Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a merry Christmas. I pray that you would all stay happy and healthy as you remember the true reason for this holiday. While Christ had to be born to complete his goal to save humanity, the reason for his coming was not to be born. In fact, it was to die for us. So that everyone who believes in him and trusts in him would be saved from their sins. It isn’t that hard of a concept to understand and I urge you to share the true meaning behind this holiday with someone. What do you have to lose?

 

Be blessed my friends, I’ll see you next week when we start hitting it every day again.

 

Josh

Diminish my Pride

Diminish my Pride

Woe. Woe to me for I am prideful in my ways. I destroy my brothers because I am jealous and feel deserving of praise. And for what? What have I done? I’m not deserving of anything. All of my works are nothing compared to the Lord of Hosts. Lord Jesus please help diminish my pride so that only you remain. Father God, please help me to rely on your strength and love for me, and those who I would use my pride against.

The Lord answered:

My son, very truly I tell you: I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. If you fear me, you will do the same (Prov 8:13). Pride leads to destruction, and a haughty spirit will eventually fall (Prov 16:18). For, those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted (Matt 23:12). Who are you, child? Do you bring the winds from the farthest corners of the earth? Do you make the earth shake? Can you make the heavens open up and give rain to water the earth? If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves (Gal 6:3). The Lord your God gives you grace, for it is written: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6). If you must boast in something, my child, boast only in the Lord (1 Cor 1:29-30).

Psalm 101: A prayer

Psalm 101: A prayer

Father, God you are worthy of praise because you have loved us and show justice to the world. Please help me to be careful to lead a sinless life. Only you can help me do that.

Jesus, please help me conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. Help me to not look upon anything vile with approval. Please help me to not approve of what the faithless do, and to have no part in it. Please enable me to have nothing to do with what is evil.

Please help me to not slander my neighbor, nor to have a proud heart. Please bring your believers to me, so that we may walk and minister with each other.

Please, Lord, help me to speak your truth. Help me to silence the evil within my land. I know God, that with you, everything is possible. I love you Lord, and I pray through your Son Jesus Christ who is both Holy and Blameless. Amen

Oh little one, why do you wander?

Oh little one, why do you wander?

Hello, little one. What are your struggles? Why do you wander from the flock when your Shepherd has given everything for you?

Is it coincidence that you find yourself back in my arms each time you wander? No, it is not. I go get you and carry you back.

I AM happy to have you, son (daughter). Instead of wandering, be like a child with your faith. Trust in me, and humble yourself. Those who do not, never see my kingdom.

Also, don’t cause another to sin, because you will give an account for that.

In love,

Matthew 18

A quick look at Proverbs 12:23

A quick look at Proverbs 12:23

This is almost like a dagger to the heart. The verse reads: The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly”. I did a little bit more digging, and looked to one commentator. He says this about the verse: Unlike the fool who makes all hear his folly, the wise person is a model of restraint and humility, speaking what he knows at an appropriate time.

Haven’t we all blurted things out?

Those of you who personally know me, may say that “Josh is a wise fool”. Kinda oxymoronic, but true nonetheless. Why? Because when I’m having an intelligent conversation I will hold my tongue until there is something that needs to be said.

However, I love to joke around, and everyone knows that. Sometimes, I blurt out the dumbest stuff. I ask the Lord to help me with that, because I know that most times, it isn’t appreciated. How about you? Do you hold back or blurt out your folly? Or, are you a combination like me?

I urge you to hold your tongue, and maybe pray that I would be able to do the same.

A Galatians Prayer

A Galatians Prayer

Lord, thank you for today. I know that Christ has set me free; please don’t let me be burdened by a yoke of slavery. I understand, God, that if I live by the law, your son will be of no value to me. All that matters for salvation is based on faith alone. Please help my lack of faith! Help me in my unbelief!

Allow me to keep believing your truth, and to not let any false teaching work its way in. Lord, I know that I am free, but that I shouldn’t’ use my freedom to indulge. Have pity on me, God!

Rather, let me serve others in love by the Spirit.

In Jesus precious Name,

Amen.

A prayer based on Galatians 5:1-15.

Do you have a demon that steals your speech? A quick look at Mark 9

Do you have a demon that steals your speech? A quick look at Mark 9

Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. But one thing that I can be sure of, is that I don’t always share the gospel when given a chance. Let’s look at the verse I want to focus on:

“Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” Jesus replied “You unbelieving generation. How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

The father says:…”But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

Jesus almost seems offended when he replies with one of the most famous verses in the Bible:”If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Everything is possible. Even the ability to talk to others about the Son of the Most High God. So I urge you to take up your cross and examine yourself daily. Are you thrown to the ground in defeat when given the chance to share a witness? Do you foam at the mouth, not knowing what to say? Do you become rigid with fear.

Or, do you let the strength of Jesus himself enter you to let his Holy Spirit guide your words? Believe what Jesus says is true, and trust in him.

Pray with me: Father God, please let me have the faith to believe what you say. Please give me the strength needed to be a good witness for you, God. Because I know that it is your desire for all to be saved. Please, Father, help me to be more like your Son Jesus when he lived here on earth. In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen