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Matthew 28:6 -“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.”

What would I do if someone I knew died and came back to life? Especially if he had said he would. Sure, when they initially told me I would doubt them and question their sanity. But what would I do when after a couple of nights of being in the grave they did come back like they had said? Seriously, what would I do? What would you do? Wouldn’t we tell everyone? That’s exactly what the original disciples did. Why else are we here? But to shout the truth of the miracle of our Lord’s resurrection, as if we just experienced it and saw it with our own eyes.

One of the biggest problems I have observed in the church is the belief that the proclamation of the gospel is only assigned to the professional – Pastor/Evangelist. And if you’re like most of us, you picture a preacher standing behind a pulpit in a church. Or maybe some young zealots going door to door with gospel tracks and a Bible in hand. But why do we not consider ourselves as evangelist? Consider the wisdom of Solomon in Proverbs 24:11 “Rescue those being led away to death; save those staggering toward slaughter.” The privilege of evangelism is entrusted to every one of us. You included!

There is an urgency attached to the gospel. When we stay quiet, we are the one’s not holding back those staggering to the slaughter. Our silence is one of the greatest crimes we could ever commit. There are unbelievers, even in America who have never heard THE TRUTH of the love of Christ. When we share the love of Jesus, when we invite someone to church, or share our faith, we’re planting seeds in a moment that cannot be taken back or relived. God is faithful to open opportunities for those who are looking. Because He says in 2 Peter 3:9 “That He is not wanting any to perish.” He has entrusted us with His hope, His Word, and His love to give to others. You never know what lies on the other side of your faith and obedience. Where would you be today if someone had not shared their story with you? If we say we “follow” Jesus but don’t feel compelled to share His love – it is time to re-evaluate what we say we believe.

After Jesus’ resurrection He instructed His followers, which includes you and me, of our ultimate calling; Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and share the gospel with EVERYONE!” So, when was the last time you shared the good news of Christ with someone? Remember it is not our job to save anyone. Our only responsibility is to plant seeds. Obedience to share the love of Christ is all God requires of us. It may feel a bit out of your comfort zone, but remember, only those who take risk receive reward. During this Easter week, the week that we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, ask the Lord to reveal to you someone who needs to encounter His love. Keep your eyes and ears open to His prompting.

My prayer for you today is that the love of Christ will compel you to share His love with someone this week.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Romans 8:29 – “For those whom He foreknew–of whom He was aware and loved beforehand–He also destined from the beginning…to be conformed into the image of His Son.”

As a believer, part of your destiny is to be molded into the image of Jesus, to grow until you look just like Him. The Holy Spirit began that process the moment you were born again. You were super naturally changed on the inside – instantly. How successful you are in allowing this change to continue and progress to affect the outer man is mostly up to you. We grow up spiritually just like we grow up physically. Diet and exercise!

What can we do to speed up this growing process? Spend more time pursuing the things of the Spirit than you do pursuing the things of the flesh. Become dedicated to the Word of God and make worship and prayer a daily priority. You must be willing to take the time to pull away from the busy things of life and get alone with God. He will guide you, teach you and share His heart with you.

Have you ever noticed that if you spend time around people who have strong personalities, you will automatically be affected by them? The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:1 -“You should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” This Word is so amazing and relevant for us when you see the context. Paul did not have the advantage that the other apostles had by knowing Jesus in the flesh. He did not minister with Jesus as the other apostles did. But after his conversion he pursued Jesus with his whole heart. And because of this pursuit he gained the heart of Christ, to the point of imitation. When you spend time with strong people you’ll find yourself doing the things they do. Their mannerisms will rub off on you. You can’t help it. They just influence you, especially if they are people you respect and admire.

The same thing is true in your relationship with God. If you spend enough time with Him, He’s going to rub off on you and His ways will become your ways. So, make yourself available to Him by praying, worshiping, and loving Him. Daily spend time in His Word and get around other people, who love His Word. Before you know it, you’ll begin to notice yourself changing. You’ll find your character becoming more like His. You’ll begin to think like He does, talk like Him and act like Him. His image will begin to be recognized in you.

My prayer for you today is that you will fall in love with Jesus and then you will become an exact replica of Him.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven”

Hebrews 5: 13,14 – “For everyone who lives only on milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are mature, those who through training their senses are able to discern both good and evil.”

Part of this journey that we as believers are on is the process of “growing up.” You’re spiritually “grown up” or mature when, through practice, you have trained your senses to discern between good and evil. You’ve practiced walking in the Spirit and renewing your mind by the Word of God until even your flesh habitually goes God’s way instead of the world’s way.

Stop and think for a moment. Aren’t there some things your old mind and flesh used to desire and pressure you to do before you made Jesus Lord of your life. But now, you won’t even consider doing anymore? There are for me. As a believer, I have no desire for those things anymore. They are not even part of my thoughts much less my lifestyle. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:16 “For we have the mind of Christ.” The mind of Christ that we possess knows right from wrong. It knows the will of God in every situation. But we must renew our minds through the Word of God so we can distinguish between our old un-renewed mind and the mind of Christ.

That’s the kind of thing that happens as you feed and renew your mind on the Word of God. It doesn’t necessarily happen quickly or easily. Your flesh may fight and kick for a while because it’s been used to having its way for so long. But if you stick with the Word and keep growing, your flesh can develop the habit of righteousness just like it had the habit of unrighteousness.

Don’t starve your spirit by trying to get by on just a little spiritual milk. Develop the habit of feeding on the solid food of the Word every day and then you will grow up and find out the joy of real maturity.

My prayer for you today is that you fall in love with the Word of God.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

John 6:38 – “For I have come from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me.”

Before I came to Dallas God gave me a Word. He spoke to me. I have said many times, the only reason I’m here is because God gave me a Word. Jesus emphasized the truth that He only did what the Father was telling Him to do. We have the privilege of this intimacy of relationship as sons and daughters of God. As Bible believing people we put great importance on reading the written Word of God – with good reason. It is the standard of life that we are called to live and the expression of who God is. But what happens when you need some insight, some direction that you can’t find in the book? It would be weird if communication with my wife or earthly father was only through written letters. Jesus said in John 10:27 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” I encourage you to slow down and receive the “Word from the Lord.” God is still speaking to those who are listening.

The Israelite’s got a word from God. God wanted to free them from living in slavery. Incredible as it might seem, the Israelite’s were so used to living in slavery that they got angry when Moses wanted to lead them into freedom. In Exodus 5:21, the Israelite’s told Moses, “We hope that the Lord will punish…you.” I can’t imagine that, but the truth is for all of us, when we get so used to living with our problems, habits, and religious attitudes, many times we lose the desire to overcome them. That is exactly where the enemy wants you, complacent.

Ever wonder why some people go on to experience higher heights in their walk with God while some seem to just go in circles and never make progress? Some of the biggest mistakes that I have made is when I just went on what seemed right or looked best. Sure, sometimes we learn from our mistakes. But wouldn’t it be best to learn from hearing His voice. This is what I have experienced and seen. Those that make progress are those that have made a commitment to pursuing God, until His presence becomes a reality in their lives. And as a result, God honors their commitment and hunger for Him. If you’ve grown complacent, God wants to re-energize you. Don’t settle for less than a living, breathing, walking, talking relationship with the King of Kings. Press into God and listen to what He has to say. Then do what Jesus did. Do what He tells you. Father God sent Jesus for the sole purpose of doing His will. The greatest life that you will ever experience is in doing His will. I guarantee that your future will become the best years of your life. Part of your inheritance is in knowing His voice.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

John 8:32 -“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The idea of “the perfect marriage”, is just that, an idea. It is a misleading idea and unrealistic. Until we accept the truth that we are ALL frail, imperfect people living by the grace of God – can you find lasting happiness in marriage. The trouble is, in the daily grind of life, jobs, children and bills, something has to give. So usually romance suffers and reality sets in. And because we confuse romance with love, we mistakenly think that love has moved out. The truth is, love hasn’t died just because romance has given way to reality. Attraction may have brought you together but unselfish love will keep you together. The Bible says in 1 Cor.13:4-7, “Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love isn’t “me first”. Love doesn’t fly off the handle or keep score of the sins of others…. Love always looks for the best in others, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never gives up.”

Jesus always modeled love so He says in Luke 6:38 – “Give and it will be given back to you.” Marriage is like an empty container that you can only get out of it what you put into it. This truth will set you free, by realizing that you can make your relationship rich and rewarding by becoming a giver not a taker. And when you have two people trying to out give one another, well then you have heaven on earth. But some people think that the container comes filled with romance, sex, and being served. They think that they can constantly take from a never-ending supply. Then one day, find that the container is empty. Shocked, disappointed, and angry they conclude that their partner failed or forsook them. They think, “why else would the container be empty?” Then without considering that maybe they have contributed to the emptiness they go looking for another container. The truth is, if you’re in a relationship, it’s your responsibility (not your spouses) to make enough deposits to guarantee sufficient withdrawals when needed. Ask yourself, what would you like in the container? Then make those deposits.

To have a rich and satisfying marriage, I suggest you form the habit of GIVING, LOVING, SERVING and PRAISING, to keep the container full.

My prayer for you today is that all your relationships will experience LOVE!

 

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Mark 11: 23 “For assuredly, I say to you, that whosoever says to this mountain, be removed, and be cast into the sea; and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” 

Several years ago, I heard a minister teaching on the subject of faith, and he said something that got my attention. Once as he was meditating on Mark 11:23, the Spirit of God spoke to him and asked, “Did you notice that in Mark 11:23, that Jesus talked about SAYING three times as much as He talked about believing?” The minister said, “Apparently, we need to hear about the subject of SAYING three times more than we need to hear about the subject of believing. And if we’re having trouble in our faith walk, it is probably in the SAYING part.”

We need to understand that what we are living in is a direct result of our words. Our lives today are a direct result of what we’ve been saying up until now. And what we say today is what we will be living in tomorrow. So as someone once said, “If you don’t like what you are or what you have, quit saying what you’re saying.”

This is not “mind over matter” or “mind science,” these are Bible truths. Hebrews 11:3 says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God….” in other words, God spoke what He wanted – not what He had. The worlds came into existence by the WORDS that God spoke. The Psalmist said in Psalm 141:3, “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” The Word of God must become the standard we use to determine what we allow to come out of our mouths. When we speak about ourselves or our situation, we must find out what God has already said about it, and SAY IT! Then there is no devil in hell big enough to stop or keep the words that we have spoken from producing. It’s Isaiah 55:11 at work, “the WORD that goes out of my mouth; will not return void, fruitless, empty, ineffective; but will achieve, accomplish, prosper, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

If you are not happy with what you have, begin by checking up on what you’re believing and saying.

How did God create the earth? By His words. God said, “let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3) God said, “Let there be firmament in the midst of the waters, and there was a firmament.” (Gen. 1:6) How did God cause these things to come to pass? By speaking in faith.
How do we operate in faith? By believing and saying. Rom.10:9 – “Believe in your heart and declare with your mouth.” When there is a declaration of what you believe, there will always be a demonstration – good or bad. There will always be a demonstration! What we believe and what we say will ultimately determine who we will be and what we will have in life.

Today my prayer for you is that you choose your words wisely. It will determine your future!

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On earth as it is in Heaven!”

James 1:17 – ” EVERY good and perfect gift comes from God.”

God is a provider. It is His nature. As a good Father, He will always look out for His children. We see it over and over again in His Word. From the birds to the widow with her last bit of flour and oil, He has always been faithful to His creation. As a son or daughter, He won’t be any different towards you. I have seen Him provide through unexpected raises, promotions and advancements, supernatural healing, and relief from desperate circumstances. That’s simply who He is and He wants us to know Him as the source of all our provision. But what He longs for most, is the devotion of our hearts. He desires our worship and the acknowledgement of our dependence on Him.

At some point, you will either live in the potential of your faith or with the consequence of your doubt. The apostle Paul says in Colossians 3:23-24 “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.” The truth is that He is in it all and He is the provider of everything that our lives have need of. God will bless what you put your hand to. He is in the supernatural provision as much as the daily “worked-hard-for” provision. Whether we realize it, He is involved in every aspect of our lives. Joseph Prince said, “If it matters to you, it matters to God.” He is there and He is our source.

Let us always remember that He is the source of all goodness in our lives. Be careful not to believe that what you have is anything that you have attained on your own. God is always at work for those who love Him. Be intentional about thanking Him even when times are tough. He who promised is always faithful. Don’t be afraid to ask for supernatural provision. He is the good good Father and our faithful provider

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Acts 4:13,14 – “Now when they saw the BOLDNESS of Peter and John, and realized that they were uneducated, ORDINARY men, they were astonished. And they realized that they HAD BEEN WITH JESUS. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them there was nothing that they could say against it (them).”

I love this portion of scripture because it gives me great hope and expectation. We believe that we are not good enough or smart enough to be used by God. I have nothing against education, I am an advocate of education. But it is not our education or our own personal works of righteousness that give us any influence with God. Everything that we do that represents the Kingdom of God comes from His grace and grace alone.

Here in this portion of scripture a man was healed not because of how smart Peter and John were, but rather because of the BOLDNESS that they displayed. This boldness was achieved by knowing the person of Jesus and because of what they knew about Him. If we really believe that Jesus is “the same yesterday, today and forever,” shouldn’t we be displaying the same boldness that Peter and John did? The works of Jesus is never about our abilities or our imperfect lives. As ambassador’s we simply represent a Kingdom that’s not of this world whose King wants to invade this world with His presence and power. He is just looking for those that know Him well enough to be bold enough to step out in faith and represent Him.

The element that was the cause for such a display of boldness is the truth that “they had been with Jesus.” This is the same invitation that we all have been given. So, we must ask ourselves, who is my influence or who am I giving my time and focus? The simple truth is this, who we spend our time with is who we end up emulating. This act of boldness which produced a miracle was not achieved through any power of their own. It was only because of who they knew through having been with Him. The Kingdom of God is not about achieving, it is about receiving. Our activity for God is meant to only flow out of our intimacy with God. Being “with Him” is how that intimacy is cultivated. In Mark 3, Jesus calls the 12 so that they might be “with Him.” And in the process of being “with Him” the disciples fell in love with Him. And out of this type of love flows the heart to be like Him, to represent Him.

May this year be the year that you know Jesus like you have never known Him.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Psalm 27:1– “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?”

The foundation of our relationship with God is faith. Our relationship began in faith and everything after that continues in faith. The promise of salvation in our lives was received by faith and every other promise that we will ever experience is received and manifested in our lives by the same truth – FAITH. Jesus said it like this in Matt. 21:22,”Believe and Receive.” Or, in other words, doubt and do without. One of the unchanging characteristics of God is, He is good! One of the main characteristics of the devil our enemy is, he is not good. Fear is one of the main tools of the devil. Fear is faith, just in the devil. Fear can also be identified as unbelief. On several occasions, Jesus would ask his disciples, “Why are you so faithless?” Because fearfulness is the same as faithlessness. God warns us of the sin of unbelief. In Heb.3:19, God says that His people, the people that the promised land was promised to, the land of blessing was missed out by most of them because of UNBELIEF. Unbelief always seems like a safe place because it always gets what it expects. Unbelief will always keep us from all the blessings promised to us by God.

Like faith, fear is a substance. Satan has no power over the believer except when we come into agreement with his unbelief and fear. Dr. Mike Murdock said, “What you tolerate, you authorize to exist.” When we give into the enemy’s fearful suggestions, we come into agreement with him. This agreement with the enemy allows the existence of every lie, deception, and fearful thing to continue.

Faith in God and His Word will always overcome every attack of the enemy. Because faith moves God and heaven on your behalf, it causes the promise that you are in faith believing God for to come into existence. So, I ask, what promise are you in faith believing God for?

Today is your day of victory and break through so stand up and take your place. Claim the promises that belong to you as a son or daughter of the Faith-Honoring Father.  Then, everything that He has promised will come true in your life.

Pointing People to Jesus
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven”

John 15:14 – “You are my friends if you do what I command.”

The greatest promotion in God’s Kingdom is the transition from servant to friend. Here in John 15 Jesus gives us insight into this great opportunity. Jesus’ disciples walked and ministered with Him for over three years and now he tells them that they are receiving this upgrade. To even be in the same room with Jesus is an awesome privilege but now He is offering to live in the place of intimacy with Him – that’s friendship. Jesus calls us from the place of servants to intimates. In John 15:15, Jesus says that a servant does not know what their master is doing. Yet in this place of friendship, Jesus tells us that everything the Father has revealed to Him, He will make known to us. Servants only do what they are told to do. But with this promotion to friendship, our focus shifts from the task at hand to the One within reach – Jesus Himself. As friends, we are given access to the heart of the Father!

When Jesus gave His disciples this promotion, He described the difference between being a servant and being a friend. Servants are task oriented. When we have a servant’s mentality we strive to keep the rules and perform. Obedience becomes the primary focus because we believe that our worth is determined by how successful we are in that area.

Friends have a different focus. Obedience will always be important but now obedience isn’t to earn a blessing, it is rather from the place of love for the one that I’m in relationship with. Jesus said that He only did what the Father was doing and He only said what the Father was saying. In John 14:9, Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” Jesus lived in total obedience to His Father, not because He was attempting to earn His place with God but rather from His relationship with Him. Friends are less concerned about disobedience than they are about disappointing. As friends our focus shifts from obedience to living with His presence.

As a husband, my motivation shifts from completing a “honey do” list to protecting the integrity of our relationship. I don’t want to disappoint the one I love. It’s the same as being in friendship with Him who first loved us. In friendship with Jesus our focus shifts from the assignment to the relationship, from what I do for Him to how my choices affect Him and our relationship. Jesus explains in John 4:34, “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God.” This position of friendship makes transformation possible in our lives. When we are in friendship with Him, we know what He is doing and can join Him in it. We are now able to speak what He is saying.

My prayer for you today is that you become friends with Jesus and can live, not from seeking His hand but from seeking His face.

Pointing People to Jesus
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven”

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