Thursday
Nov222018

November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 17

Running with Jesus

 

Act 3:11-12 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

 

     In verse 12 the New Living Bible says, Peter saw his opportunity.  The lame man had been healed and the people ran together to Solomon’s porch and this created an opportunity for Peter to stand up and preach to full gospel.

     Do we look for opportunities to share the gospel?  Most of us are not even focused enough on witnessing.  We aren’t aware that we are a witness all the time.  Our lives are on public display constantly.  Our actions and attitudes reveal the nature of our hearts.  What is your nature?  There are three natures in the Bible.  The first is the natural minded man,  a person who has not been born again and they operate in the physical world with fleshly desires, are self-focused and never mind the business of God .  The second is the Spiritual man who has been born again and his desires, mind and affections are set on doing the will of our God our Father.  He will follow the example of Jesus Christ the Son of God and strives to walk in obedience to God’s will and commands.  This man will look for those opportunities because he has his focus upon the Lord.  The third man is the carnal minded man. He has been born again but is in a backslidden condition.  You cannot tell him from the Natural man.  He is walking in the flesh and minds very little of the business of God.

     What is God’s business? Redeeming the souls of sinners and saving them from hell.

     This day the restored Peter was God focused and had a mouth full to share.  He shared the complete message of Jesus coming to earth to die for the sins of men.  How Jesus was rejected, hung on the cross, buried and rose again from the dead overcoming Satan, our final enemy death. 

     My questions today are; “What is filling your mind?”   Are we like Christ and Peter looking for witnessing opportunities?  Are we thinking only about worldly things and not eternal things?

 

Father, as we go through this day let us be mindful and focused on what really matters and that is souls being reached before they end up in hell for all eternity.  Nudge us and give us boldness to speak and authority to share the gospel.  We all know this world is in desperate need of You.

 

Repent and times of refreshing, will come see you tomorrow!

Thursday
Nov222018

November 22, 2018

December 22, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 16

Running with Jesus

 

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have given it thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

 

     This is the story of a lame man. It was customary for them to sit near the entrance to the temple because the Jews believed it noble to give them a love gift.  We know the religious wanted to be seen by all in a good light. On this day the lame man ask for what he thought was his need, money.  He had no job and was probably treated as an outcast cursed by God for some sin.  God would show up and give him what he needed, to walk!

     We get our wants and needs mixed up and we go to God making request and we get a strange answer and we begin the question of why’s..Oh you have been here too!  Later down the road we discover God is greater, wiser and smarter than man.  God being all-knowing knows what our greatest needs are and we have to lie those why’s down at the cross and leave them there.  Life is about us getting to know God better every day.  Every day we have to learn to trust Him more and more with our lives.

     What is it that you ask Him to do today?  Is it a need or a want?  Don’t be surprised if it comes in a different package than you want. Do remember that God knows exactly what we need?

                       

Father, another day on earth and another opportunity to trust You to meet our every need.  We want to thank You in advance for all the things that come our way that You are going to work for good in my life.  You are my sure foundation and stronghold.  You are the light, the way and truth and we want to run through life with You.  We give You all praise and glory. There is none like You, God.  I chose to trust You with my wants and my needs.

 

Tomorrow: Looking for opportunities, so be sure to come back!

Wednesday
Nov212018

November 21, 2018

November 21, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

 August 15

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

 

     The Jews would go to the temple to pray 3 times a day, morning at 9:00am, afternoon at 3:00pm and evening at sunset.  The ninth hour would be 3:00 pm.  As we grow in Christ we too must develop a consistent prayer life.  We see this in the life of Jesus Christ and by this time we see the disciples were following the life of their master teacher.  You and I will never accomplish anything for the cause of Christ if we are not consistent in prayer.  We already talked about prayer just a few days ago.  As we pray we are storing them up in heaven and we never know when we will get the answer poured out upon us.  I want to share a little story about this.

     I teach a Puggle’s class on Wednesday nights that consists of two and three year olds.  They love puzzle time and one of our puzzles are shapes.  Last year somehow we lost the heart shape.  In my thoughts I kept saying Lord where is our heart and then as I went through some things it was always on my mind.  We are about to begin our AWANA session back after summer so I wanted to organize and redo my room.  As I organized and decorated I couldn’t find my Puggles CD of songs for the kids, so I began to search through the Sunday school class cabinet to look for the CD and all of sudden I spotted the pink heart shape that was missing.  I wanted to shout “Praise the Lord!”.  I had given up but it was still on my heart.  Then I said ok Lord now where is that CD and I went a little deeper and found the CD.  I had to lose the CD to find the heart.  I know this is a simple little story, however, it demonstrates how prayer is answered when we least expect it! 

     We can pray about every detail in our lives and that is exciting.  God is so interested in us He knows how many hairs are on our head.  Would you want to count them? I didn’t think so.  He also knows what we are thinking before we speak and He looks on our hearts and knows what is in them and the Word says He will give us the desires or our hearts.

     After Pentecost His Spirit was able to come and enter all men who accept Christ.  When we don’t know how or what to pray the Holy Spirit intercedes for us.  Just remember we can pray about anything and prayer is our life line so learn and develop a consistent prayer life.  Combine reading the Word and praying to God the Father in Jesus name, it will change your life forever.  Prayer changes things.  Let’s never forget our praying.

 

Father, thank You for always being there with us and You are at our beckoning call twenty-four seven.  I can’t do anything a part from You.  I am leaning on Y,ou Lord when I don’t know what to do You are right there every step of the way.

 

     Got any “Amen” takers today?  Let’s have one of those shouting fits because we serve an awesome God!

 

Looking for opportunities, in the morning!

Tuesday
Nov202018

November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 14

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 2:44-47 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.  

 

     With the filling of the Holy Spirit entering and changing the lives of men we begin to see what church community life should look like.  They were together, shared and helped each other and met each other’s needs, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and materially.  They continue at this time to go to the temple, went house to house fellowshipping and the result was gladness and singleness of heart.  As a result of their loving and caring for each other they had favor with all people and the church grew.

     Eventually they were rejected at the temple and began to have church in homes and will begin to worship on Sunday instead of Saturday.

     When the body of Christ begins to use their gifts to minister to each other and demonstrate the love of Christ, the church becomes healthy and loving and the church will begin to grow. This will attract others to the church. 

     Sometimes many in the body will not see the need to attend baby showers or weddings and functions of the body, however, we can see that it is very important to the body that all of the body demonstrates their love to each other.  If you notice this verse says they had singleness of heart.  That means they had one heart. The heart is the seat of the mind, will, and emotions. The heart we should have is the same heart of Christ who loves and treats all with the same love, kindness, and respect. That is why God commands us to love him with all our heart, mind, and soul.

     Are you operating with a single mind?  I am afraid most of our minds are not on God and functioning out of His thoughts and cares.  Most of us are functioning out of personal wants and desires.  If we truly want our churches to grow we will mind our minds.  We will stop and refocus so we can be about the Father’s business.  Days are short friends and time is running out, the church needs to wake up and start dying to self and becoming alive to God so we can win the lost.

 

Father, forgive us for thinking selfishly and help us to become single hearted and remind us it is all about You and not about us.  We ask You to help us empty self today and show us someone who might have a need today.  Go before us and lead us to walk in Your Spirit as we run through this day.

 

Let’s go up and pray with Peter and John in the morning!

Monday
Nov192018

November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 13

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 2:43-44 “And fear come upon every soul and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. and all that believed were together, and had all things common.”

 

     These verses follow the steadfast verse and we can see how remaining steadfast in all the teachings helped form the first church of Christianity that is still impacting our world today centuries later.  If we intend to impact the world we live in, we must also remain steadfast.

     So often we wonder why we do not see more happening in our body.  I must ask how much fear of the Lord does the body of Christ have today?   We must examine our own lives this morning.  Revival can begin with one person.  Let us go back into our memory file, think about when you first accepted Christ this morning.  Just a few weeks ago Mike preached on the church of Laodicea in Revelation.  This church had lost its first love.  As I think about marriage I think about losing our first love.  Marriage will not be sustained by first love over a period of time.  We come to a point where all the goose bumps and tingles go away so how do we maintain our love.  First of all we have to realize love is a choice.  I must choose to keep loving.  Then we have to maintain our love by spending time together and creating an environment for love to grow.  I know my love for Mike is more precious now than ever before after forty-two and one half years.  We don’t question our love when we disagree we just love.  We are able to express our own opinions and move on.  We have deeper love and a lasting commitment.  The minute one of us were to stop being steadfast we would cease to be where we are.  So it is with our love with God and He knows we are in this for the long haul.  Fear of God and getting out of His will is what holds us all together and then we will begin to see miracles happen in the body.  Each person must examine their love life with Christ. 

     Are we truly in love with Christ?  Are we committed to His will and work?  Have we stopped maintaining our love life?  If you can’t answer yes to any of these then we must ask ourselves, “Am I the reason we don’t see more things happening in the body of believers I live among?”  Maybe today we need to renew our vows and commitment to God.

 

Father, we confess our lack of commitment to You and we come before You asking You to forgive us and help us to know and understand what it really means to love You.  Help us search for ways to serve You in the body of Christ and live like there was no tomorrow so we can see and leave an impact in this world while we are living here.  We want to love on You today.  Help us feel Your heart beat and let us move with Your beat. 

 

      Let’s spend some time doing our first dance with Jesus this morning.  Let’s remember that day we were united and rekindle the fire that was between us. 

 

Singleness of heart, in the morning, be sure and come back!