Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Lord Really Does Love You

Know something? The Lord loves you. Deuteronomy 7:8.

God loves you simply because He chooses to. Get this - it is not based on who or what you are. His love for you is because of who He is. He loves you when you don't feel loveable. He loves you when no one else seems to. Others will abandon you, divorce you, hurt you - but God loves you. Always has. Always will. That is who He is.

This is His promise: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." Jeremiah 31:3.

What this means is that He has an endless love for us that we can draw from anytime. He is waiting. Allow Him to love you.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Intentional Plan

A friend of mine asked a group of us today if we thought Jesus knew He was going to call out to Lazarus before He arrived for the visit with Mary and Martha. It has been on my mind all day and it made me start thinking about how intentional the Lord is.

I have got to be more intentonal.

"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29. Jesus planned His own sacrifice. He planted the tree that would be the cross. He created the iron-ore that would be used to make the nails. He gave life to Judas and created the means for Pilate to be sent to Jerusalem. He is omnipotent. Jesus didnt have to die for our sins. But He did. He chose to.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Have a Drink

"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink." John 7:37. If you are reading this, step up to the well and have a drink. There are no qualifications necessary. All ages are welcome. You don't have to be rich. You don't have to be smart or pretty. All are welcome. Doesn't matter if you are black, white or yellow. Doesn't even matter if you are from Capetown or Birmingham. Get this - it doesn't matter if you are Baptist or do not yet know your Savior. Come. Take a drink. Allow Jesus to do what water does - take Him in. Allow him to penetrate every cell. Allow Him to quench the thirst.
I need a drink.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Preach then pray? Or pray then preach?

I really enjoy the Blue Letter Bible. It really helps me better understand the bible and how to apply the Word in my life. Great resource. Check it out.

One of the stories in the Bible that I never really got is told in the latter verses of Acts 1. This is the story of the disciples, after they witnessed Jesus ascend up into the sky, coming back to Jerusalem to the Upper Room.

They went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives....They all continued praying together. Acts 1:12, 14. For ten days the disciples prayed. Ten days of prayer, along with a few minutes of preaching, led to 3,000 new believers! Are we doing the opposite? Are we preaching, or talking, more than praying. We both know the answer. How disciplined the disciples were! They remained in His presence. And they prayed.

What would happen today if we remained in prayer? What if we seriously prayed about everything? I believe we would have a similar impact as the 120 disciples gathered in the Upper Room for those ten days. I encourage you to join me in spending more time in prayer with our Father. Let's linger in His presence.