Clean Heart

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Do you have a clean heart? One thing we need to remember is God reads our hearts and minds (Jeremiah 17:10) So we need to understand that transformation comes from within and not from outside. If you’re still thinking about the same corruptible things, you can’t expect holy practices.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

Jesus continually taught about the importance of having a clean heart and mind. For example, he taught it wasn’t just the act of violence of murder that was a sin, it was also the thoughts of violence that is the root of sin (Matthew 5:22)

Same is with adultery, its not just the act of adultery that is a sin. Its also the thoughts of sexual immorality that is a sin (Matthew 5:28) When we get control of our mind and heart, then we truly become transformed to see God

So how do we become clean? Only by the blood of Jesus Christ can purify our souls (1 John 1:7) Once we repent of our sins and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. You then become baptized by the Holy Spirit and become a new creature.  You can’t become renewed without the power of the blood of the Lamb of God, that was on the cross for your sins.

So if you truly want to see God our Father, pray Father give me a clean heart and mind today, fill me with your Holy Spirit in Jesus Name Amen

Overcome

Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire? Job 3:11

These words that Job have spoken may seem harsh but I’m sure it’s a sorrowful emotion we may have felt at some time in our lives. Job was suffering a great loss of his family and Satan was continuing to test him. At this point Job was at his lowest point, he felt why should he have even been born.

But one thing is Job never cursed or blamed God, Job said God gives and he takes away (Job 1:21) Even though his wife told him to just curse God and die (Job 2:9), Job would not tempt The Lord. Jobs friends went on to blame Job, saying he must of sinned to cause this great sorrow in his life.

But the truth was Job was being tested by Satan and not God. Many times when tragedies happen in our lives we blame God. But its usually Satan testing us or our own sin that causes hardship for ourselves.

The Good news is eventually God repaid Job back twice from what he lost because he preserved to the end (Job 42:10) That’s why our faith is so important. During life we will encounter seasons of depression or great losses. The important thing is we remain faithful as God does have a plan for all our lives.

We can overcome as we turn to Jesus for hope and strength who has already overcome the world.God has a plan for your life and we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength in Jesus Name Amen

God Will Supply

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Here in Northeast Pennsylvania , we are currently in the “Blizzard of 2017”. This is a historic snowfall where virtually everything is shut down. Living in a very “commercialized” society it gives you time to think when great events like this happen.

During the storm I wonder will my family have enough food, heat to stay warm, will our water supply be cut off? But as the Bible says “God shall supply all our needs”. Often we got through the mundane routine of life, without even thinking about will our needs be met or supplied.

Don’t get me wrong, I thank God every day for all he has given us. But there is a great peace knowing that our Father in Heaven, knows our needs and will supply them for us. I’ve seen these miracles happen over my life, and there is no doubt in my mind that God is taking care of us

“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8

Jesus taught us our Heavenly Father knows what we need before we even ask for it. God knows what we need to sustain our lives, so put your trust in the Almighty Creator of the Heaven and The Earth. There is nothing impossible for him.

So if your part of the “Blizzard of 2017” or maybe your struggling in a different event. Have peace knowing that our Father is supplying all your needs in Jesus Name Amen

Serve and Not Be Served

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

The Mother of John and James, disciples of Jesus, requested that her sons be seated at the right and left hand of Jesus in Gods Kingdom. Jesus told her she didn’t understand what she was requesting and that its only God who can make these decisions.

Even though these men were disciples of Christ, their egos got the best of them. They felt that even though we worship one God, that they should be exalted as great disciples of Jesus. Obviously this didn’t please Jesus or his other disciples very much.

Doesn’t this seem to happen to a lot of us also? We start out with good intentions, but once we get some success or credit, we strive for more. This I believe happens to a lot of churches and ministries, where the message of God, has become the least of their priorities.

We need to remember to humble ourselves and live more like Christ. As Jesus, the King of Kings, came to serve us and not be served. The sinless one became the ransom for our sins. Could Jesus have completed his mission without humbling himself?

“GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” James 4:6

God not only hates pride but he opposes it. You can’t be a true disciple of Christ if you don’t humble yourself before others. Remember Jesus washed the feet of his own disciples, humble yourself in Jesus Name Amen

Blessings and Adversity

Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” Job 2:10

Job was a righteous and blessed man. So great that God actually bragged about him to Satan. Satan then asked permission to persecute Job and God allowed it. During Jobs trials he brought up a good point, should we accept the blessings from God and not accept his adversity?

It often seems in life when things are going good, we forget about God or doing give him any credit. But as soon things go wrong, were immediately blaming him and praying for a miracle. Is this a fair relationship to have with your Heavenly Father?

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12

Do we really expect life to be full of blessings with no adversity or problems? Notice in this scripture it says “Once we have been approved, we then receive the crown of life”

Can we truly prove we are faithful without being put to the test? Same as can we graduate college without taking a test? Of course not, anyone can say they believe this and that, but until you put your put to the test, then you can prove your faith.

So when we do have trials and adversity, we need to accept them and overcome them by our faith. Just as were willing to accept the blessing from God we should accept his adversity and overcome it in Jesus name Amen

What Shall We Do?

And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” Matthew 19:16

A young rich man asked Jesus what should he do to obtain eternal life. We can learn a lot with this conversation. The first thing Jesus asked him is are you keeping the commandments?

And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17

A lot of times, with the grace and mercy of God that has been given to us through Jesus Christ. We forget about keeping the commandments. You can’t be saved unless you repent. True repentance is to change your ways and become transformed by the renewing of your mind and heart.

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Matthew 19:21

The man tells Jesus he has been keeping the commandments his entire life. Then Jesus said if you want to be “complete” then sell your possessions and give to the poor, then he’s ready to follow Jesus.

The Bible tells us this made the man upset, because he was very wealthy and had a lot of possessions. What Jesus told him wasn’t what he expected to hear.  What possessions or masters in your life is effecting your path to eternal life? Remember Jesus said you can’t have two masters, you can love God and money (Matthew 6:24)

Are you willing to give up your possessions to follow Jesus? Are you following the commandments and being transformed by the Holy Spirit? Follow our true Master to eternal life in Jesus Name Amen

Lost and Found

“So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish. Matthew 18:14

Many people try to paint a picture of God being angry and mean. But as Jesus teaches us its not the will of God our Father for anyone to perish. God has done everything possible to bring us salvation, he sent his only begotten Son to take the wages of our own sins. Who else would be willing or even able to do this?

As Jesus teaches in this parable, when a Shepherd has one hundred sheep and loses one of them, he goes looking for them even though he still has the other ninety nine. This is the same with our Heavenly Father. Even though many are saved, God is still searching for the lost sheep. He doesn’t want anyone to perish, and send the Good Shepherd out to bring them home.

Just as the prodigal son (Luke 15) when we finally come home, our Father rejoices. The angels celebrate in Heaven every time a lost sheep is found. God doesn’t condemn the lost sheep, but forgives them with repentance just as a loving Father does

Are you lost today? Or are you already following our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ? If your lost , you can be found. Jesus has been sent to watch over and save us. Listen to the voice of the Great Shepherd and fulfill the will of our Father in Jesus Name Amen