Thank you for the honor of sharing with you my Good News Daily including today’s THREE MESSAGES below.
The titles are:
* MY LORD, MY GOD
* I AM SO WEAK FATHER
* JESUS HUNGER
love & blessings,
My Lord, My God!
Are you familiar with the Bible story in which Thomas, one of Jesus’ 12 apostles, said he would not believe Jesus was raised from the dead unless he could see and touch Jesus? Jesus in His love, mercy, compassion, and patience allowed Thomas to do as he desired in order to believe and then used what transpired as a lesson that those who are blessed are those who have the faith in His death and resurrection without needing to see as Thomas had. Speaking of seeing, I missed something so beautiful for years until the Spirit of Christ brought it to light. He illuminated in my heart one tiny but absolutely awesome word in this story and its wonderful significance!
The word? “My”. The significance? This. Thomas said MY Lord. And Thomas said MY God. And sometimes if not often I believe we get fixated on Jesus being Lord and on Jesus being God. But we neglect to be thrilled and ecstatic over the fact that when we repent and put our faith in Him and in His death and resurrection and receive Him as Lord and Savior of our lives, He is OUR Lord and OUR God. In my case, He is MY Lord and MY God. In your life, if you believe in Him as Lord, He is YOUR Lord and YOUR God. Do you see, friend? Isn’t this so incredibly beautiful? So personal?! So intimate?! So wonderful?! Oh, yes!
This personalizes it all. This implies and brings to light the amazing, amazing intimacy we can have with Jesus! In His fellowship. In relationship to Him forevermore. That He is ours, and that we are His. He is not a distant Lord and God up in the sky. His very Spirit lives inside His followers! And we who follow Him will be with Him FOREVER. He is ours, and we are His!
Oh, how magnificent! How glorious! Let us not think of Jesus Christ as a far-away Lord and God. Let us remember and acknowledge and rejoice in the truth that to His followers, to His children, to genuine believers in Him, to His disciples, to His servants, HE BELONGS TO US and WE BELONG TO HIM! Hallelujah!
My Lord! My God! My King! My Savior! My healer! My provider! My redeemer! My master! My teacher! My first love! My advocate! My counselor! My director! My Father! My number one priority! Oh hallelujah! Praise, praise, praise the Lord God almighty in Christ, AMEN!
Lord, God, my Lord, my God, hallelujah! Please dear God, illuminate this truth in the hearts of all who read this message. Bring this truth to light in their lives! In all of our lives! And get this message into the hands and hearts of all you desire all over the world! Oh, Lord, thank you for this truth you have revealed to me and that you are revealing to others now through me! Oh, God! Jesus! Father! Thank you, thank you, praise you, oh Lord, AMEN!
“Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”” John 20:24-29
I Am So Weak Father!
Know what this world’s trouble is when it comes to weakness and strength? Pride! Shame! Twisted thinking! Everything all mixed up! The world teaches us we are supposed to be strong in and of ourselves. The world teaches us we are to trust in ourselves not in God. The world tells us not to let others see our weaknesses. The world teaches us to exalt and magnify and puff ourselves up. The world is missing the only true and right answer to weakness! The Lord Jesus Christ! And our humbling ourselves and confessing our weaknesses and looking not to ourselves nor to others but to the Lord God almighty to be our strength, to strengthen us, to glorify Himself in and through us by living in and through us and flooding us by His Spirit with love, power, strength, mercy, grace, kindness, and all we need to love, serve, obey, praise, honor, worship, adore, and glorify Him and love others as ourselves!
The Spirit of Christ lives inside Christ’s followers, and to Jesus we must turn with our weaknesses that He in and through us will show forth His almighty strength! HIS strength, friend. HIS! Not for our glory. For HIS GLORY!
I am so weak! I know nobody weaker than I am! If you saw me without Jesus living in and through me, you would be shocked and astounded and horrified I am quite sure at how very weak I am and what a broken purposeless mess of a human I really am without Jesus. Everything good you see in and through me, everything strong, everything beautiful, all of it, absolutely all of it is from Jesus who lives in and through me.
I confess to you, my friend, I am so very weak. But confessing to you my weakness is not the greatest step I must take. Nor your confessing your weakness to others is not the greatest step you must take. Certainly it is good and wise to let loving godly people in our lives know our weaknesses so they can offer their love, prayer, encouragement, and support.
But the most important confession we must make is to Christ Himself!
“I am so weak, Father!” we must tell Him. And if not with those words, fine. But surely we must HUMBLE OURSELVES and acknowledge to almighty God we are nothing without Him, we need Him desperately, so desperately. We must seek His strength, friend. Oh, we must. Please do!
Dear Lord, thank you for showing me the truth about this world when it comes to weakness and strength and for compelling me to share it with my dear readers. Lord, be our strength! We are so weak, Father! We need you, dear Lord! Be our strength! Be strong in us! Be strong through us! Forgive our pride! Humble those who will not humble themselves on their own.
Teach us your ways. Teach us the way of humility as one of your wonderful ways. And make us strong, oh Lord. But may we never ever take your glory regarding the strength you give us. May we be given opportunities, oh Lord, to tell people with whom we cross paths, “I am so weak! My Father in heaven, this strength you see is His. Glory be to His name!” Yes, Lord, glory be to your name. Oh Lord, thank you! AMEN!
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
A friend told me she was so hungry for more of Jesus. I was a bit concerned about the way she spoke. Certainly I know what it is like to crave more and more of the presence of God, to be closer and closer to Him and Him to me, to have more and more of His Spirit taking residence within, to experience more and more intimacy with Him. My concern wasn’t about her desire. It was about her motive. But in another conversation down the road, she allayed my concern when she elaborated on her longing.
What had been my concern? That sometimes we want more and more experiencing the Lord solely for ourselves. We have Jesus hunger because we want the blessedness of more and more of Jesus without giving regard to anyone else. We can be selfish in our desire. Nothing whatsoever wrong with wanting to experience deeper and deeper intimacy with Christ, but in the grand scheme of things there needs to be something else as well in our hearts. In our motives. In our yearning. And it is this.
My friend told me when we spoke again of the matter that she wanted to pour out Jesus on the world around her! She didn’t want Jesus and more intimacy with Him all for herself. She was so in love with the Lord and so wanted more of Him certainly to herself be blessed, but also very much so because she wanted to share the love and blessedness of Christ with others!
Do the same, friend! Believe in the Lord with all your heart. Follow the Lord with all your heart. Hunger and thirst for more of the Lord. Desire to be closer and closer to Him and Him to you. Spend time with Him daily, alone, reading the Bible, crying out to Him, singing to Him, praising Him, yearning for more of Him, hearing and obeying Him, longing, longing, longing for more of Christ in you and Christ through you!
The Spirit of Christ dwells in His followers. And we have can have more and more of Him. Of His Spirit. Of His Word. When we bring our hunger to Him in prayer and in seeking and in studying the Bible and filling ourselves with His Word. We can ask for a fresh filling of His Spirit. A refreshing. A being filled – poured into – by His Spirit.
Be so filled with His Holy Spirit and so fill yourself with His Word that and be so totally devoted to Him and be so committed to spending time alone with the Lord that you overflow with Jesus as my friend reminded me we can do. Yes, He can pour into us and right through and out of us!
May the people around you, the people you know and those you don’t know, experience the pouring of the Spirit of Christ and the Word of Christ through you! May others experience His love through you. May they hear you praise and adore Him. May they hear you share the Gospel message with them. May they see you live in a godly manner pleasing and honoring to sweet Jesus. May they be blessed by your sharing His provision and blessedness with them.
May they see Him through your attitude, your words, your song, your joy, your mercy, your kindness, your sweetness, your generosity, your sacrifice, your exceeding passion for Him, your serving Him, your crying out to Him, your countenance, yes, your facial expressions, how you react to what happens in the world differently than people who don’t believe in Him act, and on and on.
Oh, Lord, pour your Spirit into those of us who follow you! May we have more and more of you, oh Lord! Teach us your ways! Show us your will! Help us to do your will! Speak to our hearts! Give us boldness and courage by the gift of your Holy Spirit to tell the world about you! Help us to speak and act in ways that show the world your love and glory! Oh, Lord, bless us! Bless us because you love us! Bless us with a deeper, sweeter, more tender and loving relationship with you. But don’t stop there. Don’t just bless us. Use us to bless others.
Use us to teach others of you, to draw others to you. Oh, God, ignite in us a hunger and passion and fervor for you beyond imagination! Oh, Lord, I starve for more of you just writing this. Answer my cry, oh Lord! For each one who reads this message! And Lord, send this message to more people than I can fathom. And even for those who never see it, may they be reached by you through those who read this. Oh, Lord, thank you, hallelujah, glory be to your name, oh, thank you God, AMEN!
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:2
“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.”
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35