And Jesus Said… ~ Day 5

“I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through Me.  If you had known who I am, then you then you would have known who My Father is.  From now on you have known Him and have seen Him!” (John 14:6-7 NLT)

“Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth and I am the Life.  No one comes next to the Father except through union with Me.  To know Me is to know My Father too.  And from now on you will realize that you have seen Him and experienced Him.” (John 14:6-7 TPT)


The Way, the Truth and the Life.  That is WHO Jesus is, but what does it mean?  Jesus’ sacrifice makes a bridge from eternal damnation and eternal life.  The Father’s presence requires holiness because He is holy.  No human being can get next to the Father’s presence unless they are holy.  Jesus is the only WAY to this holiness.

There is only one Truth.  God’s Word is the Truth by which we live in the earth.  Truth is truth whether we believe it or not.  We can all choose to believe the lie of the enemy, but the Truth is still the Truth.  The Truth is that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to the Father.  The notion that all roads lead to God without going through Jesus Christ is not the Truth of the Gospel.  The Truth, which is Jesus, will set you free from the power of sin and death.

Jesus Christ is the first resurrected man to receive the immortal body that, one day, we will all receive.  He physically resurrected from the dead in a flesh and bone body that is supernatural.  This body is not subject to death.  It is Life eternal.  Eternal life means that we can all spend an eternity next to our heavenly Father!  He longs for this.  To receive eternal LIFE, everyone must accept Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord and Master.  We must FOLLOW HIM, not our own dreams and ways.  Eternal life begins when we are born again in Jesus Christ.  Yes, our life with God begins at the Cross.

Life in the Kingdom of God always begins at the Cross and we journey from there to the very heart of God.  And it is all made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood at Calvary.  He died even while the world hated Him.  The world still hates Him and wants desperately to find a way around the requirement of His Blood, but they won’t find it.  They choose instead to believe the lie and will face the eternal consequences of their decision.  But there is always hope as long as a person is alive in the earth, there is hope of salvation.  That should be motivation for those of us in the Kingdom to pray for those who are not.

Yes, Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Ask Him today to come into your heart and be your Savior, Lord and Master.  It is the best decision you’ll make today and for all eternity!  He has a wonderful plan for YOUR life…

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

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And Jesus Said… – Day 4

“I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in Me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.  They are given eternal life for believing in Me and will never perish.” (John 11:25-26 NLT)

“Martha,” Jesus said, “You don’t have to wait until then.  I am the Resurrection and I am Life Eternal.  Anyone who clings to me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever.”  And the one who lives by believing in Me will never die.”  Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 TPT)


I love how Jesus doesn’t mince words about who He is.  He is boldly stating that He is the ONLY way to eternal life and He is also giving an invitation to partake of eternal life NOW.  Martha was grieving because Lazarus had died and Jesus was teaching her about eternal life in Him.  Right after that He literally raised Lazarus from the dead and he went on to live out the rest of his life.

The Passion Translation brings this truth out further by saying “anyone who clings to Me in faith.”  Clinging to someone is to be as close as you possibly can to them.  Like a child clings to his or her mother.  They never want to be apart from them.  That is the level of love and intimacy Jesus wants from each one of us.

Death doesn’t mean ceasing to exist on any level.  It means separation.  Our spirit and soul is separated from our physical body.  Our physical body will be resurrected at an appointed time when the trumpet sounds for followers of Jesus Christ that have died physically.  Even those who die without Jesus will be physically resurrected with their physical body at the end of time.

The second death that Jesus talks about is the Lake of Fire where all rebellion goes.  People who reject Jesus on earth will get their desire of not having Him for all eternity…in the lake of fire.  They will go here in a physical, immortal body that cannot die.  This thought should be enough motivation for the followers of Jesus Christ to pray for the lost ones and get out there and tell as many as will listen about the good news of salvation!

Coming to Jesus out of fear of the lake of fire is not the right motive.  It’s His goodness and love that draws people.  We, as His people, should be demonstrating that love to the lost ones in our realm of influence.  Being kind and loving shows them how good He is.  They are drawn by the peace and love in our lives.  Our intercessory prayers for the lost are crucial for God to move in the lives of the lost.  Don’t waste your days on earth chasing material comforts.  That is not why we are here.  We are here to populate the Kingdom of God with the souls of the lost ones.

When this is our first desire, all the material comforts will be added by God to your life!  Seek FIRST His kingdom and righteousness and He will take care of your every earthly need beyond what you can imagine.

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

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And Jesus Said… – Day 3

I assure you, I am the gate for the sheep…All others who came before Me were thieves and robbers.  But the true sheep did not listen to them.  Yes, I am the gate.  Those who come in through Me will be saved.  Wherever they go, they will find green pastures.” (John 10-7-9)

So Jesus went over it again, “I speak to you eternal Truth: I am the Gate for the flock.  All those who broke in before Me are thieves who came to steal, but the sheep never listened to them.  I am the Gateway.  To enter through Me is to experience life, freedom, and satisfaction.” (John 10:7-9)


The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd.  I saw a video one time of two sheep herds in Israel that were grazing close to each other.  The shepherds and their flocks were going in opposite directions and the herds melded together.  At the time I thought “boy they really messed up now!” But then I saw that as the shepherds kept walking the sheep began to separate and before long the sheep of each shepherd continued following him.  I thought that was amazing how the sheep knew the voice of their shepherd and even though they had mingled with another flock, they knew who their shepherd was.

Sheep know their shepherd.  They follow based on the sound of his voice.  As true believers in Jesus Christ, we too should and must know His voice.  This is important because when the thief comes in, he can’t lure the sheep away because they don’t recognize his voice and so they stay put.

Salvation through Jesus Christ is the Gateway into the Kingdom of God.  Everyone who is born again is living in the Kingdom of God NOW.  It’s not after you die.  It’s now.  Jesus came saying “the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”  Well, when He died and resurrected, the Kingdom of Heaven CAME and all believers went through the Gateway of Jesus’ blood to enter.

What is in the Kingdom of God?  Life, freedom and satisfaction!  Eternal life, freedom and liberty in Christ even in the hardest of circumstances, and the satisfaction of living a life full of purpose and peace.  All of the wonderful things of the Kingdom of God are available ONLY to those who are one of His sheep, His children.  People outside the Kingdom, do not know the difference between the voice of Jesus and the voice of the thief.

Jesus is saying in this passage that HE is the ONLY way into the Kingdom.  All roads do NOT lead to the Father.  Many people say “there can’t possibly be only one way!”  But there is only ONE way.  People outside the Kingdom do not want to even think about the possibility that Jesus is who He says He is because then they would realize that they are headed for the Lake of Fire at the end of time.

One of the primary reasons Jesus came was to be the Lifeline for a lost and dying world to save us from certain destruction.  Yes, we were all headed for eternal punishment along with Satan and the fallen angels, but Jesus died for us.  HE paid the price for our redemption out of the Lake of Fire!  But the most important thing He did was to restore us back to our original condition before the fall in the garden.  Yes, we have been restored!  All we have to do is accept it and begin to live it.

Blessings everyone…

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And Jesus Said…Day 2

“I am the Light of the world.  If you follow Me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12 NLT)

“Then Jesus said, “I am light to the world and those who embrace Me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.” (John 8:12 TPT)


Since the fall of man in the garden incident, the whole world was plunged into spiritual darkness.  Then once again God said “let light come to Earth!”  Jesus came and brought the light of God’s Kingdom to the earth for “whosoever” will accept Him and embrace His ways.

Anyone who has come out of the darkness into the marvelous light of God through Jesus Christ can tell you how wonderful it is to be in the palm of His hand.  It’s like walking through a very creepy forest and coming suddenly into a meadow full of sunshine and flowers.  He makes you glad to be alive!

Do all your problems suddenly vanish?  No, but He has the path out of the messiest of messes.  He has the path out of drug addiction, alcoholism, abusive relationships, and financial hardships.  Sometimes its a process, but if you take His hand and let Him lead you out, He WILL lead you out!

Imagine being out in the woods after dark with no light.  Animals around who can see in the dark while you can’t.  If someone came along with a gun and a flashlight, wouldn’t you jump at the chance to let them lead you out of the woods?  Jesus is the light that can lead you out of the darkest of places.  All it takes is a whisper “Jesus, save me…”  And He will come to you.

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

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And Jesus said…Day 1

This is the beginning of a new daily devotional on what Jesus said during His earthly ministry.  These scriptures are taken from the book “And Jesus said…” by Trinity Broadcasting Network.  I was going through all my books and found this treasure.  I’m not even sure when I got it or where I got it.  It is my prayer that as we go through this little book, we can all find a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus, Who is the Author and the Finisher of our faith.

“I am the bread of life.  No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry again.  Those who believe in Me will never thirst.  But you haven’t believed in Me even though you have seen Me.  However, those the Father has given Me will come to Me, and I will never reject them.  For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God Who sent Me, not to do what I want.  And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given Me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day.  For it is My Father’s will that all who see His Son and believe in Him should have eternal life–that I should raise them at the last day.” (John 6:35-40 NLT)

“Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life.  Come every day to Me and you will never be hungry.  Believe in Me and you will never be thirsty.  Yet I’ve told you that even though you’ve seen Me, you still don’t believe in Me.  But everyone My Father has given to Me, they will come.  And all who come to Me, I will embrace and will never turn them away.  And I have come out of heaven not for My own desires, but for the satisfaction of My Father who sent Me.  My Father who sent Me has determined that I will not lose even one of those He has given to Me, and I will raise them up in the last day.  For the longing of My Father is that everyone who embraces the Son and believes in Him will experience eternal life and I will raise them up in the last day!” (John 6:35-40 TPT)


Jesus said that He is the Bread of Life and to come EVERY DAY.  Bread is eaten every day, not just on Sunday or Wednesday.  It is the daily intimate relationship that the Father is seeking from all who call Him Lord.

Jesus said to some “even though you’ve seen Me, you still don’t believe.”  People who don’t want to believe can actually see His mighty work and choose to write it off to chance or a fluke.  God knows the end from the beginning, so He knows who want Him and those who don’t.  His Spirit will draw everyone, but not everyone will accept.  Those who do are given to Jesus, Who will keep us and raise us up at the last day.

Jesus said that His Father, OUR Father, longs for EVERYONE to embrace His Son and receive the gift of eternal life.  That is His perfect will for everyone from Adam until today.  Does everyone accept?  No, and there are millions of souls in Hell that can attest to that.  It’s like in America, where everyone has the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams, but does everyone do that?  No.  So they live their lives missing out on what could have been.

A life lived with Jesus every day is a life that is full.  It is full peace, joy and purpose.  Are there difficulties and problems?  Sure there are.  Are their persecutions? Yes, definitely.  But life in the Kingdom with Jesus Christ, there is always victory and hope.  And most of all there is peace in the midst of the most violent of storms.

And that is just on the earth.  Consider the eternal rewards He has stored up for each of us!  I sure don’t want to miss out on the greatest party ever held: the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!  You don’t have to either.  RSVP today by asking Jesus to come into your heart and be your Savior, Lord and Master.

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

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The Effect of Righteousness

“And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal peace and external peace], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.  My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:17-18)


The other morning in church, the Lord spoke Isaiah 32 to my spirit and these two verses jumped out at me.  What is righteousness?  It is the state of being in right standing with God.  In other words, you and God are at peace with one another.  There isn’t anything coming between you.  No open or hidden sins.  No unforgiveness towards anyone.  No anger or bitterness.  No compromise.  Your slate is clean with Him.  Your heart is pure before Him.  What a blessed state this is to be in!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “cause and effect.”  For every effect there is a cause.  Something causes everything that happens.  The cause of righteousness has the effect of peace on every side.  What is peace?  Peace is the knowledge and confidence of safety and the ability to enjoy life to the fullest.  Peace is the comfort of resting in the palm of the Most High and enjoying unhindered fellowship with Him.  The peace of God goes with all His people and they leave it in their wake.

Recently, I visited some friends in Arkansas for a few days to minister to them and their friends.  The other day I was talking with my friend and as we were on the phone she walked into the room I had stayed in and she marveled and said she could feel the same peace in that room as when I was there with her.  Jesus told the disciples if they were rejected to take their peace with them.  So we, can leave our peace everywhere we go as a testament of His salvation.

Peace is the hallmark of the presence of God in our lives.  If we are believers, and there is nothing but chaos around us, then we need to get with God to find out the root problem and deal with it.  The effect of our righteousness is peace and safe places to dwell in.  Anything less is of the enemy.

The Bible tells us to guard our hearts, so we need to take a close look at the motives of our heart, our actions and words.  Do they line up with the Word of God or do they fall short of His glory?  The Bible is the standard we measure ourselves against.  If we see we have fallen short, just go to the Father and repent, ask for forgiveness and help in these areas.  He will father you because He is a good, good Father!

The children of God are the ONLY people who have God’s peace.  God’s peace passes all understanding.  It has the ability to be strong in the face of adversity.  There is a place in God, where we can actually be content in even the hardest of circumstances because of who He is.  When this peace is displayed to the world, they marvel.  It passes all understanding.  It defies logic.  That is God’s peace.

The world’s peace is based on emotions and circumstances, which can changes with the winds.  It isn’t firm.  It’s like building your house on the sand.  When a hurricane Harvey comes, it destroys everything.  God’s peace is built of the Rock of Ages and a Harvey can’t destroy it.

What kind of peace do you have?  Is it built on the sand or the Rock?  If you have no peace in your heart, come to the Rock of Ages: Jesus Christ and He will fill you with joy and peace that nobody can take from you.

Don’t know Him?  Meet Him here:

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

 

 

 

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“A Murderous Heart” Teaching

Hi everyone ~ I did a teaching on Matthew 5:21-26 about hatred and unforgiveness on the Stones of Fire Ministries web site.  Check it out!

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