daily jesus

“We are not ignorant of satan’s devices”-2 Corinthians 2:11. We are at war with the enemy of our souls, the devil. The battle starts in our mind, depressing, deceiving thoughts of condemnation, fear and accusations. Don’t lie down and take it, hit back. Take up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. Jesus quoted scriptures when the devil tempted Him..He said, “It is written…” The word of God will annihilate the enemy. Fill your mind with God’s word. You need to know the scriptures in order to refute every lie he brings against you. Keep fighting, the victory is yours through Jesus Christ!

Then Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. Matthew 27:50
God did not simply forgive me. A sacrifice was required. My sins could not just be overlooked. They have not been merely forgotten. My sins killed Jesus. How many of us really dwell on this? Is the glory of the modern gospel nothing but that God loves me and so turns a blind eye to my transgressions? Our sins carry a cost, but for those of us who have been freed by the grace of God, that freedom was made possible because the cost of our sins was paid by one who came before us, living the life we couldn’t live, dying the death we should have died, so that we could gain the reward we could never have gained.

At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God…Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. Acts 16:25-26 This story reminds us the children of God can rejoice and praise God even in the most disheartening of circumstances.The Bible says, God dwells in the midst of our praises. Sometimes when we pray and praise God, miracles happen. But at other times He says, “I will be with you through this, I have something better in store for you, so trust Me.” The important thing is, He is with us.

Overcoming Distractions

Nehemiah 6:15-16

As we saw yesterday, distractions have potential to get us off track. Gossip. Criticism. Financial pressure. Poor health. Conflict. Desires. Praise from others. Any of these can cause us to turn away from God’s perfect plan. But Scripture gives us a role model to emulate (Neh. 4:1-23, Neh. 5:1-19, Neh. 6:1-16). Nehemiah shows us the value of:

Single-mindedness. Nehemiah feared the Lord and conscientiously applied himself to His work. He didn’t have a divided mind. By setting our attention solely on God’s plan, our minds will stay fixed, regardless of the difficulties.

Obedience. The Lord wants to show us His favor; His blessing is always upon us when we are obedient to Him. This knowledge should bring us confidence in hard times, just as it did for Nehemiah.

Accountability. The king wanted progress reports on what Nehemiah was accomplishing. One day we will stand before Jesus, our King, and give an account for how we used our resources and gifts (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

Consistency in our prayer life. When the Israelites were ridiculed, they were helpless to stop their opponents’ taunts. So Nehemiah prayed, and the people received strength to continue. As the plotting worsened, Nehemiah and his fellow workers cried out to God, who not only provided His people with discernment but also frustrated the enemies’ plans.

Nehemiah completed the ambitious project in just 52 days. When we follow his example, God can accomplish great things in and through us. Which of the above points from Nehemiah’s life can help you overcome whatever is distracting you?

It is essential to be alone with God, waiting at His door, hearkening for His voice, lingering in the Scripture. No number of Christian meetings, no amount of Christian activity, can compensate for the neglect of this still hour.”
The life around us, in this age, is preeminently one of rush and effort. It is the age of the instant this and instant that.” This feverish haste threatens the life of devotion to Christ… We must beware that we do not substitute Christian activities for the authentic relationship with Christ. Mary understood this and chose to be at Jesus’ feet.
There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.“ Luke 10:42

[writing about the healing in Matthew 8] What is intriguing about this story is the sequence. Jesus touches the leper first. Then the command “Be clean!” is offered. That is, Jesus’ first move is into ritual defilement. By first touching the leper, Jesus intentionally and willfully seeks contamination, standing in solidarity with the unclean. This is striking because the expected sequence would be the initial purification followed by contact. Jesus, surprisingly for the onlookers, does the opposite. Contact occurs first. Purification follows solidarity. And one can only wonder how various Christian communities approach this sequence in their own missional endeavors.
—  Richard Beck, Unclean

“Don’t aggravate yourself with fighting the evil, but concentrate on your own study and prayer until this love for God is always at the forefront of your mind and heart. Simply set aside time for daily study and prayer with emphasis on the use of the Jesus Prayer.  Then when you face difficulties God will be the first thought you have and your love for Him will bring you divine grace.  Then you will act with the support of the Holy Spirit.”

~Fr. Charles Joiner

God already knows and is working it out in your favor.
—  Lalah Delia