When we want to get to know someone and are looking to get a deeper relationship, we must find ways that will draw that person into our lives. The same thing happens with the Holy Spirit, there are things that we do that the scriptures teach us that grieve the Holy Spirit. In this passage from Ephesians we get a …
What was it like to be told by the man you had dedicated your life to that he was leaving you behind? The disciples left everything; their families, livelihoods, their whole lives to serving him. Have you ever dedicated yourself to something on that level? To be so torn, knowing you should trust him because he is the Son of …
Today I discuss Gods concern for each one of us. As individuals we all experience things in unique ways. It is important to put on a mind of love when relating with each other. Colossians 3:12 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Today I bring a communion message about love and oneness. We come humbly asking our Father to wash us and equip us to walk in this new day. Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
Today I teach about the law of Jesus. Some people think it is legalistic, but today we explore it as a beneficial way of relating. Deuteronomy 5:16 “Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you.”
Today I bring a communion message about strengthening our brothers. When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, he was loving them and giving them an example of what they would need to do for each other. John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
Today I relate a walk of faith to the life of Abraham. Abraham faced many challenges throughout his life, but he faithfully pressed on in his walk with God. We too face many challenges, will we waiver in disbelief or will we continue to trust in God’s plan for us? Romans 4:20 “yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God.”
Today I convey Gods desire for a relationship through salvation. Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the Law, so he could set us free from the Law, and we could become God’s children.” As children it is important for us to deepen our relationship with our Father.
Today I urge us to set our sights on God’s plan. Too often we find ourselves clinging to the past and making idols out of memories. We must let go of yesterday and trust God as He leads us forward. 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 “For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.”
Today I talk about the importance of prayer. Whether we identify it as such or not, it is likely that what we are facing today is the result of prayers or lack of prayers. We often pray with a preconceived idea of what we think we need, but God’s answers do not always look the way we anticipate. Our prayers are effective even when we don’t experience the results we originally anticipated.
Today I continue imploring us to seek the truth and grow in our walk with God. There are many lies that come to hold us back and divide us, but Christ has opened the door for us to grow together in oneness and love. Ephesians 4:15-16 “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
Today I encourage you to ask yourself an important question. Am I open to hear the truth? In John 8:32 we read, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Each one of us have a different perception of the Truth. Without being open to hear the truth in love we will miss out on the deep freedom that truth can bring.
Today I entreat you to dig into the scriptures about God’s plan for inclusion. Sometimes we might think that for God to accept one He has to reject another, but He is unlimited! 2 Chronicles 6:14. “He said, ‘O Lord , the God of Israel, there is no god like You in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart;'”
Today I reiterate how just having the word is not enough, we must hear and obey Gods word. What makes the distinction between hearing and not hearing? A willingness to do His will. John 7:17 “If anyone is willing to do Gods will, they will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.”
Today I begin to explain the wilderness experience. God was with the Israelites the entire time, but it was a time of teaching His people. In everything we go through there is one thing God is trying to teach us – trust in Him and trust in His love for us. Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments”
Today I impart a new revelation of faith. Our personal relationship with the Lord will trigger effective prayer. We must have faith that God wants us to be persistent and work with Him in what He is doing through our prayers. Isaiah 62:6 “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent.”
Today I unfold key concepts about the Ten Days of Repentance and the Day of Atonement. These days are not about shame and regret, but rather an opportunity to realign with God’s perfect plan for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Today I bring a relatable perspective to the parable in Matthew 13:3. As humans, we are the soil. Although there is nothing wrong with the soil, there are outside influences which keep the soil from bearing fruit. As we grow in discipleship, our soil will become more fruitful.
Today I teach about the parable in Luke 16:1-13. God’s grace is unending and He desires a relationship with us no matter how great our sins. If we know God’s grace, we are managers responsible to share it. Micah 7:18 “Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love.”
Today I begin to explain why we celebrate the Biblical Feasts. If you dig into the New Testament you will see many references to the Feasts, as it describes how Jesus celebrated them. When we celebrate the Feasts, we are not just celebrating something that happened in the past, we are anticipating a greater fulfillment of the scriptural promises in our generation.
Today I explain the parable of the talents from Matthew 25:14. We have been given many talents from the Lord, it is our responsibility to manage those talents. We won’t see growth if we hide our talents, we must put them to good use and share them with others.
Today I talk about Jesus teaching the disciples. There are many layers of interpretation, but it is important to make the scriptures practical in our lives. It is also important to continue studying and learning the deeper meanings of Jesus’ teachings.
Today I teach about Jesus in relationship to His roots. In order to better understand Jesus’ teachings, we must study His heritage. Jesus was a Jewish teacher speaking to a Jewish audience. Lord open our eyes to have a fresh understanding.
Today I speak about the importance of us becoming equipped to walk according to God’s will. Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Today I bring a foundational teaching about God’s unchanging love. We repent for believing the lie that God can reject His children. Even in times of discipline God loves us to the uttermost and wants to see us mature as His sons.
Today I inspire us to receive a new perception of God’s love for us. God is preparing each one of us for something new, but it cannot happen out of our human perception of love. There is a motivation in God’s love to see us grow and mature, so we can participate in the bringing forth His kingdom.
Today I expound on the story in 1 Kings 17. Even though Elijah was a prophet, he could not solve his own problems. He had to rely on the miracle God provided through the poor widow. We need to get out of our comfort zone and appropriate the provision God has given us through relationships.
Today I link the parable of the prodigal son to Revelation 3:20. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” The prodigal son was free to make his own choice but the father delighted when he chose to come home. Similarly God will never force us to open the door to His love but is eager to dwell with us when we choose to let Him into our lives.
Today I express the importance of us becoming channels of living water. When we only receive and never share the blessing, we become like the dead sea. We must be willingly to share the love we have received to continue the flow of living water.
Today I relate our provision from God to a box of parts waiting to be assembled. We have access to a complete provision, but if we do not read the manual and spend quality time with our instructor, we won’t be able to see the fullness of all that we have received.