Thursday
Oct182018

October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 12

Running with Jesus  

 

 Luke 23:18-20 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)  Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.

 (“Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!”  (Barabbas was in prison for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government, and for murder.) Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus.  But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”)

 

     Pilate was the Governor of the region and the religious council had taken Jesus before him accusing Jesus of causing riots among the Jews.  They detested everything Jesus stood for and wanted to get rid of Jesus and sought every way possible to have him killed.

     We have been going through so much in the political realm today. The crowds are yelling CRUCIFY HIM even today.  They too detest even the name Jesus and hate all His followers.  You never hear the news media talk about the thousands of lives that have been changed and all the humanitarian things that Christians do. We are declared among bullying and hate crimes. Why we ask?  Political leaders love their position, power and lifestyle.  The crowds love their sinful lifestyles so they shout to the politicians and the politicians succumb to their yells in order to maintain their political status.

     How sad when a society make lies and evil right all while making  truth and good wrong.  This killed Jesus and today our world is still yelling crucify and give us Barabbas.  He was a man in prison for insurrection and murder.  So it is today those who do no wrong are being put away and evil men are loosed.

               

Oh Father, help us! (Join me as we pray for our government officials today.)  We know we live in the last days.  We pray for those who see evil as good and good as wrong.  Have mercy upon their souls.  Father, give boldness to the leaders who are trying to help change the laws back to Your ways. Please help people wake up. Our hearts are grieved over our nation.  (Join me as we repent of the sins of our nation.)

               

Tomorrow: Pilate sentenced Him to die as they demanded, meet me here.

 

AMERICA HAS NOT FAILED US.....WE AS CHRISTIAN AMERICANS HAVE FAILED OUR ALMIGHTY GOD AND OUR BLESSED AMERICA!!!

Wednesday
Oct172018

October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 11

Running with Jesus  

 

Luke 22:70  Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.

 

(“They all shouted, “So, are you claiming to be the son of God?” And He replied, “You say that I am.”)

 

     Jesus interrogation had begun and they were looking for a way to put Him to death.  One of the ways this could be accomplished was for them to find him humanly guilty of blasphemy, claiming to be God.  When Jesus turned their question around to answer and said “I Am” He was identifying himself with God, they took advantage of the opportunity.  “I Am” was the title of God in Exodus.  They said we need no more witnesses we heard him ourselves.  No other man ever born was rightly named because He was God and was the long awaited Messiah that would be the promised one to die for our sins.

     “I AM” God identified Himself to Moses using this title and it means He exists by himself for himself and is the uncreated Creator who is independent of a concept, force, or entity; therefore “I AM WHO I AM” (ongoing).

      We were watching an old Twilight movie the other night and there was an alien talking to humans on earth and it was funny to me that people today still believe there is something out there beyond earth.  Well there is someone out there and that someone is God, I AM.  God made man with spirit and that spirit is made to fellowship with God.  He was there before man existed and never will cease to exist.  I don’t know about you but I definitely need “I AM”.

     When it looks like days will overwhelm and over shadow me I need someone who is faithful and will run with me through this rat race of life.  When we have those days and wonder how we will ever get through that day God shows up and tells me “I Am” right here Judy and always will be I AM, your ongoing God and Companion trough life and will be through eternity. Jesus is the way to God because He was “I Am” in the flesh.  Don’t be deceived like these religious rulers who had no relationship just ritual.  Jesus wants to be your “I AM” today He gave His life to save you from the curse of this life and wants to be your ongoing running Companion.

 

Father, thank You for being our “I AM” when we think we can’t go on through our worst of days. Thank You for loving us and never leaving us alone. Thank You for that supply of strength and energy for another day.  Help the one who needs to hear You say today, “I AM still here and will never leave you”.

 

Crucify Him, Crucify Him, tomorrow.

Tuesday
Oct162018

October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 10

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 22:55-57;62 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.

 (“The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there.  A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”  But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!”   And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.”)

 

     Just a few short hours past after Peter cut off the ear of the servant we see a different Peter.  Peter had been told by Jesus that Satan wanted to sift him and also told him before the cock crowed he would deny him three times. Sure enough the devil showed up.

     Peter was a bold and a loud mouth disciple.  He lacked maturity and growth but the sifting would change Peter’s life forever. He was always the first one speaking up and almost boasting about what he would do.  I will give my life, but...  “But” that little word, Peter fearful of his life denied knowing Christ.

     Pride goes before destruction God’s Word tells us. He was a halfhearted follower but would soon become one of the pillars of our faith.  He would be restored and preach one of the most authoritative sermons after the resurrection recorded in Acts.

     We do not like sifting because it usually leads to brokenness.  We are not usually usable until we have been broken.  Much like a wild stallion so full of strength and energy is not usable until he has been broken and all that strength and power is under control of the master.

     Are you in a time of brokenness?  Just hold on God is going to use this in your life for our good and for His glory. Submit yourself to the Master’s authority and humble yourself before God and He will lift you up in His time.

               

Lord, I pray for all the broken hearted today.  Give them the grace to hold on and let them know You are working out a greater plan than they can imagine.  Help them know You show up through all the cracks much like a glass candle holder and become a light shining for others to see You. Without the broken cracks the light can’t get out.

 

Tomorrow: “I AM” is being interrogated.

Monday
Oct152018

October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 9

Running with Jesus  

 

Luke 22:50-51 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

(“And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear. But Jesus said, “no more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.”)

 

     The book of John identified this man as Peter.  Peter had the sword he and Jesus had talked about and he was ready to fight.  It was night and Satan was doing his dirty work arresting Jesus. Let us really walk down into the grove and look intently.  Judas knew who Jesus was and Judas knew where to find Him.  The Chief priest and Roman soldiers grab Him and they are taking Him by force.  He ask them, “Why come at me with swords and soldiers, I taught you in the temple daily.”  Jesus point was made He wasn’t hostile to them.   Peter takes out his sword and with a sling off comes the High Priest servant’s ear.  What does Jesus do? Puts it back on and instantly it is healed.  One of the last miracles and one more time Jesus is giving these men a sign.

     Oh, if only I had a sign so many say I would believe.  The greatest sign we have today is the image of the Cross where the greatest miracle was performed.  High and exalted on display for the world, God in Christ became sin for us and died to pay the penalty for our sin.  Can you grasp that miracle? It is the greatest miracle ever on this earth. It is the symbol of the last great miracle for man. Today the image of the cross is all across our land, but many are fighting the cross as much as they fought to kill Christ.  God has gone to all lengths to redeem man and more and more as time goes on they are resisting.  Satan hates the cross because the cross defeated him.  Since he is prince and power of the air he is working overtime to destroy the life of men.  He uses doubt and encourages unbelief.

 

Father, we pray for our country to awaken from their sleep before it is too late. We pray the cross can stand free and strong in America.   We pray You will have mercy upon the souls Satan is using to do his dirty work.  Lord, help us to stay strong in the face of opposition.  Help us as we go forward today to walk in Light and be a light in this dark world.

 

Tomorrow: “Look out Peter, Satan has arrived with his sifter.” Don’t miss it!

Sunday
Oct142018

October 14, 2018

October 14, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 8

Running with Jesus

Luke 22: 47-48 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.  But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

 (But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss.  But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”)

 

     A Kiss…..A brotherly love kiss…..pretending he loved Jesus.  We know Satan had already entered Judas.  Now he was doing his dirty work. He betrayed the one whom he had walked with and had seen and witnesses all the wonderful things that Jesus had done.  The betrayal was for 30 pieces of silver. Judas kiss was one of greeting that was the custom.  It would be the only way the Romans would recognize who Jesus was. He pretended to be a follower of Christ and betrayed Him.

     How many pretenders and betrayers do we have today?   When we are not giving Him time, talents, and money and all our energy goes to activities, pleasures, and material things we are betraying Him. We go to church and pretend we are Christian yet we show no acts of service.  When we are doing things that are insincere or just for a show we also betray Christ.

     Betrayers go to church and get their conscience pampered and think they are ok when really they do not have a love relationship with Him. He is asking you today “Do you betray me, like Judas?”  Judas ran with Christ every day and He did not have a personal relationship with Christ.  We see this because His heart was never changed.  His hand stayed in the money bag. If we have a heart change it will be reflected in our life.  No one will have to coax you to go to Sunday school and no one will have to remind you to go worship.  It will be your desire to be with God’s people. If your desires never changed you may want to examine your relationship with God.

               

Father, help us examine our hearts today.  How serious are we and do we really have a personal relationship with You. Father help us not betray You and especially in the days ahead because I believe  the day of our Lord is approaching.  The Word tells us we will know just like we know the seasons are changing.  I can hear this from the lips of so many believers. Father, it is so important in the world we live in to be real.

 

     I ask are you real? Have a think this morning!

 

One last miracle, see you tomorrow morning!