Monday
Oct082018

October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 2

Running with Jesus  

 

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

   

     “ Remember Me” is able to bring to one's mind an awareness of someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past. Too often while we are running through life we forget to remember who we are, the blood covenant people.  Every covenant God made usually carried with it something to remind them of that day. Abraham had circumcision that reminded him and Noah had a rainbow. Moses had a burning bush! Jacob had a ladder! Jesus gave the disciples the Lord's supper to remind them of the new blood covenant He was about to seal on the cross so when the days ahead got tough they could "Remember Me!" 

     He wants us to remember it cost Him his life to remove the penalty of man’s sin and man can live free from this fallen world we live in.

     How about your world, has it been rocked by Satan? Jesus says, "Remember Me!" Is your world pressing heavy upon you? Jesus says, "Remember Me!” Do you feel you can't go on? Jesus says, "Remember Me!”

 

Father, help us as covenant people remember You never leave or forsake us. Help us remember Your covenant is binding and we are Yours forever. No matter what life brings, You will always be there for us, because we are Your covenant people and every time we are in trouble our case will be heard and we can rest our case at the cross! 

 

Attitude check tomorrow, show up!

 

Monday
Oct082018

October 7, 2018

October 7, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

July 1

Running with Jesus 

 

 Luke 22:20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

 

(“After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”)

 

      Jesus was in the upper room and history was changing for eternity.  Heaven was watching and waiting all that was going on with God and man. He would soon fulfill his mission, the cross, yet He meets with His beloved disciples to explain the New Covenant with all mankind.  The long awaited time was here for man to be delivered from the penalty of sin.    He explained his body would be broken and his blood poured out that we could finally be restored to our maker and His spirit could come to dwell and walk with us again and we could have eternal life.  He would be the final Passover Lamb and man would be delivered from the penalty of sin. And man could be at peace with God.   

      Let me ask you have you experienced an upper room meeting with Him? If not He invites you to come and see what happened on the day He would die and shed His blood and give his body to be broken that you can have eternal life. So your burdens could be rolled away.  He invites you to enter into the blood covenant that will last for all eternity. I remember my day, do you have one? If not Jesus is waiting, climb up into the upper room. It will change your attitude toward life when you have been set free! Our run through life is easier when you are not loaded down with guilt. Can I get an amen!

 

 Father, we thank You for shedding Your blood for our sin and bearing our sin on the cross. Thank You for letting us in the last supper room so we can understand what you did for us. Help us keep a thankful attitude all day because we are free! Help us live as a free people! Thanks for removing our guilt! 

 

Let’s look at the word remember, tomorrow.

Saturday
Oct062018

October 6, 2018

October 6, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 30

Running with Jesus

Luke 22:8-13 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

(Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.”  “Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.  He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters,  say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’  He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.)

     The days are counting down now to the day of Jesus death and He is beginning to prepare the disciples for what is going to be ahead of Him. He gave His two closest runners the task of preparing the Passover meal.  Jesus had already gone before them and prepared a place for them. It would be a special place He had prepared for them since this would be their last meal together before His death.  The physical race He had been on was about to end, however, His spiritual race was just beginning to start for all of His followers.  They would have to learn to race with His Spirit guiding them.

     God gives us task to do and so often for me, it becomes difficult because I can’t fully see what God is asking me to do.  Why is it difficult? We are so programmed to operate in our physical realm. We want to see the outcome before we finish the task and this is not FAITH walking. Faith has to be done through the spiritual realm.

     In the text today we have to understand how full this town was and much like no room for Mary to have baby Jesus, where would these disciples find a room for all the disciples to have a meal.  Well, Jesus had gone before them and told them exactly where to go and what to look for and everything He told them happened.  They didn’t question Jesus they went and did what He told them to do. He helped them do what He had asked them to do.

               

Father, help us not question You when You give us a task to do.  You went before these men and You will go before us when You ask us to do something. You are the way the truth and the life. Help us know Your desires and trust You as we run through this life.

 

Let’s meet in the upper room, in the morning.

 

Friday
Oct052018

October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 29

Running with Jesus

 

Luke 22:3-5 "Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money."

 

     Then Satan entered Judas! Well, here we go again that crafty devil entering not a snake but a man. Just at the right time. For weeks we have been running with Jesus and right alongside were the Chief Priest and captains lurking for ways to kill Jesus! The devil was right there in their midst unbeknown to them crafty like with Eve! Now what did they promise Judas? Money, his favorite love! 

    We have heard the love of money is the root of evil. Satan knows man and what he likes. We are hard on Judas but, let's think what is probably the biggest betrayal of Jesus today? I would venture to say money. Money can buy us all kinds of pleasures and builds up pride, lift us to social status, and self esteem! Money is not wrong in itself but when we look to it for fulfillment, satisfaction, and security we are given a false hope that we are okay and don't need God. We sell out Christ and betray Him. Our loyalty and desire for more and more soon consumes our time, our thoughts, and devours our land. We have more than any generation in American history but are in a spiritual drought. A love for the things of God has gotten lost in the sea of money and prosperity and self gratification. Many who use to run close to God have veered off course.

      Are you running beside Jesus or betraying Him for money, pleasure and self?  We have forgotten the traps Satan sets to engage us in his schemes. These men were not aware Satan had entered Judas to get his dirty work done. You may not believe he is involved in drawing you away from God.  He is there because he knows if you reject Jesus you get to go with him to the pit. He won’t tell you that, he just goes along with your own desires.   

 

Father, Your Word reveals truth and Your Spirit will help us discern. I pray today we will choose to run with You and listen to You.  You give us the freedom to choose. We ask You to give us the strength to move ahead with You even when Satan throws his schemes our way.

 

Tomorrow: Jesus goes before us

Thursday
Oct042018

October 4, 2018

October 4, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

June 28

Running with Jesus   

 

Luke 22:1 "Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover."

 

      Passover was the feast the Jews celebrated their liberation from bondage to Egypt. The last plague that liberated them was death of all first born children. The death angel passed through the land and all Jews who killed a lamb and put its blood over the door post lived. Jesus was to become the Passover Lamb for all mankind. Where the blood of Jesus is applied to sinful man, death will pass over us. 

     You have heard born once die twice, born twice we die once. The first death is physical and will come to all. The second death is spiritual separation from God and it is eternal. Jesus came and died as the Passover lamb making atonement for our sin. I am so glad I know the Passover lamb and one day I will close my eyes in this life but I will wake up in heaven and I will not die the second death. I pray you know the Passover lamb so eternal death will not come to you.  Can we have a hallelujah shouting time that is indeed due a celebration! 

                 

Father, we are so thankful we don't have to worry about death. We are thankful for Jesus’ blood that covers us so we can have eternal life with You forever! Thank You for liberating us from the greatest bondage of mankind that is sin and death. 

 

Watch out in the morning Satan makes a sly entrance!