“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” Mark 7:8
One of the many reasons Jesus came was to show us a true relationship with God. When God gave us The Law or Torah, it was meant to be a good thing. It was like instructions a Father would give their child. However man turned the Law into a device used to control and oppress people. Religion eventually turned into a big business while controlling people.
Jesus told the religious leaders they are “Hypocrites”, they twist the Word of God and use it for their benefit. When you perform rituals or traditions of men, ask yourself is this Biblical? Did God really command this or is this a tradition man has imposed on us?
Am I saying all traditions are bad? No , but its important that we Trust in the Word of God and not man. Don’t just blindly follow traditions because someone tells you to, study the Bible and find out for yourself if this is truly what God wants.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
If we truly want to get to God, there is only one way Jesus Christ. No religion will lead you to God, only through his Son can we be redeemed and obtain a relationship with our Heavenly Father. If you truly want to find God, follow Jesus, he was sent here to show you the way in Jesus Name Amen
Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalms 143:10 NASB
“For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory. Isaiah 66:18
God said “The time is coming to gather all the nations”, what does this mean? Its means his covenant is not just for the Jewish people anymore, but to anyone who calls upon the name of The Lord. The blood that Christ shed on the cross, finished the new covenant with God for us!
God knows our works and thoughts, don’t worry about condemning people or figuring out if they are just or not. God already knows, he knows our hearts and thoughts. Fix your eyes on Christ, and let God judge. Let people know about the glory God revealed to us through Jesus Christ!
What glory did God reveal? Before Christ we were all condemned, slaves to the wages of our sins. But since God so loved the world, he sent Jesus to free us from our sins. Now we are no longer separated from God, we are now his children. God has gathered everyone from the world, who will accept Christ into their hearts , to free us!
The time has come, God has given you a redemption plan. Listen and understand his revelation through Jesus Christ, who has taken on sin and death on his shoulders. You are free because the Son has set you free in Jesus Name Amen
May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.
Psalms 141:2 NASB
For they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” Mark 6:50
The disciples were caught in the midst of a storm, they feared for their lives. Then they saw Jesus, their Lord and Savior, coming to save them but they were still afraid. Jesus said to them, Take courage, It is I
Its easy for us to get caught up in the events of the storm. Our minds quickly think about the worst case scenario, our faith quickly fades away. But Jesus is telling us to “Take Courage”, “Don’t be afraid”.
We need to understand that Jesus has overcome the world. There is nothing, no storm that is greater than our God. Just like the disciples in the boat, we need to fix our eyes on Jesus and not on the storm.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you 31:6
Jesus was with them even in the storm, he didn’t leave or forsake them. Even though they thought they were going to die, Jesus was not going to allow that to happen. We need to “Take Courage”, Be strong and courageous just as God has commanded us. Fix your eyes on the one who can save you , not the storm in Jesus name Amen
“O G od the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.
Psalms 140:7 NASB
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Today our 3 year old son, Evan, would not leave the house without a Bible. He then proceeded to pretend to read it while in the van. I would like to think I have been a good influence on him and his brother. Most Sundays I have a Sunday School lesson for my boys, using the Bible App for Kids, they really enjoy it.
Kids in general are fascinated by Super Heros, such as Spider Man, Bat man, ect. These comic heros sell millions yearly at the box office and tons of merchandise you see most kids wearing. My thought is why don’t people teach kids about Jesus the real “Super Hero”? There are many fascinating stories in the Bible about his miracles he performed. If we introduce our kids to Jesus, most likely they are fascinated by him also.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m not forcing my kids to be Christians. I honestly don’t believe you can force anyone to accept Christ. Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is a personal decision that everyone has to come to their own conclusion. However if nobody ever teaches them about Jesus, how can they make an informed decision?
With God being removed from schools and general public, most children never even heard of Jesus. If we train up our children, to learn the Word of God and what Jesus has done for them, then they know he will never depart from them! Amen!
“‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?’ says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?’ Malachi 1:6
Do you honor your mother and/or father? How much honor or respect do you show God? Most of us its natural to show respect or honor to your parents or spouse. But for most its seems uncommon for people to show respect to God. How do you show God respect? Do you give him praise and thanks? Or do you use his name in vein every time a problem arises?
God is our Heavenly Father; he wants to have that relationship with us. But most of us see God as distant or unreachable. But through Jesus Christ we can have that relationship, he is the way, truth , and life, nobody comes to God except through him (John 14:6)
We need to talk to God through prayer. Most view prayer as a religious ritual but its more than that. It’s a time of deep meditation to open yourself up to the one who created you. The one who knows you more than anyone else on the planet. God just wants your heart, take the time to open it up to him.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. James 1:13
Many people will say, well God caused to many problems in my life ect. But we need to understand bad things don’t come from God. God doesn’t tempt anyone, its Satan who is looking to devour you. Once you understand Satan is your enemy and God is your Father, you can put your trust in him in Jesus Name Amen
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
Psalms 138:7 NASB
But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” Mark 5:36
Do we live in fear out of lack of faith? When Jesus spoke these words he was going to visit a girl who was pronounced dead. When Jesus told them the girl was “only sleeping” and not dead, they laughed at him. Why? Because most people have no faith and never recognized who Jesus is, the Son of the Living God
Perfect Love casts out all fear ( 1 John 4:18)
Satan wants you to live in fear, to feel defeated. But as Jesus said, Don’t be afraid any longer! Why? Because Jesus has defeated everything at the cross, even death. Many people cant comprehend this, but that’s why Jesus says to have faith, believe.
As Jesus said to another woman he healed “ Your faith has made you well “ (Mark 5:34) Did fear and doubt heal this woman? No, if this woman rejected Christ she would have just remained defeated and ill. But because she had the boldness to believe in our Lord and Savior, she was made well, redeemed!
So if your living in fear today or feel defeated. Trust in Jesus, don’t be afraid any longer. There are no powers in this world that can defeat our God in Jesus Name Amen!