Good evening, everyone! How is everything? I hope you all had a great weekend. Go’s has been so good and he has provided so many new blessings and mercies. Give thanks to him each day for all that he has provided you with
Things have been pretty busy for the last week, but I’m back with some new posts. We’re going to end this weekend with a delectable morsel to take into the new work week. I couple weeks ago, my church was blessed to have worship leader and evangelist Jeremiah Bowser along with his wife Courtenay. These two are powerful speakers. Here are notes from Jeremiah’s message. Fill up your plate and some Tupperware to give to someone else.
It’s easy for us to coast through life. When we take a breath and rest we’ve taken our foot off the gas. We can’t do that.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10 NKJV
The enemy wants to steal our time, kill our destiny, and destroy our effectiveness. If the devil takes that away from you, you have nothing. God has given us all that we need and it’s easy to lose that when we lose sight of our effectiveness. If the devil keeps us asleep he’ll keep us from our destiny. He wants us fruitless, unaware of our potential.
“And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”
Mark 4:19 NKJV
Worry convinces us we’re helpless and alone. The love of money convinces us of our lack. The comparison reminds us of our inadequacy. Comparison is the death of joy. In Jesus we have no inadequacy. Money is not vision. For many the mark of success is stuff, but that’s just a fraction of what God has for us. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. The enemy wants to convince you you don’t have what is takes.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
John 11:25 NKJV
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
II Corinthians 2:14 NKJV
We are the answer for this world. If we have breath in our lungs we have a calling. Don’t confuse ministry with a microphone. Don’t confuse missions with an airplane. Everyone can minister. God can use all of us. We are the aroma of Christ. The fragrance of death reminds us what we don’t have. Be the fragrance of life to the world. We are the answer to their hunger. We spread his fragrance because of our love for God. Everyone God used was unfit for ministry in his own eyes.
“Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
John 11:38-39 NKJV
Death stinks. This brings hopelessness.
“Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
John 11:40-44 NKJV
Lazarus came out the tomb in his grave clothes. Many our in the grave clothes as dead men walking, living fruitless lives. Jesus told everyone to take off his grave clothes.
“Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.”
John 12:3 NKJV
Mary poured perfume on Jesus’s feet and the house was filled with the fragrance. If we open up our lives to what Jesus does in us, a fragrance comes out and it changes the atmosphere. In a moment the power of God changed the minds of the prisoners in Paul and Silas’s jail. The lion share of believers are not living as they should, but when we do, things will change.