Our Journey With God

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. 1 Peter 1:18 MSG


August 2012

What Happens When Jesus Walks By!

Jesus In Disguise

Click Title link above to hear Brandon Heath’s Song

Luke 18:35-43 (NIV)

A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”  38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.  42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

I love the song “Jesus in Disguise” by Brandon Heath, it answers many of the questions I have for me in my life.  There are many things I know that God has put in my mind where normally I don’t think or do those things but it’s Jesus.  The Holy Spirit in my heart-moving me to be where God wants me to be.  You know it’s like the “Blind Beggar” in Luke, he heard the crowd coming and they were loud.  I can imagine that it was never like this for the Beggar to pay attention to anything untill the crowd was so loud he had to inquire what was happening.   They told him that Jesus was passing by.  Now there is something special about this Beggar.  God most often uses the most simple, and unlikely people to teach us a profound lesson.  Just like this man who could not see, we go through this life sometimes with our spiritual eyes closed.  We struggle through things, we face the giants, our problems seem like mountains.  Because we can not see,  this is what we learn.  First, there are many spiritual moments when Jesus is passing by.   The beggar knew that this was different when normally he would cry out with a low voice, this time he wanted to cry out because he knew the was his opportunity.  We need to cry out on every opportunity when Jesus is passing by.  Second, when we cry out our faith should be a bold faith, everyone was telling him to be quiet but he cried out all the more and got Jesus’ attention.  Third,  When we cry out our Jesus will be so loving and merciful.  What ever situation you face today, Cry out to Jesus.  He will be so loving and merciful when you need him the most.   My dad always tells  this story of when he was a little boy, he was home alone and his mother told him to not open the door for anyone.  They left and later someone came to the door and knocked.  It was an old beggar.  My father invited this man in and gave him something to eat.  The man left and my father never saw him again.  Was this Jesus in disguised?  Let’s not let opportunities pass us by to be Jesus to someone or for us to lose sight of  those spiritual Jesus opportunities. 

Pray:  God thank you for the times you have come to my aid when I needed you the most.  Your love is all I need.  Help me to cry out to you with a bold faith.  Know that you will never leave me.  Amen!


When It Looks Like There Is No Hope!

Psalm 25:5 (NIV)
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,  and my hope is in you all day long.

Wow! I thought all hope was lost, I thought I was never going to finish what God put in my heart long ago.  But today I can say, “My God Is Great”!  God has called me to minister to the hurting, called to minister to the ones that everyone turns their head from.  God has called me to minister to those who are out cast.  Today  I want you to realize the potential that is in you to be used by God no matter what anyone says you can or can not do.  Because God has no limits, there is nothing that can stop what he is doing, God is a Great God.  This same God that has put this in my heart can put a calling in your heart too.  Yes times will be hard, yes life will be tough, but it is God who gets us through.  Most of the time, the situations I go through is because of me.  I choose to go my way instead of his.  What ever comes your way look fully to God stay faithful to him.  Don’t let the things of life bring you down.  Don’t let what others say bring you down.  You are a child of the King no matter what you have done in life.  Take me for example, I’m stubborn, i’m not perfect, I get  angry, in all of this God is the one who is still working on me.  Everyday I have to ask for forgiveness but hope is not lost.  God is the one who opens the doors of heave and answers our prayers.  Today hope is not lost, God is with you to direct your path. 

Pray:  God thank you for giving me hope when there is none.  You are a great God and help me to not lose hope.  Make me better, help me to keep my eyes on you and not the things people say to me or about me.  Thank you God for you Love.  Amen

Come To The Well!

John 4:1-15 (MSG)

The Woman at the Well

Jesus realized that the Pharisees were keeping count of the baptisms that he and John performed (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people. So Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee.  To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon.  A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)  The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)  Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”  The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”  Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”  The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”

I love to work outside on my yard, I’ve always have since I was a kid.  But wow how this Texas heat can get really hot fast.  The longer you stay out the more and more water you want to drink to replenish yourself because you are just so thirsty you feel that your thirst never ends.  This reminds me of when Jesus was traveling back to Galilee he stopped to get a drink at the well.  This story is a neat story because it breaks cultural barriers, because of the bitterness between the Jews and the Samaritans.  It breaks barriers between men and women, in this time men did not speak with women publicly.  It breaks barriers that were set up by tradition, religious law, and by human small mindedness.  But the greatest part of the story is the women realizing she is a sinner, and she sees Jesus for who he really is and gets to know him.  God’s word tells us that we are all sinners in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”  We all have sin in our life and it is Jesus who gives us this “Living Water” that will never run out.  The sin we have he will forgive if you only ask him too.  Just like the Samaritan women we need to know who Jesus really is and accept him in our life.  Our soul longs and thirsts for God, allow him to be your savior today!  When you give your life to God he will direct your path, Psalm 16:11, “Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face.  Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.”  Come to the well Today!  Meet Jesus there, he will give you the “Living Water” you need. 
Pray:  God thank you for the Living Water that comes from your only son Jesus.  I love you God with all of me and seek you everyday.  Today God fill me with your love, your peace, your joy, and most of all your living water so that I may never be Thirsty in my Soul! Amen!

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