Mark8:22-25 this story does not indicate a lack of power on the Lord's part, but a full acceptance of His power on the blind man's part. This man was brought to Jesus to be healed. Jesus had to change the atmosphere of those around this man because obviously they influenced this man to a degree of unbelief. Sometimes we find ourselves with those who wouldn't believe God if He walked down the street and bumped into them! He took the man by the hand, led him out of town, spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, and asked if he could see. That is when he answered, "I see men as trees, walking." Jesus laid His hands upon him the 2nd time and the man was restored. Sometimes things don't happen the 1st time we get prayer. We must press through unbelief and doubts. A Christian woman came for prayer at church last week, having a head ache. She told me later that I prayed, "Lord, give peace to her head and body." She said that the head ache didn't go away completely because she thought she had a sinus problem. She came the next service for prayer and she said I prayed the same words over her, but this time the Lord spoke to her and told her to receive what was prayed. She did and the ache completely left and hasn't come back! If you have prayed about something and it hasn't changed, do as this woman did at church last week, and as the blind man did in Jesus' day: go back again and let the Lord speak to your heart. He still has the power to heal you and meet that need! May God bless you.
Many years ago at a minister's convention in Manchester, CT, the guest minister spoke from Matthew 26:39, which says, "And He went a little farther..." In every account of the Bible Jesus pressed His way to the will of the Father by going "...a little farther..." When the disciples went as far as they could go, Jesus went a little farther. Sometimes that is the difference between doing the will of God and coming short of His will. If we don't press our way in "a little farther," we, too, will fall asleep spiritually and miss His will for our lives. Let me encourage you today to go "a little farther," and press your way into His wonderful will! May God bless you.
We had a wonderful service last night at church. The sister who ministered brought such a great message I want to share a few thoughts with you. She said this past year has been extremely difficult for her. She had serious health issues, lost her job, and had to move. She began wondering why all these things were happening to her. She wondered if she lost favor with God, or sinned somehow, or just what was going on. But God in His mercy gently led her along, even without her knowing it at times! Through all these struggles she has been spending more and more time at her sisters' house because her sister is caring for their elderly mother. She and her sister have grown close and she has been able to testify to her that the Lord loves her and hasn't forgotten her in her struggles. By speaking the Word of God to her sister, the Lord has been speaking to her! She has seen that the Lord has had His hand in her life all along! Whatever you are going through, remember, the Lord is bringing you through it, and together there is victory! Just don't faint when weariness tries to set in, "...for in due season we shall reap, if ." May God bless you.
Psalm 34 was written at a time the future king of Israel, David, was on the run from both King Saul and the king of the Philistines. They both wanted to destroy him. He went to a cave called Adullam ("resting place") and there penned this Psalm that has become familiar to many. David may not have known where to go but he did know what to do: "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." He created the atmosphere he wanted to live in. He didn't complain or doubt but praised the Lord continually. He didn't magnify the problem: he magnified the Lord! And he inspired others to magnify the Lord with him (Verse 3: "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together"). Your situations will make you or break you, and only you will decide which it will be! Make the Lord your focus today and you will find the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! May God bless you.
John 6:5 & 6 we read of the multitude coming to Jesus one day and He lifted up His eyes and saw them. He then asked Philip, "Whence (from where?) shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" Jesus is concerned with our natural needs! He does care if you eat and where you shop. He is involved with our lives, though many times we don't realize it. But He asked this question of Philip. He could have asked, "Where is your source? Is your faith in your ability to supply the need, or is it in My ability?" I always heard that the finger that points is the hand that provides. If God is sending you in a direction, He will supply your needs! Jesus knew what He was going to do. He already prayed through before the need presented itself. He was teaching the disciples that success is not in things, but in faith in God. You can be a pauper and still be successful in God! His measure for success is faith. We haven't failed if we keep faith in God alive in our hearts. In this account, someone brought to Jesus a young lad who had 5 barley loaves and two small fishes. The question was asked, "But what are they among so many?" Is that what you say when the need is great but the means is small? Don't put your faith in what you have, but put your faith in God. He is still the God of the impossible! He took the food, gave thanks, and distributed it to the disciples, who gave it to them who were there. And they all were fed! Remember, nothing is impossible with our God! May God bless you.
Last night at church (3/2/14) Bro. Jeff brought a message about standing upon our watch, found in Habakkuk 2:1-3. A watchman stands at the station he was assigned to, not letting any unauthorized thing or person pass by. He is watchful and vigilant. He related a story about a man who testified one day. This Christian brother went to the emergency room of a local hospital in a lot of pain. As he was waiting to be attended to another person was brought in, worse off than he. This brother said he tried to pray for the person but had a difficult time because of his own pain. He said at that moment the Lord spoke to his heart and said, "You are on your watch." Somehow he managed to press through the pain, offered to God a prayer for that person and immediately his own pain left! Someone needs you to stand upon your watch. We actually repair people's lives by allowing the Lord to work in and through us. Stand on your watch today and see what the Lord will answer you! May God bless you.
I John 3:1-3 expresses the awe John had in his heart concerning the love the Father has bestowed upon us. He calls us His sons, sons of God in this world! The world doesn't understand the Christian, and the Christian doesn't understand the world. The manner of lifestyles are totally different. One of the biggest mistakes is to try to fit Christianity into the fads of this present world. The born again Christian has more going for them than the world ever did. God's ways are tried and true. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God..." We aren't going to be His sons some day: we are His sons and daughters right now! So we are to be like Him in every way. He is coming back soon so I must not become entangled too much in the affairs of this life. I have a hope inside me that causes me to press in and be an overcomer for His sake. Do we deserve His love? NO!! But He loves us just the same. If this hope of His return abides in you, you will purify yourself as He is pure. Striving for His approval is essential today and always. May God bless you.