Pentecost

pentecost

John 14:26
(Jesus said) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

Jesus knew His time on earth was drawing to a close when He spoke these words. He still had more to teach His disciples. He knew they would need to be reminded of what He had already taught them.

Then there were new believers who had not yet heard Him teach and had not seen Him heal. These believers would need His presence as well.

On the day of Pentecost, fifty days after His resurrection, God poured out the Holy Spirit on believers. That event started quite a stir among the witnesses to this event.

His Holy Spirit has been here every since to convict people of sin, righteousness, and judgment; to bring comfort and give guidance. The Holy Spirit pleads for us before God’s throne.

Praise You Jesus. You have not left us without comfort.
I invite the Holy Spirit to abide within me
to give me the power to act as Your agent, Jesus,
here on earth until You return.

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Burdens and Knuckleballs

Knuckleball

Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

When God calls us to cast our burdens on Him, it’s not a little toss of a ball. “Cast” means “to hurl, fling.” I see this word cast as a top-notch pitcher throwing his fastest knuckleball. God’s attention is riveted on us, ready to catch anything that is a burden to us.

We aren’t to hold on to one tiny detail of this burden. Our hands are off. We don’t’ have to try to fix the fix we’re in, or help God solve it.

If we’ve cast our burden-ball, He’s caught it. That’s that. That’s how thoroughly we’re to let go. Now it’s His problem.

Listen for His instruction; then be ready to act on what He says.

Father God, help me remember who
the All-powerful One is,
and act accordingly.
May I be faithful to cast my burdens
on You, so I may see You act
and give You the glory.

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Jesus is the Same

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Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, yes and forever.

The same Jesus who was the Word with God in the beginning (John 1:1), who kept Noah’s boat from sinking Genesis (chapters 7-9), who parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to escape the Egyptians on dry land (Exodus chapter 14), is the same Jesus who came to earth in a body like ours. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He cast out demons and cured lepers.

He bled real blood when Roman soldiers cut His back to ribbons after He was falsely accused. He allowed unjust men to nail Him to a cross where He died. He rose again from the grave and now sits at God’s right hand.

This same One is listening for your cry. He desires to come to Your aid. He desires a relationship with You one-on-one. What is your response to this person who knows you best and loves you most?

Lord Jesus, I rejoice You never change;
You are trustworthy and loving.
I come before Your throne seeking a forever relationship with You.
Forgive me for the times I fall short of Your divine purpose and plan.
Plant my feet solidly in You to be Your useful tool here on earth.

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What it Means to Abide

Homesteading

I John 4:16
And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in Him.

God’s love is not an on-again, off-again relationship with believers who put their trust in Jesus. He wants us to abide in His love—even when we don’t feel like it.

The word “abide” means “to be held, kept continually, remain, continue to be present.”

In earlier days in the United States, a person could stake a claim on 160 acres of land. If they stayed on that land for five years, improved it by planting crops and living on it, they received the deed to the land. It was theirs.

There was a condition, however. During those years, they had to personally abide there. They could never leave their claim for longer than six months. Otherwise, they lost their claim to the land.

That’s the kind of abiding in love this passage talks about. Don’t waver in your love for Jesus if you want a relationship with Him. Settle down. Stake a claim. Let Him do the same in your heart and life.

Lord Jesus, I pray to continue in Your love
even when everything in me wants to run the other way
or give up and quit.
Supply me with Your love for others at all times.
Come, Lord Jesus. Stake Your claim in my heart.

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My place of Safety

Safe place

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?

The Lord is my light, my instruction. He rescues me. He is my place of safety, my victory. The existing One, the God who created the universe, is for me. I have no reason to be in dread of anything.

He delivers me. He is my protector, my stronghold, my safe harbor. He takes a personal interest in everything that concerns me. He cares for me.

He is all-powerful and sees all. Nothing escapes His notice. He is for me. I am His and He is mine.

He has overcome the enemy. Nothing can happen to me that has not gone through His hand first. Even when bad things happen, He has allowed those things to work for His glory. I rejoice in His constant care.

Lord Jesus, who am I to receive such tender care
and steady watchfulness?
Thank You for Your merciful heart
and guiding light, shed on my path
night and day.

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The Future

New Jerusalem

Isaiah 51:11
So the ransomed of the Lord will return, and come with joyful shouting to Zion; and everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Do you think of the Bible as an old history book? It might surprise you to know parts of the Bible haven’t happened yet. This is one of those future passages. When Jesus returns in the sky, just like He left (Acts 1:9-11), He will reign on earth for a thousand years from Jerusalem (Zion in this passage) (Revelation 20:6).

Those of us who have asked Jesus’ sacrifice to count for the punishment for our sins, will come to Jerusalem with joyful shouting. We are the redeemed spoken of here. Jesus’ blood has purchased us from Satan’s slave market. Eternal joy will be ours. King Jesus will drive away all sorrow, groaning, grief, and physical distress that will never return. What a glorious day that will be!

Lord Jesus, I long for the day of Your appearing,
for on that day, we will see You face to face.
Evil will be put to flight; our sorrows will be done away.
Illness will be gone. Our hearts will rejoice in Your presence.
You will dry our tears and replace them with joyful shouts.
Oh, come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!

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Judgment Day

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I Timothy 2:4
(God) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

God desires all humans to be preserved from danger, injury, and peril. He wants to keep us safe and sound, and restore us to health. That’s what saving means. He wants everyone to enjoy Him and His is protective care. He wants to deliver us from His final judgment.

Some people doubt there is a real judgment day. Jesus talked about that day in Matthew chapter 24. Revelation 6:16 says “and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;’”

Not everyone is going to accept His offer of life forever with Him in heaven. Some believe God is dead. Others believe He has no interest in our every-day lives. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

If you’re reading this you’re still breathing, it’s not too late. I urge you to bow before Almighty God and ask Him to cleanse you of your sins. He will welcome you with open arms.

Almighty God, who desires all people to come to Him,
I bow before You today.
Help me to know the truth about Jesus,
so I may be kept in safety on that day when Messiah Jesus
judges those who are not His.

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