Watch God Go 1 Samuel 14 part 2

It is an amazing thing to see God at work.  When he takes control, the miraculous looks easy, the impossible manageable.  Jonathan stepped out in faith and watched to see what God could do.  He persuaded his armor bearer to step out with him.  the two of them waited on the Lord’s direction and then stepped into battle.  Little did they know that their faith would save the nation.

We need only believe and step out in faith to see God do amazing things.  When we do step out, we will find that those that know and love us will be inspired and step out as well.  When that happens, we begin to see Miracles as well as the true sovereignty of God.  It is a joy to follow the Lord, it is the most exciting and interesting thing to watch.  Help me Lord to follow and watch you do your thing

God Bless You

 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.”

11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.”So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.” 13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.

Matthew 16 final–What Disciples are Carrying This Spring

Jesus the rock star was now Jesus the loving leader.  It would have been easy to simply leave the hard stuff out. People really enjoyed the free meals and the miracles.  The teaching was awesome, and the way he continued to make fools of the religious leaders was a sight to behold.  But—that simply was not the purpose for the visit.  Jesus came to restore the relationship destroyed by man’s sin and sinful nature.  That was a singular act of sacrifice.  This was the tipping point and probably the hardest time for Jesus—That is why the statement to Peter was so poignant—While directed at this lovable fisherman, Jesus was calling out from anguish—Satan actually did not mind rock star Jesus as much as he minded this leader that was about to change the world.

Today’s church struggles similarly—Technology makes worship quite a show.  The internet has made multimedia messages power packed with active animation, film clips and meaningful video to accentuate the heartfelt message delivered from the stage.  The show is great, the crowds large the message delivered worldwide.  But—it is so tempting to leave out the hard stuff.  There is so much need for messages of hope and promise that we hesitate to dwell for any period on holiness, stewardship and selflessness. We would not want to drive away seekers.  Sadly, that is not the purpose for the journey.  Jesus said it best”, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

We are here to live like we are simply passing through—the meaningful parts are 1. the legacy we leave behind and 2. the people we bring along’.

Help me, Lord to live like I am a real disciple!

God Bless You

 

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Matthew 8 Part 1–Faith

Faith is a great thing.  Jesus finished speaking God’s heart to his followers. As he was walking down the mountain, there was immediate evidence that the message was clearly received. Two men humbly came before the Lord and took him at his word.  They both had needs—one for himself, the other for his trusted friend and servant. The incredible part of the story is that both men came to Jesus KNOWING he could heal. They did not come HOPING—they knew he would be able to heal him. The level of faith astounded and thrilled Jesus.

In our lives, nothing has changed.  Jesus still simply longs for us to KNOW he is there to heal, protect and provide for our needs.  He does not want us to “hope” he will get to us. He wants us to walk daily by faith and learn to simply and completely trust him and follow his plan.  When we walk in this faith, not only do we see him do mighty things, we also bless him and bring him joy.  Like any dad—The Father simply wants to bless his kids and have them know he loves them.  Help me Lord to live a life that shows how much I love and trust you.

God Bless You

8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a man came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith…13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment