Mark 6:2 Amaze Them

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When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?” Mark 6:2

Jesus went back to His hometown to speak to the people and perform miracles there. As He was speaking many people were amazed at Him. All they saw was a little boy who had grown up in a carpenters house and is now a grown man who spoke with authority. They were amazed and wondered how He got that ability.

Growing up as a carpenter’s son, Jesus would not have received training to be a great speaker or to be a preacher. His training was to be a carpenter.

However, when He spoke He spoke with authority and wisdom. No one who had grown up around Jesus could understand how He could do so much. They did not see what could not be seen. Jesus was speaking and doing miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit in His life.

Over the centuries there have been many different great speakers in this world, but most have received some training in how to speak that way. They have worked in the realm of public speaking, getting better and better until they became great.

A believer has something different. Yes, a believer can go to bible college and get a degree, but that will only move a person only so far forward, then fall short. The unseen ingredient is the infilling and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The brand new believer can speak with great authority and do miracles, if he allows God to guide Him and he is doing what God wants him to do.

When you allow God to guide you, you will amaze those who know you. You will be a new creation in Jesus Christ. You will have wisdom and understanding that the world will not understand.  You will be able to perform miracles that the world cannot explain. You will speak with the words of God and not your own words or the words and wisdom of this world.

As you go through this life, what are people saying about you? Do they see a changed person? Are they amazed at what you are doing or saying?

Allow them to see God through you.

I pray today that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will speak only with the words and wisdom of God; that the world will see Jesus through you; and that many will know Jesus because of you.

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Matthew 21:5 A Humble King

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“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” Matthew 21:5

Jesus was getting near the end of His ministry. He had been telling the disciples that He would be killed. Now He comes riding into the city, sitting on donkey’s foal. This was to fulfill a prophecy made by Zechariah.

Kings, leaders, presidents and others in high authority are known for arriving with a lot of pomp and circumstance. There is always a lot of fanfare going on to bring in someone of high leadership.

When the President of the United States arrives at a building where he is going to speak, he arrives with a great fanfare and group of people. There are multiple vehicles in front and behind him. When he walks out into a room, there is always some music playing, people rise up for him, and He is announced.

The same goes for famous celebrities. There is a lot of pictures being taken. They arrive in a large limousine. There is flashing of jewelry and expensive clothing. It is a show of pride and luxury, with no sign of humility.

In many countries, when their leader arrives, there is also a great show of their military power. Soldiers, weapons, and military equipment go before the leader to show who is in control and has the power.

Jesus did not do any of this. He came in riding on a baby donkey. In the biblical times, a king would arrive on a horse showing great power. Jesus did not show any of that, even though He had more power than all the kings on the earth combined. He created the earth and all who are in it.

The purpose of His riding in that way, was to show love and compassion. He is a king who can understand where people are, so He comes in humility. Most people do not have the grand horse to ride on, but just have the donkey.

Even today, Jesus comes to you in love and compassion. He does have the power, but will not show a force of threat to get you to follow Him. Jesus wants you to want to follow Him. He understands where you are and is there for you. He is not untouchable.

Do not fear your king. He is gentle.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your king; that you will know Jesus is gentle and loving; that you will seek to find Jesus in your life; and that you will show His love and humility in your life. 

Haggai 2:23 God’s Signet Ring

” ‘On that day,’ declares the LORD Almighty,  ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” Haggai 2:23

Zerubbabel was the governor of Judah and was to lead the people in rebuilding the temple and the nation. God tells him not to be afraid and that He would be with him. He would be made like God’s signet ring as God proceeds to overthrow other kingdoms and their armies. Zerubbabel was chosen by God.

In ancient days, kings would have a special ring called the signet ring. It had the mark of the king on it for his signature. A little wax would be put on a paper and the king would press the ring into wax showing his signature. It gave the person who had that paper the same authority as the king in whatever situation it was for.

Today people use powers of attorney to give someone else the same authority. It is their signature that power has been given correctly. In the work place, managers often give workers a certain amount of authority in an area of the workplace. Everyone knows that whoever has that stamp of approval has the power.

Believers today also are given a stamp of approval by God. They are stamped with the Holy Spirit in their lives. In the process of being filled with God’s Holy Spirit a person becomes God’s signet ring. They can now work in the authority and power of God.

Paul said that believers are in a spiritual war all the time. The spiritual enemies will not recognize just anyone, but they will know who Jesus is and His Holy Spirit. They will flee from the authority of God in the life of a person.

Each day you need to be walking in the Spirit of God in this corrupt, fallen world. The enemy is out to get you, but with God’s Spirit you can overcome the enemy. You will have the power and authority of God to push back the enemy.

Do not feel like you are a nobody with no power. Jesus has given you all of His authority. He has made you His signet ring to defeat the enemy in this world.

Are you walking in His power?

I pray today that you will know the authority God has given you; that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will not fear the enemy; and that God will strengthen you to overcome the world.

Daniel 7:27 Future Power And Authority

Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him. Daniel 7:27

While the nation of Israel has been brought into captivity, Daniel receives a vision of the future. God reveals to Him what Jesus will accomplish. In the end, Jesus will be the sovereign ruler of the entire world. As the supreme ruler, He will hand over all the kingdoms of the earth to all the believers. At that point, every ruler on the earth will worship and obey Him.

When a person looks around at all the nations of the world today, he will see very little unity and no one person in absolute control. There is chaos, fighting and wars everywhere one looks. Sinning against God is rampant and promoted everywhere. At times it appears as though no one is even attempting to serve God at all. Churches seem to be dying at a rapid rate and no one cares. A person may wonder if God is really in control.

Even though it seems no one is following God and that God is not in control, it is not true. God still has a remnant of believers in this world who are faithfully serving Him. Jesus had stated that the road to heaven is narrow and only a few will find it.

God is still at work to this day. He is working to save as many as possible and holding off the final judgment against all mankind. Despite what people may think, that day is coming. Once Jesus returns and judges the world, He will be in absolute control, with everyone, who is left, serving Him. At that point, all the power and authority of all the kingdoms will be handed over to all the believers. Peace and unity will reign on the earth.

As you are going through your day-to-day living, it may seem like chaos and that God is not in control. It may seem hopeless and never coming to an end. Keep your eyes on Jesus, looking for His return. There will come a day when all the sin and chaos of this world will come to an end. It is closer today than it was when Daniel saw His vision, and it is still true.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that you will serve and obey God with all of your life; that you will know Jesus will return someday soon; and that you will be His witness on this earth.

Ezekiel 44:4 Falling Down Before God

Then the man brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple. I looked and saw the glory of the LORD filling the temple of the LORD, and I fell facedown. Ezekiel 44:4

Ezekiel was being shown the entire temple layout. In each area of the temple, he was given the details of the room and what it was to be used for. At some point during the tour of the temple, he was brought to the front of the temple where the glory of God was filling the temple. He was so overwhelmed with God’s presence that he fell facedown before God.

Being in the presence of someone really popular or powerful can be an overwhelming event. Women and girls often start screaming with joy and excitement when they get to be in the presence of some famous singer or actor. They cannot believe the chance they got to be in that place. Some may even pass out with the extreme excitement of the moment.

Those who get to meet a president or some other high level political power, will often do it with extreme respect for the position. They will dress up in their best and show full courtesy to the person.

Going before God should invoke the same type of response from a person. Often people go to church and show very little respect for God. They treat Him as though He is just another friend or buddy. Many do not realize His holiness and power.

Falling down before God is laying yourself down before Him, acknowledging that He is the one who is in control. It is also realizing that, in yourself, you are filled with sin and need His forgiveness. The priests during Ezekiel’s time were not bowing down before God, they were living in sin. You must not live that way.

Allow yourself to be laid down on the altar before God. Let Him do with you what He wants to do with you.

When you are in His presence, it is not about you, but all about Him. His presence should be with you daily and all throughout the day, because He said He would never leave you nor forsake you. Fall down before God and let God be God in your life.

I pray today that you will know the holiness of God; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will know God’s presence daily in your life; and that you will follow God with all of your heart.

Ezekiel 31:10-11 Being Cast Aside

” ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, I gave it into the hands of the rulers of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside,’ ” Ezekiel 31:10-11

God had been claiming judgment upon the nation of Egypt. He had raised Egypt up to be a great nation, one of the most powerful nations upon the earth. The Pharaoh had chosen to claim all the power for himself, as though it was his own doing. He claimed he was a god. Therefore God was going to break Egypt down.

God points the people to look at Assyria, whom God had raised up to be a really great nation. Yet, when pride got in the way of the king, God also tore the nation back down. They were destroyed because of their wickedness.

Nations and people are raised up by God to do great things for Him. The more nations and people do for God, the greater God will allow them to become. However, when either the nation or a person starts to do things for themselves or reject God’s ways, God will cast them aside.

There is no place for sin in God’s kingdom. It was because of sin in the lives of people, that Jesus came to the earth to die upon a cross. He came to remove all the sin from every person.

Sin can show up in the lives of a person in many different ways. All of the ways come down to personal pride and greed. People want things their own way, rather than following the ways of God. Many people want to be the one who is in control, rather than accepting that God is the one who is in control and allowing Him to have that control.

As you look at your life, you may not be living in some massive sinful lifestyle, but are you allowing sin in your life on purpose?

Pride and greed can show up in many different ways in your life, if you allow them to do so. Reject pride and greed and allow God to have all the credit and power. Do not give Him a reason to have to cast you aside and tear you down.

I pray today that God will use you in great ways to build His kingdom; that you will give God all the credit and power for everything in your life; and that you will not allow sin to get in the way of your relationship with God.

Jeremiah 16:20-21 They Will Know In The End

“Do people make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!” “Therefore I will teach them–this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD.” Jeremiah 16:20-21

The Israelites had chosen to follow their own gods or the gods of the nations around them. Despite the fact of seeing God at work in their nation, time and time again, they chose not to follow Him alone. Since they had made that choice, God decided that He would teach them who He really is. They will see His power and might, and that He is the One who is in control. The method of revealing Himself was through the punishment they would have to go through.

Skip forward several thousand years, and things have not changed a whole lot. People are constantly making their own gods. They do not call them idols as they did in the biblical times, but they are idols and false gods none-the-less. Today they are the gods of doctors, scientists, ‘experts’, the government, leaders, media, famous people, and the list goes on.

People are trusting everything but God in their lives. They believe that doctors will find the cure for sickness and death; that the government will keep the economy going strong; that the media will bring joy and satisfaction; and many more beliefs.

None of these things can truly satisfy and will fall short. God will reveal Himself in the punishment upon the people and nations. Disasters are set to draw people back towards Him, to cause them to look to Him for salvation.

His power is revealed in the control that He yields in this world. When disasters occur, one can see how powerful God is. When God does a healing, when doctors cannot, one can see His power.

As you look out on this world each day, see God as the One Who is in control, not those of this world. People in this world can only do so much, then they will fail. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the belief that the things of this world can save you, or provide for all your needs.

Trust God now, and not when He has to knock you down. God is there for you, not against you, if you will just trust Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will not have any idols in your life; that God will not have to punish you for false beliefs; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and power in this world.