Acts 9:20 A Sign Of Change

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At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. Acts 9:20

Saul was a religious leader that was very devout in following God according to the law of Moses and the sacrificial system. After Jesus left the earth, Saul began to persecute everyone who followed Jesus, because it was a different way of serving God. As he was on his way to persecute some more, God got a hold of him and changed him. Shortly after accepting Jesus and beginning to follow Him, Saul began to go around and preach that Jesus is the Son of God, the very thing he had been opposed to before.

People make claims all the time of changing something in their life. Many men will say that they are going to start working out in order to be healthy. Or they will stop eating so much junk food and eat much healthier.

Yet, shortly after starting to do the workout or eating healthy, they stop and go back to their old ways of living. There was no real change in their life.

There are people in the church who are living the same way. They become a believer in Jesus, yet, do not really change anything. They continue to live just as they have always lived. Some will change for a few days, but quickly go back to their old ways of living.

Jesus said that believers would be a new creation. This means that they would be a different person, than they were before.

Saul had shown the change in his life, by immediately going around and preaching about Jesus. This is just going around and telling people that Jesus is the Son of God and the way to salvation. He is the only way to get into heaven.

Look at your life and ask yourself if there has been any change in your life since you accepted Jesus. Do you talk about Jesus everywhere you go? Or do you just talk about life and the weather?

Be willing to show that there is a sign of change in your life. That you are a different person than you used to be. You have the greatest news of all time to share, why not share it as much as you can?

Go out today and be a different person and tell others of Jesus.

I pray today that God will cause a change in your life; that the world will see and know you follow Jesus; that you will tell people about Jesus; and that God will give you strength and wisdom to share His message with this world.

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Luke 12:8 Publicly Acknowledge Jesus

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“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8

Jesus was talking to His disciples right before getting ready to speak to a crowd of thousands of people. He had given them several warnings about what to watch out for and what will happen. Now Jesus tells them that everyone who goes public about their knowing Him, will be made known in the heavens by Him.

People are often willing to talk about what they feel about many different subjects in the public. They will talk about their favorite movies, sport team, the latest news, and even the political thoughts about certain politicians or presidents. They will even openly talk about the great adventure they just had or the new thing that they had recently purchased.

However, many people are very quiet about what they believe when it comes to spiritual beliefs. It is often said that their spiritual beliefs are their own personal beliefs and that they do not want to impose them on anyone else.

Fear of what others may think or say runs very high in the lives of most people. In some nations, it is even against the law to publicly speak about what they believe in spiritual beliefs.

Some people will say that they will not physically speak about Jesus, but will let people see their life as a witness.

Without words, people cannot really get to know who Jesus is. They will not know the reason why a person is the way he is. They may see the person is different, but will not know why.

Jesus said that if a person wants to be acknowledged in heaven, he must acknowledge Him here on this earth in public. This is telling others that you believe in Jesus. This is telling others that you follow Jesus. This is telling others about Jesus.

Do not be ashamed of Jesus. You do not have to fear what they can do to you, if you talk about serving Him.

Be willing to share the gospel message with everyone you come in contact with. Do not keep the knowledge of Jesus to yourself. Others need to hear about Him. They need to be given a chance to also follow Him.

As you do this, Jesus will be in heaven proclaiming your name to all the angels.

I pray today that you will know who Jesus is; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will never be ashamed of knowing Jesus; and that many will come to know Jesus because of your words.

Luke 8:5 Sowing Seed Everywhere

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“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.” Luke 8:5

Jesus had told a parable of a farmer going out to sow some seed. As he went, the farmer scattered the seed in many different places. In each area that it was spread, it had different results.

In a lot of businesses, they want their salesman to target certain people for sales. They do not want the salesman to just go up to anyone and everyone. Part of the reason for that is that they know certain people will not be able to or want to purchase the product.

An example of that is a car salesman will not go up to a child to make a sale. He knows that the child cannot purchase one at all.

Believers often work in the same way when it comes to spreading the gospel message of Jesus. They look at certain people and automatically assume that a person will not accept the gospel message of salvation. They believe that the person is too bad to want Jesus.  Or they believe that the person will not understand the message. Or that the person is in a society position that will not allow him to listen to the message.

The farmer in the parable by Jesus, spread his seed everywhere. Looking at the next few verses tells where it was spread–the path, rocky ground, thorns and good soil.

The farmer was not particular about where to spread his seed. He knew that some seed would land on good soil and produce more than enough.

Believers need to be willing to spread the gospel message anywhere and everywhere that they can. No one can afford to be choosy about where he spreads the gospel. Every person needs to be given the chance to accept and follow Jesus.

Some will reject immediately. Some will accept and later fall away. Others will accept and produce a great crop.

Be willing to share the salvation message of Jesus with everyone you can. Give everyone you can a chance to accept Jesus. Do not worry about who might or might not accept your message.

God can make the message come alive, if you send it out.

How much seed can you spread today?

Who can you spread it to?

I pray today that you will know the gospel message of Jesus; that you will share the gospel message of Jesus with everyone you meet; and that God will produce a great crop through you.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

This morning is the time that the world celebrates the birth of Jesus. I want you to remember why Jesus came to the earth, why He was born and lived on this earth. His whole purpose was to bring forgiveness and salvation to every person on this earth.

Regardless of how the world sees Jesus or Christmas or the holidays, you can focus on God. God showed His greatest love by sending His Son to the earth, so you could be saved and have a relationship with Him. Jesus and salvation is the greatest gift you could ever receive.

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As you give and receive gifts this morning, remember the greatest gift. Remember the reason for giving gifts today…love. Love is the purpose of Jesus coming. Love is the reason for Jesus dying. Love is the purpose of Jesus rising from the dead. Love is the purpose God wants a relationship with you today.

When you give gifts to others, give them out of love, not obligation. And as  you do, share the greatest gift of all time…Jesus. Make Jesus the center of your life and the celebration of any holiday.

May God bless you and draw you into a closer relationship with Him through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Merry Christmas!

Micah 1:8 Weeping And Wailing

Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl. Micah 1:8

Micah was talking about going around weeping and wailing. He would also humble himself before everyone because something was happening. That something was that God was destroying the nation of Samaria and the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem had been the pride of the Israelites and the center of worship of God, and now it was being destroyed. The entire reason for the destruction of both was the sin of the people against God.

Sin is something that is a part of every person’s life. Every one is guilty of sin. Nations are filled with people who are guilty of not only sinning, but also promoting sin and sinning on purpose. Every nation has groups of people who reject God and refuse to follow Him.

Part of the reason for the level of sin in a nation is due to the level of commitment by believers to spread the gospel message and God’s great love. Many believers take a blind eye to the sin going on around them, or may even partake in the sin themselves. Others will see the sin and all they do is talk about condemnation, refusing to show God’s love and forgiveness that is available. Either way allows for sin to grow.

With rampant sin, God will have to judge. This is especially true when sin is accepted among His own people. Individuals in churches and many churches themselves, allow for sin and do not speak against it.

Micah was weeping and wailing because of all the sin that he saw among the people. He knew that God was coming in to destroy them because of the sin. It hurt his heart to see that happening.

When you look at your own life and see any sin in it, how does it make you feel? If you are just acting like that is a part of life, you should feel horrible, moving away from God. It should break your heart.

As you see sin in those around you, how does it make you feel? It should break your heart, causing you to weep and wail for those who are lost.

Take time today to tell someone about Jesus. Point them to the way of the truth and real life so that destruction will not occur.

I pray today that you will not accept sin in your own life; that you will point others to Jesus and His forgiveness; that you will weep for those living in sin; and that you will pray that God will change the hearts of those around you. 

Jonah 4:11 Are You Really Concerned?

“And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left–and also many animals?” Jonah 4:11

Jonah had finally decided to go to Nineveh and tell the people about God and warn them of the coming destruction. The people chose to repent and obey God. God also relented and chose not to destroy them. Jonah was very upset that God did not destroy the city. God asks him if He should not be concerned about all the people who were uneducated and needed His help.

People love to judge other people, but do not want to be judged. They are always willing to look at how terrible another person is, yet refuse to see major faults in their own lives. They are only concerned about their own welfare and life. They will spend time in church, but not go to the people who need Jesus. Many believers in churches are very quick to pass judgment upon the lost. They do not feel that some people deserve to be saved.

In the process of feeling this way, many will not bring the gospel message to certain people. In reality they do not have the love and compassion for people that Jesus showed when He walked upon the earth. Jesus walked around healing and giving the good news. Jesus had come to save everyone who is willing to believe. Every person on this earth needs a chance to make the choice of whether to believe in Jesus or not.

When you take time to share the gospel message with someone, you are taking time to show God’s love and compassion for them. You are being concerned about the people. The most important thing to be concerned about is the welfare of their spirit. If they do not have Jesus, they will have death in the end.

Although it is important to keep your own life focused on God, you must also be concerned about the lives of others. Have you given them a chance to know Jesus? Or have you lived your life so concerned about yourself that you do not tell them about Jesus?

And when someone changes their heart and follows Jesus, are you excited or do you ask why they were not judged?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that you will have God’s concern for the souls of all people; that you will strive to tell everyone you can about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Him through you. 

Jonah 3:5 Give People A Chance To Believe

The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. Jonah 3:5

When God originally told Jonah to go to Ninevah, he refused and fled. After taking a ride in the belly of a great fish/whale, God, again, told him to go to Ninevah. The second time Jonah does go and gives the message that because of their great sins God was going to destroy the city and all the people.

Ninevah had to have been a very corrupt city for God to choose to destroy them. Yet, His great love for them was great enough to give them a warning about the coming destruction. Everyone believed God and proclaimed a fast, hoping that God would change His mind about destroying the city.

It is easy for many believers to think that some person or a group of people are so bad and so much against God, that there is no way for them to believe in God. The only words that they have for the people are condemnation and judgment.

Others refuse to tell certain people about Jesus because of their fear of ridicule and persecution. Either way, believers who act like that are not giving the people a chance to believe in God.

No matter how bad a person is, or how far he has run away from God, as long as he has breath in this life, there is a chance for him to turn to God. Believers need to be willing to bring the gospel message of salvation by Jesus to every person. They must show His great love for each person, regardless of how terrible he is.

Remember that at one time you were living in sin on a path towards death and destruction, just like the Ninevites were. Yet, God loved you enough to show you His great love and save you.

You have a message and testimony that every person in this world needs to hear. Do not be like Jonah was and fight against telling others. Do not make God have to tell you more than once to tell someone about Jesus.

Go out into this world and give every person you meet a chance to choose to follow Jesus or to directly reject Him. Who knows how many will follow because you brought the message to them.

I pray today that you will see others with the love God has for them; that you will share the message of Jesus to every person you can; that those who hear the gospel message will accept and follow Jesus; and that God’s kingdom will grow rapidly because of your witness.