“IT MAKES YOU HUNGRY!”

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”   John 6:35 NIV Read:   John 6: 32-40 Ad placement.   Did you ever notice, commercials for food and restaurants are timed when you are most likely to respond?    Even in the grocery stores, samples are handed out to stimulate your appetite.   It has been proven, we buy more when we are hungry.  Grocery stores and restaurants do all possible to create that hunger.   The five thousand were hungry and JESUS fed them with only five loaves of bread and two fish.   The people responded.   The wanted to follow JESUS for all HE could supply materially. Few found salvation and many turned on HIM in short time.   They failed to see the real food, the bread of life HE offered. GOD’S Word stimulates your hunger for HIS Word.     Once you taste it, you will want more.   If you are not in a scheduled Bible study, I urge you to join one today.   The more of GOD’S Word you study, the more you will want to study.  GOD’S Word will feed you spiritually.  When you are fed spiritually, you will find the food you need to satisfy you both emotionally and physically.   When you read your Bible regularly, you will find yourself hungry for more.   The more you know, the more you will want to know about our CREATOR, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. Today’s prayer:  LORD GOD, Thank YOU for giving me YOUR Word.   Help me...

“DO YOU POSSESS GALLANTRY?”

“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”  1Peter 4:11 NIV   Read:  1Peter 4:1-11   Do you possess gallantry?   You can have all you want or need and it’s free.  No, you don’t need a white horse with a silver inlaid saddle. The full question is:  “Do you have a willingness to confront agony, pain and fear?   Can you muster bravery to act in the face of anxiety?   Do you have the strength to face any obstacle?  Do you possess gallantry to face frightful situations?” You can be sure you have all the willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry you will ever need.   All it takes is faith in our RISEN LORD.   If you will trust JESUS with all your heart and soul, HE will provide all the willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry you need for your entire lifetime. The apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians to praise, lift up and teach those of the church at Philippi.   One of the most quoted verses in your Bible is Philippians 4:13. “I can do all this through HIM who gives me strength.”   Your Bible translation may read; “I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.” Well worth repeating:  Willingness, bravery, strength and gallantry are all gifts from JESUS.   Take all you need and use all you take. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS,...

“PAST, PRESENT AND OH YES!”

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV   Read:  Jeremiah 29:10-14 We can define time usually as past, present and future.  But, doesn’t past, present and ‘Oh Yes!’ sound a lot more interesting?   You have to admit; ‘Oh Yes!’ is always better than ‘Oh No!’.   Past is defined in the dictionary as a time gone by, something before the present or no longer existing.  We can all agree things of the past are in the past and no longer exist.  We may have things in our past which no longer exist, but raise their ugly head from time to time.  GOD has told us those forgiven sins are forgiven.   When we are reminded of those errors, we need to thank our forgiving GOD and know those reminders are all from Satan.   Present is the here and now, not yesterday or last year and not tomorrow or next year.  Have you found yourself in a situation you are less than proud and knowing you went against GOD?   The sins of today may have a past, but they don’t need to have to have a future.  JESUS died on that blood stained cross for all your sins.   Give them to HIM and walk away from those sins that are causing you so much misery. The future, by this earth’s standard, is preparing to be an ‘Oh No!’.   Allow Satan to control your life and your future is destined for eternal misery where...

“A PROBLEM FREE LIFE?”

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV Read:   Deuteronomy 31:1-13   Would you like a problem free life?   Who wouldn’t?   I recently heard about a self help book declaring if you read it and followed its steps, you could live a problem free life.  Imagine, some people are so desperate, they are willing to pay good money for a lie.   The fact is we live in a world influenced daily by Satan and his legions of angels.    No matter what we read, what we want or what we do ourselves, we cannot control the situations brought on by others.  Sometimes we cannot control even those situations we unintentionally bring upon ourselves. No where in scripture does GOD promise us a perfect life or a life that is problem free.  GOD does promise us a life where HE will never forsake us, will never leave us and where we can spend eternity with HIM. So, when you’re tempted to pick up one of those self help books that are the current fad, save your money and reach instead for your Bible.    Your Bible is not a self help book.   It is the GOD help book.   When was the last time you totally depended upon yourself instead of GOD?   How well did that go for you? Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for being everything to me.   Thank YOU for all YOUR help.   Guide me far from Satan’s pathways in this evil...

“GOD CAME DOWN!”

“Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their GOD.”  Isaiah 50:10 NIV Read:  Isaiah 50:4-11   You may remember reading of my close call with death a few months ago.   I was infected with e-coli in a simple surgery which developed into septic shock.   The emergency room doctor told me I had come within a couple of feet of death’s door. Later, a doctor friend reviewed my records and told me most people would not have survived what I went through, that medically I should have died.  He said:  “GOD did not send an angel to save you, HE came down HIMSELF to save you.”   Whether GOD sent an angel, personally cradled me, I rested in the protection of JESUS or it was the HOLY SPIRIT within me, I am humbled and on my knees just thinking of how much GOD loves us.   It does not take a close call with death to have GOD cradle you in HIS arms of protection.  GOD created us to be HIS.   Sin separates us from GOD. Today is the day to talk with GOD.  There are a lot of false religions in this world.   Only Christianity allows us to have personal conversations with GOD.  Christ died for us and restored our ability to have one on one conversations with GOD OUR FATHER, JESUS OUR SAVIOUR AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.   Anytime, anyplace we can have that life changing conversation prayer.   GOD is...

“DO YOU KNOW YOUR ABC’s?”

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”   Acts 3:19 NIV Read:  Acts 3:18-26 I recently had the joy of leading my 6-year old grandson to Jesus.  I used the ABC’s for the boy’s six-year old Vacation Bible School group.  It is titled: “Do you know the ABC’s of Jesus?”   “A” tells us we have to “Admit” we have done something wrong; this is called sin (Romans 3:23).  God will not forgive us (Nahum 1:3) and as a result God will not accept us into His Heaven with a sin (Romans 6:23a).   “B” tells us we have to “Believe” that God loves us so much He sent Jesus to pay for our sin and offers us Heaven as a gift (Romans 6:23b).   Jesus paid for our sin by dying to pay the price God demanded (death).  But since Jesus is God’s son, He was able to come back to life after death on the cross to carry us into heaven when we die. “C” tells us we have to “Confess” that we admit and believe both to God and other people (Romans 10:9, Matthew 10:32). The result was when the boy arrived back home he told his father “he believed.”  When asked what he believed, he gave evidence of being saved by Jesus.  Another friend said, “a lot of people say they are a Christian, but it’s not only about what they say, but what they do with Jesus”.  The grandson not only confessed, but will be publicly baptized soon giving his...