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“When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled”  John 11:33

Webster’s definition of “compassion” is: “A sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.  It is ACTIVE and demands some sort of action.

Sympathy,” on the other hand, means: “A feeling or emotion one feels through sensitivity to or identification with others.”  It is PASSIVE, and requires little effort.

Jesus was moved with COMPASSION often when He:

  1. Saw the multitude sick and HEALED them. (Matthew 14:14)
  2. Saw the multitude hungry and FED them. (Matthew 15:32)
  3. Saw the blind men and gave them SIGHT. (Matthew 20:34)
  4. Saw the leper and TOUCHED him. (Mark 1:41)
  5. Saw the multitude as sheep without a shepherd and TAUGHT them. (Mark 6:34)
  6. Saw the demonized and CAST OUT evil spirits. (Mark 9:22)

You can have the COMPASSION OF CHRIST!  His Spirit lives in you. Yield to Him fully. Be filled with His Spirit to overflowing, and let that overflow touch others.

PRAY:

  “Father God,  make me a vessel of honor in Your kingdom. Fill me with Your Spirit, and let me show the COMPASSION OF CHRIST today, Amen.”

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the on of man be.”  Matthew 24:37-39

Being ready for the coming of Christ in the midst of a corrupt world is not a passive posture but an active one. Noah was DOING something – building an ark in preparation for the flood.  As the ark was to Noah, so the Spirit is to the believer today.  Read Genesis 6.

  1.  Noah walked with God. He was devoted, with a right heart relationship.  Romans 8:4 instructs you to walk after the Spirit.
  2. Noah obeyed God. He followed God’s specifications to the letter for the construction of the ark. The Bible is your blueprint for ark building today.
  3. Noah dared to be different. In the midst of criticism, he kept pounding nails. You are a stranger and a pilgrim passing through this land.  (Hebrews 11:13
  4. God waited until the ark was ready. If you are in the process of construction, God will not allow destruction.  A standard will be raised against all enemies. (See Isaiah 59:19.)
  5. Noah and his entire family were saved. Believe that your entire family will be drawn into your ark.

PRAY:

  “Father, thank You for the protection and safety of Your spiritual ark. I will keep building faithfully and believe for the salvation of my whole family.   Amen.”

 

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness”  Romans 1:18

America is in a crisis . . . a crisis of complacency, apathy, pleasure seeking and humanism.  Its citizens have all the comforts and blessings of a house in order, but no fear of God, having magnified the rights of men and minimized the rights of God.  They are “fat” from hearing so much Gospel, but have esteemed it lightly. (See Deuteronomy 32:15.)

Some Christians have “spiritual leprosy.” It eats away fingers (do nothing), lips (say nothing), ears (hear nothing), and toes (go nowhere), and deadens nerve endings (insensitivity to God and people). In short, they see the slow deterioration of biblical morals (safe sex, alternative life-styles, soft porn, hard pron, “Save the Whales,” but kill babies).

Exercise is necessary for better health. Practice is necessary for better performance. Most people know it and talk about it, but few do it. Get up and begin exercising your faith.  Find a workout buddy to keep you accountable. Repair the altar of God in your home, church, workplace, or school. Reject all compromises. Expect a miracle.  YOUR SPIRITUAL EXERCISE IS AMERICA’S KEY TO SURVIVAL!

PRAY:

  “Father,A PROPER REVERENCE FOR You always brings things into order. I pray for my country today. Help me to get in shape that I might be an example to others. . In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

“Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity”  Joel 2:13 (NIV)

Just before entering the Promised Land, God caused the children of Israel to stop at Gilgal for a time of deeper repentance and consecration.  Here is what you can learn about your HEART, HANDS, and HEADSHIP in Joshua 5.

  • Circumcise your HEART (Verses 1-2, 8-9) – Get your HEART in order. “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision  is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”  (Romans 2:29)
  • Put your HANDS to work (Verses 11-12) – Get involved; find a place to function. Here, the Israelites were no longer provided manna; they had to work for their food. Get from THEORY to PRACTICE and then from KNOWING to DOING.
  • Get your HEADSHIP in place (Verses 13-15) – Understand servanthood. Joshua removed his shoes (a symbol of authority; servants wore none) and fell facedown before the commander of the Lord’s army who had appeared to him. He worshipped God.  Seek God’s PRESENCE, not His PRESENTS. Anything less than servanthood  is rebellion, disobedience, selfishness.

PRAY:

  “Father, I humble myself before You. Accept my prayer of repentance and lead me into Your land of promise. I put my heart, hands, and head under Your authority. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”  Ephesians 2:10

 After salvation, good works are important, God is very much interested in how you SERVE.  Even giving a simple cup of cold water to someone who is thirsty will be rewarded.  (See Matthew 10:42.)

Moses was highly educated; he heard directly from God; he saw miracles; yet, he said, “Send someone else!” (See Exodus 4:13.) Why are people so reluctant to answer the call to service? Perhaps, humanly speaking, there is fear of failure or rejection from what people will say. Perhaps it is pride that keeps you from performing menial tasks of service. Perhaps you doubt your qualifications for the job, or perhaps there is simply a lack of vision for getting the job done.

 You then need to realize that WORKS . . .

  • Release God’s law of sowing and reaping. (II Corinthians 9:6-14)
  • Prove what is in your heart. (James 2:18)
  • Cause others to see Christ in you. (Matthew 5:16)
  • Set a good example to other believers. (Titus 2:7)
  • Require cooperation and unity in the body of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12-26)
  • Are a supernatural, foreordained gift of God. (Ephesians 2:10)

PRAY:

  “Father doing good works for You gives me purpose in life. Guide me in my service to others, that I might follow the path You have ordained. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy;for l am holy.” I Peter 1:15-16

Before you can begin to walk in the holiness Peter wrote about, you must be sure of your salvation from sin. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) I John 1:9 tells you how to be sure: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”When that work is accomplished, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16)

Now that God has made you righteous, He wants you to be HOLY. Another word for“holy” is “sanctified,” meaning to separate. . . to set apart for God’s exclusive use. . . to withdraw from anything unclean.

Sanctification is a purging process. Luke 8:17 says: “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” God foreknew how Satan would use hidden sins to keep people in unholy bondage, so He urges you here to confess them and to give them all up.

The simplest way to holiness is to follow Jesus’ example. “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (I John 2:6, NIV)

PRAY:
 “0 Holy One of israel, make me holy, as You are. Once I was blind to Your loving, purging process, but now I can see how necessary it is for my spiritual maturity. I pray in Your Son’s Name. Amen.”

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”Titus 2:11

Have you ever noticed how the love and “GRACE” of God penetrates the hardest heart and the darkest corner? God’s “GRACE” IS sufficient! (See II Corinthians 12:9.)

It is marvelous how entire Muslim villages on the West Bank in Israel are being reached with the love of God. In the United States, too, wayward sons and daughters are being restored to their families through the saving “GRACE” of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:20b says, “But where sin abounded, grace did MUCH MORE abound.” (Emphasis supplied.) God seems to glory in splitting the darkness with His marvelous light and does so in miraculous ways! So take courage. Have faith in God! There is no darkness that His love and “GRACE” cannot penetrate. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) (Emphasis supplied.)

PRAY:

“Heavenly Father, please give me a fresh awareness of the depth of Your love and ‘GRACE’ today. Thank You for the intercession of Your Spirit on behalf of those for whom I am praying. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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