An Urgent Message

I grew up listening to Billy Graham. God anointed him to take the gospel to the world. This was the last message he gave. How we need to hear. Please listen. Jesus is the answer for all our troubles today.


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A Mother’s Request


S – “Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. And he said to her, ‘What do you want?” She said to him, ‘Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’” Matthew 20:20-21

O – The mother of James and John was like all of us who are mothers. We want the best for our children. She was asking Jesus to give them a place of honor. She thought they deserved the best. When she asked that they have this place, she didn’t know what she was asking for. She didn’t know how much Jesus would have to suffer. She thought she knew what she was asking but her perception was limited to earthly things. Jesus knew what was ahead for James and John.

A – What is in my mother’s heart when I pray for my son? When I kneel at the feet of Jesus, what am I asking for? When I ask Him to bless my son, do I know what I’m asking? Do I know what it will take for him to fully trust God? I know what my perception is. I know what I want his life to look like and that doesn’t involve suffering and hard things. Like this mother, I tend to picture great things. But God’s perception is different from mine. He knows everything from beginning to the end. He knows what is best and He knows exactly what our son needs. I have to trust Him. His ways are not my ways.

P – Father I do trust you. I know you love our son more than we can imagine. As much as we love him and want the best for him, it doesn’t begin to match the love you have for him. Please work your will out in his life. Give him strength and endurance for whatever is ahead. Help his faith to grow. May he know the depths and heights of your love for him. Thank you Father that we can trust you and know your plans for him are for his eternal good. Help us to walk by faith and not by sight.

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Pure Wisdom


S – “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in you hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:14-17

O – Demonic wisdom = bitter jealousy (this is a harsh and violent jealousy, fervent), selfish ambition (courting distinction, desire to put self forward, partisan and fractious; intentional promotion of self) , disorder (confusion, instability) , every vile ( evil, wicked) practice

Wisdom from above = pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason (easily obeying, compliant, willing to yield), full of mercy (kindness or good will towards the miserable and afflicted, joined with a desire to help them) and good fruits, impartial (without dubiousness, ambiguity or uncertainty) and sincere (without hypocrisy, unfeigned)

A – The call is for me to be pure in heart, to seek peace always, be gentle and kind, be compliant and willing to yield to others; not demanding my own way, full of mercy towards others, mercy that calls me to action when a need is there, to be impartial and sincere with others not pretending, not being a hypocrite but showing genuine love and my life should result in good fruits.

If I decide to promote myself and seek my own honor, if I covet what others have and go after it…this results in disorder, confusion and sin in my life.

P – Father, help me guard my heart. Help me walk in purity and truth. Please help me seek your wisdom and let go of selfish ambition and pride.



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It is Finished!


S – “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30

O – The greatest moment in history. “It is finished.” Jesus accomplished what He came to do. He paid the price for the sins of all humanity. He redeemed all humankind. He fulfilled the law and paid the price for our sin. He finished the work. It was complete. Nothing else needs to be done. All that is left is to believe and receive the gift. To accept his righteousness and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

A – In that moment, Jesus paid for my sin. When He said, “It is finished”, that was for me. He suffered for every sinful choice I’ve ever made or will make. It’s finished, done. There’s nothing else I can do to earn it. All that I do now is a gift for Him. It is a way of showing my love. A way to show I believe. But salvation is complete.

P – Thank you Jesus for paying the price for my sin. Thank you that I belong to you. Thank you for being willing to suffer and die. Dear Jesus, help me to live for you.

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He is Lord Over Me


S – “Jesus answered him, ‘You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore, he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.’”
John 19:11

O – This verse is another reminder of the sovereignty of God. He has all power, all knowledge, all authority. There is no one over Him. No one who makes decisions unless He allows them to do so. He has authority over all powers, over all that exists.

A/P – The LORD God has authority over my life. I belong to Him. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. Nothing comes into my life unless He allows it. I acknowledge His authority over all that I am. Help me Father to walk in submission and humility, help me to not resist you. I want to yield my heart and soul. I want to walk open to you will, whatever it is, whatever it looks like. Please forgive me when I act as if I know what I need. Please forgive my rebellion and foolishness. I want your will and not mine. Please Lord. I know there is nothing good in me apart from your Spirit. I am your creation but marred by sin. Thank you for rescuing and restoring me. Please help me remember I am a sheep and I always need my Shepherd.




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Warmth in the Winter

Beautiful post!

Emily Wagoner

Like the frost on a rose, winter comes for us all.  Oh how nature acquaints us with the nature of patience.

Like a seed in the snow, I’ve been buried to grow. For Your promise is loyal from seed to Sequoia.

Seasons – Hillsong Worship


I used to think my life was hard because I was doing something wrong.

Like somehow God was mad at me or just leaving me to suffer the natural consequences of my poor choices. Goodness knows, I’ve made plenty of mistakes.

“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

John 9:2, NLT

So I tried harder. Resolved more resolutely. Determined to live my best life starting right now.

Maybe if I eat better, sleep more, take better meds, love better, organize more efficiently, manage finances more wisely, work harder, pray…

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The Helper


S – “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7

O Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the “Helper” in John 14, 15, and 16. The Helper, the Spirit of Truth. The disciples can’t imagine that it would be better for Jesus to leave them. But Jesus teaches them if He returns to heaven, the Helper will come who will never leave them. Helper: advocate, legal assistant, counsel for defense, intercessor. The one who stands by my side to help me and intercede for me. The one who lives in me.

A – I love this name for the Holy Spirit. Helper. I desperately need help. My flesh is weak, my mind is often like a wave tossed by the sea, I have no strength of my own. I need the Helper. Knowing He is there is water to my soul. It is a life raft in the sea. I depend on His intercession for me because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

P – Jesus, thank you that you didn’t leave us defenseless. Thank you that you knew how weak we are and that we would need all the help we can get. I believe in you Jesus. I love you. I know you died for me and I’m yours forever. Thank your for sending the Helper. Please Holy Spirit, fill me, help me. Help me live to glorify my Lord. Help me get my eyes off of myself. Please glorify Him in spite of me.


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