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Qualified to Work

Zacharias and Elisabeth. Two people in history that were chosen to be part of God’s plan. This couple would become parents to John the Baptist, the forerunner to Jesus.

What made them so special? Luke 1:6 tells us that they were righteous and blameless.

Our righteousness was as filthy rags….until we accepted Christ’s. We were guilty of sin….until Jesus washed it away.

Because of Jesus, God looks at you, Child of God, as righteous and blameless. You are now qualified to do great things for God’s kingdom. Don’t allow self-doubt deter you from following Christ’s leading. He is covering you and preparing the way.

Leaping For Joy

Luke 1:41

John leaped in his mother, Elisabeth’s womb when he sensed Jesus was near.

How do you react when you acknowledge God’s presence in your life?

Are you grateful that The Lord has chosen to involve Himself into your day to day walk? Or are you put off by the fact that He wants to mold you and make you into what He would have you to be, perhaps going against your desires?

The way you’re living, the priorities of your life will dictate how you feel about God’s presence.

Live so that, like John, you enjoy being with Jesus.

Decrease

I Kings 19:4-8

John 3:30

Elijah sat underneath of a juniper tree begging The Lord to take his life. He was overcome with emotion. He was tired of running. He didn’t enjoy the solitarily that came with serving God. He wanted nothing more for himself than death.

Then God sent an angel. The angel told Elijah to arise and eat. On the nearby rock bread had been provided. Also near him was water to drink.

Elijah followed the angel’s command even though he knew it went directly against his prayer. He knew the food and water would nourish him. By eating and drinking it he was showing God that he would follow the divine plan for his life rather than to succumb to his own desires.

Elijah decided to allow God’s will abound in him.

How about you? Are you denying yourself, allowing only Jesus full reign in your life?

Too Blessed To Be Stressed

John 16:33

Matthew 9:2

Are you having a hard time? Are things not going your way? Do you feel bombarded by the things of the world?

Don’t be discouraged. Don’t feel singled out. Don’t feel like you’re all alone.

Jesus said we’re to expect tribulations. He even goes on to say that during these tribulations we can still be of good cheer.

Why is it that we can be of good cheer when our world seems to be crashing in on us?

Because we’ve been forgiven. And our “forgiver” has overcome the world.

Press On

John 17:4

Paul, Silas and Timothy were traveling through different lands. They were the first missionaries. They had a godly desire to get the Word out to all the lands.

They traveled through the Syria, Cilicia, Phyrygia and Galatia spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then they headed toward Asia, but the Spirit of The Lord forbid them from going there. Next they tried to go to Bithynia, but again the Spirit suffered them not. So they kept going until they reached Macedonia. There they proclaimed Jesus. Entire families were saved. People were healed. The Word did not go out void.

Like Paul, Silas and Timothy, eager Christians often have some great ideas on how to spread the Word and who to focus on getting the gospel to. Just remember that it doesn’t matter how great the idea is that you’ve come up with, or who you have decided to reach, if The Lord hasn’t ordained it it won’t be a success.

Be sure to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Look to Him as your guide, not a just a traveling companion. Keep pressing on as a servant of His. He’ll give you something to do. Just be willing and persistent.

Don’t Detour

John 6:69

Jesus had been working on earth long enough to develop an entourage of disciples….and long enough for many of them to quit walking with him.

Jesus turned to the disciples that were still following him and asked if they were going to leave him too.

Peter replied “where would we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life?”

The road you are walking with Christ may not be as you imagined it should be. You might be discouraged. Maybe you’re being tempted to start walking another direction.

Don’t.

Keep walking with Jesus. No other option can even compare to His love, to His eternal reward, and to being His child.

All Are Accepted

Romans 12:5

Jesus had made breakfast for his seven disciples that had been fishing all night. When they saw Jesus sitting on the shore all of them wanted to get to him. One of the disciples jumped into the water and swam to shore. The other six came to Jesus in the boat. These were different ways to show Jesus their love for him. But he rewarded all of them with the same breakfast.

Maybe you’re a methodical, organized, play it safe type of person. You could be a throw caution to the wind, I’ll figure it out when I get there, never do it the same way twice kind of guy. Either way Jesus created you. He loves you.

Don’t compare yourself to other Christians. Just keep loving Him the way you do.

Peace

John 16:33

As Jesus lay asleep in the ship a storm surrounded them. The wind blew. The waves rocked the boat. The disciples were scared. They went to Jesus afraid that He was going to let them die.

“Peace, be still.”

The winds stopped. The waves settled. The storm was gone.

With those three words Jesus showed His disciples that He truly was God.

They realized His power.

All because of a storm they went through.

In this life we will endure uncertain times. This doesn’t mean Jesus has abandoned us or that He doesn’t care. It’s in these difficult times that we can see God’s power.

Run to Him.

Accept the peace He offers.

Be amazed by the God you serve.

In Return…

John 3:16

You’re the reason Jesus died. He gave his life for you.

Out of love.

He has loved you since he created you.

He loves you now.

Before you were born.

Before you could make decisions.

Before you chose to love Him.

He was already there, loving you.

So no matter what you do: Jesus loves you.

He loves you regardless of your situation or choices.

Jesus loves you.

So why do we feel more loved as we grow closer to Him?

Our perspective is different.

The closer we draw to Jesus, the more loved we feel…not because He loves us greater when we are obedient, but because our hearts are beginning to recognize the love that has always been there.

So continue to seek after Him.

Read his word.

Talk with Him.

Do His work.

Abstain from sin.

But don’t do it to earn His love.

Do it to show your love for Him.

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