Wednesday is upon us and as I open the treasure chest of our Daddy’s Word today, we see Jesus reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the leper. While Scripture doesn’t tell us for sure, Simon was probably a leper healed by Jesus. Jesus’ act of mercy, love and devotion towards him may have compelled the man to invite Jesus to his home out of a heart of thanks and a desire to give back to Jesus who had greatly blessed His life. Jesus is like that. Once you have been touched by His love, you desire more of Him and you desire to serve Him. The Gospel of John tells us this dinner was in Bethany where Lazarus lived whom Jesus had raised from the dead. It was a dinner held in honor of Jesus and it was served by Martha, while her brother Lazarus reclined at the table with Jesus. It sounds they were relaxing and enjoying the moment when Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha took an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume and broke it, pouring the perfume on Jesus’ head to anoint Him out of her great devotion to Him. She was doing what she could beforehand to prepare Him for what was to come (His burial). Many balked at the expense of her sacrifice as they saw many other needs, but Jesus saw the value of her choice. John’s Gospel says that what she did for Him was intended and He said that her act of love and devotion would be remembered throughout the world as the Gospel was preached. In application of all of this, I would like to encourage each of you brothers and sisters that the sacrifices you make for Jesus out of your love and devotion to Him will not be forgotten. He greatly appreciates what we do for Him. I’m resting in His love this day. Dad bless ya! ~Sheila~
Mk 14:3-9; Jn 12:1-8; He 6:10
>I’m joining you this morning back on the other side of the lake with Jesus and His disciples. If they were rowing back and forth across the lake, I bet they had good arm muscles! Upon arrival to shore this time, Jesus was greeted by a crowd of people. One of them was a ruler from the synagogue who sought Him to heal his little girl who was dying. As Jesus headed there, a crowd pressed in on Him and a woman who had exhausted her finances and efforts of being healed by doctors touched the cloak of Jesus thinking to herself “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.” It amazes me that Jesus knew what she was thinking and what she had done and asked “Who touched me?” His disciples thought it outrageous that He would ask such a question in the crowd situation they were in. It took great courage for the woman to speak up, as according to society she was considered “unclean” in her condition. But falling to her knees and trembling with fear, she told Him the whole truth. Jesus extended her grace as a result of her faith, calling her His daughter (His family). He told her to go in peace and that she was free from her suffering. While He was still speaking, some men came and told him the little girl who was ill was now dead so not to bother going to her. Ignoring what they told him, Jesus told the girl’s father “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” He did not let anyone follow Him except Peter, James and John, the brother of James. Upon arrival at the house, many were inside crying and wailing loudly. He said to them “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead, but asleep.” But they laughed at Him. After putting them all out, He took the child’s parents and the disciples who were with Him and went to the child. He took her hand and said “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” She got up to the complete astonishment of those watching. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this and he told them to give her something to eat. In all of this, Jesus “sparkled” with great discernment that was beyond the understanding of those around Him. Jesus had His Father’s insight and knew what to share, what not to share, with whom to share and the right timing to share. Jesus knew His Father and His plan. He was not swayed from it by others’ thoughts. His heart was to love and bless the people around Him and do the will of the Father. I so want to be like Jesus! Dad’s Word says discernment comes by seeking His knowledge and if we lack wisdom to ask Him for it. He says to preserve knowledge and sound judgment and not to let them out of sight. They will be life to us, an ornament to grace our necks. Then we can go on our way in safety and our feet will not stumble. The Lord will be our confidence and keep our feet from being snared. Ok Dad, please make me smart and help me model your kind of jewelry – that neck ornament sounds way cool and so does not tripping. Mk 5:21-43; Pr 3:21-23; Col 1:9; Ja 1:5; Ro 12:2
Hi family, we are closing in on the end of this time set aside to seek our Father in prayer and fasting and I want to encourage you. Please allow me to share where I am personally. I have told many of you that part of my focus during this time is to contend for the supernatural. Many people have a hard time distinguishing magic tricks from the supernatural of God. Remember that the sorcerers and magicians did many of the things that Moses could do. Again, Jesus said that there would come a day when people would come before him declaring the supernatural things they had been doing and Jesus would tell them to depart from him because the things they did were unauthorized. Remember when the disciples came to Jesus with excitement and went on and on about how the demons are even subject to them? He told them not to get caught up in rejoicing over that but consider the miracle that your names are written in the book of life. I believe they and we have already experienced the greatest miracle and that is that we can become sons of God by faith. That we become the righteousness of Jesus as He became sin for us.
I am continually asking our Father to take me as I have emptied myself and use me for His purposes. I want to be a son who so closely resembles my Father that my very presence produces life in other people. Woe unto me to not preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Jesus was the Word of God made flesh and he dwelt among men. He instructed us to be/do the same. The Word of God should so form who we are that we emanate who God is, in the flesh. Jesus was the one and only begotten, but we are to be his imitators. We have the honor, responsibility and the joy of showing people who He is by letting our bodies be vessels of honor. It is supernatural for natural men to desire these things. It is supernatural that a sinner such as I would have the ability to manifest the presence of a Holy God. It is supernatural for the power of God to open the eyes of the blind so they can see the truth of God’s love for them. It is supernatural for the prison doors to be opened and have people let out of bondage to lives of freedom. Although I would like to see the people I pray for immediately rise up healed and the discouragement I struggle with to be lifted, my hope is in the Lord. In all of it, we will confess His goodness.
Consider these words and begin to thank Him for the supernatural act that has already taken place in you and ignite the joy of your salvation. Return to your first love. In Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul offers this prayer and it is now my prayer for each of you. I love you. Todd
“For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in Heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.”