Repent and Believe the Gospel!



REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL!
Jesus said,"The time is fullfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel"
The Gospel is that the Word of God became a man; Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, the Son of God, full of grace and truth, and lived in this world with every temptation that you and I face, and yet He never sinned and He gave himself to die on the cross and shed His blood for our sins. God made Him who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of above 500 witnesses after He arose and He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven. He is there right now, alive, making intercession on our behalf to the Father. He is coming again with all the saints and all the angels in great power and glory and all who live and believe in him will be united with him and thus will we ever be with the Lord. I urge you to seek Him now, during this time while the long suffering of God is waiting, for the Day of the Lord is coming soon. He loves you and He will save you to the utter most if you will put your trust in Him.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

 The Grace Of God Is Teaching Us


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied.


Thank you Father! We thank you Father; we praise your holy name! Thank you Lord; we bless your holy name! Thank you Father for this day. Thank you Father for your love, your mercy, your longsuffering; thank you Father for your grace, Amen. Today’s program is called, The Grace Of God Is Teaching Us. Let’s turn to Titus 2:11, For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. We see right here that the grace of God is teaching us. Let’s go to 1 Peter 1:13,  Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy. And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…


Let’s turn to Php 3:7, The Apostle Paul wrote, But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. The grace of God has appeared to make us righteous before God. God made Him who knew no sin to be made sin on our behalf, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him, not to excuse our sins, but to put them away. In Titus chapter 2 we read, …denying ungodliness and worldly lusts.. What are some examples of worldly lusts?: the lust for sex, the lust for money, the lust for the praise and honor of men, the lust for power, the lust for houses, cars, trucks, etc. Are these things in your life? Or are you denying them? Examples of ungodliness: the works of the flesh: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, or wantonness; idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, quarrels, jealousies, wrath, strife, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like, and the Apostle Paul said, of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. In Titus 2 we read that we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present world: soberly means, with sound mind; moderately. Righteously: the Apostle John said, Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous: the will of the Father; the Word of God; keeping Jesus’ Words. Godly: what is God like? When the Lord passed before Moses in Exo 34:6&7, He said of Himself, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty. This is what it means to live Godly: it means to show mercy; it means to be gracious; to be longsuffering; to have goodness; to have truth, Amen; to turn from iniquity; to turn from transgressions; to repent of your sins; to be forgiven; to walk in forgiveness, and righteousness; to forgive: if you have anything against anyone, forgive them. That’s what it means to live godly, including the fruit of the Holy Spirit manifested in our lives: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, the fruit of the Spirit. The first thing is love. The most important thing is love. Beloved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. The Apostle Paul said, If I have all understanding; all knowledge; all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but I don’t have love, I am nothing! If I give all my goods to feed the poor, but don’t have love, I am nothing. Love covers a multitude of sins. So walking in love, truly walking in love: love does no ill to his neighbor, is walking godly; walking righteously. 


Jesus said, Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. As we continue in Jesus’ yoke, and learn more and more of Him, we shall be conformed more and more to His image: more and more like Him. If we will seek after righteousness, we shall be filled. As we deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and follow Jesus, continuing in His Word, crucified with Him and raised with Him and seated in Him at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, far above all principality, power and might, and every name that is named, being set free more and more in the truth of His Word, putting to death the deeds of our flesh through the Holy Spirit, we will be living more and more soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, and we will be looking more and more for that blessed hope!: the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. We will be doing more and more good works, according to the will of the Father and the leading of the Holy Spirit.  


As Paul said in Php 3:8,  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 

if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 

Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.  Are you eagerly waiting for Jesus?! Are you looking for Him?  Are you preparing to meet Him? Are you purifying yourself? The Apostle John said, If any man has this hope in him, let him purify himself even as He is pure. Peter said, …purify your souls by obeying the truth through the Spirit. If we are to attain to the resurrection from the dead and eternity with Jesus, we must be thus minded. Many do not walk this way. We have to walk this out ourselves with Jesus. No one can do it for us: no preacher, no teacher, no man or woman of God. We have to stay in Jesus’ yoke, walking with Him,  following Him unto the end of our days, faithful to Him unto death, remembering His death; His sacrifice for us; His love for us, and His resurrection and victory over death, Hell, and the grave! Hallelujah! 


Heb 4:14,  Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. You say, I can’t do this! I’m too weak! No! Paul said, When I am weak, then I am strong. Why? Because Jesus told him, My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness. He is our strength! He will strengthen you, if you will come to Him, in your time of temptation, and ask for His grace. Amen, thank you Lord! Amen, Father!


Interpretation of a message in tongues:


I am God Almighty! Those of you who are listening to My servant Rob this day speak of My grace, hearken unto these words: My grace is sufficient for you. I love you. If you are willing, I will help you. If you will call upon Me, you will find grace in your time of temptation. Call upon Me; I will help you to overcome. I already made the way for you through My death, burial, and resurrection. I am with you, says the Lord. Come unto Me; call upon My name and see My salvation, says the Lord. 


Thank you for reading this message from 15 Minutes With Jesus at roberthaymes.com . May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you who love Him in truth, Amen.


Sunday, February 11, 2024

 A Broken And A Contrite Heart


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied.


Amen! Father in Heaven, we thank you for this day; we thank you for this message that you have given me. Thank you Lord! Praise God! We pray that you would bless every person reading; that you would truly open hearts. Give us ears to hear and hearts to receive what you are saying by your Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name. Thank you Father, Amen. Today’s program is called, A Broken And A Contrite Heart. Let’s turn to 2 Sam 11:1. Before I go any further with this, I just want to remind us that King David was a man after God’s own heart. He loved God; he served God; he loved God with all his heart, and yet this happened in his life. It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. 

And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, I am with child. 

Then David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah had come to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people were doing, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down to your house and wash your feet. So Uriah departed from the king's house, and a gift of food from the king followed him. But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. So when they told David, saying, Uriah did not go down to his house, David said to Uriah, Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house? And Uriah said to David, The Ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing. Then David said to Uriah, Wait here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart. So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die. So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also. Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war, and charged the messenger, saying, When you have finished telling the matters of the war to the king, if it happens that the king's wrath rises, and he says to you: Why did you approach so near to the city when you fought? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? Who struck Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Was it not a woman who cast a piece of a millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go near the wall?—then you shall say, Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. So the messenger went, and came and told David all that Joab had sent by him. And the messenger said to David, Surely the men prevailed against us and came out to us in the field; then we drove them back as far as the entrance of the gate. 

The archers shot from the wall at your servants; and some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. Then David said to the messenger, Thus you shall say to Joab: Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another. Strengthen your attack against the city, and overthrow it. So encourage him. We see very clearly right here that David had hardened his heart. When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.


2Sa 12:1, Then the Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him. And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him. So David's anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity. 

Then Nathan said to David, You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 

For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun. So David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said to David, The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die. 


Let’s turn to Psalm 51. David wrote this psalm at this time in his life. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise... Contrite means, deeply affected with grief and sorrow.  In verse 4, David said, Against you and you only, have I sinned and done this evil in your sight. In Psalm 38:18, David wrote, I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. That is godly sorrow. Psalm 32: David said, I acknowledge my sin unto you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. 


Let’s turn to 2 Cor 6:17, Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 2 Cor 7:1, Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more. For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; (In the King James Version it says, not to be repented of) but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. In 1 John 1:9, the Apostle John said, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When David sinned with Bathsheba he hardened his heart against God, and against Bathsheba and Uriah, even to the point of having Uriah killed with the sword of the children of Ammon. God, in His great love, sent Nathan the prophet to rebuke him and to chasten him and to show him his sin. Then David was sorry for his sin, and he acknowledged his sin to God. He truly had a broken and a contrite spirit before Him, and God accepted his repentance: he did not die. But God still pronounced judgment upon him. Nevertheless, godly sorrow works repentance not to be repented of. David truly repented and he turned from his sin, and he never went back to it again. He went on to serve God with all his heart, all the rest of his life. 


Are you hardening your heart? Have you hardened your heart to believe everything is ok, when you know in your heart of hearts that you have sinned against God and not repented? Are you comforting yourself with the false doctrines and lies that false preachers are telling you: Satan’s ministers; ravenous wolves, who are devouring you, preying on your guilty conscience, to make merchandise of you; promising you liberty while they themselves are the slaves of corruption? Turn from these men! Turn from these lies! Come clean before your God. Come boldly before Him, confessing your sins; turn to Him with all your heart, and be washed in the Blood of the Lamb! His mercies are great, and if you will sincerely repent and acknowledge your sin, He will abundantly pardon. Don’t think He won’t blot out your name from the Lamb’s Book of Life if you won’t repent; if you keep hardening your heart.  Jesus said that in that day there is going to be weeping and gnashing of teeth, but a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 


Thank you for reading this message from 15 Minutes With Jesus at roberthaymes.com .

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you who love Him in truth, Amen. 


Saturday, February 3, 2024

 By Your Words


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied.


Thank you Father for this day! Thank you Father for this program. Thank you for every person reading this: I ask you to bless them. I ask you to give us ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. Today’s program is called, By Your Words. Let’s turn to Mat 12:33-37, Jesus said, Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Just let that sink in; just consider those Words that Jesus said. Let’s turn to James 3:1-18, My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, and reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both saltwater and fresh. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Chapter 4, verses 4-12, Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? 


Here is the answer: All of us have some evil in our hearts. Our hearts have been corrupted by the evil and the lust of this world. The scripture says, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. The answer, as James says, is to humble ourselves before God. Don’t run from Him. He is not looking to condemn you. He sent His Son Jesus into the world to save sinners from their sins. Draw near to Him and confess your sins to Him; the wickedness of your heart. Humble yourself before Him and be honest and ask Him to grant you His grace that your heart may be changed, and He will lift you up! He promised that if we will seek after righteousness, we shall be filled. He promised that if we will seek Him and His Kingdom first, He will add to us everything we need. We don’t need to be stressed by the cares of this life. He will give us what we need. He knows what we need. We don’t need anything else. We need righteousness; we need peace, and we need joy. Phil 4:6&7, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 


Let’s turn to Eph 5:17-21, Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. Verses 25-27, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Jesus said, If you continue in My Word, you will be My disciples indeed, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. He said, Truly, truly I say to you, whoever commits sin (or practices sin), is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed! Jesus came to take away our sins and to purify us to become His spotless bride. But we have to do something: We have to continue in His Word, with the Holy Spirit teaching us; revealing His Word to us; leading us in doing it, and letting His Word wash us and cleanse us, with all humbleness of mind and heart, drawing near to Him; confessing our sins, and believing His sacrifice for us on the Cross; faith in His Blood washing us white as snow. If your tree is corrupt, and you want to change, if you will do this, God can make it good, and cause you to bring forth good fruit and glorify Him. But you have to have a willing heart. If you are stiff-necked and proud, and will not humble yourself, you won’t find His grace, and you will continue as a corrupt tree. Jesus said, You will not come to Me that you might have life. 


Let’s go to Mat 15:8, Jesus said, These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. Verse 15, Then Peter answered and said to Him, Explain this parable to us. So Jesus said, Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man. 


Friend, Jesus loved you, and gave Himself on the Cross for you to wash you from your sins in His own Blood. He gave His life for you. Will you love Him? Will you give your heart to Him, and let Him walk you in righteous pathways to break it and purify it and change you to be like Him?, that He might bless you in turning you from your iniquities, and that you might bless others, as the Holy Spirit pours out His love through you? As your heart changes, so will your words change. His Word will be in your mouth, and His Spirit will be with you to bless others and do them good. And you will give praise and thanksgiving to the Father for all His goodness to you. You will honor Him, and He will honor you. Out of the abundance of your heart your mouth will speak, and by your words you shall be justified, or by your words you shall be condemned. So guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. If you will not guard your heart from the evil things of this wicked generation, your heart will be defiled. If you entertain evil, it will move into your heart and begin to come out of your mouth and defile you. 

But if you will repent and turn from the evil and seek the Lord and His Kingdom, continuing in His Word, you will be cleansed more and more, and more and more good will be coming out of your mouth. The Word of God in your heart and in your mouth will bless you and your family and the people in your life, and you will be a blessing. Also, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. As you continue in the Word of God, faith will come into your heart and out of your mouth, and good things will happen in your life and in the lives of others. God will hear your prayers, and He will answer. 

Remember Jesus said that we will all give account for every idle word that we have spoken on the day of judgment. We need to do something about our words now! Don’t ignore what Jesus said. He spoke the truth. Continue in His Word; let His Word wash you and cleanse you and purge you; let the Holy Spirit teach you His Word and reveal His Word to you, and lead you in doing it, and you will be cleansed more and more. 


Interpretation of a message in tongues:


I am God Almighty. Consider the words of My servant Rob this day that I have given him to speak to you to warn you about your words; about your heart. Turn to Me! Come to Me! Draw near to Me, and I will draw near to you, and you will be changed, as you draw near to Me with all your heart. If you will humble yourself and seek My face, and turn from your wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will cleanse you and wash you and purge you and sanctify you, and you will be a blessing; you will inherit a blessing! 


Thank you for reading this message from 15 Minutes With Jesus at roberthaymes.com . May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you who love Him in truth, Amen.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

 With All Your Heart


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied.


Thank you Lord! We thank you Lord! We praise you Father! Thank you Father; thank you Lord! Thank you Father for this day. Thank you for this program Father. We thank you Lord; I ask you to bless everyone listening; everyone reading. Open our hearts; open our minds; open our ears; open our eyes to understand what you are saying, and to be edified; to be built up and to be strengthened in the truth: your Word is the truth. Thank you Lord, Amen. Today’s program is called, With All Your Heart.


When King Solomon was praying at the dedication of the Temple which he had built, in 2 Chron 6:12, he said these words, Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven); and he said: Lord God of Israel, there is no God in Heaven or on Earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. This is key: are we walking before our God with all our hearts? Or are we as Jesus said in Matthew 15?, Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. He answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and your mother, and, He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death. 

But you say, Whoever says to his father or mother, Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God— then he need not honor his father or mother. Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. Then His disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying? But He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch. Then Peter answered and said to Him, Explain this parable to us. So Jesus said, Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man. 


Let’s go to James 4:1,  We’re talking about the heart today, Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Amen.


Let’s go to Mark 12:28, Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, Which is the first commandment of all? Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. So the scribe said to Him, Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. Jesus said, If you love Me, keep My commandments; He said, This is My commandment, that you love one another.

Do we love Him? Do we love the Father?, with all our hearts? Do we love Him?  The Apostle John said, If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. If we come into His House and honor Him with our lips, but at the same time we are loving the world, our hearts are far from Him, and we are worshiping Him in vain. How much of this do you think goes on today in the Church? 


Let’s turn to 1 Sam 16:1, Now the Lord said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons. And Samuel said, How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me. But the Lord said, Take a heifer with you, and say, I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you. So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Do you come peaceably? And he said, Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice. So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before Him! But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither has the Lord chosen this one. Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, Neither has the Lord chosen this one. Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, The Lord has not chosen these. And Samuel said to Jesse, Are all the young men here? Then he said, There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep. And Samuel said to Jesse, Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here. So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him; for this is the one! Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. And God had said of David, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, who shall fulfill all My will. David was a man after God’s own heart, and he fulfilled all His will. A person who has a heart after God, who loves God, will fulfill all His will. They will do the will of the Father, and they will inherit the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, Only those who do the will of My Father are going into the Kingdom of Heaven, not everyone who says Lord, Lord, yet their heart is far from Him, embracing the doctrines of men and practicing iniquity. 


How is your heart? Do you love God, or do you love yourself and your pleasures, money, and the things of this world? If your heart isn’t right, it can be changed, if you are willing. Jesus said, He that seeks after righteousness shall be filled. God said, If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me. I say this often, but it is so true, even in my own experience with God: If you will humble yourself, and come boldly to the throne of grace, and ask Him, with a sincere desire to be changed,  Father, my heart is wicked. My heart is not right. I love the things of this world, and I really don’t love you very much, but I want to; I want to change. Father, will you please help me, and change my heart to love you, with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength? Will you please take out of me everything that is not pleasing to you, and give me a new heart, to love you; to love the truth, your Word is the truth; to keep your Word; to keep your ways, and to truly honor you in my life? Will you do with me what you have to do to make me into a real man or woman of God?  I’m telling you today: If you are truly sincere about this, God knows if you are, He will do it, according to His will for your life. But you have to be willing to change;  you have to stay with Him, even when it gets hard. 


Let’s go to John 17. In verse 17, Jesus said, as He prayed to His Father, Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth. Do you see how you will be sanctified?; how you will be cleansed? Verse 18, As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.


Thank you for reading this message from 15 Minutes With Jesus at roberthaymes.com . May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you who love Him in truth, Amen.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

 Put Not Your Trust In Princes


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied, Amen.


Thank you Lord! We give you thanks! Father, we thank You for this day; thank You for everyone reading this message. We pray that You would bless every one of us to understand what the Holy Spirit is saying. Thank You Lord. Today’s program is called, Put Not Your Trust In Princes. Let’s read Psalm 146,  Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. 

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made Heaven and Earth, the sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The Lord shall reign forever—your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord! Verse 3, in the King James Version says, Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made Heaven, and Earth, the sea, and all that therein is: Which keepeth truth for ever…


Let’s turn to 2 Chron 7:12, Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. This was after Solomon completed building the Temple and they dedicated the Temple, and Solomon prayed. God came to him that night and said this to him: When I shut up Heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  I want to give testimony here of what God said to me in 2020, at the end of March, when Covid was breaking out in America. My wife and I were in the hospital for an unrelated reason, and one morning God spoke to me and He said, I have put this in the Earth. God told me that He put Covid in the Earth, and I just want to refer you back to 2 Chron 7:13, where God said, if I send pestilence… and that’s what Covid was. He said, I put this in the Earth, and I am watching My people to see if they will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways and seek My face, and that’s all He said to me. So, people of God in America, what happened in 2020? Did we humble ourselves and seek the Lord, or did we trust in a man? This is the year, now, 2024, of the presidential election in America. The candidates are making promises, seeking your support. Some are making big promises of what they will be able to do, if elected, to save our country from destruction. But there is only one hope for America and the people of this world, and it rests in the hearts of God’s people: the people who are called by His name. As we just read in 2 Chronicles, if His people that are called by His name will humble themselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, then, and only then, will He hear from Heaven, and He will forgive our sins, and He will heal our land. God does not change. If His people will do this, He will do what He has promised. Will we do this? Or will we continue to trust in a man? The heart of the king, the Bible says, is in the hands of the Lord. As the rivers of water, He turns it whatever way He wills. It does not matter much what men promise to do. God puts down one, and He sets up another. Whoever the next president of the United States will be, God will cause him to do according to His will. That is why it is so important that we pray, as believers in Jesus Christ, for our country and for our leaders. The Apostle Paul said to Timothy in 1 Tim 2:1, Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time… So, as I was saying, it does not matter much what men promise to do. God puts down one and He sets up another. Whoever the next president will be, God will cause him to do according to His will. That is why it is so important that we pray for our country and for our leaders. If we will do this; if we will do as it is written in 2 Chronicles, and truly humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wickedness, God will respond. However, if we put our trust in a man or a woman to save our country, then we will not be seeking God as we need to be; we will not be trusting in Him, and we will be sadly disappointed with the outcome. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. A man or a woman will only be able to do what God enables them to do to help our nation and the world in this hour. We better humble ourselves in this hour and look only to our Savior: the One who gave His life for us upon the Cross; the One who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own Blood to purify unto Himself His own special people.


Church! We need to come back to Jesus!, to our risen Savior!, in humility and truth and turn from our wicked ways while there is still hope for a better future in the Earth. I’m reminded of when Jesus came to Jerusalem, just before He was crucified, and as He looked upon the city, He wept over it, and He said, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! This is our hour, America; people of God in America, what will we do? Will we fast and pray for Her; will we turn from our wicked ways and seek God’s face with all our hearts? Or will we continue to hope in what a man can do for us?


Let’s turn to 1 Sam 12:6, Then Samuel said to the people, It is the Lord who raised up Moses and Aaron, and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt. Now therefore, stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous acts of the Lord which He did to you and your fathers: When Jacob had gone into Egypt, and your fathers cried out to the Lord, then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place. And when they forgot the Lord their God, He sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor, into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them. Then they cried out to the Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord and served the Baals and Ashtoreths; but now deliver us from the hand of our enemies, and we will serve You. And the Lord sent Jerubbaal, Bedan, Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side; and you dwelt in safety. And when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, No, but a king shall reign over us, when the Lord your God was your King. Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. And take note, the Lord has set a king over you. 

If you fear the Lord and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God. However, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers. Verse 19, And all the people said to Samuel, Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves. Then Samuel said to the people, Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king. 


Interpretation of a message in tongues:


 I am God Almighty. My people, hearken unto My voice; hearken unto My servant Rob this day, for I have sent him to warn you this day: Look only unto Me! Look only to My Son Jesus!, the One who gave Himself for your sins; suffered for you; rose from the dead. He is your King! Look unto Me; look unto Him. Trust in Me with all your heart!, not in any man or any woman!, and you will find mercy in My sight, says the Lord.  


Thank you for reading this message from 15 Minutes With Jesus at roberthaymes.com . May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you who love Him in truth, Amen.


Sunday, January 14, 2024

 Take Up Your Cross


Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied. 


Thank you Father for this day! Thank you Father for this program. Thank you for every person reading this message. I ask you to bless them. I ask you to give us ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. Today’s program is called, Take Up Your Cross. 

Let’s read about Jesus taking up His Cross. Turn with me to Luke 22:39,  Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, Pray that you may not enter into temptation. And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done. Then an angel appeared to Him from Heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 

Then He said to them, Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation. 

And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss? When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, Lord, shall we strike with the sword? And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, suffer you thus far. And He touched his ear and healed him. 

Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs? When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.


Let’s turn to chapter 23, verse 18, This is when Jesus was before Pilate,  And they all cried out at once, saying, Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas—who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. Pilate, therefore, willing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, Crucify Him, crucify Him! Then he said to them the third time, Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go. But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will. 

Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed! Then they will begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us, and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry? There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 

And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do. And they divided His garments and cast lots. And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God. 

The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, and saying, If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself. And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: This Is The King Of The Jews. Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us. But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong. Then he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom. And Jesus said to him, Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise. Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, Father, into your hands I commit My Spirit.  Having said this, He breathed His last. So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous Man! 


Let’s turn to Mat 10:37, Jesus said, He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 

He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. 

Mat 16:21, From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You! But He turned and said to Peter, Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men. Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Mark 10:21, Jesus was speaking with the rich young ruler: Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me. In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  Deny yourself; take up your cross; follow Me, every day. Are you doing all three of these things? Every day?  

This is not a matter of religious thought, or poetry. Are you doing this? Deny yourself: your will; your desire; your pleasure; your self. Take up your cross: the will of the Father for you today. What is the will of the Father for you in this hour? Do you know? Are you willing to suffer in order to do the will of your Father in Heaven? Do you love the Father: the One who loved you and gave His Son for you to save you from your sins? Will you take the time to pray and seek His will for you? Will you pray the Lord’s Prayer and mean it: Your will be done, Father; not my will, but your will be done? And then will you rise up from prayer and go where He wants you to go, and do what He wants you to do?  

If your lust and desire to do your own pleasure; your own will; to follow your own understanding, is too strong,  you won’t be able to do the Father’s will. You must pray and fast and continue in the Word of God and in the Holy Spirit until you overcome your own flesh. You must put it to death through the Spirit. 


When you are baptized in water, you are baptized into the death of Jesus; your old self will is crucified with Him and buried with Him, and you are raised with Him to serve Him and the Father in newness of life: a new creation in Christ. You are no longer your own. You are bought with a price: the precious Blood of Jesus Christ has redeemed you from the power of sin and the power of the devil. You are Christ’s servant: you must do what He wants you to do, and do you know what He wants you to do? He wants you to follow Him. He is doing the will of the Father. In order to continue in His Word; in order to follow Jesus and really be His disciple and do the Father’s will every day, you need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Jesus told His disciples that He was going away to be with the Father, but He said, I will not leave you alone, but when I go, I will send another Comforter, that He may be with you always. And when He comes, He will guide you into all truth. Jesus said, in John 14:15, If you love Me, keep My commandments. 

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. Verse 26, But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. The Holy Spirit will bring you through suffering in order for you to be changed. We are being changed. God is making a holy people. We have to be broken to be changed; to be made like Jesus. We are stubborn, self-willed, rebellious people by nature, and we must follow Jesus and be broken, and be taught by Him, and be cleansed and washed and made white. We purify our souls by obeying the truth: the Word of God, through the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is going to be leading us to do the Word of God in every situation, and as we learn to yield to Him, to do His will, He will help us, and more and more we will overcome.  You have to want this! You have to desire God! You have to love Him with your whole heart. If you love this world and the things that are in it, the Bible says, the love of the Father is not in you. But hold on! If you have a willing heart, you can be changed! Do you want to be?

Jesus said, Ask, and it shall be given; seek, and you will find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; He said that everyone who asks receives! He said that he that seeks after righteousness shall be filled! God has given us everything through the sacrifice and resurrection of His beloved Son. It is up to us to lay hold on eternal life. He said, If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me.


Thank you for reading this message from 15 Minutes With Jesus at roberthaymes.com . May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you who love Him in truth, Amen.