Will you run after Jesus?

Sea of Galilee

 
 
 
The Sea of Galilee

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves. The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. Mark 6:31-33

So much need, no time to eat.

When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34

Matthew Henry writes:

they seemed to be well-inclined, and manageable as sheep, and willing to be taught, but they had no shepherd, none to lead and guide them in the right way, none to feed them with good doctrine: and therefore, in compassion to them, he not only healed their sick, as it is in Matthew, but he taught them many things, and we may be sure that they were all true and good, and fit for them to learn.

Even though Jesus and the disciples were weary and needed to rest, they ministered to the people who were hungry for guidance … hungry for the spiritual food that only Jesus could give.

They ran to Jesus and would not leave Him until He fed them spiritual food as well as earthly food. Not until this multitude of 5,000 men, not including women and children, were full did Jesus send them away.

I’ve been as desperate as these people were. I’ve run after Jesus, not letting Him out of my sight until He filled me with His healing touch, His spiritual food, and His earthly provisions. Nothing else really mattered.

Only Jesus mattered.

Looking upon that desperation, Jesus had compassion, for He is the Good Shepherd. He filled every need beyond any human expectations.

He wants to fill your every need. Won’t you run after Jesus, sit at His feet, drink in His teachings, receive His healing, eat His bread?

He’s looking upon you with compassion.

My prayer for you

Our Good Shepherd, we long for Your guidance, Your touch, Your filling. Lead us by Your staff, set a table before us in the presence of our enemies, anoint our heads with your healing oil, and walk us through the valleys as we dwell in Your presence forever.

He is Risen!

Garden Tomb

He is not here, for he has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.  Matthew 28:6

From the Garden of Gethsemane to Golgotha,
From the cross to the tomb,
From the empty tomb to the right hand of God,
Our Lord reigns!
May the passion of Jesus as He contemplated
the cross grip your soul.
May you comprehend the love of Jesus as He took on the sin of the world
for the joy that was set before Him.
May you walk in the power of the resurrection and the joy set before you.

Wishing you a blessed Easter.

Jesus presented His body as a sacrifice for you, will you present your body as a living sacrifice?

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I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1

Jesus presented His body as the perfect sacrifice, and He lives now making intercession for us at the right hand of God. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. In light of His death and resurrection, how are you presenting your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God?

How do you see yourself as a living sacrifice and as your spiritual worship?

My prayer for you:

Father, Thank You for sending Jesus to the world so that whoever believes in Him will receive eternal life with You. Bless Your children with a deeper knowledge of Your sacrifice and that of Jesus, and guide us in presenting our bodies as living sacrifices. Thank You for your sacrifice.

God’s 5 promises in 2 verses … Psalm 84:11-12

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God’s light overshadows even the beauty of the Taj Mahal

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord gives grace and glory.
No good thing does He withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in You! Psalm 84:11-12

In these two short verses, we find promises for those who walk in God’s light:

  1. Light. God shows the way we should go.
  2. Shield. God provides His protection for His followers.
  3. Grace. God bestows His favor upon His children.
  4. Glory. God gives honor, a weightiness or fullness, to those He calls His own.
  5. Blessings. God creates a blessed state in the one who trusts in Him.

My prayer for you:

Lord, bless, I pray, Your dear children. Shine Your light on their paths and protect them with Your mighty shield. Pour out Your fullness upon them and keep them on Your righteous path. Lord of hosts, fill Your dear children with the blessing of great faith as they trust in Your great faithfulness. For You are our glory, our might, and our strength. We love you Lord.

2 choices when Jesus asks, “Do you want to be healed?”

Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”  John 5:8

Jesus walks through the blind, lame, and paralyzed to one man and asks him if he wants to be healed. The man gives an excuse rather than the answer “Yes!”

“Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”

The man has two choices

  1. Make another excuse,

“That’s impossible!”

2. Place both hands on the ground, swing both legs around, roll up on knees, curl toes under, force legs up, straighten the back, fix eyes on Jesus.

“With Jesus, the impossible is possible!”

It takes courage to obey Jesus and attempt the impossible. When the man decided to do what Jesus commanded him to do, strength surged through his legs and straightened his back, so that he could fix his eyes on Jesus.

And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. John 5:9

It took courage to take up his bed and walk in health. This man had to discount what men would think and exclusively focus upon the walk Jesus had given him.

What is your impossibility? It’s possible with Jesus.

My prayer for you:

Thank you, Jesus, for stretching our faith, so that we have to step into the possibilities that only You can create. It’s Your power, Your love, and Your wisdom that equip us and renew our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Transform us, renew our minds, and renew our bodies, so that in all we do, we point people to You.

5 strategies to possessing God’s promise for you

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Entering the Colosseum in Rome, visitors are struck by the magnitude of the stone walls–as grasshoppers to this amphitheater of memories past–gladiators fighting to the death,  Christians martyred, sailors surviving mock sea battles, hunters pursuing wild animals, and executioners slaying men and women. Walls 157 feet high with a base of 6 acres and an original perimeter of 1,788 feet, this gargantuan death memorial collapsed on its outer south side in the great earthquake of 1349, tumbling travertine stones to the base.
 

Several thousand years earlier, Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River on dry land to camp at Gilgal. Looming in the canp’s view were the mighty walls of Jericho, with a stone wall around it of 12-15 feet high, an embankment of about 3 acres with a mud-brick wall at its highest point 46 feet higher than the baseline.  Continue reading 5 strategies to possessing God’s promise for you