Luke 4:16-21

16-And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17-And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18-“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,And recovery of sight to the blind,To set free those who are oppressed, 19-To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” 20-And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21-And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Notes–Luke 4:16-21_____Jesus came right out and said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me.” If that doesn’t convince you of the Importance of the Holy Spirit I don’t know what will. We would have no desire or drawing toward Jesus without the Holy Spirit. Jesus has given us example after example of why we need the Holy Spirit. The very power of the Holy Spirit is what lead Jesus from place to place. It was also that power that brought sight to the blind and healing for the sick and so on and so on. When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He told His followers that they would now need to rely on The Holy Spirit for everything. Just as Christ relied on the power of the Holy Spirit so do we. May God fill you with His Holy Spirit so strong that people no longer see you, but they see a reflection of Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor G

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Luke 4:14-15

14-And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15-And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.

Notes–Luke 4:14-15_____Notice when Jesus left the wilderness and returned to the people, He had the Power of the Holy Spirit with Him Amen. Jesus began to teach others the Truth and He did so by being full of the Holy Spirit. We are given this example to remind us that we can do nothing on our own, but we can change the world with the Power of the Holy Spirit. Which we received the moment Jesus became our Lord. May the Spirit of God be ever growing within you and may you always choose His way over any other. In Jesus Name Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Luke 4:9-13

9-And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10-for it is written,‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard You,’ 11-and,‘On their hands they will bear You up,So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” 12-And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13-When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.

Notes–Luke 4:9-13_____Now we see the devil pulling out all the stops. The devil himself was quoting Scripture to Jesus. Really, this is the Son Of God and the devil actually thought that he could quote Scripture at Jesus to get Him to stray from the Truth which is the Word of God. The devil wants us to take the Word of God and misuse it as much as possible. This is done every time we try and make The Word of God fit our agenda instead of Gods agenda. Jesus fired back at the devil with the Pure Truth, not twisted. Finally we see that the devil left Jesus until an opportune time. The devil knew he was getting no where and decided to move on until he could try and sneak in some other way. That is exactly how the devil works in our lives as well. The question is are we falling into temptation or following Jesus and the leading of the Holy Spirit? Spend some time reflecting on what you are really following. Be honest with yourself and repent and commit to follow God, not a god you make up to fit your agenda, but the God. May God bless you as you spend time with Him today and everyday.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Luke 4:5-8

5-And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6-And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7-Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” 8-Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”

Notes–Luke 4:5-8_____The devil once again tells Jesus and even shows Him what He could have if He would listen to him and do what he ask. The devil made everything look and sound so good and even easy to get. He was saying, hey Jesus I will give you the world if you just worship me. The whole reason that the devil is the devil is because of that vary reason right there. The devil wants to be worshipped instead of worshipping his own creator God The Father. It is to late for the devil, but it’s not to late for you. Jesus said, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” Will you choose Jesus right now right where you are? Will you tell the devil it’s not to late and you are choosing Jesus and only Jesus. May the Holy Spirit be with you right now In The Name Of Jesus. May you surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit instead of the lying devil In The Name Of Jesus. May you choose from this moment on to worship and serve Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord In The Name Of Jesus Amen and Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Luke 4:3-4

3-And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4-And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

Notes–Luke 4:3-4_____Here we have the devil himself telling Jesus The Son of God what He should do. Yet Jesus turned it back on that devil and said to him what God the Father had to say. Jesus told the devil in so many words that I’m not going to do what you say, I’m only going to do what My Father said to do. Amen Amen Amen. It’s time to stop listening to the devil and to start relying on God Amen. Jesus was hungry and I mean He was real hungry. He could have turned that rock into bread or even a big feast, but He didn’t. Why? Because the devil said to do it. Jesus went into the wilderness being full of the Holy Spirit and after 40 days He was still full of that same Spirit. The Holy Spirit helped Jesus remember what voice He needed to follow Amen. So I ask you today. What voice are you listening too? May the Voice of the Holy Spirit speak to you today and may you obey Him. In Jesus Name Amen Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Luke 4:1-2

1-Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 2-for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry.

Notes–Luke 4:1-2____Notice Jesus did not start out His journey on empty. We are told He was full of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is what He relied on to guide Him from place to place. Jesus did not just go and do something all on His own. He relied on the Holy Spirit thus providing us with the example we all need to follow. We need to be full of the Holy Spirit. It is time to stop running around in life with our Spiritual gas tank on almost empty. I want to encourage you today to reach out to Jesus and say Amen. Cry out to Jesus and say Amen. Get yourself out from in front of the TV, Computer, Tablet, or Cellphone and soak in what God left for us. It’s time to soak in the Holy Spirit and say AMEN. May God bless you today as you soak in His Spirit. May His Spirit be your guide and may you never run on empty again. In Jesus Name Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Luke 4:1-21 The Power of the Holy Spirit

Luke 4:1-21 NASB

1-Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 2-for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry. 3-And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4-And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” 5-And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6-And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7-Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” 8-Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” 9-And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10-for it is written,‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard You,’ 11-and,‘On their hands they will bear You up,So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” 12-And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13-When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. 14-And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15-And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. 16-And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17-And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18-“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,And recovery of sight to the blind,To set free those who are oppressed, 19-To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” 20-And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21-And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Note – May God Bless The Reading Of His Word Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Good Friday Isaiah 53:5-6

Isaiah 53:5-6_____5-But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6-All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

Remember this day what the Lord Jesus Christ did for you. We celebrate this day calling it good Friday. The only thing that makes it good is Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:6 that “He is the way, the truth, and the life and that no man can come to God unless it be through Him.” Jesus Loves You.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Judas – Betrayal & Remorse

Judas – betrayal & remorse

Betrayal
Matthew 26:14-16 _____14-Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15-and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. 16-From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.

Remorse

Matthew 27:3-5_____3-Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4-saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” 5-And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.

Matthew gives us an account of Judas that sadly many people overlook. Notice first the betrayal. What was this motivated by? ____________. (Money) – enough money that it could buy a piece of property. At that moment when 30 pieces of silver were placed in his hand, he was no longer thinking about the consequences, but only about his future gain. Now notice secondly the remorse. What was it motivated by? __________. (Truth) – the consequences of his actions were now being exposed to his own eyes and he couldn’t believe it was happening. He returned the money and cried out to the religious leaders saying, ” I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” Judas not only realized his mistake, but he tried to make amends by returning the money and confessing his sin. He was truly sorry for his actions. The chief priest told him to go away because it was not their problem but it was only his own to deal with. Judas throw the money back into the temple and ran away. Matthew tells us that Judas remorse was so great that he killed himself by hanging. Although it is not clear if Judas went to heaven or hell, we can see that his eyes were opened to the truth and he confessed his sin. In my opinion, I believe he was forgiven and went to heaven. Many others would argue over this, but I simply say this, “ABC – Admit your a sinner, Believe God sent Jesus to save us, Confess your faith in Jesus.” It is my belief that you can have no remorse without the acknowledgment of the truth. What do you need to confess to Christ today? ________. Spend some time today confessing your sins to Christ Jesus.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Psalm 136:23-25

23-He remembered us in our low estate. His love endures forever. 24-and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. 25-He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.

Notes — (Psalm 136:23-25) — God remembers and provides. God has not forgotten you. He wants to provide for you in every way. It may not seem like it at the moment but He is there.