We Can Do More Together – Exodus 18:13-27

Jethro’s frank acknowledgment of God’s supremacy and loving-kindness was extremely beautiful. Oh, for more wisdom to discern, and humble reverence to acknowledge the divine goodness wherever we encounter it. His advice also was most wise. It is far better to set a thousand people to work than attempt to do the work of a thousand. The greatest and most useful men are those who know how to rely on others work for which these are quite competent, while they concentrate themselves on matters of the highest moment, which the others cannot undertake. Thus character is created. It is the highest service of all to bring men’s requests and causes to God, and then to show them the way in which they should walk and the work they should do. In the best sense this is what Jesus does for us all. We are all called and commissioned to be Ambassadors of Christ. It doesn’t just fall on the Pastors, Deacons, or any other office in the church – it falls on all who believe. Are you being and living as an Ambassador of Christ or are you just waiting for someone else to do it? We are in this together for His honor and His glory. 

PRAYER – Lord, here I am! I sometimes feel that I have nothing tangible to offer. But I have You and with You, I am more than I was without You. Help me to see You have placed a calling on my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Praise The Lord – Psalm 150

Psalm 150 is the grand finale of the Book of Psalms. And what could be more appropriate than to find a short, and pointed appeal for creation to find its true destiny in the worship of God? The Psalm answers 4 key questions on the subject of praise: Where, What, How, and Who? The glory of God is the purpose of creation. Therefore, we find the central reason for our existence in praising the Lord. Where should we praise? His sanctuary is where but this is not just at church. His sanctuary is everywhere. No matter what the world or society tell you – there is not a place where worship is out of place. What should we praise Him for? We should praise Him first for who He is and what He has done for us including His exceeding greatness. How should we praise Him? With every kind of instrument and singing. Basically what the Psalmist is saying is loud anthems of amens with everything we can. Who should we praise? “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Forever and forever we are to join in the loud, eternal burst of praise to God. Hallelujah, praise the Lord! This week – when life gets you down or is not going your way – Praise the Lord. When you get answers you need or things workout – Praise the Lord. Daily this week praise the Lord!

PRAYER – Lord, You alone of worthy of praise. You alone are worthy of glory. When life doesn’t go my way, I will praise You. When life appears to fall in line for me, I will praise You. You alone are God. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Being Hungry – Acts 2:42-47

When we believe in Jesus, we become part of a great fellowship. We become one with all who are His. There is an aspect of the early church that I wish believers today shared – a hunger for the Word. The fellowship and oneness of the church centered around the hunger for the teaching of God’s Word, living together and praying together. But centrally on God’s word. The early church was devoted to hearing, studying, and learning what the apostles had to teach – eyewitness testimony. Everything about us changes when we have a hunger for God’s Word because life is raised to a new level. The early church experienced Christ’s saving power everyday with additions. How did this happen if they were not inviting and sharing how God had already changed them? Get hungry for God’s Word. Seek Him out. Share Him with others.

PRAYER – Jesus, I want and desire to know You like I have never known You before. Teach me Your ways, Lord. Help me to see others as You see them. And as You change me, may I share You with others.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Who Do You Say Jesus Is? John 1:1-18

Who do you say Jesus is? A lot of us believe we can answer that question but would our words be equal to our actions? Jesus came to His own people – the people who should have recognized Him first – and they refused Him. But to all who did and would receive Him, He gives us the right to be children of God. So, does our lives give evidence to the fact that Jesus is God’s Son? No one can obtain this new birth He offers by our own power, merit or ability. One is not in God’s family because they were born into a Hebrew or Christian family. It is a gift from God that must be received. Many believed superficially in Jesus when they saw His miracles, but they did not believe in Jesus as the Son of God. They “believed” in Him while He fulfilled their expectations of what they thought the Messiah should be, but they left Him when He disregarded their preconceived notions. We must wholeheartedly believe in Jesus. We truly do not believe in Him as God’s Son if we choose to limit Him to our ideas and misconceptions. Live a life that testifies of who Jesus is!

PRAYER – Jesus, in this situation I have nothing to offer of my own ingenuity or strength; I need your wisdom and power as badly as I need the air that I breathe.  As I move forward may I do so in desperate dependence on You every second.  I joyfully and unreservedly confess that I am inadequate to answer Your call, in fact, I can do absolutely nothing without You.  I’m not able to handle this situation on my own and any good that results must come solely through You.  I simply ask You right now to flow through me, Lord Jesus, and cause me to stay out of Your way. In Your name, Amen

Willing To Serve – Acts 6:1-7

If the devil cannot destroy by attacks, he will seek to overthrow by dissension within. This is illustrated in these verses. There were complaints that arose by some poor widows not getting the same thing as others. It’s no secret to understand that the devil’s desire is to deceive us and cause us to take our eyes of Jesus while putting our eyes on ourselves. That’s what happened here. As the church or society changes, the church must adapt or die. Now I am not saying we have to change or adapt our theology to reach the world, but the method in which we function may need to be adapted. Instead of just sweeping it under the rug or blowing the people’s concerns off, the apostles guided the church in selecting men to serve to assist with the caring of the church. Jesus is the head of the church but we are called to serve the church together. We all have a role to play within the church. And as the church grows or time passes, there will be times we have to make an adaption in the method in which we do things for the betterment of meeting the church’s needs. So how do we prepare for these things? We don’t really prepare per se but we must be willing to seek to the whole rather than the individual. So how can you help the church be the church? Is God asking you to take a bigger role or a step back for someone else to be used? Whatever God is asking of you the question becomes – are you willing to follow or not?

 PRAYER – I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that You are in my and I in You. I thank You for saving me from my sins and myself. From this moment on I am trusting You to live Your life in me and through me, instead of me, to do what I can’t do, quit what I can’t quit, start what I can’t start, and–most of all–to be what I can’t be. I am trusting you to renew my mind and heal damaged emotions in Your time. I thank You now by faith for accepting me in the Lord Jesus, for giving me Your grace, Your freedom, Your joy, Your victory and Your righteousness as my inheritance. Even if I don’t feel anything, I know that Your Word is true; I am counting on Your Spirit to do what Your Word says– to set me free from myself, that Your resurrection life may be lived out through me, and that You may receive all the glory. I thank You and praise You for victory right now in Jesus’ name, Amen.