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Whom Are You Seeking?

Daily Encouragement –

Whom are you seeking? I am He, and I am all you will ever need!!! You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. But, whom are you seeking?

Do you want a Friend? Savior? Father? Provider? Healer? Deliverer? I am all these things and more!!! However, you must come to Me to receive. You must search Me out and desire Me. 

The things in this world mute your passions and desires until you no longer desire anything of value. I can only give you life and eternal when you come to Me!!! In turn, you must come to know and follow Me. 

Even as you are seeking Me, I am seeking you to know you as child, disciple, and friend. Do not ever deny Me because I am where your power comes from. Deny Me, and you deny the power I have to heal, save, and set you free. 

Come to close to Me and know Me and let Me know you as well that you may walk in Kingdom power!!! I love you My child!!!

John 18:4-8 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. 6 Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. 

John 18:25-27 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied again;

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
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Come! Drink! Believe!

Daily Encouragement – 

Are you thirsty? Are you in need? Are you struggling? Are you hurting? I have everything you need on abundance! I will not force you to come to Me and receive even though I am The Only One who has rivers of life, healing, hope, and so much more waiting for you. 

Come to Me! You are urgently invited to come! I am your answer and what you really need. Beyond anything else, I can help you out of the abundance of My supply. 

Come and drink! Believe in Me! Trust in Me! Rely on Me! And My rivers of life will continually flow to and through you. I have more than enough for you, your family, friends, Co-workers, neighbors… I have so much just waiting for you to tap into. 

Come! Drink! Believe! And My blessings will overtake you anew every day. I love you My Child!!!

John 7:37-38 Jesus stood and called out [in a loud voice], “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Walk with Me

Day 5 – Walk with Me

Key Verse – 
1 John 2:6 He who says he abides in [lives in relationship with] Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 

“Come on, you can do better than that!”  Your friend says this to you as you continue on. Not wanting to disappoint them, you press yourself harder even though you are already weary and struggling to keep up the pace.  You would never have been able to push yourself this hard, but having your friend with you makes you want to give even more than your all.  They push you to do your best in a way that you never would on your own.  

When you have a friend with you to help set the pace and encourage you, you push yourself even harder.  You want to impress them and prove it to them who you really are and that you are worthy of their efforts.  The good thing for you is that living in relationship with Jesus, she is always there to help you walk through daily life.  He walked on this earth and made you worthy of the power and life he has to give.  He sent the Holy Spirit to be with you and help you live beyond what you would be able to on your own.

Have you tried to walk through this life on your own?

Does it encourage you that you are not on your own but can walk with God as your encourager and pacesetter?

God wants you to excel in all things. You can only do this as you walk with Him just as He walks.  He is willing to walk with you and help you in every area of need if you will only ask Him.  He can be your pacesetter and encourager and help you to walk just as Jesus did.

Prayer – God, thank you that you have me the ability to live in relationship with its you. Come and be my encourager and pacesetter. Help me to walk just as Jesus did in purity, power, and pleasing in a Your eyes. I choose to walk with you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Challenge – Commit to live in relationship with Jesus from this day forward and walk with him.  Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you one way that Jesus walked that you need to work on. Do you need to walk with Him into deeper purity of mind, heart, and body?  Do you need to step more into the power He has for you? Do you need to be more pleasing in what you do, say, and think?  Whatever Holy Spirit reveal, ask Him to help you walk just as Jesus did and how to live it out practically today.  

Searching the Secrets

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child. I am beginning to pour an anointing over you that is not just for you but for all who want it. Others around you should see this anointing and press in and take hold of it themselves. I am giving an anointing of intimacy, deep close relationship, with me.

Draw near and come close and see what I will reveal to you My child, My friend. I want to reveal to you the secrets I have placed within you. I will reveal things you are to say and do, places you are to go, people you are to connect with in order to advance My Kingdom and so much more!!! 

The plans and purposes I have for your entire life are waiting for you to search them out. I reveal all these things and more to My closest friends. 

Come closer in this new anointing of intimacy and watch what I will reveal to you. You are My child, and I have given you The Kingdom. Come close to Me and discover the secrets of taking hold of your inheritance. I love you My child!

1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 
For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Grow Together

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child! I am doing a great thing right now in your midst. Do you not see it? Do you not know it?

I am weaving many people, ministries, bodies… together in unity to accomplish My mission. The good news must be preached in every tongue, carried to every tribe, and everyone must have chance after chance to come to Me. Do not write anyone off but continue with the mission. 

Friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, and strangers are all in need of Me in a deeper way. They may know Me, but how deeply? How deeply do you know Me?

There is a greater level of growth you must come to in Me so you may lead others to this deeper place as well. 

You cannot go alone! You not only need Me, but you need others to push you to greater things and pick you up when you fall. 

Kingdom advancement is for all of you. Do it together and receive the reward of My Kingdom coming forth in great ways on the earth. I love you My child!

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. 

Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

False Faces of Friends and Foes

Our God is truly amazing!!! After our flurry of activities in Scotland, we were able to take a kind of chill week to relax and get into the rhythm of things here in Newcastle. It was a short train ride from Stirling to Scotland, but it was incredibly beautiful along the way. We have been completely welcomed into the family of God at St. Luke’s, and I have gotten to connect with many friends from last year. The vicar here Robert, has commented several times that he hopes we stay for a really long time. We will see what happens, but at the very least, we know that we can be close to friends and family over the holidays, which is always a blessing.

We have the privilege of staying with Paul, a friend I met from last year, who has a unique perspective on things. He was not raised in the church and did not have the most pleasant of lives growing up. However, Jesus found him and brought him to St. Luke’s just like he brought us here. He is one of the most honest people I know. He talks about how he feels and openly admits when he is wrong. That is not something that is found today, an open transparency.

As we were walking our customary 45 minutes to the church last week, we began to talk about the people here in Newcastle. For those who do not know, Newcastle was rated the third in most popular European nightlife destinations only beaten out by London and Berlin and 7th in the world category. In other words, Newcastle is a huge party city. The funny thing is that for the “normal” person, being out in the daytime, you may never know this. However, the nighttime, especially weekends, is when the craziness begins.

As Paul and I began to talk, we discussed the different masks that people choose to put on and how it is evident here. He mentioned how a lot of his friends all looked nice and began to dress in the same stylish manner and how they would give other people a hard time. I remarked how that had never been a big deal to me. It was easy to see how some people have so many faces that they put on for other people, they may not even know who they are any more, or perhaps they do not like who they really are so they use masks to fit in. We suggested some of the false faces people put on, one for work and school, one for friends and partying, one for church, one for looking good and one for relaxing… There are an infinity of masks that people will put on and there are a plethora of reasons why they may put these on. I think it comes down to one basic reason. Fear! We are often afraid to let people know who we really are. Will they like us? Will they judge us? Will they hurt us? Will they accept us? Will they be open with us or give us a cold mask of superiority?

I have found that some of the best masks can be found in the church. We like to present ourselves perfect, even though we all know that we are not. We dress nice, act our best, and are on our best behavior. Often, those who have not come to Christ yet, come in hurting and see all these perfect plastic people and decide they can never be a part of this perfection. Sometimes, our masks are so good we almost begin to believe them. Outsiders coming in would never believe that the church is made up of hurting broken people and so they often do not feel welcome there. We are afraid that others will judge us and who we really are if we let them know we are broken. Why is this, because we judge the imperfections in others. I know for me, this was one of the sins I struggled with for so long. I could look at someone and see myself as better than them even though I was struggling with my own stuff. God led me through a place where I did a lot of work with young people in the prison system and people of all walks of life and this helped me to learn to be real, honest and transparent.

I want to encourage you to be yourself. Be real, honest and transparent. The church should be where we get together as transparent people and reveal Christ shining through all of our situations and failings. People should feel more welcome in the church than anywhere else in the world. We show the love of Christ to all who are caught up in the ways of the world, because we too were ones such as this. And even now, when we know the Truth, we do not follow Him as we should. We fail! How much more can we expect those who do not know the Truth to walk like they do? You are accepted by God who will never hurt you. You are free to be yourself. I am not perfect at this, but I am learning more and more how to be my own strange self.

Final story – Yesterday, we went out to celebrate our three month anniversary (you would be celebrating too if you were me and had such an awesome wife!!!). We decided to see a movie, and as we were buying tickets, I was having fun being myself. The guy asked me if I was a student or had anything that would discount the tickets. I was just messing with him and said “No, we are foreigners though. That should be worth something. Or you could give me the redhead discount.” He also happened to be a Ginger so I guess he thought it was funny or something. Anyway, I realized that after I had bought the tickets, he had given us a student discount, which was actually quite a big one. I had not actually been trying to get a discount, but was just being myself and got blessed.

Just remember, God made you. He accepts you, no matter how strange you might be (believe me, I know from experience). He loves you and will never leave you alone or love you less. Who else’s opinion matters?

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!