Willing

Jesus once told a leper “I am willing”.
Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.
“I am willing,” He said.
“Be clean!”
Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
 
Lepers were outcasts of society.
They lived separately and no one touched them.
Yet Jesus was willing to reach out, touch the man and heal him.
 
Jesus was willing to heal a blind man on the Sabbath.
John 9
He was willing to speak with the woman at the well.
Even though she was a Samaritan and Jewish people were not to
have any contact with them.  Yet Jesus was willing.
 
Jesus was willing to sit with thieves, beggars, tax collectors and sinners.
Jesus was willing to hang on a cross. 
 
How many of us are willing to follow in Jesus’s example?
How many of us will love the unlovable, talk to the homeless,
forgive those who have sinned against us, or help
those who are in need.
 
I am willing!
 
Are you?

A Measure of Faith

Everyone has faith in something.
We have faith the sun will rise and set daily.
Faith the floor will be there as we set our feet upon it.
These are constants.

The faith put in jobs, cars, friends, family and ourselves is not.
This type of faith can fail.

But when we come to Christ we are given a “measure of faith”.

Romans 12:3
For I say, through the grace given to me,
to everyone who is among you,
not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think,
but to think soberly,
as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

An everlasting faith in God, Who will never fail.
It is a gift that grows.
Every Christian is given the same amount of faith
and every time we tap into faith by
leaning on, trusting in, and obeying God faith magnifies.

II Thessalonians 1:3
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren,
as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly,
and the love of of everyone of you all abound toward each other….

The power source of faith is the word of God.
Just as water is a power source for electricity.
Without water–no power.
Without God’s word–little faith.

Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

The more of God’s word the greater the faith.
Faith is planted in our spirit and as we water it with the Word
it flourishes and is nurtured by the Holy Spirit.

Water your measure of faith today with the Word of God.

Rest

Open the door and enter in.
 
There is rest and comfort within.
 
The key to the door is faith.  Faith in God.
 
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
 
It is more than a Saturday afternoon at the park.
It is not a quick nap. 
These are only temporary.
 
God gives a lasting, spiritual, and eternal rest.
 
Rest which can be accessed every moment of every day.
 
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary
and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.

 

Living In His Sufficiency

We all like to be self-sufficient;
able to take care of ourselves fully.
 
The truth is we all need help.
The kind of help which is only available from God.
 
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
 
All the riches of this earth are not enough.
They cannot help to gain complete financial independence,
emotional stability, or physical health.
 
No matter how may self help books we read
or seminars we attend,
we can never quite reach the point of being
completely sufficient.
 
God is bigger than our needs
and greater than our attempts at meeting them.
 
2 Corinthians AMP
Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability)
personal judgments or to claim or count anything
as coming from us, but our power and ability
and sufficiency are from God.
 
Trusting in God we become self-sufficient in His sufficiency.
 
I depend on God alone; I put my hope in Him;
He alone protects and saves me….

 

The Mountain

Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain,
“Be lifted up and thrown into the see!”, and does not doubt at 
all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place,
it will be done for him.
 
Physically, the mountain is an immovable, very large object.
 
Emotionally, the mountain can be any problem we face
which looks to be immovable and impassable.
 
The Israelites faced the physical mountains of the 
Sinai desert for forty years.
A journey that should have only lasted eleven days on foot.
 
God lead them on this long journey to test their faith and obedience.
They failed time and time again.
 
Our own mountain can take time to overcome as well.
When we lack faith in God’s ability to take care of us 
or because of disobedience, we can travel around and
around our personal mountain.
 
Jesus instructs us to use our faith
and tell the mountain to move.
We are to believe and receive when we pray.
 
Speak to your “mountain” or problem and tell it to move out 
of the way. Speak faith in God and in His word.
 
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; 
for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard see,
you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,”
and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Give Up Or Let Go

There is a difference between giving up and letting go.
 
To give up means to forfeit, lose the right to by some error,
offense or crime.  To abandon.
 
To let go means release, as from ones grip.
 
So many times we give up.
We let life’s circumstances gang up on us to the point
we give up our hopes and dreams.
 
Things like depression, sickness, lack and hopelessness
become our normal.
 
But God wants to give life.
And life abundantly.
 
In John 10:10, Jesus tells us He came so that 
we may have this abundant life.
 
When we let go, we relinquish our hold, releasing
our faith, which allows God to go to work in our lives.
 
For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not
for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
 
We may not understand everything we go through,
but He is working everything out for our benefit.
 
……..And we know that all things work together
for good to those who love God, to those who are
called according to His purpose.
 
God has good plans for you, let go and let Him direct your ways.
 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on
your own understanding. In all your ways
acknowledge Him and He will make straight
your paths.

 

Dance Before the Lord

Dance before the Lord!
David danced.
He danced with abandon.
He praised and worshiped God with a joyful heart.
 
Then David danced before the Lord with all his might….
 
It was David’s way of expressing his joy for the return
of the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark contained the Ten Commandments
and on it, the mercy seat where God would speak.
 
We should, in the same way, dance, sing 
and worship with all our heart.
For we have something better and greater than the Ark.
We are the living container for God.
We hold the Holy Spirit inside of us.
 
We have the Spirit of God dwelling within us.
 
Rejoice!
 
Sing and dance for the joy of the Lord.
 
Let them praise Him with dance;
let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.