Thursday, April 17, 2014



Meditate with Power!


Born to Die!


Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.


Meditate on God’s Word!  You can find thousands of writers who will say Jesus was killed while on a mission to institute world peace. However the entire theme of the Bible is God’s plan to redeem mankind after the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The reason so many theologians will attack the book of Genesis as fictional or say it is an allegory is to attempt to destroy the reason why Jesus had to die for the sins of mankind. Sin entered into the world by Adam and Eve.  The intimate relationship with God was lost and the promise was made in Genesis to restore the relationship back to God through Jesus. That is the Gospel. To add or subtract is to deny why Jesus had to die on that lonely hill, on a cross at Calvary over 2000 years ago. God’s Word records God’s plan over 2700 years ago and over 700 years before Jesus came.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6


Jesus willingly went to the cross for you and for me. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. Isaiah 53:7-8


There was no other way but the way of the cross. A love so great that God would willingly send His Son as a payment for the sins of mankind. And they made His grave with the wicked, But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:9-11


Yes, Jesus knew why He came and what His purpose was, to redeem mankind back into relationship with God. That was His purpose, to give His life for you. What and who will you believe, the theologian with their PhD or God’s Word? 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Meditate with Power!


Road to Calvary!


Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”.


Meditate on God’s Word! As Jesus enters Jerusalem, the crowd greets him with a roar of approval, excitement and almost admiration. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9/Psalm 118:26  All these prophecies were now coming to life to fulfill the promise that God made in the Garden of Eden over 4000 years before Jesus walked into Jerusalem. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15


This was the promise of redemption that God made to Adam and Eve that would now be fulfilled through Jesus. Jesus sadly looks over Jerusalem, the city and the people that God called through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:41-44


God had chosen this nation and people to be a light for all the world to see the glory, greatness and mercy of God through the sacrifice of Jesus. “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.” 11 It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time To recover the remnant of His people who are left, From Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the islands of the sea. Isaiah 11:10-11


The people wanted a conquering Messiah but God promised a suffering Messiah who would redeem all mankind back and to restore what was lost in the Garden of Eden. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6 The lonely road to Calvary was to do what only God can do, forgive your sins by sending His Son to be the payment for the sins of mankind. All we can do is accept, receive and believe and say thank you Jesus.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Meditate with Power!


Who is Jesus?


Matthew 21:10-11 “And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”


Meditate on God’s Word! As Jesus enters Jerusalem, the crowd cheers the one they believe to be the Messiah who will perhaps lead them to victory over the Roman Empire! God had a different plan for His Messiah, who would come to deliver the world from a different enemy, the power of sin and separation from God.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:10-13

God sent His Messiah to restore the relationship that was lost through sin in the Garden of Eden.  And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:17-19


As Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus, perhaps He is reaching out to you today? Let God touch your life and your heart through the hand of Jesus today!  And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:5-10 Let the love, mercy and grace of Jesus touch your life or the life of someone you love today, as you share this story!                                        
(Scripture from New King James Version. Copyright c 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

Monday, April 14, 2014


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The Triumphal Entry!


Matthew 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’Hosanna in the highest!”

Meditate on God’s Word! Jesus comes to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration. As He enters the city He fulfills, many believe to the day, the prophecy of the prophet Daniel; “Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.25 “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks.” Daniel 9:24-25

Jesus begins to fulfill the scripture that have been hidden from the understanding of the people but mostly the Jewish leadership; “All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’” Zechariah 9:9  Prophecy after prophecy of the promised Messiah are being fulfilled before their very eyes; Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9/Psalm 118:26 All of the seemingly disconnected scriptures are coming to life in front of the crowd and yet they still wondered about who Jesus was?  “And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” Matthew 21:10-11

The people wanted a conquering Messiah but God sent a Servant Messiah to redeem the people from their sins as John the Baptist recognized; The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.” John 1:29-30 As we enter this Holy week to acknowledge God’s Messiah Jesus, may we remember His purpose, as John did and live our lives in appreciation for the greatest gift ever given to mankind! “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 This is the Easter story!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


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Real Power!


John 17:17  Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 



Meditate on God’s Word!  If there were ever 10 words or less that we need to meditate on often each day, it is these few words that Jesus prayed for His disciples; ”Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” Even Jesus, while being tempted by Satan in the wilderness, knew the power of God’s Word; Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” Luke 4:1-4


Because of Jesus’s role as our High Priest at the right hand of God the Father in heaven He is more than able to help us in our time of need; Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. I Corinthians 10:12-13 Our strength lies in the power of God’s Word, Jesus, the actual Word of God and the Holy Spirit who activates God’s Word in our lives! For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13


Ask God today to draw you into His Word like never before and let God’s Holy Spirit activate, fill and empower you so that you can resist evil, temptation and the devil. Let God take your life into another dimension of power and freedom through the Word of God! Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36 Experience real power in your life today, through the Word of God!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Meditate with Power!


A Faithful Friend!


Hebrews 4:15  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.



Meditate on God’s Word!  Jesus before He was crucified spent time with His disciples and here is what He said while He prayed to God the Father in heaven; “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.” John 17:6-8


Then after He prayed for them, He prayed for you and for me; “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” John 17: 9-11


Jesus, who resisted Satan in the desert for 40 days knows and understands the struggles you have and will face in life. He specifically prayed for you to be able to resist the temptation and the struggles that you will face; I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” John 17:15-19


Jesus knows, Jesus understands and Jesus cares for you. Let the prayer of Jesus comfort you today as you serve Him and let His grace and strength carry you today, by His power! “15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16  This is your victory, Jesus and Jesus’s grace!

Friday, April 11, 2014


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Remember Our Strength!


Colossians 1:10-11 “That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy


Meditate on God’s Word!  There will be times when we just forget what God has done for us as we struggle with various issues of life. These are the best times to reflect, remember and replay what God has done for us; And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” Colossians 1:21-22


God has begun a great work in your life and He will continue it; “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:3-6


We need to remember, we are not alone and that God has resources beyond what we can see to help us in our time of need; “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20 Rest in the fact that God understands, knows and feels your situation in life because of what Jesus went through on earth on His way to the cross; “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

Remember it is often in weakness we find our real strength, in calling on the name of Jesus! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” Philippians 4:13