Tuesday
Nov062018

November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 31

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts1:14 “These all continued with one accord prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

 

     The disciples returned to Jerusalem and went back to the upper room just as Jesus had told them to do.  They were to go and wait on their next direction.  Did you notice that they were all in one accord and praying?  One accord In the Greek means one mind or one passion.  They were all on the same page!

     I remember on 9/11 for about a month we were all on the same page.  As the days passed and we got over the devastation that took place, we were once again back on our busy schedules.  I thought we might see a revival among our people, but look where we are  years later.  Not better and that is for sure!  We are further away from God as a nation than in the history of the United States.  How sad!

     We must get in one accord to receive from God insight and direction.  The body of Christ is in Satan’s cradle and is being rocked to sleep.  We are going to begin to see the changes that took place in the life of Peter, whom had been sifted and restored to Jesus, and all the disciples as they are filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit to begin the Church age to share the gospel.  America has played one of the greatest parts of sharing the gospel to the world.  Our forefathers were on the same page when they came and established this nation.  Even our laws were created from the Bible.

      If we are to become all Christ wants for us to do we must get in one accord.  Our minds must come together and the only way this can be done is for us to walk in obedience to His Word.  Romans 12:1-2 talks about us being transformed by the renewing of our minds,  the only way for us to become like minded is to become like Christ in our thinking is to meditate on scripture, hide it in our hearts and live out what we learn from the pages of His written Word.

 

Father, renew our mind and help us each to be transformed and like minded as we run on through life.  Help us not bend or bow down to the false teachings and doctrines of the world and their desires and standards of living.  Jesus, You were in the world but lived not of this world and as our example You only did the will and mind of the Father.  Make us to live in one accord being filled with Your wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Thank You for Your sweet Spirit our helper, comfort, and teacher.  Let us remember that dreary day when America’s time stopped for a few moments to pray. As we seek God, we will find ourselves united and there is power in unity.  You want to empower us but we must stay focused.

 

      Do not let Satan get you off focus, stay in the race. We have read the back of the book and Jesus won the race and we have too!

 

Peter’s different let’s meet him in the morning!

Monday
Nov052018

November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 30

Running with Jesus

 

Acts 1:11”….Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

 

     Angels announced the birth of Jesus, announced he had risen from the dead, and now they are at the ascension announcing He is coming back just like He left and a trumpet will sound on that day He    returns.  There were eyewitnesses that recorded what happened and Matthew even tells us that some arose from the dead and gave a witness to all these events.

     People are making fun and saying all these events are just myths and fairy tales.  God’s Word even gives us signs to look for that even indicate we are nearing the return of Christ.  So many are talking about the signs as never before, one special sign is nations will turn on Israel.  Read and listen to the news and you will see that this event is getting greater day by day. (Devotion was written in 2015)

     As Christians we understand that Israel was the chosen nation to carry the gospel to the world and the Messiah would come from their descendants.  If you look at history any nation that has turned upon Israel has always come under judgment.  We have been allies for years.  We better not touch Israel.

     Jesus is going to return soon and we better be prepared for that day or we will be in trouble.  America had better get her head out of liberalism, materialism, and pleasures and wake up!  This is a wake-up call friends for us to start a return to God and Jesus Christ.  I am talking not so much to the world because Jesus says if my people would repent and return I will heal their land.  So let me rephrase the previous statement , the Christians better get their heads out of liberalism, materialism, and pleasures.  God is looking for real and will not tolerate pretending and play acting when it comes to worship! 

 

Father, we come repenting and ask you to forgive and help us. Help us as a church wake up and get real.  I know at times we are so lukewarm You want to spew us out.   Send a spirit filled Holy Ghost revival amongst us that we might have the power to go tell others before it is too late.

 

Tomorrow: They are in one accord our new running course is birthing the Church age and this is our life time emerging to carry Gospel.

Monday
Nov052018

November 4, 2018

November 4, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 29
Running with Jesus

Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

     Right before Jesus ascended into Heaven He gave us the great commission to go! He said go to your home towns, surrounding areas and then to the farther parts of the world. It is our mission to share the gospel.
     One of the hardest parts it seems is for us to talk about Jesus to others around us. Having Christ as savior is the most important thing man can ever posses yet we are so selfish and unconcerned for a lost and dying world.  We want Him to help us and scream for help but we act powerless to tell others.
     He tells us you will receive power to witness. Problem, we are like a lamp that has a cord but is not plugged in, useless! Daily we write our own agendas and leave no margin for witness, we don't even think that the person I am talking to today may be lost and we may be the last person they see on this earth! Witness has to be willful obedience to the Lord's last command to go. We text, email and talk about everything under the sun but never share the love of Jesus. And today Satan is trying to use laws to shut us down. But we must remember we are given power through the Holy Spirit that is in us to help us! So let's focus and tell one person about the love of Jesus today! Watch the power glow through you. As we do we become stronger.
               

Lord, show us that one soul who needs to hear God loves you and died for you. As we plan our day order it in such a way we can operate through Your Spirit guiding our every step. Thank You in advance for what You want to do in our lives today. Help us learn to run in Your Spiritual guidance! Help me start in my house and move outward.
 

                And for that one out there this morning that needs this, remember God loves you and sent His Son to die for you!   See all it will take is one push of your share button to empower you to reach all your Facebook friends with the gospel!

Tomorrow: He is coming back!

Monday
Nov052018

November 3, 2018

November 3, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 28

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 1:4-5 “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

 

     As the baby boomer and millennial generations living in a high tech world of electronics and mobility we do not like to tarry and wait.  We own more cars in households and have microwaves that give us instant mobility and food.  We use more credit cards accruing more debt than any generation because we do not like to tarry or wait. I have found myself in so many messes because I did not wait.  Getting ahead of God is one of the areas we struggle in most of the time.  Women are especially getting themselves into all sorts of trouble because we refuse to wait and force the issues.  This may be in purchasing or speaking and trying to fix things on our own time.

    God had a special work for the disciples to begin and had to wait on God to empower them for the task.  I have found when I wait upon God that He will do things in a much larger scale than I could dream or imagine.  When I was just beginning to grow in my walk I tried to get ahead of God.  He took care of this by laying me down and causing me to lay dormant for about 2 years.  I felt the call of God on my life as an 8 year old girl in GA’s.  I didn’t realize what He wanted to do in my life but I was tender to His voice.  At 16 I surrendered to full time service to live for Him.  I went on a married Mike almost 18 by 30 days.  We would be married for 9 years with 2 boys before He surrendered to preach and I saw God’s will begin to unfold.  We were young and didn’t know how it would all come about but from an 8 year old I can tell you there was a lot of waiting for doors to open. 

     What door are you waiting to open this morning?  Don’t give up on God and don’t be disappointed if the door you think needs to open doesn’t because the door He wants open will always work for our best and His glory!  So don’t get discouraged tarry and wait!

 

      Father, we pray as we learn to listen to Your Spirit guide us, You will empower us to wait upon Your Spirit.  We know that what You have planned will work for the good.  We trust You because You are the Spirit of Promise given to us after the work of Christ death upon the Cross.  We will not move until You say this is the way run in it.

 

Tomorrow: Empowered to witness, get excited God has places for you to go and things for you to do!

Keep those spiritual towers up!

Friday
Nov022018

November 2, 2018

November 2, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 27

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 24: 49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; But tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

 

     Alas the day was coming, we have been running for almost seven months right along with Jesus and Dr. Luke, but we will soon be learning to run with Jesus not in the flesh but by the Holy Spirit just like God promised.  When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden man lost the relationship of God’s personal presence walking and talking with Him in the garden.  Man would be only able to go through a mediator; He used individuals, prophets, and priest.  Now as God promised He would send His Holy Spirit to dwell within man through the process of being born again.

     Today, many are churched in terms but have never been born again.  Being a member of the church is not the same as being born again.  If you are born again and the Spirit of God resides in you there will be a change in your life.  The new life has new desires that desire to do the will of your Father.  

     We will begin running with Christ into the book of Acts.  The church is being born and lives are being transformed and man once again will be able to talk personally with God and do the works of the Father.

 

Father, we are so thankful for the opportunity to have one on one conversation with You every day just like Adam and Eve.  Help us learn as we run to discern Your voice and hear You say this is the way run in it.  Father,  as we run through our days of business and crowded life styles, we are so thankful You will never leave us alone again.  We have You 24/7, can I get a Praise!

 

      So let’s keep running and don’t stop now because we have so many exciting things waiting for us to see in Acts!

 

Meet me tomorrow and raise those Spiritual cell towers and gear up to learn we will tarry in Jerusalem so we can get empowered from on high!