Genesis 6:9 NKJV – I want to walk with You

This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

I like the part of this verse that declares Noah walked with God. I think about that proclamation and ponder the magnitude of that. Noah’s devotion to God was unchallenged. Noah lived in a time of great corruption. A time where “all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Genesis 6:12). A time not so different than right now across our world. Human beings have become separated from God through sin, and are divided among themselves. We are divided individual against individual, man against woman, nation against nation, rich against the poor.

Why is this true? The world is in a condition of spiritual blindness. The human race is estranged from God.

I believe that in order to walk with God as Noah did, we MUST have a personal relationship with God. God MUST be the central point of our lives. Nothing can be above our need for God. We need Jesus. Grace and mercy are the qualities of God’s character by which he shows Himself compassionate, accepting, and generous to sinful man. He forgives them and bestows on them His righteousness. Grace and mercy are expressed through Jesus Christ’s atoning death on the cross. Jesus is the only way.

Our source of God’s incredible grace and mercy is Jesus. God’s grace and mercy are expressed in an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus. Salvation comes by grace whereby punishment is withheld and sin is forgiven. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Faith is the way by which believer’s journey through this world. Jesus Christ, Himself, is the way to life everlasting. In order for us to “walk with God” as Noah did, we must have a daily, intimate prayer life. One not of just conversation about wants and needs, but one that includes knowing God and His character. Prayer partnered with His Holy Word.

Friend, do you desire to “walk with God” just like Noah did. Do you desire for your faith to be unchallenged? Do you desire to have that daily, intimate relationship with God through prayer? I do. Join me.

Lord I come to You and seek a deeper relationship with You. Lord, I want to walk with You. I desire that no other thing come between us. I desire only You Lord, only You. Teach me to seek and know Your character. Guide me in all of Your ways. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV – Do you believe?

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Oh Lord, thank You. Jesus charged his disciples to reach the world in the name of Jesus. What an incredible charge; blessed with a promise that He would never leave them. I’d like to share what a dear sister in the Lord. Jennifer, shared with me when I posted Matthew 28:18-20 on social media. Her reply and understanding of this scripture was a great blessing to me.

“I love this verse. If most people are like me we have always read and focused on the first part of this verse – making disciples, baptizing them, but less focus on what it says “teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you;” This part is sooooo important. So what does that mean for us? We are the beneficiaries – one of the disciples who have come from this commandment to our time today. I am one of the disciples that Jesus told his disciples to make, baptize and teach…. What did He teach His disciples to do? I’ll leave that up to the reader to look and see for him or herself. I want to do everything that Jesus commanded the disciples to do because I am one of them!”

This scripture verse is all about obedience to what the Lord commands. I have called Jesus my Lord and Savior for 15 years. His Word has taught me a lot about being a disciple of Jesus Christ. God’s Word has taught me that I can walk in the Power of the Holy Spirit. That I don’t have to worry about my own strength and power because the Holy Spirit lives and resides in me. When told His disciples, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 NKJV), He was talking about the Power of His Holy Spirit living inside of His disciples and equipping them to do even greater things. What was the requirement to bring this to pass? “I say to you, he who believes in Me”.

That’s you and I when we believe in Jesus and call Him our Savior. Do you suppose that there would be a great change in believers if the true message of this verse would reside deep in our hearts? Not our minds, but our hearts. Do you suppose that we would have a much greater impact in serving God and His Kingdom if we only believed and were obedient? I mean, really believed and really obeyed. Do you suppose that our prayers would change to be prayers of faith spoken and declared in the Name of Jesus? Do you suppose that God would manifest His promise of greater things if we only believed? I do, on all counts.

Thanks Jennifer so much. I too, want to do everything that Jesus commanded the disciples to do because I am one of them. Friend, join me in believing and then being obedient to the commands of Jesus in His Word. Join me in praying like we’ve never prayed before, expecting and anticipating a miracle. Remember, revival starts in us. And remember this too, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Precious Lord, thank You for the promise that You will be with us always. Thank You for instructing us in Your Word so that as one of Your disciples we too, can make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that You have commanded. Help us Lord to discern those opportunities You give us and may we be obedient to Your call. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t’ believe me, believe God!

Matthew 6:33 NKJV – Begin in me, Lord.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Change my mindset so that prayer becomes my first response in every situation. May I seek You in ALL things.” (www.onecry.com) That is my cry as well. It’s a cry for my own spiritual awakening as I look up to the God of Creation. “Change me and my mind, Lord, so that the time I spend with You in prayer is ALWAYS my first choice.”

Each day I find myself seeking and crying out to God more and more. I see the world before me and I am grieved. I am broken. I don’t share this with you to earn any acknowledgement for myself. I share this with you for God’s glory because God gave me something that has remained with me for a long time. It’s God who is doing the work in me. Let me tell you where this began.

One particular night as I was sleeping I had a dream. And in that dream I saw myself being taken up above the clouds to like where jets would fly. Not unlike what you would see outside from an airplane window. The difference, I felt it was God Himself carrying me. I even spoke to God and said, “Lord, take me higher so that I can see what You see.” The dream was short but it has remained in my mind from that night on. I remember praying after that dream, “Lord, open my eyes so that I can see what You see.” So I have been “seeing”. I’ve noticed things that might have slipped by before. I see the world and its incredible need for a Savior.

But I fully realize that revival starts in me. I need to remember that while I was yet a sinner, Jesus died for me. It was MY SIN He carried to the cross. It was MY SIN that caused the nails to be driven. I cry out, “Change me, Lord! Start with me, Lord!”

Prayer brings me into a conversation with God that connects my heart with His heart. I desire for God to break me, humble me, challenge me, convict me. I’ve thanked Him for each breath I breathe and each step I take. I want the glory and fame of Jesus Christ to become my greatest passion and desire. And I believe prayer is the pathway to the glory of God.

My friend, as we pray for God to bring revival, let us never forget where revival needs to begin. It needs to begin in us. In our hearts and in our minds. In every part of our being. If we continue to pursue God as hard and as active as He pursues us, then revival will come. All for the glory of God.

Holy God, I stand before You seeking revival. Revival in me, Lord. You’ve given me a heart for prayer, but Lord, I understand that there can be nothing between You and me that would interfere with Your Holy Spirit. Forgive me Lord for when I set aside Your righteousness and seek my own. It’s You Lord! Only You Lord! Strengthen me Lord to walk in Your ways. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!