Monday
Jun042018

June 3, 2018

June 3, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 21
Running with Jesus 2015

Luke 9: 23-24 "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."

Jesus had been raising the dead and just prior to these verses He began to reveal what was going to happen to Him. Then He begins teaching kingdom living. What it takes to run with Jesus! If any man is willing to come after Him we must deny self! Now tell me that is not something this generation wants to hear! In fact, we are told right the opposite, get all you can for self!  I once taught about how we live in an upside down world and how we do when in the flesh is opposite of what we should be doing. We yell when we should be quiet! We fear when we should have faith! We move when we should be still! Are you with me on this? It takes so much more power to obey God than not. We must learn to deny self because when we accept Christ we lose all our rights, they are now His. We have no right to not forgive, to hate, and to lie. And the truth, that is where we have freedom. This is where we actually save our lives! When we keep our fist open not closed. 

Oh Father, help us surrender our rights to You! You always know what is best for our lives. Help us when we want to hold on and not let go! We surrender our will to Yours today. Help me run at Your pace.

Run up the mountain with Him tomorrow, don't get behind. You will miss this one!

Saturday
Jun022018

June 2, 2018

June 2, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 20
Running with Jesus 2015

Luke 9:18-20 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.


     Who do you say that I am? In our world today some kids I work around do not know much about who Jesus is. There was a copy of the movie "The Ten Commandment" sitting on a table one day and I was asking what that was and what it was about. They had no clue! And we wonder why we live in such a lawless society. Mans laws only effect the external but never changes the heart where they decide and make actions happen!
     The people in Christ day expected a King to arise to liberate them physically. Jesus was beginning to reveal things to come about His life to His disciples. It is during intimacy with God through prayer that he reveals the deeper truths of His word and life to us.
     You and I must develop our intimacy in order to understand deeper truths from His Word. It is more important that we answer the question Jesus asked Peter! Who do you say I am? I think how much time we spend with Him and how we live reveals what we believe about Jesus and who He is! Who do you say He is? What actions will be different because He is your Messiah and Lord! 
     We live in a world that needs to know Christ and we are a reflection of His love and power and our lives is the only Bible some will ever read. Will they know Him by the way we live?

Father, so much to think about today. Help us live that others might say they have something I need so we can tell them You are the Christ of God! May all we do and say today be a reflection of Your love. 


Tomorrow: How we can save our life!

Friday
Jun012018

June 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 19
Running with Jesus 2015

Luke 9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?


Jesus alone praying! Look at the strong prayer life Jesus had and it says His disciples were with Him! Alone!
So we have been running with Jesus almost 2 months this year. Let's do a little examination! How is your prayer life coming along? Some of us have been at this a long time others are new! Are you staying consistent? It takes a while to develop one but over time you will begin to realize it is the most important thing in your life. It is your life line. When you realize life is like a sea and deep divers need their life lines to keep them from being lost at sea. I just discovered they have a new lifeline that fits on your arm to help you not get lost. It signals an alert. Swimming under water in the deep you can lose visibility and be washed by currents. Currents are what gets us lost! We all lead such hectic lives and before long we are washed away! You have to take safety measures and training enables you to be deep divers. You must keep your lifeline in tack! So it is for us Christians, when we don't take time to pray the run will be risky that day! So keep running with Jesus everyday don't leave home without your life alert, prayer! You can bind Satan and protect your loved ones. At any moment we can send up an “SOS” when we are in full communication with our Father. 

Father, lead us not into temptation today and deliver us from the evil one. Lead us in paths of righteousness for Your name sake. For Yours is the power and kingdom forever! Amen

Tomorrow: Whom do you say I am?

Thursday
May312018

May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 18

 

Running with Jesus 2015

Luke 9:16-17 "Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets."

     When I read this story I am always reminded that Jesus said He was the bread of life. Looking with physical eyes this story would be like a fairy tale to many. The truth is we can learn from one of the miracles of Jesus life. Later on He would have another meal with His disciples and give the bread and tell them this is my body broken for you. Looking through spiritual eyes we see how one day He would leave this earth and send His sweet Spirit to live in us. Millions of believers eating and being nourished and filled with baskets left over to give away. The Word of God became flesh dwelling among us and filling our hungry souls. Going to places where His love language knows no bounds. There is enough food for every nation on earth. 
     How awesome of a God do we have! He is here every day with a table spread for us just waiting to feed a hungry soul!  He loves us so much and desires to dine with us! Friend show up daily at His table and enjoy His sweet fellowship. You will not go away unsatisfied!  Read Psalm 1. Let God speak to your hungry soul this morning.

Father, we are here ready to eat at Your table. Give us what You desire today. Help us take our leftovers and share with others that didn't come to Your table. It is beautiful to know what I have to eat I can always have some left over for a friend I may run into today! 

Tomorrow: Jesus and the disciples alone praying.

 

Psalm 1 

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel

of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor

 sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law

 doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,

 that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall

 not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the

 wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the

 way of the ungodly shall perish.

Wednesday
May302018

May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

February 17
Running with Jesus 2015

Luke9:12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

     Seems funny that this crowd had been running with Jesus and had ran right into a desert place and were so caught up they didn't bother to bring anything to eat! We know there would be no McDonald's to drive through either in those days. 
     As a wife, mother, coach, nurse and all the other roles we play, we find ourselves at the end of our ropes and little time to eat at Gods table. We end out in a desert place wondering where to get a bite to nourish our hungry worn out souls. Then Jesus tells us to sit down, be still, and grab the Bible. We begin to read and we suddenly find right there in the middle of everything in a desert place is one of the most amazing stories in the Bible! Jesus takes a little boys lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish and feeds 5,000 men and that didn’t include the women and children.
    God led them to that desert to teach them He was all they needed to get them through life. He taught them He was their provider. I will never forget when Mike stopped working for ATT to run with Jesus. It was one of the scary places I found myself. I had to realize we now worked for a company greater than MAW BELL! I have seen God provide over and over in our lives. In the desert places is where I have seen some of the greatest blessing of my life! 
     Are you in a desert place this morning sit down and read this whole story. Ask God what He wants to reveal about Himself to you! Ask Him to refuel His Spirit in you so you can continue to be all He needs you to be today! 

Father, fill my soul and leave me 12 baskets to take with me to feed others along the way as we keep on running. Thank You for the desert place and for always showing up just when I need it!

I am going to stay here in the desert for a little while. Join me tomorrow!