Do You Doubt What God Can Do?

Do you doubt what God can do?

 John 20:19-20

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

After Jesus rises from the dead He visits the disciples in the room they had been gathering. The amazing joy the disciples must have felt!

John 20:24

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.

 

But only 10 of the disciples were there, Judas was gone after betraying and hanging himself from a tree and then there was Thomas, not in the room but when he arrived later after Jesus had left the disciples, they told Thomas all about the Lord’s return. But Thomas didn’t believe it, he needed more proof, he said unless I see Jesus nails scars and wound on His side will I believe.

John 20:25

25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

 

There are probably many theologians that have their angle on this, but it’s simple. When you have put your trust and love into someone and they leave your doubt is raised if they will come back. But Jesus came back just to show Thomas that it’s true, Jesus loved Thomas so much He came and met his inner desire to physically see just what He knew Thomas needed.

Like Thomas we come to doubt what God can do or if He hears our prayer or call to him. But just like Thomas we need proof, we need to see that prayer is answered and often times it is, but sometimes not what we expect because God knows us intimately and just as He knows how we are wired we need to continue to place trust and hope in Him that He knows our hearts, needs and desires.

Truly it was a happy day for Thomas, but for us who believe without seeing is a privilege and blessing.

God can and will meet your needs but you must trust that He will and not be “A Doubting Thomas”.

Shalom on your day.

Nancy

#Jesus #Doubt #desire #proof #Thomas #DoubtingThomas #believe #peace

 

Jesus Tell Us How To Pray

Jesus Tell Us How To Pray

In Matthew 6, as the disciples walked with Jesus and were taught, they hungered for His words and clung to them. So Jesus taught them how to go about prayer and the words that He told them to say to their Father in Heaven.

Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward youAnd when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from the evil one.

 

It is simple you see, you don’t need lengthy prayers, God knows your heart and needs, Jesus hears when you come to Him simply He knows all the rest. But you must come and lay it down for Him at the throne and let the guidance of the Holy Spirit direct the way.

Shalom,

Nancy

 

#Pray #Jesus, #throne #Direction

Jesus Rises From Death

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 NIV

When Jesus rose from the grave, that morning Mary’s heart was broken as she went to the tomb and saw that the stone was rolled away. He’s gone!

I don’t know where they have put Him.

We only can imagine, how upset she was, the man that she loved deep in her soul, the one she gave her life over to is now gone.

But no!

He arose and stood right near her and asked her who she was looking for (she thought he was the gardener) she was crying and Jesus revealed himself to her.”Rabboni!” she shouted but Jesus said “do not cling to me, I have not yet ascended to my Father.”

Mary ran to tell the other disciples as they waited together not knowing what to do except wait and think of the events of the past days, what happened to their Lord, the one they have loved, followed and were clinging onto His words. Thinking about how the disciples may have reacted some of these things could have been passing through their minds –

Will the Jewish leaders arrest us?

What did I do?

Can Jesus forgive me?

What do we do now?

 

But as Mary’s words came into their minds two of the disciples, Peter and John hurried to the tomb, John running ahead of Peter. He was gone!

He lives they thought, and they went back to rejoice with the others.

As the New Testament Scriptures say, Jesus showed up in the place the disciples were meeting, they were joyful in seeing him.

That’s what happens when we are separated from Jesus, our hearts are broken and we may know why, maybe someone you know doesn’t believe in Jesus or doesn’t believe any of the Bible is true, that’s why we point them to the Cross and what Jesus did for us all.

Debt Paid, Forgiveness of Sin, life everlasting that’s what the Savior did for us.

We are forgiven for all the past and can move forward…. free.

 

 

#resurrection # rosefromdead #Jesus arose

 

What Joy We Shall Have

What Joy We Shall Have

Easter is such a joyful time as Jesus enters into Jerusalem as predicted by the prophets  as our King and Messiah, while the Jewish leaders hated Jesus so they plot to have him arrested, they wanted no disruption during their week of the Passover celebration.

During this week ahead my hope is that our focus is on Christ and what he is preparing to do for us as our everlasting hope of salvation. Our hope is poured into Him as we wait in this season for the newness of meditating on what was happening during those last days he was with the disciples. Here is a comforting scripture for all who believe in what he has done and what he’s going to do.

John 14: 1-4

 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

As Jesus prepares His disciples for His exit of this world and entry in the Kingdom of God; He is going ahead of them to prepare a place for all who believe in Him.

As we place our hope and trust in God this Passion Week, let us always be reminded of the great love Christ showed to us as He faced persecution, beating, flogging nailed to the cross and then death, all for our sins, Jesus became our Passover lamb and when he finally was on that cross bearing our sins of the world onto his shoulders, he poured out his everlasting love for us all so that we may be forgiven and set free to live with Him in eternity.

What joy we shall have!

#joy #Easter #Jesus #cross

 

 

God’s Call For Everyday Service

1 Corinthians 1:9 

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

How does God call you into service everyday?

Do you feel God is not calling you to use your talents for Him?

Do you feel as though you are drawing a blank as to what the next move is?

And do you feel as though you are waiting on God for confirmation, as to how He will use you?

Here are a couple of hints that may be holding you back internally from hearing a clear call:

Fear

Which can prevent us from doing something God knows can be done, he will only give to us what He thinks we can handle. He has the plan and knows what you can do to glorify Him.

 

Missing the divine Appointment

Have you ever prayed and waited for God to send someone to you that needs to know about Him and He does but you totally miss it?

Thankfully he gives us another opportunity to minister and through the Holy Spirit’s prodding you know to respond.

 

A BIG call vs. an Everyday Call

Everyone’s call is different and God may call us for kind acts of service. Like calling someone that’s alone or how about bringing a meal and spending time with someone who needs it.

How about taking care of a child so a couple can go on a date night.

Every little thing we do, God sees it all, so when you think no one cares that you did something for him or her, just remember who is really seeing all of it and that’s Jesus.

Guidance

Being a parent or a grandparent is significant in God’s eyes, He gave you these little ones to watch over as a gift and taking care of them is a call. Shaping them to know Christ is a call, teaching them about the Bible is a call. Loving them is a huge call.

A dear woman recently told me at one time in her life she was looking for the Big call and thought it was more important than the little things she did everyday.

But then she said,“ I don’t look to do the big things anymore, I just wake up and say, Use me Jesus in this day.”

If God wanted all of us to be doing Big things for Him he would call you to that, but how great are small everyday blessings that we can share that glorify God, every day.

We don’t know what a wonderful part we play in the lives of others and that we could be the glue that holds them together. The rock in which they go to for guidance and help.

So when we think that what we do doesn’t matter, God sees everything done under the sun. He sees what we are doing for others just like He wants us to do. To be a light among those who might be falling into darkness. That’s a call, stepping into His Call For Everyday service

Shalom

Nancy