Meet Jesus: Joy Initiator Matthew 2:9

meetjesusstorm2Matthew 2:9: When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.10: When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Exceeding great joy is a powerful expression.  Meeting Jesus is indeed  life changing to the point of exceeding great joy.  Connecting with Jesus means all the hopes of your life being activated.  Connecting with Jesus means all the dreams of a life being put into motion.   When He comes on the scene. He is a bright light shining on the greatest dreams you have.

ACT!  Take a dream out of the shadows.  Let His light shine on it, and bring it back to light and life.

PRAY!  Father of Gifts, Father of Love, Father of the Light-Giver, cause the exceeding great joy of meeting Jesus to birth in me.  Light up my dreams with the star of Bethlehem.

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Love That Motivates

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There is a love that motivates any of us to serve others.  That love is powerful in many ways.

Ephesians 3:  that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—

Here we find a prayer to be rooted and grounded in love.  Here we find a desire to know the total scope and immensity of the love of God.  Why?  For motivation.

When we understand the love of the Father for us as individuals, we can access that love and apply that love to others.  Love becomes our motivation.

When Jesus looked out over Jerusalem, he was “moved with bowels of compassion”.  What  a  strange phrase this is.  You will not find it in all translations, but it is extremely accurate.  The core thought is that He is so touched with love that his stomach hurts.  This type of love commands you to action.  You must do something.

There are other instances where Jesus looks out and sees the people are confused, is moved with compassion, and sends out workers to teach and help.  It is a constant with Him.  Love motivates.

Jesus came to show us the Father.  He shows us the Father’s love.  The Father so loved the world that He gave His Son.  He was motivated to action by compassion.

Any father/leader does the same.  Our actions are driven by the deep motivations of our heart.  When greed is motivation, we act greedily.  When self sufficiency is motivation, we act accordingly.  When love is our motivation, we act with compassion and protection and provision.

Love brings health.   A friend of mine has struggled for some months over a decision.  In that  time frame, he has made many decisions that don’t seem to add up.  But there is a constant that has directed his path.  He has a great love to do a certain work and lead a certain demographic.  His decisions keep coming back to making that happen.  Wandering off course for a few weeks, he will always come back to supporting that group and that motivation.  It compels him.  The more questions he answers with that motivation, the more clear his path and direction becomes.

Think of a father and his family.  When he is motivated by love every decision leads in the same direction.  It leads to the health of his family.  When making  a priority decision over spending household budget, he will ensure everyone has their basic needs met and something that brings joy to them.  Love motivates and guides his decisions.  When making a decision during a hardship of whether to speak words that build or words that tear down, he will choose the former.  When finding himself in the wrong, he will seek forgiveness and health of his family over self serving his ego.  Love motivates to the good.

Love is healthy.  It leads us to life building decisions.

Powerful Healing: The Saints – Path to Healing

Psalm 16:3 As for the saints who are on the earth,
“They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”

live prayer time…http://youtu.be/yZuYPLgy8Cw

There is no faster and more effective path to healing than good relationships with healthy people.  Surrounded by positive expression and strong affirming resolve, it is hard to stay sick.  Surrounded by negative expression and strong depressive resolve, it is hard to stay well.

Those partners in our day with whom we make interchange of ideas and smiles and emotions have great affect on our health and balance.  A good morning every day can do wonders from a positive person.  A good morning every day from someone we know has underlying agendas can steal our strength.  You get it.  You’ve been there.

The saints on earth are a joy and a health.  There are plenty of saints in heaven.  The ones who love God and work to follow Him here on earth help me.  They have a spirit of excellence in them that is contagious.  They have an expectation of joy that is infectious.

Stay surrounded by excellence people with positive attitude.  It is a source of healing and a great inoculation against insidious mental attacks of envy and strife and gossip and slander and backbiting.  Those diseases can cause you to be tired and hate getting up.  Those diseases can cause your body to take five times as long to recover from a simple cold as they drain energy and restorative life source.

Yesterday, I spent a good day encouraging others.  In the workplace, at a downtown mission, at a restaurant, and over the phone across the nation, it was good to pray and speak good words with some of those saints of excellence on earth.  Being with them and seeing God do good through them is good for me.  Praying for them and expressing the goodness of God through me to them is good for me.

The smiles of good friends bring such life with them.  I laugh as I think of a good friend who came three buildings travel to see me.  She bounded down the hall and gave me a big hug.  What a joy to be loved like that.

Find some excellent saints on earth today and exchange your spark.  It is good healing.

Pray:  Father, what a wonderful plan You have launched.  You have given us others to hold us up when we are down. You have given us to others to hold them up when they need it.  How excellent You are in the lives of Your saints here on earth.  Thanks, Father for this great family we have.  let our friends be a source of health and healing in our lives as they bring love and joy to our day.

live prayer time…http://youtu.be/yZuYPLgy8Cw

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

Live prayer at http://youtu.be/lYZXjDHVnb4

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.