“EVER RIDE A DONKEY?”

 “saying to them,Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.'”   Matthew 21:2 NIV


Read:   Matthew 21:1-16

 

Did you ever ride a donkey?   As stubborn as they can be, they are easy to ride and can carry heavy loads.   I have a donkey.  ‘Ben’ is a Bethlehem donkey.   Some call them Israeli donkeys of JESUS donkeys.    It is believed by many these donkeys descended from the donkey JESUS rode into the city just days before HIS mock trial and crucifixion.   The donkeys have a cross on their shoulders.   A colored line appears in the hair from one shoulder to the other across the mane forming a perfect cross…just where JESUS sat.

JESUS gave instructions for the disciples to bring HIM a colt…a young donkey to ride into the city.   Why did HE choose a lowly donkey?   Perhaps, it showed the humbleness of CHRIST.  Kings, of the time, would ride stallions with ornate decorations before leading their troops into battle or in a victorious parade after a battle.   Here we have the most glorious KING of all entering on a slow trotting donkey.  HE was not a military king, but KING of all.

We should be so humble.

Let us prepare ourselves.   Our actions and our words should be as humble as JESUS on these days leading up to RESURRECTION SUNDAY.   Share the story of JESUS’ humble ride upon a donkey with someone today.   Tell them the wonderful story of JESUS.   HE can be their SAVIOUR also.

Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS, Thank YOU for preparing a way for me to enter Heaven.   I promise to be conscious of my words and actions and make them as humble as YOU expect.   Amen.”

 

 

“CAN YOU WALK ON WATER?”

 “‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’  ‘Come,’ he said.”  Matthew 14:28-29 NIV

 

Read Matthew 14:22-33

 

Three pastors were fishing from a small boat.  One said he needed to go to the shore.  He stepped out of the boat and walked across the water to the shore.   Later, another announced he also was going to shore and walked across the water to the shore.

Seeing the other two, the third pastor decided his faith was as strong and stepped out of the boat.  Instantly, he sank and then swam to the shore.   One of the pastors, still in the boat, said to the other:  “I guess we should have told him where the rocks were just beneath the surface.”

Great faith is essential, but common sense and knowledge are both gifts from GOD as well.   During our daily lives, GOD gives us simple answers to what may seem like complicated questions.   We need to use the common sense and knowledge from GOD embraced with absolute faith.  JESUS will tell you where the rocks are.

Peter stepped out of the boat in faith; then allowed fear to take over.   We can be judgmental of Peter’s faith.   Yet, Peter was the only one to step out in faith, while the other disciples sat in the boat.  No one else stepped out in faith.

Are you stepping out in faith?  Can you walk on water or do other things that require great faith to JESUS’ outstretched arms?   HE is waiting for you.

Today’s prayer:   “LORD JESUS, Thank YOU for loving me, even when my faith is weak.  Please, help me to grow in my faith.  I will trust in all YOU tell me to do.  Amen.”

 

“NOT ENOUGH TIME!”

“While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”  1Thessalonians 5:3 NIV

Read:  1Thessalonians 5

 

Even thirty seconds could make a difference sometimes.   What if you had an extra hour or another day to complete a project?

If you knew today was to be your last, how much more time would you need to get your life in order?   Most never get the time to complete a project, to update a will or to tell others goodbye.

With loving memories, will you have time to tell someone you love them or to apologize for a wrong from days gone by?   Today…this minute…is the only time you really have.

 

Are you prepared for the unknown time you have left?   Have you done all you want to do or more importantly all you need to do?  Our scripture verse of the day tells us none will know the time CHRIST will return and believers will not need to be concerned.  In verse 10 we read:

“HE died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with HIM.”
Our time is limited.   Are you ready?  Turn your life over to our SAVIOUR and live in joy with HIM forever.    There is no time like right now.   Minutes from now may not exist for some reading this.  Reach out and take control of these limited days by living in submission to our RISEN SAVIOUR.   If you don’t, there will not be enough time.
Today’s prayer:  “LORD, Thank YOU for the time YOU have given to me.   Help me to use this time wisely to do all in submission to YOU.  Amen.”

“LUCK IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!”

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19 NIV

Read:  Romans 5:12-21

 

The word luck has wrongly edged its way into the everyday language of GOD’S believers’ everyday life. Too many of us never give thought to the evils of this word.

Luck is a word from Satan himself.  It describes his very nature of pulling us away from the wonderful blessings of our LORD.   Blessings are not luck.   Blessings are all from the grace of GOD.   Believing in luck or even the notion of luck undermines your faith in GOD.

Luck is totally dependent upon chance.   We can understand in our culture, there is good luck or bad luck or no luck at all.  With luck there is no place for GOD.  Luck is maybe or maybe not.  GOD is absolute.

Do you think it does not matter if you use the word luck.   Well, it does matter.  Your choice of words is a verbal description of your faith.   Using the word luck is telling others you care more about a chance than being grounded in prayer and hearing GOD’S answers.

Luck is certainly a four letter word.  Using it loosely is no different than the four letter words your mother would wash out your mouth with soap for using.   Honor GOD by understanding HIS blessings are gifts to be treasured and respected.  Understand, also, the bad things that happen to us are not bad luck but from the devil himself.   Don’t honor Satan by using the word luck.

Today’s prayer:   “Thank YOU, LORD, for all the blessings YOU have given to me by YOUR wonderful grace, most at times I was not deserving.  I know my life is not by luck, but by YOUR perfect design.  Amen.”

 

“I PROMISE!”

“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  Galatians 3:29 NIV

 

Read:  Galatians 3:15-29

 

“I PROMISE!”   When was the last time you made a promise to someone?   Did you keep the promise…all of it?   A half kept promise is a promise not kept at all.

It takes two seconds to make a promise, but it can take a lifetime to keep a promise.   A promise is not for an hour or a day.  A promise is for forever.   Before you commit when making a promise, take a moment  to commit yourself to following through and fulfilling that promise…all of it.

Perhaps, you have been on the other end of a broken promise.   Are you still disappointed because yesterday or decades ago someone broke a promise to you?   Forgiveness is difficult, but it is worth the effort.   You will find a comforting peace.

Did you know JESUS made a promise to you?   HE did!  JESUS promised you eternal life.  HE promised you will never die and will live a life you cannot even imagine in Heaven forever and ever.   This is the only promise you will ever receive that is an absolute guarantee.   If you haven’t, isn’t it time to ask JESUS to be your personal SAVIOUR?   Now is the perfect time.   Don’t put it off.  You will receive HIS most wonderful promise.

Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS, Thank YOU for loving me so much that I can receive YOUR greatest promise.  I have faith in YOU alone and know I will be with YOU in Heaven.  Amen.”

 

“NATIONAL PROCRASTINATION WEEK”

“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.”  Ecclesiastes 5:4 NIV

 

Read:  Ecclesiastes 5:1-5

 

In the spirit of National Procrastination Week, today it has been announced that National Procrastination Week was last week.

Do you celebrate procrastination?   Is procrastination a common practice or is it  a permanent resident in your daily life?   It does not have to be.

Procrastination can be a result of fear.  It can be from a fear of failure, a fear of rejection or a fear of someone else.   But fear does not have to control your life.   Doing what you need to do today and not procrastinating will give you power over the evils of this world including fear.  Procrastination can also be just a little laziness or not liking what you need to do.   You decide.

Our scripture verse tells us:  “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.”   As believers, we are to fulfill our vows.   GOD has given us this day to use.  We can waste it full of procrastination or we can use this day to fulfill all GOD wants of us.

Stop procrastinating and do it GOD’S way.

Today’s prayer:  “MY FAITHFUL GOD, Thank YOU for creating me to do YOUR will.   Help me to recognize all YOU want for me and of me to do and to not put off.   Amen.”

 

“THEN . . . IT HIT ME!”

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”  1Thessolonians 5:4 NIV

 

Read:  1Thessolonians 5:1-11

 

It sounds like something Babe Ruth would have said;  “I wondered why the baseball appeared to be getting bigger, then it hit me!”  A baseball on the noggin’ doesn’t feel very good.

It is more than baseballs that seem to hit us before we get the message.  Sometimes, we need a warning to remind us of things that should be very obvious.  There is no reason to be surprised.
Are you so busy, so involved, with all the distractions of daily life you forget to pay attention to the things that really matter?  Do you make one more phone call at work and then you are 20 minutes late picking your kids up from school?   Did you forget to pick up flowers and a card for your mother’s birthday last week?   What is really important to you?

Once today is gone; it is gone.   If you intend to do tomorrow what you did not do today, then when will you do the things you have to do tomorrow since you put off them off to do all you did not do today?

If JESUS were to come in one hour to raise up all believers, would you be ready?  As our scripture verses tell us; there will be no warning.   It will be worse than getting hit by that baseball if you are not ready.   It will be eternal death.   Now, is the time.   Don’t put it off any longer.  Ask JESUS to forgive your sins and turn your life over to HIM now.   Not an hour from now…now.   Then do as HE says and live the rest of your life for HIM.

Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS, Thank YOU for loving me more than I have loved YOU.  I don’t want to live without YOUR love.  Starting now, I will never be too busy for YOU and all YOU ask of me.  I am ready.  Amen.”

 

 

“THANK GOD!”

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  Matthew 6:7-8 NIV

Read: Matthew 6:5-14

 

“THANK GOD!”   These words have almost become a slang phrase with some and are casually used for almost any situation.

When you utter these words, are you really thanking GOD?    HIS commandment tells us not to use HIS name in vain.   If we are not using HIS name in praise and in calling upon HIM in reverence, aren’t we using HIS name in vain?

When we call upon GOD, HE listens.  GOD listens immediately when HE hears us call HIS name.   GOD does not wait to hear your need.  HE does not have an answering machine or voice mail to take your message for a later time.

In truth, GOD knows your prayer before you even think it for yourself.    GOD is more prepared to hear your prayer than you are in finding the words yourself.   GOD has the answer to all your prayers.   The answer is always perfect.   HIS perfect is not always the answer you think you want to hear.   Time will prove out GOD’S perfect answer.

Next time you blurt out “THANK GOD!”, let it be a true and faithful thank you, not just a casual, unappreciative comment.

 

Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, GOD, for reminding me of YOUR righteousness.   I need to be reminded of YOUR sovereignty.   Please, hear me when I call YOUR NAME.   Amen.”