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.

His Work, His Way

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Today’s Prayer,
Dear Lord, Your Word tells me that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24). Wow. What a reminder…so many times I do things just because they have to be done, or to please someone else, or to “move up the ladder,” or to make money, or for a million different reasons. But I often don’t remember to do everything “as unto the Lord.” Please help me. I want to do everything that I do with excellence as if everything I do is for you. Ultimately, everything I do should be for you. Remind me, through your Holy Spirit and the conscience You gave me, each and every day, to do all as unto you. Then please give me the wisdom and guidance to do it well. In Your name I pray. Amen.



His Work, His Way
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

“So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law” (Mal 2:9).

My work, My way – When you and I live in this world without Christ we live a life just as Esau lived his life. Esau despised his birthright and failed to enter into a relationship with God that allowed him to fulfill his destiny. In essence, Esau fulfilled his work, his way. His life represented the carnal life of the flesh.

His work, my way – When you and I become born-again by the Spirit of God, we begin to focus our attention on living for Christ. We realize it is His work we are doing but it takes time before we learn what it means to do His work, His way.

My work, His way – As the Holy Spirit does His work in us, we learn to walk with God. We learn what it means to see our work as His work and we desire to do it His way. The Israelites were guilty of not knowing His ways and were unable to move into the Promised Land because of not understanding how to do Their work, His ways.

His work, His way – When we begin to walk with God we begin to realize that all that we do is His work and He calls us to do it His way. When we begin to walk with God in this manner we begin to see the Kingdom of God manifested in our working lives. We begin to experience His power and learn what it means to do His work, His way.

In order to experience God in this way, each of us must give our working lives to the Lord and ask him to teach us His way. Moses asked God: “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you” (Ex 33:12). Moses realized He needed God to teach him His ways in order for him to prosper in His relationship with God.

What best describes your life today? Your work, your way; Your work, His way; His work, your way; or His work, His way? Pray that you learn to do His work, His way.

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

Return

“…surely I come quickly…”

Greetings and blessings dear readers in this new year; this is your brother, cousin, nephew, your friend and fellowhelper in Christ Josephus (a.k.a. “Joppa”), making my return to my site Welcome to Joppa Road. It’s been a while since I last posted anything, pretty much because with my new job my timing is kind of wacky. My job isn’t stressful, it’s just time-consuming (been on for almost four months now). I’ll get it under control and go back to some kind of regularity here and with my other blog page Word Play, Joppa Say. I’ve even been thinking about doing video blogging here on the road because I thought it would be quicker and easier than collecting my thoughts and sitting down to a computer to type things out…we’ll see how it goes, or whether or not I’ll actually do it…

I’ll be back another post soon; just letting you everyone know I’m not gone or quitting on the road, I’m getting ready for the next mile. And on that note, I leave you with this verse:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”- I Corinthians 15.58

Love and peace in the Spirit of God,

Josephus-Joppa

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