Are there needs in your life or the lives of your loved ones that you know can only be met by Jesus? Perhaps you see problems that need solutions, or circumstances that appear to be insurmountable.
In Mark 5:36, when Jairus brought a problem to Jesus, Jesus said to him, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Faith: Jesus was touched by Jairus’ faith. The truth is, faith moves God, and Jairus’ faith moved Jesus to go with Him.
Do you have faith that moves God?
No matter what you’re facing, if you really know that Jesus is your only hope…your only answer … why not heed the advice given to Jairus? “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30: “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Why not come to Jesus and believe?
Sunday - Matthew 11:28-30
Monday - Mark 5:21-43
Tuesday - John 14:1
Wednesday - John 15:9-11
Thursday - 1 John 5:1-5
Friday - 1 Peter 2:4-10
Saturday - Matthew 6:25-34
Lord, often I find that I readily identify with the man who told Jesus, “I believe, but help me overcome my unbelief.” So, today I cry out to you, asking you to help me overcome my unbelief. I want to have faith that moves you. Thank you, Father. Amen
I realize Mother’s Day is a difficult time for many people for various reasons. Yet, it is a day when we pause to honor mothers. Today I hope to share at least a glimpse into the heart of a godly mother.
Interestingly, God himself compares His love to the love a mother has for her child. “Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering. Yet Jerusalem says, ‘The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.’ Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!” Isaiah 49:13-15
When we think about the love a mother has for her children, we discover it’s simply one of the qualities found in a godly mother’s heart; a heart that is closely aligned to the heart of God. A godly mother knows, cares, gives, sees (everything…because she has eyes in the back of her head), motivates, prays and loves.
The scripture records that at the age of 12, Jesus was separated from and then eventually reunited with his family, who found him talking with the religious leaders in the temple. We’re told that he returned to Nazareth with his parents and was obedient to them. This account of Jesus’ childhood concludes with: “and his mother stored all these things in her heart.”
Try and imagine all that a mother’s heart stores up over a lifetime. A godly mother’s heart is an overflowing storeroom of thoughts…memories…dreams…hopes for the future…love for her family…and her personal relationship with her heavenly father. What an unbelievable storehouse…a treasure house.
Thanking God for my mother and the mother of my children.
Sunday - Isaiah 49:13-15
Monday - Luke 2:34-35
Tuesday - Luke 2:41-52
Wednesday - John 19:25-27
Thursday - 2 Timothy 1:5-6
Friday - 1 Samuel 1:9-18
Saturday - Proverbs 31
Lord, thank you for my mother and for the mother of my children…the godly example of love and nurturing they have been and are in my life. Amen
The way we share messages with one another certainly has changed through the years.
I remember a long time ago…back in elementary school…that if you wanted to communicate with someone (a girl) you kind of liked, you would write her a note. But, you wouldn’t give her the note directly, you would pass it to someone else and ask them to give it to her, and then hope they wouldn’t read it before passing it on.
Later in my teen years - while working out of state during the summer - I wrote and received letters. When I was a young adult, the cell phone came along, but it was quite large, and you carried it in a bag. Then came smaller cell phones, emails, texting, and now emojis, which are really nothing more than a throw back to Egyptian hieroglyphics. I guess you might say we have come full circle in the way we communicate.
Through the centuries, God has also communicated His message in a variety of ways, but the message has never changed. He is always consistent and true to His message of hope, love, grace, faith, life, and salvation.
There is power, strength, and truth in His message. The heart of His message is in the message of the cross. “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.“
1 Corinthians 1:18
Paul writes in Romans:
“In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved…For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:8-10,13-14
How about it, would you be willing to pass a note to someone?
It really is Good News.
Questions for Reflection:
Sunday - Romans 10
Monday - John 3:16-17
Tuesday - Acts 10:36
Wednesday - 1 Timothy 4:6
Thursday - Acts 20:32
Friday - Jeremiah 29:11
Saturday - 1 Corinthians 1:18
Lord, thank you for allowing me to hear, live and share your message. Give me a willing heart and the courage to share the Good News with others you bring into my life. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts