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03/24/19: Jesus the Good Shepherd 

To bring God’s goodness to those far from Him:

 

·      Change your PERSPECTIVE: God is totally, consistently and radically GOOD.

 

Psalm 103:8–13 NIV

The Lord iscompassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

 

James 1:17 NIV

Every good and perfect giftis from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 

 

John 10:10 NIV

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

1 John 3:8 NIV

The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

 

·      Receive His POWER: Walk in purity and savor His presence.

 

Psalm 119:68 TPT

Everything you do is beautiful, flowing from your goodness; teach methe power of your wonderful words!

 

Galatians 5:22–23 NIV

But the fruit of the Spiritis love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 

·      Live with a PURPOSE: To give away His goodness.

 

Psalm 34:8 NIV

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

 

1.   Bring His HEALINGand RESTORATION.

 

Matthew 10:8 NIV

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

 

2.   Share His WISDOMandREVELATION.

 

1 Kings 4:34 NIV

From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.

 

3.   Show His LOVEand COMPASSION.

 

Colossians 3:12 TPT

You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. 

 

A Good Read: “God is Good” by Bill Johnson

Daily Devotion, 03/22/2019, “Pull Down Heaven”  

Acts 4:15b-16 NIV

…people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.

 

My favorite song to worship with these days is “Victory is Yours” by Bethel Music. There’s a line in the bridge that says, “We pull down heaven with shouts of praise, God all powerful, God all powerful.” When we do life from a position of praise, we carry God’s presence and the power that comes with His presence. We  pull heaven down to earth, down to the places we where we live. It’s reminiscent of what Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We are the ones who are to bring the kingdom to our culture and to those in our circles of influence. When we “pull down heaven,” we bring the realities of heaven to our part of the earth. There is no sickness, poverty, brokenness or godlessness in heaven. We have the calling and the capacity to bring what makes heaven so magnificent to this place and these people. Peter and the other apostles understood this principle. They so walked in the presence and power of God that all who came to them needing healing and or deliverance received it. With Peter, just being beneath his passing shadow brought healing and deliverance. 

 

May you so abide in God’s presence that you pull down heaven to the places you do life in and to the people you do life with. You are loved!

Daily Devotion, 03/21/2019, “Shaken”

Acts 4:29-31 NIV

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

 

If you have time, read the previous verses in chapter 4 to give you a better picture of why the disciples were praying as they were in our passage today. This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible because of how the disciples responded to the threats made against them and because of how the Holy Spirit responded to the prayers they prayed. Peter and John had been arrested and then questioned by the Jewish religious leaders regarding what they were teaching about Jesus. The religious leaders realized that undeniable miracles were taking place and that these common men were influencing thousands with their words. Rather than celebrating what God was obviously doing, they wanted to stop it because they saw it as a threat to the power and control they wielded through Judaism. Because “all of the people were praising God for what had happened,” (verse 21), they decided not to harm Peter and John but to instead warn them and threaten them that they’d better stop healing and teaching in Jesus name.

 

What would you pray for after being arrested, warned and threatened? Protection? Deliverance? Favor? Maybe for something really bad to happen to those threatening you? Peter, John and the other believers prayed that God would give them a greater boldness to speak for Him and for Him to continue to heal and perform signs and wonders through them. They prayed that God would make them better at doing what they had been threatened not to do. God was so moved by their prayers that the presence of the Holy Spirit literally shook the place where they were praying. Wow! May we be so surrendered, so faith filled and so shaken! You are loved!

Daily Devotion, 03/20/2019, “Only Jesus”

Acts 3:4:8-13 NIV

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!  If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is“‘the stone you builders rejected,which has become the cornerstone.’Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 

 

Have you ever had someone thank you for doing something that you know you had very little to do with? You pray for them and God moves powerfully in them, you share some godly counsel and it’s exactly what they need to hear, you teach them how to live out some aspect of scripture and it reorients the course they’re on or you bring Jesus into their pain and they experience deep restoration; that kind of thing. In our passage today, Peter and John are being questioned about the gospel message they are proclaiming because it has led to 5,000 salvations in a matter of days. They’re also being grilled for “an act of kindness” that led to the physical healing of a man who went from not even being able to stand to “walking, leaping and praising God.” (Acts 3:8) Peter was quick to point out that it was “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” that the man was healed. Peter wasn’t trying to shirk responsibility, he was just saying that he knew that he wasn’t smart enough, holy enough or powerful enough on his own to do any of this. He was just an “unschooled, ordinary” man who had “been with Jesus.”

 

May your time with Jesus unleash the power of His presence so profoundly in your ordinary, everyday self that all in your circle experience Him when they experience you. You are loved!

Daily Devotion, 03/19/2019, “Refreshing Repentance”

 

Acts 3:19-20

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah. 

 

There is a cumulative effect of living a godless, sinful life that is absolutely exhausting. I’m not denying that “sin is pleasurable for a season” (Hebrews 11:25) but as the consequences pile up, godless living is anything but pleasurable (Galatians 6:7-9.) How refreshing it is to “turn to God” and away from sin and its consequences. How refreshing it is to embrace grace while letting go of shame. How refreshing it is to experience the life that comes from living for God rather than the negative consequences that come from living apart from Him. How refreshing it is to be in the presence of the Lord, our life and “living water.” (John 4:10)

 

Ask God to reveal to you anything in your life that is displeasing to Him. Let go of whatever He shows you and turn to Him. May you experience “times of refreshing” today. May the life that you live and the “presence” you carry be refreshing to others. May those in your circle come to thirst for the living water that they see refreshing you.

 

You are loved!

This morning at CrossRoads: Jesus Series, Part 1, Jesus the Son of Man

1 Corinthians 2:1-2 Message

You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did--Jesus crucified. 

 

Because He was one of us, Jesus GETSus.

 

Matthew 1:21 NIV

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 

 

Matthew 1:23 NIV

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” --which means, “God with us.” 

 

John 1:14 NIV

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” 

 

Hebrews 2:17-18 Message

“That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.” 

 

Because Jesus gets us…

 

  • He can relate to our RELATIONSHIPSand help us with them.

Mark 6:3 NIV

“Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of 

James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?” 

 

Mark 3:21 NIV

When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 

 

  • He can help us through our TRIALSand TEMPTATIONSvictoriously.

 

Hebrews 4:15 NIV

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.” 

 

  • He’s can strengthen us when we experience pain, REJECTIONand injustice. 

 

Isaiah 53:3 NIV

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.” 

 

Isaiah 53:5 NIV

“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” 

 

Jesus gets you and all that you’re walking through. He is your example. He is your inspiration. He is your strength. Trust Him. Follow Him. Love Him.

 

John 1:12 TLB

“But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them.” 

 

Psalms 37:5 NLT

“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” 

 

Daily Devotion, 03/15/2019, “No Silver or Gold Required”

Acts 3:1-6 NIV

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

 

Maybe you can relate to Peter and John in their encounter with the lame man. You have a good heart and you’d love to help everyone you possibly can but the reality is that your “silver and gold” are in short supply. The person needing the assistance may not even realize it at the time but their greatest need is not for “silver and gold,” their greatest need is for an encounter with and a touch by the living God. That’s something we can all give to them without costing us a cent. We just need to have the discernment, faith and courage to allow God to work through us.

 

In verse 12, Peter addresses the “astonished” people who saw the miracle saying, “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” Peter didn’t heal the lame man personally nor did his own goodness and godliness make the healing possible. It was absolutely all God. All Peter did was allow Holy Spirit to open his eyes to what He wanted to do through him and then simply give Holy Spirit the opportunity to do it. We can all do that.

 

May you discern the greatest needs of those in your circle today and may you discern what Holy Spirit wants to do through you to meet them. May you take the risk and have the faith to let God touch them through you. You are loved!

Daily Devotion, 03/14/2019, “Radical Love”


Acts 2:42-47 NIV

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.


It’s astonishing to think that these first Christians enjoyed “the favor of all the people” so soon after some of these same people had the leader of the Christians crucified. Not only did the people show favor towards the Christians, everyday some of them would cross the line of faith and become Christ-followers themselves. There were three compelling characteristics of these early Christ-followers that attracted people to Jesus. They knew the Good News and how to explain it to those who knew nothing of it, they walked in and powerfully demonstrated the presence of the Holy Spirit and they loved each other very well as they did life in authentic community. The Word of life that they spoke of was given credibility by the miracles God performed through them and the radical love they had for one another.


As a pastor and church leader, I can get caught up in thinking that if we “do church” bigger and better, we’ll attract more people to the church and eventually to Jesus. I’ve found that who we attract most doing church that way are people from other churches which kind of misses the point of why we’re here.


May you know the simple message of the gospel and how to convey it well to those with little knowledge of it. May you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit so strongly that God does miracles through you. May you love so well that it makes you stand out for all the right reasons. You are loved!

Daily Devotion, 03/13/2019, “Break Bread Pudding Together”

 

Acts 2:42-47 NIV

 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

 

One of my highlights last week came on Wednesday night when I was blessed to share a meal with some of my closest friends. The jambalaya, bread pudding and fresh from the garden salad were amazing but the love shared, stories told and prayers prayed were what made that night especially memorable. I gather with this group of friends on most Wednesday nights in one of their homes. Officially, we’re one of the many small groups at CrossRoads but really we’re just a family of Christ-followers who are intentional about doing life together. We learn the Word together, pray for each other, carry each other’s burdens, laugh often and likely eat more than we should. We speak blessings over one another, we sometimes receive communion together, we stay in touch throughout the week and we worship with the rest of our CrossRoads family on Sunday mornings. 

 

One of the keys to thriving in your faith is to be solidly connected in significant relationships with a few other Christ-followers. Like all relationships, they require effort and intentionality to forge and to maintain but they are so worth it. You were created for community. Make the effort, open your heart and enjoy the blessing of doing life with others who are on the same journey you’re on.

 

You are loved!

Daily Devotion, 03/12/2019, “Our Time is Now”

Acts 2:37-41 NIV

 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

 

Peter wrapped up his first sermon with an invitation “to repent and be baptized.” Amazingly, 3,000 people took him up on his offer. As phenomenal as that day was, it was just the beginning. From that day to this day, millions have heard the message and responded with repentance. In this generation, we are the ones commissioned by Jesus to take His message both to our circles of influence and to the masses. What was it about the message Peter brought and how he brought it that resulted in 3,000 people crossing over from death to life? What can learn from that day that will make us more effective in leading others to Jesus? 

 

What stands out to me is how Peter combined the powerful manifestations of the promised presence of the Holy Spirit with a very clear and concise gospel message. He didn’t stop there though. After demonstrating God’s power and speaking out the gospel message, he told the crowd what they needed to do to be saved. We can all have the same power and speak out the same message Peter did. We can all let Holy Spirit touch, heal and restore broken bodies and hearts through us. We can all bring the good news of Jesus to those who are far from Him. We can all show them the path of repentance and salvation clearly and concisely. So many need what only Jesus can give them. May we show them the way to Him.

You are loved!  

 

 

Daily Devotion, 03/11/2019, “Emptied and Empowered”

Acts 2:22-24 NLT

“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”

 

In his first sermon ever, Peter gives us a concise but full picture of who Jesus was, what He did and why He came. In verse 22, he says that God did miracles, wonders and signs “through him.” Pay attention to that. Jesus didn’t have supernatural abilities because He was God’s son. Jesus was a human being just like you and me. He could not perform miracles, signs and wonders on His own, He could only allow  God to do them through Him. Paul writes in Philippians 2:7 that Jesus, “being in very natureGod,did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothingby taking the very natureof a servant,being made in human likeness.” Jesus chose to “make himself nothing” and set aside His divine nature so that he could be fully “made in human likeness.” He demonstrated for us that the same God who worked powerfully through Him despite His humanity can work through you and me. We have the same access to the power of God that Jesus had. We have the same capacity for God to work miracles, signs and wonders through us that Jesus had. It’s critical that you let that sink in and reshape your faith, how you see yourself and how you allow God to work through you. There are many in your circle who desperately need a miracle of one kind or another in their lives. God can deliver that miracle through you just as He did for so many through Jesus. What do you need to empty yourself of so that He can work through you? You are loved!  

 

PS  We’ll begin a new teaching series this Sunday at CrossRoads on how our lives can be forever changed because of who Jesus was and is. If you don’t have a church home, you’re invited. You can find more information about CrossRoads at CrossRoadsMB.org. 

 

This morning at CrossRoads,: “Family 30” Series, Part 6, “Loving From the Overflow”

Our children tend to WATCHeverything we do, HEAReverything we say and BECOMEthe people we shape them to be with our lives.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

 

The highest PRIORITYof parenting is to connect the child’s heart with the heart of God.

 

Performance, accomplishments, sports, grades and behavior are all SECONDARYpriorities.

 

Your HEARTCONNECTIONto God enables you to best influence their hearts for God.

 

Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 

CODEPENDENCYis plugging into people, places or things as a source for life.” – Gary Smalley

 

If your FAMILYis be your source of life, you’ll RUNDRYover time.

 

JESUSis the only UNLIMITED, abundant and overflowing source of life. 

 

John 4:13-14 NIV

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

John 7:37-38 NIV

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Devotion, 03/09/2019, “God Has a Voice”

Acts 2:14-18 NLT

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.” 

 

“Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.” That makes sense to me because the older I get, the more exhausted I feel. Maybe visions are more for the young than the old because those of us who have experienced more life (old people) tend to doze off the second we stop moving! But I digress… The point is that God said He would pour out His Spirit upon all people; sons and daughters, young and old, men and women, in ways that are clearly supernatural and at the same time incredibly timely and practical. So why don’t more Christ-followers experience these things? I think that a lack of good teaching, the busyness of our culture, the abuse of these by some who seek only to scheme and to scam along the absence of consideration of these by many denominations all contribute to only a few experiencing what is clearly for all to experience.

 

I encourage you to ask Holy Spirit to awaken your spirit to all He is wanting to do in you. Slow down enough to give Him time to reveal, speak and show. Write down what you sense, hear and see. Pass on what He tells you to pass on to those it is for but make sure first that it is not for you alone. God has a voice. He is speaking. Oh how we need to hear Him these days. I feel like I need to go back to bed :)  You are loved!  

 

 

Daily Devotion, 03/08/2019, “New Horizons”

Acts 2:14-18 NLT

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.” 

 

I was serving as the student pastor at CrossRoads in the late 90’s when Sha and I both sensed that God was going to have us do something fresh and different. For two years we prayed, sought and waited while seriously looking at the possibility of planting a church in another state. I was dropping off some promotional materials for an event to a pastor friend of my pastor named Ron Mayo when he (Pastor Mayo) invited me into his office. I had met him but didn’t know him. He told me that God had told him to tell me that I was going become the pastor of CrossRoads and that this would happen very soon. My pastor, Don Medley, had told me a few days earlier that he felt that he would be pastoring CrossRoads for at least two more years so I didn’t know how to take this word. Within an hour, an intercessor from our church told me that God had showed them the same exact thing. I had never even considered the possibility of pastoring CrossRoads until that day. Within a week, Don was offered ministry positions at three different churches in the Midwest. Within four weeks, he accepted one of them. He sent me on vacation so he could prepare the church for me to become their pastor. We had a beautiful passing of the mantle service and a moving dinner to honor Don and his family. Six weeks after Pastor Ron’s prophetic word to me, I became the pastor of CrossRoads.

 

Be open to the unique ways God will direct your life and calling. Be open to hear and to pass on His words to others. You are loved!  

 

 

Daily Devotion, 03/07/2019, “Pass the Word”

Acts 2:14-18 NLT

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.” 

 

Oftentimes God gives a prophetic word through another to encourage someone toward next steps in their spiritual journey. In 1991, God used the story of Joshua, especially Joshua 1:9 to call me out of military service and into full-time vocational ministry. Last week, God prompted me to revisit that original calling because there is more there that He has for me these days. Just as Joshua led the armies and people of Israel into the Promised Land, He’s wanting me to lead those in my circle of influence to take new ground and see His promises fulfilled. I haven’t told anyone about this because I’m still meditating on it all. On Sunday, a trusted intercessor in our church handed me a handwritten prophetic word that spoke mostly of me leading armies of people across a bridge, “two by two into the light of salvation and freedom.” In this prophetic word, God assured me that my loved ones would cross the bridge also and that I could rest in God’s grace and provision as I lead for Him. What a perfectly timed blessing that word was and is! It took up less than fifteen lines of notebook paper but was as powerful and encouraging as it was concise and specific. 

 

Be discerning in your times of conversation with God. He may have something He wants to tell you that’s not actually for you but for another. Yes, He could show it all to them directly but sometimes He chooses to speak through us instead. You are loved!  

 

 

Daily Devotion, 03/06/2019, “Everyday Prophets”

Acts 2:14-18 NLT

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.” 

 

Again, to receive visions from God while we’re awake, have meaningful dreams from God while we’re asleep and speak out prophetic words entrusted to us by God are all normal manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives according to this passage and the rest of the NT. Concerning prophetic words, oftentimes they do not involve the forthtelling of future events but are instead words from God entrusted to a Christ-follower to pass on to another person so that it might encourage them, bless them and instruct them on their spiritual journey. I think that God can use all of us that way. I’m learning to ask God if there’s anything He wants to say through me in most every conversation I have these days. I’m listening to what the person is saying to me but at the same time, I’m listening what the Holy Spirit is saying to me. Often I don’t perceive anything specific but when I do, I pass it along to them saying something like, “I think God wants me to tell you that…” or “What I’m sensing from God for you is…” It may have nothing to do with what they’re telling me or everything to do with it. It’s not my place to figure it all out. My part is only to pass on what, if anything, God is wanting to say to them through me. God can use you the same way. May all be “everyday prophets” who faithfully pass on the words God entrusts us with. You are loved!  

PS I’ve been at our hunting camp without signal the last couple of days and was unable to post. Blessings! 

Daily Devotion, 03/02/2019, “Dream On!”

Acts 2:14-18 NLT

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.” 

 

To receive visions from God while we’re awake, have meaningful dreams from God while we’re asleep and speak out prophetic words entrusted to us by God are all normal manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives according to this passage and the rest of the New Testament. I’ll write more on visions and prophecy next week but this morning I’ll say a couple of things about dreams. I’ve learned to pay close attention to my dreams these days. I’ve found that I sleep much better if I spend time praying rather than worrying when I go to bed. As part of that prayer time, I ask God to bless my rest and to show me anything He wants to show me while I sleep. I don’t dream much, but if I have a dream that I remember when I wake up, I simply ask God if it was from Him. Oftentimes they are not but If I sense that it is, I ask Him to reveal the meaning to me. Maybe God sometimes speaks through dreams because I move so fast in my waking hours that it’s easier for Him to speak to me while I’m sleeping. Whatever the reason, I don’t want to miss a single word, revelation or insight that He has for me. Invite God to bless your rest and your dreams tonight. If you have a dream that you sense is from Him, write down a description of it. Ask God to reveal the meaning to you and write that down also. You might be surprised by what He has to show you and say to you. You are loved!  

Daily Devotion, 03/01/19, "Stomach Bug"

My apologies for not writing this morning. The dreaded stomach bug that's going around paid me a visit a little after midnight. It was not a good time and it cost me some sleep but I feel much better now, just a little tired. I hope you have a blessed day. I hope that you will be a blessing today. I look forward writing again in the morning. You are loved!

Daily Devotion, 02/28/2019, “Fire Fall”

Acts 2:1-12 NLT

On the day of Pentecost[a] all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!”They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

 

“Amazed and perplexed,” when the power of God works powerfully and authentically through you as a result of you being “filled with the Holy Spirit,” many in your circle will be completely amazed and perplexed. The point, I think, of signs and wonders is that they are signs of the reality, power and presence of God that make people wonder if He is real, powerful and present. Because they are supernatural and Holy Spirit empowered, they help open up the hearts  and minds of those with little or no faith to the love and life God has for them. If you have put your faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in you. You are gifted, empowered and commissioned to let His power work through you in supernatural ways that bring hope, healing and revelation. You are loved!  

Daily Devotion, 02/27/2019, “Bring It!”

Acts1:6-8 NLT

So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

Even after all the disciples had experienced with Jesus, they were still looking for Him to do more. Specifically, the wanted Him to “free Israel and restore” their kingdom. They wanted Him to supernaturally defeat the Romans who ruled their land and return the kingdom of Israel to the people of Israel. Their focus was not on the will of God or the Kingdom of God, it was on themselves and their people. I can relate to that. It’s easy to get focused on my “kingdom,” my will, my desires and my agenda all while unintentionally forgetting why God has me here and what He wants me focused on.

 

I love how Jesus shifted the focus from Him doing something for them and their little kingdom to them doing something for Him, the Kingdom of God and every person in every corner of the world. Jesus wasn’t concerned about freeing and restoring Israel, His mission was vastly greater than that. He wanted the disciples to free and restore people everywhere. He had taught them how to love, live, heal, teach, pray and serve. Now it was time for Him to return to the Father’s side and for them to start doing the work of bringing the Kingdom. Under the “power of the Holy Spirit,” they would be His “witnesses, telling people about” Him everywhere.

 

These days that mission is ours. Stop focusing on your little kingdom and all that you want God to do to fix it. Focus on His Kingdom and what He wants you to do to bring it. You are loved!  

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