Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Roaring Lion of Sin!

Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes.   God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.  Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.   But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith. You know that all over the world the Lord's followers are suffering just as you are.   But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That's why he appointed Christ Jesus to choose you to share in his eternal glory. You will suffer for a while, but God will make you complete, steady, strong, and firm.   God will be in control forever! Amen.

1 Peter 5:6-11

A roaring lion is fairly easy to avoid because you can hear the lion roar from a long way off. Even though the Devil is like a lion that roars, he also sneaks around quietly hoping to attack you when you least expect it.

After you have been a Christian for at least a few years you may become confident that you can identify and avoid the attacks of Satan. That would be like a big game hunter walking through the jungle unaware of the danger and not ready for an attack. If you are not prepared for a lion attack when it happens you will have no time to get ready. And if you are not ready for the Devi's attack when it happens you will not be able to fend off Satan.

If you hear the roaring lion of Sin, but he is nowhere near where you are, don't relax. The Devil can and will attack when you least expect it. Have the Word of God which is the Sword of the Spirit ready in your mind and heart. And be prepared to strike a blow against the enemy with that sword as you win another battle against Satan.

"Lord Jesus, help me to be alert and awake today as I watch for the Roaring Lion of Sin. Prepare my heart and mind to do battle using the weapon of Your Word! And may You, Lord Jesus be praised forever. Amen."

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Reminder!

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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, that 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.  All who win the victory will be given these blessings. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Revelation 21:1-7

I need to be reminded every day about the truth of these verses in Revelation. After all the trouble, suffering, pain and even death itself, for those who are "God's people" there will be an Eternity without any of these "things of the past." They will be gone forever!

And that Eternity will be one of continual fellowship with Jesus and unspeakable and unimaginable joys! The greatest pleasures of earth will seem small compared to the smallest joy of Heaven!

So as you see the signs that the time of the End is indeed upon us, let your heart begin to rejoice. There is Eternal Peace at the end of the final storm. Don't be shaken by the birth pains, but be lifted up by the hope that Jesus will soon be here!

"Lord Jesus, do come quickly and take us to be with You forever. Let all the signs of Your coming bring peace to my heart and mind. And may You be praised forever. Amen."

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Word of God or Ways of Men?

I saw another angel come from heaven. This one had great power, and the earth was bright because of his glory.  The angel shouted,“Fallen! Powerful Babylon has fallen and is now the home of demons. It is the den of every filthy spirit and of all unclean birds, and every dirty and hated animal.

Babylon's evil and immoral wine
has made all nations drunk. Every king on earth has slept with her, and every merchant on earth is rich because of her evil desires.”

Then I heard another voice
from heaven shout, “My people, you must escape from Babylon. Don't take part in her sins and share her punishment.

Her sins are piled
as high as heaven. God has remembered the evil she has done.

Treat her as she
has treated others. Make her pay double for what she has done. Make her drink twice as much of what she mixed for others.

That woman honored herself
with a life of luxury.  Reward her now with suffering and pain.“Deep in her heart Babylon said, ‘I am the queen! Never will I be a widow or know what it means to be sad.’ And so, in a single day she will suffer the pain of sorrow, hunger, and death. Fire will destroy her dead body, because her judge is the powerful Lord God.”
Revelation 18:1-8

What makes something a sin? If a whole nation, or even the whole world were to vote and decide that a certain thing will not be illegal and consequently is not a sin, would all those who did that thing then be justified before God?

Absolutely not! The standard for whether or not something is a sin has nothing to do with a "democratic" vote of the people. Sin is sin because God says it is! God's opinion about a matter determines the sinfulness of any action.


You may be a model citizen and have a great reputation with all your fellow citizens and still stand guilty before God of great sin. These verses indicate that there are "national sins" that offend God, but seemingly no one else cares. That is why the "Word of God" must be the standard for your life instead of the "Ways of Men."

As you read the Bible pray that God will show you His ways and how you can please Him in everything that you do. And continually compare your own culture to the Word of God to see if there is anything in your country that is pleasing to men, but offensive to God!

"Lord Jesus, help me to see the things in my life that I must leave behind as I follow You. And may You be praised forever. Amen."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Panic or Praise?

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In a vision one night, Daniel was shown the dream and its meaning. Then he praised the God who rules from heaven:  “Our God, your name will be praised forever and forever.You are all-powerful, and you know everything.  You control human events—you give rulers their power and take it away, and you are the source of wisdom and knowledge.  “You explain deep mysteries, because even the dark is light to you.  You are the God who was worshiped by my ancestors.  Now I thank you and praise you for making me wise and telling me the king's dream, together with its meaning.”
Daniel 2:19-23

I saw a sign in front of a church building the other day which said "Things are not falling apart, they are falling in place!" 

There is great chaos in the world today.  The "super powers" are walking close to the place where they can fall off the edge into World War III!  Terror is everywhere.  Foolish leaders seem to be in the majority in today's world.  And without miraculous intervention it seems certain that "The End is Near."  And you can come to that conclusion without ever knowing about what the Bible says about the time of the end.

Truthfully, things are falling apart in the world today, but they are also lining up for the return of Jesus Christ and the time when He sets everything straight!   So when you look around and find that your heart is tempted to panic then choose to exchange your panic for praise. The Bible clearly says that just before Jesus returns the world will be a very dark place with trouble like never before.  Without the hope of the return of Jesus Christ and the personal assurance that you belong to Him panic would indeed be appropriate today.  But with Jesus in your heart PRAISE is the best response to everything you see.  Praise God the Father, Praise God the Son and Praise God the Holy Spirit!  Remember the End of this world will be the Beginning of Eternity!

"Lord Jesus, I praise You again today in the midst of a very dark and frightening world for those who do not know You.  But I know You and I know that You are coming again soon to rescue those who are waiting for that Day!  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dead Sea Comes to Life!

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The man said, “Ezekiel, son of man, pay attention to what you've seen.”We walked to the riverbank, where I saw dozens of trees on each side.  The man said:This water flows eastward to the Jordan River valley and empties into the Dead Sea, where it turns the salt water into fresh water.  Wherever this water flows, there will be all kinds of animals and fish, because it will bring life and fresh water to the Dead Sea.  From En-Gedi to Eneglaim, people will fish in the sea and dry their nets along the coast. There will be as many kinds of fish in the Dead Sea as there are in the Mediterranean Sea.   But the marshes along the shore will remain salty, so that people can use the salt from them.  Fruit trees will grow all along this river and produce fresh fruit every month. The leaves will never dry out, because they will always have water from the stream that flows from the temple, and they will be used for healing people.

Ezekiel 47:6-12

The name of the Dead Sea says it all.  There is no life in the Dead Sea.  Nothing can live in those waters.  But when the stream that flows from the Temple of God flows into that sea it will come alive.  The sea that was dead will live!  That is what the stream that flows from out from God will do to your life through the power of the Blood of Jesus!

Because of sin you were as dead as the Dead Sea.  Nothing good could grow in you.  You were without hope and your only expectation was to spend Eternity in the fires of Hell.  But when the life giving waters began to pour into your life everything changed.  You were no longer hopeless.  Jesus touched you and your new life in Him began.

If someone who knew the Dead Sea well, came to it's shores and found that the Dead Sea was alive, what would they do?  Of course, they would ask: How did this happen?  How could that which was dead come to life?  So, after Jesus touches you and brings a dead man to life those who knew you before the power of Jesus came to you life will ask: How could this man who was dead come to life? 

That is when you tell them about Jesus! 

"Lord Jesus, I was dead in my sins, but You brought me to life through the power of Your Cross.  And so I praise Your Holy Name today and tomorrow and forever.  Amen."

Monday, November 23, 2015

Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value.  It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.  God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.  Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.  You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.  For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

1 Peter 1:18-23 (New Living Translation)

According to Wikipedia the Stockholm Syndrome is "a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors."

All men are held hostage by the father of lies. Satan has captured through the power of sin everyone who has yet to be set free by the Blood of Jesus. The Devil brings only death and destruction to all men, but many have positive feelings toward this enemy of all humanity!

If you are one that is still held hostage in this world, then wake up and see that Satan has no good plans for your life. He only has plans for your death and it will be an eternal death!

The Good News is that Jesus stands at the door of your heart and by His sacrifice on the Cross has unlocked that door so that you can open it and let Him in! And when you do, you will be free for the rest of your life, which will be forever!

"Lord Jesus, knock again on the door of my heart and give me the courage to open that door and be set free by Your Eternal Sacrifice! And may You be praised forever. Amen."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

You Can See in the Darkness!

You used to be like people living in the dark, but now you are people of the light because you belong to the Lord. So act like people of the light and make your light shine. Be good and honest and truthful, as you try to please the Lord.  Don't take part in doing those worthless things that are done in the dark. Instead, show how wrong they are.   It is disgusting even to talk about what is done in the dark.   But the light will show what these things are really like.   Light shows up everything, just as the Scriptures say, “Wake up from your sleep and rise from death.  Then Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:8-14

There is a stark contrast between daylight and dark. When there is light you can see clearly where you should put your foot safely for your next step and you can see the things that would get in your way to make you stumble. If the moon is covered by clouds and you have no flashlight to guide your way, walking at night in the darkness can be a dangerous proposition.

The light that comes to those who put their faith in Jesus is like a good pair of "night vision" goggles. As a follower of Jesus you can see in the darkness as if it were daylight, but other men can see nothing at all. They think you are foolish for walking through life as if you can see what comes next. The world finds it hard to believe that you really can see in the darkness.

Today the world is very dark, but the light that comes through faith in Jesus Christ is like the sun itself shinning on the brightest day of Summer!

"Lord Jesus, shine Your light on me and in my heart today so that I may see the way You are leading me as well as the ways that Satan would try to cause me to stumble. And may You Lord Jesus be praised forever. Amen.