat more, some worry…… Do any of those sound familiar to you?  You see, because we are all different people, we all handle stress differently.  But, is there one way that we all should be handling stress?

In Acts 16:25 we read, “25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Paul and Silas had been unfairly jailed for healing a demon possessed girl. How did they handle stress? By “praying and singing hymns to God”.

As you encounter and deal with stress in your life, do as Paul and Silas — pray and sing hymns to God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

With Fervent Desire

There are certain times and things in life that we desire more than others. For whatever reason, there is something that you have been looking forward to, been thinking about, can’t “live without”. It can get to the point that it consumes your mind and your actions. You will not stop until you fulfill this desire. That desire is what makes us human. But, did you know that Jesus also had a “fervent desire”?

In Luke 22:15 Jesus states, “15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 

Jesus desires to spend time with you. In fact, He desired it so much that He laid down His Heavenly crown and came to earth to be with you. Jesus may have that fervent desire for you, but do you have that same desire for Him? Take time today to spend time with Him, tell Him you love Him, thank Him for all that He has done for you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who Should Praise the Lord?

Who should praise the Lord — We all should.

Psalm 148:1-4 reminds us, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!”

Regardless of where you are or what you are doing, remember to praise the Lord today!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What is My Role?

As Christians, we all want to be used for the glory of the Lord. Although we all want to be used, we all have a different definition of what that means. Some may want to hold crusades in front of thousands of people. Some may want to start churches/ministries and transform communities. Some may want to give powerful sermons that will completely change people lives.  Did you know that we all have that chance everyday?

In Acts 6:3,7 we read, “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word….Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

The early church needed people to care for the widows that were neglected. Today’s church needs the same. How you live and love others can be more powerful than crusades, transform communities and live a sermon that will completely change people. Remember, you are God’s hands, giving His things to His children.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Pray for the Lord’s Church

Recently, the city of Houston issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.  There really isn’t a devotional today, but a request for prayer. Pray that God’s Word will always be proclaimed boldly and loudly into the darkness of this world.

We know that the Lord’s Word will not always be popular, but the Bible tells us that it will always be helpful. In Acts 4:1-4 we read, “Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!