“Here I am” saith The Lord….
…as He calls you to come to Him for forgiveness
…as He lights the paths of righteousness He has planned for you
…as He satisfies your every need
…as He blesses all of your descendants.
Jesus is always there for you.
Accept the forgiveness He offers…
Follow Him down the paths He has made for you…
Praise Him for all He has given you…
Thank Him for your future in Him…
“Here I am” saith The Lord….
The Chief Cornerstone was rejected because He didn’t fit the mold they had envisioned.
This perception left people with nothing to build upon.
The qualifications and resources that you have been given may leave you feeling insecure and doubtful–but God can use it to glorify him.
Take what you’ve been given and begin building.
Jesus told the young ruler “sell all you have and follow me”. The man hung his head and walked away.
Jesus told the lady at the well that He was the Messiah. The lady left, gladly proclaiming Christ.
How do you respond to Jesus’ word for you? Do you reject Him, His plan, His direction–like the young man? Or do you accept Him as your Lord and follow wherever He leads–like the lady?
Spending time with Jesus results in us having to make decisions. Choose to accept rather than reject.
Elijah sat holed up in the cave ready to give up. He had dedicated his life to God only to have seemingly everyone turn away.
“But what about the faithful seven thousand?” replied God to Elijah’s cries.
Elijah, being encouraged by this fact left the cave, ready to once again work for God.
How about you?
Have you recently found yourself with your head bowed, tears streaming down your face, completely distraught, tired and weary?
Have you had this type of a conversation with God: “What could have I done differently to show them you? They’ve turned away! It’s just me. I’m alone. And it seems as if the devil himself would like nothing more than to destroy me.”
Let me remind you that God is faithful. Count the people around you that are living a righteous life. And be encouraged by the faithful servants, no matter how small the number may be.
Rise up renewed, revived and ready to proclaim Jesus to a lost and dying world.
Just please, don’t give up. Don’t stay hidden in a cave. Get out there and keep preaching Jesus. Keep studying the word. Keep walking the straight and narrow pathway. The Word you are living won’t return void. It will accomplish a purpose. Somebody is being affected. And they are worth it all.
Have you allowed yesterday’s poor decisions affect today?
Have you allowed a missed opportunity to proclaim Jesus put you in a place where you’ve decided you’ll never be of use to The Lord?
Have you committed a sin that you feel has completely ruined your witness? Are you wanting to just give up serving Him because you think there is no coming back from it?
Remember Paul? The guy who we first met at the stoning of a Christian? The guy who was living his life to see Christians persecuted and sentenced to death? He was literally doing everything he could to get rid of Jesus’ followers.
Until he became one himself.
Then he turned into a huge advocate for the case of Christ. He spoke to councils. He led churches. He became one of the first missionaries. He penned down the majority of the New Testament.
How did he do this?
He kept his eyes fixed on Jesus, not on his past.
You do the same.
Living for this world may get you instant gratification but living for Jesus gives you eternal life.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1 John 2:17
Joshua was commanded to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground.
The removing of his shoes had significance. It wasn’t just a random commandment of The Lord.
Joshua’s shoes represented the filth of the world that he had been dealing with.
The removal of the shoes teaches us that we are capable of putting all things aside and focusing completely on Jesus.
Just as Joshua was able to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground, you are able to separate yourself from the cares of this world when you commune with Jesus. Begin with prayer. Ask The Lord to change your frame of mind…to lead you…to consume your thoughts.
It will require effort to meet with Jesus fully focused on him. Just as it required effort for Joshua to remove his shoes. You may have to move to a different place. (Maybe from the work area to the kitchen table.) He may have you change the time you meet with Him. (Maybe from a nighttime reading to an early morning devotional.) Just be willing to make any changes He requires of you. The results will be well worth it.
John’s followers began questioning him. Jesus’ disciples were baptizing multitudes of men. John was losing disciples to Jesus. Why wasn’t John upset? How could it be that he was actually rejoicing in this?
John reassured those that were questioning: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John knew all along and never lost sight of who he was living to glorify: Jesus.
You’ve been given a great platform to spread the gospel. Go about it as John did.
Humbly dedicate your life to seeing Christ lifted up.
We’re planters and waterers. Be sure you’re working on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ.