Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
God sent His Son, Jesus here in human form. Jesus was a man, and as such, He has feelings. He walked, talked, ate, and slept just as we do. So why not think that He has feelings just like we do? When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He said, "...My soul is exceeding sorrowful". (Matthew 26:38) And in John 11:35, after Lazarus' death, we're told "Jesus wept".
Just as Jesus was hurt by the disciples not keeping watch as He prayed, we hurt Jesus with our actions. We may say we love Him, but our actions don't always show Him that we do. When we neglect Jesus by not spending time with Him in prayer or in His word, His heart breaks. Every time we sin, His heart breaks. When we don't make Him first in our lives, His heart breaks.
Sometimes when we're lonely, have you ever thought maybe that it's God's cry for time with us? Maybe He's aching for fellowship with us because we're precious to Him. God loves us unconditionally, yet we spend more time on others who don't. We spend more time worrying and praying about what breaks our hearts.
Maybe it's time we care more about what's breaking God's heart than our own.
"Yet my people have forgotten me days without number."
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020
God wants us to put Him first. He tells us in Exodus 20:3, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me". Well when we think too much about other things such as money, our job, the future... any little thing can become a god for us if we're not focusing on God. Life is so busy with jobs, housework, the kiddos...but if we'll just put God first, all of those things will fall into place. There are so many distractions in this world, but we have to just keep asking God to help us keep our mind set on Him.
A few ways we can try to do this is by talking to God, reading His word, memorizing scripture, praising Him, and thanking Him. I know for me, meeting with Jesus every morning helps to start my day off better. Just knowing that the Lord is waiting to talk to me, waiting to spend time with me...that's a feeling I just can't describe. If we want to have a close relationship with God, we have to discipline ourselves to set aside time to spend with Him. We have to include Him in everything we do. If you've got a decision to make, if you have a problem...don't google it, don't talk to someone else about it...talk to God. That's what He wants you to do. He wants to be included in your life. He loves you more than anyone in this world.
So I'm not only challenging you, but I'm challenging myself, as well, to put God first. Then sit back and watch your life change.
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."