Everyday with Jesus

A Fisher of Men

“Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” - Mark 1:17

 Peter and his brother Andrew were fishing in the Sea of Galilee when Jesus came walking by and said to them, “Follow Me”.  They knew the fishing trade very well. No one really could teach them how to catch fish – they were old hands at this business.

 Yet, this passer-by says he will make them fishers of men.  Their immediate response was to leave their boat, nets and fishing trade to become fishers of men. This should be the first priority of our lives after our first encounter with the Lord Jesus and the beginning of a relationship with Him.

 The two fishermen would learn over a period of time as they watched their teacher, observing His methods, and listening to His instructions on how to fish for men.   Jesus had said, “I will make you become fishers of men.”  They needed time to be formed into fishers of men.

 The first claim upon our lives, if we have chosen to follow the Lord Jesus, and are born again, is to be a fisher of men. Multitudes are without Christ, but without hope are destined for a lost eternity.

 Our voices are His voice in our world today. Our hands are His hands reaching out to a needy world. We are to be dependent on Him as we follow Him and allow Him to teach us as we share our faith with others.  Our faith would be questionable if we never won anyone to Him.

 The rewards of winning someone to the Lord Jesus are always fulfilling and bring one great joy. Reach out to someone today and tell them what Christ means to you.

 Dear God and Father, I submit myself to You once again to be a committed follower and to emulate the Lord Jesus in being and becoming a more effective soul winner.

Dealing with Demons

“This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” - Mark 9:29

 The disciples when they were alone with Jesus asked him why they had failed in casting out the devil from the young boy when he had been brought to them first by the father.

 They got a straight forward answer, “It was because of your unbelief”. It was not that this particular demon was any more powerful than others, but that their level of faith was not what it should have been to deal with the problem.

 The solution, he says, is prayer and fasting.

 We know that we use the name of the Lord Jesus aggressively when dealing with the devil, but both prayer and fasting are vital, along with the word of God, to build our faith to succeed properly against the manifestation and power of the devil.

 There is no formula offered by Jesus, but rather an encouragement to the lifestyle of committed prayer and times of fasting.

 When you fast and how long you fast are your decision. The same as what time of day or night you pray and how long you pray.

 It seems that the practice in the early church was to spend an hour a day in prayer and they fasted two days a week.

 If you want to see people set free from evil spirits and demonic oppression then you will need to spend more time in prayer and fasting. Jesus said that evil spirits could be driven out “ONLY BY”, obviously referring to the need for dedicated times of prayer and fasting.

 Dear Father in Heaven, in the name of the Lord Jesus I ask that You will help me to be obedient and be disciplined to fast and pray on a regular basis so that I may be an effective witness for You

All for His Sake

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s, will save it.” - Mark 8:35

 Life is transient - it quickly passes. It is like a weaver’s shuttle, fast in its operation. It is like a puff of smoke that appears for a little while and then it is gone. It is like water poured out on the ground, which soon disappears.

 Life physically consists of days, months and years, and ultimately comes to an end here on earth. To hold on to the things of this world, with the hope of keeping them, is foolish, for ultimately you lose them. You cannot hold on to them because everything ultimately goes to dust.

 By faith, release everything into the hands of the Lord; submit your life into His hands. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.  Establish His Lordship in everything. Lose your life in Him and for the sake of the gospel. The proclamation of the gospel, making this of utmost importance, investing your life in it by means of time and finance will mean the saving of your life.

 It is an investment in eternal values. It is placing greater value on eternal than on temporal and material things. After all, we must remember, that we can only take two things with us when we die. They are the word of God, that can never pass away and endures forever and, secondly, it is people who are eternal - they will live forever. We lose our lives in these two things for His sake so that others will inherit salvation and eternal life.

 Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your life within me as a believer.  For Your sake and the sake of the kingdom, I give my life, my utmost for your highest. Help me to see the eternal value of working in Your kingdom.

Take up your Cross

“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” - Mark 8:34

The desire to follow Jesus is extended to everyone and anyone. In following Jesus you are immediately confronted with the things He confronted. The road He travelled was not an easy one. He was confronted with persecution, misunderstanding and opposition of all kinds.

The road He travelled finally took Him to the place called Calvary, the place of execution. He had His cross upon which He would die placed upon His shoulders and He carried it. They mocked and ridiculed Him, beat Him and put Him to open shame.

The cross speaks of suffering, pain and separation. In following Him you are to pick up your cross – it is one especially suited to you – it is your cross. Not all of us go through the same experiences but in following Jesus we will not be treated differently than the way He was treated.

 If you aspire to follow Jesus you have to give up all rights to yourself. There is no place for self-righteousness, no place for self-exaltation. It is a humble place of submission and self-denial, willingly following Him. There can never be a crown without a cross. The road you travel In following Jesus will not be an easy road but it is glorious and rewarding to follow Him.

 He left us an example that we should follow in His footsteps. Determine today, regardless of circumstances, that you will take up your cross and follow Him.

 Dear God my Father, I submit to You and Your will completely today as I determine to follow the Lord Jesus. Help me to bear my cross.

Resist the Devil

“Get behind Me, Satan!  For you are not mindful of the things of God,

but the things of men.” - Mark 8:33

This rebuke by Jesus to Peter his disciple was a counter rebuke in response to His rebuke. Peter refused to accept the fact that Jesus was going to be betrayed, killed and rise from the dead after three days. He rebuked Jesus for this statement, because Peter was motivated by Satan and mindful of material things more than the things of God.

 Although Peter left all to follow Jesus and had spiritual insight and revelation when he said Jesus was the Son of God, and although he demonstrated faith by walking on water, yet he still was deceived by the devil.

 Jesus did not call Peter Satan when, He said, “get behind me” - but it was the devil who motivated Peter to say what he did.  

 We are told by the Apostle Paul not to give any place to the devil. We need today to watch our speech and make sure that nothing negative goes out of our mouths, which can snare us and allow the devil an opening.

 Satan tries every which way to stop people from coming to Christ and being born again. When he fails in his primary object he then endeavours to hinder and stop those who have been born again to be effective in the kingdom of God.

You have been given authority over all the power of the devil. You are to resist and rebuke him with the powerful weapons at your disposal. You have the word of God, the blood of the Lord Jesus, and that name which is above every name – the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not to allow Satan to oppress or influence you in any way.

 Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your love, grace and protection, against the devil. Today, once again, I yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit in my life and take a firm stand against the devil

All are Called

…Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” – Mark 9:50

People sometimes think that the Great Commission is only for those men and women who are called into the mission field or into full-time ministry. But it is a call to all who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.

 When Jesus ascended to heaven he left His followers behind with a specific task – to preach the gospel. We read in the Book of Acts how the early church went into action, preaching, healing, delivering people from demons and caring for the poor.

 Although we have men and women in full-time ministry each believer is called to be a witness of God’s love and salvation.

 The famous hymn “Make me an instrument of Your Peace” captures the essence of what a Christian should be. This hymn is ascribed to St Francis of Assisi, but in actual fact its author is unknown, but is believed to have been written during the First World War.

 It was first printed on the back of a depiction of St Francis of Assisi, but was not credited to him. Through this continued connection the notion grew that St Francis had written the lyrics.

 Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love,

Where there is injury, pardon,

Where there is doubt, faith,

Where there is despair, hope,

Where there is darkness, light,

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much

Seek to be consoled as to console,

Not so much to be understood as to understand,

Not so much to be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

It is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

 Dear Father in heaven, thank You for empowering me to be a witness to my family, friends and colleagues. May my life radiate the love, peace and joy of my Saviour Jesus.

Faith that Heals

“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” - Mark 5:34

 This woman, who was determined to be healed, had finally touched Jesus’ clothes, after saying to herself, “If only I may touch His clothes I shall be healed”. When she did that she was healed and Jesus commended her for her faith. It was not His faith but her faith that brought about the healing.

 Observe and learn the secret today of how your faith will heal you and how your faith will obtain the desired results. The woman was at the place of desperation, having spent all her money on physicians, but was no better, in fact, her condition had deteriorated.  

 Firstly, she had heard about Jesus. What she heard we do not know, but no doubt it must have been about the miracles that Jesus performed. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Secondly, she said, “If only I can touch His clothes I shall be made well.” 

 On that day there was a large crowd following Jesus, so it must have taken determination and effort to push through the mob to finally reach out her hand and touch His clothes.

 When you believe something in your heart you say it because you get what you say.   Faith reveals itself by our speech - say what you believe you will receive.  

 She finally touched Jesus. There must be action to what you believe. To receive, you must put an action to what you really believe. You show your faith by your actions.  You draw upon the ability of God when you exercise faith.  

 Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your word that You have given me. Thank you that as I meditate on Your word my faith grows. Help me to say what You say, and act upon Your word. 

Tell your Friends

 “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” - Mark 5:19

 The man was demented, separated from his friends because of his condition. He was considered to be totally insane. Because of his violence he had been chained, but he broke them like they were threads of cotton.

 He would take off his clothes and run around naked screaming. He was always agitated, crying out night and day, even cutting himself with stones, living in the mountains and the cemetery, tormented by evil spirits that controlled his speech and his actions. It looked like a hopeless case with the man condemned to living like that for the rest of his life.

 Jesus confronts this naked, fearful, tormented man, and sets him free from the many demons that possessed him and gives them permission to enter some pigs nearby. The herdsmen were astonishment when their pigs became demon possessed, ran violently down the steep slopes and into the sea where they drowned. The Bible says there were 2 000 demons.

 The herdsmen fled and told everyone everywhere about this amazing event and the people came to see what had happened. They found this formerly demon possessed, mad man, in his right mind, dressed and calmly sitting down.

 The demon possessed man pleaded with Jesus to take him with Him but Jesus said “Go and tell your friends about the great thing the Lord did for you”.  

 We need to tell our friends about the great things the Lord has done for us. Share the good things of the Lord with someone today.  Tell your friends about Jesus and His goodness.  

 Dear heavenly Father, Your goodness, favour and blessing, continually follows me. Help me to share and tell others about the great things You do for me. Help me to share the gospel with someone today.

Be a Devil Slayer

“Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” - Mark 5:8

Jesus commands an evil spirit to come out of a man who has been tormented and driven by it.  It is interesting to observe that the evil spirit was in the man and the cause of his demented condition. 

We are told in Ephesians 2:2 that evil spirits work in the children of disobedience, and again Paul, the apostle, says, “Give no place to the devil.” We as human beings are spirits, living in a physical body. We exist within the human body.

 Evil spirits desire human bodies to live in which enables them to give expression in this world. Jesus demonstrates His authority over evil spirits by His Word saying to it “Come out”. Jesus continually healed the sick as well as casting out evil spirits and setting people free from these demonic attacks.

 This authority has been given to you as a child of God because He has said, “They who believe shall cast out evil spirits in my name”. Through, and in His name you can drive out evil spirits that torment, vex and afflict individuals.

 You do not have to be afraid or be intimidated by the devil. The name of the Lord Jesus, His precious blood and the Word of God are mighty weapons to overcome any demon powers.

 Today no weapon formed against you by an evil spirit shall prosper.  Ephesians 6:13-17 says you stand clothed in the armour of God. You have a helmet of salvation, a breast plate of righteousness, a belt of truth and shoes with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith stopping the attack of the devil, wielding the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, praying and being watchful.

 Be a devil slayer today, a victor over all the power of evil spirits…not in your strength, but in His.

 Dear heavenly Father, thank You that my name is written in heaven and You have given me power over all the power of the devil in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Where is your Faith?

“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” - Mark 4:40

 The first time man experienced fear was in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve had disobeyed God. They hid themselves. Then God called Adam, asking, “Where are you?” Adam replied, “I was afraid”.

 Fear has torments associated with it. Job said, “The thing I feared has come upon me”. Your fears will separate you from God and will draw the things to you that you fear. Fear works in the opposite direction to faith - it is faith in reverse. Faith and fear can never go together.

 Examine your fears. Why and what are you afraid of? Are you afraid of sickness? Why should you be afraid? God has promised to remove sickness far from you. Are you afraid of financial lack? He has promised to supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 Are you afraid of the future? He has promised to be with you to the end of the age. Are you afraid of criminal elements? He has said, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world”. The angels encamp around those who fear the Lord.

 Are you afraid of death?   He is the resurrection and the life, and because He lives I shall live also.  For the believer to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Why be afraid then? 

 God’s promises never fail.  Fear may knock at the door of your heart, but when faith answers there is no one there.

 Decide today you will be a person of faith and stop being negative. Build your faith through God’s Word for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God and doing what God says.

 Dear God and Father forgive me for being fearful - help me today to exercise faith in all that I do because You are always with me.

Cross Over

“Let us cross over to the other side.” - Mark 4:35

 Jesus’ intention was to go to the other side of the lake. He did not say, “let us go to the middle of the lake and drown”. He never said “we are going to go under”. He said, “We are going to go over to the other side”. You can never go under when Jesus says “you are going over”.

 When the disciples, along with Jesus, set sail for the other side of the lake, Jesus took a place in the rear of the boat and fell asleep on a pillow. When they were in the middle of the lake, a storm hit them and waves threatened to capsize the boat. To the disciples, some of whom knew the lake and weather well, it looked like the boat would be swamped and they would sink. Fear and panic were setting in.

 Jesus, however, is sleeping peacefully in the rear of the boat. They awoke Him saying “Don’t you care that we are perishing?”  They seemed to have given up any hope of surviving.

 But Jesus awakes, gets up and speaks to the storm, “Peace, be still” and there is a great calm.  

 Always remember that when a storm comes into in your life He can arise and still that storm. He asked the disciples “Where is your faith?”   Their faith was in the boat with them, for He is the author and finisher of our faith. He had said, “We are going over to the other side,” but when they were in the middle of the lake they said, “We are going to go under”.

 Remember today you cannot go under when He has said, “We are going over.”

 Dear heavenly Father, thank You for this new day in which I have the privilege and opportunity of service. Today I shall fulfil Your call upon my life. I know that with Christ in me I cannot fail. 

Which is Easier?

 “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.” - Mark 2:9, 10

 Jesus asks the question regarding healing of the body and the forgiveness of sins, which is easier?  Well, He did both.

 Sin and sickness came into the world as a result of Adam’s sin and disobedience. The Bible says that by one man sin came into the world and death by sin and so death has passed upon all men for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  

 Sin and sickness go together. If there was no sin there would be no sickness. In Psalm 103:2 God says He forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases. These two great benefits, apart from others, flow from the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

 He can, and will forgive all our sins upon our repentance as we believe on Him and confess that He is Lord. He can and will heal our bodies as we believe and accept Him as our healer. God can forgive the vilest sinner and He can heal the most dreaded illness. Neither is too hard for Him to do.

 He does both as we believe and by faith receive them from Him.   But we need to make sure our sins are forgiven and then we can trust God for the healing of our bodies.

 Dear God and Father, thank You for these two great benefits that You have provided for me to enjoy so that I can be a whole person in body, soul and spirit.

Commissioned

“Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20

 The Lord Jesus with these words commissioned His disciples to go to all nations. They are to be made followers and students of the Lord Jesus.

 Repentance brings people into the kingdom of God and a disciple of the Lord Jesus. They are then to be baptised, which puts the sign of this relationship upon them.

 They are baptised with the rights, privileges and power of the Godhead. All that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have belongs to those who are identified with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection. Water baptism is obviously not meant for infants because they cannot agree to observe all the things He commands.   

 We are to go in obedience to His command. This is not a great omission but a commission by the head of the church to take the good news of the kingdom of God worldwide in the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot draw back and be disobedient, but we must do our part in fulfilling His commission.

 This great commission of the Lord Jesus has never been retracted or changed and is still valid until He returns. The question, which we need to ask ourselves today, “Is what am I personally doing in obedience to His commission which applies to all His followers and to me individually?”

 Dear God and Father, thank You again today for impressing upon me the need of obeying this great commission. By Your help I will endeavour, as much as it is within my power, to do as You have commanded.

The Supreme Leader

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” - Matt. 28:18

 There have been some mighty and powerful world rulers over the centuries. Hannibal made his mark in 200 BC when he invaded Rome. Genghis Khan was a mighty conqueror in the 13th century and in the 18th and 19th century Napoleon Bonaparte set out to conquer the world. In modern history we have seen the likes of Russia’s Joseph Stalin and Germany’s Adolf Hitler.

 In their time in history they were regarded as powerful leaders, putting fear into all those that they defeated and placed under their authority. In most cases their success was based on cruelty and fear. They believed they were supermen who held the lives of tens of thousands in their hands.

 Yet each one of them - every king, queen, prince, princess or grand ruler who has ever lived - will one day bow their knee and confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God. In fact, every person ever born into this earth will bow in submission to the One who holds supreme authority in the universe.

 This is a great encouragement for us who have already submitted to the name of Jesus. Because your union with Him today puts you in a place of authority, giving you rule over all the power of the devil.

 Paul, the apostle, said, “God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name that is above every name; and at the name of Jesus Christ every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord to the Glory of God”. You are united with the highest and greatest power in the universe.

 Having Christ within you, you have a champion. You are a winner today and an over-comer today. You have the greater One on the inside of you today to put you over and make you a success in everything that you do.

 Dear Lord Jesus, You are Lord of all with all authority and power in heaven and on earth. I submit under Your authority and thank You for the authority that You have given to me.

Go and tell

“Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there

they will see Me.” - Matthew 28:10

 Jesus has risen from the dead, He is alive, and the message of this fact must be told. “Don’t be afraid, go and tell”.

 Yet fear makes us timid and we draw back from sharing this exciting good news with others. What news could be better, more wonderful and greater than that Jesus Christ who was crucified and certified dead and buried, rose from the dead and is alive forever.

 Doubt this fact and Christianity fails. Jesus entrusted two women to be the first to tell this news.  We need to tell the world that Jesus is alive. Death could not hold Him, the grave is empty and He lives forevermore. He is alive to save from the “gutter most” to the uttermost.  

 He is able today to heal and meet all of us at the point of our need and is sufficient for every crisis in life – don’t be afraid to tell your friends, your neighbours, your relatives about this great and wonderful fact, that Jesus is alive.

 You do not have to be a theologian to lead someone to Christ. Simply explain that Jesus loves them and died for their sins and offers them eternal life. Lead them in a simple prayer in which they confess Jesus as Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to work the miracle of the new birth.

 A sincere meeting with Christ brings new meaning and purpose with greater fulfilment. We are sent to tell the world of His love, His grace, His mercy.

 It may be an old message, but for many today it is a new message of great joy.

 Dear God, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I thank You for the good news that I can share with others today that Jesus is alive and will meet our every need today as we ask Him in prayer.

Always Rejoicing

“Jesus met them, saying, ‘Rejoice!’” - Matthew 28:9

 The two women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, came to the tomb of Jesus early on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion. They found the tomb was empty and an angel told them of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. But their first reaction when they heard the voice of the resurrected Jesus was fear.

 They were sad, dejected and afraid because of the death of Jesus and now, He is alive, and they were afraid but also overwhelmed with great joy. Jesus met them and said, “Rejoice!” His word for you today is “Rejoice”, be happy, be joyful. He is alive today and all sufficient for your every need.

 Paul, the apostle emphasises the importance of rejoicing by repeating it in saying “Rejoice” and again I say to you “Rejoice!” To rejoice means to jump for joy and spin around and that is the ability that Christians have - to be happy in the midst of sorrow.

 Of course it is not always easy to be happy under all circumstances, but the word instructs us to praise God in everything, not for everything, but in every situation in life we are to give Him thanks and praise Him.

 The joy that Jesus gives is supernatural and is in contrast to fear that comes when we face troubles. The devil works by bringing fear into people’s hearts because it will paralyse your faith and place you outside of God’s blessings. Whatever you fear will be drawn towards you. Job said, “The thing I feared is come upon me.”

 Have a happy attitude today - don’t let your circumstances keep you down. Cast all your cares upon Jesus today and have a carefree spirit. Determine to rejoice. He is alive for evermore and will fulfil every promise according to the Word of God. You do not serve a Christ who is dead, but one who lives.

 Dear heavenly Father, thank You for this day. I will be glad and rejoice in it even when bad things cross my path I will choose to praise You because You will lift me above all adverse circumstances.

At God’s Right Hand

“It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” - Matthew 26:64

 The High Priest asks whether Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus says, “It is so,” and affirms that He will be seated at the right hand of God the Father in a place of great authority and power and will return with power.

 Instead of a joyful response the High Priest tore his clothes and accused Jesus of blasphemy and the religious leaders present agreed that He deserved to be put to death. Despite their much vaunted knowledge of the scriptures they were blinded by the Truth that stood in front of them. They refused to acknowledge Him and His universal authority.

 Ever since then people have argued about the authority and divinity of Jesus. They question Him, but refuse to accept His offer of salvation. It’s like saying I hate chocolate, but you’ve never tasted it.

 So many people reject Christ without ever doing what He says, which is simply to admit you are a sinner in need of a Saviour.

 Jesus, through His death and resurrection defeated totally the works of the devil and ascended far above principalities and powers, having finished the mission the Father gave Him to do.

 He is the only mediator between God and man.  All things have been put under His feet and He is Lord of all - all authority and power in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. 

 We are to enforce the victory that He won until He returns.  As blood-washed saints we walk in His strength, but also in His meekness and His love for a lost and dying world.

 Dear loving heavenly Father, thank You for every provision of Your love. Thank You for my position of authority in the Lord Jesus today. Help me to walk in victory over every sin and temptation.

Protected by Him

“Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”

- Matt. 26:52-54

A disciple, trying to defend the Lord from those who had come to arrest Him, took his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant.

 Jesus makes three pertinent points:

 One, that violence begets violence. Jesus taught his disciples to turn the other cheek.Secondly, He could command heaven’s armies to come to His aid. His meekness, under provocation, was not weakness.Thirdly, prophecy needed to be fulfilled. No human interference could halt the Divine plan for salvation.

 You do not have to be afraid today or in need of a weapon for protection for yourself. There are multitudes of angels ready to protect us. As ministering spirits to the heirs of salvation they will come to our assistance when necessary.  We no longer depend on the arm of the flesh, but choose to walk in the spirit.

 By the power of the Holy Spirit you are equipped to live above the world’s values and lifestyle.

 Those who live lives of rebellion against God, involved in terrorism, crime and murder will finally come to an end, reaping exactly what they have sown.

 Life is fragile and needs to be handled with prayer and total dependence upon God.

 Dear heavenly Father You know my future from my beginning, there is nothing that You are not aware of about me. Thank You for Your watchful care and protection over me today and continually, in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Hour of Prayer

“What? Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  - Matthew 26:40-41

 Jesus expresses concern when He finds His disciples asleep instead of praying. He left Peter, James and John to watch and pray while He went away a little further to pray alone. The agony of the betrayal and crucifixion weighs heavily upon Him, but instead of His disciples bearing the burden of prayer with Him they fall asleep.

 When the church began it was customary for them to pray for an hour each day at three o’clock in the afternoon. In Acts 3 we read of Peter and John going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 

 Prayer is vital in your relationship with God and time must be set aside to pray. God does nothing here on earth unless we pray. Prayer changes us and makes a great difference in our daily lives. When you pray you fellowship with God. As you wait on Him you will, as the scripture says, “mount up with wings as an eagle; you will run and not be weary; you will walk and not faint.” You will be empowered to face daily challenges.

 Decide today that you will spend an hour every day in prayer and reading the word of God in fellowship with Him. Remember, Jesus expected His disciples to pray with Him for an hour.

 In the critical days in which we live, with all the pressing needs and responsibilities that we have, we need to set aside this important hour of prayer. If you have been spending just a few minutes now and again in prayer, decide today to spend at least an hour in prayer.

 Dear Father in heaven I ask You to forgive me for my lack of devotion to You and I decide as from today to spend more time in Your presence in prayer, in the name of the Lord Jesus. 

The Shepherds and The Sheep

“All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” - Matthew 26:31-32

  The disciples found it extremely difficult to understand that Jesus was going to be put to death. Their hearts were full of unbelief. They were hoping He would be the one to save Israel and somehow overthrow the Romans who occupied their land.

 Jesus, who is the Great Shepherd, says He will be struck down and that the disciples would stumble because of this. They obviously did not understand that He was referring to them. They didn’t consider Jesus dying or them running away in fear.

 The devil targets those who shepherd as Christian leaders and are concerned for the welfare and safety of God’s sheep. The devil knows that if he can remove the pastor or leader in a church he has effectively achieved his purpose. 

 He knows that if the leader is attacked the sheep will scatter. You need to remember the pastors before God continuously that they may be safeguarded and kept from being destroyed by the devil.  Jesus said, after He was raised, He would go before them into Galilee. He was saying you need not despair for I will rise from the dead.  

 Do not allow yourself to stumble and fail whatever the circumstances of your life. The Shepherd and Keeper of your soul has defeated the devil through His death and resurrection. He has gone ahead of us to prepare the way, but also walks with us daily as our Guide.

  Dear Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I thank You for the assurance of eternal life and that we shall meet at an appointed place and time. Until then help me to serve You to the best of my ability.