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Not Losing Heart

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:3 NASB

The focus should always be on Jesus, what He went through and what He accomplished for us.

If He is our focus, we can hold on to hope and what awaits us. Because He died and rose again, we have eternal life.

But if our focus is on the world or what is happening in the world, it is easy to get discouraged and cast down.

That is why the Believer needs to stay consistent in the Lord.

Are you staying on track with Jesus? Are you in for the long haul? Or do you come and go as you need a little boost?

It’s dangerous to not stay consistent, because it is so easy to get off track and find yourself wandering around trying to figure out the next step.

What gets you off course with Jesus? Deal with it and stay on track. You can start today.

Father, thank You that everything falls into place when You are at the center of our lives.

Peace, Todd

Staying Close

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:36 NASB

There are a lot of things that change in our world. We adjust and try to be flexible. We might not like every change or adjustment though.

But God asks us to stay firm and endure in the faith. God doesn’t change! He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

We are to endure no matter what the current culture says is new and hip. We are to endure no matter what the government says or which party is in power. We are to endure no matter what the world around is saying and doing.

And you can’t endure without having a strong foundation in your relationship with the Lord and seeking Him daily!

The world will wear you down. You will eventually give in. You will grow weak, if you don’t stay close to the Lord.

Have you moved from a point of staying strong in the Lord? Then ask yourself if you are truly spending the time with Him that He deserves.

Father, give Your people strength to persevere in curious times.

Peace, Todd

Does It Make a Difference

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2 NASB

When the magi approached King Herod, because they were following the star of Bethlehem, it concerned him that another ruler would rule Israel in his place.

He asked his advisors where the Messiah would be born. They knew because of the prophecy in Micah 5. They knew God’s Word, but did it make a difference?

God’s Word is filled with insight, prophecies, words to live by, commands and more. We have it, in easy to read translations, audio and video versions and more. Does it make a difference?

It won’t make a difference unless you consistently read it and accept it as God’s Word. It won’t make a difference unless you ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Scriptures to your heart and mind.

You have the very words of God in easy access. Are you taking the time to get in His Word?

Father, give me a love for Your Word. Show me Your ways and help me to live according to them.

Peace, Todd

Big Babies

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. Hebrews 5:12 NASB

If you came across a 15 year old in diapers, crawling on the floor, drinking formula out of a bottle, you would immediately know that something was wrong. But this happens spiritually and know one thinks twice!

Christians are supposed to grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus. But the true fact is that many Believers are like big babies, because they haven’t grown in the Lord. They haven’t taken the time to grow spiritually and have survived on spiritual milk.

We don’t like to hear this. And we wouldn’t admit that we are big spiritual babies. But where are you in your faith?

Are you at the same place you were 10, 5 or 2 years ago? Are you battling or dealing with the same issues? Are you struggling with the same sins?

The reason a human doesn’t grow is because they are not getting the right food inside of them. Are you getting the right spiritual food on the inside of you?

Take a moment to evaluate where you are spiritually. Have you grown? Do you have more faith? Do you have a better understanding of who Jesus is? Do you have better discernment?

Father, help me to grow in You. Show me Your ways and the path to Christian maturity.

Peace, Todd

Not Living Vain

Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. Psalms 127:1 NASB

When you start on a project, you want to make sure you have the right tools and equipment. Trying to do a good job without them is a lot harder.

Well, trying to do life without Jesus is not only harder, it is empty and meaningless. You strive to “make-it” and it’s all for nothing because the focus and purpose of life isn’t where it is supposed to be!

Imagine coming to the end of your life, thinking things were good and then realizing you did it all without Jesus and missed it all! The implications are for this life and the next.

Don’t live a life in vain. Put Jesus first and follow His purpose for your life. Everything makes sense when you put Him first.

Your spiritual life is more real than anything you can experience with your senses. If you truly seek Him, you see that!

What are you putting before Jesus? What needs to change?

Father, help me to put You first in all things.

Peace, Todd

Encourage

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13 NASB

Think about how you feel when you are encouraged. It is called encouragement for a reason!

As Christians, we are called to encourage one another. This encouragement has a benefit of desiring to live right with God and turn away from sin.

Consider this, it is when you feel discouraged and down when you let your guard down and allow thoughts and actions that are not acceptable to creep in to your life.

So get around people who will encourage you in the Lord, and be a person who encourages others. You might not realize the impact you are having on someone else with just an encouraging word!

How can you be an encouragement today?

Father let me be an encourager and point people to you today!

Peace, Todd

What He Knows

Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17 NASB

Jesus knows exactly what you’re going through. When He walked the Earth during His ministry, He was fully man. He experienced life just like we do!

He had to, so He would know exactly what we go through and what we face.

With this experience, He is able to interceed for us to the Father.

But it also means that His mercy and grace comes from a place that understands the human condition.

He understands you and what you’re going through. And He offers mercy, peace and strength if you’ll receive it from Him.

It simply means turning to Him and walking in His ways. He takes care of the rest.

And just like He went up to the Father, you will too!

Take your concerns and worries to Jesus. He truly understands.

Father, thank You that Your grace and mercy is extended to us.

Peace, Todd

Being Successful

This Ezra went up from Babylon, and he was a scribe skilled in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given; and the king granted him all he requested because the hand of the Lord his God was upon him. Ezra 7:6 NASB

There is a lot written about how to be successful in life. In fact, you can go enroll in classes, attend trainings and webinars and get coaching.

But Ezra knew one special key to be successful, follow God’s ways!

Because Ezra was diligent to know and follow God’s Word and trust in Him, God blessed him by causing King Artaxerxes to grant all his requests.

The thing is as Ezra was spending time with the Lord, the Lord was working in the background causing all to work together according to His ways.

Because God doesn’t change, the same is true for you. God blesses His people who love Him and walk according to His ways. This means that God is active and paying attention to our everyday lives!

But overall, we don’t follow God to be successful in this life. It is a benefit that is a result of His people seeking Him.

And ultimately, God’s success benefits aren’t just for this life. They make an impact for all eternity.

What about you? Are you seeking Him fully?

Father, guide my steps and let me walk in Your ways.

Peace, Todd

Be Ready!

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. Revelation 22:12 NASB

Have you ever missed something, an appointment, a deal or even the meal in the oven, because you lost track of time? It’s so easy to do, especially in our busy, fast-paced world.

One thing that you don’t want to miss is Jesus! He repeats over and over again in the Book of Revelation that He is coming quickly.

It’s easy to say, “people have been saying that for years.”

But it will be like you look at the clock and have a few hours to go and then all of the sudden you’re late!

The problem is, being late for Jesus isn’t just dealing with a burned meal.

His people are supposed to be looking and waiting for His return. One day will be the LAST DAY and you want to be ready!

Until then we occupy. Until then we do the work He has called us to do. Until then we press on. But we always keep an eye on the sky, listening for the trumpet sound, knowing that at anytime could be THE TIME!

Don’t let the day catch you off guard! Be ready!

Come Lord Jesus!

Peace, Todd

His People

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, Revelation 21:3 NASB

There is this thought that everyone will go to Heaven regardless of what a person believes here on Earth during their lifetime.

That is wishful thinking and those who are counting on that are going to be very disappointed on the day they find out otherwise.

When you consider Heaven and the place that Jesus is preparing for those that love Him, the center point of it all is God.

If that is the case, why would people who don’t want anything to do with God, go to Heaven? What would that person do in Heaven? It’s not like Heaven is going to have a section for those who don’t believe in Jesus!

Some people believe that the instant they see Jesus coming in the clouds, they will then realize that He is real and their understanding and faith will completely be turned towards Him.

If that was the case, that would be forced, And God doesn’t do that. He allows us to choose.

No! Heaven is for people who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior here on Earth. That’s it! That is what the Word says. You can’t change the Word to fit your own desires.

Heaven is for God’s people. You want to be one of His people!

Father, thank You for welcoming me into Your family and allowing me to know the joy of being Yours.

Peace, Todd