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The Good News – Paul’s Prayer – Prt 9

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[NOTE: Today is Maundy Thursday. Which is the day during Holy Week that commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in the canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday. Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, or mandate, command, law, order to do something, commandment quotation; reflecting Jesus’ words “I give you a new commandment.”]

  • What are the details in these verses?
    • This scripture is a continuation of Paul’s letter that I wrote about in part 8 of this series.
    • The main thing in this scripture is that Paul is praying and thanking God. Paul mentions that he’s thankful that people everywhere are talking about the faith of the Roman Christians. Paul longs to visit them and feels he’s obligated to them.
    • The Gospel (The Good News) is the power of God for the salvation of all believers. Salvation removes destructive powers and negative conditions (God’s wrath; condemnation, power of sin, and grants positive blessings (righteousness, reconciliation, sanctification, justification, and glorification). Since the gospel is powerful and effective, Paul is not ashamed of it and, so, he is obligated to share it with all.
    • In the Gospel (The Good News), a righteousness from God is made known (v.17 The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself—that it begins and ends with faith. As the Scripture says, “But those who are right with God will live by faith.”) This Gospel had been promised in the Old Testament (v.2 God had already promised this Good News through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures.) The Law and the Prophets testify to this righteousness from God (3:21 Now, the way to receive God’s approval has been made plain in a way other than the laws in the Scriptures. Moses’ Teachings and the Prophets tell us this.) So the righteousness studied in Romans is the same as that in the Old Testament.
      • Which means, a right relationship and the acts promoting it.
      • God’s righteousness brings salvation and blessing to those who trust in and obey Him.
      • Faithfulness promotes a good relationship, and God’s righteousness includes his faithfulness.
      • God hates sin and is morally pure. So then, those who are in a good relationship with Him should be morally pure.
      • The righteousness of God also refers to God’s character, which is mentioned in Romans Ch. 3.
  • What is God’s word saying in these verses?”
    • Well, let’s see here. The info above is pretty in-depth. I could’ve kept going on and on… However, I feel what I shared above is pretty informative about what the scripture is conveying. The major thing is that I need to be in a right relationship with God and be ready at all times to share The Good News of the Gospel with whoever God puts in my path that He moves the Holy Spirit to speak on my behalf. I need to be a good example of a faithful God-fearing Christian for those to wonder and question why they still live in wickedness and want God’s grace imparted to them as well.
    • I must say, I’m very thankful that the Holy Spirit moves in God’s children so that people everywhere talk about our faith and seek after it also. And for Christians to persevere through the persecution and continue in the faith.
    • We, as God’s children, just need to step out of the way and stop trying to control how The Good News of the Gospel is shared, etc. For those who are blocking God, I mean. Not all of God’s children are a hindrance to the Good News.

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The Good News: God’s Promise Prt 8

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  • What is going on in these verses?
    • Paul wrote to the church in Rome to present his basic statement of the gospel: God’s plan of salvation for all peoples, Jew and Gentile alike.
    • Paul had three objectives in writing this letter:
      • 1 – to teach the fundamental doctrine of salvation to fortify believers against their enemies;
      • 2 – to explain the unbelief of Israel and vindicate the faithfulness of God in his dealings with Israel; and
      • 3 – to give practical instruction concerning Christian living in the society of his day.
    • Paul communicates the details of how a person is redeemed, transformed, sealed, and sanctified for that day when we will all stand before the Lord. It explains that salvation is received by grace through faith.
  • What is God’s word saying?
    • I am not Jewish. Therefore, essentially, a Gentile. But, salvation is offered to everyone who will believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
    • This scripture in the book of Romans is a great handbook and guide of instructions on sharing God’s plan of salvation. I can use it to help in sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. The book of Romans is a great practical guide for Christian living.
    • There is this famous guide people like to use: “Roman’s Road to Salvation”, to help guide people through God’s Plan of salvation.
      • I’ve actually created a road of sorts through the scriptures by putting the 1st scripture piece at the beginning of my bible, then the next one at that point leading to each bit of scripture. It’s handy.
      • I also have an app on my mobile phone that is specifically Roman’s Road; in case I do not have my hard copy Bible in hand.
    • I need to totally trust God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus to lead me through this…
      • As a previous devotional blog post talked about the Holy Spirit speaks, not me. Just let Him do it!

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Prayer: Thank You, God, for the gift of Salvation. I also thank You for all Your promises and blessings. Lead me, show me, use me for Your grand plan. I pray this for all Your children, Father God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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The Good News – The Holy Spirit Speaks Prt 6

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  • What is happening in these verses?
    • In my research and studying, I observed these details:
      • Mark the apostle wrote this letter, in the book of Mark, chapter 13.
      • The theme of these verses is to encourage the readers to persevere through suffering and persecution while sharing the Good News to all the earth.
      • The work they were called to should be carried on and succeed in spite of all the opposition that they would meet with while doing it. The gospel must, for all this, be told among all nations, and before the destruction of Jerusalem the sound of it must go forward into all the earth; not only through all the nation of the Jews but, to all the nations of the earth.
      • It is a comfort to those who suffer for the gospel, that, even though they may endure great suffering, the gospel cannot; it must keep going, stand firm, and carry on.
      • The Holy Spirit gives us the words we need to say. We do not have to come up with our own words to share the Good News. The Holy Spirit speaks, not us.
  • What is God’s word saying?
    • While there are assigned missionaries that go out to foreign lands and spread the Good News of the Gospel and make disciples there, there are local mission fields that still need to hear the Good News. Especially in today’s day and age of what is going on. I won’t go into details since it’s already being broadcast all over the place constantly.
    • People are lost and need to be found, by God.
    • As far as what to do; we need to “Just Do It”! Yes, my favorite quote.
        1. Be in the Word and learn what it says so we can be ready to share any time.
        2. Pray without ceasing.
        3. Feel the Holy Spirit pouring over, in, and throughout our bodies; filling us to overflowing with His love, comfort, and guidance as we endure whatever comes our way; good or bad.
        4. Team up with other believers to go out into the community to share the Good News during a project for the community.

Prayer: Thank You, Father God, for the gift of Salvation. I pray for the lost souls to be found and that the Good News of the Gospel will make it around the world. Use me, Lord, I’m here. I pray for Your children to step up to the plate and share the Gospel of Jesus. Holy Spirit, be my voice and also for Your other children. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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The Good News – God Trusted Us to Do It, Prt 5

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  • What is going on in these verses?
    • This is one of the letters Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. He reminded them of the work of the Lord he and his disciple companion, Silas, have done. He talked about the suffering they endured before arriving in Thessalonica; about how people were against them. The best part of this is: that God helped them to be brave and to tell of His Good News. They weren’t trying to trick people. They only spoke the Good News because God tested them and trusted them to do it. When they spoke, they weren’t trying to please people, but God, who tests our hearts.
    • The theme of this chapter of Thessalonians – Paul praises the Thessalonian believers for their spiritual maturity and perseverance, and he encourages them to further growth in view of Christ’s imminent return.
“The gospel he preached was without deceit, it was true and faithful. The word of God is pure.” Matthew Henry
  • What is God’s word saying?
    • I shouldn’t be discouraged by the suffering I will encounter. I trust God to help me be brave. I must endure through it and trust God to take care of my needs as I share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. I would hope that in God testing me, He will find that He can trust me to share the Good News. I want to only please God, not people.

Prayer: Dear ABBA YAH, I seek Your help in my walk with You in being brave to go out and share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. I pray that You test me and find that You can trust me to share the Good News. I want to only please You, YAH. I pray all this for all of Your children. I pray for unity in the church, the body of Christ. I pray for the lost souls to come to You, YAH. I pray for a world that is in chaos, to seek only You. I trust, adore, honor, glorify, and praise You, YAH! In Jesus’ name, amen.


The Good News – It Is Present With You Now Prt 4

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  • What is going on in these verses?
    • Paul wrote a letter to the Colossians in the form of a prayer where he thanked God for the Colossians for being such great servants of sharing the Good News and their love for God and Jesus. Paul appreciated their faith in Jesus and their love for God’s people. Paul encouraged them and let them know that the Good News was with them, even now. Paul expressed his gratitude that their faith and hope in the Good News was producing results and spreading all over the world. They came to know what God’s kindness truly meant.
  • What is God’s word saying?
    • My prayer is similar but more modern for today. My prayer isn’t just with my own work of Jesus, but for all of God’s children who are working diligently to spread the Good News of the Gospel, planting seeds of faith. It’s a great reassurance that the Good News is here with us now. Jesus is the Good News.
    • I will spend as much time as possible in the Word of God to learn as much as possible and be doctrinally and theologically sound about the Good News of Jesus the Messiah, the Savior of the world. I will seek God more and be His vessel, a temple of the Holy Spirit.
    • With Ressurection Sunday coming up; there’s much work to be done for the Lord. I’m putting my humanness aside so that the Holy Spirit can do His job through me.
  • Who’s with me? What will you do? What’s stopping you? Why is it stopping you? What will you change to make it happen?

Prayer: Thank You, God. Thank You for using me and allowing me to be Your vessel in spreading the Good News of the Gospel. I pray that I and all Your children will continually be diligent in planting seeds of the Good News bringing lost souls to You. I lift up all the lost souls to You and pray that the harvest is ready and we, Your servants and helpers, will be ready to go out into all the world to reap the harvest. I lift up the sick and hurting and pray that they find peace in You, God. I pray that You get all the glory, honor, praise, and love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The Good News – Series, Prt 3

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  • What is going on in these verses?
    • In my reading and research, I find that the book of 2 Timothy was a letter written to Timothy, a disciple of Jesus,  by Paul; to encourage Timothy in suffering for Christ’s sake. It was Paul’s comfort that God’s word was not bound. The Good News of the Gospel is, that Jesus was raised from the dead.
    • Next to the salvation of our own souls, we should be willing to do and suffer anything to encourage the salvation of the other’s souls.
This is the great proof of his divine mission, and therefore a great confirmation of the truth of the Christian religion; and the consideration of it should make us faithful to our Christian profession, and should particularly encourage us in suffering for it. Let suffering saints remember this. Matthew Henry
  • What is God’s word saying?
    • While it’s tough to go through suffering and hardship, doing it for the Lord’s sake makes it all worth it. It’s comforting to know and experience an unbound God’s word. There is nothing that can hold it down, nor hide it.
    • I need to be available to allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through me. My suffering for Jesus is nothing compared to the suffering He went through to become my Savior. I’m willing to endure suffering for Jesus to bring lost souls to Him so He can save them.

Prayer: Thank You, dear God, for the salvation of my soul and others. Use me, Lord. I’m here. I offer myself to You. I pray all of Your children will do so. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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The Good News – Series, Prt 2

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“They shall not share with Him in His glory then, that were not willing to share with Him in his disgrace now.” Matthew Henry
  • What are the details in these verses?
    • I observe that Jesus is with His disciples and telling them that they must give up their own way, take up their cross [note: whatever is going on that seems to be unbearable life circumstances], and follow Him. If they don’t give it up and follow Him, they’ll lose their life [spiritual death]. For the sake of the “Good News”, they will save their life if they give it up [spiritually alive]. If they lose their soul, what good is having the whole world? If they’re ashamed of Jesus and the message of the “Good News” in these sinful times, Jesus will be ashamed of them when He returns in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
    • It’s eye-opening to see how life is affected when I’m not following Jesus and not sharing His Good News. When I’m disobedient to Him, my life is in chaos and turmoil. Don’t get me wrong, there are still burdens to bear, but they either make me stronger in faith or weaker. I’d rather not lose my soul to the world. It’s not worth it!
  • How can this be applied in life?
    • I should not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    • I need to share the Good News of the Gospel with lost souls.
    • I need to get out of God’s way and stop trying to control everything in my own way and understanding. My way is sorely lacking!
  • What changes need to be made?
    • Read His word more
    • Pray to Him ceasingly
    • Allow the Holy Spirit to pour over me and use me.
  • What actions need to be taken?
    • Share the Good News of the Gospel more
    • Basically, get out of God’s way!
    • Just Do It!

Prayer: Show me the way, God. Remove my blinders and let me see what You want me to see. Shove me out of Your way and use me for Your purpose so that the Good News of the Gospel can be spread to lost souls. Thank You, God. I pray that the readers of this devotional will move out of Your way so You can use them too. For those who are in the way, that is. Thank You, Jesus, for being the Messiah and being the Savior. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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The Good News – Series, Prt 1

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  • What are the details in these verses?
    • I observe in this scripture that Isaiah the prophet is sharing about Yahweh’s Spirit and preaching the “Good News” to the humble. He is sharing that Yahweh sent him to proclaim the Good News of Yahweh and to proclaim Yahweh’s favor and to give them joy and praise that He may be glorified. The Good News is about Jesus coming to save God’s people.
The good news is about the living God overcoming all the powers of the world to establish His rule of justice and peace, on earth as in heaven. N.T. Wright, Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good
  • What is God’s word saying to me?
    • I find it amazing that Jesus is in and throughout the old testament. Discerning this in my reading will open my heart to God and the Gospel. Taking time from the daily grind and recharging by being in His word and listening to what it is saying will help me to be able to share the gospel with the lost and dead souls. I need to be available and not distracted by the world so that God can use me.

What about you? What do you observe in the scripture above? What do you discern God is saying to you in this scripture?

Prayer: Thank You, Yahweh, for Your word and speaking to me and those who read it. I pray that I and the readers of this will be open to hearing from Your word and helping us to apply what we learn to our lives and to be a vessel for You to reach out to the lost souls to bring them to You through sharing The Good News of the Gospel. I lift up our world leaders and pray that they will be proper leaders and not tyrants terrorizing the citizens. Thank You for Your blessings and promises in Your word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Hear Ye; Hear Ye – Someone Much Greater is Coming!

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  • I observe that Luke is telling about John the baptist in his ministry when he was going along the Jordan River preaching and baptizing people with water in the name of the Father,  the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Luke is telling about John answering people’s questions concerning what he was doing and what they should do. They were expecting the Messiah and thought John was Him. John expressed that someone great that he was coming soon. He is so much greater. John explained that the Messiah will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. John was simply warning and announcing the Good News of the Messiah to the people.
    • The strong theme in this scripture is about the Messiah coming to baptize people with the Holy Spirit and fire to replace the baptizing John did because the Messiah hadn’t gone through the crucifixion and resurrection, yet. His baptizing was an example of what would happen later.
    • Side note: Think back to a time when you went through an experience where you thought someone you saw and heard was someone you were expecting to show up; some TV shows incorporate this humorous gag into their scripts. You know what I mean. Well, this scenario of John the Baptist isn’t humorous; it’s quite serious. But, you get the idea, right? The people expecting the Messiah thought John was HIM.

  • What is God’s word saying to me?
    • I believe this is something that is like being a modern-day John the baptist. I can be about God’s business of spreading the Gospel/the Good News of the Messiah. Lay people who are not clergy can perform baptisms. We don’t have to be preachers ordained to officially perform services. God’s word commands us to go out and spread the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah. While I wouldn’t be warning and announcing the Messiah’s arrival as they did in Biblical times, because He already died and rose again… that’s the message and that He will return for His people another time.
    • I just need to be about God’s business, not man’s. “Just Do It!”

Prayer: Dear ABBA YAH, I pray that I and all Your children would be YOUR messengers announcing the Good News of the Messiah, preaching, baptizing, and helping the needy until You return for us. I pray that we don’t mistake others for You. There is only ONE YOU… The world is in turmoil right now… as You know. I pray for people to seek and surrender to You, YAH. Thank YOU for Who You are, what You do, and continue to do in my life and Your children’s lives. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Bring The Good News!

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Yes, “all flesh is grass.” Whichever, in the time of Isaiah or John the Baptist, generations come and generations go, but,

A voice says, “Cry out!” Then I said, “What shall I cry out?” “Say all people are like the grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass dies and the flowers fall when the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are like grass. The grass dies and the flowers fall, but the word of our God will live forever.” (Is. 40:6–8).

It’s the eternal word of forgiveness and comfort to all who’ll repent and believe The Gospel of Jesus Christ. But this Good News needs to be declared boldly to every generation before it disappears, wilts and passes away like the grass. Hence,

How beautiful is the person who comes over the mountains to bring good news, who announces peace and brings good news, who announces salvation and says to Jerusalem, “Your God is King.” (Is. 52:7).

Be that beautiful person who boldly declares the Good News of Jesus Christ.

That’s what this ministry is about, “declaring, boldly, the Good News of Jesus Christ!”

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Now, it’s your turn! Let’s chat! What’s your experience in declaring, boldly, the Good News of Jesus Christ?