Do you want to be made well?

 

John 5: 6… He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” That seems like a rhetorical question; one not meant to be answered. The answer would seem very obvious. Who wouldn’t want to be made well? Jesus asked him because he knew there was a part of him that didn’t want to do what it would take to be made well. He had to walk away from his sin. We don’t know what that sin was. But Jesus was asking for him to give it up. Sin can become so familiar to us that we become comfortable in it. Jesus wants to change that. Change is difficult. Many times it demands a great personal cost. While everyone wants to be well, not everyone wants it bad enough to pay the price. Are you willing to do what it takes? The man did not answer. He blamed others. He said, “I have no one to help me.” Jesus said, “Get up.” That’s what He says to us. Get up. This has kept you down long enough. Get up. Do this! You don’t need anyone’s help. You have Me. I am all that you need. Don’t say, “I can’t.” In doing so, you are essentially saying, “I won’t.” Change your mind! Nothing will change in your life until you change your mind.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

There is nothing you can’t do! This man had come to feel this is the way it would always be. He seemed to be telling Jesus that he can’t catch a break. He was feeling sorry for himself. And the more he looked at himself, the worse he became. Sometimes that’s the way it is with us. We get used to the way things are. Comfortable in chaos. We don’t like change. Even if it’s for the better. Change makes us uncomfortable. We don’t like what’s required. Jesus wanted to do more than a physical healing here. He had some soul work to do. But it had to start with the renewing of his mind. This man had a choice to make. Repent. Change his mind. Agree with Jesus and go in the other direction. Live. Truly live. Or stay put. Paralyzed. Unable to move. Sometimes it’s easier to stay where we’re at. It takes determination. It takes moment to moment trust in Christ to overcome sin that has held us captive for so long. He chose to get up and walk.

Hebrews 12: 1… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…

Your life can change. Today. Do this. Get up and walk. Be free.



Small things

 
 

Mark 16:1,3 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him… And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” There was this small thing they wanted to do for Jesus. Many would’ve considered it a waste. They wanted to do this for Him, but there was an obstacle. A large stone was covering the tomb. Not a small stone; a large one. It didn’t stop them. They kept going forward. They were too weak to roll this stone away. There was no way they could do it. It didn’t stop them.  And God was one step ahead of them.  When they arrived to the tomb to do what God put on their heart, the stone was rolled away. God can do the same for us.  Whatever God has called you to do, go for it. Let not the voice of the enemy be louder. There is nothing our God cannot do. It doesn’t matter how extensive the need. The external appearance of the situation is irrelevant.  Our age has no bearing. We think we’re too old. Caleb was 85 years old when he spoke this:   [Jos 14:12 NKJV] 12 “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim [giants] were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.” Or we may suppose we’re too young. 1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Do you homeschool? Have a child with special needs?  I have a whole lot of pencils, not a lot of strength. And I have a bunch of notebooks, but not too much education.  2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. They went to the tomb to do something very small for the Lord. Trivial in the eyes of the world. A big deal to them nonetheless. In doing this small thing, they saw a miracle.  The stone was rolled away.  Jesus Christ had risen from the dead! May the Lord surprise you today as you step out to do His will.



Hard Things?

 
The boy grabbed my hand. 

Exercise is hard. Having special needs makes it that much harder.

He spoke soft, “Holding your hand helps me keep going.”

I squeezed a little tighter. Read more…



What Will Breakthrough?

Psalm 29: 4-5 The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, yes, the LORD splinters the Cedars of Lebanon.

The Cedars of Lebanon grow in the mountains of Israel, Syria, and Jordan. The trunks of these trees reach 8 feet in diameter and they can grow 130 feet tall. These trees are massive forces to be reckoned with. Often our trials can seem like these trunks; impossible to break through. As big as that tree trunk is, God’s voice is bigger still. This verse shouts out the awesome power of the voice of God. His voice alone can splinter this tree. There are obstacles that we are facing that seem impenetrable. Read more…



Lord, we need You

 

Annapolis happened on my watch.

This is my mission field.

What could I have done different?

I could’ve done more. I should’ve done more. Read more…



Truth is not relative

“You’re judging me…”
Sound familiar? Have you said it? Has it been said to you?
Take a look at my baby bunny.
We can learn so much from her. Read more…



“I got that.”

I was too exhausted to move.
Standing before me was a weight I couldn’t lift.
I knew it too.
“Do you need some help with that?” Read more…


Stay close to your Daddy…

 

I could not get out of bed. Literally. 

Unexplainable darkness permeated my soul.

Painful thoughts assaulted my mind.

What was going on? 

Daniel 10:8 …no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength.

Daniel was up against a very real spiritual battle. It was one he could not see physically. Nonetheless, it was fierce. At the right time, the hand of the Lord touched him. 

Daniel 10:19 NKJV – 19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

Have you been feeling oppressed? 

Don’t give up. If you’re too weak to pray, just praise. Sing to the Lord. Your strength will revive. 

Cast out the lies. Take every one of your thoughts captive. Combat all the lies with the truth of God’s word. That’s what Jesus did when Satan pursued after him. He was in the wilderness; a desolate place. This is when Satan seeks opportunity. Recognize it for what it is: spiritual warfare. 

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Your heavenly Daddy has His eyes on you. He sees what’s coming on the right and left. You stay close. Follow hard after Him. Let Him be your defense. 

Psalm 34:7-8 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the [wo]man who trusts in Him!

Taste and see. You can trust Him. Your Daddy will never fail His baby duckling.



She stayed still…

She was terrified.
Trembling, she stood still; not knowing what to do.
I’ll tell you what she didn’t do: she didn’t run off.
Let me explain.

The first time I saw her she was out in my front yard hidden in a hole and covered over by straw. Surrounded by her siblings, she was safe and sound. Her mamma was nearby.

But then the gardener came through.

He mowed everything to bits.

Life as she knew it ended.

It was all over in a matter of moments.

This little girl didn’t run off. She stayed put.

We can learn a lot from her.

When in doubt don’t.

In the midst of chaos is no time to make a decision.

Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.”

We can’t listen to our feelings, they can deceive us.

Be still.

Friends want to help, but they can get it wrong.

Be still.

God often speaks in a whisper. You don’t want to miss it.

Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

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Are you blind?

 

AUTISM? The boy who couldn’t speak? He spoke.

Let me tell you… Read more…