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"I AM Enough" — A Year with Jesus for 10/10/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Believer, 

When Paul wrote to the Colossians, he was imprisoned and facing hardship because of his work for the gospel (Colossians 1:24-29; Colossians 4:18). He was content with facing this suffering, but he desperately wanted the early churches to remain committed to Me and to the pure message that they had heard. As a result, Paul's suffering was made more trying by those who kept stirring up discontent and doubt because of their false teaching. 

Epaphras, who personally was from Colossae (Colossians 4:12), had originally taken My message to the Colossians (Colossians 1:7). Paul had never even visited there (Colossians 2:1). People's respect for him as a great leader, teacher, disciple maker, and apostle gave him significant influence in the lives of many church leaders as well as other Christians. The Colossian Christians were part of this group that deeply respected Paul. He wrote the letter to the Colossians to combat false teachers who were saying that the Colossians had not received the full gospel because Epaphras had taught them. From the critics' point of view, Epaphras was a "nobody" from Colossae and not an apostle or a well-known evangelist; the false teachers were saying that the Colossians had received inferior teaching. 

False teachers were trying to convince My new disciples in Colossae and nearby Laodicea (Colossians 2:1; Colossians 4:13-16) that they needed special new teachings shrouded in mystery. Paul used the phrase "the elemental spirits of the cosmos" to describe part of this erroneous teaching. These new teachings also insisted on special ascetic practices of denying the body through extraordinary fasting and other more extreme practices (Colossians 2:16-23). These false teachers tried to convince My disciples in Colossae that they could arrive at the Father's intended "fullness" only through these special practices. (Paul used a form of the word for "fullness" or "full" six times in the short letter to the Colossians: Colossians 1:19; Colossians 1:25; Colossians 2:2; Colossians 2:9; Colossians 2:10; Colossians 4:12.) 

Paul repeatedly spoke against this false teaching throughout his letter to the Colossians. If he had given a succinct summary of his teaching, it could have been "Jesus plus anything is less than Jesus!" Paul centered his life, his mission, and his message in this truth. He declared this purpose to the Colossians:
I am a servant appointed by God to preach the Word of God until it is known to you and all over — what I am talking about is nothing less than the mystery of the ages! What was hidden for ages, generations and generations, is now being revealed to His holy ones. He decided to make known to them His blessing to the nations; the glorious riches of this mystery is the indwelling of the Anointed in you! The very hope of glory. 
(Colossians 1:25-27)
My imprisoned apostle Paul was adamant that the truth of the gospel centered on My death, burial, and resurrection. He insisted that the Colossians needed not only to hang onto the original teaching they received, but that they also needed to root themselves in those truths:
Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives. Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness.
Paul told them that their lives were joined to My life in a realm far above any earthly power or any spiritual power other than My own and that their future was now caught up in My future glory:
Your new life is now hidden, enmeshed with the Anointed who is in God. On that day when the Anointed One — who is our very life — is revealed, you will be revealed with Him in glory!
I have "disarmed" all spiritual authorities, realms, entities, and powers (Colossians 2:15). Through the Colossians' participation with My death in baptism and their faith in the power of God demonstrated by My resurrection, they had "died" to those powers (Colossians 2:12-20) and were "raised up with Me" and "enmeshed" with Me and will be fully revealed when I come in My glory. This same glorious reality is true for you as My disciple! 

Paul's teaching must be your passion. The truth is centered in Me. Remember what I told My first disciples on the eve of My Crucifixion:
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." 
(John 14:6-7 NIV)
Verses to Live

Paul's words in these two passages from his letter to the Colossians reminded them that I AM the One in whom are hidden all "the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." You don't need something more. You don't need secret wisdom tied to other spirits or powers. You need to root yourselves deeply into Me. In your baptism and because of your faith in Me, you joined My death on the cross and My victory and new life through My resurrection. Your future is secured to Me. No other powers or spirits can have you now because your life is "hidden, enmeshed" with Me, far above any rule, power, or authority. Root yourself in Me!
This battle [with suffering and imprisonment] I am facing is huge. And I want you to know I do it for you, for all those at Laodicea, and for everyone else (even those who have never seen my face). I'm working hard to comfort and encourage them so that they will be knit together — that many hearts would become one through His [Jesus'] love. I do it so they will be rich in understanding and have full knowledge of God's mystery, which is the Anointed One Himself — in Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are concealed. I only tell you this to warn you about those who would try and deceive you with their arguments. They seem plausible enough; but in the end, they are false. Even though I cannot be there in the body, my spirit is with you; and I'm happy to know of your good order and your solid commitment to the Anointed One, our Liberating King. 

Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives. Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness. Make sure no predator makes you his prey through some misleading philosophy and empty deception based on traditions fabricated by mere mortals. These are sourced in the elementary principles originating in this world and not in the Anointed One (so don't let their talks capture you). You see, all that is God, all His fullness, resides in His body. You, too, are being completed in Him, the One who has dominion over all rule, all authority. In Him you were also circumcised, set apart by a spiritual act performed without hands. The Anointed One's circumcision cut you off from the sinfulness of your flesh. You were buried with Him beneath the waters of the ceremonial washing called baptism and then were raised up with Him by faith in the resurrection power of God, who brought Him back from the dead. And when your flesh was still uncircumcised — dead in transgression and swathed in its sinful nature — it was God who brought us to life with Him, forgave all our sins, and eliminated the massive debt we incurred by the law that stood against us. He took it all away; He nailed it to the cross. But that's not all. He disarmed those who once ruled over us — those who had overpowered us. Like captives of war, He put them on display to the world to show His victory over them by means of the cross. 
(Colossians 2:1-15) 

So it comes down to this: since you have been raised with the Anointed One, the Liberating King, set your mind on heaven above. The Anointed is there, seated at God's right hand. Stay focused on what's above, not on earthly things, because your old life is dead and gone. Your new life is now hidden, enmeshed with the Anointed who is in God. On that day when the Anointed One — who is our very life — is revealed, you will be revealed with Him in glory! 
(Colossians 3:1-4)
Response in Prayer

Father, thank You for not making the way to You difficult or hidden. Thank You for revealing Yourself to us through Jesus in human flesh and inviting us into His life and His future. I pledge my heart to follow Jesus. I do not want to be distracted by those promoting mysterious knowledge or harsh treatment of my physical body. I trust that the Holy Spirit is at work conforming me to be more like Jesus each day as I focus on Him. Thank You, dear Father, for Jesus, in Whose name and by Whose power and authority I pray to You, my Abba Father. Amen.
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"Antidote to Uncertainty: Thankfulness" — A Year with Jesus for 10/11/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Child of Grace, 

You have been blessed with grace because of the Father's love (John 3:16-18; Colossians 1:12-14). That grace was embodied by My coming to earth in human flesh, My life of service, My atoning death on the Cross, and My victorious resurrection (Colossians 1:15-23). You shared in this grace through your baptism because of your faith (Colossians 2:9-1t5). Your future in glory is secure in Me as I reign over all things (Colossians 3:1-4). So rejoice! Be thankful! Praise your Father in heaven for His bountiful grace that has brought you to a life full of love, hope, and peace in Me! 

The Colossian Christians had forgotten the importance of being thankful. So in his short letter to them, Paul began by giving thanks for them. He called on them repeatedly to be thankful. As important as prayer was to Paul, he reminded these Colossian brothers and sisters to always "be thankful when you pray." In fact, Paul wanted all of their lives to be lived "sending thanks" in My name to the Father! 

So why is thankfulness so important? There are many reasons. Thankfulness reminds you that you receive all your blessings from the Father. Thankfulness reminds you of all that you have been given so you are not constantly greedy for more. For the Colossians, however, thankfulness had an added purpose. This purpose can also apply to you. False teachers slip into My people like wolves disguised as sheep. Their smooth sounding words and their claim to special knowledge can create an itch of concern in the hearts of My people. They are uncertain because they are concerned that they may have missed something important. They can be enticed by new teaching that sounds special and especially spiritual. Thankfulness roots you in the things you have received from the Father through My death, burial, and resurrection. Thankfulness reminds you that life's most important grace, My sacrifice for you, is sufficient to bring you to My glory. As Paul warned the Galatians, anything added to the simple gospel about Me is not gospel; it is false teaching and must be opposed (Galatians 1:6-9). Paul wanted the Christian brothers and sisters to follow this important exhortation in thankfulness:
Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness. 
(Colossians 2:7)
So, dear child of My Father, give thanks! Praise God for what you have received. Be filled to overflowing because you have received grace and the assurance that life ahead of you will be glorious!
Verses to Live

The following verses are the thread of thankfulness that Paul wove into the tapestry of his letter to the Colossians. Read these verses several times. Pause after each section and ask the Holy Spirit to help you receive, incorporate, and display the principles you find in that section. Be blessed! Most of all, learn the grace in being thankful!
As always, we've been praying for you, thanking God, the Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, ever since we heard of your faith in Jesus the Anointed and your love for His holy ones — faith and love that emerge from the hope you have heard about in the word of truth — the gospel — the very hope that awaits you in heaven. 
(Colossians 1:3-5) 

Since the day we got this good news about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We ask: 

Father, may they clearly know Your will and achieve the height and depth of spiritual wisdom and understanding. May their lives be a credit to You, Lord; and what's more, may they continue to delight You by doing every good work and growing in the true knowledge that comes from being close to You. Strengthen them with Your infinite power, according to Your glorious might, so that they will have everything they need to hold on and endure hardship patiently and joyfully. Thank You, Father, as You have made us eligible to receive our portion of the inheritance given to all those set apart by the light. You have rescued us from dark powers and brought us safely into the kingdom of Your Son, whom You love and in whom we are redeemed and forgiven of our sins [through His blood]. 
(Colossians 1:9-14) 

Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives. Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness. 
(Colossians 2:6-7) 

Since you are all set apart by God, made holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a holy way of life: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Put up with one another. Forgive. Pardon any offenses against one another, as the Lord has pardoned you, because you should act in kind. But above all these, put on love! Love is the perfect tie to bind these together. Let your hearts fall under the rule of the Anointed's peace (the peace you were called to as one body), and be thankful. 

Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another. Sing the psalms, compose hymns and songs inspired by the Spirit, and keep on singing — sing to God from hearts full and spilling over with thankfulness. Surely, no matter what you are doing (speaking, writing, or working), do it all in the name of Jesus our Master, sending thanks through Him to God our Father. 
(Colossians 3:12-17) 

Pray, and keep praying. Be alert and thankful when you pray. And while you are at it, add us to your prayers. Pray that God would open doors and windows and minds and eyes and hearts for the word so we can go on telling the mystery of the Anointed, for this is exactly why I am currently imprisoned. Pray that I will proclaim this message clearly and fearlessly as I should. 
(Colossians 4:2-3). 
Emphasis added by placing the words related to thankfulness in bold.
Response in Prayer

O Father of grace and God of glory, thank You! Thank You for the vastness of the universe. Thank You for the mysteries and beauty of this earth. Thank You most of all for grace through the gift of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for your enduring and transforming presence through the Holy Spirit. Thank You that I will one day see you face-to-face in all of Your glory. Thank you! In Jesus' name. Amen.
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"Grace, Glorious Grace" — A Year with Jesus for 10/09/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Child of Grace, 

Paul powerfully tells the truth about where each of you was before grace:
You were the offspring of the prince of the power of air — oh, how he owned you, just as he still controls those living in disobedience.
Many of the people to whom Paul was writing had been worshipping idols, "living in disobedience." 

Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome that their prior spiritual failure was not just a problem of effort or worship of the one true and living God. People had failed even in the proper religion of Israel. No one kept the Law perfectly. All, even the most zealous for the Law, failed to measure up to the righteous character and gracious compassion of the Father. Paul reminded these Roman disciples that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23 NIV). Everyone needs the Father's grace! 

Today's short passage on grace is one of Paul's most powerful statements of reversal and redemption based on the Father's great love:
But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life — even though we were buried under mountains of sin — and saved us by His grace.
You are a recipient of grace. Your Father in heaven treasures you. Your life is now united with My life. Your future is now salvation because of grace. You did not earn it. You did not deserve it. There is no room for bragging about your good deeds that achieved this new life of salvation:
For it's by God's grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God's gift, pure and simple.
Verses to Live

Read and then re-read this passage. Let the wonder of grace sweep over you. Let the promise of salvation undergird you. Remind yourself of the Father's great love. Remember My great sacrifice. Trust in the transforming power of the Spirit. Then let your praise to the Father flow out of your heart. You are saved by grace. You are alive in Me to accomplish the Father's will. You are made new and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
As for you, don't you remember how you used to just exist? Corpses, dead in life, buried by transgressions, wandering the course of this perverse world. You were the offspring of the prince of the power of air — oh, how he owned you, just as he still controls those living in disobedience. I'm not talking about the outsiders alone; we were all guilty of falling headlong for the persuasive passions of this world; we all have had our fill of indulging the flesh and mind, obeying impulses to follow perverse thoughts motivated by dark powers. As a result, our natural inclinations led us to be children of wrath, just like the rest of humankind. 

But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life — even though we were buried under mountains of sin — and saved us by His grace. He raised us up with Him and seated us in the heavenly realms with our beloved Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King. He did this for a reason: so that for all eternity we will stand as a living testimony to the incredible riches of His grace and kindness that He freely gives to us by uniting us with Jesus the Anointed. For it's by God's grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God's gift, pure and simple. You didn't earn it, not one of us did, so don't go around bragging that you must have done something amazing. For we are the product of His hand, heaven's poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago. 
(Ephesians 2:1-10)
Response in Prayer

O Father, thank You for Your glorious and amazing grace. Thank You, Jesus, for paying the price to give me this grace. I thank You for this new life of purpose and meaning. I praise You for the power of the Holy Spirit to make me new and empower me to a Jesus-styled life. I long for my future of eternal glory with You. In Jesus' name, I praise and thank You. Amen.
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"The Freedom of Grace" — A Year with Jesus for 10/08/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Disciple, 

Sometimes people romanticize what life was like in the early church. They look past the enormous cultural challenges, relationship issues, and sin-problems that confronted these early believers. My earliest disciples faced many challenges in living out the gospel. 

My good news would not have been good news if My disciples didn't strive earnestly to live up to what I taught them. I emphasized this principle when I taught My disciples to pray these words:
"Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy. Bring about Your kingdom. Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven." 
(Matthew 6:9-10)
My people were to be the manifestation, the living example, of the Father's will lived out on earth. To do this in a pagan culture full of slavery, inequality, and prejudice was not easy. Two letters, Colossians and Philemon, that Paul wrote while in prison were sent to address some of these problems. 

Paul taught that My coming changed everything. He saw the implications of My life, death, and resurrection in cosmic terms. At the same time, he also applied My lordship to personal and cultural issues as well. Each of these realms — cosmic, cultural, and personal — needed redeeming. For redemption to be real, authentic change was necessary — and still is necessary. Navigating that change was hard, messy, and challenging. Paul's message intersected each of these three realms and created conflict with their powers, structures, and rulers. 

Paul reminded the Colossian believers of their new way of life as My disciples:
[Y]ou have sloughed away [removed] your old skin along with its evil practices for a fresh new you, which is continually renewed in knowledge according to the image of the One who created you. In this re-creation there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian and conqueror, or slave and free because the Anointed is the whole and dwells in us all. 
(Colossians 3:9-11)
Based on this "re-creation," Paul challenged one of the most entrenched and evil social realities of humanity: slavery. He did this both in a personal and in a communal way when he sent the runaway slave, Onesimus, home to his "master" named Philemon. Onesimus had run away from Philemon and eventually found himself in prison with Paul. Paul had led Onesimus to faith in Me and made a brother in faith out of a runaway slave. 

Paul knew Philemon well. Philemon had previously blessed Paul through his generosity. So this was an intensely personal and risky matter for Paul, Philemon, Onesimus, and the church in Colossae. Paul could lose a friend and supporter. Onesimus could lose his freedom. Philemon could lose face and give up his faith. The church could lose its meeting place and some of its key leaders. 

Roman law gave Philemon great freedom to do what he wanted to do with his runaway slave. Paul could not take on the whole Roman Empire and a world culture steeped in slavery. How would Onesimus' freedom be secured and not damage Paul's relationship with Philemon or harm the church in Colossae? 

What Paul said and did was delicate and deliberate. It was also transforming! He sent Onesimus back to Philemon and to the church that met in Philemon's house in Colossae. Onesimus returned with two letters and was accompanied by other friends of Paul. One letter was for the whole church in Colossae. The other letter was to Philemon, yet Paul wanted it read before the whole church. 

Both letters have a powerful message about liberating culture from its evils. This liberation had to come from the power of the kingdom of God lived out in My disciples. For Paul, slavery was an evil that needed to be removed from among My people. However, this had to be done in the context of a culture where it was legally entrenched. As terrible as slavery is, it was common in New Testament times. And Paul knew that the relationships between Christian slaves and their masters and between Christians masters and their slaves was to be based on their relationship with Me (Ephesians 6:5-9; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 7:20-23). Paul didn't want slavery to divide My disciples into different classes of people. He used a powerful statement to describe new life in My family:
[F]or in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. 
(Galatians 3:26-29 ESV)
For Me and for Paul, there must be no second-class citizens in My family. From a Jewish male perspective, Greeks, slaves, and women were no more than second-class citizens. Yet Paul declared that each was now a legitimate and rightful child of God, a full heir of all of God's promises to Abraham. 

Paul reminded the Colossians of this powerful truth in the heart of his letter to them:
[T]here is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian and conqueror, or slave and free because the Anointed is the whole and dwells in us all. 
(Colossians 3:11)
Paul reminded masters of slaves — including, of course, Philemon — of this powerful truth:
And to you masters: treat your slaves fairly and do what is right, knowing that you, too, have a Master in heaven. 
(Colossians 4:1)
Yet there was a huge problem with Paul saying this. The church met in the house of a slave owner. Suddenly, his runaway slave returned and stood before this church as the two letters (your New Testament letters of Philemon and Colossians) were read to them. 

Against this background, the letter of Philemon comes to you as an example of tact, influence, relationship, and challenge. The only legal way for Onesimus to be free was to welcome him as a brother and not a slave. Philemon needed to realize all that I had done to liberate him from slavery to sin and death. He also needed to recognize all that Paul had done for him. Then Philemon could keep alive these blessings by releasing Onesimus from slavery.
Verses to Live

As you read Paul's letter to Philemon, imagine what it was like in that small church gathering. Paul's letter to Philemon, read before the whole congregation, basically put Philemon "on the spot" and asked him to receive Onesimus as a brother, not as a slave. This kind of move was revolutionary. This is the kind of move the Father asks of you!
Paul, a prisoner of Jesus the Anointed One, with our brother Timothy, to you, beloved Philemon, our fellow worker; and to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that gathers in your house. May grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus the Anointed surround you. 

I am constantly thanking God for you in my prayers because I keep hearing about your love and faith toward our Lord Jesus and all those set apart for His purposes. Here's what I've been praying on your behalf:
Thank You, Father, for Philemon. I pray that as he goes and tells his story of faith, he would tell everyone so that they will know for certain all the good that comes to those who put their trust in the Anointed One.
My brother, because you are out there encouraging and reviving the hearts of fellow saints with such love, this brings great joy and comfort to me. 

Although I am bold enough in the Anointed, our Liberating King, to insist you do the right thing, instead I choose to appeal to you on account of love. I do this for my own sake since I, Paul, am an old man and am held prisoner because of my service to Jesus the Anointed. I make this request on behalf of my child, Onesimus, whom I brought to faith during my time in prison. Before, he was useless to you; but now he is useful to both you and me. Listen, I am sending my heart back to you as I send him to stand before you, although truly I wished to keep him at my side to take your place as my helper while I am bound for the good news. But I didn't want to make this decision without asking for your permission. This way, any goodwill on your part wouldn't be seen as forced, but as your true and free desire. 

Maybe this is the reason why he was supposed to be away from you for this time: so that now you will have him back forever — no longer as a slave, but as more than a slave — as a dear brother. Yes, he is dear to me, but I suspect he will come to mean even more to you, both in the flesh as a servant and in the Lord as a brother. 

So if you look upon me as your partner in this mission, then I ask you to open your heart to him as you would welcome me. And if he has wronged you or owes you anything, charge it to me. Look, I'll put it here in my own handwriting: I, Paul, promise to repay you everything. (Should I remind you that you owe me your life?) Indeed, brother, I want you to do me this favor out of obedience to our Lord. It will refresh my heart in Him. This letter comes, written with the confidence that you will not only do what I ask, but will also go beyond all I have asked. 

One more thing: you should get a room ready for me as I hope to be released to you soon in answer to your prayers. Epaphras (my fellow prisoner in Jesus, the Anointed One) greets you, as well as my fellow workers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. May the grace of the Lord Jesus the Anointed be with your spirit. Amen. 
(Philemon 1:1-25)
Response in Prayer

O Father God, please give me the courage to work for the liberation and freeing of people by the power of Your grace. Use me to break down the walls that divide Your people. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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"Passion and Truth in Praise" — A Year with Jesus for 10/07/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Beloved, 

Today you will read two powerful passages of praise. The first passage is from Paul's letter to the Colossians. The second is from Paul's letter sent to several churches in Asia, with Ephesus being the most influential city. 

The first passage is a wonderful summary of My pre-existence, My work in creating the universe, My work at sustaining the universe, and My triumph over the cross and death. My work was not only to reconcile you back to the Father, but also to reconcile all of creation back to the Father. The burst of praise in this first passage, this song of glory dedicated to Me, ends with an exhortation for you to hold onto these truths about Me. I stand before the Father and the angels of heaven and announce you to the Father as His beloved child who is "holy, blameless, and totally free of imperfection." 

Paul reminds you that as you praise Me and remain faithful to your praise of Me, I present you to the Father as His perfect child. So I want you to read this first passage aloud. Do it several times. Read it one time to honor Me — so concentrate on Who I AM and what I've done for you. The second time read it to remind yourself that these truths are important, that they allowed Me to be the sacrifice that not only atones for your sins but also makes you God's perfect child. The third time read the passage aloud to remind yourself to hold onto this confession of both Who I AM and who you are because of Me. Don't ever denigrate who you are, because I AM the One who has made you holy at an extremely high cost: My crucifixion!

The Colossians needed these truths because they were being lured away by false teachers who told them they lacked things needed to be truly holy. People will do the same in your day to get you to follow their special "enlightened" teachings on how to be really holy. Remember, your holiness comes from Me and from being joined to Me — examine Colossians 3:1-17, for example, to see what that ultimately means! 

The second passage is a burst of praise that has a kind of chorus near or at the end of each of the three major points of the message. (These choruses are highlighted with bold text below.) Paul again mixes praise for the Father and Me with a description of who you have been made to be by the Father's plan, My sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit's power at work in you. Paul emphasizes that this work of grace, your adoption into our holy family, came about through Me, by Me, and in Me. Translators over the centuries have rightly said that this is one long burst of praise that comes from the Holy Spirit's inspiration of Paul's heart. The words flow out into a stream of thoughts that cannot be punctuated easily. Paul's words are the language of the heart, the language of praise, and they are more poem than prose and more song than speech.
Verses to Live

Sometimes truth is most powerfully communicated in poetry and song. These two great passages of praise do just that. I want you to let them fill you with a sense of glory at Our — Father, Son, and Spirit's — identity and then realize that I poured out Our love for you in your world in tangible ways so that you can share the glory of our world!
He [Jesus] is the exact image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation, the eternal. It was by Him that everything was created: the heavens, the earth, all things within and upon them, all things seen and unseen, thrones and dominions, spiritual powers and authorities. Every detail was crafted through His design, by His own hands, and for His purposes. He has always been! It is His hand that holds everything together. He is the head of this body, the church. He is the beginning, the first of those to be reborn from the dead, so that in every aspect, at every view, in everything — He is first. God was pleased that all His fullness should forever dwell in the Son who, as predetermined by God, bled peace into the world by His death on the cross as God's means of reconciling to Himself the whole creation — all things in heaven and all things on earth. 

You were once at odds with God, wicked in your ways and evil in your minds; but now He has reconciled you in His body — in His flesh through His death — so that He can present you to God holy, blameless, and totally free of imperfection as long as you stay planted in the faith. So don't venture away from what you have heard and taken to heart: the living hope of the good news that has been announced to all creation under heaven and has captured me, Paul, as its servant. 
(Colossians 1:15-23) 

Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One, who grants us every spiritual blessing in these heavenly realms where we live in the Anointed — not because of anything we have done, but because of what He has done for us. God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world; He wanted us to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him. He destined us to be adopted as His children through the covenant Jesus the Anointed inaugurated in His sacrificial life. This was His pleasure and His will for us. Ultimately God is the one worthy of praise for showing us His grace; He is merciful and marvelous, freely giving us these gifts in His Beloved. 

Visualize this: His blood freely flowing down the cross, setting us free! We are forgiven for our sinful ways by the richness of His grace, which He has poured all over us. With all wisdom and insight, He has enlightened us to the great mystery at the center of His will. With immense pleasure, He laid out His intentions through Jesus, a plan that will climax when the time is right as He returns to create order and unity — both in heaven and on earth — when all things are brought together under the Anointed's royal rule. In Him we stand to inherit even more. As His heirs, we are predestined to play a key role in His unfolding purpose that is energizing everything to conform to His will. As a result, we — the first to place our hope in the Anointed One — will live in a way to bring Him glory and praise. 

Because you, too, have heard the word of truth — the good news of your salvation — and because you believed in the One who is truth, your lives are marked with His seal. This is none other than the Holy Spirit who was promised as the guarantee toward the inheritance we are to receive when He frees and rescues all who belong to Him. To God be all praise and glory! 
(Ephesians 1:3-14)
Response in Prayer

You, O God, are worthy of all praise. You are worthy for showing us Your grace in sending Jesus — worthy because You are merciful and marvelous, freely giving us Your gifts through Your Beloved, Jesus the Anointed One. We, Your children, those who have placed our hope in the Anointed One, commit to live in a way to bring You glory and praise. In the name of Jesus and through the intercession of the Holy Spirit I pray. Amen. 
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"My Mindset" — A Year with Jesus for 10/06/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Servant of God, 

Families, churches, groups, and communities are all systems of people. These systems are built upon flawed people and broken people. No matter how well-intentioned many people may be, each of us is flawed. The flaws of all, the pettiness of some, and the sinful behaviors of a few wound other people and damage the system as a whole. You live with two realities: you live in a fallen world, and it is full of imperfect people. These two truths make life in a family, church, group, or community very challenging. The new Christians in Philippi were having difficulty with each other's imperfections. 

Two leading women in the Philippian church, Euodia and Syntyche, were at the center of some of the problems. These two women had worked beside Paul in leading people in Philippi to believe in Me and become My disciples (Philippians 4:2-3). Their disagreement had a very negative influence on the whole church. It had led many to forget an essential truth about living as My disciples: My disciples must follow My example as a servant to others. 

Paul had to write and ask for help in getting Euodia and Syntyche "to be of the same mind in the Lord" (Philippians 4:2 NIV). Paul used the phrases "same mind" or "one mind" or similar expressions in various translations throughout the letter (Philippians 1:27; Philippians 2:2-5; Philippians 3:15) to mean they needed to "have the mind of Christ." The problems these ladies had with each other were affecting the whole church! 

Paul knew that the brothers and sisters in Philippi needed to understand what it meant to have "the mind of Christ." The first five verses below (Philippians 2:1-5) give Paul's introductory exhortation. He urged the Philippian believers to "come together as one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love." Then he reminded them of a hymn they sang about Me. This hymn reminded them of what "one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love" actually looks like in real life (Philippians 2:6-11). 

The hymn is beautiful. Paul's exhortation was powerful. However, Paul didn't stop with these reminders. He went on to give the Philippian disciples some examples of people who emulated My selfless lifestyle. 

He first mentioned Timothy:
There is no one like Timothy. What sets him apart from others is his deep concern for you and your spiritual journey. This is rare, my friends, for most people only care about themselves, not about what is dear to the heart of Jesus the Anointed. 
(Philippians 2:20-21)
Then Paul mentioned their own fellow Philippian, Epaphroditus, who nearly died trying to serve Paul on behalf of the Philippians (Philippians 2:27-30):
I think it is best to send Epaphroditus home to you. He has become my dear brother in the Lord. We have worked well together and fought great battles together, and he was an encouraging minister to me in my time of need. 
(Philippians 2:25)
Paul next reminded the Philippians of his own example. He focused forward. He did not rely on his past accomplishments. He realized he hadn't arrived at full maturity and being like Me. He pressed on to become who he wanted to be in Me (Philippians 3:7-14). Then Paul added — and this is a very significant point — all who are mature share this point of view (Philippians 3:15). He closed with this exhortation about following the example of servants:
Imitate me, brothers and sisters, and look around to those already following the example we have set. 
(Philippians 3:17)

The bottom line, dear servant of God, is to be who I have called you to be: My disciple. A disciple when fully trained will be like his master (Luke 6:40). If I am your Master, then you will learn to serve and realize that serving is more important than being recognized as important or being proved right. Paul had to use exhortation, teaching, a song, and several examples to try to help the Philippians see this truth. I hope his efforts long ago make an impact on your heart today!
Verses to Live

As you read this exhortation and song, please remember that I, your Lord and Master, set you an example to do as I have done. Follow in My steps and be a servant.
If you find any comfort from being in the Anointed, if His love brings you some encouragement, if you experience true companionship with the Spirit, if His tenderness and mercy fill your heart; then, brothers and sisters, here is one thing that would complete my joy — come together as one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love. Don't let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbors' interests first. 

In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus the Anointed. Live with His attitude in your hearts. Remember:
Though He was in the form of God, 
He chose not to cling to equality with God; 
But He poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand new; 
a servant in form 
and a man indeed. 
The very likeness of humanity, 
He humbled Himself, 
obedient to death — 
a merciless death on the cross! 
So God raised Him up to the highest place 
and gave Him the name above all. 
So when His name is called, 
every knee will bow, 
in heaven, on earth, and below. 
And every tongue will confess 
"Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord," 
to the glory of God our Father!
(Philippians 2:1-11)
Response in Prayer

Father, forgive me. Sometimes my need for approval and my desire to feel important make me jealous of those who get attention. Because of these weaknesses, I allow myself to become hurt and sulk about my own apparent lack of importance. Sometimes I just don't want to submit myself to the needs of others and help them because it is time-consuming and hard. I ask Lord Jesus that You please have the Holy Spirit soften my heart and quicken my hands to serve others as You did. Amen.
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"Joy in the Face of Hardship" — A Year with Jesus for 10/05/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Precious One, 

No matter what you are facing — right now or ever in the future — please know that I care about your struggles. I will never abandon you in your struggles (John 14:18). I have known what it is like to feel abandoned when facing trial and torture, even death (Mark 14:44-50; Matthew 27:46). While I felt abandoned, I was not forsaken no matter how alone I felt (John 16:32; Acts 2:23-28). I want you to hear the promise the Father gave to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 31:6). He then gave a similar promise to Joshua (Joshua 1:5). The Father then made you the same promise through the writer of Hebrews:
"I will never leave you; I will always be by your side." 
(Hebrews 13:5)
The apostle Paul believed My promise. He emphasized My promise to My disciples in Rome:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
(Romans 8:38-39 NLT)
He also lived based on My promise. 

While he was in prison awaiting possible death, Paul wrote the words you will read today. They are from his letter to the Philippians. He reminded them — and also you — that joy is based on a disciple's relationship with Me and a disciple's assurance in a future with Me, not on circumstances. The Philippians were getting bogged down in church arguments and life's difficult situations. They were losing the joy of being the Father's precious children. They were forgetting the peace they could have in being My disciples. They were letting their assurance of life forever with Me slip from their hearts and focusing on the squabbles in their church and the hostility of their culture against them. 

To help the Philippians change their wrong focus, Paul wrote the words you find in the two sets of verses below. The first set is near the beginning of the letter and the second, near the end. Each set of verses focuses on joy in the face of difficult times. Both are reminders that circumstances shouldn't determine a disciple's joy. A believer's faith in Me and future with Me should determine his or her joy and peace! 

The first set of verses shared Paul's personal situation in prison. His goal was to glorify Me in his body whatever happened — whether released to minister to the Philippians again or martyred because of his faith and loyalty to Me. No matter what happened — prison, torture, martyrdom, or release — Paul refused to let his hard circumstances steal away his abiding joy. 

"I will continue to rejoice", Paul proclaimed. He rejoiced because of his faith that the Philippians' prayers and the power of the Holy Spirit would bring deliverance. He was confident of his deliverance from prison. Either he would be delivered from prison and released to serve the Philippians and others, or he would be delivered from prison through death to share in My presence forever. No matter what happened, his faith in Me and his future with Me gave him a deep and abiding peace that allowed him to rejoice! I want you to have that kind of peace because of your faith in Me and because of your confidence in a glorious future with Me. 

The second set of verses occurs near the end of Paul's letter to the Philippians. He gave the Philippians very practical instruction on how to experience both the "the peace of God" and "the God of peace." This "peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding" would be the foundation for their joy regardless of their circumstances. 

No matter what happened in their lives, Paul wanted the Philippians to know that they would never be abandoned. He promised that My abiding presence would always be with them: "The Lord is ever present with us." 

With this knowledge, they should rejoice! They needed to make rejoicing a key part of their Christian lifestyle. Their rejoicing would help open the door for their gentleness to be displayed. Their anxieties could be released. Their prayers could be offered with confidence. Their focus should shift to lovely things. Their lives were to emulate Paul's life as they obeyed his teaching. 

Faith in Me and assurance of a future with Me lead to rejoicing. This joy leads to living a life of gentleness, release from anxiety, confidence in prayer, proper focus in life, and obedience. This lifestyle leads to peace that empowers faith and assurance. This peace leads to more rejoicing, which reinforces your life of peace. This peace and joy form a powerful cycle of grace that Paul both demonstrated and taught to the Philippians. I want this to be your lifestyle, too.
Verses to Live

What is going to dictate your joy and your outlook on life? Will it be your circumstances or will it be your faith in Me and your future with Me? In the verses below, Paul made clear what his choice was and what the Philippians' choice should be. Be blessed today as you read these words of grace and truth. 
So what do we do then? Listen. What matters is that in every way, regardless of the motives — whether pure or shady — the great story of the Anointed is a cause for joy. I will continue to rejoice because I know that through your encouragement and prayers and through the help of the Spirit of Jesus the Anointed, I will soon be released from this dark place. I don't expect that dishonor and shame will plague me in any way, but I do hope that I will continue to be able to speak freely and courageously about Jesus, and that now and forever the Anointed One will be glorified and placed above all else through this body of mine — whether I live or die. For my life is about the Anointed and Him alone. And my death, when that comes, will mean great gain for me. So, if it's His will that I go on serving here, my work will be fruitful for the message. I honestly wouldn't know how or what to choose; I would be hard-pressed to decide. I lean toward leaving this world to be with the Anointed One because I can only think that would be much better. To stay in this body of flesh — even with all its pains and weaknesses — would best serve your needs. Now that I think of it, I am sure of this: I would prefer to remain to share in the progress and joy of your growing belief. When I return to you, we will celebrate Jesus the Anointed even more. 
(Philippians 1:18-26) 

Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don't be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. 

Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me — do it — and the God of peace will walk with you. 
(Philippians 4:4-9)
Response in Prayer

O Father, thank You! I rejoice knowing that my future is tied to Jesus. I rejoice knowing that I will never be forsaken. I rejoice knowing that no matter what my circumstances are, I can find Your peace. Be glorified in me, O God. May what I think, say, and do today and each subsequent day be pleasing to You and bring You the honor and glory due You. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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"God's Suffering Servant" — A Year with Jesus for 10/04/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Follower, 

The Father's role for Me when I came to earth as the Son of God shocked many people. They expected a warrior or kingly ruler who would restore Israel to prominence and power among the nations of the world. Even my cousin and forerunner, John the Baptizer, had questions about My kind of messiahship. He expected fire while I displayed grace. So I reminded this great servant about the description of the Messiah given by Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1):
John sent two of his disciples to ask the Lord, "Are You the Promised One, or shall we keep looking for someone else?" 

They came to Jesus and asked their question exactly as directed by John the Baptist. 

Before He answered John's messengers, Jesus cured many from various diseases, health conditions, and evil spirits. He even caused many blind people to regain their sight. 

Jesus (to John's disciples):
Go and tell John what you've witnessed with your own eyes and ears: the blind are seeing again, the lame are walking again, the lepers are clean again, the deaf hear again, the dead live again, and good news is preached to the poor. Whoever is not offended by Me is blessed indeed.
(Luke 7:19-23)
I came to earth as the servant promised in Isaiah. I tried repeatedly to help people hear this truth about My identity:
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to liberate the lost." 
(Luke 19:10) 

"You know that among the nations of the world the great ones lord it over the little people and act like tyrants. But that is not the way it will be among you. Whoever would be great among you must serve and minister. Whoever wants to be great among you must be slave of all. Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to be a servant — to offer His life as a ransom for others." 
(Mark 10:42-45)
In the second passage of Scripture below, My apostle Paul dealt with problems in the church in Philippi. He used My example and My role as the servant of the LORD to be the foundation of his teaching. My disciples in Philippi needed to have the same mind, the same attitude, as I displayed in honoring the Father when I accepted My role as a servant. I want you to remember My role, My willingness to honor God in that role. More than remembering, I want you to adopt this servant lifestyle as your own!
Verses to Live

As you read the following verses, ask the Holy Spirit to imprint My example on your heart. First you will read Isaiah's words of description for the LORD's Suffering Servant. Then you will read Paul's exhortation for My disciples to have this same attitude. As Paul wrote the Philippians from prison, he wanted them to grasp fully that they must have this one mind as they lived in relationship with each other. I want you to have this same mind as you live in relationship with other believers!
Indeed, who would ever believe it? 
Who would possibly accept what we've been told? 
Who has witnessed the awesome power and plan of the Eternal in action? 
Out of emptiness he came, like a tender shoot from rock-hard ground. 
He didn't look like anything or anyone of consequence — 
he had no physical beauty to attract our attention. 

So he was despised and forsaken by men, 
this man of suffering, grief's patient friend. 
As if he was a person to avoid, we looked the other way; 
he was despised, forsaken, and we took no notice of him. 

Yet it was our suffering he carried, 
our pain and distress, our sick-to-the-soul-ness. 
We just figured that God had rejected him, 
that God was the reason he hurt so badly. 

But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so. 
Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him. 
He endured the breaking that made us whole. 
The injuries he suffered became our healing. 

We all have wandered off, like shepherdless sheep, 
scattered by our aimless striving and endless pursuits; 
The Eternal One laid on him, this silent sufferer, 
the sins of us all. 

And in the face of such oppression and suffering — silence. 
Not a word of protest, not a finger raised to stop it. 
Like a sheep to a shearing, like a lamb to be slaughtered, 
he went — oh so quietly, oh so willingly. 

Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away. 
From this generation, who was there to complain? 
Who was there to cry "Foul"? 
He was, after all, cut off from the land of the living, 
Smacked and struck, not on his account, 
because of how my people (my people!) 
Disregarded the lines between right and wrong. 
They snuffed out his life. 

And when he was dead, he was buried with the disgraced 
in borrowed space (among the rich), 
Even though he did no wrong by word or deed. 

Yet the Eternal One planned to crush him all along, 
to bring him to grief, this innocent servant of God. 
When he puts his life in sin's dark place, in the pit of wrongdoing, 
this servant of God will see his children and have his days prolonged. 
For in His servant's hand, the Eternal's deepest desire will come to pass and flourish. 

As a result of the trials and troubles that wrack his soul, 
God's servant will see light and be content 
Because He knows, really understands, what it's about; as God says, 
"My just servant will justify countless others by taking on their punishment and bearing it away. 

Because he exposed his very self — 
laid bare his soul to the vicious grasping of death — 
And was counted among the worst, I will count him among the best. 
I will allot this one, My servant, a share in all that is of any value, 

Because he took on himself the sin of many 
and acted on behalf of those who broke My law." 
(Isaiah 53:1-12) 

In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus the Anointed. Live with His attitude in your hearts. Remember:
Though He was in the form of God, 
He chose not to cling to equality with God; 

But He poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand new; 
a servant in form 
and a man indeed. 

The very likeness of humanity, 

He humbled Himself, 
obedient to death — 
a merciless death on the cross! 

So God raised Him up to the highest place 
and gave Him the name above all. 

So when His name is called, 
every knee will bow, 
in heaven, on earth, and below. 

And every tongue will confess 
"Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord," 
to the glory of God our Father!
(Philippians 2:6-11)
Response in Prayer

Lord God, thank You for Jesus as Your example of a servant. Jesus' example is both convicting and inspiring. I pledge to honor Jesus by following His example as a servant. I ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to help me as I seek to follow Jesus' example and not my own selfish desires. In Jesus' name I pray and ask for this grace. Amen.
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Another Coffee Break:

A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 8

October 2, 2015

While the parable of the ten virgins plays again into the picture of the
release of the Glory of God, we're going to take a different track today as
we get back into the picture we first drew with Adam and Eve of the union
that God created between them, and the union He has been building between us
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

For that union to be built to the place where we are the reflection -- and
the completion -- of the Lord Jesus Christ, there must be some radical
changes to our nature, our personality, our makeup, the very essence of who
we are. And that's where we take up with today's discussion.

Revelation 3:12: Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of
my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of
my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which
cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new
name.

I've taken this verse out of its original context, so let me briefly take
you to that overall prophecy. This was a statement made to the Ekklesia in
Philadelphia -- the sixth of seven letters to the seven Ekklesias in Asia
Minor. These seven letters comprise a single letter overall to the body of
Christ, and address a series of issues that still affect the body of Christ
today. Each of the seven letters wraps up with the promise "to him that
overcometh," and each letter is sequential in its promise from the first one
to Ephesus, to the last one addressed to Laodicea.

Each promise to the overcomer adds a new dimension to the one previous.
These seven letters begin with the rebuke to Ephesus because they've been so
caught up in doing good works that they've lost their first love. (In fact,
that same issue affects several of the Ekklesias addressed in these
letters.) They've turned their attention to the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil and are making decisions predicated on humanly acquired
reasoning and rational thought. There's a whole lot more here than I want
to even try to get into today so let me simply summarize. The promise to
Ephesus is that if they will overcome their reliance on the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and/or the Knowledge of Evil, the Lord will reopen the
Garden experience to them and give them to eat of the Tree of Life.

The progression in the seven letters continues from there, and without
recapping each of the ones that follow, let me quickly move to the promise
in the letter to Philadelphia.

There is so much contained in this one prophetic promise that it is almost
mind-boggling, so let's see what it looks like when we retranslate and
amplify from the Greek text.

He that overcomes [the temptation to rest on previous overcoming and past
victories] will I make to be a support (and a symbol of the Glory) in the
dwelling place of Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), and from that place of dwelling
there will be no reason [or cause] to ever leave; and I will engrave within
and upon him the very nature, the character, the authority, the makeup, the
very essence of Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), and the very nature, the
character, the authority, the makeup and the very essence of the city of Yod
Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), which is the new Jerusalem (*), which descends [to the
earth] out of Heaven from my Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim); and I will engrave
within and upon him my new (and completed) nature, character, authority,
makeup and very essence. (Revelation 3:12, RAC Translation and
Amplification)

(*) Now, put this together with Revelation 21:2: And I John saw the holy
city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband.

This isn't bad as a translation, but it still misses the whole picture.
Let's try this one again:

And I, John, saw the holy, consecrated and set apart city [of many people],
the recently made and unprecedented Jerusalem, the city of double peace
(**), descending out of Heaven [to the earth] from Yod Hey Vav Hey, made
ready as the betrothed Bride, adorned, ornamented and embellished with honor
for her husband-to-be. (Revelation 21:2, RAC Translation and Amplification)

I'm starting to look like a broken record with these asterisks, but there is
a point to this.

(**) A short history lesson, if you don't mind. The picture of the "double
peace" as the Hebrew translation of Yerushalayim goes is based on David's
capture of the city from the Jebusites. The Jebusites had occupied the
fortress of Salem (Shalom) after Shem's death and renamed the city, Jebus,
after their father. Ironically, their father's name had been, Jerus,
meaning "foundations." Jebus meant "crushing," and that was the military
tactic of the father of the Jebusites -- hence the name change given by
Jebus' sons.

When David took the city from the Jebusites, he restored Shem's original
name of Salem, but added to it the original name of the father of the
Jebusites, Jerus (pronounced "Yeroos"). Thus, the City of David became
Jerus-Salem, and the "foundations of peace" were established in the
now-combined ten tribes of Israel with Judah and Benjamin, creating the
nation of Israel with its capital. 

That was the first of the two pictures of peace. The geographical city of
Jerusalem lost its picture of peace when Rehoboam (Solomon's son) disbanded
the ministry of praise and worship in the Temple at the urging of his
counselors, and Jeroboam came up out of Egypt and split the nation into two
again, taking the ten tribes with him. Throughout the Psalms, David clearly
had the picture of Jerusalem as the City of God and as the heart of the
Lord. In the years that followed after the division of Israel, the prophet
Isaiah made a unique distinction by referring to Jerusalem in general as the
people of God, but identifying Zion (where David established his Tabernacle,
and the Temple was later built) as a metaphor for the Bride to come.

When John, therefore, is given the picture of Jerusalem as the double peace,
he is drawing the analogy of reestablished, permanent peace, "the peace that
passes all understanding." (Philippians 4:7)

Some of you are looking cross-eyed at me wondering what all this has to do
with the Glory of God being revealed. This is a quick illustration, but let
me put it like this:

Once you've been in or under the Glory of the Lord, you just don't want to
move. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but the peace is so phenomenal that
you NEVER want to leave it. I won't take time now to share some personal
stories, but let me simply say that whenever you have a time of very intense
intimate worship that continues on and on and on, you frequently experience
the Glory settling in over everyone in such a way that folks don't want to
move, they don't want to talk, and they just want to "soak".

Very frequently, we launch into "soaking worship" as a fellowship. There is
often a period of silence following that worship such that no one says a
thing, and everyone is just quiet before the Lord, enjoying the enormous,
indescribable peace.

OK, I've kind of taken you down a rabbit trail for a bit in order to do some
clarification as to the translation and amplification from Revelation 3:12
and 21:2. Let's get back on track.

The promise from Revelation 3:12 is for a transformation and radical change
of our character, our nature, our personality, our makeup, our identity and
the very essence of who we are. Consider the change promised to the one who
overcomes and gains victory over -- and I'll take these in quick succession
from the six letters up to this point -- the Fear of Evil, the Fear of
Death, the Fear of Man, the Spirit of Jezebel, the Spirit of Compromise [we
know it as "Democracy" in the body of Christ] (and its companion, Legalism),
and the tendency to rest on past laurels, the overcoming one has achieved to
this point, never mind the revelation that comes with each of these areas of
overcoming.

In order to draw this characterization back to something we've shared in
previous Coffee Breaks, let's consider the message revealed in The Song of
Solomon, chapter 1, verse 5, along with the same message embodied in
Jeremiah 8:21 in which we see the statement repeated, "I am black."

As already noted, this is a common Hebrew metaphor rooted in the extraction
of Eve from Adam's side, and the knowledge that for each of us God has
created a counterpart, an "other self" who completes and finishes our
makeup. In Jeremiah's prophecy (and he draws pretty much the same picture
in the sixth chapter), the Lord is crying out for that people whom He
created for Himself. Israel was a nation whom God had chosen, blessed,
protected, caused to multiply, set apart from every other nation on earth to
be the reflection of His Glory. Israel was designed to become His
counterpart in the earth and a representation to the rest of the world of
what could be available to anyone who could and would walk by faith in and
with Him.

The cry of the Lord, therefore, in Jeremiah's prophecy is identical to the
search that continues to this day. The Lord was speaking through Jeremiah
and calling out for that people He had searched out for Himself. The search
was going forth throughout the earth for that people. It is the same search
He has built in each of us for our counterpart, our "other self" -- that one
who completes and fulfills us (and that was the message of the Shulammite in
the Song of Solomon).

Revelation 3:12 is the completion of the search God has made on behalf of
Jesus Christ for His counterpart, His other self. Is that clear so far?
Then let me add to this picture. Consider how Paul put it in writing to the
Romans:

Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The Amplified Bible puts it even better.

Romans 12:2, AMP: Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned
after and adapted to its external, superficial customs [and mindsets], but
be transformed (changed) [metamorphosed] by the [entire] renewal of your
mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude [taking on the mindset and
manner of thinking of the Lord Jesus Christ], so that you may prove [for
yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even
the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
(with my additions)

The whole purpose of this metamorphosing is to change us back into that
image in which we were first created. But there's more! You see, Adam and
Eve were created in the image and likeness of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
There is a difference, however, between Adam and Eve, and that which we are
being transformed into. Adam and Eve were imbued with the same qualities
and nature of God and they were given dominion over the earth. They had
only one command or warning from the Lord, and that referred to their NOT
eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. What Adam and Eve DID
NOT HAVE was a Covenant. True, when they were being evicted from the
Garden, the Lord told Eve that her seed would crush the Serpent's head --
and through that prophetic promise would come the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus
Christ.

What makes our existence so different from Adam and Eve is that first of
all, we have a Covenant with Father, made on our behalf by the Lord Jesus
Christ. It is a Covenant we can all freely enter into, and it is a Covenant
which guarantees our being changed, transformed, re-created, molded and
metamorphosed back into that perfect image and likeness of Father, Son and
Holy Spirit -- SO LONG AS WE RESPOND!

It shouldn't be necessary to say this, but the Covenant that Jesus Christ
made for us is a Covenant we MUST enter into if we are to become partakers
and beneficiaries. Furthermore, this Covenant was designed to fulfill the
purposes of God which were set in motion before time began. From the very
beginning, all of Creation was designed to bring into being, to grow and to
mature a species of being who would become the very family of God -- a
species of being unlike any ever created. Creation was set in motion to
grow and mature a people who would overcome every conceivable obstacle,
every temptation, every force pitted against them, and choose an intimate
relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ above life itself.

The point of all this is that the Glory of the Lord is revealed in the
earth, throughout the Universe, and throughout all Creation. Holy Spirit
brings Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ through the teaching, the instruction,
the filling up of us as a people with the very presence and essence of the
Lord God. Jesus brings Glory to Father because it is through Him that these
changes, and this maturing process all achieves the destiny Father, Son and
Holy Spirit set in motion when they agreed and said, "Let us make man in our
own image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion....." 

We need to talk about the changes Holy Spirit is working in us. Those
changes are no small thing -- and it is in those changes that the Glory of
the Lord is being revealed. We are being changed from Glory to Glory.

And that's where we'll go next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). As of Monday,
September 14th, our call-in number has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new
Access Code is: 323859#. Our previous conference line experienced drop-outs
and periodic audio quality issues, so this was a needed upgrade! 

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
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"Finally in Rome!" — A Year with Jesus for 10/03/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Disciple, 

Paul finally arrived in Rome in the concluding chapter of Acts. As you have seen over the last several days of reading, the journey had been difficult. Paul first had to navigate his way through the Jewish and Roman legal systems. He then repeatedly had to avoid being murdered by his enemies. He had to survive the dangerous and brutal sea voyage that included a shipwreck. But he finally arrived in Rome just as I promised. Although under house arrest, Paule had the freedom to teach others about Me and the kingdom of God. 

Notice several things from the verses that follow as Luke finishes his account of Paul's journey to Rome. 

First, when Paul met other believers upon arriving in Italy, they welcomed him and even accompanied him on his journey to Rome. Rather than being afraid to be identified with Paul as a prisoner of Rome, they shared hospitality and encouragement with Paul as he traveled. My first-century followers and their love for each other were described well in the book of Hebrews:
[T]hink back to the days after you were first enlightened and understood who Jesus was: when you endured all sorts of suffering in the name of the Lord, when people held you up for public scorn and ridicule, or when they abused your partners and companions in the faith. Remember how you had compassion for those in prison and how you cheerfully accepted the seizure of your possessions, knowing that you have a far greater and more enduring possession. 
(Hebrews 10:32-34)
This hospitality and encouragement that came from the power of the Holy Spirit and an understanding of grace were unstoppable! 

Second, Paul invited the Jewish leaders in Rome to come and visit him. He explained to them both the reason for his being imprisoned and also the good news of My coming. While these Jewish visitors had heard bad things about Paul, none of his accusers from Jerusalem or Asia was in Rome. Paul's being in Rome after his long sea voyage opened the door for him to share My salvation message with leaders and rulers. The absence of his accusers allowed for the hostile plans and murderous intentions of Paul's Judean and Asian enemies to be thwarted. Behind all that happened, the Holy Spirit was working things out (Romans 8:28-29) for Paul to accomplish My purpose for him as an apostle. 

Finally, while some Jewish people believed Paul's message, others rejected it. Paul reminded his Jewish critics that I had called him to share this message of liberation and healing with his Jewish brothers and sisters first. Their rejection of that message meant it was time for him to extend the message and invitation of grace to non-Jewish peoples (Romans 1:16-17). Paul's experience had shown him that many non-Jews would listen to this message and respond by becoming My disciples.

Luke was Paul's physician and supportive friend. He accompanied Paul on many of his mission trips. When Luke chooses an ending for the book of Acts, he closes his story of the early church and the ministries of Peter and Paul with a liberating truth.
With great confidence and with no hindrance, he [Paul] proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the ultimate authority — the Lord Jesus, God's Anointed, the Liberating King.

Even though Paul was a prisoner, he had arrived in the capital city of the great Roman Empire. Despite his house arrest, Paul openly, powerfully, and effectively shared My good news of the kingdom of God. By going to Rome, Paul had reached one of his primary goals. The gospel was advancing. Even the most powerful government in the world could not stop the spread of grace.
Verses to Live

Doctor Luke wrote Acts to trumpet one of the greatest of all surprises: the triumph of the message about Me. My early disciples proclaimed a crucified and resurrected Messiah from the out-of-the-way country of Israel and the insignificant region of Galilee. However, this message had spread like a wildfire across the Roman Empire in a mere three decades. Paul, initially the greatest individual enemy of My movement, converted and became a passionate disciple. He traveled the northern part of the Mediterranean world sharing My story. Hearts and lives were changed. People from all sorts of countries, religious backgrounds, races, and social classes had believed and become My disciples. The laws, roads, and stability of the Roman Empire helped pave the way for this rapid expansion of My movement. Even though Paul arrived in Rome as a prisoner, he was able to share My story "with no hindrance." 

Paul's story, dear disciple, is your heritage. Read the last part of the account in Acts about Paul's journey to Rome and his imprisonment there. As you finish Paul's journey to Rome, I leave you with one question. What are you doing to encourage, support, and participate in the spread of the good news of the Father's grace to your world?
We [Paul and his companions] set sail from Malta and stopped first at Syracuse. After three days, we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. We waited there a day, and then a south wind sprang up and sped us to Puteoli. We found some believers there, and they invited us to stay with them for seven days. Then we reached Rome. The believers from Rome heard we were coming, so they traveled out to meet us at the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns. Paul thanked God and felt encouraged to see them. Once inside the city, Paul lived under house arrest by himself, with only one soldier to guard him. Three days after his arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders. 

Paul:
Brothers, although I committed no wrong against our Jewish people or our ancestral customs, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. The Romans examined me and wanted to set me free because I had committed no capital offense. But my Jewish opponents objected, so I had to appeal to the emperor — even though I had no charges against me and had filed no charges against my nation. I wanted to gather you together and explain all this to you. I want you to understand that it is because of Israel's hope that I am bound with this chain.
Jewish Leaders:
We haven't received letters from Judea about you, and no visiting brother has reported anything or said anything negative about you. So we are interested in hearing your viewpoint on the sect you represent. The only thing we know about it is that people everywhere speak against it.
They scheduled a day to meet again, and a large number came to his lodging. From morning until evening, he explained his message to them — giving his account of the kingdom of God, trying to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets' writings. Some were convinced, but others refused to believe. 

Paul (adding as they left in disagreement):
The Holy Spirit rightly spoke to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, Go to this people and say, "You certainly do hear, but you will never understand; you certainly do see, but you will never have insight. Make their hearts hard, their ears deaf, and their eyes blind. Otherwise, they would look and see, listen and hear, understand and repent, and be healed." So let it be known to you that God's liberation, God's healing, has been sent to the outsiders, and they will listen.
Then the local Jewish leaders left Paul to discuss all he had told them. For two full years, he lived there in Rome, paying all his own expenses, receiving all who came to him. With great confidence and with no hindrance, he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the ultimate authority — the Lord Jesus, God's Anointed, the Liberating King. 
(Acts 28:12-31)
Response in Prayer

Father, I confess that I sometimes find myself discouraged about the health and vitality of Christianity in my time and in my culture. With the persecution and martyrdom of believers in some parts of the world and the secularization of my own culture, I worry about the future of Jesus' church. Forgive me for both my discouragement and my lack of faith. Having journeyed through the book of Acts, I am reminded that You are at work in our world, the Spirit is empowering the spread of the good news, and Jesus is still leading His church. Today, dear Father, I commit to encouraging, supporting, and participating in efforts to share the message of Jesus and to grow Your kingdom. So I continue my prayer today with the words of Jesus, My Savior and Lord. This is the prayer of my heart. "Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy. Bring about Your kingdom. Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven." Do this, dear Father, in me and through me I pray. Amen.
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Note from Jesus

Dear Precious One, 

The events that led to Paul's journey to Rome and his shipwreck and other problems along the way began in Jerusalem. Some Jews from Asia stirred up the crowd:
"Help! Fellow Israelites! This man is an enemy of our people, our religion, our law, and this temple! He travels around the world subverting our holiest customs! He is at this moment desecrating this holy temple by bringing outsiders into this sacred place." 
(Acts 21:28)
The crowd went berserk, seizing and beating Paul until a Roman commandant intervened. Paul asked the commandant if he could speak calmly to the crowd. Paul gave his testimony about becoming My follower. His testimony further incensed the crowd and it went into another frenzy (Acts 22:1-23). They were so angry that Paul had to be rescued from them once again. The commandant then took Paul into protective custody after being told by Paul that he was a Roman citizen (Acts 22:24-30). This citizenship gave him special rights and privileges under the Roman law. 

The commandant arranged for a legal hearing for Paul before the Jewish ruling council, called the Sanhedrin. Paul caused such a stir the commandant had to intervene again and have his soldiers rescue Paul from the hostile leaders' fits of anger (Acts 23:1-10). 

Paul faced intense conflict after he was arrested. His enemies planned a murderous ambush during his transfer as a prisoner (Acts 23:12-35). So I came near Paul during the night and spoke to him to give him courage and remind him that I would not forsake him or abandon him. I assured Paul that he would reach his goal:
"Keep up your courage, Paul! You have successfully told your story about Me in Jerusalem, and soon you will do the same in Rome." 
(Acts 23:11)
Paul would fulfill My purposes for him in Rome! 

After a series of trials before different government officials (Acts 24:1-27; Acts 25:1-27; Acts 26:1-32), these officials honored Paul's appeal to Caesar (Acts 25:10-12; Acts 26:32). They sent Paul to Rome as a prisoner to stand trial. Paul then began his incredible journey to Rome (Acts 27:1-44). This voyage included terrible storms, mutinous actions by the crew, Paul's redemptive influence, and eventually a shipwreck. Paul spent the winter season on the small island of Malta with the crew and other prisoners before sailing on to Rome (Acts 28:1-11). 

As Paul's journey to Rome neared its end, believers along the way began to join his group on their journey to the capital city (see the verses below). They were not afraid to be identified with Paul even though he was a prisoner! They offered hospitality to him and his entourage. They came at personal risk to support, encourage, and accompany My passionate apostle on his journey to Rome. Their hospitality, fellowship, and accompaniment were sources of needed encouragement for Paul as he reached the city of Rome:
We set sail from Malta and stopped first at Syracuse. After three days, we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. We waited there a day, and then a south wind sprang up and sped us to Puteoli. We found some believers there, and they invited us to stay with them for seven days. Then we reached Rome. The believers from Rome heard we were coming, so they traveled out to meet us at the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns. Paul thanked God and felt encouraged to see them. Once inside the city, Paul lived under house arrest by himself, with only one soldier to guard him. 
(Acts 28:12-16)
Please notice four realities of discipleship that I demonstrated during Paul's trip to Rome. These four realities will also help sustain you in difficult times.
My enduring presence in your life to bring you home to Me.
My willingness to be near you and to hear your prayers.
My encouraging you through the partnership and presence of other believers.
My work in your life to bless and empower you.
Just as I sustained Paul, I will sustain you!
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I will provide you these four realities of My grace if you look for them and seek them. Notice how these four are emphasized in Paul's letter to the Philippian Christians: 

Reality 1: 
My enduring presence in your life to bring you home to Me.
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. 
(Philippians 1:3-6 NLT)
Reality 2: 
My willingness to be near you and to hear your prayers.
Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. 
(Philippians 4:4-7)
Reality 3: 
My encouraging you through the partnership and presence of other believers.
Whenever you cross my mind, I thank my God for you and for the gift of knowing you. My spirit is lightened with joy whenever I pray for you (and I do constantly) because you have partnered with me to spread the gospel since the first day I preached to you. 
(Philippians 1:3-5) 

But for now, I think it is best to send Epaphroditus home to you. He has become my dear brother in the Lord. We have worked well together and fought great battles together, and he was an encouraging minister to me in my time of need. He could not wait to see you all. He was concerned for you when he found out you knew how sick he really was. In fact, he nearly died. But once again, God was exceedingly kind and covered him with His mercy. And I, too, by His mercy, have been spared sorrow on top of sorrow. 

I am so excited to be sending him back to you! I can picture the joy on your faces when he arrives; I can feel my worries falling away. Welcome him joyfully in the Lord. Esteem all spiritual leaders like Epaphroditus because he placed his life in grave danger for the work of the Anointed; he risked his life to serve me when you couldn't. 
(Philippians 2:25-30) 

I could hardly contain my joy in the Lord when I realized you have started to show your care for me once again. Since you have not had the opportunity to show how much you cared until now, I want you to know how it touched me. 
(Philippians 4:10)
Reality 4: 
My work in your life to bless, empower, and sustain you.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 
(Philippians 2:12-13 ESV) 

I know how to survive in tight situations, and I know how to enjoy having plenty. In fact, I have learned how to face any circumstances: fed or hungry, with or without. I can be content in any and every situation through the Anointed One who is my power and strength. 
(Philippians 4:12-13)
Response in Prayer

Almighty God, I confess that sometimes I forget just how powerful You are and how near Your presence is to me and within me. Forgive me for taking for granted the nearness of Your grace and the steadfastness of Your love. Awaken my heart to Your work in my life as I offer myself fully to You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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"Winning the Hearts of Our Critics" — A Year with Jesus for 10/01/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Friend, 

While Paul was facing his legal ordeals and his challenging travels to Rome, My apostle Peter was encouraging My disciples in Asia Minor who were facing growing criticism, ostracism, and persecution. Like Paul, Peter would soon face even more challenging personal persecution and eventually martyrdom. These two great servants who carried the good news won friends and even some disciples among those who were assigned to guard and imprison them. They even shared their testimony to leaders who had them imprisoned. 

Peter wrote to disciples facing persecution and reminded them repeatedly of the importance of being people of holy character and compassion. If they were going to suffer, they were to make sure they suffered for doing right things as My witnesses. I want you to read Peter's words of encouragement to those disciples in today's verses. 

Paul's influence on Julius, the Centurion responsible for delivering him to Rome, is a powerful testimony to the truth of Peter's words of exhortation. Paul's influence on Julius saved the crew, the soldiers, the prisoners, and Paul from death at sea on several occasions. As you read today's verses, notice how Paul's influence on the Centurion opened the door for his influence as a witness to My grace. 

Please remember that your words and actions, especially when you are facing hard times, are powerful and influential in ways you may never realize. When you are a person of faithful character in the face of trial, you are following My example and opening the door for My continued influence on the hearts of those who desperately need My grace!
Verses to Live

As you read these words, remember the importance in your own day of being a faithful and winsome witness to Me. My disciples today face growing resistance and opposition in the West. They are enduring horrible persecution in the Middle East and parts of Africa. Some countries in Asia are directly oppressing and imprisoning My followers. Please realize the principles you see in today's verses are every bit as important to living in your day as they were in the time of Peter and Paul. 

Here are some of Peter's words of exhortation to Christians in difficult circumstances:
But you are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God's own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received it. 

Beloved, remember you don't belong in this world. You are resident aliens living in exile, so resist those desires of the flesh that battle against the soul. Live honorably among the outsiders so that, even when some may be inclined to call you criminals, when they see your good works, they might give glory to God when He returns in judgment. 

For the Lord's sake, accept the decrees and laws of all the various human institutions, whether they come from the highest human ruler or agents he sends to punish those who do wrong and to reward those who do well. You see, it is God's will that by doing what is right and good you should hush the gabbing ignorance of the foolish. Live as those who are free and not as those who use their freedom as a pretext for evil, but live as God's servants. Respect everyone. Love the community of believers. Reverence God. Honor your ruler. 

... 

Why would anyone harm you if you eagerly do good? Even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you will receive a blessing. Don't let them frighten you. Don't be intimidated, but exalt Him as Lord in your heart. Always be ready to offer a defense, humbly and respectfully, when someone asks why you live in hope. Keep your conscience clear so that those who ridicule your good conduct in the Anointed and say bad things about you will be put to shame. 

For if it is the will of God that you suffer, then it is better to suffer for doing what is right than for doing what is wrong. 

... 

Dear ones, don't be surprised when you experience your trial by fire. It is not something strange and unusual, but it is something you should rejoice in. In it you share the Anointed's sufferings, and you will be that much more joyful when His glory is revealed. If anyone condemns you for following Jesus as the Anointed One, consider yourself blessed. The glorious Spirit of God rests on you. But none of you should ever merit suffering like those who have murdered or stolen, meddled in the affairs of others or done evil things. But if you should suffer for being a Christian, don't think of it as a disgrace, as it would be if you had done wrong. Praise God that you're permitted to carry this name. 

... 

So bow down under God's strong hand; then when the time comes, God will lift you up. Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries. 

Most importantly, be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone. Resist him and be strong in your faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are fellow sufferers with you. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of grace who has called you [to His everlasting presence] through Jesus the Anointed will restore you, support you, strengthen you, and ground you. For all power belongs to God, now and forever. Amen. 
(1 Peter 2:9-17; 1 Peter 3:13-17; 1 Peter 4:12-15; 1 Peter 5:6-11)
Now read about Paul's example as a Christian prisoner sailing to Rome:
The date was set for us to depart for Rome, and Paul and some other prisoners were transferred to the custody of a Roman officer named Julius, a member of the Augustan Division. I, Luke, was permitted to join Paul for his journey to Rome, along with Aristarchus, a Macedonian brother from Thessalonica. We boarded a ship from Adramyttium that was stopping in ports along the coast of Asia. We stopped the next day at Sidon, and Julius kindly allowed Paul to visit friends and be taken care of by them. 

... 

[After the ship had been in a storm for two weeks, it appears it is about to break into pieces.] Then some of the crew decide to make a run for it on their own. They say they need to let out more anchors from the bow, and this will require lowering the ship's lifeboat. They actually plan to abandon us; we realize what's going on. Paul quickly speaks to the officer and soldiers. 

Paul:
Unless these men stay on board, you won't survive.
So the soldiers intervene, cut away the lifeboat, and let it drift away. We wait. Just before dawn, Paul again gathers everyone on the ship — all 276 of us. He urges everyone to eat and encourages us not to lose hope. 

... 

Day finally breaks. They survey the coastline and don't recognize it, but they do notice a bay with a beach — the best place to try to run ashore. 

So they cut the anchor ropes, untie the steering oars, hoist the foresail to the wind, and make for the beach. But then there's a horrible sound, and we realize we've struck a reef; the bow is jammed solid, and the waves are smashing the stern to pieces. The soldiers start talking about killing the prisoners so they won't swim away and escape; but the officer wants to save Paul, so he stops them. He tells those who can swim to jump overboard and swim to the shore, and those who can't, he tells to hold on to planks and other pieces of the ship when it breaks apart. Some hours later, we reassemble on the beach, each one safe and sound. 
(Acts 27:1-3; Acts 27:30-33; Acts 27:39-44)
Response in Prayer

O Father, I thank You for the great examples of faith that encourage, motivate, and convict me to be faithful in times of trial. I trust that the Holy Spirit will inspire and empower me with courage. I commit to live for You as a witness of Jesus no matter what circumstances I face. May my life be a living testimony to others of Your grace. May the character and compassion You have developed in me open the door for me to share my hope in Jesus. It is in his name I pray. Amen.
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"Holy Moments, Ordinary Bread" \u2014 A Year with Jesus for 09/30/2015
Note from Jesus
Dear Beloved, 
The fellowship of My disciples as they gather around a table for a meal, is a precious and holy moment. This meal can be a common meal or Holy Communion. Anytime My disciples gather in My name to "break bread" (1 Corinthians 10:16) and remember Me, their time together can be a sacramental experience. Each meal can be a holy time when I join with you in fellowship (Matthew 18:20). 
Your verses today remind you of the power of this kind of holy moment. The verses talk about holy meals in four contexts:
I join two disciples on the road to Emmaus during the evening after My resurrection, and they recognize Me when I "break bread" and share it with them.
The first believers in Jerusalem regularly got together to "break bread" in the Temple and daily in their homes.
Paul reminds the Corinthians of the essence of Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper.
Paul shares a holy meal with the 276 men \u2014 prisoners, soldiers, and sailors \u2014 on the storm-tossed ship on his way to Rome.
Please recognize that meals can always be a holy and sacred time. As you eat, no matter where you find yourself or with whom you share the meal, invite Me to join you. Recognize that I long to share this table fellowship time with you. Realize that our time together can be a sacramental moment of grace. Bread is never just bread when you gather in My name, remember what I have done for you, and enjoy the presence of others. I long to be made known to you as you "break bread"!
Verses to Live

These verses speak of several different kinds of meals, and several different types of people gathered to share the meals. Each of these is a holy moment that brings grace and restores life because I AM a part of the moment.
[Jesus meets disciples on the Road to Emmaus after His resurrection.] Picture this: 

That same day, two other disciples (not of the eleven) are traveling the seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they walk along, they talk back and forth about all that has transpired during recent days. While they're talking, discussing, and conversing, Jesus catches up to them and begins walking with them, but for some reason they don't recognize Him. 
Jesus:
You two seem deeply engrossed in conversation. What are you talking about as you walk along this road?
They stop walking and just stand there, looking sad. One of them \u2014 Cleopas is his name \u2014 speaks up. 

Cleopas:
You must be the only visitor in Jerusalem who hasn't heard about what's been going on over the last few days.
Jesus:
What are you talking about?
Two Disciples:
It's all about the man named Jesus of Nazareth. He was a mighty prophet who did amazing miracles and preached powerful messages in the sight of God and everyone around. Our chief priests and authorities handed Him over to be executed \u2014 crucified, in fact.
We had been hoping that He was the One \u2014 you know, the One who would liberate all Israel and bring God's promises. Anyway, on top of all this, just this morning \u2014 the third day after the execution \u2014 some women in our group really shocked us. They went to the tomb early this morning, but they didn't see His body anywhere. Then they came back and told us they did see something \u2014 a vision of heavenly messengers \u2014 and these messengers said that Jesus was alive. Some people in our group went to the tomb to check it out, and just as the women had said, it was empty. But they didn't see Jesus. 

Jesus:
Come on, men! Why are you being so foolish? Why are your hearts so sluggish when it comes to believing what the prophets have been saying all along? Didn't it have to be this way? Didn't the Anointed One have to experience these sufferings in order to come into His glory?
Then He begins with Moses and continues, prophet by prophet, explaining the meaning of the Hebrew Scriptures, showing how they were talking about the very things that had happened to Jesus. 

About this time, they are nearing their destination. Jesus keeps walking ahead as if He has no plans to stop there, but they convince Him to join them. 
Two Disciples:
Please, be our guest. It's getting late, and soon it will be too dark to walk.
So He accompanies them to their home. When they sit down at the table for dinner, He takes the bread in His hands, He gives thanks for it, and then He breaks it and hands it to them. At that instant, two things happen simultaneously: their eyes are suddenly opened so they recognize Him, and He instantly vanishes \u2014 just disappears before their eyes. 

Two Disciples (to each other):
Amazing! Weren't our hearts on fire within us while He was talking to us on the road? Didn't you feel it all coming clear as He explained the meaning of the Hebrew Scriptures?
So they get up immediately and rush back to Jerusalem \u2014 all seven miles \u2014 where they find the eleven gathered together \u2014 the eleven plus a number of others. Before Cleopas and his companion can tell their story, the others have their own story to tell. 

Other Disciples:
The Lord has risen indeed! It's true! He appeared to Simon!
Then the two men report their own experience \u2014 their conversation along the road, their moment of realization and recognition as He broke the bread. At that very instant, as they're still telling the story, Jesus is there, standing among them! 
(Luke 24:13-36) 

[Describing the life of the first disciples in Jerusalem.] They were unified as they worshiped at the temple day after day. In homes, they broke bread and shared meals with glad and generous hearts. 
(Acts 2:46) 

[Written by Paul to the Corinthians about the Lord's Supper.] I passed on to you the tradition the Lord gave to me: On the same night the Lord Jesus was betrayed, He took the bread in His hands; and after giving thanks to God, He broke it and said, "This is My body, broken for you. Keep doing this so that you and all who come after will have a vivid reminder of Me." After they had finished dinner, He took the cup and in the same way said, "This cup is the new covenant, executed in My blood. Keep doing this; and whenever you drink it, you and all who come after will have a vivid reminder of Me." Every time you taste this bread and every time you place the cup to your mouths and drink, you are declaring the Lord's death, which is the ultimate expression of His faithfulness and love, until He comes again. 
(1 Corinthians 11:23-26) 

[Joining Paul on his journey as a prisoner to Rome.] We had lost a lot of time already \u2014 it was late in the year for sailing \u2014 following the Day of Atonement, and conditions had deteriorated from adverse to dangerous. Paul tried to warn those in charge. 
Paul:
Sirs, if we proceed, I can see that our voyage will be dangerous and will involve heavy loss, not only of cargo, but of the ship itself; not only of the ship, but also of our lives.
But the officer ignored Paul and instead trusted the ship's pilot and owner who felt they could proceed. 

We had two choices. We could anchor in the harbor at Fair Havens and spend the winter, or we could proceed west along the coastline, hoping to reach Phoenix and wait there for calmer spring weather. Fair Havens was not a good option, though, being vulnerable to winter storms; so most of us agreed we should try to reach Phoenix, whose harbor was more protected. One day a moderate south wind began to blow, which made an attempt possible. We weighed anchor and sailed west, staying near shore. Then things got scary. A violent northeaster, the Euraquilo, blew down across Crete. We were caught. We couldn't turn and sail into this fierce wind, so we had no choice but to let it drive us. We briefly found a bit of shelter from the wind near the island of Clauda. We had been having trouble securing the ship's lifeboat; but we were able there to hoist it up and send down cables to brace the hull, which was in danger of breaking apart under the strain of the storm. The wind was relentless, and soon we were again being driven southwest at the mercy of the storm. We feared it would drive us all the way to the Syrtis Banks, down near the North African coast, so we threw out the sea anchor to slow us down. All through the night, the storm pounded us violently. The next day, the crew threw the ship's cargo overboard; and the day after that, they discarded any of the ship's equipment they could do without. Days passed without relief from the furious winds, without a single break in the clouds to see sun or stars, even for a moment. Despair set in, as if all hope of rescue had been cast overboard as well. On top of all of this, the crew had been unable to eat anything because of the turmoil. Paul saw the crew had reached a critical moment. He gathered them. 
Paul:
Men, if you had listened to my warning, we would still be safe in Crete and would have avoided this damage and loss. I was correct in my warning, so I urge you to believe me now: none of you will die. We will lose the ship, but we will not lose one life. So keep up your courage, men! The God I belong to, the God I worship, sent a heavenly messenger to me this night. He said, "Do not be afraid, Paul. I'm not finished with you yet. You are going to stand before the emperor! You can be certain that God has granted safety to you and all your companions." So listen, men: you must not give up hope! Keep up your courage! I have faith in God that things will turn out exactly as I was told last night. Here's what I foresee: we will run aground on some island.
Imagine what happened: 

It's the 14th night of our nightmare voyage; we're being driven by the storm somewhere in the Adriatic Sea. It's about midnight, and the sailors are taking soundings, fearing we might run aground. "Twenty fathoms," somebody calls out in the darkness, then a little later, "Fifteen fathoms." We're nearing land! But hope quickly gives way to a new fear. At any moment in this darkness, they realize, we could be smashed onto unseen rocks. So they drop four anchors from the stern and pray for first light. 
Then some of the crew decide to make a run for it on their own. They say they need to let out more anchors from the bow, and this will require lowering the ship's lifeboat. They actually plan to abandon us; we realize what's going on. Paul quickly speaks to the officer and soldiers. 
Paul:
Unless these men stay on board, you won't survive.
So the soldiers intervene, cut away the lifeboat, and let it drift away. We wait. Just before dawn, Paul again gathers everyone on the ship \u2014 all 276 of us. He urges everyone to eat and encourages us not to lose hope. 

Paul:
Listen, men, we've all been under incredible stress for 14 days. You haven't eaten anything during this whole time. I urge you to take some food now because it will help you survive what we're about to face. And I want to assure you \u2014 not one of you will lose a single hair from your head. We're all going to make it \u2014 all 276 of us!
Then Paul takes a loaf of bread and gives thanks to God in front of all of them. He breaks it, takes a piece, and begins to eat. A fresh surge of courage seems to fill their hearts as they also begin to eat. 
(Acts 27:9-37
Response in Prayer

O Father, thank You for the grace of meeting Jesus as I share meals with those who love Him and expect His presence. As we share in Your grace, restore our souls and deepen our love for each other as we celebrate Jesus' presence among us. In Jesus' name, I thank You for this grace! Amen.
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"Treacherous Travels" \u2014 A Year with Jesus for 09/29/2015
Note from Jesus
Dear Follower of The Way, 
Paul's path to Rome was difficult. First he faced a series of legal hearings before he even left for Rome. Then, he faced the challenging sea journey to Rome, a journey filled with adventure, hardship, danger, and influence. 
Paul's legal proceedings began when he appeared before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council (Acts 23:1-11). Years earlier the people on this council condemned Me to death. 
Paul was later transferred to Caesarea to protect him from a plot to kill him (Acts 23:12-35). There he appeared before the governor, Felix, and was accused by the high priest and others, and there Paul gave his personal testimony (Acts 24:1-27). After two years of waiting, a new governor named Porcius Festus came to power. Paul also appeared before him. When Festus considered sending Paul back to be tried in Jerusalem, Paul appealed to have his case heard in Rome. Paul's appeal was granted (Acts 25:1-12). When King Agrippa arrived to pay respects to Festus, Paul then appeared before Agrippa. Paul gave his personal testimony to Agrippa and his wife Bernice (Acts 25:13-27; Acts 26:1-32). 
The stonewalling delays of the political rulers seemed to be a waste of time. However, Paul was actually doing exactly what I had told Ananias that Paul would do when I sent him to lead Paul to become My disciple:
"I have chosen him to be My instrument to bring My name far and wide \u2014 to outsiders, to kings, and to the people of Israel as well. I have much to show him, including how much he must suffer for My name." 
(Acts 9:15-16)
Paul was able to tell My good news before people to whom he would never have had access without his legal hearings. Paul exposed these influential people to My story. He shared the good news and challenged them to accept My salvation by turning their lives around and receiving My grace. 

Paul had to endure suffering, but he wasn't afraid of that. He was determined to fulfill his mission for Me (Acts 20:24). That is exactly what he did. I kept my promise to get him safely to Rome (Acts 23:11). The trip was eventful, dangerous, and full of adventure. Yet even in this sea trip to Rome, I used Paul to bless others as he shared My message of grace both in word and in action.
Verses to Live

The passages below come from the account of Paul's sea journey to Rome. Notice how I ministered through Paul to those who were his captors. Paul's influence positively impacted all those he contacted. Remember, your journey may not be comfortable. Trust in Me and I will make sure your life matters... eternally... to both you and those whom you influence!
The date was set for us to depart for Rome, and Paul and some other prisoners were transferred to the custody of a Roman officer named Julius, a member of the Augustan Division. I, Luke, was permitted to join Paul for his journey to Rome, along with Aristarchus, a Macedonian brother from Thessalonica. We boarded a ship from Adramyttium... 
(Acts 27:1-2) 

Sailing conditions were adverse to say the least. Finally we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea on the south coast of Crete. We had lost a lot of time already \u2014 it was late in the year for sailing \u2014 following the Day of Atonement, and conditions had deteriorated from adverse to dangerous. Paul tried to warn those in charge. 
Paul:
Sirs, if we proceed, I can see that our voyage will be dangerous and will involve heavy loss, not only of cargo, but of the ship itself; not only of the ship, but also of our lives.
But the officer ignored Paul and instead trusted the ship's pilot and owner who felt they could proceed. 
(Acts 27:8-11) 

One day a moderate south wind began to blow, which made an attempt [at sailing west up the coast] possible. We weighed anchor and sailed west, staying near shore. Then things got scary. A violent northeaster, the Euraquilo, blew down across Crete. We were caught. We couldn't turn and sail into this fierce wind, so we had no choice but to let it drive us. 
(Acts 27:13-15) 

Imagine what happened: It's the 14th night of our nightmare voyage; we're being driven by the storm somewhere in the Adriatic Sea. It's about midnight, and the sailors are taking soundings, fearing we might run aground. "Twenty fathoms," somebody calls out in the darkness, then a little later, "Fifteen fathoms." We're nearing land! But hope quickly gives way to a new fear. At any moment in this darkness, they realize, we could be smashed onto unseen rocks. So they drop four anchors from the stern and pray for first light. 
(Acts 27:27-29) 

We wait. Just before dawn, Paul again gathers everyone on the ship \u2014 all 276 of us. He urges everyone to eat and encourages us not to lose hope. 
Paul:
Listen, men, we've all been under incredible stress for 14 days. You haven't eaten anything during this whole time. I urge you to take some food now because it will help you survive what we're about to face. And I want to assure you \u2014 not one of you will lose a single hair from your head. We're all going to make it \u2014 all 276 of us!
Then Paul takes a loaf of bread and gives thanks to God in front of all of them. He breaks it, takes a piece, and begins to eat. A fresh surge of courage seems to fill their hearts as they also begin to eat. After satisfying their hunger, the crew lightens the ship by throwing the remaining wheat overboard. Day finally breaks. They survey the coastline and don't recognize it, but they do notice a bay with a beach \u2014 the best place to try to run ashore. 
(Acts 27:35-39) 

The soldiers start talking about killing the prisoners so they won't swim away and escape; but the officer wants to save Paul, so he stops them. He tells those who can swim to jump overboard and swim to the shore, and those who can't, he tells to hold on to planks and other pieces of the ship when it breaks apart. Some hours later, we reassemble on the beach, each one safe and sound. 
(Acts 27:42-44) 

We quickly learned that we were on the island of Malta. The Maltese people found us and were extraordinarily kind to us. They kindled a bonfire and welcomed us around it, which we greatly appreciated because it was raining and cold. Paul was gathering firewood and helping build the fire. A viper had been hiding in some of the wood, and as it tried to escape the heat, it bit Paul on the hand. It sank its fangs in and wouldn't let go. The natives saw it dangling from his hand. 
Natives:
This man must be a murderer. He escaped the sea, but now justice has caught up with him.
Paul simply shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no harm. The natives knew what to expect \u2014 rapid swelling followed by death \u2014 but when they waited a long time and saw that Paul suffered no ill effects of the bite, they changed their minds and concluded that he was a god. 

The leading man of the island, Publius, owned large amounts of land near this beach. Publius received us and hosted us for three days. Publius's father was sick, bedridden with fever and dysentery. Paul visited the invalid and prayed for him, placing his hands on Publius' father. The man was cured. Soon people from all over the island who had diseases came, and they were cured as well. 
We stayed on Malta for the next three months and were treated with great honor. When spring arrived, we prepared to continue our journey on a ship that had wintered there \u2014 an Alexandrian vessel with the Twin Brothers as its figurehead. The Maltese people showed us a final kindness as we departed: they came with all the provisions we needed for our journey and put them on board. 
(Acts 28:1-11)
Response in Prayer

O Father, please give me strength as I try to be faithful under trial. I want to be a good example for, and a good influence on others while I face challenges. I want You to be glorified, Jesus to be known, and the Holy Spirit's refreshing presence to touch the lives of all with whom I come in contact. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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Navigating Political Minefields" \u2014 A Year with Jesus for 09/27/2015


Note from Jesus


Dear Precious One, 


Each of My disciples is precious to Me. I hate for any of them to have to go through unfair trials and difficulties. Unfortunately, the world in which My disciples live is filled with all sorts of twisted people. These people abuse politics and laws to suit themselves. They try to extort money from the innocent. They make decisions to curry favor rather than to deliver justice. 


I remind you that My trial was an awful miscarriage of justice. My execution was government-sponsored murder. The whole situation was politically motivated and not based on truth. 


My few believers in influential Jewish circles feared reprisal for their faith, so they remained silent in the face of all the abuses of the law and justice. Notice this fear of rejection among the Jews during the last week before My crucifixion:
Despite all the signs He [Jesus the Anointed] performed, they still did not believe in Him. .. Yet many leaders secretly believed in Him but would not declare their faith because the Pharisees continued their threats to expel all His followers from the synagogue; here's why: they loved to please men more than they desired to glorify God. 
(John 12:37; John 12:42-43)
Without anyone to insist on a fair trial, the Jewish leaders tried me illegally. They seized Me at night having paid Judas to betray Me. The trial was held at night away from the people. The testimony used against Me was untrue and provided by false witnesses. When they pronounced Me guilty, they sent Me to Pilate. 


Pilate recognized almost immediately that I was innocent, yet tried to gain political leverage by having Me go before Herod. I was pronounced innocent by Pilate, but he appeased the crowd by releasing a hardened criminal named Barabbas rather than releasing Me. Pilate then had Me scourged trying to calm the crowd. When this appeasement didn't work, Pilate handed Me over to be crucified. 


So yes, precious disciple, I experienced injustice \u2014 a total miscarriage of justice. When under trial, I do want you to remain a person of holy character. I also want you to look for an opportunity to share My good news with influential people even when being treated unjustly. However, I don't want you to suffer unjustly if you can legally prevent this unfairness from happening. 


One of the many reasons I chose Paul to be My apostle to the Gentiles was because he was a Roman citizen. This citizenship gave Paul specific rights that protected him many times during his life of ministry. I want you to notice in the verses below that Paul exercised his legal rights as a Roman citizen to protect himself, his ministry partners, and his ministry. Another example was Paul using his citizenship to obtain an acknowledgement that he and his associates had been treated unlawfully in Philippi (Acts 16:35-40).
Verses to Live


Today's verses share some of the intrigue, political maneuvering, and treachery that led Paul to use his legal rights to protect himself and his ministry. Please know that I want you to do the same. Be a person of holy character and faith. Trust in the Holy Spirit to give you words to say but use every legal right to protect yourself and your ministry. I will be at work to redeem your situation (Romans 8:28).
Felix was quite knowledgeable about the Way. He adjourned the preliminary hearing. 


Felix:
When Lysias the commandant comes to Caesarea, I will decide your case.
He then ordered the officer to keep Paul in custody, but to permit him some freedom and to allow any of his friends to take care of his needs. 


A few days later, Felix sent for Paul and gave him an opportunity to speak about faith in the Anointed One. Felix was accompanied by his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. As Paul spoke of justice, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became fearful. 


Felix:
That's enough for now. When I have time, I will send for you again.
They had a number of conversations of this sort; but Felix actually was hoping that, by having frequent contact with him, Paul might offer him a bribe. As a favor to the Jews, he did nothing to resolve the case and left Paul in prison for two years. Then Felix completed his assignment as governor, and Porcius Festus succeeded him. 


Three days after arriving in the province, Festus traveled south from Caesarea to Jerusalem. The chief priests and Jewish leaders still had a plan to kill Paul and gave a report to Festus about their unresolved grievances against Paul. They suggested that as a favor to them, Festus should move Paul to Jerusalem. Of course, this was part of the plan to set an ambush for Paul and kill him en route. Festus instead offered to reopen the case. He would be going back to Caesarea soon. 


Festus:
So let your leaders accompany me, and bring your accusations against the man.
Eight or ten days later, Festus returned to Caesarea, and the next day he took his seat in court. He ordered Paul to be brought before him. The Jewish opponents from Jerusalem immediately surrounded Paul and from all directions bombarded him with all sorts of serious charges, none of which could be proven. 


Paul (quietly and simply):
In no way have I committed any offense against Jewish law, against the Jewish temple and all it represents, or against the emperor.
Here Festus saw an opportunity to do just the favor Paul's Jewish opponents had requested. 


Festus:
Would you like to have your trial in Jerusalem? I'd be willing to try your case there.
Paul:
If I had committed a capital offense, I would accept my punishment. But I'm sure it's clear to you that I have done no wrong to the Jews. Since their charges against me are completely empty, it would be wrong to turn me over to them. No, I do not wish to go to Jerusalem. I am appealing to the court of the emperor in Rome.
Festus conferred privately with his council and returned with this decision: 


Festus:
You have appealed to the emperor, so to the emperor you will go.
(Acts 24:22-27; Acts 25:1-12)
Response in Prayer


O Father in heaven, You are the God of all nations. You hold the power of leaders in Your hands. So please bring to end the violence, duplicity, injustice, and treachery of those who are leaders and who do such things. Bring Your justice to our world. Please, O God, have Your kingdom come and have Your will be done in our world today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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 "Powerful Testimony" \u2014 A Year with Jesus for 09/28/2015


Note from Jesus


Dear Disciple, 


I gave My life to bring God's grace to you. As My disciple, I ask you to share My story of grace in your life with others. In the first verses you will read today, Peter tells early disciples who were facing challenging circumstances to be ready always to offer their "defense" for their hope in Me. The same admonition is true for you. You might call your "defense" your testimony. It is your reason for having hope in Me. Here are some questions to help prompt you as you think through your own "defense" or personal testimony:
How does My story intersect your life to bring you hope?
How does My grace change the way you feel about your future?
How does My victory over sin, death, and hell give you the confidence to face your challenges?
How does the Father's love demonstrated by My incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection grab your heart?
Where have you seen My blessings in your life?
Certainly there are more questions than these, but these should get you started as you prepare yourself to share! 


The longer reading in today's verses comes from Paul's trial before King Agrippa. Paul had been arrested in Jerusalem and was caught in a tangle of murder plots, legal delays, changes in leadership, and pressures to bribe his way to freedom. The grinding processes of the Roman legal system, Satan's direct attacks, and unscrupulous people slowed down Paul's appeal for freedom. Yet as I had promised, Paul's suffering for Me had a specific purpose. He addressed influential leaders he otherwise would have never been allowed to address (Acts 9:15-16; Acts 22:14-16). The Holy Spirit empowered Paul to say what needed to be said (Luke 12:11-12) so that the good news was preached to these influential leaders. 


Keeping your faith brimming with hope is hard when you are under fire. Persecution can drain faith of its steadfastness and rob hope of its vibrancy. I want you to know that I see, hear, and know of your challenges, your sufferings, and your trials. These can come in all sorts of forms. Some of My disciples are facing torture and death this very day because of their faith. Others face ridicule. Still others are being ostracized or marginalized. All of these situations, along with your specific circumstances, are important to Me. I will not forget what you endure for My sake (Luke 12:6-7; Hebrews 6:10; Revelation 14:13).


You are not forgotten! I will remember your faithfulness. Hard times do not come upon you because you are unimportant. You do not face them because you have been forgotten. Throughout history, I have used the testimony of My faithful disciples under persecution to soften the hearts of hostile leaders. I have used their examples of courage to strengthen other disciples. I have used their character while suffering to change public opinion about My people and their faith. 


In the middle of your trials, even in the most painful moments of your persecutions, remain true to Me. In the most belittling moments of ostracism and ridicule, remain faithful. Hang on to your hope in Me. Hold fast to My message of grace and ultimate victory. Remain true to the character and compassion you have as one of My followers. 


As you persevere, look for an opportunity to share the reason for your hope in Me. Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of those around you who are desperately yearning to know the Father's grace. Be ready to share your hope through both your words and your actions. As you do, please know that the Holy Spirit's power and direction will work through you. You may not see immediate results, but know that your efforts will not be in vain!
Verses to Live


Folks in your day tell folks in hard times to "hang in there." For those facing trials, this phrase of encouragement can feel hollow and perfunctory. However, the two witnesses who speak to you through these verses that follow put their lives on the line to share these messages with you. These are words from the front lines of faith in the face of danger. Life is on the line. Both Peter and Paul will ultimately give their lives because of their faith. So take their words to heart. As you do, be encouraged to do two things. First, commit to being faithful under trial as you look for an opportunity to share the reason for your hope in Me. Second, pray for your brothers and sisters who are in hostile places and whose lives are on the line because of their faith.
Why would anyone harm you if you eagerly do good? Even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you will receive a blessing. Don't let them frighten you. Don't be intimidated, but exalt Him [Jesus Christ] as Lord in your heart. Always be ready to offer a defense, humbly and respectfully, when someone asks why you live in hope. Keep your conscience clear so that those who ridicule your good conduct in the Anointed [Christ] and say bad things about you will be put to shame. For if it is the will of God that you suffer, then it is better to suffer for doing what is right than for doing what is wrong. 
(1 Peter 3:13-17) 


Agrippa (to Paul):
Go ahead. You may speak for yourself.
Paul (extending his hand):
I am indeed fortunate to be standing before you, King Agrippa, to humbly defend myself against accusations from my Jewish opponents. You are extraordinarily familiar with Jewish customs and controversies, so I beg your patience as I begin. My way of life is well known to the whole Jewish community, how I have lived in the Jewish community abroad and in Jerusalem. If they are willing to speak, they themselves will tell you something they have long known \u2014 that I was a member of the strictest sect of our religion and lived for many years as a Pharisee. But now I am on trial here for this simple reason: I have hope. I have hope rooted in a promise God made to our ancestors. All our twelve tribes have hope in this promise \u2014 they express their hope as they worship day and night. How strange it is, then, Your Excellency, that I am accused by the Jews of having hope! Why would any of you think it is absurd to have hope that God raises the dead? As you know, we're talking specifically about Jesus of Nazareth. For a long time, I was convinced that I should work against that name. I opposed it in Jerusalem. I received authorization from the chief priests to lock many of His followers in prison. When they were threatened with execution, I voted against them. I would find them in synagogues across Jerusalem and try to force them to blaspheme. My fury drove me to pursue them to foreign cities as well. 


On one occasion, I was traveling to Damascus, authorized and commissioned by the chief priests to find and imprison more of His [Jesus'] followers. It was about midday, Your Excellency, when I saw a light from heaven \u2014 brighter than the noonday sun \u2014 shining around my companions and me. We all fell to the ground in fear, and I then heard a voice. The words were in Aramaic: "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? When you kick against the cattle prods, you're only hurting yourself." I asked, "Lord, who are You?" and the Lord answered, "I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting. Get up now, and stand upright on your feet. I have appeared to you for a reason. I am appointing you to serve Me. You are to tell My story and how you have now seen Me, and you are to continue to tell the story in the future. I will rescue you from your Jewish opponents and from the outsiders \u2014 for it is to the outsiders I am sending you. It will be your mission to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of God. This is so that they may receive forgiveness of all their sins and have a place among those who are set apart for a holy purpose through having faith in Me." 


King Agrippa, I did not disobey this vision from heaven. I began in Damascus, then continued in Jerusalem, then throughout the Judean countryside, then among the outsiders \u2014 telling everyone they must turn from their past and toward God and align their deeds and way of life with this new direction. So then, this is my crime. This is why my Jewish opponents seized me that day in the temple and tried to kill me. God has helped me right up to this very moment, so I can stand here telling my story to both the humble and the powerful alike. I only say what the prophets and Moses said would happen \u2014 that the Anointed One [Jesus Christ] must suffer, and then, by being the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to both Jews and outsiders.
Festus (interrupting):
You've gone crazy, Paul! You've read one book too many and have gone insane!
Paul:
No, most excellent Festus, I am not insane. I am telling the sane and sober truth. The king understands what I'm talking about, which is why I could speak so freely to him. None of these things have been covered up and hidden away in a corner, so I'm sure none of these things have escaped his notice. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you must believe.
Agrippa:
Paul, have you so quickly moved on from defending yourself to trying to persuade me to become a Christian?
Paul:
Whether I have done so quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also everyone who is listening to me today might become what I am \u2014 minus these chains.
The king stood to leave at this point, along with Festus, Bernice, and all those who had been seated; and as they left, everyone was saying the same thing: "This man isn't doing anything deserving death \u2014 he shouldn't even be in prison." 


Agrippa (to Festus):
This man could have been released completely if he had not appealed to the emperor.
(Acts 26:1-32)
Response in Prayer


O Father, I want to be faithful to You. I want to share the reason for my hope in Jesus with those who are interested and with those who may be hostile. Please give me the courage and discernment to know the best time to do this. I trust that the Holy Spirit will give me the words to say just as the Lord Jesus promised. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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"'You Will Do the Same in Rome!'" \u2014 A Year with Jesus for 09/26/2015
Note from Jesus
Dear Follower, 
Roman soldiers saved Paul from being beaten to death by an angry Jewish mob. The mob had mistakenly thought he had taken a Gentile named Trophimus into the Jewish-only portion of the Temple. The people in the crowd were "out of their heads mad" at Paul. They raged at him and began to beat him until the Roman soldiers intervened, picked him up and carried him to safety (Acts 21:27-36). 
Paul asked to speak to the crowd, and they quieted down when he spoke to them in their native language. They followed his message intently until he talked about Jesus sending him to "outsiders" (Gentiles). At the mention of that one word, they went berserk again (Acts 22:1-23). They were determined to kill him. Their plots during the next several stages of Paul's twisted path through the Jewish and Roman legal system provide a back-story that should repeatedly remind you that Paul's life was in jeopardy daily. Under this incredible pressure and scrutiny, Paul repeatedly gave his testimony and kept his head when most people around him went mad with anger and hatred. 
Paul used his Roman citizenship to preserve his life, appeal for justice, prevent beatings, and ultimately get to Rome. Despite all the threats and attempts on his life, My promise sustained him until he arrived in Rome:
"Keep up your courage, Paul! You have successfully told your story about Me in Jerusalem, and soon you will do the same in Rome."
Verses to Live

My intervention repeatedly preserved Paul's life; also, his cunning maneuvers, quick wit, and use of his Roman citizenship brought him safely to Rome. Safely! Despite the threats, plans, and attempts on his life. Safely! Despite being a prisoner and being caught in a shipwreck. Safely! Despite a potentially deadly snake bite. Never forget that I AM at work in your life too. I want you, like Paul, to use all the tools at your disposal to secure your freedom, to protect your life, and to safeguard the ministry entrusted to you. I have given you your abilities, so use them in My service. If the journey is hard, please remember these words of My great apostle, Paul. His journey to Rome proves these words are true.
Now I'm sure of this: the sufferings we endure now are not even worth comparing to the glory that is coming and will be revealed in us. 
(Romans 8:18)
As you read about Paul's journey, remember My promises... both to Paul and to you. Your goal isn't Rome as Paul's was, but for you glory awaits!
They [the crowd Paul was addressing] were listening quietly up until he mentioned the outsiders. 

Crowd (shouting):
Away with him! Such a man can't be allowed to remain here. Kill him! He must die!
Chaos broke out again. People were shouting, slamming their coats down on the ground, and throwing fistfuls of dust up in the air. The commandant ordered the soldiers to bring Paul to the barracks and flog him until he confessed to whatever he had done to stir up this outrage. 

Back at the barracks, as they tied him up with leather thongs, Paul spoke to a nearby officer. 
Paul:
Is this legal \u2014 for you to flog a Roman citizen without a trial? The officer went and spoke to the commandant.
Officer:
What can you do about this? Did you know this fellow is a Roman citizen?
Commandant (rushing to Paul's side):
What's this? Are you really a Roman citizen?
Paul:
Yes.
Commandant:
I paid a small fortune for my citizenship.
Paul:
I was born a citizen.
Hearing this, those who were about to start the flogging pulled back, and the commandant was concerned because he had arrested and bound a citizen without cause. He still needed to conduct an investigation to uncover the Jews' accusations against Paul. So the next day, he removed the ties on Paul and called a meeting with the chief priests and council of elders. He brought Paul in and had him stand before the group. 

Paul stared at the council and spoke. 
Paul:
Brothers, I have always lived my life to this very day with a clear conscience before God.
Ananias the high priest signaled those standing near Paul to hit him on the mouth. 

Paul:
You hypocrite! God will slap you! How dare you sit in judgment and claim to represent the law, while you violate the law by ordering me to be struck for no reason?
Bystanders:
The nerve of you insulting the high priest of God!
Paul:
I'm sorry, my brothers. I didn't realize this was the high priest. The law warns us to not curse the ruler of the people.
Paul noticed that some members of the council were Sadducees and some were Pharisees, so he quickly spoke to the council. 

Paul:
Brothers, I am a Pharisee, born to a Pharisee. I am on trial because I have hope that the dead are raised!
That got the two parties arguing with one another because the Sadducees say there is no such thing as resurrection, heavenly messengers, or spirits, and the Pharisees believe in all three. Soon these leaders were shouting, and some of the scholars from the party of the Pharisees rose to their feet. 

Pharisees:
There is nothing wrong with this man. Maybe he really has encountered a spirit or a heavenly messenger.
The two parties were about to start throwing punches, and the commandant was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces, so he sent in his soldiers to intervene. They took Paul back into custody and returned him to their barracks. That night the Lord came near and spoke to him. 

The Lord:
Keep up your courage, Paul! You have successfully told your story about Me in Jerusalem, and soon you will do the same in Rome.
(Acts 22:22-30; Acts 23:1-11)
Response in Prayer

I trust in You, O God. I trust in you even in the middle of my struggles, hardships, and hurts. You are my Father and Redeemer and Friend. Sustain me with Your never-ending love and the power of the Holy Spirit as I live my life in honor of Jesus my King. Amen.
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Arrested to Serve and to Save" \u2014 A Year with Jesus for 09/25/2015
Note from Jesus
Dear Disciple, 
Paul's long anticipated visit to Jerusalem finally happened. He arrived in Jerusalem accompanied by Christians from the churches in Asia and Europe. They came with Paul to bless their impoverished Jewish brothers and sisters in Christ. All along the way, he had been warned by friends and by the Holy Spirit that trouble, hardship, danger, and arrest awaited him (Acts 20:22-25; Acts 21:4; Acts 21:10-14). 
In an attempt to keep the peace with the Jewish people of Jerusalem and to preserve the fragile peace the Jewish Christians enjoyed with their fellow Israelites, Paul followed a suggestion that James and the elders in Jerusalem made. He went to the Temple with other Jewish Christians to show he still respected his heritage. However, some people from Asia who hated Paul were at the Temple. They had previously seen Paul with a fellow named Trophimus, who was a Gentile from Ephesus. They wrongly assumed Paul had taken Trophimus into the Jewish-only portion of the Temple compound. 
A Gentile in this portion of the Temple was an offense punishable by death under both Roman and Jewish law. So in their fury, they seized Paul. They screamed for others to help them beat Paul to death. Roman soldiers rushed to the scene and arrested Paul. However, the riot had grown so intense, the soldiers had to carry him to safety. 
Paul had invested so much of himself in the Gentile churches' collection for the poor Jewish Christians of Jerusalem. He had so hoped that this act of generosity would tear down the walls of race and prejudice that divided My church in many places in that day. Unfortunately, this act of generosity was not received well by non-Christian Jews. Paul's attempts at reconciliation blew up in his face as an ugly riotous mob tried to kill him. 
Years earlier, on My last trip to Jerusalem before My crucifixion, I warned My disciples repeatedly about the hostile rejection, arrest, and crucifixion that awaited Me. Paul and others had warned that he would be rejected and arrested in Jerusalem. Just as I had gone to the Temple to honor the Father, so had Paul. Just as I had met with the hostility of the people in the Temple, so had Paul. What I said on My trip to Jerusalem still rang true in Paul's day:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, "Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!" 
(Matthew 23:37-39 NLT)
My lament is similar to Paul's words you read previously from the book of Romans \u2014 words that partially explain why Paul went to Jerusalem despite facing rejection and possible death. He wrote:
With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it. My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed \u2014 cut off from Christ! \u2014 if that would save them. 
(Romans 9:1-3 NLT)
Paul's trip to Jerusalem wasn't made because he was foolhardy or had a death wish. Paul went there because of the love he had for non-believing Jews, because of his desire to unite the world Christian movement beyond racial lines, and because he wanted to help impoverished Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. 

I share all this because I want you to notice that sometimes things don't turn out as you would want. This undesired result can be true even when you have the best of motives. This outcome was true for Me on My last trip to Jerusalem. It was also true for Paul on his last trip to Jerusalem. Despite the disappointments and the apparent failure of Paul's mission, the Holy Spirit worked to bring great good out of this awful situation. The Spirit used this shocking turn of events to enable Paul to testify before rulers and authorities and ultimately to get to Rome. 
So please, don't give up in despair when your best efforts and your finest intentions end up in a mess. Satan wants to use your mess to destroy you. Yet I AM at work even when circumstances suggest that I have abandoned you. The Father is working for your good even when you can't immediately see that good. Paul's words of assurance ultimately were proved true for him on this visit to Jerusalem, and ultimately they will be proved true for you:
We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. From the distant past, His eternal love reached into the future. You see, He knew those who would be His one day, and He chose them beforehand to be conformed to the image of His Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of a new family of believers, all brothers and sisters. 
Romans 8:28-29
What Paul promised to you, I accomplished and proved true for him. But that, My dear disciple, will be shown in more detail in our subsequent days together as we continue to remember Paul's journey to Rome!
Verses to Live

Luke told this account of Paul's arrest very matter-of-factly. So I want you to let your imagination catch you up into this story. Imagine yourself as one of the angry mob. How do you feel believing Paul had desecrated the Holy Temple of YHWH (the Hebrew for the name of God)? Imagine yourself as Paul, trying to accommodate everyone's wishes and having such deep longing to share My grace with those in Jerusalem. How would you feel captured by the angry, riotous, murderous mob? Now I want you to imagine My heart as I watch Paul in the places I had ministered and as he went and faced many of the same things I faced on My last visit Jerusalem. Only this time, give thanks that I had faced these things and triumphed over the death inflicted by the angry mob so that you, Paul, and even the angry mob could have the opportunity of true salvation!
So we [Paul and those traveling with him] knew what we were getting into as we prepared to ascend the foothills toward Jerusalem [because of the repeated warnings of friends and the Holy Spirit]. Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and led us to the home of Mnason, a Cypriot and one of the first disciples, with whom we stayed. We continued on to Jerusalem and were welcomed warmly by the brothers there. The next day, we went together to visit James, and all the elders were there with him. Paul greeted them and then reported account after account of what God had done through him among the outsiders. When they heard his story, they praised God. 

James and the Elders:
Brother, we have a problem. You can see that we have thousands of Jewish believers here, and all of them are zealous law keepers. They've heard all kinds of rumors about you \u2014 that you teach all the Jews living among the outside nations to forget about Moses entirely, that you tell believers not to circumcise their sons, that you teach them to abandon all our customs. We need to deal with this situation, since word will spread that you're here in the city. So here's what we would like you to do. We have four men here who are fulfilling a vow. Join them. Go through the rituals of purification with them. Pay for their heads to be shaved according to our ritual. That will show that the rumors are false and that you are still observing and upholding the law. For the outside believers, we've already written in a letter our judgment on their situation: they should not eat food that has been sacrificed to idols, they should not eat meat with blood in it or meat from animals killed by strangulation, and they should abstain from all sexual misconduct.
Paul complied with their request. The very next day, he publicly joined the four men, completed the initial purification rites, entered the temple with them, and began the seven-day ritual purification process, after which a sacrifice would be made for each of them. The seven days of purification were almost completed when some Jews from Asia recognized Paul in the temple. They grabbed him. 

Asian Jews (shouting):
Help! Fellow Israelites! This man is an enemy of our people, our religion, our law, and this temple! He travels around the world subverting our holiest customs! He is at this moment desecrating this holy temple by bringing outsiders into this sacred place.
In this accusation, they were confused \u2014 they had seen Paul elsewhere in the city with Trophimus the Ephesian, and they assumed that one of his current companions was Trophimus. It was too late to clarify, though, because word spread and soon a huge crowd rushed to the temple. They held Paul and dragged him from the temple and shut the doors behind them. They beat Paul, and it was clear they intended to kill him. By this time, word of the uproar reached the commandant of the Roman guard assigned to Jerusalem. He led a group of soldiers and officers to the scene. When the mob looked up and saw the soldiers running toward them, they stopped beating Paul. The commandant took him into custody and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He conducted a preliminary interrogation \u2014 asking Paul's name, what he had done. Members of the crowd were shouting over each other, and the tribune couldn't hear a thing, so he ordered Paul to be taken back to the barracks. When they came to the steps leading down from the temple, the crowd was seething with such violence toward Paul that the soldiers had to pick him up and carry him. 
(Acts 21:15-35)
Response in Prayer

O dear Father, thank You for the grace that brought Jesus to us. Thank You, Jesus, for the pain You bore, not just when You went to Jerusalem and faced the cross, but also when You relived the events with Your apostle Paul. Thank You that his fate at this time was different from Your fate on the cross. Thank You for reminding me that I, too, may face disappointment and harm for things I do with good intentions and pure motives. I learn from this, dear Lord, that I must trust the results and the justice to You and Your grace, believing that my future is secure in You. Thank You! Amen. 
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"Treasure in Fragile Clay Pots" \u2014 A Year with Jesus for 08/24/2015
Note from Jesus
Dear Precious Follower, 
In Paul's day, the Greek language had two words for two different types of pots. One was called an amphiphora. An amphiphora was a beautifully decorated pot that was sometimes fired to have a beautiful ceramic glaze. These kinds of pots were works of art and used decoratively and as part of a very special meal. The other word for a pot was skeuos. A skeuos was an ordinary clay pot used for just about anything. It was unimportant and insignificant. This kind of pot was used for routine things, could be easily discarded, and was without much consequence even if broken. 
When Paul described himself and his fellow gospel messengers, he didn't use the word amphiphora. Instead, he emphasized the fragile and inconsequential nature of a skeuos pot to describe himself. He described himself as a simple vessel made of earth and clay for ordinary and everyday use. Paul emphasized that he and each person who ministered for Me was a simple "fragile clay pot" whose purpose was to carry something significant. My messenger, My clay pot, is not necessarily fancy, flashy, or consequential in his or her personal importance. The true significance of My messenger is determined by the "treasure" he or she carries as My clay pot. 
Paul's ministry was not about himself, but about declaring the good news of the Almighty Father. This was the good news of My coming to earth, My going to the cross to pay for sins, My being buried in a tomb sharing your human mortality, and My triumph over death through My resurrection. The Father used Me to begin His new work of re-creation just as surely as We \u2014 Father, Son, and Spirit \u2014 created everything when We spoke, "'Let there be light.' And light flashed into being" (Genesis 1:3). I entrusted the message of good news about Me and God's power of re-creation to My disciples who were ordinary people made extraordinary because of the good news they shared and because of the Holy Spirit Who empowered them. They were clay pots carrying glorious treasure! 
These ordinary people faced extraordinary challenges. They endured repeated abuses. They were often threatened and sometimes tortured. Some were martyred for sharing this good news about Me. Yet nothing could stop them or the message that they shared about Me. The Holy Spirit within them empowered them to speak My good news. Their ordinariness as fishermen, tax collectors, those formerly possessed by demons, fathers, mothers, men and women, young and old made their courage and their impact all the more extraordinary. These ordinary people, these fragile clay pots, brought the treasure to the lost world. They brought the treasure of true life to those who feared death. They carried the treasure of light to those trapped in Satan's darkness. They delivered the treasure of hope to those lost in monotonous mortality. They brought the treasure of re-creation to those too old or too set in their ways to expect new things. 
Paul insisted in the verses for today, and he will insist again and again in 2 Corinthians, that the Father's strength and wisdom are made perfect through human weakness. The Father's "transcendent character" was at work within these normal people. This power at work within them was not human power, human wisdom, or human charisma. This was Holy Spirit power. This was the Father's power released through the Holy Spirit's presence within My disciples. This power was available to all people who follow Me. This was the power that could transform every human life it touched. That same power is available to you, today!
Verses to Live

Don't depend on the charm, charisma, and persuasiveness of your public Christian personalities. The world needs to discover real treasure, not focus on the person who is the vessel to bring My treasure to the lost world. This lost world needs to see the Father's grace delivered into the world through ordinary people made extraordinary by the Spirit's work through them. 
This transcendent power is also at work in you as another ordinary and "fragile clay pot" made extraordinary by the treasure that you carry. Listen carefully as Paul teaches about this treasure that is now alive in you!
We do not preach about ourselves. The subject of all our sermons is Jesus, the Anointed One. He is Lord and Master of all. For Jesus' sake we are here to serve you. The God who spoke light into existence, saying, "Let light shine from the darkness," is the very One who sets our hearts ablaze to shed light on the knowledge of God's glory revealed in the face of Jesus, the Anointed One. 

But this beautiful treasure is contained in us \u2014 cracked pots made of earth and clay \u2014 so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us. We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides, but we are not crushed by them. We are bewildered at times, but we do not give in to despair. We are persecuted, but we have not been abandoned. We have been knocked down, but we are not destroyed. We always carry around in our bodies the reality of the brutal death and suffering of Jesus. As a result, His resurrection life rises and reveals its wondrous power in our bodies as well. For while we live, we are constantly handed over to death on account of Jesus so that His life may be revealed even in our mortal bodies of flesh. So death is constantly at work in us, but life is working in you. 
(2 Corinthians 4:5-12)
Response in Prayer

O Almighty Father, there are times when the devil abuses and batters my sense of significance. Sometimes, dear Father, I feel too inconsequential to make a difference in Your work. As I read Paul's words, I was reminded that Jesus and the powerful good news about Jesus are the treasure. I am Your vessel. I recognize that my sufficiency and significance are found in You and in living for You. So I ask for the Holy Spirit to reawaken my passion to live for Jesus and empower me to share Jesus in word and deed with those around me. Help me do this humbly and compassionately, but courageously by the power of Your Spirit. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen. 
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Transitions" — A Year with Jesus for 09/23/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Faithful Follower, 

Life is full of transitions and changes as well as ups and downs. For the apostle Paul, this was certainly true during his ministry. In the verses below, he had just spent considerable time in Macedonia and Greece. He had written letters to the Romans and the Corinthians. He had strengthened churches. He had spent time with people he knew and loved. 

During this time, he was organizing an offering for the impoverished believers in Jerusalem. Each church that was helping with this offering sent representatives with Paul to Jerusalem to convey their congregations' love. They also were along to ensure the funds were handled and dispersed appropriately. This trip back to Jerusalem with these special gifts was important to Paul. He wanted to bring My family of believers together in spirit and fellowship even though they were scattered across the Mediterranean world and made up of different cultures and races of people. 

However, Paul had enemies who were determined to stop him. These enemies were from Asia, and especially Ephesus. They were Jewish people who were opposed to his preaching that I AM the Anointed One, the promised Messiah of Israel. Over the next several days, you will read about Paul's journey to Jerusalem where these enemies started a riot and tried to have him killed. The Roman authorities arrested Paul and actually preserved his life. Paul used his Roman citizenship to defeat the conspiracies to have him killed and was thus able to have his case heard in Rome in Caesar's court. 

Paul did eventually arrive in Rome, but it wasn't in the manner he had hoped. During his wild sea journey to Rome, the Spirit delivered him from great danger and brought him safely to Rome. The whole ordeal in Jerusalem and the journey to Rome gave Paul many opportunities to tell a wide variety of people — both influential and obscure — about Me. 

Your readings will be full of intrigue, travel, danger, warning, opposition, deliverance, shipwreck, and imprisonment. During all of this upheaval and through all of these transitions, several things remained steadfast with Paul:
His faith in Me as the ultimate Deliverer, Savior, Lord, and Messiah.
His close fellowship with and love for believers and his sharing in close communion with them.
His passion for mentoring and growing people from different churches to continue the work of the gospel after he was gone.
His desire to tie the worldwide family of God together in fellowship, mission, and love.
Verses to Live

Today's verses focus on the beginning of Paul's transitioning to Jerusalem and ultimately to Rome. Yet in every big movement of Paul's life and travels, behind the scenes are tender moments of communion, fellowship, and miraculous grace. The same is true for you if you will watch for My influence in your life and live intentionally on the mission for me regardless of your job or life situation. Be blessed by this tender but powerful story of grace found in the middle of Paul's travels, dangers, and transitions. Finding grace can happen when My people take the time to value and commune with each other as they remember Me!
When the uproar [in Ephesus] was over, Paul sent for the believers and encouraged them. Then he said good-bye and left for Macedonia. While there, he encouraged the believers in all the towns he passed through. Then he traveled down to Greece, where he stayed for three months. He was preparing to sail back to Syria when he discovered a plot by some Jews against his life, so he decided to return through Macedonia. 

Several men were traveling with him. They were Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea; Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica; Gaius from Derbe; Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. They went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. After the Passover ended, we boarded a ship at Philippi in Macedonia and five days later joined them in Troas, where we stayed a week. 

On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord's Supper. Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight. The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below. Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. "Don't worry," he said, "he's alive!" Then they all went back upstairs, shared in the Lord's Supper, and ate together. Paul continued talking to them until dawn, and then he left. Meanwhile, the young man was taken home unhurt, and everyone was greatly relieved. 

Paul went by land to Assos, where he had arranged for us to join him, while we traveled by ship. 
(Acts 20:1-13 NLT)
Response in Prayer

Father, please give me a sense of Your grace, the Spirit's guidance, and Jesus' abiding presence as I go through the transitions in my own life. As the old hymn says, "Be with me Lord — I cannot live without Thee, I dare not try to take one step alone." By the authority and in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
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"Problem People" — A Year with Jesus for 09/22/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Precious One, 

Yesterday's note focused on valuing each person in the Father's family. There are, however, some in the family who always seem to be stirring up trouble and leading others astray. Paul well described these people in the first paragraph of today's verses. His words of wisdom are "spot on perfect": "If there are people like that in your churches, stay away from them." These people are as precious to Me as the ones mentioned yesterday, but until they humble themselves before Me, don't give them an audience. Don't let them weigh you down. Don't feed their ego and appetite for attention. Stay away from people who want to divide and lead you astray! 

Instead, celebrate the good in you and in your church family. Focus on the qualities that grow people and grow My family. As you do, the Father will send peace your way and will crush Satan under your feet. The evil one won't be in your way and the path you walk will lead you closer and closer to Me and to eternal glory with the Father. 

Notice how Paul ends his letter. I will shorten it so you see the main point:
So to the One who is able to strengthen you to live consistently with my good news and the preaching of Jesus, the Anointed... 

To the one true and wise God, we offer glory for all times through Jesus, the Anointed One. Amen.
The Father will give you strength to live for Him. So bring your Father glory in how you live. As you live for the Father, I will bring your needs to His throne of grace in the presence of the angels until you can join Us at the Father's throne in glory.
Verses to Live

Romans is an incredibly powerful and practical letter that speaks about the gospel of the Father's grace, about My role as a sin offering, and about the power of the Holy Spirit at work in you. This letter is a message of hope for all people. So as you come to the end of it, I hope you will give thanks for Paul who wrote it. Also, give thanks for all those through the ages who have believed it. And finally, give thanks for the love We — Father, Son, and Spirit — have for you. Don't let anyone rob you of this gospel of grace and of its hope!
I am pleading with all of you, brothers and sisters, to keep up your guard against anyone who is causing conflicts and enticing others with teachings contrary to what you have already learned. If there are people like that in your churches, stay away from them. These kinds of people are not truly serving our Lord Jesus the Anointed; they have devoted their lives to satisfying their own appetites. With smooth talking and a well-rehearsed blessing, they lead a lot of unsuspecting people down the wrong path. 

The stories about the way you are living in obedience to God have traveled to all the churches. So celebrate your faithfulness to God that is being displayed in your lives — seek wisdom about the good life, and remain innocent when it comes to evil. If you do this, the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet soon. May the grace of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King, be ever present with you. 

Timothy, my coworker in the spreading of the gospel, also sends his greeting to all of you, as do my kinsmen, Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater. 

I, Tertius, the one who wrote this letter for Paul, greet you in the name of the Lord. Gaius, my host here as well as patron for the whole church, sends his best to all of you. Erastus, the city administrator, sends his greetings along with brother Quartus. May the grace of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, touch you all. Amen. 

So to the One who is able to strengthen you to live consistently with my good news and the preaching of Jesus, the Anointed, with the revelation of the ancient mystery that has been kept secret since the earliest days, this mystery is revealed through the prophetic voices passed down in the Scriptures, as they have been commanded by the Eternal God. In this time, this mystery is being made known to the nations so that all may be led to faith-filled obedience. 

To the one true and wise God, we offer glory for all times through Jesus, the Anointed One. Amen 
(Romans 16:17-27)
Response in Prayer

Father, thank You for Paul and his passion for the gospel. Thank You for the grace on which my relationship with You is built. I ask that You strengthen me and every good work I am attempting to do for You. May my life bring You glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 
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*Precious People" — A Year with Jesus for 09/21/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Precious One, 

Has anyone told you lately you are precious? You are! You are a blood-bought child of the Father. I rescued you from sin, death, and hell because you are too precious to Me to live without you. I left heaven to reclaim you. 

You are precious. My apostle Peter said it this way:
You know that a price was paid to redeem you from following the empty ways handed on to you by your ancestors; it was not paid with things that perish (like silver and gold), but with the precious blood of the Anointed [Jesus Christ], who was like a perfect and unblemished sacrificial lamb. God determined to send Him before the world began, but He came into the world in these last days for your sake. 
(1 Peter 1:18-20)

What you find in today's verses below is a long list of people in Rome whom Paul greeted. As you go through this list, I hope you find it amazing. Paul had never visited Rome, yet he knew all these people. He knew that they were part of the church in Rome. He even mentioned specific areas of Christian service for about half of those listed. So here are some things I want to place on your heart as you consider some of the implications of this list of names. 

First, you live in an unprecedented time of travel and communication. When you travel, don't take a vacation from My work and My people, but use your travel, whether business or pleasure, to bless My people and spread the gospel! 

Second, people are Our — Father, Son, and Spirit's — most precious resource. Encourage them to be active in My church. Don't fight over who can do what and who can have what role. Notice that both men and women are mentioned with important roles, responsibilities, and titles in Paul's list. Don't limit what people can do based on a distinction between clergy and laity whether it is a clergy of ordination, gender, or education. Don't preen or pout about the titles you or others are assigned. Serve others. Encourage your precious brothers and sisters to serve others. Like Paul, affirm the good work done by your brothers and sisters in Our family. 

Third, value people more than buildings, programs, projects, and religious affiliations. These things can become points of arrogance and areas of contention. Remember it is worthwhile to walk away from all of those things to bring a single person back into the family (Matthew 18:10-14). People count far more than physical and temporal things. People are eternal. Buildings will crumble and fall. Programs go out of style and another program becomes the latest church fad. Projects move toward an end. Religious labels are human creations and divisions that separate rather than call My people to unity focused on Me, My mission, and My will. So value people above all things. Things are temporary; people are precious because they are eternal. 

Fourth, express your family relationship with each other with both words and actions. Why have some of you let the holy kiss go out of use in many of your Western churches when it is a frequent command found in your New Testament (Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:26; 1 Peter 5:14)? You're family. Even if a holy kiss was particular to the culture in New Testament times, there are equivalent greetings now — a warm handshake with a sincere smile, or a brotherly or sisterly hug, or whatever is appropriate in your particular culture to show sincere affection and concern. Each person who gathers around My table is precious. So love each other and greet each other as family — as people who are eternal, precious, and beloved by their Father!
Verses to Live

As you read Paul's words of love, commendation, and friendship, think about the people in your life who are like those that Paul mentions. Make a commitment to write them a note of encouragement and thanks for what they mean to you. Pray for them! Value them! They are like you: precious!
I commend to you our beloved sister Phoebe; she serves the church in Cenchrea as a faithful deacon. It is important that you welcome her in the Lord in a manner befitting your saintly status. Join in her work, and assist her in any way she needs you. She has spent her energy and resources helping others, and I am blessed to have her as my benefactor as well.

Give my best to Prisca and Aquila; they are not only my colleagues in my profession of tent making, but more importantly they are my fellow servants of Jesus the Anointed. They put their lives on the line to keep me safe. Not only do I owe them my thanks, so do all the churches of the non- Jews. Send my regards to the church that meets in their house. 

Send greetings to Epaenetus. I love him dearly and celebrate his journey to faith because he was the first to believe in the Anointed One in all of Asia. 

Salute Mary for me; she has worked hard for all of you. 

Give my regards to Andronicus and Junias, who are part of my own family and served time in prison with me. They are well known among the emissaries and have been in the Anointed longer than I. 

Give my best to Ampliatus whom I love in the Lord, and greet Urbanus (our fellow worker in service to the Anointed One) and my beloved Stachys. 

Send greetings to Apelles, a tried and true believer in the Anointed, and to the entire family of Aristobulus. 

Do not forget to greet Herodion, another of my relatives, and everyone in the family of Narcissus who belong to the Lord. 

Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, faithful laborers in the Lord, and our beloved Persis, who also has accomplished a great deal in the Lord. 

Give my best to Rufus, clearly one of the Lord's chosen, and also his mother. She's like a mother to me. 

My regards also go to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and all the brothers and sisters who are along with them. 

Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and let me not forget Olympas and all the saints who journey with them. 

Greet each other with a holy kiss. All of the churches of the Anointed under my care send their greetings to all of you. 
(Romans 16:1-16)
Response in Prayer

Father, I repent for the times I have not valued the children of Your family as You value them. I recognize them as important, but I grow frustrated with some who irritate me, bored with those who do not amuse or engage me, hurt by those who think themselves too good for me, and neglectful of those who always seem to need something from me. I shock and shame myself when I say these words, but they are true of me in my worst moments. Forgive me. Lord Jesus, when I take the bread of Holy Communion and remember Your body on the cross, open my eyes to see Your body, the church. Help me recognize my brothers and sisters as the people for whom You died and whom you have brought together to serve the world as You did on earth. Holy Spirit, as the Father pours love into my heart through Your presence, channel that love through me to others who need to be touched by it. I ask and confess all of this so that I might view each of Your children as being as precious as You do. Amen.
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"Please Pray" — A Year with Jesus for 09/20/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Beloved, 

The apostle Paul is known as a great missionary. He is also the writer of many of the letters that you find in your New Testament. However, there is a side of Paul's ministry that is not emphasized enough in your world. This lack of emphasis inhibits the success of your mission efforts. 

Paul was powerfully effective in reaching the lost, living out his calling, and blessing new Christians because of his prayer life. Paul's letters include many of his prayers. These letters contain prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of intercession, prayers of blessing, and prayers of focus to help new Christians know what to work on in their lives. The surging power behind Paul's mission work and church planting work was his prayer life that invited the Spirit to take control of his life, his ministry, and his effectiveness. 

You've already read several of Paul's prayers of blessing in previous passages from Romans (Romans 15:13 for example). In addition to Paul's many prayers for those in My family, he also sought the help of new Christians to pray for him, for his team, for his boldness, for his courage, for open doors, and for his mission efforts. The power of mission always has been tied to the work of the Holy Spirit in response to My people's passionate prayer! 

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To see places around the world that are responding to Jesus in recent years, check out this blog post: The Top 20 Countries where Christianity is Growing the Fastest. For more on the power of prayer for missions, you are encouraged to read Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus.
Verses to Live

Paul made very clear to his brothers and sisters in Rome that there were difficulties, obstacles, and dangers that awaited him during his journey to them. He knew that he could not overcome these on his own power, with his own cunning plans, or through his own skill. He needed divine power and supernatural deliverance if his plans were to be fulfilled. So, Paul asked these new believers to join him in prayer for these plans. Paul's foresight was correct: great hardships awaited him, great challenges confronted him, and harsh realities met him in Jerusalem and on his way to Rome. But, his anticipation of arriving in Rome and being "refreshed" by their presence proved accurate (Acts 28:14-15).
Because of many issues, I [Paul] have not been able to visit you in the city of Rome. But my time to serve those here is coming to an end, there's no room left for me in this region, and I have longed to come to you for many years. So I plan to visit you on my journey to Spain. I am hoping that I will not only see you face-to-face, but that you will assist me in the journey west after I have enjoyed our time together. But right now I must make the journey to Jerusalem to serve the saints there. Those in Macedonia and Achaia decided it was a good idea to share their funds to help the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. I must tell you that they were thrilled to be able to help. They realize that they are indebted to the believers in Jerusalem. If the nations share in the Jews' spiritual goods, then it's only right that they minister back to them in material goods. When this work is complete and the funds we've collected are delivered, I will make my way to Spain through your grand city of Rome and enjoy some of your hospitality. I'm sure that when I come to you I will come as a blessing and as one fully blessed by the Anointed One. 

My brothers and sisters, I urgently plead with you by the name of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed, and by the love of the Spirit to join together with me in your prayers to God for my success in these next endeavors. Pray that I will be rescued from those who deny and persecute the faith in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem will meet the approval of all the saints there. If that happens, then my journey to you will be filled with joy; and, if God wills, I can rest and be refreshed in your presence. I pray the God of all peace will be with you all. Amen. 
(Romans 15:22-33)
Response in Prayer

Father, I have several missionaries and ministries on my heart today. I pray that You not only bless and protect them, but that You also empower them to make an eternal impact in the lives of those they seek to reach. Give them courage and boldness. Give them Your sense of timing. I ask this in Jesus' name and for the triumph of His message of grace. Amen. 
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"Beyond the Bucket List" — A Year with Jesus for 09/19/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Beloved, 

Let me ask you several questions to get you started thinking about today's verses from Paul's letter to the Romans:
What makes you tick?
What drives you?
What is the Father's call for you and your life?
What matters most to you that remains undone on your spiritual bucket list?
These are the issues that Paul shares from his heart to the Roman believers in the closing words of this letter to them (Romans chapters 15 and 16). 

Today's verses focus on Paul's very clear sense of his call to share the good news, My story, with all the nations. He recognized that he had been specially called to reach the non-Jewish world. His heart was passionately drawn to reach people who had never heard of Me or My story. He recognized that this call, this grace given to him by the Father, was what made him who he was. This call was what drove him to do what he did, what made him tick, what mattered most, and what he desperately wanted to accomplish before he died. 

Rome was the most important city of the Roman Empire during Paul's time. As badly as Paul wanted to visit Rome, he saw it as his stepping stone to the lands and peoples who lived west of Italy. He wanted the Christians in Rome to help him get to those lands. As you will see over the next several weeks, Paul's trip to Rome didn't materialize quite as he had hoped. However, he did get to Rome, and he ministered in Rome as people came to him during his house arrest. Ultimately, Paul was martyred for pursuing his ministry. As he faced the end of his life, he powerfully testified that he accomplished the work he was given to do (2 Timothy 4:6-8; cf. Acts 20:24). My hope for you is that you will have that same confidence and sense of accomplishment in living your life for Me!
Verses to Live

Today as you read the verses below, I want you to feel the passion Paul had for his calling. I want you to commit to finding that kind of passion for your calling to serve Me. You may not be a missionary quite like Paul. But please realize this: I placed you in the circle of relationships and with the network of people you have in your life for you to fulfill My calling for you. You are no less a minister, and you do not have less of a Christian calling if your employment is not church-related. In fact, I want you to realize that much of what happened to spread the good news in the first century occurred because business people and traveling families took My message with them wherever they went (Acts 8:1-4). Remember that people like Paul did their work as they shared My message. Paul was a tent maker along with Priscilla and Aquila. Apollos was a traveling businessman. Along with many others whose names you don't know, they shared My message and forever changed the world. I will share more with you about this in a few days as Paul mentioned all the people he loved and knew in Rome, a place he had not visited when he mentioned these people. Today, however, I want you to focus on Paul's passion to live out his calling!
My brothers and sisters, I am ultimately confident that you are full of goodness, knowledge, and the ability to help and instruct one another. I have written to you with unflinching honesty on many topics because I do not want you to ever lose sight of the tremendous grace God has given me. His grace makes me who I am, a minister of the Anointed One, Jesus, called to serve the nations. 

The good news of God is the focus of my priestly work. In effect, these nations have become an offering to God, totally acceptable, indeed made holy by the work of the Holy Spirit. So in Jesus, the Anointed One, I have reason to celebrate the things I do for God. I don't want to be presumptuous, so I will restrict myself to what the Anointed has accomplished through my words and actions, which has culminated in the obedience of the nations. My words and actions have been rooted in Spirit-empowered signs and miracles. The upshot is this: I have been able to preach the good news of the Anointed One in city after city from Jerusalem all the way around the Mediterranean to Illyricum. I have dreamed of preaching the gospel in places where no one has ever heard of the Anointed so that I do not build on a foundation laid by anyone else. But as the Scriptures say,
They will see Him even though they've never been told about Him; 
they will understand even though they never heard of Him.
Because of many issues, I have not been able to visit you in the city of Rome. But my time to serve those here is coming to an end, there's no room left for me in this region, and I have longed to come to you for many years. So I plan to visit you on my journey to Spain. I am hoping that I will not only see you face-to-face, but that you will assist me in the journey west after I have enjoyed our time together 
(Romans 15:14-24)
Response in Prayer

O Father, help me know in my heart what You have called me to do to live for Jesus. I ask that the Spirit help me know what this calling is. I ask, O Holy Spirit, that You will also fill my heart with a burning flame of passion like Paul demonstrated in today's verses. I want to be fully responsive, dear Father, to Your calling and mission in my life. I ask for this grace in Jesus' name. Amen.
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"Giving Grace" — A Year with Jesus for 09/17/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Beloved, 

Part of the challenge of being a multi-cultural fellowship is that people who are different from you are... different! Their background experiences are different. Their cultures are different. Their customs are different. Their foods are different. Their manners and matters of courtesy are different. Their language can be different. Some things that you may have been trained from the crib to reject as crude or unsavory may be common practice and treasured by another culture. So in a multi-cultural congregation, learn to appreciate your differences as long as I AM Lord, the Father is exalted, and the Holy Spirit lives in you. 

In addition, remember this "two-sided" principle:
In light of this, we must resolve never to judge others and never to place an obstacle or impediment in their paths that could cause them to trip and fall.
It is your responsibility not to judge your fellow brother or sister on cultural issues. This duty is true even if they are offensive to your sense of what is proper. On the other hand, just because you are free to practice something in your culture because you have an understanding of grace, that doesn't mean you should use that freedom. You do not want to cause a brother or sister to stumble so that you can celebrate your freedom (1 Corinthians 8:9; Galatians 5:13-14). In other words, on cultural issues, go out of your way to make sure there are no unnecessary barriers and no stumbling blocks to interfere with your fellowship with others. 

Why is this two-sided principle so important? It is important because you will stand before the Father in judgment. Either He will use the grace with which you have treated, accepted, and lived for others to judge you, or He will use the harsh and condemning standard you have used on others. I don't think I have to tell you which one of those you will need! 

But even more than just trying to avoid the Father's harsh judgment because you have judged others harshly, I want you to follow My example of grace. I want you to follow My example of giving grace regarding cultural differences. I also want you to follow My example of giving grace in all interactions with others. Treat people in your day in the way I treated them in my day. (Luke 7:1-50; John 8:1-11; John 4:1-26; Philippians 2:5-11; Romans 5:6-11). Recognize how I welcomed all sorts of different people. Remind yourself of who you were before I welcomed you. And finally, remember what Paul taught in the verses below about not judging others and not causing others to sin. The theme of today's verses will continue into tomorrow when you will read these words:
So accept one another in the same way the Anointed has accepted you so that God will get the praise He is due. 
(Romans 15:7)
That's the point!
Verses to Live

Your goal in multi-cultural settings must not be to prove yourself right. You are called to welcome others as I have welcomed you. In My family, the overriding issue is whether or not you treat your Christian brothers and sisters who are different from you in the same way that I treated people. Will you welcome them, differences and all, into My fellowship as I did? 

Paul was emphatic about this point:
[I]f God has accepted them, you have no reason to reject them. How could you think for a moment that you have the right to judge another person's servant?
That, My dear disciple, is very clear! So carefully read what Paul has to say about all this and I know you will be blessed and challenged. 
It's high time that you welcome all people weak in the faith without debating and disputing their opinions. 

Here's the issue: One person believes that nothing's off the menu; he'll eat any food put before him. But there's another believer — we'll call him the weaker — who eats only vegetables because the meat is tainted through contact with an idol. If you are an eater of all things, do not be condescending to your vegetarian brother or sister. In turn, those who abstain from certain foods on religious principles should not judge your brothers and sisters who eat meat — if God has accepted them, you have no reason to reject them. How could you think for a moment that you have the right to judge another person's servant? Each servant answers to his own Master, and he will either stand or fall in His presence. The good news is that he will stand because the Master is able to make it so. 

There may be a believer who regards one day as more sacred than any other, while another views every day as sacred as the next. In these matters, all must reach their own conclusions and satisfy their own minds. If someone observes a day as holy, he observes it in honor of the Lord. If another eats a particular diet, he eats in honor of the Lord since he begins by giving thanks! If yet another abstains from that same food, he abstains out of respect for the Lord and begins his meal by thanking God too. The truth is that none of us live for ourselves, and none die for ourselves. For if we live, we live for the Lord. If we die, we die for the Lord. So in both life and death, we belong to the Lord. The Anointed One, the Liberating King, died and returned to life to make this a reality: through His death and resurrection, He became Lord of the living and the dead. 

So how is it that you continue to judge your brother? How is it possible for you to look down on a sister? We will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,
"As I live, so I promise," says the Lord, "every knee will bow down to Me. 
Every tongue will confess to God."
So every one of us, regardless of our eating habits, should expect to give an account for our own lives to God. 

In light of this, we must resolve never to judge others and never to place an obstacle or impediment in their paths that could cause them to trip and fall. Personally I have been completely convinced that in Jesus, our Lord, no object in and of itself is unclean; but if my fellow believers are convinced that something is unclean, then it is unclean to them. If the food you eat harms your brother, then you have failed to love him. Do not let what you eat tear down your brother; after all, the Anointed laid down His life for him. Do not allow people to slander something you find to be good because the kingdom of God is not about eating and drinking. When God reigns, the order of the day is redeeming justice, true peace, and joy made possible by the Holy Spirit. You see, those who serve the Anointed in this way will be welcomed into the whole acceptance of God and valued by all men. Join us, and pursue a life that creates peace and builds up our brothers and sisters. 

Do not sacrifice God's work for the sake of certain foods. It is true that all things are clean, but it's wrong to eat if you know that eating something will cause offense. It is right for you to abstain from certain meats and wine (or anything else for that matter) if it prevents your brother from falling in his faith. Hold on to what you believe about these issues, but keep them between you and God. A happy man does not judge himself by the lifestyle he endorses. But a man who decides for himself what to eat is condemned because he is not living by his faith. Any action not consistent with faith is sin. 
(Romans 14:1-23)
Response in Prayer

O gracious and holy Father, thank You for welcoming me into Your family. Thank You for the gift of Jesus. Thank You for the grace You offered to me through Jesus. Thank You for the brothers and sisters in Christ who accepted me into their fellowship and made me part of their spiritual family. Please use me to do the same for those seeking to find a place in Your family and my fellowship. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 
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"The Hope for Unity in Me" — A Year with Jesus for 09/18/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Disciple, 

Paul is coming to the end of his letter to the Christians in Rome. Today's verses are filled with closing thoughts, blessings, prayers, and advice. These messages are practical, yet rich with emotion. We will look at the messages in the last part of his letter today and the next three days. 

Today's verses give you another glimpse into Paul's heart. You discover what My apostle yearned to see happen in the important and influential capital city of the Roman Empire. He wanted Jews and Gentiles to join their hearts together in unity so that they "will share one voice" as they "glorify the one True God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, our Liberating King." 

Paul made clear that this was not just a dream in his old servant's heart, but it is also a promised reality for the Father's new covenant people. This unity was spoken by the prophets long before Paul wrote to the believers in Rome. Notice that Paul included a series of quotations. These quotations all come from the Torah, Prophets, and Writings. These are the three divisions of the Jewish Bible as they were known in Paul's day. Paul's prayer for unity between Jewish and non-Jewish Christians in Rome is based on the promises of all Jewish Scripture. 

The last part of Paul's life was focused on bringing the family of believers from all over the world together into one unified people. Paul longed for My people to live up to the promise of his words written to the Galatian believers:
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you. 
(Galatians 3:26-29 NLT)
Verses to Live

One of the most famous blessings of the apostle Paul closes today's verses. As you read these verses, notice how the blessing at the end is a fitting culmination to his letter. Paul's words in today's passage join with the things he wrote earlier in his letter. These words of blessing should become imprinted on your heart. You should share them with others. Be blessed today by Paul's dream. Be motivated by his assurance that this dream of a unified people will happen. Please know that this is not just Paul's dream, but the dream I want to be in your heart as well (John 10:14-16; John 17:20-23; Revelation 7:9-12).
So now what? We who are strong are not just to satisfy our own desires. We are called to carry the weaknesses of those who are not strong. Each of us must strive to please our neighbors, pursuing their welfare so they will become strong. The Anointed One Himself is our model for this kind of living, for He did not live to please Himself. And as the Scriptures declared, "When they insult You, they insult me." You see, everything written in the days of old was recorded to give us instructions for living. We find encouragement through the Scriptures and a call to perseverance that will produce hopeful living. I pray that our God, who calls you and gives you perseverance and encouragement, will join all of you together to share one mind according to Jesus the Anointed. In this unity, you will share one voice as you glorify the one True God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, our Liberating King. 

So accept one another in the same way the Anointed has accepted you so that God will get the praise He is due. For, as I am fond of saying, the Anointed One has become a servant of the Jews in order to demonstrate God's truth. Effectively this confirms the promises He made to our ancestors and causes the non-Jewish nations to glorify God for His mercy. As the Scriptures say,
For this I will praise You among the nations 
and sing praises to Your name.
Again the Scriptures say,
Nations, celebrate with His covenant people.
And again,
Praise the Lord, all nations. 
Raise your voices, all people; let your praises flow to God.
Again Isaiah says,
Then, the root of Jesse will emerge — 
He rises to rule all the peoples of the world 
who come to Him for guidance and direction. 
In Him they place their hope.
I pray that God, the source of all hope, will infuse your lives with an abundance of joy and peace in the midst of your faith so that your hope will overflow through the power of the Holy Spirit. 
(Romans 15:1-13)
Response in Prayer

Father, our world is so torn apart by national, racial, ethnic, and religious hatred. Please heal our world by calling all peoples to Yourself through Jesus. We commit to share the message of Jesus to all peoples. We recognize that we need the power of the Holy Spirit to live out Paul's dream in our day. Father, I know that this unity among your children is Your heart's desire. I pray that You will grant these things to happen in our day through Your sovereign power. Please use me, please use the people of my generation, to heal the deep fractures in our wounded and dying world. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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"Know What Time It Is!" — A Year with Jesus for 09/16/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Follower, 

Wake up. It's nearly dawn. Put on your clothes. It's time for living in the daylight. 

Paul chose powerful images for today's passage from his letter to the Roman Christians. It's as if someone is trying to rouse a sleeping friend who can't quite "come awake" at the beginning of the day. But it's time to wake up, get up, and get dressed because the new day is starting. 

Paul's message was written about My return and the sense of urgency needed by the Christians in Rome. This verse captures Paul's sentiment well:
The darkness of night is dissolving as dawn's light draws near, so walk out on your old dark life and put on the armor of light.
Also notice this glorious promise in another truth Paul wrote for those early Christians:
[F]or salvation is nearer to us than when we first believed.
Here's the point: if you are truly My disciple, you must live like it. Walk your talk. Practice what you preach. Reach for what you pray. Remember that life is fragile and transient. Expect that I could return at any moment. 

My return will be joyous for those who are Mine and already living in eager expectation of My return. For those who are not, this passage is a wake-up call, the alarm clock sounding, and the powerful reminder that I AM coming. You want to be ready when I arrive. Live as sacrifices offered to God. Live as people whose hearts and minds have been remade by your conversion. Live as people whose hearts are captured by the amazing grace of the Father. Stay away from "dark living" and do not fuel your "sinful imagination" with thoughts of depraved rebellion. Wrap yourselves in Me!
Verses to Live

In the section in his Roman letter on practical Christian living, Paul used various metaphors. He began this last section of his letter urging the Roman Christians and you to live as sacrifices and to be transformed (Romans 12:1-2). He then talked about you Christians being My body. In today's verses, he used the familiar images of darkness representing evil while light represents things that are good and holy. The call is to wake up and live in the light.
And now consider this. You know well the times you are living in. It is time for you to wake up and see what is right before your eyes: for salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The darkness of night is dissolving as dawn's light draws near, so walk out on your old dark life and put on the armor of light. May we all act as good and respectable people, living today the same way as we will in the day of His coming. Do not fall into patterns of dark living: wild partying, drunkenness, sexual depravity, decadent gratification, quarreling, and jealousy. Instead, wrap yourselves in the Lord Jesus, God’s Anointed, and do not fuel your sinful imagination by indulging your self-seeking desire for the pleasures of the flesh. 
(Romans 13:11-14)
Response in Prayer

Almighty God, forgive me for piddling around with my life of faith and procrastinating about living with holy devotion. I commit to living with urgency and anticipation of Jesus' return and pray for Your forgiveness for the times when I have not done so. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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"My Disciples Are Good Citizens" — A Year with Jesus for 09/15/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Beloved, 

You are reading from a letter the apostle Paul wrote to believers in Rome. They lived in the seat of the Roman Empire's government and power. This period of about two hundred years became known as the Pax Romana. It was relatively peaceful and included the early New Testament times. The Roman government offered great blessings: a stable legal system, relatively safe travel on highways and the seas, mail service, oversight of regional and city governments, and stability for commerce to thrive. The Father had worked in history to bring about this time so that history was ready for My coming (Galatians 4:4-7). 

What Paul wrote about honoring the government in today's passage spoke into their political situation in a time of a relatively stable government. As you read the New Testament, you will also find very good teaching about how to live as My disciple when the government is growing more hostile. (Both the early chapters of Acts and the whole letter of 1 Peter reflect this kind of situation.) You will also learn how to live faithfully when the government becomes aggressively hostile to your faith (the Revelation to John). During the last years of Paul's life and ministry, he used all the legal tools available to him to protect himself and his ministry from an increasingly hostile government that would eventually execute him (Philippians 1:19-23; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; In addition, don't forget the Old Testament resources of Daniel and Esther as examples of faith in hostile times!). 

I promised My disciples the Holy Spirit as their Comforter, Advocate, and Helper. Chapters 14-16 of the gospel of John record this extended conversation with My closest disciples. The Holy Spirit was sent both to them and to you to help "guide you in all truth" (John 16:13). As Paul told the Corinthians, the Holy Spirit will help you understand both the times and My will for you in these times (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). 

I share this with you so that you will understand that the things Paul said here are principles of how to live as My disciples with the government. The context was a government that was not openly hostile to the Roman Christians, but this context would soon change. Even as a government grows more hostile, I want you to realize that there are other resources in the Scriptures to help you know how to live faithfully. And by living faithfully, you will be able to honor your commitments to love the Father with all that you are and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). 

The specifics of honoring the government for each changing circumstance addressed in scripture can be a little different. However, basic underlying themes are found throughout the New Testament such as:
Be a good citizen.
Do not be a person of violence.
Make sure any suffering you face is not because of your own bad behavior.
Be a person of peace.
Live at peace with all people.
Be a peacemaker.
Be a blessing to others.

In addition to these themes, the Holy Spirit within you, My example lived before you, and your brothers and sisters of faith around you can help you know the best way to follow Me faithfully through all kinds of different political climates. 

Paul's words today focus on honoring a political government. Your Father in heaven is the God of order and peace, not chaos and lawlessness. So governments are put into place with the divine intention to help and to bless people. When the governments become ruthless and tyrannical, the Father will work behind the scenes of history to bring them down (Psalm 2:1-12; the Revelation to John), although there is no way for you to know the Father's timing. 

You must honor the government and obey its laws as a good citizen when these laws do not contradict My calling to you. "Do the right thing" and "live with a clear conscience." "Pay your taxes" and don't "owe anyone anything" as you show "love to one another." Once again, what Paul wrote the Romans brings you back to My second great love command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." This principle will make you a good citizen, because when you live this principle, "love achieves everything the law requires."
Verses to Live

In the last third of Romans (chapters 12-16), Paul repeatedly gives practical applications on how to love your neighbor as you love yourself and especially how to love your brothers and sisters in faith. Today's verses focus on this responsibility as a good citizen.
It is important that all of us submit to the authorities who have charge over us because God establishes all authority in heaven and on the earth. Therefore, a person who rebels against authority rebels against the order He established, and people like that can expect to face certain judgment. You see, if you do the right thing, you have nothing to be worried about from the rulers; but if you do what you know is wrong, the rulers will make sure you pay a price. Would you not rather live with a clear conscience than always have to be looking over your shoulder? Then keep doing what you know to be good and right, and they will publicly honor you. 

Look at it this way: The ruler is a servant of God called to serve and benefit you. But he is also a servant of God executing wrath upon those who practice evil. If you do what is wrong, then you'd better be afraid because he wields the power of the sword and doesn't make empty threats. 

So submission is not optional; it's required. But don't just submit for the sake of avoiding punishment; submit and abide by the laws because your conscience leads you to do the right thing. Pay your taxes for the same reason because the authorities are servants of God, giving their full attention to take care of these things. Pay all of them what you owe. If you owe taxes, then pay. If you owe fees, then pay. In the same way, give honor and respect to those who deserve it. 

Don't owe anyone anything, with the exception of love to one another — that is a debt which never ends — because the person who loves others has fulfilled the law. The commands given to you in the Scriptures — do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not take what is not yours, do not covet — and any other command you have heard are summarized in God's instruction: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Does love hurt anyone? Absolutely not. In fact, love achieves everything the law requires. 
(Romans 13:1-10)
Response in Prayer

Father, I am blessed by a stable government that is not horribly hostile to my faith. I thank You for this blessing, but my prayer today is for those who face persecution and martyrdom for their faith. Please, dear Father, work in our time and intervene in the governments of humankind. Bring about the changes that will protect all peoples' freedoms and rights to worship You and to help grow Your kingdom on earth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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