I don’t know if you are like me – but there are times looking back when I realize that I missed an opportunity to do a kind act. I might have thought, “It would be nice if I …” but, then somehow the moment passed and I didn’t follow through. Can anyone relate?
I have found that if I allow time to pass between the thought and follow through – there’s a good chance it won’t happen.
So! I am challenging myself and you to be quick in doing that kindness, in speaking an encouraging word, and in giving a helping hand.
“…do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 NIV
“As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV
“Pentecost is a Christian holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter. Some Christian denominations consider it the birthday of the Christian church and celebrate it as such. Originally, Pentecost was a Jewish holiday held 50 days after Passover.”
The Scriptures describing the day of Pentecost can be found in Acts 2:1-4.
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 NASB
LORD! We beseech You to move once again in POWER upon and in Your people! Empower us through Your Holy Spirit to be Your body upon this earth! May the FLAME of YOUR LOVE burn brightly within us!! RISE UP, most HOLY ONE, and show Yourself in all Your glory!! AMEN!!
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NRSV
As I was seeking the Lord about what my devotional would be for today, I felt that He was nudging me to not focus on what has happened and is happening in this time of COVID-19, but to look FORWARD to what He is calling us to.
I know you have probably heard, as I have, people saying that they can’t wait for things to get “back to normal.” Well, I don’t think that as we transition through this season, God is calling us BACK to where we were before. I don’t believe He wants us to just pick-up where we left off.
Brothers & Sisters! The Lord wants us to go FORWARD into a new season, a new reality, and a new “normal.” It can be a little scary and a little unsettling not to know what to expect as we journey into the remainder of 2020 and beyond.
BUT! We are reminded by the Lord in Jeremiah that we have a FUTURE WITH HOPE! The Lord has plans for us – and they are plans for our welfare. When I looked up welfare in the dictionary I was given the meanings: health, happiness, and well-being.
WELL-BEING! I am encouraged to know that the Lord desires for my being – my body, my mind, my soul, and my spirit to be well. His plans are not to harm us! When life throws us an unexpected “curve ball” the Lord still can use use it to work for our good!! HALLELUJAH!!
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NRSV
LORD, we are so thankful that You have plans for us – plans that are in no way abolished because of what is happening around us. We put our whole trust in YOU, knowing that You desire our health, happiness, and well-being. We continue to journey forward knowing that You have already gone ahead of us preparing the way. We are ready to embrace the “new normal” and we know that YOU are moving in and through it all manifesting Your good and perfect will! ALL GLORY AND HONOR AND PRAISE IS YOURS NOW AND FOREVERMORE!! AMEN!
I wasn’t really planning on doing a written post today. To be honest, I woke up a little depressed. If it were a “normal” day, I would be getting dressed in a beautiful, colorful outfit and looking forward to joining my friends at church to celebrate this special day. Of course, I know this day isn’t about me…I know that it is a day of focusing on our precious Jesus…I know this and yet I still find my thoughts drifting towards my isolation. Am I the only one?
So! At this point, I CHOOSE to refocus my thoughts…I CHOOSE to trade in my depression for the oil of gladness! I CHOOSE to celebrate the awesome resurrection of our precious Lord!
As I said, I really wasn’t planning on writing a post this morning – but the Lord had other plans. Thoughts of resurrection have been floating around in my mind and spirit. And I know I am to put it to “paper.”
When we receive God’s Truth we are expected to react to it. We know that the resurrection of Jesus is true! So what should our reaction be? Hopefully, foremost our reaction should be to accept the NEW LIFE that Jesus offers to us through His death and resurrection. If anyone who reads this has not made that salvation step – I would encourage you to stop…seek the Lord…and CHOOSE to accept what Jesus did for you.
Again, what do we do with this Truth of the Resurrection of Jesus? We must DO something! I am reminded that “Faithwithout works is dead.” (James 2:26). We have faith that Jesus was indeed resurrected from the dead. What are we going to do with this knowledge? How will our lives be changed with this knowledge? How do we “walk out” this Truth?
Resurrection Power is within us! Through the Holy Spirit living within us, we walk in the same power that Jesus walked in on this earth. Sometimes it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around that Truth. But, Jesus confirms this Himself!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” John 14:12 NASB
CHURCH! Are we walking this out in our ministries and lives? Jesus is our example. Are we seeing the works that Jesus did being manifested in our families, in our church, in our communities?
I believe that on this Resurrection Sunday, as we celebrate our risen Lord, He is calling us to be the expression of His Life on earth!! BE the hands, feet, eyes, ears, and mouth of Jesus! HE IS ALIVE and HE LIVES IN AND THROUGH US!!
Oh Jesus! We thank You for dying on the cross for us. We thank You for the resurrected life we have in You. When we accepted You as our Lord and Savior – You brought us from death in our sins to eternal life in You!! We celebrate Your resurrection on this most high and holy day! WE CELEBRATE YOU!! Amen!
Years ago, I was so blessed by the revelation that there is NOTHING that God asks us to do that He doesn’t equip us to do it!!
This takes all of the stress of saying “yes” to the Lord away. We don’t have to do it on our own. We don’t have to figure it all out. We just need to make ourselves available and trust Him to work in and through us.
What is the Lord asking you to do that you have pushed away and tried to forget because you are afraid that you can’t do it?
Brothers & Sisters, step out in the anointing of the Lord and do it!! In the doing, you will discover that God is there – He provides the strength, the knowledge, the timing, and the ability to do His will.
The Lord keeps reminding me that I/we are in a new season in His Kingdom.
I have been trying to go through my clothes and donate those that do not need to go with me in this new spiritual season of ministry and life.
A few days ago I felt a strong call to get my desk and file cabinets in order (I have one 4 drawer and one 2 drawer). Oh, the precious nuggets I am finding – lost and hidden in all of the miscellaneous “stuff.”
How many precious things of the Lord are lost and hidden among all of the things we felt needed to be held onto?
I feel that the Lord is calling me to sift through a lot of things of the past because I need to make room for all of the things He is bringing into my life NOW!! PRAISE GOD!!
I find myself becoming excited as I organize past sermons, devotions, teachings, prophetic words, prayers, and ministry events that the Lord used me to minister in for His glory and for the equipping of His Church! I am excited because as I am doing this I KNOW that I am making room for what is coming!!
Brothers & Sisters! Do you have room in your life for the NEW that the Lord wants to bring you? Is it time for you to do an inventory – physical and spiritual – and CLEAN OUT those things that will hold you back from receiving God’s abundance?
LORD!! Help us to weed out all of those things that clutter up our lives to the point that we can’t move quickly and freely with You into our future. Help us to prune our lives of “dead things” that do not promote NEW LIFE! Help us to speak LIFE to others and also to ourselves!
LORD!! You are the most precious thing in our lives!! May we not let anything take YOUR place!! May every decision we make come from embracing YOUR heart, YOUR perspective, YOUR love, and YOUR will!!
LORD!! We are ready to go forward with You!
Leaving old things behind…
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV