Jesus

July 2019

I Need You

By |2019-08-04T09:51:54-05:00July 24th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Seek Truth|

My heart aches when I think how far we have gone – how far we’ve removed Your Word from our lives. Lord, we have conformed to the world and lies surround us. We have turned away from Your truth and lives are being torn apart. We need You. I need You!

You speak to my soul and calm my fears as I read Your Word. Your truth tells me, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV).

Lord, I will stand firm against the world and seek Your truth – Your Word for my life. It is time to put You first in everything I do. Let Your will be done – not mine. And I pray You will open the eyes of all Your children to do the same. Only then, You will heal our land.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Quit Trying So Hard

By |2019-08-04T09:54:36-05:00July 15th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Seek Truth|

Lord, someone today needs to hear this message. Equip me to share with them that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. They need to know that their sins should not keep them from coming to You because they feel that they need to do something good first to make up for what they have done. Your truth tells me that You, Jesus, invites all of us to rest in You. You didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us. We don’t – I don’t need to earn Your approval. It’s already given to all those who trust, believe and depend on You, Lord Jesus. It has been given to me!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

June 2019

Are You Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

By |2019-08-04T09:59:10-05:00June 9th, 2019|Bible Study, Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Friends|

Why is it that I praise and seek You only in the good times but complain when things aren’t going my way? I feel like I’m barely out of Egypt, like the Israelites grumbling against You, God, for taking me out of my comfort zone and into unknown desert, only to struggle with my current situation or to be bitten by the snakes of this world. What is it that You are trying to teach me? I can’t find contentment with where I am!

How quickly You show me that if I continue grumbling and walking in my disobedience the metaphorical serpents of this world will bite me. My eyes are not seeking the One You lifted up to give me an abundant life—eternal life. I’ve been consumed living in the moment and living my way. Your truth tells me,

Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look up at the bronze serpent and live” (Numbers 21:6–9 ESV).

Your Son was lifted up on the cross to die so I could be with You forever. And when I keep my eyes looking up to You, Jesus, I see truth. I live! Your truth tells me, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14–15 ESV). My Savior, I lift my arms to worship You and trust You in my unknown desert!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father. Published by Hachette/Worthy Publishing

 

Can A Person Truly Love You And Still Seriously Sin?

By |2019-08-04T09:59:53-05:00June 6th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith|

Can a person truly love You and pursue Your glory, and still seriously sin? Can such a person be forgiven and restored? What about me? Would You turn Your back on me if I failed You?

I come to You in the stillness of the night searching Your Word. I love how You chose David and anointed him king of Israel. He was a man after Your own heart. He loved you and bravely trusted You for protection and stood firmly on Your truth. No one questioned his devotion—David’s heart belonged to You. Oh, how I long to live at that level of devotion, but I keep making mistakes.

You, gracious God, show me that David took his eyes off of You and turned from Your commands when he saw Bathsheba. David wanted her as his own, knowing it was wrong. Before long, he was covering sin with sin, thinking he could hide it from everyone, including You. But You exposed it:

Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites (2 Samuel 12:9 ESV).

O Lord, David, who loved You with all of his heart, failed You miserably. I am in good company. I learn that in his deep sorrow, he turned back to seek Your mercy and compassion. David didn’t deny his sin or excuse it. He simply repented. Deeply and truly He turned to You and admitted everything. You, gracious God, granted forgiveness and full reconciliation. You will do the same for me.

Father, forgive me when I try to hide my sins from You. Your truth tells me, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13 NIV). Though there will be many days that I will fall even as a redeemed believer, I realize that when I come to You with a broken and contrite heart, I am brought back to You through the saving blood of Jesus. I am forgiven, Your child after Your own heart.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

March 2019

Don’t Look Back – Move Forward

By |2019-08-04T10:01:42-05:00March 20th, 2019|Encouragement, Faith, Family, Friends, Seek Truth|

Lord, I think back on the people that You brought into my life and those that You removed. And even though there were times I didn’t understand what You were doing, I know that both were tremendous blessings of encouragement and protection.

Sovereign Lord, I love how You protect and direct my life – that You see and know everything about me. Your truth tells me, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8 ESV).

Jesus, my heart listens to Your Spirit and You encourage me not to look back, but to keep my eyes upon You – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are the One who directs of my life and I will seek and trust You – today, tomorrow and forever!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Will I Do The Same?

By |2019-08-04T10:02:32-05:00March 10th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith, Seek Truth|

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.John 13:1

It’s hard for me to think about that terrible day that You endured. Judas had already betrayed You and painful scourging and the excruciating crucifixion awaited. But in Your last few moments of freedom, You didn’t stop serving others.

Taking off Your outer garment, You served his disciples. Horrified by Your performing the task of a lowly servant, Peter tried to refuse … until You convinced him of its necessity. He had to accept the cleansing and let You serve him and save him with Your incredible grace.

Then You explained. The foot washing ceremony was not to be a onetime event. You wanted it to be a way of life for Your followers. A way of life for me. If I belong to Your kingdom, I will serve as You, my King did. And You, King Jesus served all the way to Your death.

Sometimes, in my fatigue and weakness, I am tempted to give up. Service is hard and counterintuitive. But if I want to be like You, if I want my life to count for the kingdom, I cannot live just for myself. Your truth tells me, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

Lord, I want to be like You!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

February 2019

Don’t Be Scared – You Are His!

By |2019-08-04T10:06:52-05:00February 17th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith|

There are days in my life that I wonder where You are taking me. And to be honest, I get scared. How am I going to get through?

You revealed Your truth to me this morning as I spent time with You. You never change. Your Word never changes. And as You told Your children, the Israelites, in the book of Isaiah, Your Spirit whispered to my soul.  Your truth tells me, “But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1-3 NASB).

Heavenly Father – You are all I need to get through anything!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

December 2018

Different Kind of Day

By |2018-12-09T11:27:38-05:00December 9th, 2018|Truth Stories|

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We all have things in our lives that can bring us down to our knees. I’m not sure how people get through life without God. I lost my adult son years ago due to a drunk driver. My life was changed the moment I found out. As years pass, people forget. They don’t want to talk about it. It still hurts to this day, but I hand my pain over to Jesus. I trust He is in control and will bring good from this.

It takes time to start living a different kind of life. My days are different. I can smile. I can live knowing that I will see him again in heaven.

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January 2018

Resentment Doesn’t Work!

By |2019-02-19T10:49:33-05:00January 29th, 2018|Daily Truth, Friends, Seek Truth|

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When I think about Job’s friends, Job had every right to resent them. The seven days when Job’s friends simply sat with him in silence would have been enough. But then they began to speak, doling out criticisms and misrepresenting both You, God, and Job in the process. They thought their words were holy and sound, but they were not based in truth.

As I read Job’s story and his friends’ gross misinterpretation of truth, I cringe. Job could’ve easily turned away from You and his friends. He could’ve turned from truth and turned toward resentment, but he didn’t. It’s a good lesson—one the body of Christ needs to take to heart. You call Your servants to places of suffering in certain times of life, not as a punishment but as a means to learn to trust You more deeply.

Lord, You show me that resentment doesn’t work. The bitterness destroys the heart and it destroys my relationship with You. I cannot resent others and love them at the same time. If I am a follower of You, I must stand firm in Your love and truth even when I am faced with criticism. You are the only One that I long to please. 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

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