Matthew 4:19,22 "And he saith unto them, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men...And they immediately left the ship and their father and followed him."
When Jesus called, these disciples immediately stopped what they were doing and followed Him, leaving their home, livelihood and family. As far as I know, they didn't even KNOW Jesus, but followed Him fully and completely in blind faith. Talk about trust! I can't help but wonder how many times Jesus has called me to follow Him in different areas of my life, and I have failed to place my faith and trust completely in Him, even though I know Him and that His way is always right. I may kind of follow Him, but still cling to some aspects of my natural human self. As I looked at this passage I realized that if I am not following fully and completely, I am basically not following at all! May I be willing to sacrifice anything and everything and truly follow Jesus wherever He leads me!
Monday, January 26, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
"For by faith ye stand." - 2 Corinthians 1:24
Monday, January 19, 2015
Every gift God gives to me is inspired by His love for me. God is the greatest gift-giver, and every one of His gifts to me is precious and good. From the creation of the first light to the sending of His own Son, THE PERFECT GIFT, every gift God gives is a reflection of His love for me. May I learn from Him and willingly and thankfully receive and use His gifts to glorify Him!
Friday, January 16, 2015
"Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:" - Isaiah 26:4
What a comfort to think of that everlasting strength! No matter what happens in my life, I ALWAYS have a reason to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ! He IS strength, and trusting in that Strength will allow me to be strong! Offering trust, gaining strength... what a trade!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Every so often I realize that I have been displaying anger, impatience, lying, or other sinful traits a lot more than usual. If I stop and evaluate what I've been spending the majority of my time doing, I find I have been spending more time watching movies, reading books, etc. than reading God's Word. According to this verse, if I feed my sinful, fleshly self, that is what will start to show in my life. On the flip side, when I am diligent in reading and studying God's Word, my whole attitude shows the results! (And my family is thankful!) :-D
Monday, January 12, 2015
"For we that are in this tabernacle to groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life." - 2 Corinthians 5:4
It is interesting to note that never in God's Word does He say He will remove our sinful nature. Instead, He tells us how to put on the righteousness of Christ and encourages and equips us to be transformed to His image. He tenderly takes the clay we are made of and uses THAT clay, molding and transforming it to be a vessel for His glory! How thankful I am that God covers my sinfulness with His righteousness, my mortality with immortality, and my flesh with His blood!
Friday, January 9, 2015
- 1 Thessalonians 4:7
Interesting how many times we as children of God forget that He not only saves us, but calls us to live a life of holiness.