Saturday, January 21, 2017

I shall experience the goodness of the LORD all the days of my life.

"One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek:
To dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life,
To gaze on the Lord’s beauty,
to visit his temple."  (Psalm 27: 4 NABRE)

This is the prayer and desire of David.   Can you make it yours?  How much do you love the house of the Lord?

"I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord, take courage;
be stouthearted, wait for the Lord!"  (Psalm 27:  13 - 14 NABRE)

Do you pray and long to experience all the goodness the Lord plans for you here and now?  Then wait for it for the Lord is a faithful God.  (2 Thessalonians 3: 3)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Did they truly believe Jesus was crazy?

"He is out of his mind."   (Mark 3: 21)

Who do you imagine is the subject of the above sentence?  Jesus Christ our Lord Himself!  How will you feel if you are doing your best to serve the poor and needy in your community and gossips spread like wild fire that you are crazy?  You will be furious with rage that your enemies will stop at nothing to destroy you.  As the Evangelist Mark reported, the relatives of Jesus hearing the rumors, sent strong men to seize Jesus.  Society does the same to somebody they consider mad.  Seize him and lock him up for the good of society.

Are you prepared to pay this price as the cost of discipleship?  Jesus was prepared to pay any price for our salvation.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Only those whom He wanted were chosen, called and anointed.

"He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him.    He  appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles]"  (Mark 3: 13 -  14 NABRE)

The list of those Jesus wanted and appointed as His Apostles reminds us of another list:  the Gynealogy of Jesus Christ.   Just like the list of the Apostles, a collection of imperfect men and women made the list of ancestors of Jesus Christ.   They are exactly what God wanted.  All through the ages to 2017, God chooses, calls and anoints those whom He wanted.  Who dare hold a grudge against the Most High?

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts."  (Isaiah 55: 9)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jesus Christ has unlimited power to deliver us always, everywhere without exception.

"Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,
since he lives forever to make intercession for them."  (Hebrews 7: 25 RM)

The above quotation is not commentary or exposition but the word of God.  Open your heart and mind and believe it.  Note the critical phrase:  "Always able to save."  This means always and everywhere with no exception.  The only condition is to approach the Father in the name of Jesus.

How does belief in Hebrews 7: 25 help us?  This word of God becomes a light in our mind when we need help with regard to health, family, money, job, tools and possessions, food and future.   You turn to Jesus in confident prayer asking Him to save you and reminding Him of Hebrews 7: 25.

Result:   You feel an immediate inward peace (Philippians 4: 6 - 7) as you wait for the Lord's definitive response to your prayer.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is still the Lord who heals us.

"Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people."  (Cf Matthew 4: 23 RM)

Have you ever wondered whether our Lord Jesus Christ is still in the business of healing?  Why do you allow such doubts to rise in your hearts?  (Luke 24: 38)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  (Hebrews 13: 8)
JEHOVAH RAPHA, the Lord our Healer is His ancient name.

Now know once and forever that every single healing has Jesus Christ as the First Cause.  Without Jesus, no doctor, no medicine, no hospital, no healing.

But sometimes, the Lord chooses to intervene personally and directly in order to excite our faith.

O Lord Jesus Christ, You are our Lord and Healer.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The hope you place in God can never fail.

"God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them."  (Hebrews 6: 10 NIV)

Do you serve God with all your heart?  Do you love your brothers and sisters in the family of God?  Then be confident of your reward and hold fast to the hope that is sure and firm.  For hope never fails.  (Romans 5: 5)

"May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call."  (Cf  Ephesians 1: 17 -  18 RM)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jesus Christ did not glorify Himself in becoming High Priest.

"No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was."  (Hebrews 5: 4 NABRE)

A number of Scriptures the Holy Spirit gives the Church for today points to the mystery of the priesthood:

#1.  "It was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest."  (Hebrews 5: 5)
#2.  "The Lord has sworn and will not waver: “You are a priest forever in the manner of Melchizedek.”  (Psalm 110: 4)
#3.  “You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.”  (Hebrews 5 : 6)
#4. "You have prepared a table before me, and how precious is the chalice that quenches my thirst."  (Psalm 23: 5)

Finally, from the Prayer over the Offerings:  "Grant us, O Lord, we pray, that we may participate worthily in these mysteries, for whenever the memorial of this sacrifice is celebrated the work of our redemption is accomplished.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen."