Matthew 8:5-13

31 12 2010

Matthew 8:5) Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,

Matthew 8:6) saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”

Matthew 8:7) And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

Matthew 8:8) The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.

Matthew 8:9) “For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

Matthew 8:10) When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!

Matthew 8:11) “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 8:12) “But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 8:13) Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

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Faith is amazing isn’t it… and it doesn’t take much just absolute faith in Jesus and God.  Sadly that isn’t so easy anymore, our faith now lies in our modern medicine, our modern technology, and we often only rely on faith in the one true God if everything else fails… instead we have faith in men. ‘Oh God everything else didn’t work but I know you’ll help me right.’ Faith doesn’t mean he’ll help you through supernatural means.  It means you ask for his help from the beginning of your problem and keep asking and he’ll see you through your problem till it is resolved.  Most people only ask for God’s help once, ‘Well I prayed for it… it’s in God’s hands now.’ No He said, ‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…’ sounds like Jesus want’s us to keep talking to Him doesn’t it.  So trust Him in both big and small things, because in God’s eyes there all small things.

Happy New Year and God Bless You

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2 Chronicles 33:10-17

30 12 2010

2 Chronicles 33:10) And the LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen.

2 Chronicles 33:11) Therefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks (Nose Hooks), bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon.

2 Chronicles 33:12) Now when he was in affliction, he implored the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,

2 Chronicles 33:13) and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

2 Chronicles 33:14) After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it enclosed Ophel, and he raised it to a very great height. Then he put military captains in all the fortified cities of Judah.

2 Chronicles 33:15) He took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city.

2 Chronicles 33:16) He also repaired the altar of the LORD, sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.

2 Chronicles 33:17) Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, but only to the LORD their God.

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Talk about pain… being bound in bronze and being led away with hooks in your nose… Ouch.  But if it takes a sledge-hammer to wake me up to what God wants me to do, then bang my head like a drum.  Actively ignoring God’s will is something that most people do… even if we refuse to admit it.  When someone sin’s we “Christians” are ready to get up on our soap boxes and raise our repentance rock and bash them over the heads with their sins, refusing to admit that if they’ve asked forgiveness from God in prayer, before revealing their sins to their brothers and sisters, that they’re already forgiven… oh no no no, “we” have to help them repent and remind them that they have sinned.  “It is not for us to judge lest we be judged” Sound familiar.  It is for us to stand with them and repent for we to have sinned, everyone from the pastor, priest, or cardinal, to the drug addict, prostitute, and the gang leader.  I know what your thinking, “How can he compare me to ‘them’?! I’m much better than that!” But I ask you which sins are greater before God?  They are all equally damning.  So pray for forgiveness and for understanding and acceptance.





Jeremiah 12:1-17

29 12 2010

Jeremiah 12:1) Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?

Jeremiah 12:2) You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; They grow, yes, they bear fruit. You are near in their mouth But far from their mind.

Jeremiah 12:3) But You, O LORD, know me; You have seen me, And You have tested my heart toward You. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, And prepare them for the day of slaughter.

Jeremiah 12:4) How long will the land mourn, And the herbs of every field wither? The beasts and birds are consumed, For the wickedness of those who dwell there, Because they said, “He will not see our final end.”

Jeremiah 12:5) “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?

Jeremiah 12:6) For even your brothers, the house of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you; Yes, they have called a multitude after you. Do not believe them, Even though they speak smooth words to you.

Jeremiah 12:7) “I have forsaken My house, I have left My heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies.

Jeremiah 12:8) My heritage is to Me like a lion in the forest; It cries out against Me; Therefore I have hated it.

Jeremiah 12:9) My heritage is to Me like a speckled vulture; The vultures all around are against her. Come, assemble all the beasts of the field, Bring them to devour!

Jeremiah 12:10) “Many rulers have destroyed My vineyard, They have trodden My portion underfoot; They have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

Jeremiah 12:11) They have made it desolate; Desolate, it mourns to Me; The whole land is made desolate, Because no one takes it to heart.

Jeremiah 12:12) The plunderers have come On all the desolate heights in the wilderness, For the sword of the LORD shall devour From one end of the land to the other end of the land; No flesh shall have peace.

Jeremiah 12:13) They have sown wheat but reaped thorns; They have put themselves to pain but do not profit. But be ashamed of your harvest Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.”

Jeremiah 12:14) Thus says the LORD: “Against all My evil neighbors who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit—behold, I will pluck them out of their land and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.

Jeremiah 12:15) “Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.

Jeremiah 12:16) “And it shall be, if they will learn carefully the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be established in the midst of My people.

Jeremiah 12:17) “But if they do not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,” says the LORD.

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Wow… Now that’s what I call anger.  I mean I know God forgives me but he always let’s me fall a certain distance so I can see I messed up.  But what about those who refuse to see that they’re making God mad.  I know you’re saying ‘but I don’t serve false gods.  So I’m really not that bad.’ What about the false god of television… most people think that false gods are a thing of the old testament…

WRONG!!!

False gods are anything that take your mind away from the true God.  ‘But God is always supposed to forgive me right?’ Yes and No.  He forgives us when we sin and actively repent for it and turn away from it… you may fall again but he will forgive you again… but if you do something and refuse to repent and give it up he will give us over to our sins.  He did it all through the Old Testament.

Something else this scripture talked about was dealing falsely with people. This means people who hug you with one arm and stab you in the back with the other of course but it talks about family… so do you bad mouth your family?  And who to?  Because doing this isn’t helping God or your walk with Him.  So while there is nothing with airing your opinions make sure it does not cross the line into gossip because that helps no one and harms everyone.  It hurts the reputation of the victim and yourself… but it also turns you into a liar.





Zechariah 3:1-5

28 12 2010

3:1) Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.

3:2) And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

3:3) Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

3:4) Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

3:5) And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

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God has said many times that we wear our sins before him… what we do in our so-called private lives are like doing it in broad daylight before him.  And yet through all the evil and perverse things we do in his presence he still forgives us.  He gives us new chances every time we mess up and for me that has been many, many times.  But don’t act however you want and then just snap your fingers at him for forgiveness… It doesn’t work like that here with friends, family, or colleagues and it certainly won’t work for the supreme being.  When you ask for forgiveness you must truly be repentant in your heart… so pray not just for forgiveness, but a mind change; towards what He would want.