1 Peter 5: 1

“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5: 1

One of my buddies quoted this verse back to me after hearing what I was going through at work. After landing there in the bible randomly this morning I felt like I should focus on it a little more; primarily because I know very well just how much work I have ahead of me in regards to being obedient to this verse. I have become very combative and prideful, especially in all of the content that I create at work. So when I get opposition from above me I tend to respond with undertones of distaste and questioning ­– as if I don’t think they know what they are doing. Which is probably why I haven’t been promoted. :/

Clothe yourself with humility (definition of humility: modest view of one’s own importance). What does that look like? I can assure you that it is far from how I’m currently clothing myself. I think I’m awesome, and it definitely comes across in the way I carry myself. But if I clothed myself in humility, I can see that people would want to boost my confidence, promote me, show me that I am worthy of honor.

I definitely need to work on this at work. I could lay low with all of the content that I am creating and let all of the work I have done speak for itself ­– rather than toting around my computer to every department asking them for advice on a video I just got done editing. Yes…more humility.

Lord, give me more humility in the workplace and in my life. Show me the right attitude to wear each and every day. Let your Spirit overpower my boastful and prideful nature by giving me the self control to humble myself before those people in charge of me and before You. I ask that you be with me today and show me ways that I could be more humble and show more humility.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

John 9:2

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:2

I have always had a place in my heart for the mentally handicapped. I’ve always thought of this verse, and said to myself, “If only I could be that gateway for God’s miracles, so that these people might be healed!” Jesus himself says this. We know why these deformities and imperfections are here on this earth. It is to show off the glory of God!

Now, the second part of this verse talks about the day and darkness, and that darkness is coming. Is it still daylight? Was the daylight only when Jesus was alive? I don’t think so. I think that miracles can still happen today.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

The only true way to test whether healing miracles still happen is to witness one first hand. Now, there have been plenty of small healing victories in my life and the life of my family. My mom had an ovarian cyst that needed to be removed and the doctors said that it didn’t look good and that it could be cancerous. But I do believe that through prayer from my father and our family that we received the miracle we were praying for. My whole family is very healthy and I am very thankful every day for that.

God,

Justify me in this time in my life. Whatever happens with Katie, whatever happens with 2017, whatever happens with my job, just let it glorify you. Show me my path Lord. Start to reveal what you have laid out for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

John 13:34

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34

As I start this new group at Living Stones, I’m really at peace. This new group of guys that I am becoming a part of has really benefitted my walk with the Lord, and I’m very thankful for it. We are looking to expand our group into bigger and better groups, but we are looking for ways to do that. We are looking to invite other guys and to see them be grafted into our group. This verse is huge in that respect.

If guys are going to look at our group and know that we are disciples—dedicated Christians that are on fire for the Lord, then we must show each other love. We should be able to be best friends. We should be able to lay down our lives for our brothers.

But what does that mean to love one another like Jesus loved us? In the chapter leading up to this scripture, Jesus bent down and washed all of the disciple’s feet.

“…he now showed them the full extent of his love.” John 13:1b

What does that look like in today’s society? What does showing the full extent of our love to a brother look like in 2016. Is it cooking him dinner, giving him a nice place to stay when he visits, and serving him as a great host? Is it writing him letters of encouragement, not only when he is down and out but when he is leading into a high point in his life when he needs a firm foundation to stand on? What does that look like in today’s society?

Lord, refresh my mind to think on ways that I can love my brothers.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Amen.

 

John 14:13-14

“I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13-14

Let’s just think about this verse…what kind of power can be done with this verse. Now, of course we can’t take this with a greedy heart. It doesn’t give us the luxury of asking Jesus for a Ferrari. We must first align our hearts with the Lord’s.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of this will be given to you.” Matthew 6:33

That verse was specifically talking about what you will eat, drink, and wear. But the first part remains true. Seek first the kingdom of God.

“Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your strength, and with all of your mind.” Luke 10:27

Just like I was talking about a few weeks ago in Roman 8:30:

“Those he predestined, he also called, those he called, he also justified, those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:30

I’m in that justified phase. I need to constantly be seeking God.

“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For anyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

If we truly seek God, he will be found. So there are some caveats to this promise verse in John 14:13-14. He will give you whatever you ask in His name, but your heart must first be aligned with his.

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.

These are powerful promises in the word of God, but if we don’t align our hearts with His, they can be useless. The desires of our heart must be playing for the same team as the one that Jesus is playing for. Join me in making our hearts more obedient to God’s word so that we can be the lightning rods for God’s miracles in the world.

Jesus, make me a lightning rod for your goodness, for your favor, and for your miracles.

Amen.

Jesus wept.

I’ve always known that this was the shortest verse in the bible, but I think I’ve always glanced over it. Today, it jumped out at me. I know that Jesus was crying out to God before he was going to be taken away to be crucified, and I know that he was in great angst on the cross before he died. But this kind of emotion is different than I’ve ever read before.

I’m not a very sympathetic or empathetic person. It hasn’t always been that way; it started when I went into the service industry. I immediately became this greedy, cutthroat, strict business person – and I’ve stuck with that for a while. Death doesn’t bother me, but a sad movie gets me every time. Seeing Jesus weep over the death of someone and be touched by the heart-felt emotion of others was eye opening this morning. But why?

Who was this guy Lazarus that Jesus started weeping over? How long did he know him? Was it simply the others that cared so much that moved Jesus? Even without all of those questions answered, I can still learn something from this text. Jesus had a soft heart.

“…he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” John 11: 33b

His soft heart and sensitive spirit enabled him to comfort those mourning the death of Lazarus.

God, start to soften my heart. People give me a hard time about being insensitive and harsh, but I want to see and act out the emotional balance that Jesus had. He was keen and sharp yet had a very soft heart that was able to comfort those in need.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.