Jesus: He Sees Us

Jesus: He Sees Us

Imagine the woman with an issue of blood in a horde of people clamoring to see Jesus. She desired coming to Him, but she didn’t approach Jesus face to face.

She’d allowed her affliction to define who she was. Sin shackled her into a life of feeling unworthy and ashamed to face Christ. Like so many of us, we figure if we can slip into a quiet acquaintance with God, we might go unnoticed, but still gain the benefits of association.

Maybe we try sneaking up from behind for confession, forgiveness and salvation. Like my teachers told me as a mischievous kid, “I’ve got my eye on you.” God sees us. He knows our hearts, and that we desire to approach.

Jesus knew her need and her faith, but He wouldn’t allow her to go unnoticed. Jesus proclaimed for her and those who judged her that she was healed. This wasn’t to embarrass her, but to redeem her.

It can be intimidating to openly pursue Christ. You may wonder, what if I fail or sin again. Guess what, you will. And only by pursuing Jesus will you be forgiven again and again while your heart becomes one with His.

He sees us.

Much Love / Much Respect,
Scott

43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

Luke 8:43-50

Crowded Out Of Christ: Push Back

Crowded Out Of Christ: Push Back

 I love the story in Luke of the woman who had an issue with blood for 12 years, and fought the crowd to come behind Jesus to touch His garment. She was healed.

Is there a crowd keeping you from seeking Jesus? Is it friends, family, or your spouse? How about the guys down at the bar, or the your coworkers?

As a rookie cop, I carried my bible and smiled even in the worse situations. I had the light of Christ burning in my soul and I couldn’t hide it.

But through the years, I allowed my peers to ridicule and mock me. Although in mostly good nature, I left the bible in my locker and the smile twisted into a snarl at the inhuman things people did to one another.

By God’s grace, I pushed through my crowd that had once kept me from reaching out to Jesus. Brothers, do not allow anyone or anything keep you from going to Him. It might even be unintentional acts, but they are still what is keeping you from Him.

How about this Brick Breakers’ page? There are lots of Brothers who share and send DMs which is totally cool, but is there a reason why you’ve not liked the page or shared it with other Brothers? Is there a social media crowd keeping you from Christ?

I’ve been in the #trenches and know how easy it is to get swept up in a shift away from Christ. But I also know that I had to push through my crowd to find Him.

I love this lesson from Luke and her story. I want to share something else about it later, but for now, don’t get crowded out for Christ.

Much Love / Much Respect,

Scott Silverii

“Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?”

Luke 8

God’s Plan: To Prosper You And Not To Harm You

God’s Plan: To Prosper You And Not To Harm You

Warriors,
Being a man of God is not easy work. It’s not for the faint of heart or the weak-willed. If you’re like me, you’ve lost friends, been talked about behind your back, and become the butt of jokes when you messed up and everyone was always glad to tell others.

To be honest, sometimes I wonder “Why?”

But I know why, and we all know the cost. But what’s the motivation, the drive and the purpose to work every day to be called a man of God if most of the time our own family and friends seem to disrespect us?

Because we were called and God has got a plan for each of us men. Yes, each of us men of God. No it’s not easy, but what is the alternative?

Much Love / Much Respect,
Scott

Jeremiah 29:11
11 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.

Try To Imagine It Without Him

Try To Imagine It Without Him

We are so incredibly blessed to be covered by God’s grace. To be men of God is mighty and humbling. Sure, times get tough. We even stumble and fall, but in Christ we do not fail.

Try to imagine doing this life without Him.

We are blessed with an incredible gift. We did nothing to earn it or deserve it, yet God loves us so much to trust us with it. Never feel that you are less than or undeserving of love. We were crafted by Him and in His image. How powerful is that.

Now we must #GO. Go forward and serve others. Jesus didn’t come to be served but to serve. Let’s focus this week on leading our wife, kids and friends toward the true gift of Christmas – Christ.

I’m a sinner saved by God’s grace, but in His perfect love you and me are called to be His army of Christian soldiers. I’ll see you in the trenches, Brothers.

Much Love/Much Respect,
Scott Silverii

When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12

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Benefits of Genuine Worship | Part 4

NOTE: This is the last in the 4-part series of Walter Bright’s “Benefits of Genuine Worship.” I trust it has blessed you, as it does me. Our Police Chaplain Ronnie Melancon will be back in action next week, but please continue to share and support Walter Bright’s ministry.
 

Worship increases spiritual strength and endurance in the life of the worshiper

Isaiah 40:28-31 says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the

Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

I don’t know about you, but from time to time I find myself in that place of exhaustion. Sometimes I lack the courage and strength to make progress.  But through worship life begins to make sense again.

Speaking to a group of weary and fainting believers, the Hebrews writer encouraged them to “lift your drooping hands and strengthen weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint.”

Lifting drooping hands speak of a place of exhaustion, yet it is indicative of the fact that strength and power comes through hands being lifted up in worship (Moses / Ex. 17:12).

Weak knees also speak of a place of exhaustion, but it remains true that if we would but bow our knees in worship, waiting on the Lord, he will show up to increase our strength so that we can walk and not faint, run and not grow weary, mount up on wings like eagles.

 

Worship creates an atmosphere for miracles, signs and wonders to happen

If you don’t believe it, try throwing a pity party. The fact here is that Paul and Silas had all the right reasons to complain and throw a pity party: They loved the Lord, they were serving him, but here they were in shackles in a Roman prison.

Acts 16:24-26 says, “Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.

And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.”

We must always in good times or bad – happy or sad, make a choice to worship. Doors may not always fly open for us like it did for Paul and Silas, but when we choose to worship and not complain, it will create an atmosphere for him to move, commune, dwell or encourage.

Worship embeds deep within our hearts a Peace that surpasses understanding

If you’ve ever met anyone with a praise still on their lips even though they may be going through a trying time – than you have met the fulfillment of Philippians 4:7.

That person may be down to their last dime, with unpaid bills, yet they have a peace that surpasses understanding. Philippians 4:7 says, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

This person understands that there is a problem. He is not in denial of the lack he has or the pain he is feeling. It is not a blind faith that they told us we needed to have – ignore the problem or act as if it is not there.

No, we “understand” that the problem is there, and the only think that is keeping us from losing our minds is the peace of God.

This is a supernatural peace that comes from God and it’s activated by being anxious for nothing, but in everything making our needs known to God through worship, prayer, supplication and thanksgiving.

When we come into God’s presence leaning on the giver and not the gift and the lack thereof, he drops this supernatural peace deep down in our hearts.

The most beautiful thing about it is – it guards our hearts and minds. It keeps us from losing our minds.

I hope this was a blessing to you!

Benefits of Genuine Worship/ Part 4