Jesus Calling

YOU ARE OF TEN SUBJECT to a slumbering soul: taking for granted your life with all its blessings, being overly focused on negative things, buying into the world’s version of the good life. I want to help you break free from these worldly weights so your soul can soar in the heights with Me.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
[JAMES 1:17]

You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.
[ACTS 2:28]

Before You Turn Out the Light

Keep Me first in all things. This frees Me to bless you bountifully and prevents My gifts from becoming idols.

Afternoon Prayer

ALL-CONQUERING LOVE

[Lamentations 3:19-26]

I pray that you will experience the Lord’s immense love for you. I pray that the Lord’s love will surround you and keep you from being consumed in times of uncertainty, bitterness or affliction. May you be filled with joy, knowing that His compassions never fail – they are new every morning. May you rejoice, for great is our God’s faithfulness! May you place your hope in Him and in His infinite love, for His love conquers all afflictions.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Do Good

Scripture Reading ~ Matthew 12:9-14

Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.

[Matthew 12:12]

What keeps us from doing good? Sometimes it’s our busyness. Other times it may be that doing something good is not convenient. Or perhaps we just don’t want to go against social norms, so we hold back. Whatever the reason, at one time or another, most of us have passed up an opportunity to do something good for someone.

The Pharisees presented Jesus with a difficult situation. Their laws said it was a violation to do work on the Sabbath, unless it meant saving a life. But here in the temple was a man with a withered hand. His life was not in danger, though. Should he be healed on the Sabbath?

Jesus didn’t even hesitate. He asked the religious leaders what they would do if something bad happened to one of their precious sheep on the Sabbath. Of course they would help the animal. And wasn’t a person more valuable than a sheep? This man with a shriveled hand was precious to God. So of course this man could be helped on the Sabbath. Then Jesus healed the man.

Should anything stop us from doing good for each other? No.

Nothing stood in Jesus’ way. We are his treasured possessions. He has done and will do whatever it takes to rescue us and make us whole. Healing, deliverance, salvation, care—none of these things is beyond reason for God to act. So nothing should stand in our way either.

Father,

You never hesitate to pour out your goodness on us. Let us never hesitate to do the same for others. In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Afternoon Prayer

CHILDLIKE FAITH

[Mark 10:15; Luke 10:21; 12:32]

May you humble yourself and receive the Kingdom of God like a little child. May you have a child-like faith, fully obeying and trusting the Father. May God be pleased to reveal to you the glory and riches of His kingdom. I pray that you will always have the faith of a child, so that His glory may constantly be revealed to you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Furrows of Faith

Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened?”

[Mark 8:17]

Recommended Reading

Mark 8:13-21

When Jesus spoke of “hardened” hearts in this passage, He wasn’t referring to scribes, Pharisees, or Roman officials who bitterly opposed Him. Oh, their hearts were hardened too; but in Mark 8, He was speaking to His closest followers—the Twelve. Despite the miracles He performed and the instructions He gave, the truth about His power hadn’t sunk into their minds. Their hearts were like fields so dry and hard that the needed rain simply ran off without soaking into the soil. They had seen Jesus feed 5,000 in Mark 6, yet they didn’t know how He could feed 4,000 in Mark 8.

Healthy hearts soak up the water of the Word. They are furrowed by faith and tilled by trust. That’s the kind of heart the Lord desires. Don’t rebel or distrust Him. Hebrews 6:7 says, “When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing” (NLT).

When we thus forget the works of God, and distrust him, we should chide ourselves severely for it, as Christ doth his disciples here: “Am I thus without understanding! How is it that my heart is thus hardened?”

~ Matthew Henry ~

Afternoon Devotional

Your Healing Is Part Of The Deal

If there’s one thing that God wants you to know and believe, it’s how much He loves you and is willing to heal you. How much does He love you? He was willing to give up His beloved Son Jesus—heaven’s best—for you.

Now, once you realize how much God loves Jesus, ask yourself this: If God willingly gave Jesus up for me, would He withhold healing from me?

If God withholds healing from you after He has already given you Jesus, then it would mean that your healing is greater or more important than Jesus.

No my friend, God has already given you heaven’s best. How will He not also freely give you all things, including the healing and wholeness you desire?

Whether you are trusting God to heal your body, your emotions or your relationships, catch a fresh revelation of His heart to heal you and restore to you today. Come expectantly to Him and receive wholeness in all areas of your life!