He Loves You

Let start our day off right in Psalm! Psalm 139:1-4 says, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.” He knows me in such an intimate way, and He even knows the dark corners of my heart, but He still loves me! It is not just that God knows me, but He watches me, and He cherishes me.

Have you ever try to have an conversation with someone whom seemed distracted? You know that person who is talking with you, but will not take his eyes off the TV. How about the guy who looks past you and is looking for the next person to connect with. We all know that person who can’t wait till you get done talking to be able to tell you what they think. It can be frustrating, because they are not focusing on you, and it seems as if they don’t care. That is not God! He is never in a rush because He has all eternity, and I believe He actually enjoys one on one conversations with us.

I remember watching my girls sleep when they were babies. I remember seeing them breath and move around, and they were so adorable! They were always dressed to a T when it was bed time. I treasure those memories, and I will never forget them. Our Heavenly Father isn’t preoccupied with something else, He even watches us sleep and He cares about the smallest details of our lives! You are loved, adored, and cherished by the King! Let’s celebrate this truth this morning! God bless!

His Persistent Love

Good morning friend! Where did the weekend go? God’s love is something that is so hard to grasp or fully understand, because His love is so deep and pure. The Bible is full of verses proclaiming God’s persistence love, and I want to share a few with you this morning.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Psalm 135:1-3 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His loves endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords; His love endures forever. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 says, “Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Take time this morning to thank Him for His amazing love! He loves you so much, and His love has no limits! The message of the gospel is that when we couldn’t get to God, He came to us! He pursued us. His love never fades. Thank you Lord. I hope you have a great Monday.

Experience True Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it doesn’t boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.” We are loved by God with an Agape type love. Agape love is all about action. It has nothing to do with feelings, and it has nothing to do with whether or not the other person deserves it. Agape love forgives and it never quits!

It’s sad to see how many people who have a deep longing for love, without any idea of where they can find the type of love they need! We all need to be loved unconditionally, and there is only one person who can love us like that. Jesus Christ. Jesus doesn’t just love us because he feels like it. He loves us because we need agape love. He created us that way. His love is so great and ever present that I often take His love for granted. True love is found in a personal love relationship with Jesus Christ. Take time this morning to thank the Father for His amazing love, and for sending His very best to bridge the gap! Have a awesome Thursday and don’t forget to kick a dent in the gates of Hell. Yes sir.

A Fresh Look!

I want to challenge you to read Luke 7:1-10 this morning. I have read this scripture so many times before, and I have prepared lessons and sermons using this passage. The one thing that has always stood out was the faith of the centurion. But I want to share another thought that blew me away yesterday morning. You know how the story goes, the centurion had requested to send elders to go to Jesus and ask him to come and heal the centurion’s beloved servant. The servant was very sick and about to die. Jesus agreed to go with the elders to heal the centurion’s servant. But before Jesus reached the centurion home, the centurion sent some friends to tell Jesus not to come. What was going on in the centurion’s head? He just sent elders to get Jesus, now he is sending friends to tell Jesus not to come! I believe the centurion knew he needed Jesus help, but he also knew he didn’t deserve his help.

The closer Jesus gets to us, the more we realize just how far away we are from him. When the centurion realized Jesus was getting closer, he panicked. He begin to think; What if he comes inside? What if Jesus sees the mess my house is in? What if he sees the real me? It’s sad, but many people think about Jesus this way. Jesus wants to come to their home, but when he gets closer, they get nervous and send him away. We all have been through some tough times. There have been moments where we have made some bad decisions, and times when we have sinned against God. But through it all, your value has never changed! You are priceless in His eyes and you are so loved by Him. You may feel unworthy today, but He is trying to get to you. Your house maybe in a mess today but don’t push Him away! This passage talks about the centurion faith but it’s really all about Jesus! Love you guys! I hope you have a great time of worship today! Let me know how your worship time goes today!

Where Do You Run?

David was an hero of the faith and a great king. He never claimed to be perfect but he pursued God with passion! David also had many enemies that wanted his head on a platter, but David trusted in the Lord, his deliverer. David wrote a song to the Lord that went like this; I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and my horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2

How did David withstand all the pressures of this life and face his stressful job? You think you have a ton on your plate, try being king! His secret was found in his relationship with God. David wrote Psalm 27:1-3 and said, “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is my stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.” David’s time with God was his stronghold, and his high tower. This is where he found his strength and confidence to do what he was called to do.

We all need a high tower and a shelter when the storms of life come! I want to encourage you to run to the One who loves you the most, and He will welcome you with open arms no matter what! Thank you Lord for watching over me and loving me the way that you do! I want to give you the praise and the glory that you deserve this morning! He is my rock, my shelter, and my comfort! To you be the Glory forever and ever!

Less Is More?

It is my typical Fall Saturday. Traveling to a soccer game, watching college football, and hanging out with family. Life is good. I want to drop a verse with you this morning and ask that you pray over it today. Then ask yourself, what does this verse means to you?

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.” Fall into the Sea of God’s amazing love! He will amaze you! Open our spiritual eyes today so that we can see what You see Lord! I hope you have a great Saturday. Sometimes less is more.

HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER

Good morning friend! It is Hump Day and Friday is just around the corner. I hope your week is going well and just know that Christ is taking every step with you. Let’s jump into the Word of God.

I want to encourage you to read the entire chapter of Psalm 136 this morning. Psalm 136;1-5 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of God’s. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His love endures forever. To Him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. Who by His understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.”

There is a message hear that the writer of Psalm 136 wants us to get! Twenty six times he used this phrase to grab our attention. You guessed it, “His love endures forever!” Are we really thankful for His love this morning? If you continue on reading in this chapter of Psalm 136, you will see the journey of Israel and how God’s love never changed. Through the hard times in Egypt, and all the difficult trails with Pharaoh’s army, and the crossing of the Red Sea. The times of overcoming and the battles of life, there is one thing that was consistent and never stopped. His love endures forever!

I don’t have to tell you this, but I am going to say it anyway. The things of this world do not last. That set of tires that you just bought, will one day let you down. The air conditioner that is blowing cool air on you will eventually break down on you. Most likely in the summer time. Yes, even that trusty old dyer that you had forever will one day roll over and die. But there is one thing that will last forever! His love for you! Thank you Lord!

Psalm 136:26 says, “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” How about your journey over the years? We all have been through the rough times just like the children of Israel, and we have faced enemies that wanted to destroy us. But through it all, there was that one thing that never changed. His amazing love! I want to encourage you right now to stop what you are doing and thank Him for never giving up on you, and for His continuous love. He is worthy of our praise.

I hope you have an awesome day!

HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT

Good morning friend! Open day of college soccer is in the books and the season is underway. I hope you had a great Saturday and an even better time of worship today! Let’s dive in.

I was reading this morning in Romans and I came across chapter 5:5, and I had to stop and read it over and over again. It says, “Hope doesn’t disappoint, because the love of God has poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” So often we run from God to escape God’s punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding His rescue. God knows all about us! He knows what we have done in our past and what we will do in our future. But the crazy thing about God’s love is that it will never stop! He loves us the same today as He did yesterday, no matter what. It is God’s unconditional love that changes us and brings last joy and fulfillment. Once we understand and accept that there is no greater love than the love of God, we will be ready to take the first step in living the life He has for us!

There is a way to live each day fulfilled, satisfied, and blessed! No matter where you are today, there is hope in Jesus Christ! I want to encourage you today to give God all your junk and allow God to turn it into beautiful art work for His glory! What the devil meant to harm you, in God hands, will encourage you and glorify Him! Hope doesn’t disappoint!

Why do we run from the One who loves you the most? God bless!

Let His Love Grip You

It is Friday morning and God is so good! You may be walking through a difficult situation today but it doesn’t change the fact that God loves you. Instead of running away, building up a wall, or living a life of rebellion. Turn to God and let Him love on you this morning!

Know this, our spiritual failures do not affect God’s love for us. His love doesn’t fluctuate according to how our day goes or how well we do in life. We must be gripped by the truth that we are accepted by God for the sole reason that we are united to His beloved Son.

This is why Paul could celebrate the love of God. In Romans 8, Paul asked a couple of questions:

If God is for us, who can be against us?

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?

Who is he that condemns?

Who shall separate us from the love of God?

In Romans 8:38-39, Paul writes this, “For I am convinced that neither death or life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height or depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.” If we could ever understand how deeply God truly loves us, it would stimulate us to an increase devotion to Him!

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 says, “For Christ’s love compels is, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

Let His love grip you this morning and let go of the reins of your life! Maybe for the first time in your life, stop living for self. But begin to live a life for the One who laid down His life for you. What would that look like? How would that change your life? Whose life would be different because of that change in your life?

You are loved by the God of this universe! Let that go deep this morning. God bless you this morning and please continue to pray for Branson’s family.