Set Your Sights on Jesus

Today’s prayer…
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). Dear Father God, I am so aware of how Satan picks at me and tries to trip me all the time. I know there are spiritual dangers around me. Please help me to remain alert and to be under the Holy Spirit’s control at all times. I want to draw near to you, so the devil will flee. Please protect me and my family from harm and evil. Thank you for your love, concern, and protection. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Set Your Sights on Jesus
by Kathy Slamp

“How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.” – Psalm 35:17-18
Go Deeper: Numbers 7:66-9:14 Luke 2:41-52; Psalm 35:11-18.

On a family road trip one year, our caravan was accidentally separated. We didn’t have cell phones or GPS at this time so the solution wasn’t as simple as sending a text to make sure everything was okay. My parents had taken our son in their car, and we kept our daughter with us. It took the better part of a day before we finally reconnected. In retrospect this shouldn’t have evoked the amount of anxiety between my husband and I as it did, but our thoughts went to the worst possible scenarios. What an empty, helpless feeling it was!Joseph and Mary attended the Passover in Jerusalem every year. When Jesus was bar mitzvah age, they took him along. This was a big deal for Jesus and his parents. They probably prepped Jesus like we do today: “Remember, son, this is a important occasion. Don’t do anything to embarrass yourself or your family. There will be a big crowd, so stay close. We don’t want to lose you.”

Jesus’ parents left him with the other boys at the party and went their way, meeting friends, socializing, and enjoying the feast. When the celebration was over Mary and Joseph noticed that Jesus was absent. They were uncertain and fearful. Where could he be? Is he safe? But Jesus was not lost, they had just lost sight of him.

We begin our journey with Jesus among us. It is easy to get overwhelmed and caught up in our busy lives. However, when we aren’t daily grounded in Jesus, we open up space for anxiety and fear to seep in. Instead of just getting by, set your sights on Jesus and allow him to guide you through each day with strength and courage.

Ground yourself in Jesus.

The Word in Real Time © copyright Kathy Slamp, Vessel Press/Vessel Ministries.

Happy 3rd, Joppa Road!

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Yep,  it’s been three years since I got started…so today marks the third birthday/anniversary of the founding of Welcome to Joppa Road, my delving into the blogging world to share my faith and tell my story. This is Joppa (real name “Josephus”),  coming to you writing about it myself; this is not a prewritten or copied message, okay? Cool.

Looking back on it, I don’t really remember what caused me to jump into blogging other than being a writer and wanting a space to do my writing thing (but there’s a difference between a blogger and a writer), but no matter what I just went ahead and did it- and the rest is history. Three years later, I have a Christian-oriented blog being read around the world. Where do I go from here? Up. I pray for increase…

But increase really isn’t going to happen if I don’t do my part, what I can do. Keen-eyed followers would notice the time lapses between posts and note that I’ve been off and on, start and stop for few months now and it’s hard to maintain consistency. I say that it’s so because last year I was blessed with a full-time job, keyword being full-time- I barely get time to stop and write my own letters from Joppa Road to tell how I’m doing (I’m alive! I’m alive okay everybody!), and certainly I haven’t finished any pieces that I already started on; blog posts, poems, songs I’m writing, nothing’s getting finished. (Pray for me…)

Recently, a friend of mine posted a meme picture on Facebook that I later commented on and he told me that he missed me, and that caused me to stop and think for a moment- man, I miss me! (No, don’t get me wrong, I missed my bro too and I told him so, but understand my meaning.) So that started the idea for a poem I’m writing titled “I Miss Me (Remnants)”, I’m taking my time with it so it can be genuine. It’ll be posted over on my poetry & creative writing blog Word Play, Joppa Say in the next few weeks or so, and be the first one I finished since 2013’s Moanin’ at Midnight (yes, I’ve been off the horse that long).

Well, that’s it; I gotta say bye for now, thank you much and Gd bless you all for reading, following, stalking whatever it is you’re doing (ha ha). Hang in here with me, I’ll be back with more soon.

– Joppa

Walk as Jesus Did

Today’s Prayer

Dear God, Your love is everlasting and far reaching. It touches my soul and lifts my spirit. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. No matter what gift I have, perhaps if the gift of prophecy, and understand all  mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and thought I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Thank you, Father, that your love never fails. May I be more like Jesus, with love pure and true, and share your love with others always. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Walk as Jesus Did
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
02-14-2015

“This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6).

I have always found the above verse very intimidating. It says that if we are truly living in Christ, we must walk as Jesus did. How did Jesus walk? He healed the sick. He perceived the needs and situations of others supernaturally. He spoke boldly into the lives of the unsaved. He met the needs of people by leading them to the Kingdom of God. Jesus says we must walk as He did. So, I can only conclude from this verse that if we are each called to live this way, He will also equip us to live this way.

How did Jesus walk? He walked on earth as a human being, not as God, yet He was God. His miracles were done as a human being who tapped into the power of His Heavenly Father. This is why he can exhort us to live like He did not as deity, but as a human being who could appropriate all the Father had for him. This is what He means when He says “live as He lived.” We are to exercise obedience and faith just as He did.

I believe we live in a day that requires more than proclamation evangelism to break through in the workplace. We live and work in a skeptical society. It takes more than reasoning to see those in the workplace come to Christ. The workplace is trained to see past phonies. So, it will require the genuine love and power of Christ to be manifested to break through to a Muslim co-worker, a power-driven executive, or a foul-mouthed customer.

Jesus modeled a way of reaching the lost. He did not use reasoning to convince a person to follow him. He often operated in the supernatural revelation about a need in that person’s life. Such was the case of the Samaritan woman. This encounter not only led to a woman placing her faith in the Messiah, but it led to the transformation of a city.

Next time you have an encounter with an unsaved associate, find out about a need they have and ask God how you can meet it through His power.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Working Wholeheartedly

Today’s Prayer,

Dear God, Thank you for new beginnings. When one door closes, another door opens. Change is not always easy, but sometimes necessary and in our best interests. I am so glad that you offer us opportunities to change for the better. I trust you because you know the future and you want what is best for us. Help me, my family, my friends, my fellow PRIME TIME family members, to make wise decisions, to trust in your guidance, to follow your lead, and to know what is your will versus the tricks of Satan or our own selfish desires. May we always do your will and walk your way. I know you will bless us and you will be glorified when we do. In Jesus’ name I offer my thanksgiving and praise to you. Amen.


Working Wholeheartedly
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman

“In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.” – 2 Chronicles 31:21

Hezekiah was a godly king. He was also a very talented businessman and builder. He was responsible for many noteworthy projects that are described in detail in the Old Testament. We discover from the passage above that King Hezekiah had two major attributes that contributed to his success and prosperity: He sought God, and he worked wholeheartedly upholding God’s laws.

Godly success involves a partnership between you and God. Success in God’s economy means achieving the purpose for which God made you. That purpose can never be discovered without seeking Him with a whole heart. You may achieve great things without seeking God, but you will never achieve the things God set out for you to achieve without seeking Him. Unless you seek Him, you may find yourself one day climbing to the top of the ladder only to find it leaning against the wrong wall.

What does it mean to seek God? It means creating time to sit before His throne in quiet places. It means reading His Word in order to know Him more intimately. It means developing an ear to hear His voice so that we know when to turn to the right or to the left. God desires to know you.

Are you willing to take the time to know Him? If so, you can be sure He will guide you into those things that will bring success to every aspect of your life.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

They’re Always Watching and Listening

Today’s Prayer,
Dear God, I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me. Thank you, Jesus, for your strength and protection. Thank you God, for my Savior. Whenever that old devil comes at me with temptations, I will remind him that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and has saved me. Because of that, I can rebuke Satan through standing upon Scripture and leaning on you for my help. Jesus was the perfect example of this as he countered Satan’s temptations with Scripture. May I open my eyes, ears, and heart to your word and your prompting. With thanks in my soul I pray, in the name of Jesus. Amen.


They’re Always Watching and Listening
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
02-12-2015

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25-26).

It didn’t take long for non-believers to realize I was different in the secular workplaces where I’ve worked. I didn’t participate in the jokes, the dirty language, or criticism of management. I didn’t judge them for their behavior because they were merely acting the way they should act as one who does not have Christ in their life. I viewed them as prisoners awaiting their salvation and that I might be the instrument to lead them to my Savior.

I would often be known as the “religious guy.” It wasn’t because I was particularly vocal or I tried to separate myself; it happened naturally. The Christ in me naturally made me stand out. Jesus called us to be the “salt and light” of any life situation. The secular workplace economy is contrary to the Kingdom of God economy so we should naturally stand out in any situation.

When Paul and Silas were in prison their lifestyle of worship and prayer in the midst of the horrible conditions of a dirty prison stood out in stark contrast to their circumstances. They didn’t pray and sing to impress their cellmates, they simply did what was natural to them. Still, “the other prisoners were watching and listening.”

No matter where you are, others are watching you to determine if your faith is real or if you’re an imposter. The world is looking to discredit your faith. You are a witness always whether you choose to be or not.

“The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'” (Acts 16:29-30). When you begin to reflect the love and power of Christ in your life you won’t have to have an evangelism program to win others into the Kingdom. It will be a fruit of your life. The “fish” will actually jump into the boat!

Beware how you conduct your life today. Because the prisoners are watching and listening.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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