Matthew 17:5 Listen To Him

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

Hearing someone speak is easy to do. Everywhere a person goes he can hear other people talking. Just because he hears a person talking does not necessarily mean that he understands what it being talked about or that he even cares about what is being said. Most of what people hear goes in one ear and out the other, it is ignored.

While up on mountain with Jesus, some disciples were with Him and a bright cloud covered them. God spoke out of the cloud telling them to emphatically listen to Jesus.

Listening takes hearing to a whole new level. It is much more than just hearing words. It is understanding and following those words. It is carefully paying attention to what is being said and putting into practice what is being said.

Jesus taught many things about how to live life on this earth and how to please God. Many believers have heard these words, but never attempt to put them into practice. Or they do not understand what He said. They are not really listening.

To follow Jesus means that one will leave his past behind and become someone very different. This is not a option, as many think and act like it is. In order to be different, one has to emphatically listen to what Jesus says and then apply it his life. It is no longer about self, but about pleasing God.

Later when Jesus left the earth He sent the Holy Spirit to remind His followers of what He said and to guide them in how to live that way. Every believer still needs to listen to Him.

As a believer, you have probably heard many things that Jesus said, whether by reading it in the Bible or hearing it preached. Do not allow those words to just go in one ear and out the other, but actually emphatically listen to what is being said.

Allow Jesus to change you into a new creation by His word abiding in your heart and life. Take time every day and throughout every day to meditate and think about what Jesus has said.

Are you hearing or listening to Jesus? You need to listen to Him!

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear Jesus speaking into your life; that you will listen to what God is saying; and that you will apply God’s word to your life.

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.

Matthew 2:10 Extreme Joy

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:10

Going on a long distance, cross-country trip can be slow and exhausting at times. It appears as if one will never make it to the desired destination. The road appears to just go on forever, with no end in sight.

As one gets closer to his destination, however, signs begin to appear for that destination. There is hope that the journey will be successful. Joy and excitement begins to arise in the heart that what is being sought out will be found. The pain of driving forever starts to pay off and is made worth the long journey.

Some wise men had been following a star for some time, knowing it had something of great value with where it would be. As they were traveling along, they saw the star stop over a certain place. These men were overfilled with joy and excitement to find what they were looking for.

Every person on the earth is searching for something. Often it is life or the meaning and purpose to life that is being sought out. This is often searched for in temporary things such as money, fame and position. The excitement of finding these things is only short-lived.

Believers are like the wise men who were searching for Jesus, only they did not know who they were searching for. When a person begins to see Jesus, there is an overwhelming joy that wells up within him. Seeing signs of Jesus or seeing Him brings extreme joy, because it is eternal joy that reveals life and release from the past and the dead.

This joy can be had when one is going to church to worship God with others. It can be had when one is witnessing and a life is saved. Joy is found when Jesus is discovered in any and every situation.

You can also have this joy and excitement. Seek God each and every day. Ask God to open your spiritual eyes to see where He is and what He is doing around you.

God is always at work, if you are willing to seek Him. It can be a long, tiring journey at times, but the overwhelming joy you will have in the end will make the journey and sacrifice worth it.

Do not quit seeking God, but keep traveling towards and with Him until you step into eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of knowing God; that God will give you strength for the journey; and that you will see signs of Jesus all around you.

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.