Monthly Archives: April 2019

Servant of Christ

But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” Mark 10:38

Leonard Ravenhill once said “So you really want to be like Jesus?” Most Christians would probably answer Yes, but as Ravenhill then points out, are we willing to go 40 days and night in the desert with no food and being tempted by Satan himself? Probably not, point is there is a reason why Jesus is the Son of God and why we are his servants. We cant lose focus of that as Christians

The Zebedee Brothers (Sons of Thunder) James and John lost this focus. They got so wrapped up in what they were accomplishing for God, that they believed they could sit at the right hand of Jesus. Jesus said to them “You don’t even know what your asking”

But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. Mark 10:43-44

Jesus tried to explain to his disciples , the way the Kingdom of God works is a lot different then the way the world works. If you want to be great in Gods Kingdom, then be a servant! Who wants to be a servant? Exactly it goes against our human flesh and logic. We want to be a King where God is making us to be a servant.

Many ministries start off with good intentions and then they lose focus. Then end up becoming more ego drive then Christ centered. Don’t forget who you are, a servant of Jesus Christ! Humble yourself and you will be exalted by God Amen!

God Alone

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. Mark 10:18

Often when people read this story about the “Rich Young Ruler” they believe its just a valuable lesson about God and money. However there is much more that is going on in this story, I think this story is one of the true revelations of Jesus deity.

The Rich man asks Jesus what do I need to do to inherit eternal life? Now notice this man recognizes who Jesus is, the Messiah (Christ). Hes specifically coming to Christ to ask him about gaining eternal life. But notice Jesus response “Why do you call me good?  No one is good except God alone “

So if God is the only one good , how can Jesus be the atonement for your sins unless he is God?

If Jesus is not God, then he wouldn’t be good, therefor he wouldn’t be able to be your atonement for your sins

See those who deny the Trinity (Godhead) of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have real salvation issues. Because if you remove the deity from Christ, hes no longer able to be a sinless sacrifice. But when you recognize Jesus is God , he is able to take away your sins because he is sinless

The original Greek word for “Good” is “Agathos” which deeper meaning is “originates from God” “empowered by God”

This word is used to describe the “Good” Tree that bears “good” fruit opposed to the bad trees thrown in the fire (Matthew 7)

This word is used to describe the “Good” Soil that produces “good” fruit opposed to bad soil that is overtaken by Satan (birds) or withers and dies (Luke 8)

Remember Jesus said Nobody is Good except God alone, nobody can be saved except by Christ Alone! Amen!

Cling To God

“But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day. Joshua 23:8

While Joshua was nearing the end of his life, he had some valuable words to give to the Israelites, “Cling to God”! What was Joshua talking about here? The Israelites were in the process of claiming their “Promised Land” During this process they were to drive out the pagan nations living there.

What Joshua was telling them is, if you don’t keep your eyes focused on Yahweh, you will fall away to worshipping other gods and practices. This is exactly what happened to most Israelites, after Joshua passed away, most Israelites became complacent in their faith.

Instead of driving out the pagan nations, most Israelites just started merging with them. This became disastrous to Israel. As most forgot about their true God and started worshipping false gods and idols

“So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God. Joshua 23:11

Another translations of this is to “Watch yourself carefully”. It means keep your eyes focused on Christ! How many of us nonchalantly just fall away from our faith when we are not “clinging” or “heeding” ourselves to Christ? It’s a commitment, we must stay committed to our God or we will eventually fade away


Jesus said to Love God with all your Heart, Soul, and Mind! This is also known as the Shema in Hebrew. Cling to The Lord! Abide in Christ in everything you do! When we lose our focus on Christ we become lost! Cling to Jesus! Amen!

Like A Child

But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14

We all know and sang the song “Jesus loves the little children” and he does! But notice how this is in complete opposition of religion or the world. In this scene, the children saw Jesus and wanted to come to him, however the adults were rebuking them and telling them to go away.

Even in modern day “Churches” or society we still act the same way. “Children are to be seen and not heard!” Why are we so offended by the outburst of a child? Why be angered by the cries of a baby? Because we as humans are puffed up with pride! We need to sound and act important, if Jesus is truly your master, he was ok with kids interrupting the service, why aren’t you?

“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” Mark 10:15

Jesus takes it one step further and says unless we become like these children we cant enter Heaven…ouch! Our big puffed up egos are bruised! What are the traits of children? Innocence, trust, wonder, curious, honest, these are qualities we all need as Christians.

Jesus said unless we become “Born Again” we cant enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Becoming Born Again is a transformation of your mind and heart. Until we renew our minds like children, until we bring back that innocence and honesty, we cant enter Heaven. Until we Repent and accept Jesus as our Lord we cant become like Children of God! Amen!

Resurrection Power

Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 1 Kings 17:17

When we think of Resurrections, we probably think of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, or maybe we think about when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. However there was resurrections in the Old Testament. Here we take a look at the story of the prophet Elijah performing a resurrection on a young boy

Now we shouldn’t confuse the Resurrection of Christ with these other resurrections. The Resurrection of Christ was an eternal event, meaning Jesus will never die again. Where as these other “resurrections” such as Lazarus were brought back to life, but eventually they died just like the rest of us

Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him. The LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived.” 1 Kings 17:21-22

How did Elijah perform this resurrection? Well basically he cried out to God, to save the child. You see when prophets and apostles resurrect or heal people, it has nothing to do with them. God is displaying his power and glory through them.

God heard the prayers from Elijah and had mercy on him. Now another reason why God probably performed this resurrection was to confirm Elijah was a true prophet, why? Because Elijah is going to play a huge role in the restoration of Israel. He’s going to take on the evil worshipers of Baal including Jezebel. The Israelites were more likely to listen to Elijah since he proved he is a prophet from God

Think about when Jesus went into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, why were the people so sure he was the Messiah? Because previously he just resurrected Lazarus from the dead, it was a sign or confirmation, that he was doing the works of God

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11

Now heres a thought, the Apostle Paul writes the same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives inside of You! As a Born Again believer , the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, you shouldn’t consider yourself weak or afraid. Meditate on that, pray about that, read your scriptures , Amen!