Monthly Archives: October 2015

Jesus Heals on The Sabbath

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. Mark 3:4

The story of Jesus healing on the Sabbath shows you the hypocrisy of religion and how mislead we become by being stubborn.  Instead of people rejoicing that a sick man was healed and the fact that Jesus, the Messiah, was in there presence, they hardened there hearts to fulfill there own laws

When Jesus asked them whether its lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath nobody would answer them, because common sense would tell you since God is love, he would approve of someone being healed on the Sabbath. Why do we choose to follow ourselves instead of God? Make sure you know the doctrine you are following is of God and not Man.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Mark 3:5

Notice Jesus looked at them in anger, a lot of times people portray Jesus as weak or unpersonal. But Jesus is the Son of God, he came to Earth with a purpose. Don’t think he won’t be angered by evil, any evil is an abomination to The Lord and will truly anger him..

Jesus went ahead and healed the man to show us  “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:7) So what did Jesus mean by this? Well God created the Sabbath as a day of rest for all of us from our week of hard work, if you wish to do something Holy also on the Sabbath then its justified by God

Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. Mark 3:6

So picture this, Jesus just healed a man right before there eyes, proven he was the Messiah. Yet the Pharisees still stubborn and ego driven, decided to plot to kill Jesus instead of worship him. Are there things you are doing in your life that you know are wrong, yet decide to continue to do them because your stubborn also?

Don’t harden your hearts and be misled, follow Jesus and he will show you the truth, life, and the way in Jesus Name Amen

Dogs Under The Table

First let the children (Jews) eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs (Gentiles).” Mark 7:27

A Greek Woman came to find Jesus and heal her daughter, even though she was not a Jew her faith was strong. Jesus tested her faith by saying to her “First let the children (Jews) eat all they want.

See Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, he came to save the Jewish people even though they didn’t recognize him. But as Jesus is about to demonstrate, his grace is for everyone. As he didn’t come to condemn the world but to save it

“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Mark 7:28

You would think the woman would have been greatly offended by Jesus statement, especially if he said this today in our “politically correct” world. But the woman showed shockingly strong faith and almost a revelation that the world has accepted Jesus as the Messiah

Notice the humility of the woman saying we are hungry enough for the “Bread of Life” that she’ll eat the crumbs under the table. In a world we live in today where everyone believes they are born privileged and should be treated like royalty, it pleases Jesus to show humility the same way he showed to us as being crucified on the cross

Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” Mark 7:29

That instant her faith activated Gods miracle and healed her daughter. See it’s only by our faith that God can work in us. It doesn’t take any courage or strength to doubt, we can all easily refuse to believe anything and throw pity parties for ourselves. But to take that walk of faith, is a huge step

She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. Mark 7:30

Notice Jesus didn’t even have to touch the child to heal her, the faith of her mother was enough. Another thing to point is this child was being tormented by a demon. We need to come to the realization that we are in a Spiritual Warfare with Satan. If our faith is weak we leave not only ourselves vulnerable but our whole family.

Don’t be to proud to be beg for the crumbs of Jesus, humility is the beginning of understanding. God resists the proud. Know that Jesus came to save you also, cast your cares up The Lord and he will sustain you in Jesus Name Amen

Story Of Hezekiah

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Isaiah 38:1

Hezekiah was the King of Judah he reigned around 715 BC, he was one of the more favored Kings in Gods eyes because he returned Israel back to worshipping God and eliminated false idols. We know he had strong faith and relationship with God

For example in Isaiah 36-37 Israel was under attack by Assyria, Hezekiah instantly prayed to God to deliver them and God answer by putting to death 185,000 soldiers of Assyria

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Isaiah 38:2-3

Hezekiah was a man of faith, when times got tough, including facing death he put his trust in The Lord. How many of us put our full trust in God? If you are facing a crisis today, do you pray to God or just put your trust in yourself?

Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. Isaiah 38:4-5

God heard Hezekiahs prayers and saw his faith, there for granted him 15 years of more life. What would have happened if Hezekiah just gave up and never talked to God? Remember Faith without works is dead, we need to show God our faith to activate his miracles.

Our God is the creator of the Heavens and The Earth, he breathed life into us. Nothing is impossible for him. If you need a miracle today, why not call out to the one who can create a miracle in Jesus Name Amen

Chains For Christ

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Philippians 1:12-13

Paul endured a lot during his ministry, he was often beaten and imprisoned. But thru his suffering people could see that Paul was sincere with his doctrine about Jesus and wasn’t using it for his own gain. There are still many today who accuse Paul and others, for making up Christianity for there own personal agendas.

But Paul never profited by the world, nor did the other disciples, from spreading Christianity. In fact almost all of the early disciples of Jesus were executed eventually

The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, Philippians 1:17

I once heard a pastor say “If Christians attacked Satan as much as they attack other Christians, Satan would be in trouble”. This is so true, Christians spend most of there time and energy debating and criticizing each other over Biblical interpretation differences.

As Paul says here “What does it really matter?” Our main goal should be teaching people about Jesus and his grace he delivered us on the cross. When Jesus gets removed as the Godhead of the Church, that’s when we need to be concerned.

for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. Philippians 1:19

Your trials and suffering, just like Paul, will be used by God to exalt Jesus and show the world we can do all things thru Christ who gives us strength. Don’t fear opposition, embrace it, for God will use you to give him Glory. He will never leave you or forsake you in Jesus Name Amen

Don’t Judge

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2

Judgement is a hot topic that is often debated, first notice what Jesus says here that “for the same way you judge others, you will also be judged”.  Condemning people for there sins will  probably condemn you. Remember we are all sinners and all a work in progress, its our job to lead people to Christ not to become a road block

Jesus has been granted authority as Judge of the World (Matthew 25:31) its not our job or authority to judge people. Overstepping this authority shows your lack of discipline and respect for Jesus. Now I know its human nature to judge people but we need to be quick to listen and slow to speak.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye Matthew 7:3-5

If we’re going to be instructing people to live like Christ, we need to make sure our lifestyle reflects Christ also. Being a Christian you are held under the microscope by society because any faults or failures are quickly pointed out and your called a hypocrite.

While this may seem unfair, this is part of being a disciple of Christ, we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Many people are drawn by your actions and not your words. It’s important we focus on the plank in our eyes and not the sawdust in others eyes. Meaning worry about your own sins and shortcomings and not others.

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Matthew 7:6

Don’t confide in people who don’t truly love you or they will use your faults against you. We naturally want to open up to people and share our lives but as it says in Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else guard your heart for everything flows from it”

Remember Jesus chose 12 disciples to confide in and share his gospel with them. Judas betrayed that trust and lead to his death. Be careful who you are confiding in, and most important leave judgement up to Jesus and remove the plank from your own eye in Jesus Name Amen