Monday, August 13, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 16 (Jesus casts out devils, heals and raises the dead.)

Today's message is taken from Mark chapter 6 English Standard Version.  Notice in  these three stories for today that each person acknowledged that Jesus was and IS the Son of God and the Messiah.  With words, with worship and with Faith in action.

The storm was now quiet and Jesus and his disciples in the boat had crossed to the other side, arriving at the country of the Gerasenes.  And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.

And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces.  And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him.  

And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”  For Jesus was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”  And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”  And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 

Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside,  and the unclean spirits begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.”  So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.  When the herdsmen saw this they were frightened because their business was hurt by this miracle.  They pleaded with Jesus to leave and not bother them.  

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might go with him.  And Jesus did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim through out the cities of Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea.   Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet worshiping him  and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And Jesus went with him. 
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him pushing and shoving.  

Now there was a woman with a discharge of blood who for twelve years had suffered much under many physicians, having spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.  She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.  For she said, “If I touch even  the hem of his garment, I will be made well.”  And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.  

And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?”  And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’  

Jesus looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”  But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”  And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.  They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus  saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.  

And when Jesus had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.”  And the mourners laughed at him. 

But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”  

Immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.  And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. 

Today do not fear to come to Jesus with your problems large or small.  Reach out and touch Jesus for He is able to do for you the impossible - - regardless what others say or believe.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 15 Jesus quiets the storms in our Lives.

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Peace Be Still

Who is Jesus? Chapter 15   Jesus quiets the storms in our Lives.

Jesus had been teaching parables and stories while sitting in a boat.  At the end of the day he ended his teaching by likening a small mustard seed as to the Kingdom of God.  For us God's kingdom for us becomes a place where we can find comfort, peace, safety and rest.

Reading from Matthew 13:31-32 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that The Birds of the air come and find safety in It's Branches."

Jesus had been teaching for a long while, and he was tired.  The crowds were not going home, so the best solution was to ask the boat owners to take him to a quiet place across the sea to the other side.  Jesus words, were "Let us Go Over to the Other Side."  Jesus knew ahead of time that they would safely reach their destination. 

As a side thought here let me insert what I do when I fly on an airplane.  As I approach the plane, I reach out to touch the door and I softly say, "Let us Go Over to The Other Side."  I enter the airplane with NO fear, because I know that I shall reach my place of intention.  It might be a good thing for us to also practice saying this each time as we enter our automobile or other vehicle of travel.

The small boat was now out on the water, but a violent wind threw huge waves into the boat and it was in danger of sinking.  Was Jesus worried?  No he was asleep because He had just experienced a full day and a nap was in order.  The disciples however were terribly afraid, and woke Jesus up saying, "Master, don't you care that we are perishing?"  

Jesus stood up and said these words, "Peace be Still," and immediately the wind calmed down and all was well.  The disciples were however puzzled and said to each other; "What manner of man is this that ever the wind and the sea obey him?"

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where there seems to be only turmoil, and no way to bring a quiet solution?  First We need to take time to pray in our quiet place. Then we will be able to softly say "Peace be Still?"  Understand that our words have more power than we can ever imagine. 

Jesus prayed in private and received instruction from his Father God, then he went out with Words of Power.  As He spoke miracles happened.  

I am reminded of Proverbs 18:21 that says, "Life and Death are in the power of the tongue."  and Deuteronomy 30:19 - I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,  I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: The best answer is to chose Life.

The Lord spoke to Joshua in chapter 1 saying:  This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make thy way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

Are you desiring prosperity and success in your life?  

Finding and writing down the scriptures that encourage you is a good practice.  Reading these inspiring words out loud is a way to hear yourself say God's word.  Faith comes by HEARING and hearing by the Word. 

Say with your mouth, and listen with your ears and the mustard seed faith in you will grow in your heart into a giant tree, where others may come and find shelter.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Who is Jesus? chapter 14 Jesus Heals Diseases and Teaches from a Boat

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Jesus Heals Man with Leprosy

Who is Jesus? chapter 14 

Today's message is from the English Standard Version of Matthew chapter 8.   I am reminded that Jesus had been teaching on the mountain, and when he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 

And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."  And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  And Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them that you are now healed."

When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly."  And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."  

But the centurion replied, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."   

When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.

That evening they brought to Jesus many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.  This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "He took our sickness and bore our diseases."

The next day as the crowds surrounded Jesus, he requested to use one of the boats by the sea.  He sat in the boat while the people on the shore could watch and hear him.  He taught them with illustrated stories about good seed being sown on various types of ground. Some of the seeds did well but others not so good.  

And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.

And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.  And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?  

The sower sows the word.  And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 

And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy.  And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.  

And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word,  but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.  

But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty fold and sixty fold and a hundredfold.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.  He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.   If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.  For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” 

Today as we read or hear God's Word, we must also come with a willing heart and mind to learn what is truth and have a teachable spirit to welcome all that Jesus is into our life.  Jesus is real and He is alive and His desire is to become your Personal friend and savior.  

Jesus loves you and he is waiting for your invitation to receive Him into your life.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 13 The Sermon on the Mount

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The Sermon on the Mount

Who is Jesus? Chapter 13  

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.  And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatics, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan

The crowds pressed upon Him, and as it was often necessary for Jesus to get away to a quiet place; so he went up onto a mountain and his disciples and some of the people followed him.

Matthew's gospel recounts in chapters 5, 6 and 7 what is known as the "Sermon on the Mount."  There Jesus began to teach by saying;

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are the meek, and humble persons, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 

Blessed are you when you are persecuted for righteousness sake, and people will say all manner of evil about you falsely.  Simply rejoice for great is your reward in heaven. 

Jesus went on to speak of similarities; you are the salt of the earth, but take heed not to lose your flavor or then salt is good for nothing.  He likened believers to a city set on a hill where all could view the light coming from it and urged believer to let their light shine.

Jesus warned of undue anger and holding grudges against others.  Rather to make things right and forgive.

Jesus said to be sensible of what you look at, for the eye gate is entry into the soul. 

To be cautious when you give your word and not to swear using God's name.

Jesus taught to love your enemies and that a kindness of giving a cup of water will heap coals of fire on your enemies head.

He spoke about charitable giving; not to make a show openly, but rather to give in secret.

Jesus was also against making a display when you pray, but instead find a quiet place even if it is your closet.

Jesus gave us an example of how to pray to "Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name." 

The most important thing is - - when you pray, to come with a clean heart free from bitterness, hard feelings and unforgiveness.  Jesus said, forgive first - - then pray, because your prayers will not even be heard if you harbor unforgiveness in your heart.

Jesus reminded that we cannot serve two masters.  We must serve God only and obey Him.

Jesus spoke about fasting, but again do this in secret - - to become close to God, not to display your righteous and holy look. 

Investments on earth are good, but true treasure is stored up in heaven, as God keeps records.

Jesus spoke about fear and said;  Be not anxious and do not worry, because your Father God knows what you need even before you ask. 
The important thing is to seek God and His kingdom first and then all these other things you fret about will be added to you.  Jesus said Ask, Seek and knock and God shall give it to you, because God is a "Good Father."

Lastly, Jesus ended his sermon by saying, to listen carefully and to heed his teachings, for doing so is like a man who built his house on a rock and when the storms come, his house will stand.  The foolish do not pay attention and build on the sand, and when the storms come their house is washed away and lost. 

Matthew 7:28  And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 

Today, each of us must realize we are to become good listeners, and then doers of the Word.  Hear what is being taught, and put it into practice so that your foundation is built on the Rock, Christ Jesus and not on the sand.  😍

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 12 Jesus was Moved with Compassion

Who is Jesus? Chapter 12  Jesus was Moved with Compassion

Jesus was busy teaching in the synagogues, healing the sick and casting out impure spirits, and in order to rest, he often went either to the desert or up on a mountain to pray to His Father God.  

Meeting in quiet times with his Father God, gave him strength, power, an anointing, and divine instruction with assurance that God's will be done. 

There were times, Jesus and his friends were invited to a meal at someone's home.  One day as he was very tired, he went into the house of Simon Peter, where Peter lived with his wife and mother-in-law.  It is recorded in Mark 1:30  But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever; And Jesus came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

Notice, Jesus did not pray for her, but merely took her by the hand, and virtue from him was enough to rebuke the fever.  You might ask, "How could this be?" 

The reason was; Jesus had spent quality time in prayer with his Father God, soaking up the glory and presence of God and being filled daily with the Holy Spirit. 

This is the reason that many ministers today are able to reach out expecting miracles to happen that seem strange to those who look on.  The truth is that all believers in Jesus can experience a relationship with God as they spend time in their Bible, reading, studying and praying that God would become extremely real in their lives. 

My suggestion is to begin with perhaps 15 minutes early every morning reading at least 2 chapters in the Bible, and then write your thoughts and prayers in a journal or note book.

Also recorded in Mark chapter one, was a leper coming to Jesus requesting healing.

Mark 1:40-42  And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and said unto him, I will; be thou clean.  And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 

Notice in this instance, Jesus was moved with 'compassion,' he 'touched' the man, and 'SPOKE;' "Be clean." 

It is important for us to 'feel' compassion for those hurting.  Often our 'words' are healing and comfort.  It is good to watch our words, our expressions and our emotions.  

You are important to God, and your hands can bless others with a touch, and your words can also do the same to encourage those in distress and pain.

  (Be sure you have spent that early morning time with God first - then expect your day to be a day of opportunity.)

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 11 Jesus Makes a Declaration

He Found Where it was Written - - -

Who is Jesus? Chapter 11  Jesus Makes a Declaration

We will consider some of the first things Jesus did as He began his earthly ministry. 
After Jesus overcame the temptations of Satan in the wilderness, the angels came and ministered to Him giving him strength.
Jesus was ready to begin His Ministry and He returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.  And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.  Jesus decided it would be good to return to his home town Nazareth.

Luke 4:16-19 So he came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
               “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
               Because He has anointed Me
               To preach the gospel to the poor;
               He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
               To proclaim liberty to the captives
               And recovery of sight to the blind,
               To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
               To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and SAT DOWN.  And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And Jesus began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
What is interesting is when Jesus sat down, He did NOT return to His old seat.  History tells us there were two seats at the front of the synagogue, one of which was kept empty at all times because it was the seat reserved for the Messiah. This is the seat that Jesus sat in. He was demonstrating to the people that He was the Messiah.
The Religious leaders murmured at His words and actions, and Jesus declared that a Prophet is not recognized in his own town.  

As the leaders continued to listen to Jesus, they were filled with wrath, finally they grabbed Jesus and lead him out of the city as they planed to throw him off a high cliff. 

We are not told if Jesus disappeared, but for some reason he passed through the midst of them and went his way; coming down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days.  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.  

And the fame of Jesus went everywhere, because He was casting out unclean spirits, healing the sick and preaching about His kingdom.  Those who believe on Jesus are entered spiritually into His kingdom, where there is peace for the mind, body and spirit.  

Are you ready to tell Jesus, "I am ready to come to you and be part of your kingdom?"  Today is a Good day to just simply make that decision.  Say Yes to Jesus.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Who is Jesus Part 10 Three days and Three Nights

Three Days and Three Nights was Enough !!

As we continue our journey to discover who is Jesus, we are reminded that in the Old Testament there were prophesies and also pictures showing Jesus as the Messiah.

Today we shall take a short view of Jonah one of the rebellious prophets as he decided to run from the commands of the Lord.  God told Jonah to go preach to Nineveh and tell them to repent or else in 40 days their city would be destroyed. 

Jonah decided NOT to obey, because in his mind he felt the wicked city needed punishment, so he entered a ship going in the opposite direction.  (Isn't that like us at times?  We know what we should do, but because of our stubborn heart, we get ourselves in trouble and that is exactly what happened to Jonah. 

The Bible says a great storm arose, not just a gentle rainstorm, but a gigantic fierce hurricane with dashing explosive waves.

Reading from Jonah chapter one:   
Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.   
Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. Jonah said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 
Nevertheless, the men rowed hard,  in an attempt to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.”  

So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.  And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. - -  

(From that dark place of trouble, Jonah repented and made a decision - - "obedience is the better choice.") So the Lord spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto the dry land. 

We leave Jonah as he travels to Nineveh to obey God.  Jesus used this picture of "Death for three days" to illustrate his own future, and that after three days He would raise from the dead, to be alive for ever more.)

Jesus was without sin, and He always obeyed His Father God.  One day as he was preaching in the temple, the rebellious Religious leaders asked Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah.   

Matthew 12:39-40 "An evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet." For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  

And Jesus repeats: Matthew 16:4 "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet."

While Jesus was talking to the people, his mother and brothers came where he was, and his friends said, look, your mother and brethren desire to speak with you.  Jesus answered with a remark that to some might seem harsh. 

"Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?"  And He stretched out his hand toward his disciples, and said, "Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, my sister, and my mother."

Jesus was declaring that those who obey God and follow Him will be likened onto a family.  When you confess your sins and come to Jesus Christ, you become a part of the "Family of God."