MATTHEW 10:20 ON 10/20

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 For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  – Matthew 10:20

Sometimes it’s a good idea to back up and read what is before.  So let’s go back to verse 16:

 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.  Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.  On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.  But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,  for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”  – Matthew 10:16-20

If ever there was a time when Christians are the proverbial sheep among wolves…  it is now.  Of all the prayers I pray these days, the most important prayer of all is the one that says, “Father, please speak through me.”  The wolves are real – and they are everywhere (yes, they’re even in the church, sad as that sounds).  It’s time we as Christians pray for God’s wisdom in our lives.

Have you ever been ready to say something on your mind, but when you open your mouth, something completely different comes out?  I can’t tell you how many times that has happened.  I’ve also at times said something and it’s as if what I said was not heard – and later I feel so grateful to God that what I said was not heard.  That is how God’s Holy Spirit protects me every day.my-shepherd

I believe that in these last days, God’s people will experience miracles – probably large ones, but definitely small ones.  We need to begin to recognize how His Holy Spirit takes care of us – and keep thanking Him for His protection.  Remember that He will speak through you – but you need to ask.

We have a wonderful Heavenly Father, and His Holy Spirit is with us and wants to help us if we’ll just ask.  We can be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.  Shrewd does not mean rude.  Innocent does not mean ambivalent.trust-for-straight-paths In these last days, we need to lean on God’s Holy Spirit more and more.  He wants to guide and direct us along a straight path.  We need to want Him to do so because He knows what we need more than we do.  Beware…  there are wolves.  We are sheep – and God is our Great Shepherd.  We can trust Him to guide us along. 🙂

 

 

 

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MATTHEW 3:1 ON 3/1

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Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”   – Matthew 3:1-2

The message that John the Baptist preached so long ago is the same message we preach today.  Yes, in his day Jesus was walking the earth and John did indeed baptize Christ!  He who was without sin felt the need to be cleansed before His Father?  That blows my mind.  Who are we to think we don’t need to repent and be baptized?  We are all fallen sinners by our very nature.

We are in the last days.  I have felt this in my spirit for a while as I watch world events unfold.  If there is someone you want to help into the kingdom of God, now is the time to do it.  Use the gifts and talents that God endowed you with to love them and teach them about the narrow way.  There is one way to heaven and that’s through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

It is not through ANYTHING we do.  Nope.  It is the sacrifice HE made that paves the narrow path that leads to heaven and eternal life with God.  When you become a Christian, God sees His Son, Jesus when He looks at you.  I know that’s hard to grasp, but see, God cannot look upon sin.  He just can’t – it’s not possible.  He sent Christ to this earth to be the sacrificial Lamb of God.  He’s the only one who could cleanse us from sin.  That’s why we need to believe on Him for our eternal security.

We hear our Buddhist friends talk about how to be “centered”.  Well, I choose to have the living Christ be centered in my heart and spirit than have the dead Buddha in my life at all.  Lucinda reminds us that Jesus was in the middle of everything from the beginning – and HE will remain in the middle throughout eternity!  Make Him the Lord of your life and keep Him in the middle of your heart and life.

IN THE MIDDLE

 

David reminds us today that when the LORD returns for us, it will happen very quickly!  Scripture tells us that it will be in the twinkling of an eye – and there will be no time to repent at that moment.  Be ready for His return.

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

Today I want Christians to be reminded that we play a role very similar to that of John the Baptist.  We are here to proclaim the gospel of Christ.  He is coming back to snatch His own from this sinful place very soon.  I’ll see you in the rapture.  Hallelujah!  😀