John 2:5 Do What He Says

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5

In the military and in many businesses, there are people who are to be obeyed, almost regardless of what they say. Overall they will tell others what to do that is right and legal and are expected to be obeyed without question.

The reason for obeying them is that they have the authority to tell other what to do and because they can see the bigger picture of what is going on. When people obey them, the results are most often much better.

Jesus was at a wedding that was having some problems. His mother tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.

Workers on the bottom of the leadership pole hear many guidelines or commands as to what they are to do. Sometimes those commands do not make any sense, in fact, they look and sound disastrous, yet they are to be obeyed. God works in the same way with those who follow Him.

There are times when God tells His people to do things that do not make sense: speak to a rock to get water, march around a city silently to take it down, serve water as though it was wine, or go to a cross and die to save others.

Since Jesus walked on the earth, God has not changed. He still asks His followers to do things that do not make sense in the common, sinful mind. He still expects those who believe in Jesus to obey completely, without question or hesitation.

Even when things do not make sense to a person, God is in control and knows what He is doing. God does a great job at working out things in the bigger picture with His miraculous intervention.

As you walk with God, there will be times when He will ask you to do something that appears to be insane. Instead of questioning it or rejecting His word, do it.

Step out in faith and do what He says to do and see how He works it out in the end. God can and is willing to do great and mighty things through you, if you will allow Him too.

Do not be afraid, but know that God never fails. He can pull off the impossible through you, if you just obey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is telling you to do; that you will obey God’s every word to you; that you will not question what God says; and that you will trust God with your whole life.

Luke 24:25 Are You Being Foolish?

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” Luke 24:25

Belief in something that someone cannot see is often difficult for many people. There are so many different fake stories out in the media that many people struggle to know what to believe or not.

In the process of wading through what is false, many will throw out things that are true, or they will seriously doubt the truth when it is presented. Many have rejected truth no matter how clear it is shown to them to be truth.

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He talked with some men who were sad about His death. He told them that they were being foolish and slow for not believing what the prophets had spoken.

Every believer has heard some of the promises of God and the prophecies that were made in the bible by the prophets. It is one thing to hear of the promises and prophecies, but it is quite another thing to believe in them.

While many believers have heard and know the prophecies and promises of God, they are often very slow to believe in them. During times of trouble or a bad situation, many start to fear or get depressed because of what is happening. They have chosen to not remember or believe what God had said.

As one looks at all the prophecies in the Old Testament and realize how many have come true, it is not difficult to know that the rest will also come true and the God’s promises will be fulfilled.

To think or choose otherwise is being foolish. It is to call God a liar or to deny Him. Either God’s word is completely true or it is completely false.

Each and every time you are going through a struggle, you have a choice to make. You can either believe God’s word that was spoken or not believe it.

Take time to read through the bible and see all the prophecies and promises made that had come true. Now realize that if those were true then, they are still true today for you.

Do not allow yourself to be depressed when things appear to be failing. Although Jesus died, He also rose again. Although God allows troubles to occur, He will save you in the end. Don’t be foolish in not believing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe God’s complete word; that you will know God will fulfill all of His promises and prophecies; that you will not be foolish in doubting God’s word; and that you will see God’s hand of salvation in your life.

James 5:8 Be Patient And Stand Firm

You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

Being patient is not something that most people are. Everyone wants things faster and faster, regardless of how fast it already is or how much faster it is now, than it was.

Along with being impatient, many people will not stand firm on anything. They will go with the flow that everyone else is flowing in. They want what everyone else has or wants.

As a result many people complain or grumble about everything not being fast enough. They jump from one thing to another trying to seek something better or faster.

James points to the people directly and tells them to be patient and firm. The reason is because the Lord’s coming is near.

It is very common for a believer to pray about some difficult situation in his life, then to suddenly take things into his own hands and make a mess of it, because God didn’t answer fast enough.

Believers are often just like the world at being impatient with God in situations. They want everything right now and grumble as the Israelites did in the wilderness when they don’t get it fast enough.

The Lord is on His way, both in the return to take every believer to heaven and in answering prayers. He will never do anything early or late, but in His perfect timing.

At the moment a believer is impatient with God and grumbles about it, he shows that he is not trusting God, His promises or timing. Instead of being anxious and complaining about it, the believer must trust in God’s timing and His promises to provide all that one needs.

God is always on His way to meet every need of every believer.

You will always have some struggles in life that you are seeking God’s help in. As you are praying and waiting for God to answer your prayers, do not allow yourself to become impatient and begin grumbling.

Instead of impatience and grumbling, praise God that He heard your prayers. Keep moving forward, knowing that God will answer your prayers in the perfect timing and the perfect way.

In doing this, you will have His supernatural peace over your life and you will see God do great and mighty things in your life until the day that Jesus returns or calls you home in eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God hears your prayers; that you will know God answers all prayers; that you will have God’s patience; and that you will not grumble against God’s timing.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 Is Your Faith Growing?

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3

When a person begins to work at doing something new, that he has never done before, he is nervous. He does not always have faith that he can do it.

For many people this nervousness or fear can cripple them and keep them from moving forward and trying something new. Others keep moving forward and build their faith and confidence in what they are doing or can do.

Paul gives thanks for the Thessalonians because their faith and love was growing on a regular basis.

In order for a person be become a follower of Jesus, there must be some level of faith. He has to take a step of faith to believe in someone he cannot physically see.

The churches are filled with people who have taken this first step of faith. However, many of these same people then stay right at that level. They do not work at building their faith in God. At times God will call them to take a small step of faith in Him to do something, but they fear the outcome and don’t take that step.

Staying in one spot is a death toll to a believer. It is rejecting and refusing to believe what God is able to do. It will pull him away from God.

The growing believer will be willing to take the new steps of faith in order to build his faith in God more and more. He is desiring to do more and more for God. As he takes small steps of faith and sees God as faithful, then he will desire to take more steps, trusting God more.

As a believer you have already taken some steps trusting God. The question is if you have continued to build your faith? You should have greater faith today than you did six months ago or two years ago.

Know that God will never fail or forsake you as you put your trust in Him. Be willing to take a step of faith in God and see what great things He can do in, through and for you. Do not allow your faith to become stagnant causing you to fall away from God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God’s abilities and love; that you will allow your faith in God to grow; that you will do more and more for God each day; and that God will see you as a faithful servant.

Lamentations 3:26 Wait Quietly

Waiting quietly on a swing

It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26 

Waiting for something to happen is something that is not easy or fun to do for most people. People do not like to wait. They want things or their answers right now. No matter how fast it is, they want it just a little bit faster.

In the process of waiting for the answer, many people like to complain. They will complain about why it is taking so long to get the answer, complain about the struggle they are in, complain why others have it ‘easier’ than they do, and many other things to complain about. They are not quiet about the fact that they are having to wait.

Jeremiah tells the people that it is good to wait quietly for God’s answer, the salvation that was promised. He had spoken this while in exile and knowing that there was a promise to be returned out of exile.

Believers are not much different from those in the world with regards to complaining. They do not like to wait either. People pray to God for an answer, and immediately begin to complain because they did get the answer they were expecting right away.

Just as the Israelites groaned and complained in the desert, people moan and complain today because they have to go through some struggle or difficulty and God has not removed it from them.

As one complains, it is showing that he is not trusting in God’s better judgement of the situation. He is not relying upon God’s strength to make it through the situation.

Waiting implies trust. It is telling God and others that one believes what God has said in His word that He would meet all of his needs according to His riches in glory.

While you are going through a difficult situation, the first thing to do is pray to God about it. Then wait quietly trusting that God will guide you and help you in and through the situation.

Do not allow yourself to be disgruntled and begin to complain to and against God, because the situation was not dealt with immediately. Know that God’s timing is best and He will provide the needed salvation at the perfect time.

Just as you must wait until you are brought into heaven for eternity, you must wait here on this earth for salvation from some troubles. Give God praise while you wait quietly for His salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will quietly wait for God’s provision; and that you will know God’s promises to you.