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Head-to-Toe in the Full Armor of God

Note from Jesus Dear Faithful Follower, Some of the churches in your day are skilled at drawing big audiences. Many more congregations, both large and small, need to focus more on equipping a spiritual army. My disciples are facing an all-out spiritual war. I’ve got the marks on My body…

Filled with the Holy Spirit

Note from Jesus Dear Child of Glory, The world is filled with many beautiful and precious people. Unfortunately, so many of them miss their greatest opportunities. Many miss these great opportunities because they do not have their lives tuned to the Holy Spirit. We — Father, Son, and Spirit —…

Dealing with Idlers

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, Some messages of truth are hard to hear. Nevertheless, a family has to have expectations of family members if it is going to function productively and impact the community around it positively. The way one “bad apple” behaves can destroy the influence of the whole…

We Are Family!

Note from Jesus Dear Brothers and Sisters, While there are many things you can learn from Paul’s message to the Thessalonians, today I want you to notice the warm language of affection and family that you find in the verses below. Paul states the truth of his love for these…

The Importance of Affirmation!

Note from Jesus Dear Child of the Father, While Paul was in Corinth, he waited anxiously to hear how the new believers in Thessalonica were doing. The Thessalonians had made a huge change when they became Christians, as he wrote to them: [Y]ou turned toward God and realigned your life…

Assurance in Weakness

Note from Jesus Dear Friend, By his own admission, Paul came to Corinth with very little personal confidence. He wrote: I came to you in weakness — timid and trembling. (1 Corinthians 2:3 NLT) In the verses below from Acts, Luke shared that Paul’s work in Corinth began with difficulty,…

Great Sermon, But…

Note from Jesus Dear Friend, The text in the Verses to Live section comes from two different places. I want you to read them together to help you understand two very important principles as explained toward the end of this section. The first set of verses details Paul’s message before…

In the Center of My Will

Note from Jesus Dear Follower of the Way, The growth of My Kingdom will not necessarily be an easy undertaking. Spreading the good news of the Father’s grace is often met with opposition. However, do not see that opposition as an indication that you have done something wrong. After preventing…

Imprisoned to Redeem

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, Grace can have a strong touch of redemptive irony! As you read in the verses below about Paul and Silas being thrown into jail, notice some of these touches of irony: By divine intervention, the prisoners’ chains are unlocked, and their cell doors opened but…

Guidance for Seeking Hearts

Note from Jesus Dear Follower, I promised My followers that the Holy Spirit would guide them in their witness to the nations (Acts 1:8). Today, I want to talk to you about an example of that guidance. I also want to show you an occasion when this guidance produced fruit…

Everything on the Line

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, You live in a world awash in religious ideas, ideologies, and philosophies. But there is one fundamental difference between all of them and the true gospel. That difference is the Father’s grace brought to you through My death, burial, and resurrection! Paul summarized this message…

Listening for My Call

Note from Jesus Dear Precious Disciple, To truly worship Me as Lord you must offer yourself to Me heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:28-31). Your worship acknowledges My sovereignty as King and also acknowledges the only truly and living God as Father, Son, and Spirit. This worship invites the…