13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
WALK IT OUT
Facing a difficult test on today? Find peace in the word. Praying for a miracle? Believe that God is still doing great things in your life and mine! Have a dire need? Know that God is your provider. Stuck in a difficult situation and can’t see your way out? Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. God promised to do a new thing in the bible days, and He is still able to do so on today!! Sad, broken, depressed, and/or oppressed? Look to the hills, because your help comes from God who sits high and looks low. He cares about you! He will never leave you nor forsake you! Trust Him and obey what He directs you to do, and everything will turn out right in due season!
You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus! No matter what you face on today go forth knowing Jesus is with you. You are not alone. The battle is not yours. Victory is yours!! Rejoice!!
STAND ON THE WORD
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Sharing an old Facebook post…
Whenever there is a renovation going on the building looks a wreck. Things are ripped out and torn down. Signs are posted saying “Please excuse the mess” to placate those easily frustrated or uncomfortable with the changes. Some people speculate what the new building will look like while others might wonder if it will be more functional/useful to the community. The process is usually long, drawn out, tiresome, and demanding on those involved, yet the finished product (if completed by capable hands) far exceeds most expectations. The torn up mess is quickly forgotten as the vision is finally realized. As a believer, you might sometimes go through this same process, and while onlookers might look, gossip, and criticize you for your apparent state of disarray do not worry, doubt, or fear. Just go through the process resting in the capable and caring hands of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. He will beautify the meek. He will do a great work in you and through you if you allow Him to do so. Trust Him. Don’t begrudge the process!!
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And the people said, “speak unto us smooth things”. Have you noticed the change of times. I remember growing up the old people would tell you to drink the nastiest of concoctions for medicine to heal the body, and in reluctant obedience we would comply. Today everyone wants flavored water, flavored drinks, flavored medicine, and run from the remedies of the old days even if they worked. This makes me think about the changes in our culture over all.
Is the goal for personal pleasure and comfort taking us further and further from the old landmarks and more importantly God? Is the desire to please flesh suppressing the move of the Holy Spirit in our homes, communities, and churches? Has the pursuit of worldly measures to heal the hurting heart, mind, body, and soul taken away the true joy, peace, and deliverance that only Christ can give?
I think we can all sadly agree and answer, “yes” to each of the above. It’s way past time for us to go back to the old landmarks, and train up our children with the understanding of the need for boundaries to protect us and not bind us for the safety of our souls. It’s time for us to swallow the bitter pill of being separate and holy in a world that seemingly has found a better way and an easier way. It’s time to listen to the instructions and wisdom of our elders, those who have gone before us, to show us the way we should go. It’s time to lay aside every weight and every sin, and walk in the truth of the Word of God found in our bibles that many have set aside for an “easier way” sadly forgetting that the road to heaven is a narrow way. It’s time to pursue after God, and to find our way into a church preaching and teaching truth. It’s time to submit ourselves to the word that’s sharper than a two edged sword, and allow it to cut away everything in us that’s not like Christ. It’s going to hurt. It’s going to sting. It’s going to taste bitter at times, but in the end it will be worth it all!!
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
All have sinned and fallen short along this life’s journey, so why look down on another and throw stones? Instead let’s look down to others ONLY to pick them up with love!!
Remember to go spread the word today that our Savior lives, and He is coming back one day for a prepared people for a prepared place!! Have a blessed day!!
The joy of the Lord is my strength!! How often have we quoted this without fully comprehending and believing that it is so in our lives today and always. Life’s many trials and circumstances may cause us to feel weak and even despondent at times, but we can remember the name of the Lord and rejoice knowing that He is our provider and our waymaker. We know that this is so, because we serve a faithful God who has proven himself to us time and time again. This joy that I have the world didn’t give it to me, and the world can’t take it away!! Through the good and the bad I will lean on my heavenly Father, and trust Him to guide me through it all!! Storms may rise, but I am safe because my Father is there to protect me! He’s there for you too!! He is your joy in sorrow!! He is your provider when you have a need!! He is your healer when your mind and body are wracked with pain!! He calms the storms with simply a word from on high, “Peace. Be still.” I am forever grateful to know and abide with a loving God who cares for me and cares for you too!!! I may feel weak and you may feel weak at times, but our God is strong and mighty!! Trust Him!! He’s got this issue under control!! He’s got us in the palm of His loving hands!!