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.
“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.
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
As we enter into this new year, we all began to think of “new” things we want to do this year. We normally make some type of new year’s resolution. Typically, people write out all the new goals they want to accomplish in 2017.
Sister, Have you considered a new life in Christ for your new year?
Jesus died so you could leave that old life in 2016. He died so that you can receive new life in 2017 and live for Him.
Sister, you can make all the new year’s goals and plans that you could think of but without Jesus in your life, none of those plans and goals matter. The resolution that you should make this year is Galatians 6:15b What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
Becoming New Creations in Christ.
God’s word tells us the old life is gone. You new can began in Him today. Leave all your past pain, regrets, and mistakes in 2016. Seek the resolutions that matter. Maybe, become a better person is your new year’s resolution. You can become a new person only in Christ, giving up your old ways of life. This means no longer living for yourselves but living for Christ. Sister, you can do that by having a personal relationship with Him.
Make Jesus Your #1 Resolution this new year.
4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
5“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
- Vine- a plant that produces grapes (fruit)
- Branch-tender, flexible; the shoot of the vine.
- Abide-remain, not depart, endure
- Jesus is telling us to remain in Him.
- Abide, stick with Him, not depart from Him.
- Branches that are no longer attached to the vine are fruitless.
- Those who remain attached produce much fruit.
- He remains in those you remain in Him.
- Apart from the vine, we can do nothing.
Picture the Gardener walking through the vineyard with his pruner. Pulling and cutting away all the vines that didn’t have any grapes on it. He realizes those vines are not useful to him. In comparison, I see him looking at those plump juicy vines and smiling because they stayed attached to the vine and produces such a beautiful useful harvest.
- God the Father is the Gardener
- Jesus is the Vine
- We are the branches
- God cuts off and prunes away the non-productive fruit branches.
Jesus tells us if we stay attached to Him, you will not be cut off. Those with Him bear much fruit. We are to attach to the Vine in order that we might produce much fruit for the Gardener.
Are you attached to the Vine? What fruit do you see producing in your life? Your fruit shows that you are a disciple of Jesus.
Are you apart from Him, producing nothing? Are you in danger of God pruning your branch away in the firewood pile because there is no fruit?
Attach to the Vine to produce much fruit.
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
When you think about bread, we think substance. Most of the time, if you are really hungry, you can grab some toast or some bread slices, put some peanut butter and jam, and the hunger is held off for a while.
So why did the Jesus call himself Bread?
In the verses preceding, the people wanted physical bread in order to be satisfied. In verse 27, Jesus is telling them stop being concerned with food, something that is perishable. But to focus on the eternal.
They still wanted a miraculous sign in order for them to believe. In verse 33, He is the true bread of God, who came down from Heaven to give life.
We are going to eat everyday for the rest of our life. In most of our lives, we have and will at some point eat some bread. I love some bread. It smells good, taste good, and makes you feel full.
Ladies, the best bread I ever received is the Bread of life, when I meet Jesus. I don’t have to be hungry or thirsty no more for anything other than him.
Now, I have hunger and thirst for His word, taking up and serving it on my spiritual platter. Biting and chewing on scripture with you ladies. Sipping on the sweetness of His presence.
Keeping my body full with all the eternal promises He has given me.
Are you living off the right bread? Don’t worry about the physical bread. It will be provided. Focus on the main Bread that leaves you full for eternity.
Eat Eternal Bread
1 Peter 2:24-25
For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Sheep– four legged animal that has tendencies to follow a leader.
- A tendency to flock with other sheep.
- They love being grouped together.
- When separated from the other sheep, that sheep get stressed.
- Known as unintelligent animals due to the flocking together and their quickness to panic and flee.
- Sheep also hide signs of illness.
Ladies, besides having the four legs and white furry bodies, we are a lot like sheep. But, we have Shepherd and Overseer of our soul who guides up right back on the right path.
In this bite, we are the sheep. We are the ones who fall to the side, wander, roam away from Jesus. We fall in the path of sin.
But, I love the transition, “But God”.
By his grace and mercy, we can return to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls.
Return in this verse means to turn to, worship and love and obey the true God.
Shepherd is one who is watching out, preventing attacks on the sheep. Loving and saving the lost sheep.
Overseer is the man in charge of seeing things get done. Jesus is the overseer.
Sister, Have you wandered far from your Shepherd? Have you gotten caught up with the flock of the world? Are you hiding the illness of sin trying to run and flee? Do you realize the stress you causing yourself by being apart from the Overseer? So I ask you are ready to return to the Shepherd?
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.
John 10: 3 states He knows His sheep by name. Sister, he knows your name. He is calling you to return to him.
Then, it will be celebration time. Because it has His one back. And when the Good Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of never-ending glory and honor.
Return to the Shepherd
1 John 2:1-2
- Jesus is our Advocate.
- Jesus is Righteous.
- Jesus is our Sacrifice.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. NLT
Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity, he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. MSG
1 John explains that when we sin, we have Attorney Jesus in the court of sin pleading our case to a just God on our behalf. He is not just the Attorney for believers (those who put their trust in Him, but He will even show up to court for the unbelievers (those who have rejected him).
Who is your Attorney? Who or what are you turning to for answers? How have you tried to pay the fines for your sin to the world by thinking if do good or be good, or you can get yourself together?
Sister, that won’t hold up in court. You need an Attorney. Advocate Jesus, Esquire.
The best part is he charges no fees. He actually has paid all your fines at the cross. So when the world or the things in your life that have you down and got you held up in court. You just need to call 1-800-Jesus, He wants you to win it all cases.
Sister, if you have not placed your heavy court file(your sins) in His hands to handle your case. I encourage you to Submit the File. Your Fines have been paid. He wants to go to court for you. He wants to give you a clean record.
Give your case to the Advocate.