Saturday
Mar312018

March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

November 24

Running with Jesus 2015

 

Acts 23:6-8 "Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all."

   

                Couldn't help but think as I was reading Paul's day in court that we live amongst people like the Sadducees and Pharisees. So you say how is that? Well most people don't think there is a resurrection, life after death! Is it not true? Why do I say this?  Because they live everyday without thinking about life after death.  If they did there would be more coming to worship. Most are so busy they ignore this part of life. 

               First I would like to say I know there is a God and I have a personal relationship with Him through the death of Jesus on the cross. I like to think of it this way; when I die I have nothing to lose and gain everything! If we are right and you don't believe, you have everything to lose. And will gain eternity in hell and eternal separation from God! 

                The Bible says today is the day of salvation and we have no promise of tomorrow! If you have not made preparation let today be that day! The clock is moving fast so better not wait too long!

   

Father I pray for that one soul reading today who needs to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior. I pray they will be moved by Your Spirit.  I am thankful I know when I leave this world I will be in Your presence. I never lose sleep over life after death. I thank You for that peace and security! 

               If you need this assurance please take time to read John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-10. 

 

Tomorrow: Red Letter edition Bible. If you have one get it for in the morning.  

Saturday
Mar312018

March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

November 23

Running with Jesus 2015

 

Acts 21:39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people."

 

                After Paul's arrest he asked  if he could speak to the crowd. He began to share his personal testimony. He shared how the light shown down from heaven and blinded him and had to be led by hand. Paul thought they would understand how his life was before as a devout Jew and then how he became a follower. They didn't accept Paul's message especially when he told them God was sending him to the Gentiles! Bad words for these men who were suppose to be bringing the light to the world.

                Are we are lights shining in our dark world. Are we that city on a hill so all can see Jesus? I am afraid the body of Christ has put our lights under a bushel basket. God's Word tells us men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. Christian shed light on sinful ways so don't think the world will like you! This group had pride in the fact they were "Chosen” of God and when Paul said God sent him to the Gentiles, light hit them and wham they turned on Paul. When we share and hit a nerve that reveals their sin we will take a hit! So don't be discouraged just stay the path.

               

 Lord as we run in this world there is so much darkness we get overwhelmed by it all. Give us strength to stand in the dark. We know we are the only light people may come in contact with. Give us favor with all we shine on. Help them be able to see the right way in their dark by looking at us. Help us not walk in darkness. Fill us with Your sweet Holy Spirit.

 

In the morning running into those Sadducees and Pharisees don't miss them!

Saturday
Mar312018

March 5, 2018

March 5, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

November 22
Running with Jesus 2015


Acts 22:3 "I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day."

                 Yes, I did use the same verse yesterday, keep reading.  Every time I see where Luke writes about Paul's life as Saul I think about how he was living the perfect fulfilled life. He had education from the best elite school and best professors. He had a great job and fulfilling for a man, he could get orders and go around and have people arrested, beaten, and put to death. He was a commander over a host of people. In the "worlds" eyes successful. That would be to live life and be happy and die. Although Saul thought he had eternity wrapped up! The more He did in name of Jehovah, the more he thought he had it made. He was missing it though!
                 But God! God had a higher plan and purpose for Saul and that would be to become Brother Paul. And when he met Jesus and only then did he find he had a higher purpose than this world offers. We can settle to live in the lower plan or divine plan and purpose. God has a plan we cannot imagine for our life. We couldn't dream of it and we couldn't make it happen. We can choose to obey Him or live in the world’s plans and ways.  When we choose to obey him we will fulfill his higher purpose!
                Saul became known as Paul and founded more churches than any one man and is still leading people to Christ in this century, and authored most of New Testament books that has built up the body of Christ that is still working today. What a legacy! I know he never could have dreamed the plans God had for him.   Divine plans; let's think about where we are in our lives. Are we seeking the world’s way and system or living in His divine plan for our lives?
               

Lord we look to You to find our true higher purpose for living. As we seek to run with You we trust You to map out the higher plans for our life. Help us look unto You for guidance, die to self and the world’s way of thinking and planning.  Help us remember life is short and what we do between the dates on our tomb stone are what counts. Here we are use us for your glory.
 

Light in darkness in the morning!

Friday
Mar302018

March 4, 2018

March 4, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

November 21
Running with Jesus 2015

Acts 22:3 "I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day."


                No one had more zeal and passion for his Jewish faith. He was trained in the doctrine of the law! He was so zealous for the law that they were crying out for his arrest and his death.
                I cannot imagine standing out in a street yelling to kill someone, can you? These men wanted to kill Paul and some even listened to lies. When he was arrested they ask if Paul was the man who had followers who had a band of men who had captured some souls and killed them.  Paul never gave up witnessing for Jesus. The zeal and passion he had to destroy Christians is now being used for the gospel.
                We need to catch hold of Paul’s zeal and compassion for "The Way". I feel we need to urgently be sharing our faith with as many as possible. Days are short. If we have zeal witnessing will be our focus. We live in this world but we are to remember we are not to live like the world and function like the world.
                 

God move us and give us a zeal to share the gospel today. Help us look for doors to be open and help us stay focused as we work through the day. Help us understand opportunities are divine appointments. Help us run hard and fast.

 

Tomorrow: Thinking about Paul's life in one big picture!

Friday
Mar302018

March 3, 2018

March 3, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

November 20
Running with Jesus 2015


Acts 21:30-31 "And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar."

                Paul reached Jerusalem and met with the disciples and shared all the events from his missionary journey and it was so exciting as he traveled from city to city seeing churches birthed, souls saved and finding the churches were still functioning on his first two missions. He was at one of the high points of his ministry. However, the Jews were angry with Paul! We must remember his role as Saul was against Christianity! Now he was a Father of "The Way" and helping it to grow leaps and bounds. The religious leaders hated him enough to want to kill him! What does that say about religion!
                  Religion never transforms a soul even as I type religion has our world turned upside down with religious people killing people! What a sad day because they believe it gets them a special place after life in heaven.
                   Jesus came to save the lost, heal the sick, and bind up the broken hearted. That is our mission too! That is transformation into the image of Christ our Savior. You can be religious all day and die and split hell wide open.  Good people die and go to hell. The Word say’s “There is not any good no not one.” It also says “Our righteousness is as filthy rags.” We take on the righteousness of Christ when we accept His shedding of the blood for our sin. We are made right with God and we gain eternal life. We do not have to blow ourselves up or kill someone to gain favor with God! But what is so sad is just like Jesus who healed the sick, did miracle after miracle was hated, despised, and killed by religious people, so was Paul. Christ and Christians are still being hated today. If the Lord tarries many of us will be martyred for faith.  Will we stand up for Jesus? is the question. Let us pray for boldness and for revival in our land.
               

Oh Father we are troubled over our land. We come seeking revival, first in our own hearts and then for our churches across this land. We pray for boldness and strength in the days ahead. We love You and worship You in truth and spirit.

 

Tomorrow: Paul, a man of Zeal!