It Will Be Done!

Matthew 8:13 – 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.
There is nothing more reassuring than learning that something will be taken care of for you. It will no longer be your problem, you will no longer have to worry. Someone or something will take care of the problem for you. It is that knowledge that reassures you, comforts you and gives you the strength to continue on.
Jesus told the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” The Centurion had a servant that was ill and because the centurion believed, “the servant was healed that very moment.” Do you believe in the Lord enough to take everything to Him in prayer and trust that your prayers will be answered? Do you believe the Lord when He says, “it shall be done for you”? The centurion believed so he asked. Because he asked, Jesus healed. What is preventing you from seeing the Lord work in your life today?
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

Growing Up

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 –These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
 

Do you remember as a child the songs you were sung by your parents, the bedtime stories you were told, or the little sayings your parents used to say as you grew up? I remember my mom singing a very special song to me and rocking me to sleep and I remember her as an adult saying uff-dah! It still makes me smile. But I also remember her saying very wise words to me that I later grew to learn were actually words from the Bible!.  For example – “You need to check yourself because, pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” (Proverbs 16:18)

When I read today’s passage, I cannot help but ask — do you remember the teachings of Christ you were raised with? Maybe you were never raised with anything you can look back on.  Either way, we have a new day today.  Weave God’s Word into your children by allowing His Words to apply to everything they encounter.  God’s Word has so much richness in it for our kids.  When you see a bad influence in a friend, look to speak God’s word into your child — “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Cor. 15:33) Or if they have a speech before a class or they have to talk to a coach, remind them–Do not fear going before those in authority because they Lord will help you in that moment with what to say. (Luke 12: 11-12.)

You can never go wrong with the Word of God! But before we can speak it to them, we need to know it. If you train your child up in the way they should go (With Christ), they will never depart from it! (Proverbs 22:6)


I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who Was It?

Matthew 4:18-20 – 18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
When you attend your local church on Sundays there is a reason why you are there. More specifically, for most of us, there is a person that got you there. Whether it be a family member or friend, chances are someone was responsible for telling you about Jesus and inviting you to church. I am also sure that you are very grateful for that person doing that for you.
Today’s scripture tells us that when Jesus met Simon (Peter) and Andrew, He told them,  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” As Christians, there is an expectation that we will “fish for people“. How often do you cast your net and tell people about Jesus? If you can’t remember when, then maybe today is a good day to start again.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Led by the Spirit

Matthew 4:1 – Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
I remember when I was younger and learning how to drive, it was important to understand the freeway network and how all of the freeways connected to get you to certain places. We relied heavily on knowing directions because there really wasn’t anything else at that time. Now, however, things are different. From our phone to car we are told how to get places. It has gotten to the point where we really do not need to know directions, just how to pull up the map on our phone.
In today’s passage, we are told that “Jesus was led by the Spirit“. That is an important reminder to all Christians that we must first be led by the Spirit and not anyone or anything else. In other words, we must get our direction and guidance from the Spirit and follow Him where He leads us.  We don’t always need to know where we are going as long as we know the One who is leading us.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Passing the Test

Nehemiah 6:11-12 – 11 And I said, “Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!” 12 Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

Recently, we have been studying the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” as listed in 1 Corinthians 12. As I have cautioned our church, all gifts must come from the Holy Spirit and used to Glorify the Lord. I cautioned them because there is a tendency for people to “use” the gifts of the Holy Spirit for their own personal gains.

One of the most “misused” gifts is that of prophecy. The true definition of prophecy is “God talking through someone”. Too often, the actual use of prophecy has nothing to do with God at all. If someone attempts to give you prophecy, you must make sure the test the words given. Through your testing, the words will either be confirmed or you will perceive “that God had not sent him at all,“.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Weak Hands

Nehemiah 6:9 –For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.”
Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
How many times have you been prevented from doing something because of fear? Whether it be a new job, singing in public or telling someone about Jesus? Often times, we start out with good intentions and ambition. Unfortunately, fear convinces us that it would be best to not try at all.
Satan also uses fear to weaken our walk with Jesus.  In Nehemiah we read, Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.” He attacks us with fear to weaken our hands. There are many ways he works to weaken us, but the most effective way is in weakening our trust in the Lord. As you encounter your daily battles, struggles and trials, do not allow fear to weaken your hands, but cry out “O God, strengthen my hands.” If we ask, the Lord will provide.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Wall Completed

Nehemiah 6:15-16  – 15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.

Walls have many uses.  We use walls as sound barriers.  We use personal walls to keep people away to avoid hurt in relationships.  The Great Wall of China was built to keep invaders out.  But, there is another “great wall” we need to build.

In today’s passage, they wanted to build a wall to protect them from their enemies. It was very effective — “when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.” Before we talk about any other wall, we must first discuss our spiritual wall. If we are to be successful in our walk with the Lord, we must build a wall around our heart, our families and our homes to keep the enemy out so that all will perceive that “this work was done by our God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Bread From Heaven

Nehemiah 9:15 – 15 You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, And brought them water out of the rock for their thirst, And told them to go in to possess the land Which You had sworn to give them.
How many times have we endured a trial and gotten to the “end of our rope”? We believed that we had run out of hope and have no future ahead of us. As we have experienced this most recent recession, many people have found themselves in a position where they did not know where their next meal was coming from, where they would sleep that night or how they would ever pay their overdue bills.
Nehemiah reminds us today that “You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, And brought them water out of the rock for their thirst“. For many years, Israel wandered through the desert, yet lacked nothing. Why? Because the Lord provided for them. You may feel as though you are also wandering through the desert right now, but take comfort in knowing that God will provide for you just as He provided for Israel.  The God that brought “manna from Heaven” is the same God that will provide for you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

Assembled with Fasting

Nehemiah 9:1 – Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads.
Many people are saying that this upcoming presidential election is the “most important in our country’s history”. You may agree or you may disagree. Either way, I think that it is critical that we be in prayer for our country, it’s direction and commitment to God. We must always remember that our future is not in hands of politicians, but in the hands of the Lord.
Today’s verse states that Israel assembled with fasting”. I would like to invite all of you to join me and Journey of Faith in a 21 day fast beginning on October 19th and ending on November 8th. The purpose is not to pray for a candidate, but rather a country. If you feel called, join us as we pray for our country, for our direction and for our ability to repent and return to the Lord. If you would like to discuss what it means to fast, please email me at pastorkevin@thejourneyofaith.net so we can talk.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

I Got Your Back

Nehemiah 8:1 – Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel.
“I got your back” is a very popular saying nowadays. It means that someone who is normally very close to you will be there to support you, defend you, encourage you regardless of what you are experiencing. If you are going through trials, “I got your back” can be very comforting words. We may say it to family and friends, but do we say it to our church family?
In Nehemiah 8:1 we read, “Now all the people gathered together as one man“. As I read this, I was reminded that when we gather at our churches for our services and events, we do so “as one man”. In other words, we are united as one church, one family, one body. And, when we are one, we must always make sure that we have each others back.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!