Thursday, September 29, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Who is Jesus?


Mark 7:37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

Meditate on God’s Word!  Anyone who saw the power of Jesus to heal was amazed on how the power of God was being demonstrated in front of their very eyes.  Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” Mark 7: 36-37 Next Jesus met the blind man at Bethesda.   Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.  So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. Mark 8:22-23

Once again the power of God was being demonstrated in front of their very eyes.  And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” 25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. 26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.” Mark 8:24-26 Finally Jesus asked Peter who do men think Jesus is?  “Who do men say that I am?” 28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” 30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him. Mark 8:27-30


Peter clearly stated that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah promised by God to redeem mankind. Ask God to reveal to you today who Jesus really is if there is any doubt in your life and let God open your eyes to how much He loves you today. But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:14

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Ephphatha, Be Opened!


Mark 7:4 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”


Meditate on God’s Word!  Here in Luke’s Gospel we study come very powerful examples of the healing power of Jesus.  And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, 18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. Luke 6:17-18 Luke tells us that Jesus healed all who came to Him. Next Jesus traveled to another region where he met a man who desperately needed His help. Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. Mark 7:31-32  

Jesus had great compassion on the man who needed healing and Jesus prayed an amazing prayer.  And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” Mark 7:33-34 Everyone was amazed on the power of God to heal that Jesus demonstrated. Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” Mark 7: 35-37


Do you know someone that needs healing today? God’s Word teaches us that we are to pray for those that are sick in faith and in the name and power of Jesus. Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. I Peter 2:24 Ask God to heal you, physically, emotionally or spiritually or pray on behalf of someone you love based on the promises of God found in His Word, in Jesus name. You never know what God will do until you ask in Jesus name!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Do Not Fear!


Joshua 10:8  And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”

Meditate on God’s Word!  It we could but remember this powerful verse in our lives as we face situations that seem too big for us to handle in our own strength. We need to remember it is, was and always will be God’s power that will deliver us in our time of need. And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.” Joshua 10:8  As we carefully study this Word from God, be careful not to read so quickly that you miss what really happened here. It wasn’t the great army of Joshua that destroyed this army but God.  So the Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. Joshua 10:9-10

As we read further we see how God moved to defend His people against this mighty army.  And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword. Joshua 10:11  God used the fear of the Lord to turn the army against themselves as they panicked and ran and God used nature to protect His children. Here we see a beautiful picture that God doesn’t need horses, chariots or mighty men of war but just the power of His Word to protect us in our time of need.

We are reminded once again how it is God’s power not ours that will guide us, protect us and save us in our time of need, just as Joshua, one of God’s mightiest men of God, proclaimed after God stopped the sun and the moon gave them the victory! So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. Joshua 10:13-14


Our Prayer:  Dear Father in Heaven, help us to call upon you in our time of need and to realize no matter what evil someone has planned against us in life, it is your will, your power and your protection that will deliver us in our hour of need, according to your will. Thank you for loving us so much, in Jesus name.  Amen. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Power of Prayer!


Joshua 10:12  Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel.

Meditate on God’s Word!  Could prayer move the hand of God in your life today? As we examine one of the most powerful prayers in the Bible we need to ask ourselves, is this the same God who made the sun and moon stand still? The nation of Gibeon, who had made a peace treaty with the nation of Israel was now under the threat of attack.  And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp at Gilgal, saying, “Do not forsake your servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have gathered together against us.” So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. Joshua 10:6-7

Here is what God said to Joshua in response to the cry of the Gibeonites and here is what God did on behalf of the Gibeonites, Joshua and his mighty men of war. And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.” Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal. 10 So the Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. Joshua 10:8-10

Then as the battle continued and the light of the day would soon end, Joshua prayed one of the most amazing prayers in the Bible.  Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. Joshua 10:12-13


We serve an amazing God who hears the prayers of His children. He may not stop the sun and the moon but He is able to heal our hurts, pains, sorrows, diseases and lift us to a place of peace and power in our lives, that man could ever do. Lift up all of your needs and concerns to the One who hears, who loves you and whose love for you has no bounds. Lift up your need to Jehovah Jireh (God our provider) today! Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,  “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27 Get lost in the wonder and the power of God and you never know what God will do!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Meditate with Power!


All Things!


Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Meditate on God’s Word!  As we move through life there will be times where we will legitimately wonder where is God? It is during these times that we need to focus on the promises of God’s love and God’s promises.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Romans 8:29-30

God knew us and loved us before time began and has a very specific plan for our lives as we trust Him in all things.  Who is He who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35-36 When there are no words to explain or understand the situation we are going through, it is during these times we just need to trust in the promises of God’s Word and His love for us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39


Let God love you today as you trust Him to help those who you love who are dealing with difficult circumstances in their lives. Let God’s love permeate your mind and soul and ask God to touch those that you love with the same love God has shown you!  The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Meditate with Power!


God of Love and Hope!


Romans 5:5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Meditate on God’s Word!  It is good to reset our inner compass to who God is, what He has promised and what He has given us, His Holy Spirit. Let’s meditate on each of these three today as we move through life. Who is God?  Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:26-27 From the Old Testament to the New, God’s description of Himself is consistent.  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Ephesians 3:20

His promise to love us, until He calls us home. The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:32-33

His promise of His Holy Spirit to those who are His children. “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. Joel 2:28  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8:15-16


God hasn’t changed, His love is consistent from the Old Testament to the New Testament, God loves has never and He will never change how He feels about you. Let’s the Word, the promises and the love of God change you today so that you never feel alone again! God called you, saved you and loves you forever.  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Friday, September 23, 2016

Meditate with Power!


God Cares Deeply for You!


Romans 5:3  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.

Meditate on God’s Word!  God’s grace and Holy Spirit are always there to help us during the tough times and dry periods in our lives.  God’s Word reminds us that it is during these times we find His grace, strength and support through His Holy Spirit.   And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5

Before we even cared or even knew about God and how much He loved us, He was there.   For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8


So now, no matter what you are going through, let God’s gracious love and Holy Spirit strengthen and comfort you in your time of need.   Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:9-11 Let God’s grace and love carry you today!