SEEK TO SEE

There are two types of believers.

Christians who see Jesus.

And Christians who do not see Jesus.

The disciples at the empty tomb didn’t see Jesus. So they walked away.

The scripture says hey didn’t UNDERSTAND the word of God that declared Jesus is ALIVE!!!!

Mary Magdalene didn’t see Jesus either.

But she was determined to see him!!!

She didn’t leave that tomb.

She wanted to know where he was.

This was the same Mary Magdalene who some say poured precious ointment on Jesus as an act of adoration and love.

She craved his presence.

This is the same Mary some say sat at the feet of Jesus while her sister Martha was busy doing chores.

She loved the presence of Jesus.

And at this tomb she refused to believe he was gone forever.

When Jesus arrived she didn’t recognize him.

He was new.

He was all Spirit.

Often we don’t recognize Jesus in our midst.

We have preconceived notions about how and when and why the Spirit of God will show up.

But when Jesus said her name, “Mary” she recognized his voice!!!

She turned around and became the first person to witness the risen Lord.

It was her heart to see him that brought him to her.

It was her determination to find him that brought him to her.

So here’s what we can learn.

It is not our holiness or our money or our name or our position that bring the presence of God.

Mary was not an apostle.

She was not the mother of Jesus.

She was not a church leader.

She was not a pastor.

She was a woman who adored Jesus.

He had set her free from seven demons.

He had taught her and taken notice of her despite her reputation as a prostitute.

He cleaned her up and set her free from sin.

And she couldn’t get enough.

She couldn’t leave his side.

She was grateful and she was authentically repentant.

She knew her old way of life led to nothing but pain and disappointment.

But Jesus brought her joy and peace and true friendship.

We must seek the presence of Jesus.

We must turn to him and remind ourselves of what he’s set us free from.

We must appreciate out depravity and our helplessness without him.

What has he done for you?

Do you remember?

What was life like without him?

Is there even a difference?

If so, then your heart toward him.

Mary just had a heart to be with Jesus.

Seek him like that and he will speak to you.

He will announce his presence.

While others might not see him, you will.

And he will fill your life with joy.

Mary was ecstatic. She wanted to touch him.

She wanted to feel him to confirm she wasn’t being tricked.

Jesus will give you that same excitement.

He wants to spend time with you.

Just don’t walk away.

Stay and wait for him.

Sit at his feet like Mary Magdalene.

Read his word.

Pray.

Ask questions.

Listen for the answers.

Write them down.

Ask for help.

Ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit to empower you to see him and walk with him.

Your heart to adore him and spend time with him will bring him to you.

And you will witness the risen Lord for yourself.

God bless you.

FM

Text: John 20:10-11 KJV

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre

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ARE WE AS COURAGEOUS AS WE THINK WE ARE?

Persecution in India: Francis’ Response from Cornerstone Church on Vimeo.

What a wake up call!

Thanks to Francis Chan for awakening us to our need for God more than man.

Are we as courageous as we think we are?

I think not.

And I’m asking the Lord for forgiveness.

I recently heard in a meeting I attended someone ask the question, “Whatever happened to people standing up for what they believe?”

And it struck me.

How many times have I hidden my love for Christ?

How many times have I cowered at the thought of saying Jesus’ name in the presence of unbelievers?

What do I have to be ashamed of?

No more.

I’m here to announce the new, authentic ME.

I love Jesus.

He is the Savior of the world!

I love Him. And I didn’t love him first. He first loved me!

Great news!

I pray you’ll ask the Lord into your heart today. I promise you, the Jesus these people in the video are dying for – HE IS REAL. HE IS ALIVE. HE WILL SAVE YOU FROM YOUR SINS.

You know what’s right and wrong.

You feel the guilt.

It’s God’s signal to you that you need Him.

He wired you to feel bad without Him.

That way you’ll CHOOSE HIM over your own desires.

Because, let’s face it. Our desires don’t satisfy us very long. They’re paper thin in reality. They have no substance.

It’s like drugs.

You have to do it over and over again. And each time you get pulled in deeper to the addiction that will never satisfy you.

But Jesus said he came to GIVE YOU REST.

Pray this with me:

“Lord I am a sinner. That doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. It just means I need you. I confess my sins and ask your forgiveness. Now invade my life in every place. Help me to see my need for you in every situation and every environment. Plant me in a family of believers who will keep me on the straight and narrow. I thank you for your forgiveness and I give my life to you!”

Welcome to salvation.

Read the bible. Feed your spirit and refuse to let the Devil to take your joy!

I love you.

FM

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

We find it so easy to trust what everybody else is doing when it has no lasting effect.

Just think about the trendy diets as a perfect example.

But for an even better example, let’s talk about driving.

I’ve written before about how I’ve made the decision to drive no faster than the speed limit. I mean, it is the law. Right?

Not only is it RIGHT, but it will save me money (gas, no tickets 🙂  ) and it will protect me from being hurt.

Now, my decision impacts other drivers in a good way as well.

I’m not as much a danger to them and I become an example of proper and safe driving. This is particularly beneficial to young drivers,  buy everyone else as well.

With all that good stuff, I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you that my driving is also rubbing people the wrong way.

They don’t see my example as much as they see how it doesn’t mesh with their determination to drive how they want to drive.

‘What’s wrong with this guy?” they ask.

“Doesn’t he see how everybody else is driving 10 miles OVER the speed limit, at least!”

“Speed up or get out of my way!”

Human mature is to find it hard to believe what submit to what someone else is doing when it does have eternal value – when it costs us something.

Many who don’t want to believe in Jesus may struggle with the thought they will have to give up their way of living – the way they WANT to drive.

If that’s your concern, be at peace. God is our Father. He knows what’s best for us. His “rules” are just His way of keeping us from hurting ourselves and hurting others.

He’s the ultimate Highway Patrolman. He wants us to be safe.

Just like some people can’t believe in the rules of the road, some people can’t seem to understand why so many millions of people do understand. God and Jesus are real!

And so is death.

So to make a decision NOT to believe, is to make a decision to accept death.

Fine.

Except for one problem.

Jesus came so that you could have LIFE! (John 10:10)

I appeal to you to give Jesus a try. You don’t have to be perfect, just human.

And all it takes is a conversation and Jesus will turn your life around!

Pray with me:

Lord Jesus, I’ve tried things my way. And I just don’t have peace. I can’t trust myself to get it right. So now, I’m trusting you! I confess I’m a sinner. But I know I don’t have to be ashamed. You took the punishment for my sins on the cross. And I believe you’re alive today. That’s why I’m talking to you right now. Jesus I want to be in your family. I ask for your forgiveness and I accept it. I forgive myself. Now lead me in your will. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Bless you brother!

Bless you sister!

He’s your God and your daddy! Bless you Jesus for bringing us home to daddy!

FM

LIVE LIKE THIS!








FROM COWARD TO COURAGE

Credit: africa

Looking at the character and person of Simon Peter, I believe we can learn a lot about facing the impossible – or better yet, facing ourselves – our fear.

Human nature, by default, loves acceptance.

But what happens when the need for acceptance means joining the crowd? Especially when the crowd is in error?

Peter exhibits what we’re prone to do at the exact moment Jesus is facing judgment from the Jews before he was committed to death on the cross.

Just as Peter was watching this happen, he was being asked to identify himself as a follower of Christ.

So, let’s get this straight.

At the exact moment Jesus was being smitten and spat upon, you mean people wanted Peter to align himself with Jesus?

That’s just the way it is.

And what Peter did is what most of us do.

He denied he even knew Jesus!

Jesus had prophesied that Peter would deny him. But Peter promised he would never do such a thing. Sounds like most of us on Sunday morning or at prayer meeting.

The fact is, our faith is tested when we’re asked to acknowledge Jesus when it’s not convenient. When we can lose something.

But we have to realize, that’s when our faith is most verified by the onlooker. They may not agree. But they’ll know that we believe what we believe – no matter what!

I’m praying that we all have a moment like Peter did when he realized he had forsaken the Lord.

The bible says Peter “wept bitterly” when he remembered his previous zeal and Jesus’ prophesy that Peter would fold like a house of cards.

That’s what we need.

We need to wake up to how we’ve denied him.

You want change?

You want revival?

You want family members saved?

Don’t deny Jesus – at any cost.

The most glorious part about it is we have more power when we have that kind of faith.

The same Peter who “chickened out” before the rooster crowed, is the same Peter who boldly proclaimed Jesus was the Christ prophesied in scripture in Acts chapter 2.

That bold sermon, after his transition from sorrow to strength, brought 3,000 people into the body of Christ!

And the Lord said we would do “greater works!”

Be bold and expect a harvest.

Blessings,

FM

HELP MY UNBELIEF

Ever noticed that people who believe the impossible have the most impact?

As we approach the MLK holiday, I’m beginning to develop a renewed appreciation for Dr. King as a revolutionary.

He believed a system – a belief system could be toppled – because he knew it was wrong. And he believed it was wrong in the eyes of God.

He was stirred in his spirit to the point he could no longer ignore it.

I believe he developed a resolve to withstand beatings and abuse from all angles.

In a story in Mark 9, Jesus’ disciples were confronted with the impossible themselves.

A boy was possessed and oppressed by a spirit – much like America was possessed and oppressed by hatred.

The disciples tried to cast it out – to no avail.  But when the boy’s father came to Jesus, he said:

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

     -Mark 9:24b (NIV)

The boy’s father was acknowledging he knew what was possible, because his situation just wasn’t right.

But he also acknowledged he didn’t have the faith to do what was necessary to change it.

The good news is in Jesus’ response to this situation (as always):

“Everything is possible for one who believes.”

     -Mark 9:23b (NIV)

I’m praying that I will be able to see situations like Jesus does.

I’m expecting a revolution!

I believe the world is God’s and that He wants all to believe in Jesus Christ.

But to demonstrate my faith, I have to be willing to lose – just as Dr. King did, and Christ.

I may not have to give it all, my life. But to overcome the world, I’ve got to be willing to give up my affections for this world.

Can you believe?

Who is connected to you that needs to hear and see the goodness of Jesus?

Is it you?

I want to assure you that Jesus won’t disappoint you like everything else in this world that we trust.

Your past disappointments are not an example of how companionship with Jesus works.

Don’t let the pains of the past turn your heart cold toward His love.

Blessings to you all…

A PROMISE IS A PROMISE: DON’T BE AFRAID

A promise is a promise.

Think about that. It’s got a “duh” element to it, sure. But there’s a reason this phrase has survived.

It states something very powerful.

The idea is a promise is sure. It is certain. It is what it says it is.

That is what the Lord Jesus wants you to know today and everyday for the rest of your life!

He said “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

After studying the definition of forsake, it’s clear God is saying He will never QUIT ON YOU, ABANDON YOU, TURN AWAY FROM YOU, DESERT YOU, MAROON OR STRAND YOU.

He’s always there when you need Him. He’s just calling and calling… and He can’t wait until you answer.

Just try it. Talk to Him!

He knows how you feel anyway.

But He can’t do some things for you until you give Him permission.

If you’re mad at Him, let Him know.

But whatever you do, ask Him to show Himself to you. And welcome Him into your heart.

A PROMISE IS THE OPPOSITE OF A LIE.

A PROMISE IS THE OPPOSITE OF A DISAPPOINTMENT.

And the cool thing is… the opposite of forsake is to RECLAIM (from Webster’s dictionary)!

God is waiting for you to ask Him in so He can reclaim what you’ve lost in this world.

Don’t be afraid. Just trust Him…

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