Imagine it… Being a Person of Godly Influence!

People of incredible influence… Individuals whose very presence impact a conversation… The kind of person who moves into a neighborhood or community and the entire moral and spiritual climate begins to change for the better…


In my Bible reading today during “coffee with the Lord” I read a snapshot of that kind of person – a passage urging Christians to be “individuals of influence” within a corrupt culture – to model and express godly, gracious behavior! Here is the lifestyle features that Apostle Paul urged…

“Let your love be genuine!

Abhor what is evil – hold fast to what is good!

Love one another with brotherly affection [like love in a wonderful family]!

Outdo one another in showing honor!

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord!

Rejoice in hope!

Be patient in tribulation!

Be constant in prayer!

Contribute to the needs of others!

Show hospitality!

Bless those who persecute you – don’t curse them!

Rejoice with those who rejoice – weep with those who weep!

Live in harmony with one another!

Never be haughty but associate with the lowly!

Never be wise in your own sight!

Repay no one evil for evil!

Try to do what is honorable in the sight of all!

Do your best to live peaceably with everyone!

Never take revenge – leave ‘getting even’ to God!

If you have an enemy feed him, give him something to drink!


(Adapted from Romans 12:9-21)


What a wonderful thing that would be! What a reputation a person would have! What an impact a group of people [a church] like that would have! What healthy, healing potential! Almost “heaven on earth” – not fully “heaven” yet, but almost! Don’t you want to do your part with God’s help, Christ’s example, and the “nudge” of the Holy Spirit, to make it a reality in your community? I want to in mine!

Where Can Wisdom Be Found?

Job 28 – One of my absolute favorite passages!!! … Where can wisdom be found? (a repost)

What an inspired and lofty literary poetic masterpiece!!! The Holy Spirit was certainly inspiring Job’s words!!! An inspired discourse on “Wisdom” – God’s wisdom – where it is to be found… Let me be one voice urging you to slow down, read this passage reflectively, and be prepared to respond to it’s truth and challenge!  It was a part of my Bible reading today during my time of “Coffee with the Lord!”

1) Human ingenuity and effort have accomplished much, but that has not uncovered it! (vss. 1-11)

2) “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living!” (vss. 12-13)

3) The value – the price of it – is beyond estimation!! (vss. 14-19)

4) The question posed again: “From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?” (vss. 20-22)

5) THE DECLARATION! … “GOD UNDERSTANDS IT WAY, AND HE KNOWS ITS PLACE! … He saw wisdom and declared it! He prepared it, indeed He searched it out! And to us He said, ‘BEHOLD THE FEAR [REVERENCE] OF THE LORD, THAT IS WISDOM, AND TO DEPART FROM EVIL IS UNDERSTANDING!!!” (vss. 23-28)

We’ve got to get it from God – true wisdom!!! Oh God, may I make that discovery – I need it! I can only find it in You!!!

Miracles! Miracles! Miracles!

This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I read a passage I labeled “Miracles, Miracles, Miracles!” (Matthew 8:1-17) What a faith building passage! What a reinforcement of faith and the confidence that nothing is impossible with God! What a testimony to the reality that the “already” aspect of the “Kingdom of Heaven” has broken into time and space with the coming of Jesus Christ! (The future aspect of that Kingdom awaits His return – His “2nd coming.”)

First, Jesus hears a leper’s plea and responds, reaches out, and at the risk of defiling Himself, touches the “unclean one” (and instead of it making Him ceremonially unclean) cleanses the man of leprosy – what was considered at that time an “incurable disease”!!! (Vss. 1-4)

Next, Jesus responds to a Roman Centurion’s plea for a valued servant, offers to come and heal him, but expresses wonderful faith in his comments about “authority” – “Only say the word and my servant will be healed!”…. Jesus’s responds to the powerful expression of the Centurions faith and says, “Go, let it be done as you have believed! And the servant was healed at that very moment!” (Vss. 5-13)

Finally, Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law… He simply touches her hand and she is immediately healed!

The result? That evening “they brought to Him many who were oppressed by demons and HE CAST OUT THE SPIRITS WITH A WORD AND HEALED ALL WHO WERE SICK! Matthew then makes this observation: “This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases!'” (quotation from the prophet Isaiah 53:4) (Vss. 14-17)

HEAR ME, THAT’S WHO JESUS IS – THAT’S WHAT HE’S LIKE – THAT’S WHAT HE CAN DO!!! … And the “Resurrected Christ” is still doing miraculous things like this today!!! Trust Him!

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