I am so excited that by God’s grace I am now moving solidly ahead in writing my newest book and sharing with you the messages in it as the Lord gives them to me. Please find below today’s THREE MESSAGES with the following titles:
LEAVING IT ALL BEHIND
ENCOURAGING, CHALLENGING, & COMFORTING
love & blessings,
Leaving It All Behind
Peter, Andrew, James, and John with their ordinary names were living their seemingly ordinary lives in their seemingly usual ordinary ways when something extraordinary happened. The Lord Jesus Christ came along and called them to follow Him which they immediately did leaving it all behind and becoming His apostles to help build His Kingdom of followers. The Bible shows us their response to Jesus’ call was they left behind their NETS, their SHIP, and their FATHER.
The nets represented their work and livelihood. Their ship represented their work and transportation and perhaps at times their place to live. Their father represented their loved ones. They didn’t argue with Jesus, complain to Jesus, resist Jesus, debate with Jesus, bargain with Jesus, throw pity parties about what they were called to do, panic over their future, or rebel against Jesus. They left it all behind. Not for their sakes. For Christ’s sake. Please pay attention to their response in these verses and how they left it all behind.
“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-22
What if anything or anyone are you holding onto that or whom Jesus has called you to leave behind in loving Him, in serving Him, in following Him? Is there anything or anyone the Lord has spoken to your heart you must let go? Let go!
Please pray. Please read the Bible. Please listen for the Holy Spirit speaking through His Word and to your heart directly in line with His Word and OBEY HIM. Anything or anyone He calls you to leave behind in faithfully and devotedly following Him, He will give you the strength to do so!
Be a good and faithful servant. Seek the Lord, friend. And follow Him forth!
Encouraging, Challenging, and Comforting
With the world in the state it is right now, ever darkening, with people facing challenges beyond measure, with wars, earthquakes, a pandemic, violence beyond belief, hatred everywhere, sickness all over the place, hurricanes, floods, an opioid epidemic, divorces more common than marriages it seems, and on and on it goes, seems we could use love, encouragement, help, peace, joy, hope, mercy, forgiveness, wisdom, direction, and comfort more than ever. But this is not all.
We also need to be challenged – to turn from our sins, to believe in Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, to turn our hearts and lives over to God and His ways, to be forgiven and promised eternal life with the Lord, and to follow Jesus day by day no matter what goes on in the world around us.
But where can we be guaranteed without fail to find love, encouragement, help, peace, joy, hope, mercy, forgiveness, wisdom, direction, and comfort – and the challenge we need to love and serve the Lord with all our hearts in the midst of a world falling apart at the seams? Where can we be guaranteed to find all of this 24-7?
The answer is simple. The Lord God almighty. And the Bible. In Him and in His Word we have all we need. In the Lord Jesus Christ. In His Word. Yes!
Come to the Lord, friend. Rest in Him. Find encouragement, challenge, and comfort and everything else you need in Jesus and in the Bible. Draw away from the world and the trials of this life and draw near to Him. Draw up close to Him. Lean back on His everlasting arms. Take refuge under the shadow of His wings. Come into His shelter. Be restored. Be refreshed. Be revived. Believe in Him as Lord. Be filled with His Holy Spirit. Be still before Him. Breathe deep. He is Lord!
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” Deuteronomy 33:27
“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” Psalms 36:7
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10
The last thing in the world I have is perfect patience! Patience is one of my weak areas when it comes to bearing the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. But the love of my life has perfect patience and is the most wonderfully perfectly patient person in the universe, and I am so sorry I have taken this for granted for so very long and not expressed my thanksgiving for this truth.
The love of my life, the Lord God almighty, has been unfathomably patient with the world at large and with me personally through my years of believing in and following Him. One morning I started thinking about His patience with me and realized ashamedly how exceedingly far short I had fallen in recognizing, acknowledging, and expressing thanksgiving to Him for His love, patience, and mercy.
The Lord is referred to in the Bible with so many aspects of His character including these:
“Now the God of patience…” Romans 15:5
“…God of love…” 2 Corinthians 13:11
The Lord has been astonishingly incredibly marvelously and blessedly loving and merciful and patient with me in my imperfect walk with Him down His pathway of righteousness.
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
He has led me to repentance and forgiven me over and again as He grows me, purifies me, refines me, purifies me, and teaches me to walk worthy of His calling me into His forever fellowship.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation [also calling per Strong’s concordance]wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering [also patience per Strong’s concordance], forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Friend, do you ever consider the love, mercy, and patience of the Lord in your own life? Do you praise Him for this? Do you share this with others that they would through your life see the awesomely wonderful love, mercy, and patience of the Lord and see the need to repent and turn to Him?
I am led in considering this to be more dedicated in thanking the Lord for ALL His blessings including the spiritual ones like His patience AND to be more diligent in learning to be more patient myself.
Praise the Lord for His patience! For His love! For His mercy! For His awesomeness! Praise, praise, praise, oh praise the Lord! Amen!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering [patience in some Bible versions], gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23