This week I want to start off with a verse, “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” John 8:34 In this verse Jesus says that anyone who practices sin is a slave to it and according to Romans 3:23 we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. So we are all slaves to sin, but back in Bible times there was something called the Year of Jubilee where all the slaves were freed every 7 years and were allowed to live as free men or women. When Jesus came at Christmas, it was like we were on the eve of Jubilee for the slaves of sin, every year after Jesus died for our sins would be the Year of Jubilee and whenever you come to know Him you are free. But even back then some slaves chose not to go free and would stay and serve their masters. Some people decide not to accept the gift of salvation, because they want to keep serving the master of sin. I want to encourage you if you are reading or listening to this, He wants to know you and He wants to set you free from sin. The Year of Jubilee is now available to all slaves of sin. He came to set all of us free on that first Christmas over 2000 years ago. So why would anyone stay a slave to sin, when salvation is a free gift offered by God. This week I want you to make sure that you are no longer a slave to sin. If you want to know Him click here. If you are already saved I want to remind you to live like you are no longer a slave to sin, but as a free man or woman and on top of all of that you went from being a slave to sin to being a child of the King.
This week is going to be a little different, I want to remind you that the pilgrims had the first thanksgiving as a thanks to God for bringing them to America and giving them such a successful harvest. I think this has similarities to the Passover in several ways, first where God told them to remember Egypt where He spared them and brought them to the promised land, then in the way they celebrate every year with remembering what God did for them. The pilgrims were a God fearing group that thanked God through prayers and feasting that first thanksgiving. They knew they could have died on the way to America, been killed by Indians or sickness, as so many had, but God brought them through. I want you to hear this verse and dwell over it through the holidays, “Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 106:1 Remember that God loves you and there are so many things we can be thankful for this holiday season. Some of y’all may be having a hard year this year, just remember that God is still God in the valley and He is still God on the mountain and either place you find yourself this year just remember to thank Him for what you do have this year. This week is one of the times during the year we thank Him for what He does in our lives. I also want to encourage you to make sure that you are one of His children and that you know Him as your Lord and Savior, this is the best thing you could do during the holiday season, is to trust in Jesus. So this week let’s thank Jesus for all He has done for us and celebrate with our families whether that is just over zoom or in person.
This week I want to start off with some verses, “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:37-39 In these verses Jesus says He is the living water and anyone who comes and drinks of the living water then, he will receive a river of living water which refers to the Holy Spirit. He calls everyone to come and receive living water not to drink it all but to drink and then become a river of living water that we may guide others to the Father. We are just a small piece of the river, He is the source of the river that will never run dry. This week I want to encourage everyone who reads or listens to this to make sure they have the living water, which comes when we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He was a sinless man and that He died for us because we are sinful people. Sin is anything that God did not create, that saddens the heart of the Holy Spirit. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But God rich in mercy sent His Son that we may have eternal life not in this fallen world without Him, but in a perfect place with Him forever. Where there will be no death, but there will be life and a life more abundant than this one. We are only here for a short time, but God made a way where we can all know Him and live forever. All you have to do to come to know Him is to admit that you are a sinner, believe that He died on the cross for your sins, and confess Him as Lord of your life. This week I want everyone to make sure they receive the free gift that Jesus offered to us all and that we are sharing the living water with others.
This week I want to start off with some verses, “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:34-35 God has called Christians to be the salt of the earth. This means when God looks down at the earth He sees someone who is different from the rest of the world. Salt in ancient times was used for many different purposes, it was a preservative, a medicine to rub on wounds like we use triple antibiotics and also as a flavoring as we do today. Another way was as payment, because one pound of salt was equal to one pound of gold, thus enabling people to live in that society. Let’s start off with the first thing salt was used for that I mentioned, which was as a preservative, when God looks down He sees the blood of Jesus on us and He also sees all the evil and sin in the world, but He sees all the lost souls and preserves the world, so that we can share the gospel with them. The second one I mentioned was medicine, which I think can be determined to mean two things, one would be to help those who are sick and those who are in need, this was a huge aspect of Jesus’ ministry caring for the needs of the hurting. The second would be to bring medicine to the hearts we can’t fix ourselves. We have to let God come into our hearts to cover our sins. The third one I mentioned was flavoring, I think once you get to know someone who is a Christian, they are different from everyone else, they have joy and shake up the way you live and think, because without Christ you may not understand how they always have joy in their lives. They are what’s different in the room and what makes them different is Jesus. Christians are supposed to be the salt in the room. The fourth one I mentioned was salt could be used as a payment system, you can live without money, but it is not easy and there will be many things you struggle with. Just like if you do not know Jesus then your life will be filled with fear and anxiety. You can live life without Jesus , but your life will not be full or easy, but it is possible. If you die without money you will be alright, but if you die without Jesus you will not. This week I want you to look over your life and see if you have the characteristics of salt and if not, make sure that you are saved, so when God sees your sins instead He sees the blood of His son. You can do that today, there is a link below or it may be that you have become complacent in your faith and have become unsalty, because you have not been with Him lately. Make sure you do not live your life without being a son or daughter of the King, if you want to know Christ click the link below.
This week I want to start off with a verse, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13, This week at my house, tropical storm Zeta came through, we had a power outage for 3 days and a bunch of fallen trees. It swept through our entire area and we talked to our neighbors more during this time than in a long time. I was thinking what if the Holy Spirit swept through our land in the same way the storm did. What would our city, our country, and our world look like, if the Holy Spirit would sweep through our land? If we were all set on fire for the Lord and our city just burned with the light of Jesus, what would the impact look like? If we could get just one city set on fire for Christ we wouldn’t see trees fall, we would see the addictions and strongholds fall to the ground. Now let’s take this to a more personal level, what would happen to your family, city, state, and country if you were on fire for Christ? I believe it would change the landscape of our country more than any natural disaster. It could start with you right now. But more importantly than changing the physical landscape of our country it would and can change the landscape of hearts all over the world and it could start with you, yes you. You may say God can never use me, I have done all the things He said not to do and I am flawed in all these ways. I would say to you that is God’s specialty and I could tell you thousands of examples in scripture, but here are just a few Paul, Moses, Joshua, Jacob, and David, in fact the only ones who are not flawed in the Bible are Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. So this week pray that the Holy Spirit lights a fire in your heart and let Him use you as the vessel to light a blaze through your family, community, city, country, and the world.