You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘max lucado’ tag.

 

This was my story.

For many years I had battled against food allergies and all the related problems that causes.  I had a complex set of allergies and specifics and spent 18 months visiting 3 different specialists each month for check ups, blood tests, progress reports.  I tried many elimination diets, some that helped and some that just made the journey more confusing.

But in the midst of the journey, in the midst of the fight, I believed that God would heal me one day.

One day.

Until that time I would have the symptoms and the reactions and the complications.

Until that time I would walk forward in my journey with allergies.

Until that time I would take my medication and eat restricted.

Until that time I would have allergies.

Just as the blind man was blind UNTIL Jesus healed him.

Just as the lame man was lame UNTIL Jesus healed him.

Just as Lazarus was dead UNTIL Jesus healed and raised him.

I walked by faith in UNTIL.

God was still always good and great.

He was still my healer.

He was still amazing.

I praised Him.

I was content and not content to be in the UNTIL.

I  had my UNTIL day on September 13, a Saturday at our church His Presence Conference.

On that day Jesus healed me.

Completely.

I walk in the freedom and the rejoicing of that incredible miracle.

 

What are you walking in today?  What are you trusting God for?

 

Advertisements

jacket

Max Lucado tells the story of Bob, who was born into the land of coats! His mother loved the color blue and made Bob’s first coat a lovely shade of blue. Every time she noticed her son in his lovely blue coat, she cheered, "Yes, Bob!" He felt good in his blue coat, but Bob had to grow up and go to work. So he put on his best blue coat and slipped out of the house, going to his new job. The people on the street saw him and began to yell, "Yuk, Yuk!" Their coats were yellow and they hated blue.

Into a store ducked Bob and bought a yellow coat, put it over his blue coat and continued on his way to work. The people cheered, "Yea! Bob!" Bob felt good in his yellow coat over his blue coat. He stepped into his bosses office to get his assignment for that first day. He sat waiting for this boss, who came in, looked at him and yelled, "Yuk!" Bob jumped up, took off the yellow coat and stood waiting for approval in his blue coat. The boss yelled, "Double Yuk! Bob. Here at work we wear green coats!" With that, Bob slipped back on the yellow coat, over the blue coat and put the green coat on top. "Yea! Bob!" said the boss. As he left for work, Bob felt good.

After work, Bob slipped off the green coat, put it under the yellow coat and walked proudly home. He opened the door, went inside, as his mother looked at him with a "Yuk" on her lips. Bob quickly changed coats, putting the lovely blue one on top. Mom whispered, "Yea! Bob!"

Bob got so good at changing coats until he became a popular man around town. He changed coats so swiftly until he had folks fooled into believing that whatever coat they had on, he had it on too. Bob loved hearing the crowd say, "Yea! Bob!" He couldn’t stand hearing "Yuk" Bob was elected mayor of the Town of Coats and had a faithful constituency. One day he heard a noise outside of his window and then heard a pounding on his door.

The Yellow Coats brought in a man wearing no coat. "Kill him!" they cried, "he doesn’t fit in!" In his yellow coat, Bob said, "Leave him to me."

"Man, where is your coat?" he asked. The man said, "I wear no coat." Bob replied, "everybody wears a coat. What color do you choose?" The man responded the second time, "I wear no coat." By then the Green Coats had gathered under Bob’s window. Running to the window, his green coat on top, Bob yelled down to them, "I have it under control." The Green Coats shouted, "Kill him!" At this time his mother entered into the room, and Bob slipped his blue coat on top. "Bob, where is his blue coat?" Mother asked, The Man replied, "I don’t wear a coat." "Kill him," said Mother as she left Bob and the man alone.

"Man, said Bob, you have to wear a coat or they are going to kill you." "Bob," said the man, "you need to decide to stop wearing your different coats. Take them off, take them all off and let the world see who you truly are."

"Take them off? Take them all off?" asked an incredulous Bob. The man said again, "Bob, you have to make a choice." As the crowd kept crying, "Kill him!" Bob washed his hands, opened the door and marched the man toward sure death. The man looked at Bob, with one final word, "Choose."

 

Read the rest of this entry »

6a00e552b195b988340120a540d3cd970b-800wi

Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are." Acts 15:10-11

we are saved by grace.  pure simple wonderful amazing grace.

and we respond to that grace and salvation by how we live our lives.

i can never earn my salvation.

i can never pay it back.

anything i do for Jesus, do to know Jesus, do to live for Jesus, is a response to His love for me first.

bible study and personal worship – times of discipline – are fuelled by devotion

attending and being involved in church – are fuelled by devotion

sometimes those things don’t feel very inspiring or overflowing from a place of love and connection, but they’re so important

but not if you’re adding a burden to yourself to work out being a good Christian

you are rescued and redeemed, not because of anything we have done, we had done or we can do or could do

but because of the love and grace and power of God

God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:19-22

God because of the imputed righteousness of Christ to me and his wrath absorbing death on the cross and his resurrection now sees me as perfect and spotless and holy, not because i am but because HE IS ~ Matt Chandler

The good news – the gospel – is that you and I have fallen short, we have worshiped things that are not God, we have belittled and mocked God with either our hearts, mouths or minds and God’s response to that has been to make a way for us to be reconciled to God in the person and work of Jesus Christ – so that the two-fold movement that occurs is that we get Christ’s righteousness and He takes upon Himself our rebellion and sinfulness so that when God then looks at us He sees Christ and deems us as perfect and spotless and blameless ~ Matt Chandler

The commands of God are given, not to rob me of joy, but to lead me into the fullness of joy ~ Matt Chandler

“God loves you simply because he has chosen to do so. He loves you when you don’t feel lovely. He loves you when no one else loves you. While we may theologically and intellectually understand the transaction, motivated by love, that took place at Calvary, the reality must reach our hearts in order to complete its course. We are loved. Let the words linger in our ears. We are loved.” ~ Max Lucado

6a00e552b195b988340120a540d3cd970b-800wi

Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are." Acts 15:10-11

 

we are saved by grace.  pure simple wonderful amazing grace.

and we respond to that grace and salvation by how we live our lives.

i can never earn my salvation.

i can never pay it back.

anything i do for Jesus, do to know Jesus, do to live for Jesus, is a response to His love for me first.

bible study and personal worship – times of discipline – are fuelled by devotion

attending and being involved in church – are fuelled by devotion

sometimes those things don’t feel very inspiring or overflowing from a place of love and connection, but they’re so important

but not if you’re adding a burden to yourself to work out being a good Christian

you are rescued and redeemed, not because of anything we have done, we had done or we can do or could do

but because of the love and grace and power of God

 

 

 

God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:19-22

 

God because of the imputed righteousness of Christ to me and his wrath absorbing death on the cross and his resurrection now sees me as perfect and spotless and holy, not because i am but because HE IS ~ Matt Chandler

 

The good news – the gospel – is that you and I have fallen short, we have worshiped things that are not God, we have belittled and mocked God with either our hearts, mouths or minds and God’s response to that has been to make a way for us to be reconciled to God in the person and work of Jesus Christ – so that the two-fold movement that occurs is that we get Christ’s righteousness and He takes upon Himself our rebellion and sinfulness so that when God then looks at us He sees Christ and deems us as perfect and spotless and blameless ~ Matt Chandler

 

The commands of God are given, not to rob me of joy, but to lead me into the fullness of joy ~ Matt Chandler

 

“God loves you simply because he has chosen to do so. He loves you when you don’t feel lovely. He loves you when no one else loves you. While we may theologically and intellectually understand the transaction, motivated by love, that took place at Calvary, the reality must reach our hearts in order to complete its course. We are loved. Let the words linger in our ears. We are loved.” ~ Max Lucado

 155726099584708558_AJQS49KK_c copy

 

 

This year as a church we’re going to look at finding out who God has made us to be and how He has gifted us and how to get activated in using those gifts.

BUT before you get activated – and even if you’re on the journey of finding out who you are and what you’re called to – you need to have your own authentic real connected in love fired up passionate full on committed relationship with God.

It’s a what came first, the chicken or the egg?

It has to be real and it has to be your heart motivation to know and love Him and make Him known.

You may be uber talented but if you have no relationship with God you will not be serving His kingdom and prob will not get picked for promotion and adventure.

Disclaimer: we’re all flawed and we’re all human and we’re all sinners but a consecrated committed disciple is different from a oh yeah whatever Christian.

But we want to be a person who embrace the call and purposes of God, who believe He is real and that He is the hope of the world

A person who pursue Him and find Him

A person who will dream and live and be marked for eternity, not just breathing and living but living with purpose and destiny

Determined to know Him

Determined to keep knowing Him

Determined to live to please Him

 

Life is a journey and we’re all at different places spiritually and all that but THIS – housegroup – is a place where we have fun, make friends, eat a lot and where we press in and press through, into something greater than just hanging out and having a good time, where we learn and step out and are challenged and encouraged, and are ignited by a very real personal alive mighty God.

 

In the face of seemingly impossible odds God is up in heaven, not stressed at all. God is confident of His work in and through us.

 

I have to confess, I don’t want you to live ordinary lives.

I want you to be used by God so that you have the greatest adventure and so that you experience the greatest love and greatest satisfaction.

Ordinary is not enough.

Any ministry and service and adventure you have with God needs to come out of the overflow – out of the heart and core of who we are… otherwise its not sustainable.

Or pleasing in the sight of God.

 

First love: in revelation 2: 2-5 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

 

The Ephesians were doing plenty of work and using their giftings. They were pursuing the call of God and active in their church and community.

But it wasn’t been done from a place of overflow in their lives. It wasn’t originating from love for God.

You see, God isn’t after your behaviour. He is after your heart.

Behaviour and change and transformation and obedience flows out of love from God and love towards, love for God.

Those that are in love with God and know His love for them respond with love.

You see the most important thing to realize in the world is that God loves you.

 

“God loves you simply because he has chosen to do so. He loves you when you don’t feel lovely. He loves you when no one else loves you. While we may theologically and intellectually understand the transaction, motivated by love, that took place at Calvary, the reality must reach our hearts in order to complete its course. We are loved. Let the words linger in our ears. We are loved.” ~ Max Lucado

 

Out of knowing that everything else will flow.

Security instead of insecurity

Peace instead of fear and worry

Hope instead of hopelessness

Righteousness by love instead of compromise

Vision instead of disorientation

You are loved. Loved.

 

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 john 3:1

 

My prayer for you all for this year is that you will encounter God like never before, that you will know that He loves you and has done everything needed to save you and that His promise is that He will complete the good work He has begun in you and that nothing can separate you from His love, that He will never leave or forsake you and that you are created and called to draw near to God.

 

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right) , and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

We’re going to spend some time worshipping now and I encourage you to join in and participate, even if you don’t know the songs.

When I became a Christian I was 16 and had gone to youth group to meet the boys – and when I was there they had some worship and at the start a guy prayed, a real simple prayer, and at that moment I knew God was real. It was like my heart and eyes were opened and all of a sudden I knew that God was real and I could know Him.

Worship is a great opportunity for us to turn ourselves towards God, to ask Him to reveal Himself and for us to thank Him and honour Him and surrender ourselves to Him, so we’re going to take this moment to draw near to God. And His promise…that He will draw near to us. I believe that amazing things can happen in worship, that life can change in worship… because we’re not just singing songs but we are drawing near to our Heavenly Father who loves us and created us for this very purpose.

 

WORSHIP SET:

one thing remains – the loft sessions

came to my rescue – hillsong united

fall afresh – the loft sessions

the stand – hillsong live in miami

 

 

 

housegroup notes from Wednesday 15th Feb 2012

happy-child

When my daughters were single-digit ages—two, five, and seven—I wowed them with a miracle.  I told them the story of Moses and the manna and invited them to follow me on a wilderness trek through the house.

“Who knows,” I suggested, “manna may fall from the sky again.”

We dressed in sheets and sandals and did our best Bedouin hike through the bedrooms.  The girls, on my instruction, complained to me, Moses, of hunger and demanded I take them back to Egypt, or at least to the kitchen.  When we entered the den, I urged them to play up their parts: groan, moan, and beg for food.

“Look up,” I urged.  “Manna might fall any minute.”

Two-year-old Sara obliged with no questions, but Jenna and Andrea had their doubts.  How can manna fall from a ceiling?

Just like the Hebrews.  “How can God feed us in the wilderness?”

Just like you?  You look at tomorrow’s demands, next week’s bills, next month’s silent calendar.  Your future looks as barren as the Sinai Desert.  “How can I face my future?” God tells you what I told my daughters: “Look up.”

When my daughters did, manna fell!  Well, not manna, but vanilla wafers dropped from the ceiling and landed on the carpet.  Sara squealed with delight and started munching.  Jenna and Andrea were old enough to request an explanation.

My answer was simple.  I knew the itinerary.  I knew we would enter this room.  Vanilla wafers fit safely on the topside of the ceiling-fan blades.  I had placed them there in advance.  When they groaned and moaned, I turned on the switch.

God’s answer to the Hebrews was similar.  Did he know their itinerary?  Did he know they would grow hungry?  Yes and yes.  And at the right time, he tilted the manna basket toward earth.

And what about you?  God know what you need and where you’ll be.  Any chance he has some vanilla wafers on tomorrow’s ceiling fans?  Trust him.  “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:33-34).

by Max Lucado

Jesus loved the unloved and unlovely. It is so usual, so normal and so routine for Him. He picks up with dull uninteresting people, living grey little lives and makes them special. In fact the whole Bible is full of it. God choosing the unlikely people, the youngest sons, the barren women, not many mighty, give the nameless a name, putting His arms around them and acknowledging them. This is JESUS! REINHARD BONNKE

 

179792210093510902_88KFgeIZ_c

 

Loved by God by Max Lucado

“The LORD loves you.” Deuteronomy 7:8 NLT

God loves you simply because he has chosen to do so. He loves you when you don’t feel lovely. He loves you when no one else loves you. Others may abandon you, divorce you, and ignore you, but God will love you. Always. No matter what.

This is his sentiment: “I’ll call the nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved” (Rom. 9:25 MSG).

This is his promise: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jer. 31:3 NLT).

Do you know what else that means? You have a deep aquifer of love from which to draw. When you find it hard to love, then you need a drink, drink deeply, drink daily.

267545943_K14q33AB_c

again and again i love how God seems to so speak my language. and know my email address.

often what i need to hear, or what i know someone else needs to hear, appears in my inbox.  i can read it, absorb it, feel it, hear it.  i can forwards it to the right person.  wow God, you’re awesome!

 

THE RIGHT DOORS OPEN by Max Lucado

You try one door after another, yet no one responds to your résumé. No university accepts your application. No doctor has a solution for your illness. No buyers look at your house.

Obstacles pack your path. Road, barricaded. Doorway, padlocked. Do you know the frustration of a blocked door?

God uses closed doors to advance his cause.

He closed the womb of a young Sarah so he could display his power to the elderly one.

He shut the palace door on Moses the prince so he could open shackles through Moses the liberator.

He marched Daniel out of Jerusalem so he could use Daniel in Babylon.

And Jesus. Yes, even Jesus knew the challenge of a blocked door. When he requested a path that bypassed the cross, God said no. He said no to Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane so he could say yes to us at the gates of heaven.

It’s not that our plans are bad but that God’s plans are better.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.

“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8–9 NLT)

Your blocked door doesn’t mean God doesn’t love you. Quite the opposite. It’s proof that he does.

97897968_ARi3Xrg7_c

* * * * *
“We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 NLT
* * * * *

Does one prevailing problem leech your life?

Some are prone to cheat. Others quick to doubt. Maybe you worry. Yes, everyone worries some, but you own the national distributorship of anxiety. Perhaps you are judgmental. Sure, everybody can be critical, but you pass more judgments than a federal judge.

What is that one weakness, bad habit, rotten attitude? Where does Satan have a stronghold within you? Ahh, there is the fitting word—stronghold: a fortress, citadel, thick walls, tall gates. It’s as if the devil staked a claim on one weakness and constructed a rampart around it.

Strongholds: old, difficult, discouraging challenges.

That’s what David faced when he looked at Jerusalem. . . .

Nevertheless.

“Nevertheless David took the stronghold . . .” (2 Sam. 5:9).

Granted, the city was old. The walls were difficult. The voices were discouraging . . . Nevertheless David took the stronghold.

Wouldn’t you love God to write a nevertheless in your biography? Born to alcoholics, nevertheless she led a sober life. Never went to college, nevertheless he mastered a trade. Didn’t read the Bible until retirement age, nevertheless he came to a deep and abiding faith.

We all need a nevertheless. And God has plenty to go around. Strongholds mean nothing to him. Remember Paul’s words? “We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4 NLT).

You and I fight with toothpicks; God comes with battering rams and cannons. What he did for David, he can do for us.

Max Lucado —from Facing Your Giants

Blessed Father, as you helped David conquer a stronghold so you can help us conquer the strongholds in our lives. You have promised freedom and victory. Father, will you break these strongholds with your mighty power? You steady us with your love, amen.

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:2

Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
Psalm 50:15

“Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”
Matthew 6:8

 

 

this is another of those “wow that is so relevant and right where i know someone is and i want to file that” type posts – yay for the talent and giftings of Max Lucado to paint wonderful word pictures that make things click.

Jesus-healing-woman

Great crowds came to Jesus, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, those who could not speak, and many others. They put them at Jesus’ feet, and he healed them. The crowd was amazed when they saw that people who could not speak before were now able to speak. The crippled were made strong. The lame could walk, and the blind could see. And they praised the God of Israel for this. (Matt. 15:30–31 NCV)   What did the people do with the sick? They put them at Jesus’ feet. This is the purpose of praying for the ill. We place the sick at the feet of the Physician and request his touch. This passage also gives us the result of healing prayer. “They praised the God of Israel for this.” The ultimate aim of healing is not just a healthy body but a greater kingdom. If God’s aim is to grant perfect health to all his children, he has failed, because no one enjoys perfect health, and everyone dies. But if God’s aim is to expand the boundaries of his kingdom, then he has succeeded. For every time he heals, a thousand sermons are preached.   Max Lucado

Follow One Passion One Devotion on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Worship Wednesday

1000 Things

November 2017
S M T W T F S
« Oct    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  
%d bloggers like this: