Monday
Sep242018

September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 18

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 19:47 “And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests, and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy Him.”

 

     “Killing Jesus”, is the title of Bill O’Riley’s book that came out and a documentary segment not long ago.  This sounds familiar to Biblical days, yet, in this century.  After Jesus cleared the temple of the den of thieves he began teaching daily in the temple.  The religious and the rulers didn’t like the fact Jesus was messing up their business and correcting their sinful ways. They began plotting ways to kill and get rid of this man who was upsetting their lifestyle and telling them truth about the way they were not living according to God’s standards.  They used religion to look good and for popularity. I remember when I went to beauty school and also heard my sister say when she went to real estate school suggest you go to church to build a clientele so you can prosper in your business.  I also have seen many times people attend church when it is political election time. The government don’t want the church to get involved in communities so those communities  have gang related violence when they  tore down the ten commandments which is the thermostat to help people understand what self control is all about, but of course it tells us to love God with all our heart mind and soul.

     Today we have people who want to kill Jesus for the same reasons.  They do not want to hear that they are sinners.  They practice unlawfully in their businesses and live ungodly lifestyles. They play right into the hands of their enemy, Satan, who loves it when we remove prayer from schools and tear down the Ten Commandments that teach us we are sinners in need of God.  They don’t want to hear that they need Jesus.  So, if we kill all He stands for, then we think we will be ok because there is no life after death.  

 

Father, we pray for our nation, that You will raise up godly men and women who love You.  We pray the eyes of their understanding to be open and they can clearly see and discern what is right and wrong.  We pray for our children to be protected and have a holy boldness to stand against the wiles of their enemy, Satan.  Father, give us boldness as we live in the birth pains of the last days.  We look forward to Your return and help us to be a bold witness as we walk with You through life that others might see You are alive and not dead.  They can never kill You and You will get the final word.

 

(Already has had the last word.)  Let’s praise Him more today than ever.  Wave your palm branches this morning! Lay your coats down!  The King of Kings is coming.

 

Stay attentive to Jesus, in the morning meet you there!

Sunday
Sep232018

September 23, 2018

September 23, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 17

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 19:44-46 “And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought, Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

 

     I was meditating on this verse and I thought about what was going on in the temple and we all know they were set up to sell the sacrificial animals and were selling lame animals,  cheating, and taking advantage to make a living off travelers who had come to town for the Passover. The temple became more important for business than for the intended purpose.  The purpose of the temple was a place where God met with man and communed with Him.  A time of making atonement for their sin and seeking to hear from God and listen to the word being explained how God wants us to live.

     Prayer is essential to our spiritual life as breathing is to our physical life.  As I thought on this I wonder how our temple today is being used.  We read in the word our body is the temple of God.  Have we become more obsessed with selling and buying than praying? When Jesus walks around in the rooms of our hearts is He pushed way back in a corner and our physical business is getting more priority than hearing from God.  You know God wants to be the center of our lives and help us run all areas of our lives. Does Jesus have to turn tables over in our hearts before we are willing to listen to Him?  We get into so much trouble because we do not pray and talk to God.

     If prayer is our life line to God, why are we not praying more in our Churches?  We are busier with our own activities, plans, and programs.  Think not? Well plan a prayer meeting which gets more attendance. Would you go? Prayer is both talking to God and listening to God. We should spend more time listening.  Our schedules are so full when we go to church we only listen a few minutes then our mind is off to think on our agendas. We don’t get much out of a message and I bet most don’t pray before they go to church or God to speak to them.  We don’t pray for our service, pastor, or teachers to have a word for us.  We pray only when we want something.  What has taken over your temple?

 

 Father, help us not make our temple a den of thieves.  Help us all get serious about praying.  We need prayer more than ever before in our land. Forgive us and help us talk to You and listen to You for guidance.

 

Killing Jesus tomorrow!

Saturday
Sep222018

September 22, 2018

September 22, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 16

Running with Jesus  

Luke 19:41-42,44b  And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes… because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

”But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep.  “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes...because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.”

 

     Jesus riding the donkey entered Jerusalem and fulfilled prophesy and what was Jesus doing, weeping! He knew in a few days he would be killed and they did not recognize that He was their long awaited Messiah who would take away the sins of the world.

 

     This is a warning for the lost! God's Word says,”Today is the day of salvation.” I wonder what those who did not accept Him would tell us today if they were allowed to come back and talk to us. If they did not accept Him they are in Hell lifting up their eyes in torment. People don't want to talk about that, excuse me, I have to because as we look around today we don't weep over those who are not receiving Christ and have little concern. Our society does not believe there is a heaven or hell. They think all this is just a story. Truth is revealed when a prophesy is fulfilled. That is how we know a true prophet. If you read the history and know that this very day would come when the Messiah would enter Jerusalem riding a colt you know they told the truth. We are proclaiming Jesus will return and it will happen, maybe today. We need as Christians to look up because redemption draweth nigh. We need to look around and weep for the lost and seek ways to share the truth with them. Are we weeping? Are we unconcerned? 

 

Father, forgive us for not being concerned and open doors for us to be able to share the Gospel in fresh new ways. Help us have eyes to see and hear. Help us sow in tears the seeds of resurrection life and hope! Time is running out just like it did this day in Jerusalem, Jesus came! 

 

Tomorrow: A “House of Prayer”!

Saturday
Sep222018

September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 15

Running with Jesus  

Luke 19:36-37 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

     What a glorious sight this is to see!  We can see the palm leaves waving in the dry air, coats lining the street as a red carpet and shouting, “Blessing on the King who comes in the name of the Lord”!  What they were really shouting was, “Our national liberator is here”.  Here we see prophesy being fulfilled and Jerusalem was full of travelers in town for the Passover celebration.  They were looking with those physical eyes and missing the most wonderful time in history since creation.  Jesus was on the way to not liberate the nation from physical bondage but from the bondage of sin.  Many thought he was the King who would deliver them from Roman bondage.

     So many people want liberation from the physical conditions they are in or some circumstance and are not looking for the most important liberation man needs.  Mans soul is doomed for eternity without true liberation from the bondage of sin. Sin has brought death upon us and as Mike says, “You can count on it!”  We are always looking at life from a physical perspective.  Man needed to be restored to a relationship with God our Father so when death comes we can have eternal life. He needs to be born again spiritually and restored to a right relationship with the Father. 

     Many today just want the miracles and what feels good and are getting caught up in all the shouting and get their conscience soothed.  Going to church looking for a feeling that only anesthetizes the conscience and have not realized after they leave they only have bandaged and medicated their sickness. Many have never removed the spiritual disease in the body and that is eternal death separation from God.  We must be careful when we get in this state because, just like many of these shouting and singing were feeling liberated but in a few days we will see they had not truly understood.  Their lives were never changed.

 

Father, help us to discern what true liberation is all about.  It is found in a person who walks with you, which comes through Christ to restore us spiritually and deliver us from the bondage of sin.  Don’t let us become medicated instead of regenerated and liberated.

 

Tomorrow: Jesus will weep, let’s see why!

Saturday
Sep222018

September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 14

Running with Jesus

Luke 19:30-31 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

(“Go into that village over there,” he told them.  “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks, “Why are you untying that colt?” just say, “The Lord needs it.”)

 

     Well here is a case that once again proves Jesus was God in the flesh.  He was all knowing.  They went and found the colt tied and sure enough they ask why and they told them, “The Lord needs it.” 

     They say by this time Jesus was well known in this area and I guess so! I mean healing lepers, opening blind eyes and doing so many miracles. He gave them all the signs.  The Jews looked for signs. They got them but they still did not accept Jesus. 

      I think today people are still looking for a sign, however, God has chosen the preaching of the gospel to share eternal life.  The Bible says a person cannot be saved without the preaching of the word and how can they hear without a preacher. Hmmm. Let’s have a think.

     “The Lord needs it!”  The Lord needs souls who are willing to give Him their life to be used to carry the gospel.  Jesus chose a donkey for the King of Kings to ride into Jerusalem.  I have always said if He can use a donkey He can surely use me.

     Most of the problems people have in serving are getting untied.  We are not supposed to be entangled with the world. 2 Tim. 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.( “Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.”)  I think this is one area the church is suffering from in this church age.  Pleasures and materialism has entangled us so much we barely have time to breathe.  We live our lives like a book with words with no margins.  Our calendars are so full we run to and fro and have no time to think.  Has this helped our society?  Has this helped our families? We ask,”Why is our land and world in this shape?”  Jesus has not changed and as usual man is one who does. Just like in the beginning God told man what not to do and we are still doubting the Word of God.  We don’t believe or teach we shouldn’t be entangled and if you do we get mad or don’t listen.  We want to gouge Eve for biting the fruit.  Are we any better?  We just like to pick and choose verses to obey.

 

 Father, have mercy on us, help us examine areas we have become tied that we need to untie so we can be useful in Your kingdom work.

 

Tomorrow: We will be running beside Jesus as He enters Jerusalem!