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What’s Following You?

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this:

‘Blessed are the dead,
those who die in the Lord from this moment on!’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their hard work, because their deeds will follow them.”
Revelation 14:13


It’s crazy to imagine that what is done here on this Earth for Jesus follows us to Heaven.

The question you should have is what is following me? What will show up?

In the course of our lives, we are involved with so many things. Some are purely for our enjoyment, some we push through and some are for God’s glory.

Your deeds follow you. It’s important.

When you get to Heaven, what will follow you? What will you be able to point to? What of what you’ve done or are doing will bring a smile to Jesus?

Father, help me live this life for You. Help me to understand that my life should bring You glory, honor and praise. Help me to do just that!

“The experts in the law and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat. Therefore pay attention to what they tell you and do it. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they teach.
Matthew 23:2-3 NET


Your source for living a godly life is not the example of a pastor, missionary or some other Christian leader.

Why?

Because men are not perfect. No matter what position they hold in church or some religious organization.

The source for living a godly life must come from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.

When men are involved, they have to get passed their ego, emotions, fear, insecurities, etc. All of these things can affect their following and proclaiming the Word of God accurately. That’s why your dependence needs to be on Jesus. He is the only one who is perfect.

It doesn’t mean that the Lord wouldn’t use a sermon, talk or even a counseling session. But it does mean you should do your own due diligence in searching out God’s Word yourself.

Again, don’t let what some so called Christian did to you or told you be the reason, good or bad, that determines your relationship with Jesus. Your relationship with Jesus is personal.

Read the Word, pray and spend time with Him yourself. You will see that He is loving, merciful and accepting.

Father, I pray for those who have a view of living for You that is not healthy because of what someone in the past said or did to them. Heal their heart and mind and reveal Yourself to them.

Peace
Todd

Which Line Are You Standing In?

The nations were enraged, but your wrath has come, and the time has come for the dead to be judged, and the time has come to give to your servants, the prophets, their reward, as well as to the saints and to those who revere your name, both small and great, and the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
Revelation 11:18 NET


There is a time coming!

Actually, time is always coming. It’s always future. But there will be a time when time comes to an end.

At that point in “human history,” the wheels will stop for a time of judgement and reward.

The question that you should ask yourself here is, which line will I be standing in? Judgements or Rewards?

Don’t let this important moment escape your thoughts and actions. This day is coming! And the way we live our lives here on the Earth will determine which line we stand in. And it will affect our lives for eternity.

Father, thank You that I know Your truth. Thank You that I can adjust and align my life to please You. I look forward to the day You split the sky and take us home.

Peace
Todd

Fruit

For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
Matthew 21:43 NET


The religious leaders of Jesus’ day hated Him because He exposed them. He showed them to be all about procedures and processes but never really producing any fruit.

He upset their little world and they killed Him for it!

Could we be guilty of that too?

Is your life, your Christian life, all about routine and procedures and never producing fruit that points to a changed life because of the blood of Jesus Christ?

Do you go through the motions of being a Christian?

When was the last time you felt the Holy Spirit moving you to do something for Jesus other than sit in a church on Sunday morning?

Don’t get caught up in the regular and mundane that you miss the Son of God right in front of you. The Father wants you to bear fruit. He will use anyone who makes themselves available to His leading.

Father, help me to not become dull and stagnant in my faith. Help me to continue the joy of wonder and amazement as I have my eyes opened to all of Your glory and what You are doing all around me. Use me for Your service.

Peace
Todd

You’ll Miss It!

The following is a record of what Amos prophesied. He was one of the herdsmen from Tekoa. These prophecies about Israel were revealed to him during the time of King Uzziah of Judah and King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
Amos 1:1 NET


If you read the Scriptures too fast, you miss it! But it’s right there and it’s so important!

“He was one of the herdsmen from Tekoa.”

Amos wasn’t a High Priest or any priest for that matter. He didn’t hold some high position in the monarchy.

No, he was a herdsmen. We don’t know to what extent, but he was a herdsmen.

Most people wouldn’t take a second look at someone who ranched today.

But God did and still does.

God will use anyone who makes themselves available to Him to use. He is looking for willing vessels, obedient servants to share and proclaim His message.

Do you want to be used by God?

Spend time with Him. Know His Word. Listen to and learn to identify His voice and leading of the Holy Spirit. Make yourself available to him.

The question should also be asked. If you don’t want to be used by Him, why? Are you scared of what others might say? You don’t want to look like a fanatic? You care more about what others think vs God the Father?

Jesus said if you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father in Heaven. It’s pretty clear.

You have to understand that the world will never like Christians. The world will always be at odds with those who believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus even warned us about it.

But yet, we are still called to be witnesses. We are still called to proclaim and live the truth. We are still called to let out lights shine in this darkened world.

The world will get darker, but Jesus will always be the light of the world.

Don’t miss your part in His kingdom!

Father, thank You for allowing me to know and be a part of what You are doing around me. Help me to know Your will and proclaim Your truth with boldness.

Peace
Todd

Free Mercy

Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you?’
Matthew 18:33


We at times forget how merciful the Lord has been to us. When we forget, it is easy to look down and condemn others.

It is worthwhile to reflect on where you have come from and the blessings of God in your life, least you forget the reason for living and your hope for eternal life.

Everyone is at different places with the Lord. Our prayer should be that they completely give themselves over to His will, submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Everything else is meaningless. But a soul that comes to the Lord is eternal! Angels rejoice at this!

Freely give mercy. It doesn’t cost you anything, other than a little pride at times. And remember that you have been given mercy too!

Lord, help me to look at others as You see them. Help me to be patient and kind and give You time to move in other’s lives.

Peace
Todd

He is God!

He satisfies the desire of his loyal followers;
he hears their cry for help and delivers them.
Psalms 145:19 NET


God doesn’t leave you on your own!

This is good news for His people, those who have given their lives to Jesus Christ. You have the God of Creation on your side!

This means that when there are issues and trouble, you can go to Him and He will hear you. He hears your cries and He will deliver you!

There isn’t a question if He can deliver you. He is God! He will deliver you!

So how does this happen?

This happens through prayer. This happens when you humble yourself and go to Him. He hears you. He knows exactly what you need.

He actually knows what you need better than you know yourself. He is God!

Prayer is hard because sometimes it feels like you’re not getting anywhere, like your prayer is going up to the ceiling and bouncing back.

But it is in prayer where the Lord starts to change your heart too. It is the place where He transforms you. Thus, you need to spend time with Him there.

He will help you. He will deliver you. He will transform you. He is God!

Father, thank You for the privilege of coming to You at any time of the day. Thank You for listening to my prayers and helping me in my time of need. Help me to always depend on You.

Peace
Todd

Trouble that Shouldn’t Be!

But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, then those whom you allow to remain will be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your side, and will cause you trouble in the land where you will be living.
Numbers 33:55 NET


God told the Israelites that they had to remove all the inhabitants of the land. He also told them if they failed to do so, that they would have issues in the future.

We know that they didn’t remove all the inhabitants and DID have problems like God and Moses warned them about. Actually, their disobedience caused trouble for the Israelites for many many years.

Sometimes we have troubles in our life because we simply don’t obey what the Lord asks of us. It’s like we want all the benefits that He offers, but on our terms.

It doesn’t work like that!

God has given us His Word so that we know how to live. He had given us the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us.

When we don’t embrace what the Lord has for us, we get trouble in our life. We will all experience trouble, we live in a fallen world. But many times, we have trouble that doesn’t have to be there.

The answer is live in obedience to God and His Word!

Lord, give me the strength to obey Your Word. Help me to know Your ways, that they would be clear to me, through the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Peace
Todd

He Chooses

O Lord, of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them?
Of what importance is mankind, that you should be concerned about them?
Psalms 144:3 NET


We often think too highly of ourselves. We think that God needs us and He can’t get along without us.

That can’t be further from the truth.

God doesn’t need us. He is All-Powerful. He can create whatever He needs with a thought.

But He chooses to use us. He chooses to work through us!

We are nothing until God is a part of it. When He comes in and is a part of our lives, we then have a true purpose, meaning and the ability to do work that will last for all eternity.

Are you working with God?

Are you allowing Him, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to use you for His glory?

Spend time with Him. Learn His ways. Let Him guide you through the Holy Spirit. Then what you do for Him will matter here and in eternity.

He wants to use you for His glory!

Father, we know we are nothing. But under the blood of Jesus, we are yours. Help us to live the way You want us to, that our lives would bring You glory.

Peace
Todd

Back to Jesus

May I hear about your loyal love in the morning, for I trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
because I long for you.
Psalms 143:8 NET


Does the path you walk or take everyday bring you back to Jesus?

This world offers so much, much of it is distraction. The Believer needs to make sure they stay focused on the Lord.

You do this by keeping the things of God in front of you. “Hearing” about the things of God, spending time in His presence, longing for Him, all keeps our focus on Him.

What is the alternative? Watching the news? Paying attention to the latest entertainment gossip? Allowing our thoughts to go to other meaningless things that have no bearing on eternity?

Don’t forget about the Lord. Don’t forget about what He has done for you. Don’t forget how much He loves you and wants to know you intimately.

Long for Him and you will never be disappointed.

Father, what on this Earth can compare to You? I thank You that I know there is nothing. How I long to know You more. Grant me this request. Reveal Yourself to me in a bigger way.

Peace
Todd