Sunday
Nov182018

November 18, 2018

November 18, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 12

Running with Jesus

 

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 

     Today we will examine the last part of this verse remaining steadfast in prayers.   We have heard prayer is like our breathing in the physical life, we inhale and exhale.  Spiritual praying is talking to God, exhaling, and listening to God is inhaling. Just like in the physical life, the moment we cease to pray we die. Prayer is our communicating with God and we do not want this to happen, trust me.

     We are to learn to live in the presence of God and we are to be in constant communication with Him.  All day long I talk to Him about everything.  I ask Him questions during the day I may not know how to do something so I ask for wisdom and guidance throughout the day. I worship Him and tell Him how awesome He is. It is important to keep in constant communication throughout the day.  I may be involved in much activity and work but in my heart it is me and Jesus running together.  He will let me know immediately when I say or do something wrong and I confess it as sin right then.  Prayer keeps my thoughts upon Him.

     It is during prayer we are able to seek His mind and will for our lives. This will help the body to stay in fellowship and promotes harmony.  We are able to function the way Christ did, living and doing His Father’s will not ours. Prayer is the key to living the abundant life Christ taught about.

     There is a little acrostic I was taught to help me know how to pray called the ACTS of prayer.  A is for adoration, we praise God. C is for confession, we examine our hearts for any sin of commission or omission.  T is for thanksgiving, thanking Him for hearing and answering prayers and all the blessings we have in this life. (This will help keep a positive attitude to begin your day.) Last is S it is for supplication, making your request know to God.  Starting with this little outline will prepare you to be in the attitude and in His presence all day long. This is pure spiritual oxygen and friend it will change your life.

           

Father, help us be steadfast in our praying. Let that one out there today searching for what to do about where they are in life run to pray and find out this is where life begins to be abundant.

Saturday
Nov172018

November 17, 2018

November 17, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 11

Running with Jesus

 

Acts 2:42 "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."

 

     The Breaking of the Bread is the next thing we were told to remain steadfast in.  I couldn't help but remember what Jesus told His disciples the night of the last supper, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

      One of the best ways to remain steadfast, and not get off track is to remember exactly what Christ did for us. He shed his blood on the cross and gave His body to be broken for us.   I don't think we fully comprehend what He went through for us. Our culture is not use to seeing crucifixions, our culture will work hard to save an animal’s life and never contemplate a crucifixion. 

      When we look intently into the marred face of our Savior it will help us be more loving and forgiving. When we realize our own pardon, it will help us pardon others. We deserve eternal doom but Jesus loved us and gave His life to redeem us. We then enter into our own brokenness. Then love is poured out in our hearts setting us free no longer bound by unforgiveness and enter a personal relationship with God.   Once we experience forgiveness we are able to set others free, who have not been forgiven? We didn't deserve forgiveness, but by claiming it, we got it anyway. Remembering His broken body will help the body live together in harmony. 

      Breaking bread causes us to do a self examination of our own personal life and attitude toward God and others. Jesus said I am the bread of life and as physical bread nourishes the physical body, His broken body is our spiritual bread and as we partake of this spiritual bread it will sustain our spirit and the body of Christ will be healthy and our fellowship will be maintained.

           

Father search our hearts today, help us examine ourselves so we can live as free people. 

 

     Spend time searching and seeking for any sin in your heart that is hindering your run through life with Christ. Time to let it all go!

Friday
Nov162018

November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 10

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 

     Yesterday we examined the first part of this verse about steadfast in the teaching of the word of the Apostles, today we will examine fellowship. They were to be steadfast in fellowship. Fellowship means to have joint participation and sharing something in common. In order to grow closer to Christ and learn to hear the Holy Spirit, it is very important to your health and life as a Christian to run with your brethren. Remember we are in this world but not of this world. We are to live separated lives. The body of Christ and individuals become weaker when we don't fellowship together. You must plug in someplace. I am not saying we are not to witness to others and help others in order to win them. I am saying when we separate ourselves from the body we will soon adopt unhealthy practices and beliefs that will lead us into sinful lifestyles. We must not allow the world to pull us into their activities that pull us from running the Godly path.  God desires to lead us on.

     When we don't fellowship with other believers, we walk in willful disobedience to His word and sin is crouching at our door. We forsake the assembling and He tells us not to! He knows us inside and out and He knows we need each other to help us stay on the path of righteousness, too lift us as life slams us down and to care for us when we are hurting and to keep us from growing week and giving into temptation!

      So, I ask runners whose path you are running on God's or the world? If you are not actively fellowshipping with the body, you are not fellowshipping with God, because the body is where He is running!  If so get back on His team and run with Him. Trust me that is where real happiness is found! Not out there drowning in life's sea!

 

Tomorrow: We will break the bread!

Thursday
Nov152018

November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 9

Running with Jesus

 

Acts 2:42 "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."

     

     Yesterday we answered the question what they were to do after they heard the message of Peter and were convicted of their sin and today we see what we are to be doing. 

     First of all we are to remain steadfast in the apostle’s teachings. As the body of Christ, we are not to be given to fluctuation or "moving off course”, which is the Geek definition of steadfast. I am telling you in this land we live; it only takes a second to get off track in our Spiritual walk. We are bombarded, pulled, and torn to go in so many directions. Business and fleshly desires are in strong force to lure us from the teachings of the apostles. Bibles are even being rewritten to be politically correct so man can live as his fleshly desires arise in their lives. Revelations 22:18 KJV says, "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book!"

     So man can do anything they want, but I am here to tell you that you will spend eternity in hell. Man no longer fears the wrath of God. They want to only hear God is love and this is true, but friend you don't know and respect the God of the Bible! You best read the end of the book. He is also a judge and always keeps His word! He punishes sin and disobedience and He is slow and patient giving man time to repent, but He will unleash His wrath when necessary! 

     Church we must stand fast in God's true teaching and we must remain faithful, don't bend. Don't fluctuate or move off course, full steam ahead! Only truth sets a man free and we must fear God more than pleasing man.

   

Father, grant us a steadfast spirit within us and help us to remain strong.

 

Come back tomorrow for a little fellowship! Have a great day!

Wednesday
Nov142018

November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 8

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 2:36-38;41 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls".

 

       Here we have the regenerated Peter standing with boldness and authority when just a few days before had stood in the background and denied even knowing Jesus! On this day filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit gave one of the greatest messages and three thousand souls were added to the church! 

      Apart from Christ and the filling of God's Spirit we can do nothing! They heard the message about Christ and were pricked in their hearts and ask what can we do about all of this, the one they had crucified was the son of God whom David prophesied about? Peter's response was repent, turn to God, and receive the Spirit of promise and you will be forgiven.

       Never before in this world we live in do we need to hear this message of sin and salvation! With people killing innocent babies and watching them die and rip their bodies apart my heart is so sad. So much innocent blood shed just like this crowd a few days ago hollering crucify Him, an innocent man.  Oh we must stand with boldness and cry out just like Peter. We must church more than ever seek to be filled and controlled by the Spirit of God. We must wake up judgment is coming! Mike shared about Noah last night building the ark and preached for a hundred years the flood was coming, we too must arise to the call and share the message of salvation to repent before it is too late. They were given a time, 120 years. We are not given the time, day, or year but we are given the message. The message is a hard one and many will not believe but God closed the door on Noah and he and his family were saved. One day the door will close for this generation too! Today is the day of salvation so cry out repent!

           

Father, as we come before Your presence today we come asking for boldness and power to stand before all whom we come into contact with to share the gospel. Give us the words to speak and we ask that hearts will be pricked as we speak. Father awaken our nation, stir it and whatever it takes to bring us back to You do it Lord Jesus. I know for us who fear You it is hard to pray this prayer but lest we repent we will be judge. We cry out for Your mercy and grace to endure what it takes for souls to repent. Prick hearts today! 

 

Tomorrow: What are we to do?