Mark 11:9 Excited For Arrival

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our Father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Mark 11:9

When a famous person is arriving in town, everyone gets excited. They roll out the red carpet and line the streets to see the person arrive. Flags are flown and people are talking about it.

The excitement goes even higher when the person is there to help them and make life better. Praises and honor are given to the person in their excitement.

As Jesus came riding into Jerusalem, the people lined the road before and after Him. They shouted praises to Him and about Him in their excitement. They expected great things.

Although He does not physically come riding in on a donkey, Jesus still loves to make an appearance in the lives of people. He now sends His Holy Spirit in to touch and change the lives of people. The Holy Spirit is there to help the believer overcome the world.

However, there are some people who are not excited about God showing up. Sadly this includes some in the church. Upon seeing God showing up, they know that there will be changes needed to be made.

The Pharisees did not like it when Jesus arrived. God’s presence shines light upon sin. It meant change.

Every believer should be excited when God shows up, whether in a church service or somewhere else. He should be welcomed. Praise should be raised up, because God is there to bring about life and to make changes for the better.

In the presence of God, the cares of this world should take a back seat. Praise, honor and worship should take priority in God’s presence.

God wants to work in your life. He wants to be an ever-present presence in your life.

Allow yourself to stop what you are doing and roll out the red carpet for God to enter into your life. Be aware of when God is showing up to make a change.

Do not fear God’s presence, but embrace it, knowing He loves you and wants to be with you. God is desiring a relationship with you and is riding in on a colt to meet with you.

Are you excited about His presence? Or do you dread His arrival?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will welcome God’s presence in your life; that you will give great praise to God; and that you will allow God to change your life.

Philippians 3:12 Pressing For The Goal

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12

Paul states that he did not obtain “all this”. What is “all this”? It is the full righteousness of God, the full power of the resurrection and the sufferings of Jesus, and becoming fully like Jesus. Paul says that he is still pressing on for the goal that Jesus has for him.

Jesus was sent to the earth by God the Father to save every person. He was to remove all sin and make all people perfect like the Father. This would open the door of communication and a relationship between all people and God the Father.

The world is also striving for a goal. Each person is striving to be better, have more things, more money, more power. They are aiming for a higher position, more fame, and more acceptance. They want things bigger, better, and faster. Ultimately they want to be above everyone else.

These goals may be good or bad, but all of them are temporary. They are only good for this life. Once death comes, all these things strived for fall away and become worthless.

Christ came to give you life. He came to bring you into an eternal relationship with God the Father. The Creator of the entire universe wants to have a close, best friend relationship with you. In the process of having that relationship, He wants to give you the best life possible. God wants to show you how to really live life to the fullest.

What is your goal in life? Is it a temporary one, like most of the world? Or is the eternal one that Jesus has for you?

Once you have that goal, press on. This means you must keep pushing hard to get it. Do not settle for second place. Do not settle for failure. Keep working at being exactly like Jesus. Keep working on getting closer to the Father. Keep pushing through the hard times, struggles, and pain. In the end it will be worth it all–a perfect life in heaven with God for all eternity. Don’t give up!

I pray today that God will give you strength to keep going; that God will give you vision of what He has in plan for you; that your relationship with God will grow closer; and that you will become more like Jesus everyday.