John 18: 4-5 NLT
4 Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.
5 “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said.
Key points from Today’s message:
- Jesus stepped up to his betrayer. He was ready to pay the cost for us.
- He identifies Himself as “The I AM”
- He protects his disciples.
- He stops Peter’s foolish behavior
- He knows and does the Father’s will.
Jesus paid it all. He is Lord over our lives. Sister, have you stepped you and claimed your identity in Christ?
Jesus has sent his disciples ahead of him in the boat. The boat is in the middle of the water. Jesus is spending time in prayer, alone. Later in the evening, Jesus comes walking on the water. The disciples think Jesus is a ghost. They were terrified and cried in fear.
How did His disciples not recognize Jesus after being with Him? Why were they so terrified?
I think they, like so many of us, fail to realize that we have Jesus available with us at all times. There is no need to be fearful.
- Jesus tells them “It is I, take courage. Don’t be afraid”.
What situation in your life do you need to take courage?
- Jesus instructs for Peter to come to Him.
Peter started out walking on the water and gets scared. He cries out” Lord, save me?”
- Immediately, Jesus reaches out.
Sister, He will save us immediately if we just come. Are you willing to come?
He will also question if we have any doubt. Do you have any doubt in Jesus?
The others in the boat finally saw and got it. They were with the son of God.
Sister, Are you waiting for some miracle to happen in your life for you to finally believe?
Don’t wait. Take Courage. He is saying “Come.”
Sister, I wanted to talk just a few minutes this morning about the weekend. So Friday, was the Inauguration. We watched a transfer of “power”. Something struck me as I spent time on social media this weekend. I saw the social media generation moaning the leaving of a man. Obama is a man. We don’t put our trust in man. I saw the grieving of the coming of a new man. Trump is just a man. We put our hope in Christ.
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
God uses man to make changes he needs to be made. The main bite for today is Daniel 2:21-22. Meditate on this verse. Let me break it down for you:
- HE controls this world
- HE removes presidents
- HE sets up presidents
- HE puts all in place.
Let’s talk about the transfer of power that we should be concerned about: The transfer of power at the cross. Jesus hung on the cross to lose his power temporarily to break the power of sin. The transfer of our sins to his body, so that we might live.
John 19:30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
As I was scrolling through my personal pages of social media, I saw an image of someone wearing all black as the “Inauguration outfit”. Almost as if the person, was attending a funeral.
Sister, are you grieving over that sin that is pulling you away from God? The sin that is hurting our Father. You are His daughter. It hurts him when you live a sinful life.
Sister, don’t make an idol of man in your life. Get your mind off the White House. Get your own house in order. I am speaking about your body (house) which is the temple of the Lord. Mourn the sin that hurts Him and turn. Respect the transfer of power from Jesus. Focus on the praying for all people in authority.
Focus on praying
1 Timothy 2:1-4
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
Remember this Jesus is not leaving the office of Heaven until He comes to get those who are His. You need to make sure you belong to Him.
If you have never received Jesus, and you are listening. Today is your day of salvation. Make a choice to repent and turn to a good, good Father. He is waiting patiently.
If you need prayer or have any questions, visit me at gloribites.com
Love you Ladies.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The Lord had sent Samuel to chose one of Jesse’s son as king. Saul had been rejected as king for his disobedience. The Lord instructs Samuel to invite Jesse for sacrifice and tells Samuel that he would show which one of Jesse’s sons would be king. When Samuel arrives he sees Eliab and he believes that he is the one the Lord appointed. The Lord then tells Samuel that he looks not at appearances but he looks at the heart.
Sister, we spend so much time trying to make sure we look our best on the outside. We buy nice outfits, shoes, and handbags. Some women even like to put on make-up to enhance beauty.
We spend so much time worrying about what others think, versus what God thinks.
How much of your time are you spending looking at your heart? Do you like to “dress” your heart of as well? Our inside character is much more important to God. It will be more impactful to others if you showed them a beautiful woman on the inside versus the outside.
What if your heart was the number one concern each day when you got dressed? How would you prepare it for the day? What would you fill your heart with? (hint: His Word) How will the overflow of your heart look when you open your mouth?
How would life be different if Jesus was in your heart? What if your outside appearance became an accessory of concern? Only you and God know what is going on in your heart. We judge someone based on how they look. The Lord knows your heart. What is he seeing right now in your heart?
Focus on the internal, not the external
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. – (Philippians 4:11)
So I have a confession to make on this bite, one of my struggles is being content. Something when you have everything you can imagine you can still experience not being content. I have been reading the whole Philippians book for the past couple of days.
I’m learning a lot about Paul. He is in prison, but so happy. Paul is not letting anything or anyone steal his joy. He is so joyful, even in his suffering.
In own my life, I can’t say that I’m like Paul. I often times let my circumstance take the best of me. What I have realized that is because I’m not fully relying on God’s strength.
Paul learned to be content because He knew God was with Him. God’s strength was his secret. Paul got it, ladies. We have to learn to rely on God’s strength and not our own. Relying on self causes the un-contentment to creep in. Real life example-social media as came through and swept our generation literally off our feet. We spend most of our day in front of a screen, the enemy has his way of causing us to stumble as we scroll. This is where I begin to see that not being satisfied crept in.
Sister, you may find yourself like me, wavering in contentment, or you may be like Paul. I pray that in whatever position you are, that you would learn the secret this new year. I know that is my prayer because I only want to please my father, wavering in contentment does not please Him. He has given me so much. He has given us His son, His word, and His spirit.
So sister, if you are struggling with being content, in every circumstance. Here is my game plan:
- Instead of scrolling, I’m searching the scriptures.
- Instead of hitting the like button or double tapping the heart, I’m feeling the pages of His Word.
- Instead of looking at what other people have, I’m going to focus on who and what I have.
- Instead of seeing how she does things according to her pictures, I going to see how God does things in my life when I remove the distractions.
Hebrews 13:5b Be content with what you have.
1 Timothy 6:6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. Focusing on God on what he has blessed me with and be satisfied.
Paul knew to focus on God, and what he was doing in this life. He knew he could do all things through Christ, who gives us strength. God’s strength is the secret to being content.
Sister, are you content in every circumstance in your life? Or do you find it hard in some areas of your life?
Be content with who you are in Christ and be satisfied with all the He has given.
“Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Jesus is in Gethsemane, right before he is to be arrested and sentenced to death. In Mark 14:33-34, Jesus states that he is deeply distressed and troubled. He says His soul is overwhelmed with sorrow.
Sister, It may feel like you are at the end of your rope, or maybe even at your breaking point. We see Jesus has felt that same emotion. He prays to the Father. He calls him “Abba”. Sister, you can call God your “Abba”. You are adopted as His daughter. I love to cry out to Abba, and I write letters, prayers, and journal to my Abba. It makes it personal.
Romans 8:15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
Jesus states that “all things are possible for you”. Everything is possible for God. It may be healing your illness, finding a new job, or repairing broken a relationship. You may feel like you are suffering because of these areas in your life, and you want Him to take that cup away from you. Remember, it is not your will, It is His will do be done. He indeed can take away all the things that you are struggling with away, but what will that teach you?
Let’s do like Jesus, cry out. When we cry out, it draws us closer.
Sister, Do you believe that God can handle all the areas in your life that cause you to struggle? Have you cried out to your Abba to help? Are you yielding to His will and not yours?
Focus on Abba and cry out. Remember He has this all under control. It is all possible for Him. Seek His good, perfect will for your life.
It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. Hebrews 11:4 NLT
- Abel offered God a better sacrifice than his brother Cain.
- God commended Abel as righteous.
- God spoke of Abel’s offerings to Him.
- Abel’s faith still speaks after his death.
We are to offer to God our best gifts (time, money, resources). He will see everything we do. God determines our righteousness. Our offerings to him will receive his approval. Our faith will speak even after we have died.
Sister, what gifts or sacrifice are you offering to God? Are you giving him the best like Abel or giving Him some like Cain?
Realizing that God sees all your giving, how does or will this change the way you give of “your” resources? Can God commend you as righteous? How can he speak of you “right now”?
What changes do you need to make in your life to be found “righteous” by God? You can start by putting your faith in Him.
Hebrews 10:38 And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”
Will your faith speak to the next generations after my death?
Sister, we need to give God our first fruits. Continue to seek Him daily. Get up and spend time with God before anyone else. He wants all of you not some of you.
Grow in your faith because your faith makes you righteous.
Lord, may these words of my mouth please you. And may these thoughts of my heart please you also. You are my Rock and my Redeemer.
- Our words should be pleasing to the Lord. Also, our thoughts should pleasing to Him.
- He is our Rock and Redeemer.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Sister, are your words and thoughts acceptable as a sacrifice to God? If we bagged up our thoughts and words, went to the altar to present these things: Would God be pleased?
Our body is a living sacrifice to God. The thoughts and words we speak should be a sacrifice back to God because they are a part of the body. He wants us to please Him.
The thoughts we think and the words we speak are worship to Him. What does your worship look like?
The Lord is our Rock and Redeemer. He is steadfast and unmoveable. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Sister, He knows all the thoughts and words in your mind and on your lips.
In this new year, present Him with pleasing and acceptable thoughts that truly worship Him.
May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord. Ps 104:34
People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
So, as we begin this new year, we normally make resolutions or goals. We often jot down some sort of goal in which we want to be successful. When we make this year goals, we don’t realize how our sin can affects our prosperity.
The bite states that those who conceal (try to hide) their sin will not prosper. Ok, for my ladies who love makeup, I don’t wear makeup, but I have seen enough Youtube videos to know that you need concealer (to hide all the spots, redness, and blemishes you don’t want anyone to see). But, after the day is done you wash the concealer from your face and it reveals those spots again. When you keep trying to hide your sin, it just reveals itself over again and again.
Sister, you can’t cover up your sin and think God does not see.
Psalm 32:3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
- We can’t refuse to confess our mess in this new year.
- God wants us to confess and turn from our sin, so that we may succeed.
1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
He will be faithful to forgive your flaws.
Psalms 32:5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
God wants to take whatever you are hiding today away! He is your hiding place. He will protect and surround you in this new year.
Confess for Success
1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel replied,
“What is more pleasing to the Lord:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
- The Lord gave an order
Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.” 1 Samuel 15:3
- Saul disobeys
He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality. 1 Samuel 15:8-9
- The Lord sees Saul as unloyal and disobedient
Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” 1 Samuel 15:10-11
Sister, Have you been loyal to God, or have you refused to obey His commands?
Saul stated “I did obey the Lord.” 1 Samuel 15:20
Saul thinks he has done the right thing but he has only completed what he thought was right. The Lord had given Saul a mission to complete and he failed to complete the task. Maybe you think you are doing what God has told you to do, make sure you fully complete the mission.
What Mission has the Lord told you to complete? Have you completely obeyed?
Saul lies to Samuel, at least twice about completing his mission. Maybe in Saul’s mind, he really thought he obeyed the Lord. But the Lord told him to completely destroy everything. Saul half does the job he was given. The Lord desires all our complete obedience. He doesn’t want half of us. He wants all of us.
What pleases the Lord is that we obey his voice.
When we fail to fully and completely obey, we find ourselves rejecting the Lord.