Do As You Are Told

March 20, 2020

Word of the day: 35 And the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only the word that I tell you.” So Balaam went on with the princes of Balak. Numbers 22:35 ESV

We all know this, but words do hurt. When God instructs us to spread positivity through our terms, do it. We are now in times of isolation, which is hard for a lot of people. Today’s verse, the angel of the Lord told Balaam to speak words that are being told by the Lord. Hanging around the wrong crowd, in the passages ahead, Balak went to Balaam and told him to spread curses. The last thing that needed to happen is curses. When you are given instructions by the Lord to have limits to your mouth, make it a practice to say less unless the Lord tells you to say something. Balaam got the consequences of listening to someone else instead. Today, meditate on quiet time and knowing what to say and when to say it. There are plenty of negative things going around, and it is not something everybody wants to hear. Let’s do something good for someone, saying something beautiful, especially while being socially distant. Being careful and not selfish. The words we speak can wonderfully impact someone or hurt someone.
Father, thank you for our fellowship. We are in confusing times right now; I pray for clarity, encouragement, wisdom during these times. There are so many words that are not the right words that are coming out of people’s mouths. I pray we all stay on your words of encouragement. We never know what to believe, and people do not know when to be quiet or say the right words. Let us be the shining example. Thank you for your love. We give you praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Fear with Instructions

March 18, 2020

Word of the day: 7 Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” 8 The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened. Mark 16:7-8 NLT

Here is the most significant thing about following Jesus. We should have the comfort to follow him and no doubts. Now and days, it’s not happening that way. Instead, most people are still fearful, regardless of how much instruction Jesus gave. We live in a world that does not have any hope or trust. This verse is a good example. The women in this verse were frightened and didn’t say anything to anyone. They ran for their lives. Is Jesus ahead of them? Yeah, he is ahead. Jesus knows your life better than you. He knows the plans for you. Why would Jesus not be ahead of you? Please take a moment and think if you are trustworthy of Jesus and believe he is ahead of you. We are in difficult times dealing with sickness. I encourage you to take time to see if you are okay with Jesus being ahead of you and believe that he is.
Father, thank you for your love. Thank you for being ahead of us during our stormy times and our good times. I pray for those who have doubts that we can be an example to those that should see you are ahead of us and that you know what you are doing. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!