Thursday
May242018

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 11

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 8: 27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.

 

                Jesus and His disciples reached the other side after that stormy night just like we do also!

 First thing out of the boat, they met up with this man who had been demons possessed for a long time, wearing no clothes and did not live in a house but in a cemetery.

                I am here to tell you spiritually that was the way I lived my Christian life defeated and driven by the voices of demons and lived in the grave for so many years.   God calls us out of darkness into light. This town was a wealthy, prosperous town many were educated and lived in fine homes. I read this could have at one time been an upstanding man in the community but lost everything.  Sometimes we have to lose to gain. Sometimes we have to get down to look up.

                  I find it interesting how this man gets delivered and wants to run with Jesus but in the next trek we will find some rich people wanting to run Jesus out of town. Do you think this man knew Jesus would run His way that day? No an unexpected thing happened. H e got delivered!   Maybe some of you are having one of those demon driven days and feel like you are in a tomb!  Jesus is running your way this morning! He wants you to be still and know He is God. Stop yelling and get up put your clothes on and get busy doing kingdom work. God loves you! We can't change our past but Jesus can change our future. You have listened to the voice of the devil too long! 

                Listen to God's voice; before you were born I made you. I know the plans I have for you to give you a future and hope, you are created in my image, and you were knitted in your mother’s womb and I knew you! 

               If you are going to run with Jesus, you must learn to discern His voice. Jesus wants to call you out of that tomb into a life He has for you!   We can overcome by the blood of the Lamb!

               

Father, I thank You for running our way. We want to run with You and not run You out of town. Help my friends to feel Your love, joy, peace and deliverance today! Help them not listen to the lies of the demons.

 

Sorry if you don't believe they are real! The Bible doesn't lie. WAKE UP CHURCH!  They whisper in your ears! 

 

Tomorrow: Jesus leaves after not being received!

Wednesday
May232018

May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 10

Running with Jesus 2015

 

Luke 8:24-25 "And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, what manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him."

 

                Jesus and His disciples came to a boat and He told them let's get in and and let's go to the other side. Jesus went to sleep and a great wind storm came up and they were filled with water and in jeopardy!  Friends this was no little storm that filled this boat with water. 

                Wondering how Jesus was sleeping? Of course we know He is God in the flesh but they were still learning to trust God! They had so much to learn about their new found faith. They were experiencing so much running with Jesus seeing the blind see, the cripple walk and healing all sorts of diseases but now they would see Him in a greater light! 

                Are you in one of those overwhelming storms today? I have them at times and I feel Jesus is asleep. Then fear and worry begin to dominate my thoughts and bring me down. Fear begins to shout in my ear He's going to let me down in this one! Did you know 75% of the things we fear and dread never take place! It really helped me conquer and overcome some of my fears when I was taught this.

                I also know that every storm I have gone through has given me greater revelation of my Savior and made me stronger and taught me new insights that increase my faith.  I know the struggle you are in may be overwhelming but even if you feel Jesus is asleep cry out to Him. If He can control the elements of the earth He can control our lives.  He may not calm your storm instead He may calm you in the storm. Let Him say peace to your storm.  He rebuked their faith that day. They failed to trust. I have said it once and will say it again "life is about trust not about the why's!" "It is not about understanding everything either!" It is having a Savior we can trust! So whatever you are facing today let Him calm your storm. 

               

Father, help our unbelief today! Let me be still and know You are God. Take out our fear and put in faith. We place this storm of life into Your hands . We thank You we don't have to look at the storm we are in and we can look at Your face and know You have this one too! Thank You for helping us through another day. We love You Lord!

 

Tomorrow:  Living in the tombs!

Tuesday
May222018

May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 9

Running with Jesus 2015

 

Luke 8:15 "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the

Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."

 

                 Continuing to listen to Jesus teach his parable as we run this morning, He tells about the seeds that fall on good soil. He compares to someone who hears. In the Greek hear is defined properly, to hear (listen); (figuratively) to hear God's voice which prompts Him to birth faith within. 

                I wish I could say every time I approach God's Word to hear His voice I was listening, don't you! Sometimes I read a text and think where was my mind?! Oh I know where it was absorbed with all my activities and to do list. What helps me to get back to a listening ear is to first pray and then get a note pad and pen and start jotting down these things about the text:

  • Who is the author? 

  • Who is he writing to?

  • What is his message?

  • How does this apply to my life?

                At some point in your run with Jesus you have to stop depending on others to help you keep running.  This would be like you having to feed your adult child with a bottle. 

                We have to develop our listening abilities. Our listening should be with intent for God to birth our faith and change us. It's hard to change but when God's voice reaches our hearts we want to change! Our Sunday School lesson said faith seeks understanding through regular and reverent hearing of God's Word!

                So if your faith is low today what is it a sign of? You got it! You need to run to His Word! The Word builds our faith. Faith helps us trust God and then we can deal with the stresses life brings our way. 

                So how do we keep good soil! We have to work and till the soil and place ourselves in an environment to be able to learn. Good runners will practice on the type of terrain they plan to run on.

                 

 Father, help us have ears to hear with and eyes to see so we can develop a deep faith that is able to run this race we are on. 

 

Let's take a ride in a boat with Jesus tomorrow and let our feet rest.

Monday
May212018

May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 8

Running with Jesus 2015

 

Luke 8: 11-15 “This story is about some of those people. The seed is the Word of God. The seeds on the road are those who hear the Word, but no sooner do they hear it than the Devil snatches it from them so they won’t believe and be saved. “The seeds in the gravel are those who hear with enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm doesn’t go very deep. It’s only another fad, and the moment there’s trouble it’s gone.  “And the seed that fell in the weeds—well, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun.  “But the seed in the good earth—these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.

     

                Jesus is running cross country as we travel this trek and begins to use parables to get His points across. In this area he uses stories about a man who sows seeds. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly message. 

                 I like to read a passage and then read it again until it speaks to my heart. I couldn't help but stop when I read this part:  “And the seed that fell in the weeds—well, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun.  Yelp, the Light bulb came on! Here we are Miss America running down the isle, waving to the crowd with her crown on, and her ruby red slippers! The weeds have grown around her and choked out the words of God! 

                Jesus told His disciples that Isaiah had prophesied "Their eyes are open but don’t see a thing," Their ears are open but don’t hear a thing. The word of God is being sown but choked out! We say not us, but listen again: worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun! These are spiritual robbers that will hinder our run with Christ. 

                Just yesterday I was trying to keep my spiritual senses on high alert because I was working on some important things for the retreat, the TV had been left on and all of a sudden I realized it was interfering with my meditation. I ran to turn it off. I like TV as much as any but we need to practice turning it off. Most of us have 2-4 TV sets in our homes. We waste a lot of time not listening to God and it is a tool satan is using to choke out Jesus and His voice. This is just one example and this list could be a mile long.

                Let's start looking for weeds that have grown in our path that is slowing our run down and hindering our ability to run and keep up with Christ. 

                 

Father we want to hear from You. Please help me keep the weeds that choke you out! Help me turn off the TV and get in a position to hear from you!

 

Tomorrow: Running on good ground!

Sunday
May202018

May 20, 2018

May 20, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 7

Running with Jesus 2015

 

Luke 7:43-47  "Simon answered, “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.”

“That’s right,” said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”

 

                 Neglecting Jesus! This Pharisee invited Jesus to his home but neglected to do the customary acts of kindness shown to a visitor in their homes. There enters a woman, considered an outcast that a Pharisee wouldn't allow to touch them, with tears washes his dung covered feet. She proceeds to dry them with her hair and pours expensive cologne on them! Why?  This woman got it and knew what forgiveness was like. She was in desperate need for her soul; she was in turmoil and anguish. She recognizes Jesus was what she needed and crossed custom standards to reach Him. 

                Let's think about neglecting Jesus. How about you, stop right now and think about this past week. Have you been spending time with your guest, Jesus? He is there in the living room of your heart just waiting on you to come and go running with Him. What is causing you to not go? Let's think! I need to go shopping, I'll do the laundry then I'll stop, oh I need to call my friend, ok my favorite show is on, let me check my Facebook for the 25th time today! Okay for my guys a little golfing, hunting or fishing!  You get the picture neglecting Jesus has dire consequences. We spend so much time, energy and money on all the things that will not help our souls and give no lasting satisfaction! 

                Our souls are screaming, weeping and seeking to find some sort of rest from all the struggles of life! We must stop and focus on Jesus to find the key to a happy life! If we choose as the religious Pharisees mot to see ourselves as sinners in need of Jesus, we will never find life! They were religious men. They did all the outward "appearances". Wore the robes, talked the talk but never came to the walk! They neglected all the truths they heard because they would have had to deal with the fact they were a sinner. This woman new the pitiful state she was in, saw them in the light of pure Holy Jesus, dropped and humbled herself to get to kneel at His feet. Have you ever dropped at His feet! Her actions revealed her humility and her acts of services was the evidence she had enrolled in the run with Jesus!

                 If you say you know Jesus but never do acts of service I would say you better make sure you have not neglected to recognize who He is and who you are! Watch being religious and make sure you are regenerated! A regenerated runner will be there for Jesus and run to help others. 

  So are you neglecting or running?

                 

Oh Father, we are forever grateful for forgiving us. Here we are today lifting your name in praise and ready for our assignment for the day. Show us ways to wash people's feet as we run around with today. Help us not neglect you and your work. You are our stabilizer and energizer. Let us show others as this woman did what you have done for us as we run with you today! We want others to see you in us! 

 

What's choking the word out of your life? Be back tomorrow!