Hearing Jesus Above the Crowd

“And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed Him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.” (Matthew 20:29-34)

Have you ever been silenced by a crowd? Peer pressure, intimidation, rejection, rebukes…these can be powerful, strong forces and hard to resist! But Jesus has what we truly need and He is full of mercy and love.

“And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed Him.”

A great crowd following Jesus. They obviously had seen Him perform miracles of healing, and whether they realized He was the Son of God or not, they knew He was special and powerful. They were curious enough to stop what they were doing and follow Him. They had a need, and they thought maybe, just maybe, He has the answer. I wonder how many realized He is the answer and He is all we need.

“And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!'”

Blind men, sitting by the roadside, possibly begging for food because they had no other options. They were at the mercy of others and dependent on them for their every need. Suddenly, they hear the sounds of a large crowd approaching. Perhaps they hear shouting as people rush past them running toward the approaching crowd, “It’s Jesus! He’s here!” Or maybe someone kneels down on their mat and whispers, “It’s Jesus. He can heal you.” They just know that Jesus is coming near and they are not going to miss this chance!

The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent…

What? The crowd following Jesus tells these men to be quiet. Why would they rebuke them and try and silence their cries of help?

Maybe they are more concerned with their own need than the needs of these two blind men.

Maybe they want Jesus to focus on them and are afraid these men will be a distraction.

Maybe they are enjoying following Jesus and they know if these men call out, Jesus will hear and probably stop. They want to keep following Jesus in a crowd and these men could stop their fun, end the excitement.

They are focused on following Jesus but missing the reason He came–to love people and save them!

but they cried out all the more, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!'”

They would not let the crowd silence them!

When the crowd said, “Be quiet,” they got louder. When the crowd tried to keep them from Jesus, they pushed their way towards Him even more. We must always do the same!

Beloved, don’t let the crowd keep you from the mercy and love you need. No matter what, cry out to Christ! Find quiet time and get away from the noise and distractions. Seek Him and rest in His presence.

And what did Jesus do?

Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He asked.

He knew what they wanted, but He also knew what they needed. Jesus knows our deepest desires. He hears us and He loves us. Always!

‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.”

Compassion, love, healing. Jesus is all we need.

Don’t let anyone or anything get between you and your Savior. Run to Him. And if you’re weary and can’t run, cry out to Him all the louder. Nothing can stop you from getting closer to Jesus. Cry out to Him today. He knows your pain. He knows your fear. He knows your heartache. He knows what you need and He is the only One who can make it all better.

Cry out to Him now and let Him fill you with peace and love, and ease your burden.

You are loved, my friend. Trust Him.

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Lord, I need You. The crowds are yelling and life is hard. I’ve let myself be consumed with the cares and stresses of this life and I’ve let Your loving voice be drowned out by the noise of this life. Speak to my heart, Lord, and help me know the depth of Your love for me. When I’m tempted to be silent, help me cry out to You all the more. Thank You for loving me. Be near, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Perfect, Extreme, Unconditional Love

The Love of the Lord

You, my sweet friend, are dearly loved. Not as the world loves with conditions and expectations. No, you are loved with a perfect, extreme, and unconditional love that cannot be completely understood or explained with human wisdom.

You were loved before you were created. You were loved by a righteous, perfect God before you were His. You were loved by your Savior before you accepted or even knew Him. In Christ, you are forgiven, righteous, redeemed. You are a child of God, and you are loved.

You can’t make God love you more, and there’s nothing you can do to make Him love you less. With no limits, you are loved!

You are loved on your best days and you are loved on your worst. You are loved when you are faithful and loved when you stray. Obedient or disobedient, honest or deceitful, loving or mean…you are simply loved.

It’s All About God

But we don’t earn God’s love. God is love. It is His nature, His character. It is who He is. And you, His child, are loved–not because of anything you do, not because of who you are, but simply because of who God is and what Christ has already done!

What Should We Do?

How should we respond to God’s love? With love!

As you begin to grasp just how deeply loved and cherished you are, your heart begins to change. The love of God makes us want to love God and love others with the same love He has given us. Our love for God compels us to live righteously, to live a life pleasing and acceptable to Him–and that means loving people the way He loves us!

No matter what you are facing today, no matter what the enemy is trying to destroy, remember how loved you are.

Ask God to reveal His love for you in a fresh, new way today, to breathe life into areas of discouragement and despair. Seek Him today with your whole heart and let His love for you transform you into the image of His love!

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Prayer:

Father, help me remember that I am Yours and I am loved. No matter what difficult situation or trial I am facing, help me live a life pleasing to You full of mercy, love and forgiveness. You are my strength and my refuge; in You, I am safe and I am loved. Help me begin to feel the depth and completeness of Your love for me, and help me then share that love with others. Help me look beyond myself and bring Your light and love to someone in need today. I know I am unworthy and undeserving, yet You love me. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Jesus. In His name I pray, Amen!

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Find Your Purpose

Find your purpose.

You, beloved, are so special! Your Father in heaven has created you, chosen you, and gifted you for a very special purpose.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

He knows the perfect plans He has for your life. Your Father wants to bless you, strengthen you, and He wants to use you for His Kingdom.

Through every moment, every struggle, every joy, He is equipping you. He is always with you–leading you, guiding you, and preparing you to fulfill your purpose in Him.

Oh what indescribable joy when we are living in His will! Invite His presence into your situation. Welcome His power into your life. Repent of all sin and run wholeheartedly for the God who loves you enough to die for you.

What is He preparing you to do? What is He asking of you? What does He want to accomplish in You?

Beloved, spend time with Him today and let Him reveal His plan for you. Let Him work in you today. If you follow Him, obey Him, and trust Him, He will reveal every step in His perfect timing. He will amaze you with wonders you can’t even imagine. Let Him overwhelm you!

Follow Him, obey Him, trust Him and He will reveal every step in His perfect timing…let Him amaze you!

I can’t tell you it will be easy, but I can promise you it will be worth it! Don’t trust me though–trust Him! Go to the Source of life and the Author and Perfecter of your faith, let Him speak to you and reveal wondrous things!

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Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd, of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—may He equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Abundant blessings,

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You Are Loved

You are loved.

Do you know that?  I mean, do you really, truly, deep down, when you’re all alone and life is hard…do you know you are loved?

You are!  And, dear one, you are never truly alone.  El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient God is with you!  He is holding you, protecting you, and guiding you, even when you can’t feel His presence.

You are never left to face the trials and struggles of this life without help.  El Sali, God of my strength is with you.  You have the power of the living God in you and He never leaves you!

You are loved by Immanuel, God with us…God with you!

You are cherished.  You are chosen.  You are part of a “royal priesthood”.  You are loved.

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Whatever you are facing in life, whatever your struggle, never forget you are not alone and you are not forgotten.  You are highly regarded in heaven and you are loved by the Creator of the universe.  He has a plan for you and He will guide your steps.  Follow Him, trust Him, and rest in Him~ He will never leave you and He will never forsake you!

Be Still, Psalm 46:10

Father, thank You for Your unending, perfect love.  Thank You for Your Son Jesus. Thank You that in the darkest, hardest, most difficult times, You are with me. Strengthen me to slow down, to be still and know You are God, and to know the depth of Your love for me.  And teach me to love others in the same way.  In the name of Jesus, Amen!

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I pray you are filled to overflowing with God’s love and grace!

Love and Blessings,

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Daily Prayer~A Crown of Beauty/No More Ashes

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A Crown of Beauty for Ashes

Are you mourning? Hurting? Feeling lonely or in despair? Please lift your head and know that God sees your pain, and He cares. He wants to bring you comfort, joy out of suffering, blessings from brokenness, and He will give you a crown of beauty for your ashes. I don’t know how or when, but hang on beloved, He is near and He hears your prayer. Cry out to Him and rejoice when He answers. He is with you and you are not alone.

To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. (Isaiah 61:3)

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Lord, please hear my cry, my plea for mercy. I am weary and I need Your healing presence. Transform me into something new, create something beautiful from my brokenness, and use me to share Your love with others. Shield me from my enemies, and light my path with Your holy Word. You know exactly what I need, and I know in Your timing, You will provide. Until then, I also know You will hold me close and never leave my side. Help me feel Your presence every moment and strengthen my faith that I would stand firm. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Time in the Word: Isaiah 61

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Finding Favor in the Eyes of God

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Finding Favor in the Eyes of God

David, even though he sinned greatly, found favor in God’s eyes. God Himself called David a man after His own heart! Why? Because he would do everything, anything, that God asked Him to do. He wanted to honor and please God more than anything else.

After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ (Acts 13:22)

Moses, left his homeland and all he knew to follow God to an unknown, foreign land because he loved him and trusted him. His faith and trust pleased the Lord and He blessed Moses. He knew him by name!

And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17)

God knows your name too! He loves you. He is calling you, asking you to follow Him, trust Him, and have faith in Him. He may not be asking you to serve as king, or lead a freedom march from captivity for thousands, but whatever He is asking you to do, whatever He wants, there are blessings beyond anything you can imagine in trusting Him, in obeying Him simply because it’s the right thing to do.

When you trust God and respect Him enough to simply obey, He is pleased. And His reward? The greatest blessing we could ever hope for…His presence! He offers a deep, personal relationship and calls you His own.

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:3-6)

Choose to trust God today, in every moment, in every circumstance.

Whatever He is asking of you, He will supply the strength, and the courage. All you need to do is take the first step in faith and leave the rest to Him! Trust Him!

Lord, I desire to please You more than I want admiration or respect from the world. I need Your presence and Your power in my life. Grow my faith in You, deepen my trust, and show me the path You have for me. I want to obey You and bring You glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Daily Prayer, 6/27/15~The Love of Jesus

The love of Jesus

God’s grace and mercy include an intense love for you. Remember today, whatever you are facing, whatever this day holds, You are cherished and God sings over you. You are not alone, and you are His beloved!

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God, You are love. You love me with an intense, infallible, unconditional, inexplicable, and unstoppable love, so deep You sent Jesus to take my place of punishment so I could be forgiven and reconciled to You. Thank you. Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I might love others the way You love me, the way You have called me to do.

Only as I spend time in Your presence can I be transformed to be like You. Give me a hunger for Your Word and a thirst for Your presence. Equip me with a fierce love for others that makes me look, sound, and act like You. When the world looks at me, may they only see Your mercy, grace and Your goodness, and may they be drawn to You through me. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!

Time in His Word: Romans 8:31-39

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The Fulfillment of our Greatest Need–The Mercy of God

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

We all need mercy, each and every one of us. We are all sinners. Even Paul, the great missionary, confessed to being the worst!

When we lose sight of our own need for mercy, we become less merciful to others. Our pride leads to judgmental attitudes and feelings of superiority, and pride always goes before a fall!

Pride is a sin that gives birth to a host of other sins. Only when we remember how broken, unrighteous, and unholy we are can we begin to grasp the depth of our greatest need–God’s mercy.

Only through Jesus can we be redeemed and cleansed. Only in Jesus can we be forgiven. Jesus is love and mercy.

Once we are forgiven, it’s easy to forget that we didn’t earn it, we don’t deserve it, and it’s all to easy to forget how much we needed it…and still need it every moment!

Today, pause to reflect on God’s mercy. Do you have it? Or, do you need it?

If you have it, be grateful and remember to extend it to others in the full measure it has been given to you.

If you need it, today is the perfect day to run to God and get a brand new, fresh start in forgiveness, mercy, and grace!

Lord, I need Your mercy and am thankful for it. Make me a person who offers mercy to others. No one is deserving, but we all are in need. Help me extend mercy just as You have given it to me. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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But God!

I can’t do this. But God can!

This is true for absolutely everything we do.  But, the bigger the dream, the loftier the goal, the harder the challenge, the more we realize just how true it is!

Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give  you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NASB). 

 

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This verse does NOT mean He gives us everything we want.  We can’t claim this verse for a new car, or quote it when we want new shoes.  “Well, God wants me to have the desires of my heart and I really want these shoes so He must want me to have them.”  No!  This is twisted and selfish thinking that we all, at one time or another, are guilty of.  God’s main desire for us is not our comfort.  Yes, He loves to bless His children and often does give us material things to enjoy.  But those things are never to replace our desire for Him!

So what do we delight in?  We don’t have to go searching for something to delight in  God gives us desires, dreams, passions.  He gives us what He knows will bring Him the most glory!  He–and He alone–is to be our delight.  And He (and He alone) can place that desire in us.  He gives us the dreams, passions, the longings for Who we are to be, and what we are to do.  He gives us what He knows will bring Him the most glory. And then…He gives us the strength and wisdom to fulfill them!

  I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13).
 

 

God takes our questions and gives us answers

God takes our fears and gives us confidence
God takes our worry and gives us peace
God takes our pain and gives us endurance
God takes our weakness and gives us strength
God takes our hopelessness and gives us hope
God takes our doubts and gives us faith
God takes our death and gives us life!
Yes, I will delight myself in the LORD! 
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God desires to make us like His Son Jesus.  He has never promised to make us comfortable. He has never promised to give us every material possession we could ever want.  But, He has promised to love us, to provide for us, and to never, ever leave us! Delight in Him!

 

 
Thank You Lord for placing hopes, 
dreams and desires in my heart,
and for the opportunity to bring You glory.  
Strengthen and equip me 
to fulfill all that You have called me to do.  
I will delight in You always!  
What desire has God placed in your heart?
Trust Him and He will amaze you with indescribable joy!

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God is So Much More than “Good”

“Good times”, “That’s good”, “It’s all good”… we use the word “good” in many, many ways.  We say a movie was good, our kids are good, we fight the good fight, and we even say God is good!

So, what is “good” really?  It is the opposite of bad; the absence of evil.  So yes, most definitely God is good!  But…He is so much more!  God is my Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Savior…my absolute everything.  Yes, He is good, but oh, He is so much more!

God is Love.
God loves us with a deeper, more intimate love than we are even able to understand.  He knew us, chose us, and loved us before we were even created. Jesus left heaven and descended to earth to die, knowing He would be beaten, tortured, spit at, and made fun of–the King of Kings allowed us to make fun of Him while He was saving us because He loves us that much!  Thank You Jesus! Yes, God is love!

God is awesome.
All creation–every sunset, every wildflower, every bird of the air, and every creature on earth–is created to worship God.  He fills us with awe (or should) and His glory is more than we can imagine.

God is holy.
He is holy, righteous, and perfect.  And, He commands us, “…be holy, for I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16). He has given us His Word to protect us, guide us, and lead us to a holy life and into His Presence.  It is our honor and delight to follow His commands and seek to live a holy life that gives Him glory and honor.

God is righteous.
He knows everything about everything and He is our righteous judge.  And to all who follow Him and love Him, He even gives us a prize!  He will award His faithful, those who love and look for Jesus’ return, with a beautiful crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8).  We certainly don’t deserve it, but He is our Abba Father, and He gives incredible and wonderful gifts to His children.  And we aren’t meant to keep this crown, we will one day place it at the feet of Jesus, who is the only one truly worthy to ever wear a crown!

God is all powerful.
He is bigger and more powerful than…well, everything!  He is stronger than our fear.  He controls the tides, the seasons, There is no authority except from God (Romans 13:1) and His power is complete and unfathomable.

God is infinite.
He has no beginning and no end.  He has always been, always is, and always will be.  And He has created us as eternal beings too.  We have a beginning, but He has created us to live forever with Him in perfection, in holiness, and in His presence.  When we choose Jesus, we will spend the rest of forever with Him in joy, peace, and rest.  No more tears, no pain, no sorrow–just pure joy in His presence!

Yes, God is good.  But He is so much more!

 

 

 
Thank You Lord for loving me.  I am unworthy, but because of Jesus, I am washed clean, redeemed, renewed, and declared holy.  Thank You Jesus for taking my place on the cross and giving me new life in You.  You make all things new, and I love You.  Create in me a clean heart today and teach me to follow You with intense passion, putting You above all else!  In Jesus’ powerful name, amen!
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