Meet Jesus: Life Giver Matthew 1:2

Matthew 1: 2: Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

 Jesus comes from the line of Abraham.  Abraham was a giver of life.  Abraham turned faith into a lineage of ability and more life.  Abraham was an investor in the future.  His sights were always set forward.

Meeting Jesus means meeting the future.  He is future focused.  He intends to begat.  He intends to birth new life, new dreams, new ways, and new opportunities for you.

ACT! Take that dream of yours.  Think of who else could be involved.  Give them the opportunity to be a part.

PRAY! Gracious Father of Life, Jesus challenges me to be like You.  You are a Father.  Abraham got his ways from You, the Father of fathers.  Teach me to birth newness through others

Meet Jesus: Nazarene Matthew 2:23

Matthew 2: 23: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

 Later in life when brother told brother about Jesus, one replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”.  Nazareth was just simple and probably had a more than ample share of troubles.  There was nothing good or outstanding about being from Nazareth.

Jesus wasn’t who He was because of  where He was raised or  a tremendous good family name.  He gives us the same opportunity to be the best of the best according to our calling and destiny.  Hometown, family, community standing, and other accolades of men mean nothing when we meet Jesus.  All of us can succeed.

ACT!  Erase out of your mind the idea that some status to men makes the difference in succeeding in Jesus.  If you take pride in it, put it out and stand tall in Him alone.  If you take shame in it, stand tall in Him alone.

 PRAY!  Father of Birthright, you placed me in the time and circumstance of my upbringing.  You will bring it to good in Jesus.  You will bring me to success in Jesus, the Nazarene.

Meet Jesus: God With Us Matthew 1:23

meetjesusMatthew 1:23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 For us today, what greater part of Jesus could there be?  He is God with us.  Later in one of his letters, Paul, tells us He is the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form.  Then Paul tells us in Jesus we are complete.  He is God.  He is God with us.  He is all that God is, living inside of us, who have believed and received.

ACT!  Eliminate doubt.  It is an incredible thought that God could be readily available and actually living inside of my circumstances.  Talk yourself into believing that.  Read the above verse outload to yourself about ten times.

 PRAY!  Wow, Father!  This is too much.  When I think of the goodness and mercy that You dispense in this single sentence, I am awed.  Thank You for coming to live in me.  Thank You for coming to stay with me every moment of the day.  Thank You for being the God that You are in my daily living.

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Powerful Healing: Righteousness: Path To Healing

Psalm 16:2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”

Matthew 6:33 Seek first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all the rest of this will be added for you and into your care and pleasure.

Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor

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Righteousness brings incredible blessing, restoration, and a sure footed path. Couple it with love and you find life, prosperity, and honor. Now that is a balanced and healthy life.

Life instead of disease and death.

Prosperity instead of poverty and despair.

Honor instead of disaster and depression.

Righteousness brings a powerful and balanced health to our bodies, our minds, our spirit, and our relationships.

Look at all of these promises at the end of the lesson of principle in Proverbs. There are as many that reference the righteous and we will cover those in another lesson.

What is the difference between living in righteousness and being righteous? One is a condition of principled living, the other is a state of being. In the next lesson, we’ll talk about the state of being righteous. It is attained through faith in Jesus Christ. He who never knew sin, became sin and suffered and died for our punishment so that we might be called the righteousness of God through faith in Him.

We have righteousness through our faith in God. We are accepted and stand before Him.

Abraham’s faith was counted to him as righteousness and so it is with us.

We live righteousness when we allow the Holy Spirit to enable in us right living according to the principles and heart and mind and ways of God. It is not about law and legalism. Righteousness is a focus of the heart to follow after God’s ways. To love the Lord, Your God with all your heart and soul and might and to love your neighbor as yourself. Living in righteousness is not a condition of perfection but purpose and principle.

Righteousness is that attitude in Psalm 16:2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” There it is in the simplest form. When we say of God that He is the source of all good things and nothing else, we invoke righteousness by faith. Give Him all honor. Give Him all praise. Give Him all glory. Give Him and His priorities first thought when making a decision. That is righteousness.

Proverbs 8:20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,

Proverbs 10:2 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death

Proverbs 11:4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

Proverbs 11:6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

Proverbs 11:18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sowsrighteousness reaps a sure reward

Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.

Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people

Proverbs 15:9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

Proverbs 16:8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Proverbs 16:12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established throughrighteousness

Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way ofrighteousness

Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor

Father, here I am again and again and again. I will never cease to come to You for supply and answers and strength. Who else is there? Where else would I go?

 

In You are all the answers needed.

In You is all the health and life wanted.

In You I live and move and have my being.

You are all my righteousness. I am complete in You. I worship You.

 

Father, you have made this body of mine a temple of the Holy Spirit. Only because You call me righteous in Jesus can I live in such a manner. Cause the life of the Holy Spirit in which there is no disease, no want, no distraction from Your will and way, cause that life to stir in me today and every day and I will live complete in You and Your way and life and truth.

Enabling Health Through Learned Preservation

Psalm 16:1,11 NKJV

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This psalm of David starts with trust and ends in forever pleasures.  The expressions of David’s heart between those two phrases reveal much of a great walk of faith.  In these verses are specific fulfilled prophecies attributed to Jesus’ resurrection.  In these verses are specific fulfilled promises attributable to our daily resurrection and restoration and protection.

Preservation, safety, and protection all appeal to us.

Trust in Him gives us education in every moment that will repair the present and prepare our pleasures.

Invincible

Some days we feel invincible and take great risks.  Yet, even in risks we hide ourselves in protective gear. When parachuting, there is a backup and training and expert packing of gear in which one puts trust.  There is risk.  There is protection.  And it can fail and disappoint and destroy us.

Confident

Some days we feel confident and make definitive plans. When preparing our financial futures we consult experts and put our monies in diversified investments to hedge against unforeseen change in economy.  We trust brokerage reports and money market funds and forecasts.  And they fail and disappoint us.

Flat Bottom and Flushed

In a flat bottom small fishing boat, my wife and I had traversed to another part of the cove at the large lake.  On other occasions I had been out fishing the cove in the boat and she wanted a tour.  After playing for a while, the wind came up strong against us.  The small trolling motor was no match for the lapping waves and roughened waters and we had run the battery down.  Two people in a small flat boat cruising the water are different than one quietly fishing.  Someone had taken the oars out this boat and put them in another one for backup.  That left us with no backup.  Plan and path one and two were spent and had not worked.

Pulling up to shore, we decided to walk through the woods back to the cabin and get an oar.  It was not far but it was not close.  At the cabin I discovered the oars were at another location (later I bought an extra oar for the flatbottom).  So, I set out with some rope and a board to use for pushing along the shore and traipsed back through the woods alone.

Back at the boat as I steered away from the rocky shore, a swift gust of Oklahoma wind toppled me into ten feet of water.  My right knee cracked hard against an outcropping rock.  Praise God it was not my head instead.  Plan C was not working. Everything in which I put my trust was failing.

Into the cold water I plunged and decided not to try and fight the waves from in the boat.  So, in 50 degree water up to my chest, I pulled the boat by roape some half a mile along the shore back to our beach.  Wet, cold, aching, embarrassed, and victorious I met my wife.  Somehow, I did not feel pleasurable.

Through all of that experience I learned much about new paths.  Today I have a kayak build just for lake waters that skims the top.  It has two sets of oars and I have increased muscle strength.  It is light and I am much more limber.  I don’t go out in high winds.  My range of travel is ten times the flat bottom and the fun factor is an hundred times.  Pleasures of exploring inlets and quietly coming up on fish and fowl are much greater.

Yes, I do give rides to wife and family and friends.  It is specifically a two person kayak and is well geared to that.

Walk Secure

Walking with God is similar.  We find ourselves in hard situations for which we are not prepared or protected.  He gets us out, though there is pain involved.  It would be better if we had listened and trusted correctly, but our stubbornness leads us down hard paths.  Should we choose to learn, we can take different steps in the path He intends for us and find pleasures forevermore.

Choose Paths

Choose to learn.  Choose paths of health and healing.  Choose paths of provision and protection.  Whether it is your fun and enjoyment time or the needs of your daily strength of mind and body, the principles are set in creation and expressed in His words.

Trust in Him gives us education in every moment that will repair the present and prepare our pleasures.  Some pain is necessary to teach us.  Many times pain is simply our lack of trust and listening to His directives.

Phil’s Prayer Expansion of Psalm 16:1,11

Keep me covered in good, preserved in specialness, and restored to rightness, O God, My Father and Friend, for in You and only in You do I fasten my trust and set my expectation moment by moment.

You will show me and make fully known to me the path of life set out for me and destined and designed to lead me to good;
In Your presence in me, around me, and through me is fullness of joy in all aspects of my life, health, welfare, finances, comfort, stability, and expression;
At Your right hand of power and decision are pleasures forevermore.

Father, put light on my path.  Help me avoid the avoidable pains and learn from the needed ones.  You know what I need and how I need and when I need.  I trust You.   I trust Your discipline and direction.  Teach me in Your ways and in the way needed for my path to take me where You want me to go.

Take me, Father, to the place and pleasures for which You have prepared and are preparing me.

Bring to me, Father, the promised place and pleasures for which You have prepared and are preparing both them and me.

Take me to full established thinking.

Take me to stabile and serving emotions.

Enable me to expanded productivity and service to others.

Wash my body with physical and physiological strength and enablement.

Expand my Spirit to understand the power and ability found only in connection close to You and Your Holy Spirit.

Touch my relationships with right words and actions so they may be full of love and expanded engagements that build joy and pleasure forevermore.

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