Friday, February 27, 2015

King of My Life!

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Why do the nations plot, and why do their people make useless plans?  The kings of this earth have all joined together to turn against the Lord and his chosen king.  They say, “Let's cut the ropes and set ourselves free!”  In heaven the Lord laughs as he sits on his throne, making fun of the nations.  The Lord becomes furious and threatens them.  His anger terrifies them as he says, “I've put my king on Zion, my sacred hill.”

Psalms 2:1-6

The kings of the earth want to set themselves free from the reality of God!  They have declared that God doesn't exist and some say that if He did exist, God is now dead! To God the picture of the world's rebellion against Him is amusing and maybe even funny.  Perhaps it could be compared to a bunch of kindergarten children storming the White House in attempt to take over the country.  How foolish would that be?

God, in His love has given you the freedom to oppose Him, but He did not give you the ability to defeat the Almighty Creator!  When you try to do that you will run squarely into the Lord Jesus on Zion, His Holy Mountain, and you will lose forever!

Check your heart to see if you are the lord of your own life and are just pretending to follow Jesus.  If you do that, God Himself will laugh at your foolishness and you will regret that foolishness for Eternity!

"Lord Jesus, You are the King of kings and Lord of Lords, and You, Jesus are the King of my life as well.  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

Monday, February 23, 2015

God Knows You!

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Before you knew God, you were slaves of gods that are not real.   But now you know God, or better still, God knows you. How can you turn back and become the slaves of those weak and pitiful powers?

Galatians 4:8-9

It is a wonderful thing to meet a man who knows God! If you are a follower of Jesus Christ then the Holy Spirit living inside you will let you know that you are in the presence of another believer.

Knowing God is great, but "better still" is that God knows you. The Bible does not say, but it certainly is possible that while Jesus was hanging on the Cross He was thinking about you and about me specifically! The Enemy wants me to believe that I am just a randomly created human being who is irrelevant in the scheme of things and certainly unknown to God. Satan desires that I see no purpose for my life and no possibility of pleasing God.

But God knows me! He knows how many hairs there are on my head, and adjusts that number as is appropriate as the years pass. God knows how my brain works since He carefully and lovingly put it together in the first place. God knows all my strengths and weaknesses. He knows when I get up and when I lay down for the night!

There is nothing about me that is a mystery to God! He already knows it all. But my life is one of daily discovering the mysteries of God. With the Holy Spirit and His Word in my heart I am continually presented with Eternal truth that had never "crossed my mind" before!

Remember, God knows you and it is His desire that you know Him. Let today be a day of discovering something new about your Heavenly Father!

"Lord, I praise Your Name that You know me. May I know You better when I put my head on my pillow tonight than I did when I got up this morning! Praise Your Holy Name forever. Amen."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Let the Word Burn in Your Heart!

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Every time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king would tell him to cut them off with his penknife and throw them in the fire. Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, but he ignored them, and soon there was nothing left of it.The king and his servants listened to what was written on the scroll, but they were not the least bit afraid, and they did not tear their clothes in sorrow.

Jeremiah 36:23-25

When you hear the Word of God and still have no faith you are tempted to do what this king did. He heard the Word and then ripped out the pages and burned them in the fire. And it says he did not fear God!


Don't forget that the Bible also says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. So a wise man fears God and acts accordingly. A fool relaxes in God's grace and mercy and has no concern for whether or not he is offending the Almighty Creator. But don't forget that a just and loving God created gravity which will dash you to your death if you jump off a tall building, He gave you His Word so you will not be destroyed by the sin that seeks to kill you!


So instead of throwing the Word of God in the fire after you hear it, let it burn in your heart and draw you back to Him.


And if you do not fear God, then you are not wise and indeed you are a fool. Receive the Word of God with a fear that is appropriate and stand in the awesome presence of the Creator of everything that is!


"Lord Jesus, I stand today in awe of You and Your Glorious Almighty presence. And may I be one of those who Praise Your Holy Name Forever. Amen."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homesick for Heaven!

 

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I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea.   Then I saw New Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God in heaven. It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown and ready to meet her husband.   I heard a loud voice shout from the throne:God's home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people.   He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.

Revelation 21:1-4

The first week at summer camp seemed bearable, but the thought of a second week away from home was almost more than I could imagine. As a child, being away from home and away from my parents just seemed more than I could bear. I was definitely "homesick."

When you are homesick you think about how wonderful it would be if you were only back home. You imagine the comforts of home compared to the difficulties of being away from those who love you the best. Children are not the only ones who get homesick. For me it only takes a couple of weeks of "vacation" before I am ready to return to my "normal routine" at home.

As a follower of Jesus Christ are you "Homesick for Heaven?" Do you think about what it will be like with no more death, suffering, crying or pain? Do you imagine the peace and joy of living in a place where sin has never and can never touch your life? And do you think about constantly being in the presence of Jesus and walking with Him as He shows you all the glories of Heaven?

Have you ever heard the song "Soon Oh Very Soon?" We are going to see the King, and be with Him forever!

"Lord Jesus, like a little child away at summer camp, I am Homesick for Heaven. Comfort my heart with the calm assurance that You are indeed coming to take me back to be with You forever! And may that Day come "Soon Oh Very Soon." Amen."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Legality and Morality!

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When the nation of Israel disobeys me without meaning to, the whole nation is still guilty.

Leviticus 4:13

The idea of a whole nation being guilty of sin before the Lord is a rather foreign concept to our way of thinking.  We believe that sin is an individual issue and certainly it is, but a nation can stand in opposition to the ways of God as well.

When that happens those who follow Jesus must oppose even the nation in which they live in order to please the Lord.  I suppose a rather obvious example of a national sin is the legalization of abortion in the United States.  Our Supreme Court decided many years ago that killing a baby before it is born should not be illegal and therefore is not a sin!  They turned our "God fearing" nation into a "killing field" of infanticide. 

Many people believe that the obvious and dramatic decline in the life of the United States and it's influence around the world is because God is meeting out His judgment for our national sin of abortion!

The warning for followers of Jesus is this: Be sure to live your life according to what God thinks and not what the Supreme Court has ruled!  The legality of an issue does not determine its morality!

Jesus must be Lord of your entire life and heart, not just part of it!  And if your faith and the culture in which you live are completely compatible, then there is something lacking in your faith!  Search your heart and your mind to see if you are holding on to a "national sin" instead of the ways of God!

"Lord Jesus show me today where my nation is sinning against you, and give me the courage to walk in Your ways and not the ways of my nation.  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weightless!

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My Father has given me everything, and he is the only one who knows the Son. The only one who truly knows the Father is the Son. But the Son wants to tell others about the Father, so they can know him too.

If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.
Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.
Matthew 11:27-30

When men go into space they become weightless for the time they are there. Without the active pull of gravity everything weighs nothing. And because they do not weigh anything men in space can fly around the cabin of their spacecraft.

An impossible task here on earth becomes an easy job in space because the pull of gravity is gone.
When you turn your heart to Jesus and put His yoke on your shoulders you become like a man in space! With Jesus the cares of this world become weightless and no burden is too big . With Jesus the pull of this world fades and ultimately will vanish as we soar with Him through Eternity.

The world's record for living in space on one flight is more than a year, but your journey with Jesus will last forever!

"Lord, take my heart and make me ready to hear the trumpet when the countdown is complete and it's time to blast off into Eternity with You. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen."
(re-published from October 10, 2012)








Friday, February 13, 2015

Grown Up Christians!

 

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God lives fully in Christ.  And you are fully grown because you belong to Christ, who is over every power and authority.  Christ has also taken away your selfish desires, just as circumcision removes flesh from the body.   And when you were baptized, it was the same as being buried with Christ. Then you were raised to life because you had faith in the power of God, who raised Christ from death.   You were dead, because you were sinful and were not God's people. But God let Christ make you alive, when he forgave all our sins.

Colossians 2:9-13

At some point every child is infected with the desire to be a "grown-up." Children want to become adults. That is a natural part of life itself as a child. Children are precious and marvelous, but when someone "never grows up" it is indeed sad to behold.

Wait a minute. Didn't Jesus say that we must all become like little children? Yes He did, but Jesus wants you to be like a child in innocence not in selfish ignorance! The Lord wants you to have the heart of a child, not the actions of a child when you are already grown.

Children are selfish. They want what they want and they want it now! Concern for the needs of others is not part of being childish! If you want to know if you are a grown up Christian then simply look at your selfish desires. If fulfilling your own desires is the ruling principle of your life, then you indeed are still a baby believer.

Here is the most amazing part about growing up as a Christian. Jesus doesn't just change your old man into a new man. That is not the way it happens. The old man dies and you are born again into a new life of following Jesus. So if you wonder why you can't seem to act like a "grown up" as a Christian maybe you aren't dead yet!

"Lord Jesus, I want to grow up and be like you, but I know I can't do that without dying to this world and the things of this world and being made alive by Your great power. And may You be praised forever. Amen."