Thursday
Sep192019

September 19, 2019

September 19

Running with Jesus

 

Acts 9:39 "Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them."

   

      Well lots of talk about the dates on our tombstones. The day we were born - the day we die! The most important part is the dash! The dash represents the years of our life!

      When Peter got to Lydda two men came to get him to take him to this lady named Dorcus who had died. Widows stood around weeping showing the work of Dorcus’s hands. The impact she had on the poor and those around her was amazing. 

      Dorcus used her gift of helping others. Life is more about helping others. You will never know the joy until you get rid of self and  start seeking to help others. 

      We write our own funerals by what we did during the dash! Wonder what will be said about us? We must seek to walk in obedience to His Word and live by His commands. That will take care of our dashes! Let's work till Jesus comes and calls us home!

      So let's have a think! If you could hear what people will say at your funeral, what would they say about you?   Let's ask God to help us empty ourselves of our self. Now ask Him to fill you and help you use your gift for His glory. 

 

Ever met a centurion? We will tomorrow, come back!

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015

Wednesday
Sep182019

September 18, 2019

September 18

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 9:35 "And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord."

   

     Peter has arrived at a town called Lydda and God is doing a mighty work. Peter performs many miracles in this place. First a man sick 8 years with Palsy and a woman called Dorcus dies and Peter prays and she is raised up. News traveled all over about the miracles and many believed on the Lord. 

     I can't help but remember the words of Jesus to Thomas who said he wouldn't believe unless he saw Jesus hands. Jesus told him after he showed His hand that it is more blessed to believe and not see.

     Many people today are looking for a miracle or a sign to believe. Well God has chosen the foolishness of preaching of the gospel to bring souls into His kingdom. We do see modern day miracles but God knew man would make idols of men and worship the creature rather than worshipping Him. My sister is a miracle surviving her wreck and being able to walk again. But friend when it comes to salvation nothing compares to hearing John 3:16 " for God so loved the world, that who so ever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." The greatest miracle was God giving His only Son to redeem our souls. So don't miss the main miracle looking for an earthly miracle. Jesus is the miraculous son of God! Because of Him we can have a new birth and know God! 

               

 Father, we want to send up a shout and a praise for Jesus this morning. He is all we need for living. He is our comfort, our peacemaker, our provider, our deliverer, our anchor, a present help in trouble, our defense attorney, our friend, our redeemer, and our only hope for eternity! 

 

       Do you have the miracle? If not inbox me and I will tell you how!

 

Tomorrow: Dates on our tombstone, can't wait! See you in the morning!

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015

Tuesday
Sep172019

September 17, 2019

September 17

Running With Jesus

 

Acts 9:31 "Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied."

 

     Saul was brought into the midst of believers and started preaching and had to be sent to Tarsus because the hunt was still on for him.

      In the midst of all the persecution after Saul was converted and sent away, the Bible tells us the church had rest, were edified, walked in the fear of God, had the comfort of the Holy Ghost and multiplied. 

      I thought about the church age of my life time, we had rest in America. It has not known persecution and has blossomed. I remember great tent revivals. The evangelist could go into schools and preach to the whole school. Our nation has been used to carry the gospel to the nations. I do believe we have turned a page in history. We will see the church persecuted for sharing the gospel unless we have a great revival in this land. I believe we are living in the last days. The great falling away of the Church is upon us. My generation may not live to see it, if God doesn't call us out, the next generation will have to endure persecution. 

     Let us pray for a revival in our land and for the generations to come.

               

Father, I pray You will bring us a great revival in America. I pray You will bring us  through. I pray for boldness for us, our kids, my grandkids and the future kids of America. Put Your hand upon them and keep them safe in You. Give them Your Spirit to lead guide and direct their lives. Lead them not into temptation and deliver them from the evil one.

 

We run into Brother Peter, in the morning let's join him in the race.

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015

Monday
Sep162019

September 16, 2019

September 16
Running with Jesus  

Acts 9:25 "then the disciples took him by night and let him down by the wall in a basket."

     Well Saul's life has taken a great turn. In just a few short days scales fell from his eyes and he was awakened to the truth about Jesus. He wasted no time telling about his encounter with God. Christians were afraid of him at first because he was the one who had persecuted them. Today they are protecting him and now he is on the run for his life.
     We never know what road following Christ will take us. Saul's life changed the day he decided to run with Jesus and got off the devil’s team. Satan doesn't bother us as long as we run with him.  But believe me the day you decide you will follow and run with Christ, old Satan will chase you, spit on you, press you to your limits and you are put on his most wanted list. He will send a posse of his demons to hunt you down.  Lord forbid that you dare try to reach a lost, dying, and blinded world! He will get out his cannons and plant land bombs all around you. We must expect him to attack where you least expect. But God is our deliverer and faith is our shield. He will enable us to stand and get back up when we get knocked down. We must press on and look for our buckets. We hear it all the time these days, "If God brings us to it, He will bring us through it!"

 

 Today Father, we ask for strength to press on and keep going forward. Help us to realize we are in Your army now and You go before us and fight for us and provide buckets to help us when we need one. When we get knocked down You will lift us back up.

The church rest, tomorrow!

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015

Sunday
Sep152019

September 15, 2019

September 15
Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 9:16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

     Faith in Christ is the road to blessings but we also must understand suffering can also come with it. Just this week I have heard of a person being martyred for preaching and proclaiming the gospel. Another woman was just put in jail for her faith.
     Saul would be beat up, shipped wrecked and arrested for the gospel in days to come. None of us like to think of suffering or sacrifice when it comes to serving God! It will cost you time, money, pleasures, rejection and ridicule but the end result is what counts.
      I don't know exactly where my life will take me!  My prayer is to enter heaven and hear my master say, "well done thy faithful servant!"
     Examine your life, are you dedicated? God is looking for faithfulness in our lives so let's live today like there was no tomorrow. Be faithful to the work God has called you and trust Him with the suffering. He will use it for Good!
                   

Father, we cry out to You for enduring strength today. We know we will face test and trials in life. We pledge our allegiance to You.  We don't know what will come down our road, so we submit our daily walk to You. Help us not be moved by our circumstance and be stable in our walk!  Help us remember our light afflictions are but a season.

         

Who is being hunted now? See you tomorrow!

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015