Thursday
Feb072019

February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019

Judy Hollaway

 

November 2
Running with Jesus  

Acts17:5b-6 ….. and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

     We are not told a lot about Jason in this text. We do know he was one God was using to help form a church in this area. He opened his home and helped Paul and Silas do a great work!    We don't all have to be out front and known to be a great helper to God. We just have to be willing servants. We must remember our Father who sees in secret will reward that person for what he has done.

     The Pharisee's wanted to be noticed. They dropped their change in the offering plate so people could hear its rattling sound to look like a big giver. They also prayed long and loud prayers to be heard by men.  Jason moved silently was barely being mention and hardly noticed in this text. Helping two preachers do God's work. We need Jasons.  We have a lot of Jasons working in the background supporting us.
      I notice those who are faithfully helping whether it is financially, or physically doing so much to further the gospel or sustain the church ministries. So I ask are you a Jason? God sees all you do and in season you will reap a reward.

 Father, make us like Jason, faithful, steadfast, and persevering for the gospel. Show us the work You have for us to do in helping Your servant’s leaders get the gospel preached! Help us open our homes or take out the trash or teach no matter what to keep serving and helping. Give us a serving, persistent, and persevering spirit.

A stirring of the Spirit, tomorrow!

Wednesday
Feb062019

February 6, 2019

February 6, 2019

Judy Hollaway

 

November 1
Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 17:5  But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar …..

     Jealousy is a big word! It is resentment because of another's success.  This leads us to bitterness and that leads to anger and that can lead to murder.  Paul was preaching and it began to attract a large group and the other teachers got mad and caused a riot.
     Jealousy destroys families, friendships and lives. Rather than being excited over lives being changed self got in the way and personal desire. I have counseled with women who were jealous and built things up in their mind that was not true of their spouse and drove their spouse away from them. Jealousy is another tool of Satan to cause trouble. Remember Cain killed Able over his offering to God. Jealousy is a killer. We must guard our hearts of jealousy.
     Look at all these synonyms for jealousy: anxious, apprehensive, attentive, begrudging, covetous, demanding, doubting, emulous, envious, envying, grabby, grasping, green-eyed, grudging, guarded, intolerant, invidious, jaundiced, mistrustful, monopolizing, possessive, possessory, protective, questioning, resentful, rival, skeptical, solicitous, suspicious, vigilant, watchful, zealous. Now let's look opposite at the antonyms of jealousy: confident, content, satisfied, trusting, unresentful. Now which state had you rather be in?
                 

Father, search our hearts today take out jealousy and put trust into our hearts. Let us be grateful when others prosper and be an encourager not a rioter. Show us blind spots we might have that need to be brought to light so we can live free and spirited.

Tomorrow: Are you a "Jason"?

Tuesday
Feb052019

February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

Judy Hollaway

 

October 31

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 17:1-3Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:  And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

 

     Perseverance is remaining steadfast doing something in spite of difficulty. After the first beating most Christians say, "I am out of here!" Persevering of the saints is seldom spoken of in our modern day. Our social theology is if you don't like something you just throw in the towel. We see this in the breakdown of the family, in the work place and even in possessions. We are so easily turned to self-focused! It doesn't matter about who gets hurt or what others need; it is about me, myself, and I. 

     Paul is a great example of self-less. He ran from town to town preaching to the Jews the truth about Christ being the Messiah. He would be rejected, stoned, beaten and run out of town many times. He could have quit! That is the easy way, we think! However, look how many lives were changed and are still being changed because Paul chose to tell of the love of God.  Paul loved people and gave his life to help others know truth. Another church would be started in this town because of Paul's persevering faith! 

      We need to ask ourselves are we a person known for persevering or are we a runner who lets the least little thing makes us throw in the towel. Let's ask God to help us.

               

Father, some days it is so hard to press on. We need the strength to carry on. Fill us with Your Spirit and help us persevere. Help us fulfill Your purpose for living. Help us run persevering till we reach the goal! 

 

Are you a jealous person? Meet me tomorrow!

Tuesday
Feb052019

February 4, 2019

February 4, 2019

Judy Hollaway

 

October 30
Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 16:40 "And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed."

     After they were released from their jailing Paul and Silas returned to Lydia's house and were comforted.  Lydia's home was the forming of the Church of Philippi. Paul went to her home upon her pleading. Normally Paul lived independently as he traveled selling tents. This time he went and stayed with her.  In those days Lydia having a business meant she had workers and a community surrounding her. We were told earlier she and her household were baptized identifying themselves as followers of Christ. God was at work forming this church, a place of comfort, and it began when God opened her heart to receive the gospel.
      I am doing a study of the women of the Bible. Never underestimate your abilities as a woman when it comes to God. He uses both men and women to get His work done. He will use anyone with a humble spirit and a servant’s heart. Whether we are wealthy like Lydia or a poor servant girl like Mary. God looks upon our hearts and knows us and searches our hearts. Joseph was the youngest brother and God saw his heart.
      What does God see in your heart? Do we have a willing spirit? Where did Paul find Lydia after God called him in the vision to go to Macedonia, at a prayer meeting outside of town by a river. Lydia was seeking God and he saw her heart and opened her eyes to see Him.
       We will find God in our prayer time while we are crying out to God. We are to be God chasers, someone once said! I want to be among those who chased God and found Him!
               

 Father, look deep into our hearts today, we long for you! We cry out to You with thirsty souls. Here we are Your servant. Fill us with Your spirit today and show us Lydias who are praying for someone. Ttell them how to find God. Make us aware of the opportunities today.
 

Paul, moving forward, tomorrow!

Tuesday
Feb052019

February 3, 2019

February 3, 2019

Judy Hollaway

 

October 29

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 16:28-31 " But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

   

      Paul and Silas walked so close to God and they made the most of every opportunity to share the gospel. They seemed to look at everything through the eyes of God. Here is what some say was the first jail ministry! All things happen for a reason. God was about to save a prison guard and his family. The door was opened, their chains were loose and had an opportunity to run, but if they had this jailer would have been killed. In the dark they cried out to the jailer to let him know they were still there. Look what happened he fell at their feet and asked how to be saved.  He had been listening to their voices sing praises to God in chains and he noticed these men were different.

     How we respond to the catastrophes of life become a living witness of our faith. People notice more than we think how we react and respond. On the other hand our enemy wants to drive us to the point of turning on God and causing our faith to be null and void. It was Paul and Silas strong conversions and eye witness faith in Christ that enabled them to endure. They had a God’s eye view. Everything in their life served as a purpose to bring honor and glory to God and salvation for a lost soul. I don't know what place you are in but I do know God will use it for His glory and to help others. 

     Do you feel jailed today? Ask God to turn it into a jail ministry. Keep singing and praising God until the chains fall off and doors open. Next, watch for a lost soul to appear that you need to witness to.

                 

 Father, we praise You and worship You, Lord of heaven and earth. Our soul pants for You as a deer pants for water and our souls long to worship You. We trust You with these chains and prison walls knowing You are working in our darkest hours. We rest in You and trust You to bring good from the bad. Lift us up in this darkness, we wait upon You. And give us the ability to see life through Your eyes. 

 

Back to Lydia's house in the morning! Join me!

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