Monday, September 28, 2015

The Thoughts and Ways of Jesus!

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Turn to the LordHe can still be found.  Call out to God! He is near.  Give up your evil ways and your evil thoughts.  Return to the Lord our God.  He will be merciful and forgive your sins. The Lord says:  “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,  my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.

Isaiah 55:6-9

Now is the time to turn to the Lord! There will never be a better time to seek Jesus than this moment! He is near to you right now and is waiting to embrace your heart with His love! You need not travel the world in search of God. Wherever you are, is where He can be found!

You don't need to go to a special country or city to find Jesus! But you must "Call out to God" and "give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts." Then, because of the Cross of Jesus Christ, He will be merciful and forgive your sins!

Your continual prayer will be that Jesus would show you how to be obedient to His every Word! You will abandon your thoughts and your ways and follow the thoughts and ways of Jesus. Sometimes I hear discussions about which of the Words of Scripture are essential.   The end of those conversations must be that every Word spoken by God requires my obedience!

Listen again to Isaiah 55:6


"Lord Jesus, teach me today how to think like You think and to walk like You walk. I want to live a life that reflects Your Glory to everyone I encounter. Give me the courage to abandon my crooked ways and evil thoughts and to return to You with all my Heart. And may You, Lord Jesus be praised forever. Amen."

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Not Hidden Forever!

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What a beautiful sight!  On the mountains a messenger announces to Jerusalem,  “Good news! You're saved.  There will be peace.  Your God is now King.”   Everyone on guard duty, sing and celebrate!  Look! You can see the Lord returning to Zion.   Jerusalem, rise from the ruins!  Join in the singing.  The Lord has given comfort to his people;  he comes to your rescue.   The Lord has shown all nations his mighty strength; now everyone will see the saving power of our God.

Isaiah 52:7-10 

Ever since the Garden of Eden, God has hidden Himself from the view of men. Before the fall of man, Adam and Eve walked with God and enjoyed His fellowship, but then came sin and the separation of man from God!

The way it is now, we see lots of evidences of God's existence and we hear many Words that claim to come from God, but we do not see Him face to face! It has not always been this way, and it will not be this way forever!

There will be a Day when everyone on earth will be confronted with the stark reality of Almighty God! We will all see Him as He comes to rescue His people! God will display His saving power before the eyes of all men! That will be the Day when God will be hidden no more!

While God is hidden from our sight we must know Him by faith! Faith is the evidence of things not seen and God for now is not seen! But you can be sure that the need for trusting God without seeing Him is only a temporary condition that will disappear with the Coming of Jesus! Every eye will see Him and the "old things" will pass away.

"Lord Jesus, I want to see Your face and fall down at Your feet. How much longer must we wait to fill our eyes with the Glorious sight of Your return? May You be praised now and forever. Amen."

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Road Back to Unbelief!

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Turn to the LordHe can still be found.  Call out to God! He is near.  Give up your evil ways and your evil thoughts.  Return to the Lord our God.He will be merciful and forgive your sins.   The Lord says: “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.   Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.  “Rain and snow fall from the sky.  But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat.   That's how it is with my words.  They don't return to me without doing everything I send them to do.”

Isaiah 55:6-11

The power of God's Words is truly amazing! When God says something, it is as good as done. We read in the Bible that God "spoke" the world into existence. The actions of God are fully integrated with His Words.

Human beings have the serious problem of acting in ways that don't match our words. There is a sometimes fatal disconnect between what we say and what we do! The most common reference to this problem is when we say someone doesn't "practice" what he preaches.

God is all about truth, in fact Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life." The Word of God gives witness to truth. When God speaks a Word, it is something that is TRUE because God is TRUE. That is why you can trust the promises of God in the Bible. All that is real in all the universe conforms to the Word of God.

Someone once said, "God said it, I believe it and that settles it." But the truth is this: "God said it and that settles it whether I believe it or not!"

When you hear God speak and you question whether or not the thing that God said is true, you are taking the first step on the road back to unbelief. It is what Adam and Eve did in the Garden!

"Lord Jesus, I proclaim again today that every Word You speak is TRUE and cannot be otherwise. Give me the strength and wisdom to hold on to all that You have said, now and forever. Praise Your Holy Name. Amen."

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Final Trumpet!

I saw another angel. This one was flying across the sky and had the eternal good news to announce to the people of every race, tribe, language, and nation on earth.   The angel shouted, “Worship and honor God!  The time has come for him to judge everyone. Kneel down before the one who created heaven and earth, the oceans, and every stream.”   A second angel followed and said, “The great city of Babylon has fallen! This is the city that made all nations drunk and immoral. Now God is angry, and Babylon has fallen.”   Finally, a third angel came and shouted:  Here is what will happen if you worship the beast and the idol and have the mark of the beast on your hand or forehead.    You will have to drink the wine that God gives to everyone who makes him angry. You will feel his mighty anger, and you will be tortured with fire and burning sulfur, while the holy angels and the Lamb look on.    If you worship the beast and the idol and accept the mark of its name, you will be tortured day and night. The smoke from your torture will go up forever and ever, and you will never be able to rest.   God's people must learn to endure. They must also obey his commands and have faith in Jesus.

Revelation 14:6-12
There is a song with the lines: "Just keep on walking. You don't know how far you've come. For all you know the Father might be standing up right now to give the call and end it all. Just keep on walking."

Don't spend all your time and energy trying to fit the pieces of the "End Times Puzzle" together. Are the "End Times" upon us? My opinion is that they most certainly are, but what am I to do about it? My response to the knowledge that the End Times are here is that I must strengthen my relationship with Jesus Christ and walk daily with Him! I will be ready for whatever comes my way if Jesus is by my side. It is not important that I know everything that will happen, but it is critical that I am at the side of Jesus when it does!

So when you see a "piece of the puzzle" clearly before your eyes let that be an opportunity for you to draw ever closer to Jesus Christ! Keep Jesus in the front of your mind all day long. Pray literally without ceasing as you see "sign" after "sign" unfold on the horizon of your day!

Let your response to what you see be ENDURANCE, OBEDIENCE AND FAITH!

"Lord Jesus, the world around us is teaming with what appear to be fulfilled prophecies about Your return! Hold me tight in Your arms as I wait the sound of the final trumpet and meet You in the air! May You be praised now and forever. Amen."

Thursday, September 24, 2015

God is Not Losing!

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Our Lord, how long must I beg for your help before you listen?  How long before you save us from all this violence?   Why do you make me watch such terrible injustice?  Why do you allow violence, lawlessness, crime, and cruelty to spread everywhere?   Laws cannot be enforced; justice is always the loser; criminals crowd out honest people and twist the laws around.

Habakkuk 1:2-4

These words were written long before the birth of Jesus Christ.  The actual date is not known, but when Habakkuk was alive he saw terrible injustices, violence, lawlessness, crime and cruelty and it was spreading everywhere.  Laws were not enforced and justice was always the loser.  Criminals crowded out honest people and they twisted the laws around!

This description sounds exactly like what is happening in the United States of America today!  In the struggle between Good and Evil when you see all kinds of wrongs around you, remember that God is not "losing" the battle, rather God is "using" even all these things to accomplish His ultimate purpose in the world!

I am tempted to despair when I see so many things wrong in this world.  But I must remember that I must not give in to any temptation, and perhaps especially the temptation to despair!  God will not be defeated!  He has decided that nothing set up to come against Him will succeed!

So today, when you see the roaring seas of despair all around you, let your heart be at peace in the knowledge that God has not and will never fail.  The promises for those who trust in Him are as fresh and new as the sun which came up this morning.

"Lord Jesus, I see that the battle is raging all around, but You have won the Victory and will forever Reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!  Give my heart new Peace today as I wait for Your Return!  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How Much Does God Love You?

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I am not praying just for these followers. I am also praying for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me.   I want all of them to be one with each other, just as I am one with you and you are one with me. I also want them to be one with us. Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.   I have honored my followers in the same way you honored me, in order that they may be one with each other, just as we are one.   I am one with them, and you are one with me, so they may become completely one. Then this world's people will know that you sent me. They will know that you love my followers as much as you love me.

John 17:20-23

When Jesus said to God, "You love my followers as much as You love Me." He opened a window into the heart of God that is more than difficult to understand. How can God love me as much as He loves Jesus?

How do you put love on a scale and weigh it? How can you know how long, high, deep and wide love is? I can know that there is no limit to the love that God has for Jesus. And if that is so, then who can put a limit on the love that God has for me?

As a follower of Jesus Christ, God loves you more than you or anyone could ever imagine! His love is like a gushing spring that never runs dry! It is His desire that you be prepared to dwell for Eternity with Jesus as part of the Bride of Christ! You will not be a second class citizen in Heaven. When Jesus shed His Blood on the Cross, the Love of God was poured out on you and on me!

Here is the amazing news of the Gospel of Christ. When you think you know how much God loves you, the real truth is that God love you much more than that!

"Lord Jesus, I truly can't understand that God could love me as much as He loves You! Help me Lord Jesus to love You and to love the Father more today than ever before! And May You be Praised forever! Amen."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Remodeling Heaven!

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Jesus said to his disciples, “Don't be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me.   There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you.   After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. 

John 14:1-3

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ never forget that He has been getting a place ready for you in Heaven!  Some people are very gifted in remodeling old houses to make them  beautiful and simply perfect for their new residents.  I suppose it is appropriate that Jesus learned the trade of carpentry while living here on earth and then has been getting our places to live ready for the past 2000 years!

If you were to image the perfect place for you with everything you ever dreamed it could have, you need to know that what Jesus is preparing for you is many, many times better than that!  I am confident that when I see what He has prepared for me I will fall down at His feet and cry out "OH MY GOD!"   How will you respond when you see your new place for the first time?

Is it alright to tell Jesus what you would like in your place in Heaven?  Well of course it is.  My list might include: I like to look at mountains through my front window and I love to sit in front of a fireplace and stay toasty warm.  I love the clean and clear air after a spring rain and I do like a place that is quiet except for whatever sounds I could hear from the throne room of God!

So be sure and remember that Jesus, the Master Carpenter is preparing a room for you in Heaven!  And when He is ready He will come and get you and take you to be with Him forever!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for spending these last 2000 years getting a place ready for me in Heaven.  I do hope You come soon and take me there!  May You be praised forever.  Amen."