Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Walking on water

Matthew 14:25‭-‬29 NIV
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."  "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."   "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

I used to think that Jesus was able to walk on water because He is God, but now I believe that Jesus allowed Himself to be constrained to operate within the limits of humanity, empowered by the infinite Holy Spirit to do the will of the Father.

Jesus knew the will of the Father, and He knew the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  He walked in those relationships.  So, when it was the Father's will for Him to cross the lake on foot, Jesus walked on water.

And I believe that we can do the same.  We can know the Father's will and defy physical laws as we obey Him.

Father, thank you for grace to know you and partner with you in doing your will.  Jesus, thank you for your example of obeying the Father's will.  Holy Spirit, thank you for your presence, power, and love.  I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Breakfast sandwiches

We drove up to Cloudcroft yesterday to play in the snow, and we stopped at a gas station on the way out of El Paso.  I fasted breakfast and lunch yesterday, so when I got out of the car to pump gas, the smell of McDonald's breakfast sandwiches hit me like a pile of bricks.  I could almost see a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich.  As I took in that aroma, I told the Lord that I want more of Him more than I want breakfast sandwiches.

I was thinking about how satisfying a breakfast sandwich is.  Savory and salty.  And I told the Lord that He is more satisfying than breakfast sandwiches.  I was reminded of Jesus and the Samaritan woman and how he told her that another drink of water would only satisfy for so long, but He is the source of eternal satisfaction.  

Jesus stood up at the end of the festival and shouted that for whoever believes in Him streams of living water will flow from within them.  I was thinking about how we can continually experience deep satisfaction in Christ.  He is more satisfying than a continuous supply of breakfast sandwiches.

Father, thank you for your great love for us.  Jesus, you are the living water, and I want to be satisfied in you and not seek satisfaction apart from you.  Holy Spirit, I want more of you more than I want food.  Please manifest your presence more in my life.  I love you, and I ask in the name of Jesus.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Bringing the Kingdom

But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Matthew 12:28 NIV

I have had a couple of experiences praying for people and seeing them freed from demonic presence.  But Jesus operated routinely.  I want to be more like Jesus.

Father, thank you for sending the Spirit so that I can walk as Jesus did.  Spirit, lead me where you want me to go.  Take me to the next level of maturity in walking as a little Christ.  I love you.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Judgemental mindset kills joy

Several weeks ago, the Lord told me that one way I can grow in joy is to let go of being judgemental.  I am realizing that this applies to all situations of being critical of others and myself.

This may sound trivial, but I was driving last night, and someone cut in front of me while we were turning through an intersection, and they didn't even use their turn signal!  I was a little frustrated and said something, and I felt the Holy Spirit say that even those little situations of passing judgement are stealing my joy because it established a mindset of being judgemental.

Jesus has paid the penalty for every single, and I have been forgiven of all of mine.  So, I choose to walk in the freedom and joy of mercy.

Father, thank you for your mercy and joy.  I want to enter into the joy of the master.  Please use me to make a return on your investment.  Deliver me from being judgemental.  Holy Spirit, continue to show me where my heart needs to change.  I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Joyful message

Matthew 9:35 TPT
Jesus walked throughout the region with the joyful message of God's kingdom realm. He taught in their meeting houses, and wherever he went he demonstrated God's power by healing every kind of disease and illness.

The proclamation of Jesus is good news of great joy! I want to walk in the joy of the Gospel.  

Father, thank you for giving us joy through Jesus.  Jesus, thank you for your example.  I want to walk in your joy.  Holy Spirit, please help me.  I love you, and I ask in the name of Jesus.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Eating food

Brandi and I are participating in a three-week Daniel Fast with our church (started this past Thursday, finishing end of January).  It is certainly uncomfortable and inconvenient, but I want to focus on how this is an act of love to the Lord instead of focusing on how much I miss certain foods.

This morning, I listened to a Soultime meditation about eating healthily and using food to cover soul pain.  I know that I am tempted to eat more when I am stressed, and I am particularly keen on sweets.  When we finish this fast, I don't want to go back to eating a ton of sugar.

One of the guided prayers was about forgiving yourself for inappropriately using food to address soul pain.  I wonder if some of my chronic back pain is related to my self-criticism and not forgiving myself.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your mercy and grace through Jesus.  Jesus, thank you for making the way for forgiveness.  Holy Spirit, I hear you, and I say "yes" to you.  As you have forgiven me, so I forgive myself.  I will not judge myself for past sins; they are washed away by the blood of Jesus.  Lead me to walk as a free man in Christ.  I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Pursuing friendship with the Holy Spirit

As a four year old boy, Rhett loves to rough-and-tumble, but he also has a tender heart. He is a gentle giant.  I think Rhett has some similar personality traits as the Holy Spirit.

Rhett also reminds me a lot of my brother Jeremy.  I regret being so harsh with Jeremy, and I believe that God has given me a "second chance" to be gentle.

I think part of my breakthrough in fellowship with the Holy Spirit is learning to play with Rhett and be gentle with him.  Somehow my relationship with him is key to growing in friendship with Holy Spirit.

I need to learn to be playful.  (I almost knew how to be playful when I was in high school.) I think this is a key to growing in joy this year.  

Father, thank you for your grace shown in second chances.  Thank you for allowing me to grow in my friendship with Holy Spirit.  Jesus, thank you for your example of walking in step with Holy Spirit.  Holy Spirit, I want you to be my best friend.  I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.