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Know the Master by…

…the messenger He sends.

Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Mark 1:6‭-‬8 NKJV

The man God chose to come directly before Him was a humble man.

He didn’t coerce people with flattering words nor did he promise grand schemes.

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Mark 1:4 NKJV

He spoke truth.

Matthew 3:1-2 NKJV — In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

His words weren’t coated with “feel good” phrases, for his job was as the man who warns of impending destruction, quick and directly to the point.

Matthew 3:7-10NKJV — But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Because God was about to stand before these same people and if they wouldn’t listen to John, God’s prophet sent to prepare the way, they were going to miss the single most important person of all time.

No wonder John the Baptist had firery words for those who would, in future, be the very ones who condemn Jesus for being exactly who John said he was, the Lamb of God.

John 1:29 KJV — The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Through this messenger, John the Baptist, we see the importance God places on truth.

John wasn’t going to gain importance with his dress nor his status.

He didn’t gain people’s attention by entertainment or smooth words.

John, if anything, was poorly dressed, underfed, and could be considered abrasive in his speech.

Yet, his life had an enormous impact and people’s hearts were changed.

John the Baptist did exactly as he was sent to do.

He prepared the way for Jesus.

And through a look at God’s messenger, we can learn more about the Lord.

God’s messenger was a humble man.

God, Himself, came humbly to earth as a babe without even a proper cradle.

John the Baptist didn’t warn only those everyone classified as “sinner”, but spoke clearly to all of their needed to repent.

Jesus wasn’t seen teaching only the elite, but was criticized for His time with sinners.

Both were executed for their words.

The hard, foolish heart of Herod was responsible for the death of John.

The hard and foolish hearts of the religious leaders was responsible for the death of Jesus.

How sad that so many people missed both God’s messenger and God Himself.

The trappings we often place upon one another as to status, value, or cultural importance can hinder our ability to see clearly.

Therefore, let us look to the Word of God and learn truth, because if we humble ourselves, we can be taught.

Because God doesn’t follow mankind’s ideas of how things should be accomplished nor does He place importance upon the things we often think mean the most.

1 Corinthians 1:27 KJV — But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Lord, thank You for coming to earth, humble and reachable. Thank You for the truth of Your gospel and those You chose to use to share that truth. Lord Jesus, thank You for all we can learn from Your Word and from looking at those You chose to send. Lord, please help me to be humble and to share Your truth with integrity. Lord, please keep me from trying to flavor or dress-up the gospel, but instead that I would lovingly share the truth without compromise. Lord, help me to be obedient to You each day and leave the results up to You. For You alone know what is in each heart and You alone know what is best. Thank You for Your blessings and the abundance of wisdom we find in Your Word. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.


Proverbs 16:24 NKJV — Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

“Pleasant words…

…are like a honeycomb,”

How true this is.

For what one of us can not attest to the truth of a word spoken well bringing healing or joy or wholeness to our hearts?

Words can hold such meaning.

Truth, kindness, love can all be communicated through words.

The best, most pleasant words ever spoken are those which speak the good news of the Gospel.

The words of truth, those of the Bible, are the most valuable words of all.

“Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”

What could possibly be sweeter than hearing about salvation through Christ Jesus?

What could bring more soundness to one than security of life in Christ?

Truly, those who are called by the name of the Lord have such pleasant words to share.

Words of hope.

Words of truth.

Words of encouragement.

Let us, this day be thoughtful of our words.

Let’s spread a little sweetness this week through pleasant words.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Nothing is sweeter than Your truth. Please continue to pour into my heart and mind Your Word. Please help it to reside within me that I might share it. Lord, please fill my mouth with Your pleasant words. Please keep a watch over my lips, that I might speak only things which would edify those who listen. May my life glorify Your name. Thank You. Amen.

Right now

Matt. 16:27
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with His angles; and then He shall reward every man according to his works.

The truth of Salvation is beautifully simple.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died once and for all to save us from sin, and that He rose again and ascended into heaven.

That He is God incarnate, and sits in heaven awaiting the appointed time for His return.

For one day He will.

That is why living daily for Jesus, loving Him and obeying His commandments is vital.

No person knows when He will return.

Nor is there a better time to prepare for His return than right now.

Salvation can not be earned by good works, nor can it be bought.

Instead it is a free gift from Jesus Christ, Son of God.

That doesn’t mean that the gift wasn’t costly.

The truth of the matter is it cost more than any human could ever pay.

It cost more than any gift ever did before or ever will again.

It cost more than any one in humankind can truly comprehend.

Yet, what a blessed gift!


The only thing accepting this free gift will cost you is your will freely given over to Christ, Who understands far better than we what He created each one of us for.

He simply wants to have a relationship with each one of us and walk with us daily into the paths He and the Father set down for our feet before our birth.

He promises never to leave us nor forsake, but to supply all our need.

What gift can possibly compare?

A security in Jesus Christ lasts beyond death and the grave.

Eternity in heaven.

A path of service to God, while growing in daily relationship with Him.

Having peace in a world so full of turmoil, because of the precious daily walking surrender to Jesus.

For me, it’s such a wonderful and beautiful choice.

And I look forward to His return with anticipation and joy.

But I fully understand that this choice is repulsive to some.

Foolhardy and slow-witted do they view those who walk in faith with Jesus Christ.

Even as Christ walked among man and did nothing but good, He was despised and eventually executed by those He came to save.

So, I too can choose, as Jesus did, to love others, even those who despise me and my Lord Jesus.

But as for you, dear Reader, I truly pray, as I pen these lines, that your heart shall be soft to the voice of Salvation.

That if you have yet to know Jesus, you would take the opportunity to read His Words in the gospels.

The book of John is my favorite.

Although, each is so beautiful and vital.

Because some day, Jesus will return and each of us will stand before the throne to answer for how we lived on this Earth.

I hope you will be able to stand clean before God, washed in the blood of His Son.

“Does that sound like Jesus?”

“Does that sound like Jesus?”


“No, I don’t think so.”

“I agree. ”

loving smile

“How do I know? How do I find out exactly what Jesus sounds like?”

There was so much more behind the question.

doubt, pain, fear

All these lingered, just off stage, ready to take hold of the truth and bury it under lies.

In my heart I knew,

the soft gentle voice,

this was a bigger question.

I paused to listen.

Tell her to learn, Who I Am.

“Sweetheart, read the Gospels. Read all of them. Learn who Jesus is by what the Bible says.”

Our conversation continued and I knew it would be a topic we would touch again.

“How long will it take for me to learn how to hear God?”


“Honey, it takes a lifetime.

I’m always learning another way to hear God.

NOT because it is a formula or a math question, but because He is so incredible and outside my ability to understand.

Always come back to the Bible.

The enemy wants to confuse and trick us.

It is in the Word where we stay grounded.”

Later, I had to smile again.

I picked up my Bible.

“Thank You for the reminder Lord.”

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for the Bible and all it’s wonderful truth. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which helps us understand and apply Your Word. Jesus, thank You for the heart of our girl, who is seeking You, and a personal relationship with You. Jesus, please continue to teach me how to hear You. Please continue to help me recognize the difference from Your Words and those of the darkness. Cleanse my heart and mind, that I might be free from the lies of the enemy. Thank You.