Luke 19:5-6 Will You Welcome Jesus In?

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Luke 19:5-6

Many people like to plan when they are going to invite someone into their home. They want to be able to make sure that their home is cleaned up and ready for a visitor.

Often most people have a somewhat to very messy home that they do not want others to see. Therefore, they do not like any unexpected visitors to show up at their doorstep.

As Jesus was walking along, a man, Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector (hated person) wanted to see Jesus. When Jesus saw Zacchaeus, He told him that he needed to come down and bring Him to his house that day. Zacchaeus was very pleased to do so.

Keeping a clean house is something that many people do not do. Most people know others who keep their house much cleaner and don’t want those people to show up at their house, for fear of judgement about a messy or messier house.

Jesus is desiring to come into the life of every person. His life is perfect, without any sin. He keeps an immaculate house (life) that is picture perfect.

Yet, no person has a perfect life when compared to that of Jesus. It is common to hear some people say that they do not want Jesus in their life, because they are so bad with sin. However, it is those people who Jesus wants to come and eat with. He is willing to go see the worst of the worst to give them a chance to be changed and cleaned up.

Jesus is willing to come in and help clean up the life of every person that is willing to accept Him.

You may look at your life and think that your life is so filled with sin that you cannot allow Jesus in. He wants to spend time with you and help you change.

Do not be afraid to allow Jesus to come into your life. Right now He is not coming to condemn, but to help you clean up your house.

Instead of fearing allowing Jesus into your life, welcome Him gladly in. He is coming to bring you an abundant life, not judgement. Allow Him to make the needed changes.

Will you gladly welcome Him in today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus into your life and home; that you will allow Jesus to change your life; that you will be glad to have Jesus with you; and that you will trust God with all of your life.

Psalm 125:1 Never Shaken

Shaken building

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalm 125:1 

Life can often take a sudden change in direction. Disasters are rarely seen ahead of time. Sickness rarely reports its coming early. Life changing accidents are never planned for.

When things like these and much more occur, people are thrown into confusion and fear. Their whole world is shaken It becomes a time of uncertainty because they do not understand what is happening, nor understand what to always do next.

Not only is there great fear when things go bad, but there is also a lot of fear of things possibly going to happen. A person hears of the rising crime statistics and then begins to fear that he may become a victim of a crime.

The psalmist states that there is a person who cannot be shaken at all. That person is the one who believes in God.

Believing in God means that one believes that God is in control and will do what He said He would do.

There have been many who have chosen to walk away from God because of a bad situation in their lives. They forget that God is in control and does allow bad things to occur, but for a good purpose.

The person who truly believes in God and what He does and can do, will not be shaken when bad things occur. As something in life is going ‘wrong’ he knows that it is because God allowed it to happen. He also knows that God uses everything for his benefit.

Knowing that God is in control and works for his benefit brings about a peace that the world does not know or understand. The world cannot understand why a believer is not going crazy when life appears to be falling apart. Yet, the world that is falling a part is just a temporary world. What is eternal has not changed and cannot be changed.

When times come that turn your life upside down and appear to be disastrous , put your trust in God. Relax and know that God is in control. Do not allow yourself or your belief in God to be shaken, but built up.

Jesus promised difficult times, but He also promised He would be with you. That brings a peace the world does not understand. Stand firm on that and don’t be shaken like the rest of the world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust God in every situation; that God will remove fear of change or the unknown; and that God will fill you with His peace among disaster. 

Lamentations 4:12-13 The Unexpected

The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the peoples of the world, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem. But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous. Lamentation 4:12-13

Jerusalem had been a very powerful city, in a very powerful nation during its time. It was set on a high hill with a great wall surrounding it. Attacking it and overcoming it would have been very difficult. All over the world, other nations knew that taking Jerusalem would have been nearly impossible. Yet, it happened, it was destroyed for a time, the unexpected happened.

The only reason that the enemy was able to take Jerusalem was because of the sins of the prophets, priests and people in the city. God handed Jerusalem over to the enemy because of sin.

Just like Jerusalem was confident that no one could conquer them, many other nations and people feel as though the enemy has no chance of overtaking them. People hide behind their money, power and position believing that those things will protect them from all harm or destruction.

Others hide behind church or a position in church. They feel that because they are a leader in the church or go to church each week, that they are immune to any destruction. As they stand behind these things, some will live in a sinful lifestyle, rebelling against God and His commands. They feel as though they are protected because they go to church and call themselves ‘Christian.’

God sees through their false living. He sees how each person is really living his life. He knows whether a person is really following Him or not.

In the end each person will stand before God to give account for his life. If one believes in Jesus and is following Jesus, God will see it and he will be saved. If one does not really follow Jesus, regardless of what his words say, God will also see it and the person will not be saved.

You have to make the choice to follow God. Do not trust the things of this world or yourself, put all your trust in Jesus. If you are against God, you can be overcome. God will win in the end.

Who are you really following today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God with all of your life; that you will trust God in every area of your life; and that you will be saved by Jesus.