Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Secrets of God!

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“The Lord our God has secrets known to no one.  We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.”

Deuteronomy 29:29 (NLT)

What does God know that you don't know?  Well, the answer to that question is that God knows everything! 

Someone has rightly said of human beings, "The more you know, the more you know that you don't know!"  With new knowledge comes the humbling awareness of how very much more there is that we don't know.  But, a little knowledge can convince you that you indeed know everything, when truthfully you know almost nothing!

Here is a sobering reality!  You are accountable for the truth that you do know and not the secrets of God that you don't know!  We like to explore the realities of God and add nuggets of truth to our treasures of understanding, but often we ignore the simple truths that even a child can grasp!  Jesus once said that my responsibility is to love God with everything that is in me and to love my neighbor as I love myself!  When I am busy with both of those things, I will find little time for discovering the secrets of God that He has not revealed!

When I spend my life being obedient to the Word of God that I can clearly understand, I will discover that God is pleased with His child!

"Lord Jesus, I know that You know everything!  There is no secret hidden from the mind of God.  Help me to trust, obey, and relax in the knowledge that You know everything there is to know in this world and beyond.  And may You Lord Jesus be praised forever.  Amen."

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blessed More Than Mary!

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As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!”   Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

Luke 11:27-28

The mother of Jesus was certainly a blessed, or should I say very blessed woman! God selected her to be the one who would give birth to His own Son on this earth and she said "YES" to God. There are many followers of Jesus even today who honor Mary above all women.

But consider what Jesus said about His own mother. Jesus said that if you hear the Word of God and put it into practice, you are blessed more than Mary! How could that be? Could you know Jesus better than Mary did? Could you walk with Jesus in a relationship that is even closer than a mother with her Son?

Mary is to be honored for the role she submitted herself to in the birth and rearing of Jesus on this earth, and many Christians ignore her altogether, but consider this: If you are a follower of Jesus who hears the Word of God and put's it into practice you are blessed more than Mary!

So when you think about what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, who puts His Word into practice remember that Jesus said in doing that you will be "Blessed More Than Mary!" What a precious thought and one that is worthy of pondering every day for the rest of your life here on earth!

"Lord Jesus, how could it be that I am blessed more than Your own mother by being obedient to Your Word. Such a thing is more wonderful than I can really imagine. But Lord, You said it and so I believe it! May You be praised forever, Lord Jesus, Amen."

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You Will Understand Later!

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Jesus knew he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given him complete power.  So during the meal Jesus got up, removed his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  He put some water into a large bowl. Then he began washing his disciples' feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing.  But when he came to Simon Peter, this disciple asked, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  Jesus answered, “You don't really know what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

John 13:3-7

As you walk in the steps of Jesus through this life, there are many things that you don't understand.  You may see where the steps of Jesus are leading you, but you do not know why.  You may be clearly convicted as to what you should say to someone you meet on the road of life, but you have no idea what God's purpose is for those words. 

Christians are like men on a chess board and God is playing the game.  He may move me from where I am now to another square, but His reason for the move remains hidden in His mind until He is ready to reveal it.  I believe God has a purpose for every encounter in my life.  When I stand next to someone, even for a brief moment, I know that God knows something I may do or say that will glorify Him and draw others to His throne! 

The reason I may miss many of those "God appointed moments" is that I am expecting to understand now rather than later!  When Jesus washed the feet of Peter, the disciple did not understand what the Lord was doing, but later he came to know the full meaning of  that humble moment of service.  Peter must have pondered it often over the years to come! 

If you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ and are hearing His voice, there will be many times when you hear what He says, but you will not understand why He speaks those words.  Remember the Words Jesus spoke to Peter on the night He washed the disciples feet.  Jesus said, "You don't really know what I am doing, but later you will understand."

"Lord Jesus, gives me the ears to hear Your voice and the courage to follow You even when I don't know where You are going!  May You, Lord Jesus be praised forever.  Amen."

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Is Your Light Darkness?


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No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a clay pot. A lamp is put on a lampstand, so everyone who comes into the house can see the light.  Your eyes are the lamp for your body. When your eyes are good, you have all the light you need. But when your eyes are bad, everything is dark.  So be sure your light isn't darkness.

Luke 11:33-35

Years ago I knew a girl who had been blind since birth. She was quite comfortable in her blindness and confessed that she really didn't want to see, because she knew that there were many temptations that would come with being able to see!  But her life was severely limited by her inability to see.

In a sense, every man is born blind.  We are blind to the things of God and for us the "darkness" of this world's wisdom is our light!   Men and women walk through this life never knowing that there is so much more to see because they have never turned to Jesus and received their "spiritual sight" from the Savior of all who will spend Eternity in Heaven!

How does a man who is born blind know that there is such a thing as sight? The answer to that question is simple and yet very profound. A blind man is gently guided through the darkness by someone who can see the obstacles in his way and helps him avoid them. He comes to know that being able to see is better than being blind!

If you have spiritual eyes because of the Blood of Jesus and His Power being present in your life, then instead of commanding the blind man to see, show him the way. Let him see by the life you live before him that you can see things that are in the dark to his eyes! Then he will ask you to show him how he can see like you do!

And when a man comes to Jesus, he sees that what he thought was light is really darkness.  And the light of Jesus causes him to see everything differently.

"Lord Jesus, may Your light fill my heart and mind so that my eyes will see everything around me as You see it! And may You be praised forever. Amen."

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A One Verse Doctrine!

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Finally, the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem and had him stand on top of the temple. The devil said, “If you are God's Son, jump off.   The Scriptures say:‘God will tell his angels to take care of you. They will catch you in their arms, and you will not even hurt your feet on the stones.’ ”   Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘Don't try to test the Lord your God!’ ”  After the devil had finished testing Jesus in every way possible, he left him for a while.

Luke 4:9-13

This final temptation in Luke 4 came with a dose of scripture from Psalm 91. Satan quoted the Bible in an attempt to get Jesus to sin! The "Great Deceiver" even uses the Word of God to confuse your mind and lead you to sin. Jesus then responded with Deuteronomy 6:16 which tells us not to "test" the Lord.

These verses clearly show that the Devil can even use the Bible itself in an attempt to lure us away from God. How does Satan do that today? When you hold to a doctrine that is supported by only one verse of Scripture, it would be wise to consider that your "interpretation" may come from the bowels of Hell instead of the Holy Spirit.  Of course, one verse is enough to establish a truth from God, but if your understanding of that verse is contradicted by other Words of Scripture, then you need to re-examine it!

Just because you have found a verse that seems to justify an action you are planning to take, does not mean that you will have God's blessing when you do it. The book of Romans talks about those who use their understanding of the Grace of God to justify sin!

Remember, that you are in the process of being shaped into the image of Christ Himself. The Word of God will become the thoughts of your mind and the desire of your heart. The Love of Jesus will be your consuming passion above everything else in life. And you will reject every work of the flesh and doctrine of the world that wants to lure you away from Jesus! And you will praise the Holy Name of Jesus, Forever! Amen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jesus is Not a Part-Time Lord!

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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.  Then the one sitting on the throne said:I am making everything new. Write down what I have said. My words are true and can be trusted.   Everything is finished! I am Alpha and Omega,the beginning and the end. I will freely give water from the life-giving fountain to everyone who is thirsty.

Revelation 21:1-6

When you invite someone to move in to your home, everything changes! You begin to share things that you have never shared before and just the time you spend interacting with someone else living in your home makes life very different.

When you invite Jesus into your heart, everything changes! You share things with Jesus that you never shared before. And the time you spend talking to and fellow shipping with Jesus makes your life schedule completely different.

Jesus did not die so that He could meet with you one hour a week, or even one hour a day. Jesus wants to be your constant companion not your part-time Lord!

"Lord Jesus, help me to open my heart, mind, and entire life to You so that everything will indeed be new in my life! And Lord, may You be my reason for every breath and the source of every thought that goes through my head. Praise Your Holy Name forever! Amen."

Monday, March 16, 2015

The God of the Impossible!



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Then in a loud voice she (Elizabeth) said to Mary:God has blessed you more than any other woman! He has also blessed the child you will have.  Why should the mother of my Lord come to me?  As soon as I heard your greeting, my baby became happy and moved within me.  The Lord has blessed you because you believed that he will keep his promise.

Luke 1:42-45

Mary was blessed because she believed that God would keep His impossible promise. An angel told Mary that she would have a baby without ever having been with a man. That was impossible.

God told Noah that the whole earth would be covered by a flood. That was also "impossible!" Jesus told the disciples that He would be killed and three days later rise from the dead. That again was "impossible!"

It is the impossible promises of God that show everyone who hears them and then sees them come to pass that Almighty God is indeed on His Throne and in charge of all that there is!

When you pray and God's answer is "impossible" prepare your heart for a miracle! But also prepare to hear the words of Satan that proclaim that even God cannot do the impossible!
My friend, God cannot only do the impossible, He is the God of the Impossible! With God all things are possible, even the impossible!

"Lord Jesus, it seems impossible that the God of Heaven and Earth and Creator of everything that there is would love even me! But You do, and for that miracle I am eternally grateful! May You, Lord Jesus be praised forever. Amen."