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Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. ~Psalm 37:3 New American Standard Bible (©1995)

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2.0 When Someone Asks About Spiritual Matters

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2.0  Jesus Has You on Speed Dial — Why Don’t You Pick Up?
O – Observation: “No one will ask after spiritual matters unless God is at work in his life.” Blackaby, 2.0 — Is God working around you and you just don’t know? Did you ask God to use you to minister to others, yet you’re not sure if an opportunity arises, if that is really God? The scripture is plain, in John 6:44 — “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”

If that’s the case, then you should know, that God is already working in a person’s life when they come to you and ask about spiritual matters. When that person comes to you and ask about your faith, why you believe in God, why you go to church, what’s with “religion”.  Know that this is an opportunity that God has created to use you in his Kingdom Work, to share the Good News with this person.

The author of EG aka Experiencing God opens unit two with several key scriptures. It’s interesting how each time I have gone through the EG workbook I am awakened to verses that I have read many times over, yet a new revelation is revealed. That is the power of God’s word. It’s also the reason, if we had no other reading material for the rest of our lives, if we seek God first, to speak to us through his Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit that lives within us; we would never need another book or news source.

The “S” or scriptures for today are three verses that explain that if anyone, even when you and I were asking, and seeking God; it wasn’t because of us or something someone else did. It was because God was drawing us to him, John 6:44 is the best all the verses, it’s plain and simple.

Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 2 : Looking to God

S – Scripture:

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” – Psalm 20:7;

“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.” –Romans 3:10-11;

“No one can come to me (Jesus) unless the Father who sent me draws him.” – John 6:44

A – Application:

I can apply these verses to my life by remembering that if someone around me is asking questions about the Lord; seeking the meaning of God’s creation; that is the Lord working.

We’ve already ready that we need to seek where God is working and get involved. If we question a situation in our lives and ask, “Is that really you Lord?”  The answer is simple, if someone asks you about God, your faith, why you believe what you believe, consider the answer to be, “Yes”.  God is working in that person’s life, drawing that person to him, and wants to use you to plant seeds, and possible bring that person to a personal relationship to Jesus Christ.

P – Prayer:

Father we thank you for the revelation of your word. There are signs and wonders everywhere. Yet we are only to look at the relationships in our day to day life, to look for the opportunities around us that say, “here I am send me”. God wants to use us in his work. Let us be aware of the situations around us that ask us to participate in his calling to him. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 29 March 2010

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1.5 Accepting Gods Invitation

O – Observation: The first three realities of the “Seven Realities of God – are about what God is doing around us; God pursuing us; and inviting us to become involved with him and his work.  The other four realties are what are we going to do – how do we react or respond to God’s invitation?

 Reality number four: God speaking and revealing his purpose and his ways, this is the invitation to join him in his work.

 Reality number five: a ‘crisis of belief’ in the example of God inviting Moses to get involved. Moses’ first reaction was to say, “Who am I” and can’t you send someone else to do your work? – Ex. 3:11, 13, 4:1, 10, 13) – this seems to be the common response from a large group of Christians who are not doing as Matthew 6:33, Seeking God First.

Reality number six: We need to make major adjustments to our life to join God in what he is doing.  All too often we find ourselves very comfortable in our daily routine, even if that routine has nothing to do with God’s work. It’s a safe life to stay within the boundaries that we feel no one will reject us nor judge us.  However, the Lord may have other plans and he may be calling you out of your comfort zone to get involved in his work. Will you obey?

Realty number seven: We as children of God come to know God by experience as we obey God and see how God can accomplish his work through our obedience.  This of course is where the life lessons are learned and imprinted into our hearts and minds. These are the experiences that increase our faith and our walk with the Lord becomes stronger.

 Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 1 – Day 5: God Works Through His Servants, Part 2

S – Scripture: Exodus 3:2-8 and Numbers 12:6-8

 A – Application:

Don’t allow fear, laziness, or the unknown – hinder my ability to step out in faith when I feel that God is calling me to get involved with the work that he is doing around me. It is my responsibility to see what God is doing and get take action and accept the invitation. I cannot wait for God to use me; his work is already being done, waiting for me to accept the call.

P – Prayer:

Father forgive me for the times that I have not paid attention to your voice, your direction. Help me to see and hear where you are working and receive the invitation to be used for your glory. Help me to move quickly through the “crisis of belief” and to know that I can do nothing alone, only through Christ – all things are possible. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 24 March 2010

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Cry Out to Jesus

Random Thoughts…

I wanted to share the video and lyrics of the song, “Cry Out for Jesus” by Third Day. Along with this – I’m leaving some scriptures where the people have cried out to the Lord.  Where are you today? Have you been crying out to the Lord and feel there is no response? Maybe that lack of hearing from the Lord, is the response. Maybe the answer to your prayer, is no and that’s why there’s silence. Maybe there’s sin in your life or the one that you’re praying for and repentance needs to occur. Whatever the situation is, the Lord says he hears us. He will answer, just remember you may not like the answer, doesn’t mean he didn’t hear you. Keep crying out to the Lord, for he cares for you.

Scriptures that “Cry Out to Lord”

Psalm 107:13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses.

Numbers 20:16 but when we cried out to the LORD, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt.

1 Samuel 7:8
They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the LORD our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.”

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.

Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Psalm 84:2
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of theLORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Psalm 102:1
A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the LORD. ] Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you.

Be encouraged my friend – God is in control – or maybe you need to give him the control.

Lyrics: “Cry Out To Jesus”

To everyone who’s lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

 

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there’s nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that’s struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith in love
They’ve done all they can to make it right again
Still it’s not enough

For the ones who can’t break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you’re not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight


Gods Promises

Today’s Date: February 10, 2010

 God’s Promises

 

Reading: Exodus 30:11-31:18 ~ Matthew 26:47-68 ~ Psalm 32:1-11 ~ Proverbs 8:27-32;  Blackaby’s Devotional: 2 Corin 1:20

S – Scripture:

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”  ~2 Corin 1:20

O – Observation:

It’s interesting to note that Blackaby makes mention of John 16:23b “If you ask for something in His will He will give you what you ask.” – I’ve heard people take that same verse and say, “ask for whatever they want and they should get it because they prayed in Jesus name.” However so many forget that if it’s not God’s will, then the answer is no or not yet. This is Gods promises – God didn’t promise us everything we want. He said he would provide food and shelter – like the birds of the air. He promised us a mansion in heaven, John 14:2 – nowhere did he say he’d give us a Mercedes and a mansion on the beach of Hawai’i.

Here’s an excerpt from GotQuestions.org:

Question: “How do I know which of God’s promises are for me?”There are literally hundreds of promises in the Bible. How can we know which promises apply to us, which promises we can claim? To frame this question another way, how can one tell the difference between general promises and specific promises? A general promise is one that is given by the Holy Spirit to every believer in every age. When the author penned the promise, he set no limitations on time period or recipient.

Answer:

An example of a general promise is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This promise is based on the forgiving nature of God and is available to all believers everywhere. Another example of a general promise is Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This promise is made to all believers who, refusing to worry, bring their requests to God (v. 8). Other examples of general promises include Psalm 1:3; 27:10; 31:24; John 4:13-14 (note the word “whoever”); and Revelation 3:20.

1) Promises are often conditional. Look for the word “if” in the context.
2) God gives us promises to help us better submit to His will and trust Him. A promise does not make God bend to our will.
3) Do not assume to know precisely when, where, or how the promise will be fulfilled in your life.

A – Application:

I will look up at least one promise a day for the next seven days, pray and praise God for it. I will share God’s promises with others. I will remember that whatever I pray for in the name of Jesus Christ will be answered if it is in accord with God’s will and timing. I will have peace and comfort knowing that all things work together for his good.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask for peace in all areas of my life: marriage, family/friends, pets health, work, ministry, finances, accountability, fellowship, righteousness, comfort, knowledge, guidance – in no particular order, I ask for the Holy Spirit to guide me, protect me, and show me your will. So that I may do your will with a joyful heart. I ask for forgiveness of my sins. In Jesus name, amen. ###

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Time, Gifts, and Talents

Today’s Date:  Feb 07, 2010

What Are You Doing with Your Time, Gifts, and Talents?

Reading: Exodus 26:1-27:21 ~ Matthew 25:1-30 ~ Psalm 31:1-8 ~ Proverbs 8:1-11

S – Scripture:

Matt 25:29  – “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

O – Observation:

I’ve been a Christian for many years and I’ve heard the two parables taught in Matt 25:1-30 many times. I often thought it just means I need to be prepared, as I wrote yesterday, the scripture says that we don’t know the time or day, and we won’t be able to do anything if we aren’t prepared – Jesus will return and we are either ready or we aren’t. This brings me to the parable of the servants who were each given bags of money to invest. I agree with the devotional by One Year Bible Blog (OYBB) so much so that I decided why rewrite what is obviously the same thing I observed in my reading today. Here’s an excerpt:

Today we read in Matthew chapter 25 verses 14 through 30 Jesus’ “Parable of the Talents.” This story of the three servants has often been a parable I have struggled with.  For a long time I didn’t get what was so wrong about the guy who buried the money. “He at least gave back to the master the same amount he was originally given,” I thought.  “What’s so wrong with that?”  Well, as I read this parable again, the thing that really stands out to me is that this parable is not talking about simply money. . . but I think it is talking about our very lives and our time here on earth.  I read it now as if God gives each of us a certain amount of time to live on this earth and a certain amount of gifts and skills.  And then, we have to ask ourselves – will we simply just go through life very stably & comfortably with those gifts and skills – perhaps even just going through the motions and serving ourselves – to the extent that when God calls us home, we have really not produced much of anything in our lives?  What if we spend our time & gifts in such a way that by the end of it we haven’t really blessed or served others?   We simply give back to God at the end of our lives what God gave to us and nothing more.  OR – is it possible that God is calling each of us to do so much more with our lives?  Is God calling us to really use the time, gifts and skills he has given us for something bigger than ourselves?  Is God calling us to produce a great harvest of loving and serving and blessing others in our lives?  So that when we arrive at heaven’s gate at the end of our lives we will hear verse 21 from God Himself – “The master was full of praise. `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'” How about your life today?  Are you multiplying the skills and gifts that God has given you in your life?  Are you investing your skills and gifts in loving service of others?  Are you at least “doubling” God’s investment in you?

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A – Application:

I can apply today’s scripture to my life by praying through the gifts and talent that the Lord has blessed me with, to use all things for His glory, so that on the day of judgment I can hear the words, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

P – Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I thank you for your love and faithfulness. I pray that I will be “awake, alert, and prepared” for your coming. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. Show me your will. I ask that you would help me to do your will with a joyful heart. Open the doors of opportunity where you need to use me for the gifts and talents you have given me, so that your people can be blessed by you, through me. Give me the strength and discernment – in Jesus name, amen.

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The End of the World

Today’s Date: February 06, 2010

The End of the World

Reading: Exodus 23:14-25:40 ~ Matthew 24:29-51 ~ Psalm 30:1-12 ~ Proverbs 7:24-27

S – Scripture:

Matt 24:36  “However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

O – Observation:

Matt 24:29-51 these scripture verses describe the “signs” of Jesus returning, and Matt 24:35 “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.” It’s an interesting time that many people have tried to predict, movies and books were written about it; yet the bible says, “NO ONE knows” when the time will come “ONLY the Father knows” – we aren’t God so why do people predict. Worse yet, why do people believe those who say they know?  I don’t really know, except that maybe we always want to prepare.  So why not do what the bible says? In Mt 24:42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”

I would assume people would be concerned that if they sin or fall out of God’s grace that they would not go to heaven so they want to know when he’s coming back, so they could be ready. I know it’s a difficult thing to do, that’s why we are told to “keep watch”; share the Good News of Jesus, and always be prepared, asking the Father for forgiveness for any sin, keep in prayer and devotion to Him.

A – Application:

I believe that we all, at some time or another have wondered, “how much longer” will I be on this earth. For some it’s a thought when they are given the news of a deadly, sometimes incurable disease. For others the thought comes when they hit a certain age in life, or when a close family or friend dies, in which they want to die themselves due to the loss. I don’t really hear people talk about the actual time of when the earth would come to a complete END.  It’s a scary thought, so we live our lives day by day and more people probably ask the question, “what happens to me after I die, than what happens when the world ends.”

I’m sure every every professing Christian, who has a personal relationship with Christ knows the answer of where they are going. However most people believe that if they life a “good life”, be nice to others and don’t commit some heinous crime, they will go to heaven or they don’t believe in a heaven or hell; and that’s the extent to their thoughts on the end times, more so, what happens when they die.  However if you have a personal relationship with Christ, you know that if you just live a “good life” you will not go to heaven. Now I won’t get into any debate on the issue. I’ll just show you what the Word of God says, here’s a great reply by the folks at GotQuestions.org:

Question: “How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven when I die?”


Answer: Do you know for certain that you have eternal life and that you will go to Heaven when you die? God wants you to be sure! The Bible says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” What would you say? You may not know what to reply. What you need to know is that God loves us and has provided a way that we can know for sure where we will spend eternity. The Bible states it this way: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We have to first understand the problem that is keeping us from Heaven. The problem is this – our sinful nature keeps us from having a relationship with God. We are sinners by nature and by choice. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We cannot save ourselves. “For by grace are you saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves – it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). We deserve death and hell. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

God is holy and just and must punish sin, yet He loves us and has provided forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus died for us on the cross: “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus was resurrected from the dead: “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25).

So, back to the original question – “How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven when I die?” The answer is this – believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31). “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). You can receive eternal life as a FREE gift. “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). You can live a full and meaningful life right now. Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). You can spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven, for He promised: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am” (John 14:3).

Prayer of Salvation:

-If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive forgiveness from God, here is a prayer you can pray. Saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Jesus Christ that can provide forgiveness of sins. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your forgiveness. “God, I know that I have sinned against You and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness! Amen!” –

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your love and mercy. You gave us your Word and the Holy Spirit that dwells in us, as a living guide, a book of direction, a spirit for discernment – so that we can do your will and serve you as well as those you have entrusted to us. Father forgive me for my sins. Reveal to me any actions or words that come from me, if they need to be changed or corrected to reflect you. We know not the time of your return, only that we need to be prepared. I pray that my friends and family will come to know you in a personal way. I ask that anyone is reading this and has not given their life to you, to have a personal relationship with you that they will ask that you become real to them and be your child, forgive them for their sins, cleanse them and make them whole. In Jesus name, amen.

If you’d like more information on “How to Know God,” please look on the right column under “Blogroll” – click on the link that says, “01 How to Know God.”  May God bless you!

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Why Pray?

The Prayer

Steps to Knowing God: Pray

Here’s a re-post of – “How to Know God: Pray” by Harvest.org click here to read more about them.

Prayer is as essential to knowing God and growing spiritually as breathing is to living and staying healthy. Just as you need to communicate effectively to be a good employee or spouse, our walk with God is only as strong as the communication between you and Him.

You might ask, “If God already knows what we need before we ask, why even bother praying?” Scripture makes a very strong case for prayer in the life of the believer.

  • Jesus told us to pray. Luke 18:1 says, “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” We should pray simply because Jesus told us to and emphasized it in His life and teaching. There really is no better reason to pray than this.
  • Prayer is God’s appointed way of obtaining things. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” Do you ever wonder why you never seem to know the will of God for your life, why you never have any opportunities to lead others to the Lord, or why you always seem to be scraping by? Maybe you haven’t seen answers because you haven’t asked God. He wants us to experience the blessings of seeing our prayers answered, such as the salvation of a loved one, a divine healing, or a wonderful provision. But we first have to ask.
  • Prayer is the way by which God helps us to overcome our anxiety and worry. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”When you come to God and present your fears and anxieties to Him, He will give you His peace and comfort. That doesn’t necessarily mean He will take away whatever it is that is causing your worry. But you can know that He is with you, helping you persevere.

  • Prayer is one of the ways we make ourselves ready for the return of Jesus Christ. Luke 21:34–36 says, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will be as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” As believers living in the last days, our lives should be characterized by watchfulness and prayer (see also Mark 13:32-33).

Whatever concerns you may have at this moment, it is always time to pray! Remember, Scripture tells you to “[cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

The Bible identifies several different types of prayers we can pray. One model for how we should pray is captured in the acrostic A.C.T.S. Each letter stands for a specific aspect of prayer, arranged in a very natural order.

A: Adoration (Worship)
C: Confession (Of Specific Sins)
T: Thanksgiving (Gratitude)
S: Supplication (Specific Requests)

  • Adoration: Jesus essentially taught us the same thing in the Lord’s Prayer, which begins, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name” (Matthew 6:9). This puts things in perspective for us. A good example of this type of adoration is found in Psalm 95:1-7. When we take time to praise and worship God in our prayers, we are placing God where He rightfully belongs. As a result, our problems and needs come into their proper perspective.
  • Confession: The closer we draw to God, the more we sense our own sinfulness. When Isaiah came into God’s presence, he said, “Woe is me, for I am undone!” (Isaiah 6:5). The confession of our sin removes any barriers and clears the air of anything that would cause God not to hear our prayers. As 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us . . . ” This is, once again, modeled in the Lord’s Prayer. After “Our Father who art in heaven,” we find, “Forgive us our sins” (Matthew 6:12).
  • Thanksgiving: Our immediate response after confession is thanksgiving. We should be thankful that God would indeed cleanse and forgive us. Should we give thanks because everything is going perfectly in our lives or because we are in a good mood? No, we should give thanks because God deserves our praise. Psalm 118:1 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For his mercy endures forever.” As another translation puts it, “His love endures forever.” By giving thanks, or simply expressing gratitude for what we have, we prevent our focus from shifting to what we do not have.
  • Supplication: If we are faithful in the first three steps, the last step will not degenerate into some spiritual shopping list. Too often in prayer, we cut to the chase instead of spending time in adoration, confession, and thanksgiving first. Yet, God does want to hear our needs and requests. Scripture tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6-7). We are also promised, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:l9).

Do not neglect this vital part of your Christian walk. As someone has said, “Prayer is the breath of the newborn soul, and there can be no Christian life without it.”

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Looking for Jesus

Today’s Date: February 05 , 2010

Where’s Jesus?

Reading: Exodus 21:22-23:13, Matt 24:1-28, Psalm 29:1-11, Proverbs 7:6-23

Blackaby: Mark 1:36 Seeking Jesus

S – Scripture:

And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. (Mark 1:36)

O – Observation:

Blackaby’s devotion today, “Seeking Jesus” is key to one of my favorite scriptures which is Mt 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and he will make your path straight.”  In Blackaby’s devotion he talks about how Simon Peter didn’t always say or do the right things, yet he was always seeking after Jesus.

Read it here for yourself:

Simon Peter is well known to us for his foolish, extemporaneous statements throughout the Gospels (Matt. 16:22; 17:4; 26:33). But Peter was always seeking after Jesus. Peter followed Jesus from afar during the night of Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26:58). Peter ran to the tomb when he heard Jesus had risen (Luke 24:12). Peter swam in the sea in his haste to get to Jesus (John 21:7) and even walked on water in order to join Jesus (Matt. 14:29).

Whenever we see Peter coming to Jesus he is always accompanied by others. Because Peter was seeking Jesus, others sought Him too. What are you known for by those who know you best? Do they see you searching for fame, power, success, or happiness? Are you known as a person who seeks after Jesus? God promises: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).

Did you begin today intent on encountering Jesus? Is your search for Him halfhearted, or are you seeking Him with all your heart? Have others grown closer to Jesus because they followed your example and sought Jesus? If your heart is set on pursuing Jesus, you will always find Him. “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come” (Rev. 22:17).

You’ll notice that often times I will comment on another devotion while reading my One Year Bible, as the additional devotions can always be used in my SOAP.  The time I spend “Seeking Jesus” is not only what I write or don’t write but how I spend the time in his Word, reflecting upon what I have read, thinking about how to apply at least one verse to my life, and prayer.

A – Application:

I will remember Simon Peter and his search for Jesus when I read these scriptures and remember that I am not perfect, never claimed to be, yet I can continue to seek Jesus even when I make mistakes I know I can go to the Father for guidance and be redirected.

As the scripture says, Jeremiah 29:13 (see above)

If you’re “seeking Jesus” and you’d like to know Him as your Lord and find the peace that only God can give, click on the link under “Blog roll” that says, “How to know God.”

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your love and mercy. Forgive me for my sins. Help me to continually be seeking you in all things and to bring others with me. In Jesus name, amen.

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Gods Instructions

Today’s Date: February 04, 2010

Are the Ten Commandments for us Today?

Reading: Exodus 19:16-21:21 ~ Matthew 23:13-39 ~ Psalm 28:1-9 ~ Proverbs 7:1-5

S – Scripture:

Exodus 20:19 “And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”

O – Observation:

Exodus 19-21 tells the message of God speaking directly to Moses and giving Moses the commandments for his people to follow. When Moses came back down from Mt. Sinai, (after the skies were filled with clouds and lightning, the Lord had descended on the mountain – which filled it with smoke and loud blast noise from the ram’s horn blowing) – God’s instruction to the people were the ten commandments: the first five are instructions between the people and God and the second five are instructions between themselves.  The people were so afraid of the thunder, lightning, blast from the ram’s horn, and the smoke from the mountain they told Moses they didn’t want to speak to God directly because they didn’t want to die – so they asked Moses to be their intermediary or mediator between themselves and God.

Now our mediator is Jesus Christ.

If you’d like to read (the bible.org) more about the Overview of the Ten Commandments click on the link here.

A – Application:

Some might ask are the ten commandments still relevant in today’s society.

Here’s an excerpt from GotQuestions.org

Question: “Do Christians have to obey the Old Testament law?

Answer: The key to understanding this issue is knowing that the Old Testament law was given to the nation of Israel, not to Christians. Some of the laws were to reveal to the Israelites how to obey and please God (the Ten Commandments, for example). Some of the laws were to show the Israelites how to worship God and atone for sin (the sacrificial system). Some of the laws were intended to make the Israelites distinct from other nations (the food and clothing rules). None of the Old Testament law is binding on us today. When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15).

In place of the Old Testament law, we are under the law of Christ ( Galatians 6:2), which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). If we obey those two commands, we will be fulfilling all that Christ requires of us: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40). Now, this does not mean the Old Testament law is irrelevant today. Many of the commands in the Old Testament law fall into the categories of “loving God” and “loving your neighbor.” The Old Testament law can be a good guidepost for knowing how to love God and knowing what goes into loving your neighbor. At the same time, to say that the Old Testament law applies to Christians today is incorrect. The Old Testament law is a unit (James 2:10). Either all of it applies, or none of it applies. If Christ fulfilled some it, such as the sacrificial system, He fulfilled all of it.

“This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” ( 1 John 5:3). The Ten Commandments were essentially a summary of the entire Old Testament law. Nine of the Ten Commandments are clearly repeated in the New Testament (all except the command to observe the Sabbath day). Obviously, if we are loving God, we will not be worshipping false gods or bowing down before idols. If we are loving our neighbors, we will not be murdering them, lying to them, committing adultery against them, or coveting what belongs to them. The purpose of the Old Testament law is to convict people of our inability to keep the law and point us to our need for Jesus Christ as Savior (Romans 7:7-9; Galatians 3:24). The Old Testament law was never intended by God to be the universal law for all people for all of time. We are to love God and love our neighbors. If we obey those two commands faithfully, we will be upholding all that God requires of us. (end of GotQuestions.org commentary)
P – Prayer:

Father thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for my sins. Lord Jesus thank you for being our mediator between us and your Father. Lord I’m thankful that I am able to live in today’s time, where we have life simply, compared to God’s people of the Old Testament. I pray that I will be able to share God’s love and be able to follow the law of Christ, “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). In Jesus name, amen.

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