Wednesday
Nov282018

November 28, 2018

November 28, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 22
Running with Jesus  

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

     Boldness is the ability to take risk and have confidence. In my early days as a Pastor's wife it took boldness for us to go full time in the ministry. We were married nine years and had two beautiful boys, a house note, doctor bills from a sick child, a car note and a furniture bill! We had no idea how we would ever go full time. The last hold was Mike's secure job with South Central Bell, this was a great job to have in the eighties. As we were running with Jesus I was very weak and taking this leap of faith took courage and boldness. So we prayed and ran with Jesus and stepped out of "the boat", God was faithful to supply our every need. The bills got paid off from severance pay and we walked over on dry ground. We were boldly walking in His Spirit following His leadership and His hand was upon us.
     Over the thirty-four years of ministry I have found the boldness to step out of my comfort zone in order to reach and minister to souls. God has stretched our faith and given us an immeasurable amount of blessings. We have been tried and tested over and over. We could never have made it without praying for boldness and courage to press on.

Father, I pray for more boldness to share the gospel and I pray for my fearful friends who need boldness to stand firm as they face obstacles in life.  We pray for the days ahead that You might continue to empower us to do Your kingdom work!
 

Tomorrow: Learning to share!

Tuesday
Nov272018

November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 21

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 4:29 "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,"

 

      After Peter and John were arrested and spent the night in jail, the religious leaders wanted to have them punished but could not come up with a way to not cause a riot  so they let them go and told them

not to preach. They told the men "Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than Him?" They were released and went back and told the others what happened. Then they gathered together and prayed for boldness!

     Friends this is not far from happening in America! We need to start praying now for boldness because even as I type, courts are being pursued to challenge the Word of God and limit our preaching against sin. We are living in a pagan society and they will come after true born again Christians who cramp their life style. So we must ban together and pray for boldness for the days ahead. 

           

Father, we cry out together this morning for boldness to speak Your words in and out of season! We ask You to raise up men and women to uphold the law of Your Word and open the blinded eyes of those around us and help them hear and understand Your message of salvation. Help us share in the power of Your Holy Spirit! Fill us, enable us and equip us to fulfill Your plan and purpose for our lives. We pray You come quickly Lord Jesus. Until then keep us strong, steady running Your course.

 

What happened after heartfelt praying? See you tomorrow! Don't miss it!

 

Monday
Nov262018

November 26, 2018

November 26, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 20

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

 

      This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Peter and John get arrested for healing the lame man and preaching about resurrection life because the Sadducees, religious leaders who ruled the courts and got kick backs from the Romans and didn't believe in resurrection life.  They didn't like what Peter and John preached so they sent them for an overnight stay in jail. The next morning took them to court and questioned them. Peter spoke with boldness about Christ and what they had done to Jesus and who He was. When the Sadducees questioned their boldness, look what was said of them, they were unlearned and ignorant men they marveled and took knowledge of them "they had been with Jesus"! 

     Could a court convict us if we were on trial for boldness of being with Jesus?  Spending time with Jesus will change your life! It changed mine! I was fearful, worried, had low self esteem and I ran through life on an emotional roller coaster, but when I started running with Jesus my life began to be transformed! This is why I love this verse! 

      Jesus wants to change your life friend and when you decide to spend daily time with Him you find the thing you have been longing and looking for! You may be unlearned and educated but running with Jesus will give us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding above this worlds giving. You may know religious theology but never know Christ. Knowing Christ will transform your mind, will, and emotions! Knowing Christ opens your eyes to the spiritual realm and you will know truth and be set free from the bondage of sin! Knowing Christ will empower us to live as free people. I don't know about you but I choose to run with Christ! 

 

Praying for boldness in the morning!

Sunday
Nov252018

November 25, 2018

November 25, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 19

Running with Jesus  

 

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

 

      We all love refreshing! We travel to beaches, Sonic, buy tons of makeup, take long baths and pay for massages! We are a people who love refreshing. As Christians we should long for refreshing and renewal. We get bogged down with the same old ways of worship and do the same things day after day. As I looked "intentionally" at this verse I first passed up where refreshment comes from, "the Lord"!  We are all longing for refreshment and we have to learn to live in God's presence! So how do we get into God's presence? 

       In John 14:23 Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them."  Jesus himself gives us the conditional promise of how we get into God's presence by obedience to His Word and His teachings. We must learn to obey His commands. This truth has never changed from the days of old. He told His children, Israel, to choose blessings or curses. They were to obey His commands.  We will never have refreshing times without obedience, because obedience is the requirement for refreshing. 

     So let's chew on this piece of meat this morning! What one command can we start with He is telling us to do? Let's let the Holy Spirit search our hearts and reveal what area is hindering His presence in our lives which is not allowing us to have the refreshing we so long for.

               

Oh Father, create a clean heart in us oh Lord,  search us and reveal what You want us to do and empower us to obey because we want and long for Your presence and the refreshing of Your Spirit in our life.

 

     Let's sit quietly this morning! Spend some time confessing and refreshing! Whew! I almost missed that phrase, "the presence of the Lord"! Oh the little things in His Word are big things! Enjoy His presence! 

 

Let us run in the morning with unlearned and uneducated men! Meet them here tomorrow!

Friday
Nov232018

November 24, 2018

November 24, 2018

Judy Hollaway

 

August 18

Running with Jesus

 

Acts 3:19-21 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

     Peter’s message was the same message we preach hundreds of years later and it never gets old.  In this morning’s I found sweet words to my soul.  Repent, turn to God, he wipes my sin away and then we’ll find refreshment from the presence of the Lord.

    The only way we can function is by running with Jesus.  He always brings us back to the Father where we find refreshment for our tired weary souls.  Life wears us down and out, can I get an AMEN over that one.  Once we come to know Christ, Satan has lost our souls and then he wears us out seeking to grab our joy which will lead us into all kinds of emotions that put us on a roller coaster ride through life.  People, places and things that we attach our souls to fail us and disappoint us and these are your joy robbers.  Let a person say one word and off we go on a downward spiral. Let life place us in an undesired place and we squirm and moan and complain.  We depend on things to make us happy but in time we want something else and never satisfied.

     When we lose all the above and realized it is only Jesus we need to depend upon we can have a contented life and people, places and things come and go we are still stable.  It is in Him that we find refreshment.

     What is holding your joy back that you need to let go of this morning?  Run to Jesus and let Him give you refreshment.  He will restore our joy and give us just what we need to go through each day.  He is a well of water flowing up for us to drink from and sustains us.

 

Father, thank You for restoring my soul this morning and help my dear sweet friends have just a little taste from the spring of life and enable them to keep running today.  We love You and ask You to forgive and help us become the free person You created us to be.

 

Let’s keep staring intently to this refreshing, can’t wait to run with you and Jesus in the morning.