4Jesus Outreach

Proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.


Leave a comment

All things are ordained in heaven

gods will or my will

“For promotion and exaltation comes not from the east or the west, nor from the south. It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.” – Psalm 75:6-7

Do you wish to succeed in life? Don’t boast about your own merits and future plans. It is God who ultimately decides. He alone can lift you up or bring you down.

Unless it is God’s will, the best-laid goals and strategies will come to nothing. The Bible tells us to pray about everything, acknowledge Him in all our ways, and commit all into God’s hands. If our concepts and preparations are unsuccessful, rest assured that they were never meant to be. Trusting God means that He has to have the last word in whatever we do, because He knows what is best for us.

How arrogant and contriving it is for us to leave God out of our plans! How vain it is to look for any thing good to turn out without God’s blessing and guidance!

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that. As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.” – James 4:14-16

Matthew Henry writes, “Our times are not in our own hands, but at the disposal of God. Our heads may be filled with cares and contrivances for ourselves, or our families, or our friends; but Providence often throws our plans into confusion. All we design, and all we do, should be with submissive dependence on God. It is foolish, and it is hurtful, to boast of worldly things and aspiring projects; it will bring great disappointment, and will prove destruction in the end.”

We can rest assured that God loves us and wants to bestow the best gifts.

But not everything we contrive is the right course of action. We must ask ourselves, “Is this just a good idea, or is it a God idea?” Every good and perfect gift, blessing, and promotion comes from above, from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).

Do you want to be exalted and successful in whatever you do? Learn to humble yourself and pray as Jesus prayed, “Father, not my will, but your will be done.”

There is a God, and a divine plan for us, and things happen not by chance. Men forget that all things are ordained in heaven. The Lord reigns evermore. He puts down one, and sets up another. He is at work behind the scene of our lives. The foolish dream that He is not, but He is near even now. Pray and patiently wait for things to come to pass, not in our own timing, but in His.

– Luis Josephus

4jesus-logo_125-x-50_jpg

4Jesus Outreach
www.4JesusOutreach.com
EMAIL US

Advertisements


Leave a comment

How to enter into God’s presence

Daily Inspiration_Logo_sm_300 x 230_jpgBefore we pray, before we petition our Lord or ask Him for anything, we should thank Him and give Him praise. The first words out of our mouths and hearts should be, “Lord, I praise You and thank You for all your blessings in my life.” A grateful and thankful heart prepares us to come into His holy presence and opens up the windows of heaven through which blessings will fall.

In Old Testament days, it was considered an arrogant intrusion to enter the presence of an earthly king without first bowing down to his majesty, praising his greatness and authority, and thanking him for the privilege of his audience. Since God is our Creator, our Savior, and our King, doesn’t He deserve the same honor and respect?

Acknowledge how much He has done for us. Not only has He sacrificed His only begotten Son to pay the penalty of our sins, but He has also has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Colossians 4:2 also tells to be “watchful” and alert when we pray. Alert for what? Alert for what God has to say to us. Prayer is not a one-way communication. God will also speak to us, as we speak to Him. If we are not alert for His still, small voice, we might just miss it. He has something new to say to us every day. Have you heard Him speak to you lately?

Let us worship the King of kings, and Lord of Lords today! Let us enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and His holy courts with praise. Let us bless His holy name and ask Him to give us fresh new revelation and guidance. Amen.

–         Luis Josephus

Logo_75 x 75_jpgLUIS JOSEPHUS MINISTRIES
www.LuisJosephus.com
EMAIL US

 


Scripture References:

“Enter in His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” – Psalm 100:4

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” – Ephesians 1:3

“Devote yourselves to prayer. Be alert and thankful when you pray.” – Colossians 4:2


Leave a comment

No More Condemnation

GuiltMany people struggle with constant guilt and self-condemnation for their past actions. Most of us wish we could correct the mistakes we’ve made, but we can’t. What’s done is done. All we can do is learn from the past and avoid repeating the same errors in the future.

I have to admit that I have plenty of reasons to feel guilty for my own past.

Before I accepted Christ, I did some pretty terrible things (I think we all have). But after I was saved and spiritually born-again, I repented before God almighty and all these past sins were forgiven. My slate was washed clean, and I began living a new life in Christ. Behold, the old life is now a thing of the past and all things have become new.

I received the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit that guides me each and every day to do what is right, instead of what is wrong, to make good choices in my new life, and avoid the wrong choices I was so inclined to make in my former life. I can sincerely say, that since I accepted Christ my life has radically changed for the better. If you are a Christian, I’m sure you can say the same thing about yourself. If not, then maybe you are not really saved at all.

Does that mean that Born-Again Christians can no longer sin?

Of course not. We can still sin and make poor choices if we choose to, but we no longer have to. Sin has no more power over us. And when we do sin, we know what to do: Confess and ask God to forgive us once again, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us of all unrighteousness.

Sometimes, however, we try to hang on to our guilt and self-condemnation. We feel like God is angry with us, when He is not. It is usually Satan, our enemy, who is playing with our thoughts and emotions in this manner. Your heart and mind is one of his favorite targets. He shoots the flaming arrows of guilt and shame at us, with the intent of keeping us down.

Condemnation:

* Is from Satan
* Looks to Self
* Makes Us Believe We Can’t Change
* Leads to Old Identity
* Ends in Despair

So, how do we fight back against these satanic attacks? The Book of Ephesians tells us to take up the Shield of Faith and extinguish these fiery missiles (thoughts of guilt and self-condemnation) and prevent them from having any influence over us. We must remind the devil that “there is no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” We are now children of the Most High God, and Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the penalty of sin and death.

It is written.

In the wilderness, when Jesus was attacked by Satan with temptations and lies, Jesus fought back by reminding the devil, “It is written, it is written, it is written.” We also need to fight back with God’s Word. Next time you are attacked with guilt and self-condemnation, resist the devil and remind him that God loves you, you have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, and there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

– Luis Josephus

Logo_75 x 75_jpgLUIS JOSEPHUS MINISTRIES
www.Luis Josephus.com
EMAIL US

 


 

Scripture References:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

” But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” – 1 John 1:9

” In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:16

” So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1

” Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God…” – 1 Peter 3:18


1 Comment

Faith That Pleases God

faith that pleases GodIf we truly love God with all our hearts, minds and souls, as Jesus commanded us, we will endeavor to please our heavenly Father in every area of our lives – how we speak, how we live our lives, and how we treat others.

However, the greatest way, I believe, we can please God is to acknowledge Him in our hearts and enjoy intimate communion with Him. Wherever we go and whatever we do, we should acknowledge Him in all our ways. The writer of Hebrews tells us:

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must [first of all] believe that He exists, and that He will [always] reward those who earnestly seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

Before we came to saving faith in Jesus Christ, we wandered this earth in uncertainty, restlessness, and sinful choices. We had no lasting peace or joy in our lives, because we didn’t really know the true source of all peace and joy. We were alienated from God, and thereby the most miserable people. Then, one day, we heard the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time. Our hearts opened up to the good news that God loves us, has a perfect plan for us, and wishes for us to turn our lives back to Him. He would forgive us of our rebellious ways and accept us back into His family – if we would acknowledge our transgressions. Like the story of the Prodigal Son, our heavenly Father would throw a big celebration in heaven on our behalf, in order to rejoice in our return. And He did.

Afterwards, we began living a new life of faith, our sins were washed away. We had peace with God for the first time in our lives. All our doubts and insecurities were dispelled. We now earnestly seek God everyday and trust in His promises through faith. We no longer feel condemned, for there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live according to the leading of God’s Spirit.

Isn’t wonderful to be saved today? Let us praise and thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who made it all possible. Let us continue to walk in the kind of faith that produces a changed life, a hope for eternity with God, and manifests the kind of love in our hearts that will please God and help draw others to Christ.

– Luis Josephus

Logo_75 x 75_jpgLUIS JOSEPHUS MINISTRIES
www.LuisJosephus.com
EMAIL US

 



Scripture References:

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” – Romans 5”1

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:26

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1


 


Leave a comment

The Best Part of Your Life Is Yet To Come

One of the blessings of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ is the hope for the future He imparts to us.

No longer do we need to be concerned about what will happen tomorrow, for we know our life is now under His control, and He always desires the very best for us.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

We need not worry about what we shall eat or drink or what we shall we shall wear, for our heavenly Father knows ahead of time what we need and will provide for us – if we first seek His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:31-33).

When we get nervous about anything, the Scriptures tell us that, by prayer and supplication, we are to make our requests known unto Him. As we do, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will comfort our hearts and minds through Messiah Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

So today, regardless of your circumstances or concerns, comfort yourself in God’s promises and rejoice in the fact that He will take good care of you – today, tomorrow, and forevermore. As a child of God, your future is in God’s hands and highly blessed. Regardless of your checkered past, the best part of your life is yet to come!

– Luis Josephus

Logo_75 x 75_jpgLUIS JOSEPHUS MINISTRIES
www.LuisJosephus.com
EMAIL US

 


Like this message?


Sign up
on our website to receive future posts by email.

Follow us on Twitter

Request our free monthly newsletter by mail.

 


Leave a comment

Single? A Good relationship is worth the wait.

Daily Inspiration_Logo_sm_300 x 230_jpgDaily Inspiration – a dose of daily inspiration and encouragement from the Word of God.


Many single believers in Christ have been waiting upon God to bring them the right husband or wife that they will be happy with. In the meantime, the temptation to get involved with the wrong person is always looming. After all, online dating sites are constantly promoting their services, “Are you single? We’ve got thousands of eligible Christian singles looking for you!”

Those who have tried these online dating sites often complain about the horrific people they have met. So many are impostors posing as Christians on these sites. Others are just absolute wierdos.

So what is a godly Christian single person to do?

1. Delight yourself in the Lord – Concentrate on God and growing in your relationship with Him.

2. Trust God – He knows exactly what kind of person you need. Don’t just go by the outward appearance, ask God to show you a person’s heart.

3. Wait on the Lord – He doesn’t need the help of online dating sites. He will bring the right person into your life when you are ready. Is anything too hard for God?

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this…” – Psalm 37:4-5

Today, if you’re struggling in your singleness, don’t lose heart. Trust God and stand on His promises to give you the desires of your heart. Read the Book of Ruth and be inspired by the story of how God brought Boaz and Ruth together in marriage, who later became the ancestors of Israel’s greatest earthly king, David.

– Luis Josephus

Logo_75 x 75_jpgLUIS JOSEPHUS MINISTRIES
www.LuisJosephus.com
EMAIL US


Like this message?

If this message has been a blessing to you, contact us and let us know. We really enjoy hearing from you. You might want to order our FREE printed devotional, “Daily Inspiration with Luis Josephus,” which is a collection of inspirational messages, like the one you just read today. Simply visit our resources page at: http://wp.me/PVLmq-2uh and request your free copy by mail. May God richly bless you today and everyday, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Leave a comment

Need more blessings?

Yesterday I asked a volunteer at our church bookstore, “Why do you work here without any pay?” She replied with a big smile, “Because God blesses me back in so many ways and because I love the Lord!”

Great answer.

Blessed are those who voluntarily give their time and talents to God’s work.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Pray and ask God to show you where He wants you to serve in your local church. And then do it faithfully and cheerfully.

– Luis Josephus

Logo_75 x 75_jpgLUIS JOSEPHUS MINISTRIES
www.LuisJosephus.com
EMAIL US