What Does Your House Look Like?

Most people take pride in their houses — what they look, how clean they are, how big they are. Some may take more pride than others, but for the most part, we want people to like our homes, be comfortable in our homes and want to visit our homes. We will go to great lengths and pay many dollars to make this happen. That is great for our physical houses, but what about the house that the Lord has commanded you to build?

In Ezra 1:2 we read, “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah.”

Are you building a house that is pleasing to those around you, or are you building a house that is pleasing to the Lord? Does your house honor the Lord, does it serve the Lord, is it a house that is inviting to the Lord and does He want to reside there? Remember, this not only applies to the house you live in, but also the house that you build for the Lord inside of you. What does your house look like?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

I Am Willing, Be Cleansed.

Early in my walk with Jesus, one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp was that the Lord would actually answer my prayers. I had reasoned that He was too busy, too disappointed in me, etc. I would pray, but didn’t really expect those prayers to be answered. But, did you know that the Lord wants to answer our prayers? Did you know that He does answer all of our prayers?

In Luke 5:12-13 it states, “12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.”

As we pray to the Lord, remember that He is willing to answer our prayers. He is willing to heal us. He is willing to provide for us. He is willing to restore relationships. Regardless of your situation, He is willing. The question is, will you allow Him?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Are You Fishing?

What is the purpose of life? This is a question that has been asked since the beginning of time. People have always sought to find their purpose, their meaning, their value in life and society. I had lunch with a gentleman years ago who was struggling with this question. He had been looking all around him for his purpose, but hadn’t found it yet. Maybe you are asking yourself this same question — what is your purpose in life? Let me answer that question with another question; Have you tried fishing?

In Luke 5:10 Jesus states, “10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”

Jesus tells us that our true purpose in life is to go fishing! In fact, His last command to His apostles was to make disciples throughout the earth. As you search for you purpose in life, don’t forget to go fishing.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Where Do You Get Your Wisdom From?

Have you ever thought how we become smart? We spend years and years in school learning, studying and preparing for “life”. We go to training seminars, read books, listen to lectures, etc. striving to improve our wisdom and knowledge. But, does that really make us smart?

In Daniel 9:22 we read, “22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand.” Daniel sought his wisdom from the Lord, not the world.

It is very important to learn, study and train at schools and in your jobs. But, remember, your true knowledge will only come from the Lord. As much as you study and train, remember to pray even more for the wisdom of the Lord. He is the greatest professor, the wisest mentor and the greatest mind!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Do You Know What Is Wrong?

One of the hardest things to admit in life is that there is a problem with something. Maybe we don’t want to admit that we have a health issue — we may go to the doctor, but we “fail” to tell them about the pain we are feeling inside of our body. Maybe our marriage is struggling and we just “assume” things will get better over time, even though we do nothing to make things better. Finally, there is sin.  There is sin in our lives, but we refuse to admit it, we refuse to correct it. Unfortunately, in all three examples above, if we don’t admit there are issues, if we don’t address and correct the issues, they end up being bigger and more destructive than they needed to be.

In Daniel 9:3-5 Daniel prayed, “Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.” Daniel addressed sin issues with the Lord directly. He admitted, He repented and He sought forgiveness.

Remember Daniel’s prayer as you look at the issues in your life. Unfortunately, our problems won’t “just go away” unless we address them.  I have discovered in my own life that dealing with a small problem is much easier and better than dealing with larger problems.  Address the small problems in your life today so that they will not become big issues.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Things Will Get Better!

There are times in our lives when we suffer. It might be a physical or emotional ailment. It might be the death of a loved one. It might be a difficult relationship. It might even be unemployment. Regardless of the cause, we all go through seasons where we suffer. People will tell you to “not lose hope” and “things will get better”.  As Christians, how can we know that “things will get better”?
Well, In Revelation 21:3-4 John writes, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
We do have a hope and can be confident that things will get better because the Bible tells us that all of that pain and suffering we experience here on earth will “be no more, for the former things have passed away”. Remember that the next time you find yourself suffering. Jesus is our hope and because of Him, things will be better. God promised it and Jesus fulfilled it!
I pray blessings for you today on your Journey!

“Buying and Selling”

Today, as I was leaving the bank, I was stopped by a man that asked me some questions about the rapture (I had never met the man before so he did not know I was a pastor). He told me that after the rapture, he doesn’t want to have to stop “buying and selling”, thus, he would take the “mark of the beast”.
Revelation 13:17 states, “17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” He told me he was so concerned about not being able to buy and sell that he would be willing to take the mark of the beast to be able to do so. This man told me he was a Christian, but he had doubts.  Maybe some of us find ourselves in the same situation — we want to believe, but we have doubts.
I told the man that I do not worry about not being able to buy and sell because I don’t plan on being here to deal with it. I think that we all need to live our lives in such a way that we won’t be here to endure what will follow the rapture. We need to focus on how we are living today so that we won’t have to worry about how we would live in the end.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

the More Things Change……

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Have you ever heard that saying? Throughout my life, I have heard this message and throughout my life I have seen ring true and true. We get “new” fashion trends, but they seem to be the same fashion trends that I had when I was in high school. We get excited about “good old fashioned, home cooking”. We get excited about antique cars and love to hear the “songs that we grew up to”. Some things change, but do they really change? I grew up in church singing an old hymn titled, “The Steadfast Love of the Lord Never Ceases”. We may change the way the song is sung, the way the music is played, but do the words remain true?
In Lamentations 3:22-23 we read, “22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Are these words still true today? Does the Lord still show us mercy? Does He still have compassion on us? Is God still faithful to us? The answer to all of these questions is “YES”. Our Lord is still merciful to us. He is compassionate towards us. He is faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him. Thank you Jesus that even though some things may change, He never will!
I pray blessings today for you on your Journey!

Looks Too Good to be True…..

Have you ever noticed that some the most damaging and harmful products that are advertised are made to look the best and the most appealing? After watching a television commercial or seeing an advertisement in a magazine, we are left thinking about the product and wanting the product. In fact, it has been said that some industries have made billions by getting people “convinced” that they cannot live without their product. While a product may look appealing to us, it doesn’t always mean that it is good for us.
In Jeremiah 42:21-22 it states, “21 And I have this day declared it to you, but you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, or anything which He has sent you by me. 22 Now therefore, know certainly that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to dwell.”
There are many things, people and places that the enemy will convince us are “good for us”. But, be careful. Not all that we will desire will be good. Not all that we desire will be healthy. If what you desire causes you to disobey the Lord, then it is not good for you. We should all desire to dwell in the Lord’s will, not outside of His will.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!