Matthew 28:7 Go Quickly And Tell

Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you. Matthew 28:7

After the Sabbath the women had decided to go to the grave of Jesus. When they arrived at the tomb, there was an angel there. He told them to go quickly and tell his disciples that He had risen from the dead and that they will see Him soon.

This is a reminder that Jesus had risen from the dead. Now it is the mission of every believer to go quickly and tell the world that He has risen and provides salvation for all who believe.

Each day you get up, not just on Easter, go quickly and tell everyone you can that Jesus is alive and still provides salvation to all who believe. That was the mission of Jesus and that is your mission today.

Don’t just tell people Jesus had risen on Easter Sunday, tell them everyday of the year.

Who can you tell today?

And tomorrow?

And every day after that?

Happy Easter! May all the world know that Jesus is risen.

Psalm 110:5 At Your Side

The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. Psalm 110:5

As David wrote this psalm, he was speaking prophetically forward about Jesus. About two thousand years later, Jesus would come and begin the leading of God’s people. Further on, which as yet to have fully occurred, Jesus will return in power and destroy all the enemy for all eternity. God was and is on Jesus’ side in power and strength.

Often people feel alone in this world. They feel as though no one is on their side and everyone and everything is against them. The battles and struggles of life are huge and daunting. Some may feel as though they are fighting a whole army by themselves.

With this kind of pressure, the fear is very high. Fear of failure and loss weighs on the heart. No one is giving any real support. Many commit suicide because of this loneliness and fear.

There are times when those who believe in God feel the same way. They feel as though they are all alone and God has abandoned them.

As Jesus was getting ready to go into heaven He told the disciples that He would always be with them till the end of time. This statement was not only to the disciples, but also to every person who believes in Him and follows Him.

If you are believing in Jesus and following Him, you may know that He is right there beside you. He is at your right side supporting you through whatever you may be going through. At the moment it may appear as if the enemy is winning the battle, but God is getting ready to bring about a victory in your life. You just have to wait for His timing.

As with David and Jesus, neither saw complete victory right away. Both had enemies that appeared to have won the battle. The enemy may have won the short battle, but they did not win the war. God will win the war in the end. He will crush all your enemies in the end.

The greatest enemy is sin. Trust God to destroy sin in your life. When the time is right, it will happen. God is right there by your side through it all.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not fear any enemy; that you will know God’s power; and that you will trust God’s protection in the battle.

Psalm 108:13 Gaining Victory

With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 108:13

The majority of the people in the world will never be a part of a national military in their country. Only a very select few will have to or will choose to join a military branch. Of those that do join, some will have to participate in some battle at some point in their career. Their goal is always to have victory over the enemy.

Some of the battles fought by the army are won, while others are lost.

While not everyone will be a part of the military of their nation, every person will have personal battles to fight. Each person will have some enemies in their life. Some of these enemies will be physical people, many will be in the emotional or spiritual realm.

Personal habits are one of the largest enemies that most people will face. While most people look only at smoking, drinking, exercise, and eating the wrong things as bad habits and enemies, there are other enemies in a person’s life.

Bad habits of lying, cheating, procrastination, not doing what God wants, holding on to fear, worry, and many other things can battle against a person.

There are many books out there to “help” a person gain victory over a lot of these problems. Some times these books may help, but usually not for long.

The best way to find victory over an enemy is with God. This is for both physical and non-physical enemies in your life.

Following God and trusting Him to win the battles in your life is the only way to ensure victory every time. When Jesus walked on this earth He had defeated the greatest enemy that many will ever face–death.

Because Jesus gained victory over death, He can win every battle that you have. He can give you the strength to continue the battle against the enemy. He can change your heart and mind so that the enemies of your soul will have no power over your thoughts and actions.

Gaining this victory is found in letting go of yourself being in control and allowing God to guide you to victory. Jesus is waiting to trample down the enemies in your life.

Are you going to allow Jesus to get the victory for you in your life?

I pray today that you will allow God to control your life; that God will give you the needed strength for all battles; that God will crush the enemies in your life; and that you will see the victory in Jesus in your life.

Psalm 81:6 A Removed Burden

I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. Psalm 81:6

The psalmist, Asaph, looked back on when Israel had been delivered from Egypt. While in Egypt, they had been under the heavy burden of slavery. They were not allowed to make their own decisions or live their lives the way they wanted too. It was a heavy burden to bear living like that, but God had removed that burden in the deliverance.

Although the Israelites had to deal with many different difficulties while enslaved in Egypt, Asaph lists everything as one burden. That one burden was slavery.

Although slavery of human beings by another person is still found in different parts of the world, this is a different type of slavery. Not every person is enslaved to another person against his will, as the Israelites were in Egypt.

There is one burden that every person is enslaved to, unless they have been set free. That burden is sin.

From the time of birth every person is enslaved with the burden of sin. It is a bondage that no person can escape from on his own. Someone else has to come in and break the chains of that bondage.

Many people will try to say that they are not in bondage to anyone or anything. Yet, they are unable to stop doing certain things, whether they are actions, words, or thoughts.

Think about your own life. What are some bad habits that you have in your life? Or what are some sins that you seem to do over and over?

These are the things you are enslaved to. These are the things you are in bondage to and cannot break free from on your own.

Just as God had broken the bondage of slavery off of the shoulders of the Israelites, God can break the bondages of sin off your shoulders.

Jesus is willing to forgive you of your sins, if you allow Him to and you repent. Then allow Him to take that bondage and toss it out. Do not pick up the chains of bondage to sin anymore. Be free. Keep your hands, mind and body free from the slavery of sin. Live for God.

I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus has for you; that you will seek forgiveness of sins; that God will strengthen you to stay away from sin; and that you will live for God in every way possible in this life.

Psalm 70:4 Seek And Be Glad

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!” Psalm 70:4

Seeking for something is not always a fun project to do, but often has to be done. Car keys get lost, the wallet gets misplaced, important papers are mixed in a big shuffle, finding a building in a major city, and numerous other things to search for.

The more important an item is, the more anxiety there is in searching for the item. The less time to find it, also increases the anxiety in the search.

The one thing common in all searches is the end result once found–rejoicing. No matter what the item being searched for, people are always glad when they find it. Levels of rejoicing may be different based on how important the item is.

David talks about one search that some people are searching for and often don’t even realize it. The search for God in their lives. People every where are searching for meaning and value in life. They want the best that life has to offer.

God is the most important thing in life that a person can find. Only God can offer true saving from the things of this world. Only Jesus can offer true meaning to this life on this earth.

Once a person finds salvation in Jesus, he should rejoice and be glad in God. In reality, anyone who does find salvation in Jesus will rejoice and be glad, because he will see how great God really it. God does not have to save you, He chose to save you.

Jesus stepped out of a glorious heaven to come down and die an excruciating, painful death on the cross for you. How great is our God!

Go through your day realizing how great God really is. Let others know how great God is. Tell them what God has done for you. Everyday there are new mercies and new blessings. God is with you.

Are you rejoicing and glad in Jesus?

Or are you complaining about what you cannot find?

I pray today that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you will seek and find God in your life each day; that you will rejoice in knowing Jesus; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone around you.

Psalm 44:8 Boasting And Praise

In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. Psalm 44:8

Boasting is something that can be seen anywhere a person looks. Turn on the television and watch the commercials. Every business boasts that it has the best product. Other businesses will boast about all of the awards that they have received.

People are no different from the companies boasting about their products. When someone accomplishes some great task, he does a lot of boasting about what he did.

Many will also boast about something in their family. When a new baby is born, both the parents and grand-parents boast that the baby is the best, cutest baby ever born to anyone. When a daughter performs a good recital, many will boast that she was the best there. Or when a son gets a touchdown for a football game, they will boast about him being their son, the football player.

All of these things are temporary and are not always truly the best thing as said. Man and the things he makes only last a short time. It is also very prejudicial when boasting that something is the best.

One that every believer can boast about is God. God is perfect in every way possible. There is absolutely nothing that He does that is wrong.

Think about all the things God has done for you. He created you; He made this world for you; He provided salvation for you; He redeemed you back; He gave you the breath you have; He provides you with food; He loves you; He forgives you; He is merciful; He fills you with joy; He guides your every step, and the list goes on.

God really is the best that there is. When you boast, it should be boasting about God. Boast about what He has done for you, that is what the great commission is, telling others about Jesus.

Then as you boast about Him, give Him praise. Lift up His name before this world and honor it.

Don’t waste your time boasting about the things of this world and giving them praise, when it is God who has done it all for you. Boast and praise about the One who is perfect and is the best.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will tell others what God has done; that you will give praise to God for all that He has done; and that your joy will be in knowing God more and more.

Don’t Be Afraid: Good News

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

While some shepherds were out tending their sheep, suddenly an angel appeared in the sky, causing the shepherds to be afraid. He told them to not be afraid because he was there to bring some great news. This news was that a savior had been born.

At the time of this event, Israel had already been destroyed as a nation for several hundred years, and the Romans were in control. The Romans were very harsh in that if they did not serve Rome correctly, they would be killed or put in prison. The people had to pay a very high tax to support the Roman government. There appeared to be no hope for them at all.

Today, nearly 2,000 years later, many people live as if there is no real hope. Everything seems to be falling apart and chaos seems to reign. Bills are due, vehicles break down, families fight, there are wars and violence everywhere, crime seems to be winning, corrupt lifestyles appear to be gaining power, and no one appears to be in control.

In spite of all that is going on in this world or in your personal life, there is still good news. Jesus said that you are not to let your heart be troubled and to just trust in Him, because He will give you His peace.

Jesus was the Savior who was born that day in Bethlehem. He was the One who the angels said was good news. He is still the good news for you today.

Just as Jesus was the Savior for the shepherds and Israel, He can be your Savior today. Even though everything may look hopeless in this world, Jesus brings a hope for a future, an eternity in heaven filled with abundant life.

Accept what Jesus is willing to give you today. Trust that He is the One who will save you. Rejoice that God is still bringing good news to everyone as you celebrate Christmas today!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

I pray that today you will know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior; that you will know the peace God is providing you; that you will not be afraid of this world; and that you will tell others about Jesus.