Category Archives: Response
John 11:20 & 32 “When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house.” … “When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Martha and Mary are both Christians but with two very different personalities. Both interacted with Jesus differently and both got different responses from Him, even though Jesus loved them both. When we contrast Martha’s response to Mary’s response from today’s scripture reference, Read the rest of this entry
John 2:3-4 “The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” (emphasis added).
The wine supply ran out during the festivities. We see from today’s scripture reference that in this life, the wine or the wine supply can run out. Things cannot always be perfect; sometimes things will not always go as you want it to go. Read the rest of this entry
Psalm 89:1-2 (NRSV) “I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.”
My prayer for you this year is that God will do that which eyes have not seen, that which ears have not heard, and that which has not even begun to enter the hearts of men. And that the Name of Jesus alone will be glorified in your life, in Jesus Mighty Name. Read the rest of this entry
Gen.18:17, 19-20 “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.” So the Lord told Abraham…
What was Abraham’s response when God told him what was about to happen to Sodom and to his nephew Lot? Abraham did not go to town with tomorrow’s news today. When God shares things with you it is privileged information. Read the rest of this entry
Prov.8:19 “My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver!”
You really cannot be appreciative of any gift until you unwrap it. You cannot really say, thank you, until you see the content of the gift. Josh came back home early from work to surprise his wife on her birthday. Read the rest of this entry
Luke 23:32 “Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.”
The fact that Jesus came, and Jesus associated with the low lives is not an automatic salvation for them. The fact that Jesus has paid the price for us does not make salvation automatic. Read the rest of this entry
Philip4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Relax! God is God and you are not. If you carry the whole world on your head what is left for Jesus to carry? That is His job not yours! The man who discovered the concept of stress was a medical scientist. Read the rest of this entry
Matt.26:39 “He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Jesus was also tempted to take the way of self. The cross was hard; when He was at Gethsemane Jesus said, “Father, if it is possible let this cup pass over me.” Read the rest of this entry
There is such a huge contrast between Darius’ and Nebuchadnezzar’s responses to “defiance”. The reason is, Dairus obviously had experienced Daniel and had respect for him. Nebuchadnezzar on the other hand, had obviously not experienced the three young men and had no respect for them. In addition to that, Nebuchadnezzar had ulterior motives. His decree was out of his insecurity. Darius on the other hand yielded to “yes men” and discovered his error. However, favour and honour made Daniel a target. Some people’s response to favour is to avoid it all together and just coast through life. Some pray that God would reduce their measure of favour so that they will not attract attention. If you are favoured please be humble but embrace it and do not apologize for it or cut yourself down. You are not doing anyone a favour by making yourself look small. Stop it!
I know a family that would always train the domestic staff that they employ. They sponsor the person up to university level and give them a chance to make a life for themselves. So, they took in a boy, very intelligent chap, and started him up on the same path. He got into school and was excelling. One day, the boy’s mother showed up and started crying. She was convinced that the family wanted her son dead because if the people in the village hear of the boy’s progress, they will kill him. She pleaded with them to let him remain at the level of a domestic staff so that she can have her son in old age. They tried to point her to God’s protective covering that is available for her and her son. But when the woman saw that they were not accepting her proposition, she let it be. Then one day, she just showed up and took the boy back to the village.
Some people feel they need to wear rags to prolong their life. I am not saying you should become arrogant but if God’s favour on your life makes you a target, God Himself will protect you. We also see from the responses of the other administrators and high officers, that when people do not respond positively to the favour on another person, they became breakfast for lions. I pray that you will respond well, and those that become jealous of the favour on your life will be breakfast for lions in Jesus Name. If God is blessing your neighbor, He is in your neighborhood, so rejoice!
Prayer: O Lord, fight those fighting me; declare war on them for their attacks on me. Put on your armor, take your shield and protect me by standing in front, in Jesus Name. Amen [Ps.35:1-2, TLB]
Dan.2:20 “He said, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. 21 He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. 22 He reveals deep and mysterious things…”
What do you think happens to you and the people around you when you persevere through trials? You get promoted and people around you get inspired to fight their own battles, and to have the right responses, the God Read the rest of this entry