Matthew 9:6 Get Up And Go

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take up your mat and go home.” Matthew 9:6

The world often wants to know all the details on how something is to occur, before they step out into it. Unless they see it with their own eyes and understand it with their own minds, they do not believe it.

With this type of attitude, many people turn down opportunities in their lives out of fear of risk of it ‘may be wrong’. Fear and lack of faith stop a lot of people from stepping out and accomplishing something or seeing something happening.

Jesus had just forgiven a paralyzed man of his sins. Many could not believe it. So Jesus told the man to get up and to take his mat and go home.

In order to prove faith, one must step out in action with faith. Just saying that one believes does not prove anything. Those are just mere words. Action must follow faith.

God has given many promises throughout the bible. Many believers claim to believe in those promises. However, not very many will get up and go in belief in those promises. Their belief is only in the mind, because that is what a believer is ‘supposed’ to do, not because it is a part of the heart.

Getting up and going is a risk. Will God do what He said He would do or not? The believer must never forget that God will always keep His promises. All a believer must do is have faith and act upon it. He must take that risk as he steps out in faith with what God has told him to do.

As a believer, there will be things God has told you directly to you and promises you read in His Word. Either way that you hear of these promises, you have a choice of whether to believe them or not.

If you believe in God’s promises, you must then act upon them. This means that you will get up and go out, knowing that God will do what He promised as you do what He tells you to do.

The promises are in forgiveness, direction, healing, provision, protection and any other area in life. Are you getting up and going? Or are you shrinking in fear?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will understand God’s authority; and that you will get up and go as God commands you.

Obadiah 1:4 Pride Before A Fall

soaring eagle

“Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. Obadiah 1:4 

Many people and nations have risen up in power and glory. Some have been known as great, while others were known as tyrants and horrible. Power and authority is the dream of many people and nations. The more they can get the happier they are.

Some of these nations and people appear to be great enough or powerful enough to last forever. It does not appear as though anything can take them down or destroy them.

God had been watching Edom and saw that Edom had risen in power and glory. They were soaring high and shining great as a nation. However, they had chosen to go against God. He warns Edom that He will bring them down.

There are currently some nations, such as America, that appear to be so great and powerful that it appears as if nothing can break them down. Among the nations of the world they are soaring high in power, authority and glory.

While America is a great and powerful nation and full of self pride, however,  it can be broken and God will break it down if she chooses to not follow Him. God is going through and shaking the nations now with a disease that appears to be out of control. The economy and social life are coming to a crashing halt. People and businesses are being destroyed. The church is being shaken.

Every person has to choose whom they will serve. They have to choose if they will serve self and this world or if they will serve God. It is the people who make up the nations and it is the believers who preserve the people and the nations. Every believer must choose to live for God.

You may have been very successful in some area of your life. Do not allow the pride and glory of that success to overcome you. Remind yourself that it was God who gave you the success you enjoy.

Do not put yourself up so high that God must bring you back down. The world tries to live without God and tries to soar in the heights, but will be brought down by God.

Live to serve and worship God and God alone. Do not give God a reason to destroy you or knock you down. Give Him all authority in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God alone; that you will give God control of your whole life; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world. 

Daniel 7:14 An Eternal Kingdom

Looking over a city

He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:14 

Kingdoms and nations have risen and fallen over the centuries. Some have remained around for hundreds, even thousands of years, while others have only lasted a short time.

Some nations have risen to power and appeared to be strong enough to last forever, but eventually fell and were destroyed. The one common factor of all nations, is that none of them have lasted forever, all have fallen at some point.

Daniel gets a vision of the Son of Man being given all authority and power over the entire earth. His kingdom would be one that would last forever and never be destroyed.

Over the centuries the Christian belief has had times where it appeared to be the dominating belief of the people of the world, while other times it appeared to be dying out. When Jesus died upon the cross, many of the disciples began to wonder what would be next. They had expected Him to live and conquer the world,  but He didn’t. It was after His resurrection that they began to see His true power and authority.

Many nations and groups of people have attempted to destroy God’s kingdom of believers. Yet, none have succeeded. In fact, the more the church was persecuted, the more it grew in power and authority.

Despite what the world thinks or feels, Jesus is in control. He has already been given all authority and power when He rose from the dead. Every believer can stand on this truth and hope, knowing that some day all sin will be erased and they will be on the winning side.

There may be days when you feel as if the world is winning the battle against believers. It may appear that God is not really in control and will lose in the end.

Do not forget that Jesus defeated death, the greatest enemy of man. He was able to do this because He was given all authority and power to have an everlasting kingdom.

You, as a believer, are a part of His kingdom. You are on the winning side. Do not give up or lose hope. In the end God will win the battle and you will win with Him as long as you trust in Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s authority and power; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; and that God will remove fear of the world’s weak power and authority.

Lamentations 5:19 God Reigns Anyways

Rainbow over field

You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. Lamentations 5:19 

Leaders come and go throughout the history of every nation upon this earth. Some are great leaders, others are horrible leaders. Some last a long time in leadership, while others are leaders for a very short time.

The reign of power for each leader is different. Some have absolute power over their group of people, while others are given limited powers.

The one common factor of all the leaders that have ever been upon this earth is that none of them have lasted forever. Every one is either removed or dies. Their reign of power comes to an end.

Jeremiah ends his lamentations over the destruction of Israel with claiming that God reigns forever. Even as Israel is in captivity and under destruction Jeremiah recognizes that God does actually reign over all the earth and is in control.

During times that there is a harsh or bad leader, one often begins to wonder when his leadership will come to an end. Some believers sometimes begin to question God’s reign over the world and His choice for allowing a bad leader to get into position.

Everything that occurs upon this earth happens under God’s allowance. God raises up and destroys leaders. In in power and authority, God uses every situation for His purpose in the lives of those who love and follow Him. God uses bad leaders to sometimes crush a group of people, other times to wake His people up and move them around.

Believers must always remember and know that God is the reigning authority over all the earth. No one or anything can do anything without His permission. This is why the believer must put total trust in God and in God alone, allowing Him to reign in his personal life and world.

As you look at the chaos in this world and the troubles that is occurring, you may wonder about God’s sovereign reign upon this earth. You may wonder why things are allowed or not dealt with by God.

Never forget that God’s ways are above your ways and He uses every leader. God is still in absolute control of what looks like utter chaos upon this earth. In times of turmoil and trouble, God is still in control, reigning with full authority from His throne.

Allow God to reign in your own life and give Him praise that He does actually reign with full authority and power.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to reign in your life; that you will not fear leaders on this earth; that you will trust God’s leading in your life and this world; and that you will give God praise for His authority.