Tag Archive | God

Will You Go?

Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'” John 20:17 NASB

Jesus sent Mary Magdalene to tell His disciples that He was ascending to His Father, His God who is also their Father and their God. Mary was sent for a purpose. Could it be that God wanted to prepare the disciples so that they would be ready to believe and respond when Jesus appeared before them?

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:21-22 NASB

What a wonderful encounter the disciples had with Jesus. Not only did they get to see His resurrected body but received the promised Holy Spirit. Remember that the Holy Spirit came because Jesus went to the Father. Jesus sent these disciples in different directions under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had to return to the Father so the Spirit of God could go and work through many disciples in many places at the same time.

If you are a born again disciple of Christ than you possess the power of the Holy Spirit in you just as the disciples had. What is God’s purpose for His disciples?

As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. John 17:18 NASB

Jesus has sent us into the world just as the Father sent Him. Jesus came to bring reconciliation between man and God. Jesus now sends us to reconcile man to God.

🌹 Will you go?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Blessed by Faith

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”             John 20:24‭-‬25 NASB

Then He (Jesus) said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”                     John 20:27‭-‬29 NASB

but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.                John 20:31 NASB

It is by the Holy Spirit in you, under the influence  of the word of God, that the world will hear the truth of Christ. Do you believe without seeing? That is faith. But how will faith come if one never hears?

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.        Romans 10:17 NASB

We as believers under the influence of the Holy Spirit must be telling of Jesus. And just as Thomas rejected unless he saw, we will encounter those who do not believe, seeking evidence. We must still share the gospel.

🌹 The outcome is the Lord’s doing, not ours.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Seeing is Believing?

“Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.  Mark 15:32 NASB

“He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.    Matthew 27:42 NASB

Isn’t it said that “Seeing is believing”? I’ll believe it when I see it.

Are people any different today?

Jesus’ ministry lasted 3 years and in all that time He revealed Himself. Do you think that His coming down from the cross would have changed their minds? It is by faith that we are saved through God’s grace.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1 NASB

for we walk by faith, not by sight       2 Corinthians 5:7 NASB

🌹 How about you? How is your faith?

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Your Will be Done

He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26:42

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.  Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?  How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”   Matthew 26:52‭-‬54 NASB

Your will be done. How many of us can truly say to God, “Your will be done”?

Many of us can say it until that will goes against our pampered lifestyle, our will, our wants, our idea of how it should be.

Jesus knew what He was about to face and was up front with the Father that if there is a way out He would take it BUT only if it was the Father’s will. At any time Jesus could have called on the Father to send help, as He told Peter and others around Him.

Jesus fulfilled the Father’s will just as the Scriptures predicted. At some point in time, the Scriptures are again going to be fulfilled when Jesus returns. In the meantime the world around us will turn more and more away from God and persecution of the saints will increase.

🌹 How are you living? God’s will be done?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Power

And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.          John 16:8‭-‬11 NASB

O the power of the Holy Spirit. Do we truly believe that He can convict the world concerning sin? Do we believe the Holy Spirit can draw the unbeliever to Jesus? Do our prayers show that we do as we pray for unbelievers in our lives?

O the power of the Holy Spirit to convict the unbeliever to believe in Jesus, the righteous One, even if He is not seen physically in bodily form.

O the power of the Holy Spirit to assure the believer that the ruler of this world has been judged already. He has no power over the believer because Jesus took care of that when He rose from the dead. We have the power of Almighty God living in us. Hallelujah!! Let us live in such a way to testify to His power and glory.

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.                         John 16:13‭-‬14 NASB

🌹 Is the Holy Spirit alive and moving in you? Surrender, listen, obey. Then you will glorify Him.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

No Fear, Only Hope

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.             John 14:27 NASB

Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.  Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.      John 16:20‭, ‬22 NASB

Even though this word was written at a time when Jesus was talking to His disciples about His leaving to return to the Father, it is still pertinent today. God’s word transcends time to speak to all generations.

We may be facing a time in our lives of personal weeping and lamenting. We also may  be facing a time in history when we will be weeping and lamenting the times we have had freedom from ridicule and persecution as a Christian.

But GOD!!! Hallelujah, but God. . .

He has given us peace that the world cannot comprehend. We have the promise that Jesus “will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.”

So as the world rejoices while we weep and lament over the depravity in the world, let us hold fast to the promises of God and be at peace.

🌹 No fear, no troubled heart. Only hope.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Church

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.            Acts 2:42 NASB

Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.               Acts 2:43‭-‬47 NASB

[  ] They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

[  ] And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;

[  ] sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

[  ] Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple,

[  ] breaking bread from house to house,

[  ] they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,

[  ] praising God

[  ] having favor with all the people.

🌹 Is this what the church looks like today? Are we the Family of God? Are we one body, the Body of Christ? Is this why salvation of souls is diminishing?

And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”      John 13:35 NASB

🌹 How can you make a difference?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Read And Listen

“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 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.                   John 14:25‭-‬26 NASB

Here is Jesus speaking to His disciples while abiding with them, teaching, assuring, leading. But Jesus was about to be crucified so He would no longer be abiding with them. But out of His great love and purpose the Father would not desert them. He sent the Holy Spirit to abide in them.

Jesus spoke the word to the disciples. Disciples today have those words in the Bible. As the disciples had to walk and listen to Jesus, we have to walk with God and listen when we read the Bible. Ever wonder why you don’t hear God? Are you reading His word?

And the greatest part of reading and listening to God’s word is that when we need discernment, or to share the gospel the Holy Spirit will bring it to mind what to say because He abides in us. Hallelujah!!!

🌹 Read and listen. Trust and obey. God will use you.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Fruitful or Dried Up

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.            John 15:1‭-‬2 NASB

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:4‭-‬5 NASB

If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.            John 15:6 NASB

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. John 15:8 NASB

🌹 Are you abiding in Christ, the vine, being nourished by the vinedresser, the Father’s word, being transformed by His pruning, producing fruit in the power of the Holy Spirit

OR

Are you a dried up branch, void of the movement of God because you do not abide in Jesus, the vine, only to be gathered and used for the fire?

These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.           John 15:11 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Keep His Commandments

He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:21 NASB

Do you want to know God, to have Him reveal Himself to you, to know His abounding love for you? Keep His commandments.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

John 14:23 NASB

Do you want to God to abide in you? Keep His commandments.

He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

John 14:24 NASB

Do you want to discern the word, the voice of God? Keep His commandments.

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

John 15:9‭-‬10 NASB

🌹Do you love the Lord God?

These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.          John 15:11 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon