Friday
May242019

May 24, 2019

May 24

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 16:13-15 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.  And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

     God knows the heart! Our thoughts and desires are not disclosed for us to see but God sees and knows every thought and intent.  America and sadly the church have developed a Pharisee mentality. If you run through these last few chapters of Luke, Jesus keeps revealing the condition of their hearts. He preaches one sermon after another dealing with all the Ten Commandments. In this chapter he deals with covetousness, cheating, adultery, jealousy and putting love of money above God. They had the first commandment out of place and fell into disobedience in all the other areas. So it is with us we cannot serve God and mammon (wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion), we love one and hate the other.

     This is true when we dive off into sin we begin to make excuses over and over and justify our actions but God is seeing and knows when we justify we walk out into self-righteousness and we fall short of His glory! We begin to move further from God. Our country has moved so far away! The body of Christ has moved so far away it looks like the world.

               

 Father, keep our hearts in line with Your Word and help us live by Your principles and guide lines. There is none righteous but Jesus. We surrender our hearts, mind, and thoughts to You this morning.  We declare we are Your child and surrender to walk in obedience to You!

 

      Making a daily declaration helps keep our souls in Christ! 

 

Tomorrow: The rich man and Lazarus!

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015

Thursday
May232019

May 23, 2019

May 23

Running with Jesus  

 

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

 

      Be faithful in little things. Sometimes we are always waiting on the big thing to happen to us! I see people like this looking for jobs! They want a job that makes 6 digit figures. Instead of taking the small paying job God provided, they pass up opportunities set before them and one day they don't get the big one because they have no resume! We never know what lies ahead for us if we don't take the little steps. Babies crawl before they learn to walk. Integrity and responsibility are running short in this generation. God is watching us and it doesn't matter what position you hold but what matters is how well we do what has been given us to do. We run in a world system that categorizes everyone and everything! God looks at our heart and watches our attitude. As I get old (lol) I see everything I do as an opportunity to serve and God opening doors for a mission field in my life. At home I serve my husband and my kids. At work I serve my boss and the kids then I watch my mission field for ripe souls to pick. It might be a grandchild I get to lead to Christ or a coworker! We have to realize we are placed in places for divine appointments by God! We work for Him! He goes before us and leads us to be on mission with Him. So let's change our attitude about work and where you go. Let's be faithful to the little things He gives us to do and leave the big stuff to Him! Be faithful where you are placed! You get to help someone!

               

Father, help us be faithful in little things today. Show us who we can serve and help us have joy in doing what You have given us to do. Let Your mind be in us! Help us remember to watch for doors to witness as we work in Your fields.

 

     Running with Jesus keeps our attitude in check. Always get higher than life and work from His point of view.

 

Tomorrow: A Pharisee mentality!

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015

Wednesday
May222019

May 22, 2019

May 22

Running With Jesus

 

Luke 15:20-23 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.  And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:  And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

     The prodigal son story is a story we have heard preached from so many angles! The angle I love the most is my own version, when I realized and came to my senses! Have you come to yours? I am so humbled by this story because we all are eating hog rations and living in the pigpen of sin until we wake up and run.   When we see his compassion it should motivate us how to respond when our child returns home and others who stray.  Notice if you read the whole story he was repentant and said he was sorry. The father forgave him but also he didn't give up on his son, he watched the road and waited everyday for his return. The son was forgiven before he even asked for it! Forgiveness is already there just waiting for us to come and get it. God loves us unconditionally and as His child we should love in the same way! Be willing to allow others to make mistakes and when they repent or ask forgiveness give them the same grace and mercy we receive from God. If we all got what we deserve, it would be hell.

      Notice forgiveness was already there, the prodigal had to receive it. So let's imitate the father go ahead and forgive the one who needs it before they ask for it. This will keep the chains off of your heart!

                 

 Father, thank You for receiving this prodigal girl and loving her. Give me Your Spirit that enables me to have forgiveness stored and waiting to pour it out on others!

 

Tomorrow: Little things.

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015

Tuesday
May212019

May 21, 2019

May 21

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

 

             Wouldn't you like to be an Angel for one day! I would love to be up there watching from the grandstands of heaven!

 

1 Peter 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

 

              Angels want to look into salvation of men and their relationship with God!

 

       We cannot in this mind even look at one tiny glimpse of heaven. I think with our physical decaying bodies it would make our head explode at the glimpse. Isn't it wonderful to know we have hope of eternal life! I bet the Angels say, "Oh, look another one is getting to come here!" We get excited when we plan a surprise birthday party and can't wait for the guest to arrive! Now can you magnify that a trillion times when an angel sees one of us get born again and knows what is in store for us humans! I bet there is rejoicing over us! Turn and read Revelation 21 about heaven and the jasper walls , street of gold, gates made of one pearl, a glassy sea and of course the throne of God. Cherubim are flying around crying “ Holy, Holy, Holy.” Day and night! Let's have that Jesus moment! 

       We need more Jesus moments as we run through life. Jesus moments lift us above our circumstances and we get extra energy to keep running.

               

Father, thank You for the book of Revelation! We can read about heaven and what will happen to our enemy! Thank You for ministering Angels and the work they do we cannot see!

 

I see a prodigal coming down the road, tomorrow!

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015

Monday
May202019

May 19, 2019

May 19

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 14:34-35 Salt is good: but if the salt  have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

     Salt can lose its flavor. Did you know when salt gets wet then dries nothing is left but tasteless residue. Watered down Christianity! Yes, that is what has happened in America. The church has bit into the worlds standards of living and the Word of God has been diluted in our lives and we have lost our savor.  We no longer stand up for Christ. 

      Salt preserves and flavors food. We are supposed to be bringing good into the world and new flavors. We are too busy to sacrifice, plan and lack commitment to do Gods kingdom work.  What is so sad is the religious who do not know the true and only living God are willing to strap bombs to their bodies, cut off heads and adhere to their laws and fight till death for just a dead man, whose bones lay in a grave!  We have the only living God and we are not willing to serve Him. Don't ask us to sacrifice our time. We leave our Bibles on the church pews, on our car seats or on the table collecting dust. We pick our Sunday School books up 30 minutes before we get in the car. (If we go to Sunday School.)  Wonder why we don't see God working in our lives. We only pray when we need God, like a genie in a bottle and we call Him out for emergency only or some selfish wants. 

               

Father help us! Give us that desire to know You and walk in Your will and ways. Fill us with Your Sweet Holy Spirit and empower us to be salt in this bland world we live in and help us live a desirable life that others can taste and find Jesus.

 

     We are losing Our Homeland. Jesus said He who has ears let him hear! Church it is time to return to the Faith of our founding Fathers "In God We Trust". 

     God said if my people who are called by my name, will seek my face (not what is in His hand) I will heal their land. Friends we need healing! Our kids are at stake! Return to God. 

     Let's spend time seeking God all day! Ask Him to make us salty. Turn off the radios, TV's, and the Candy Crush spend that time with the Lord. Let the master of salt season us.

 

Tomorrow:The lamb is lost but the shepherd is coming!

 

Judy Hollaway

Originally penned 2015