Saturday
Dec082018

December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

September 1

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 6:8;15 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.

   

     Wouldn't we love for this to be said about us in a conversation? Stephen was one of the men chosen to serve tables to allow the apostles to devote their time to preaching. He was one of the men we discussed yesterday who was a godly man who was full of faith and had a face of an angel. Because he was full of faith and the power of God was on him he did many signs and wonders that would lead to his death. 

     A faith filled life is one that seeks to walk every day right beside God and with His guidance and leadership going and doing what He tells us to do. We will find ourselves going and doing things we never imagined and will stretch our faith to unknown limits. It is living a life of surrender and obedience. 

     When we place our faith in Christ, we trust Him for salvation and eternal life. When we awake in the morning and face obstacles that seem unbearable we are able to press on. He empowers us to not trust what we see but to trust the One Who is victorious over life and we press on. When we have no money for the task at hand we trust the One Who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and we press on. 

      Living by faith is forsaking all I trust Him. It is putting total trust in Jesus Christ and His complete work as provider for salvation of our souls and the meter of our daily needs.

             

Lord, thank You for salvation and a faith filled life to help us live in this dark world we live in and give us power for everyday life. Holy Spirit this morning fill us to the brim so we can press on! May we have a face like an angel. 

   

Let's listen in on the next step in Stephen’s life in the morning!

Friday
Dec072018

December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 31

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 6:3 "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business."

   

      Here we find guidelines for leadership in the body of Christ. When seeking leaders they must first be men of honest report. This means have a good reputation. God's Word says as Christians we should let our “nays” and “yeas” be just that. People should know they are people of Your Word and what they do on Sunday is the same on Monday. They are to be real! 

      Next they should be Spirit filled. A spirit filled man has a mind to do the will of the Father and is controlled by the mind of God and aligns his life with obedience to God's Word. Then He will have wisdom that will help Him discern how to handle things in a Godly manner. The beginning of wisdom is for those who fear God! They should desire to follow Christ example of a servant and as He said they will say "I came to serve and not be served!" They can never be a leader that gets things done apart from a personal relationship with God that comes through the blood of Christ.

      More than ever there is a need for Godly men who live real in this fallen world.

 

Join me in a prayer for our men today: Father raise up Godly men and fill them with wisdom, knowledge and understanding to lead us. 

 

Tomorrow:We will catch up and run with Stephen! Oh to meet such a great man of God!

Thursday
Dec062018

December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 30

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

 

     Here it is murmuring in the church! One of the ways Satan can hurt us is to cause murmuring that will lead to discord in the body and that will lead to division.  Also favoritism can lead to division. There were the hometown Jews and converted Grecians and they spoke two different languages that was a barrier. There was a problem that arose and had to be handled and needed a correction. Some widows were not getting food. So how was it handled? They elected seven men to oversee the problem. We learn from this to handle the situation in a Godly way by working together. If you have a complaint in the body address the issue and seek ways to overcome. Do not let Satan cause you to quit or leave, instead become the one who helps find a solution. So I ask are you murmuring about something or are you showing favoritism? Well grow up get over it and run to God and pray over it and seek a resolution!

           

Father, help us not murmur but seek solutions. Lord it is our desire to build up the body of Christ and not tear it down. Lead us along Your right path. Thank You for Your Word to guide us through life! It is so tough sometimes. Thank You for always being there for us. We love You. We pray for our body of believers today, keep Your hand upon each one and help us grow stronger in You as we approach tough times. 

 

Men of wisdom and full of the Holy Ghost in the morning! I will be here!

Wednesday
Dec052018

December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 29
Running with Jesus  

Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

     After the disciples were taken to court and accused the counsel of killing Jesus, the Messiah, the court was pricked in their heart and was ready to kill them. A man named Theudas rose up and told them to not kill them. He suggest let it go and like water will dilute down and wash out in time but, if it was of God they would be fighting Him. However, God was in it and Christianity only grew larger and larger. Christianity is around the world today and the world is fighting God!  What is really sad is that America, which was founded on the Word of God, is fighting the One Who took her in and provided so much for her. America is rebelling against her own Father. Makes me so sad to hear a high school is demanding the band can't play a Christian song. We never would have thought in our lifetime she would change so much.
     We must continue to pray for our nation and fight with God and not against our Heavenly Father!
 

Father, remove any rebellious spirit we might be running with today! We do not want to fight You. It is our desire to be on Your team. Train and lead us to run Your way and never fight against You! Show us how to live a Godly life in this dark world so our light might shine in the darkness. Help us lead others to You.
 

Murmuring, Tomorrow!

Tuesday
Dec042018

December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 28
Running with Jesus

Acts 5:29 "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than man."

     Well is this not a verse for American's today? The apostles were healing, ministering, and preaching the Gospel and the religious sects were demanding they stop, put them in prison and threatened to kill them if they did.
     As the day is approaching the return of Christ we too can expect the heat to be turned up on us as true Bible thumping believers! We can't get a reporter to put on TV the countless lives that have been saved from so many worldly woes!  Yet let one Christian fall and they are ready to jump on it!
      Every day our religious freedoms our forefathers gave to us are being trimmed back.  We must begin today to say who we should obey, God or man? Who will you choose? We must purpose in our hearts before we are faced with this dilemma and pray for boldness!
                 

Father, as your return approaches, give us the boldness and power to stand. Give us a desire to obey You rather than man. Empower us with Your Spirit and sustain us with a steadfast heart to remain faithful. As Your Word tells us You will give us a word in season and out of season, let us allow You to be Lord of our words. Open the eyes of the blind who walk in darkness and help us be light in a world that is growing in darkness. We desire to obey You and help us remain in the path, running with You till we reach the finish line just like our forerunners of faith.

     We must press on as the evil day approaches! So keep on running the more we run with Jesus the stronger we will become.

Fighting God tomorrow! Have a blessed day! Meet me at the battle!