Saturday, April 28, 2018

April 28

Before Jesus began His ministry, He spent time in the wilderness alone, praying and fasting. At the end of His forty day fast, He was hungry. It was the perfect time for the devil to come in and throw temptation His way. This is tormenting! This is what the enemy does to us! He comes when we are weak. At every turn, Satan came after Jesus with the things he knew about Him. What did He do? He fought him with scripture and truth! After He did this a few times, he left him. So, there it is! The key to winning the fight! Don’t waste your time crying over your situation if you haven’t pulled out the truth/scripture and used it in your defense. What are you dealing with today that you haven’t trusted the LORD to handle for you? What scripture have you left closed up in that Bible sitting on the shelf that you could be using in your fight? Take your weapon out of its sheath and brandish it! 

Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. Matthew 4:11

Friday, April 27, 2018

April 27

Here is a thought for you: Jesus, who knew no sin, submitted to baptism for repentance. He had nothing to repent, He had never sinned! Yet, many of you, who have accepted Jesus as Savior, haven’t been water baptized! Baptism is your public profession of faith. Jesus humbled himself, was brought low, started from the bottom and worked His way up! I know what you’re thinking, “this is just symbolic.” Yes, it is, but there is so much truth in symbolism. The Bible is full of symbolism, many times used by Jesus in parables to help teach a lesson. This physical act is a beautiful act of humility and obedience. I urge you to submit to water baptism and publicly proclaim your faith in Jesus. As you can see, this is not a denomination thing, it’s Biblical! You’ve heard the words “Buried in the likeness of His death, raised to walk in newness of life.” It’s time for you to follow the steps of Jesus and be like Him through this act of obedience. 

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. Matthew 3:13

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 26

Did you know that John the Baptist was just a country boy? What the Bible calls the wilderness, was just the outlying area with small towns dotted throughout. He was preaching to the country folks! He didn’t come dressed in the fancy garb like the scribes of the day, no, he dressed normal. I wouldn’t call camel hair and a leather belt normal for today, unless you’re a cowboy! They like exotic skins for their coat and boots! I found it interesting that John was a priest, a descendent of Aaron which should normally be in the temple, but was in the country. Jesus, on the other hand, wasn’t a descendent of Aaron, was often found teaching in the temple. It was as if this was symbolic of what was to come. The lineage of the priest was taken out of the temple and sent to the wilderness and replaced with a new monarchy, that of King Jesus! The real country boy came to rule and reign! Just know the King we worship came as a common man, like us. He knows us and knows our struggles, you can trust Him.

Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:4

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April 25

The pieces are falling into place. A great revival is just on the horizon. When the enemy comes in and tries to remove God’s word, His people will finally step up. A nation, whose children have been spoiled by the luxury of being free to worship, may soon find themselves and their speech being stifled as the Bible and any other religious material becomes forbidden. I know that this kind of thing will cause some to have fear, but fear not, God is with us and what can a mere mortal do? In countries where the Bible is banned, the people begin to run toward God and hunger for Him. This is a wake up call for our nation! Our nation and our freedoms are under attack, but we must remember that those who are with us are more than those who are with them! You can try as much as you will, to remove the mention of God from existence, but you can’t remove Him, that’s impossible! We only exist because of Him, He is our creator and our Sustainer. 

He said, "Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 2 Kings 6:16

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April 24

In all my life, I have never been accused of unethical behavior, that is, until now. The enemies fingerprints are all over this! The one accusing is the one who’s actually being unethical. Isn’t that just like the enemy! I have no fear or worry over this because I’m innocent and because I trust in God. Just this morning, during my  study in the book of Matthew, I ran across this in the Matthew Henry Commentary, “Note, those who take care to keep a good conscience may cheerfully trust God with the keeping of their good names, and have reason to hope that he will clear up, not only their integrity, but their honour, as the sun at noon day.” Wow! It’s like God is saying ‘I know you trust me, but here’s a little confirmation!’ We weren’t promised that it would be easy following Jesus, and we can expect to deal with some of the same things that He did, but you can be sure that He will be there to bring us to justice! He is a just God!

since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 2 Thessalonians 1:6

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 23

The big thing to do right now is ancestry searches. Many years ago, my dad and I did some digging around on his side of the family and found some interesting things. My cousin has gathered all kinds of information on my mom’s side of the family and we even have a family Facebook page. I have more cousins than I can count! Well, today I began a study of Matthew and right away he gets down to business by telling us the lineage leading to Jesus. Did you know that Boaz, the husband of Ruth, one of my favorite love stories, is the son of Rahab the prostitute? Matthew didn’t play any games and told us all the dirty little secrets! Though Rahab was a prostitute, she was able to overcome her past because of her act of kindness towards the spies who were scoping out the promised land. Don’t get caught up in your past! As you can see from this, God can use anybody to bring about His plan!

and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, Matthew 1:5