Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Nations are in Big Trouble!

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The Lord destroys the plans

and spoils the schemes

of the nations.

But what the Lord has planned

will stand forever.

 

His thoughts never change.

The Lord blesses each nation

that worships only him.

He blesses his chosen ones.

 

The Lord looks at the world

from his throne in heaven,

and he watches us all.

Psalm 33:10-14 (CEV)

If God is God Almighty, and if He is the only true God then much of the world is in big trouble.


Nations may make big plans and evil schemes, but God can decide to destroy and spoil them. The flow of history has gone and will go as God has seen fit to allow it! Do not fear that Satan will win in the End. He will not!


My job as a follower of Jesus is not to "figure out" how to defeat Satan. My job is to listen to the Holy Spirit and walk in every Word I hear coming from the Throne of God! In doing that I may see the Enemy defeated or I may see what looks like Evil triumphing over good. I must be a good soldier, not the general!


I can rest in peace knowing that God is watching us all. If someone plans evil against you, God knows all about it. He can warn you of it, so you can avoid the trouble or He can intervene and stop their evil plan altogether, or He can allow you to walk through the persecution. Remember that the "worst thing" Satan can do to you is to send you on to Heaven!


Don't forget Psalm 33:12 which reminds us that "the Lord blesses each nation that worships only Him." If your nation encourages its people to worship many gods then you cannot be assured of the blessings of the God who created everything that there is! There is a direct correlation between many gods and fewer blessings!


"Lord Jesus, I choose today to make You the Lord of every moment of my life! May Your will be reflected in everything I think, say, or do! And may You be praised forever. Amen."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What Makes a Nation (Man) Great?

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Without guidance from God
law and order disappear,
but God blesses everyone
who obeys his Law.
Proverbs 29:18
 
A successful nation is not one that is either "conservative" or "liberal." A nation is not blessed simply because of it's economic prowess and fiscal responsibility. Neither is a nation truly great because of it's military might. Those things may indeed be true of a great nation, but they are not the source of its greatness!

When a nation honors God and seeks His guidance the results are stunning! When a nation stops looking to God for direction, the first and perhaps most obvious evidence of that is the breakdown of law and order. Those in power see laws as "recommendations" not "commands." Human opinion replaces law and chaos replaces order.

Also, when a man honors God and seeks His guidance the results are stunning as well! When you stop looking to God for direction in your life, chaos is sure to follow on some level. But when you love to do what God tells you to do the "order" in your life is sweet and peaceful.

Unless you are the leader of your nation, or someone with great power or authority (and you may be) your personal decision will not change the fate of your nation. But you can and must seek God's guidance for your life if you are to be truly great!

Then comes the most amazing part of all! When you seek God's guidance and want to obey His every desire you will eventually "fall in love with Jesus." Personal greatness and success with take a back seat to the joy of knowing the Savior! You will thrill at a Word when it comes from Him and find your greatest fulfillment in life when you obey His commands!

"Lord Jesus let me hear a Word from You today so that I may have the joy of doing what You want done! And Lord, turn me and my nation back to You. In Jesus Name! Amen."







Monday, July 28, 2014

Point of Peace!

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We make our own decisions,

but the Lord alone

determines what happens.

Proverbs 16:33

 

This is not the only verse that confronts us with the uncomfortable Bible teachings of "Free Will" and the "Sovereignty of God." You could easily fill a library with the musings of Bible commentators on the subject. And what I say here will only be a small tea cup of thought in a flood.


My free will is fenced in by the Sovereignty of God. In fact, God Himself decided that I would have free will. Like any "freedom" there are limits to my freedom of will. God made my body so that if I choose to stop breathing I will pass out and then start breathing again. I have never heard of someone committing suicide by holding their breath.


All "freedom" is limited by the universe in which it is granted.


The two extremes are: Believing that nothing you can do makes any difference or thinking that you control everything in your life!


The TRUTH is that your decisions and actions make tremendous waves that impact your own life and the lives of others, sometimes for generations to come! But also, the decisions and actions of God are hurricanes of Sovereignty that sweep across the oceans of the earth.


The POINT OF PEACE for me is to boldly move ahead in choosing what I believe to be the will of God knowing that His great love will rescue me from even my own foolishness if I am His child!


"Thank You Jesus for allowing me to choose to love You, and thank You for being there to rescue me when I need it! And may You be praised forever! Amen."

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Your Heart Has Eyes!

 

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Ephesians 1:18-21

You must be careful about what you allow your eyes to see. Evil can seep into your head when you simply stare at the wrong thing. There is even a line in a children's song that says "Be careful little eyes, what you see!"


You have another set of eyes. The eyes of your heart are even more powerful in touching the core of your being with what you see. The eyes in your head are limited in seeing only those things in the physical world around you. But the eyes of your heart can see the spiritual world.


With the eyes of your heart you can see the Glory behind a beautiful sunset. With the eyes of your heart you can see Heaven and the future world of unbridled joy and peace! With the eyes of your heart you can see the "light at the end of the tunnel" and the light beyond the darkness of this world.


When the eyes of your heart become focused on spiritual wickedness, the darkness is tragic. Don't focus your heart on the wickedness of this world, even for entertainment. It will not draw you closer to Jesus!


"Lord Jesus, let me see more today of the Glory that only belongs to You. Make me ready to stand in Your presence and praise Your Name forever! Amen."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Disappearing Love!

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People of Israel and Judah,

what can I do with you?

Your love for me disappears

more quickly than mist

or dew at sunrise.

 

That's why I slaughtered you

with the words

of my prophets.

That's why my judgments blazed

like the dawning sun.

 

I'd rather for you to be faithful

and to know me

than to offer sacrifices.

Hosea 6:4-6

 

When was the last time you "re-dedicated" your heart to Jesus? Conviction of your sin and the desire to know the Lord even better combined to push you up the mountain into the presence of God. You were entering into an "extreme" relationship with Jesus and your love for Him was coming into full bloom!


Then something happened. It may not have been something very important, but it caught your attention and pulled you away from Jesus for just a moment. When you turned back to Jesus the "thrilling" relationship was a little more ordinary. That was the first step in your "Disappearing Love" experience.


Satan is not trying to turn you into a Christian killing fanatic. I'm sure he would like to do that, but his goal for now is to simply damage the love that you have for Jesus. Intimacy with Jesus will produce much righteous fruit in your life! Without that moment by moment communion with Jesus your love will diminish and fade.


The most important moment of your walk with Jesus is right now! Pour out your heart to Jesus and listen for His response. Cling tightly to Jesus in your heart and hold His hand with every step you take. Don't dwell on the wonderful walk you had yesterday or the great time you expect to have tomorrow. Right now, listen for His sweet, soft voice and hear His words of love.


"Lord Jesus, may my love for You grow every minute until I stand before You and see You face to face. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen."

Friday, July 25, 2014

What Are You Waiting For?

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So Christ died only once to take away the sins of many people. But when he comes again, it will not be to take away sin. He will come to save everyone who is waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:28

The phrase "What are you waiting for?" has at least two separate meanings in the English language. It is, first of all a simple question wanting to know what is the "thing" for which you are waiting, but it also can be a call to action.


For those who are waiting for Jesus both are true. You must focus everything in your heart on Jesus Christ and the prospect of His soon return! But you must also do the things that He wants you to do even while you wait! So you wait and work!


The man who does not look for the return of Jesus misses the thrilling anticipation of expecting to see the Lord at any moment. And the man who does not seize the opportunities that the Holy Spirit sets in front of him each day misses the awe of seeing God work in the world around him!


The Bible says the coming of Jesus will be like a thief in the night! It will be sudden and most people will not expect it. That's the difference between followers of Jesus and the rest of the world. Disciples of Christ are looking for Jesus and because of the Cross of Christ they are ready for His return.


"Lord Jesus on this day, which may indeed be the "Day of Your Return" show me what to do as I wait with joy for that most Glorious event in all of history! Praise Your Name forever. Amen."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

God Knows What Sin Is!

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They want to be teachers of the Law of Moses. But they don't know what they are talking about, even though they think they do.

We know the Law is good, if it is used in the right way. We also understand it wasn't given to control people who please God, but to control lawbreakers, criminals, godless people, and sinners. It is for wicked and evil people, and for murderers, who would even kill their own parents.  The Law was written for people who are sexual perverts or who live as homosexuals or are kidnappers or liars or won't tell the truth in court. It is for anything else that opposes the correct teaching of the good news the glorious and wonderful God has given me.

1 Timothy 1:7-11

It is the same as the original dialogue between Adam, Eve and the Snake. God declares something to be a sin and the Snake contradicts the Creator, then you must make a choice!


The controversy today is not about kidnappers or murderers. We still believe that those sins are wrong. But the dispute today with God is about homosexuals and liars! God classifies both of these as sin. In the Western world today we celebrate homosexuality and totally tolerate liars. If you say that lying is a sin you are ridiculed or ignored. If you say that homosexual behavior is a sin you are persecuted!


At the risk of being the recipient of backlash from the modern wave of pro-homosexual sentiment let me say this: When we were born we all inherited from Adam an attraction to sin. The fact that you have had from your earliest time an attraction toward homosexual behavior does not mean that it is not sin. Most little children work hard at becoming expert liars, but that does not change God's opinion of lying!


God requires a radical change for those who practice homosexuality, but He requires a radical change for the rest of us as well! It is the "total transformation" required by God and powered by the Holy Spirit that leaves us free from the slavery of all sin!


So don't spend your life trying to justify your favorite sin, no matter what it is. Run hard after Jesus Christ and make it your goal to make every thought you think, word you speak and even every breath you take pleasing to God!


"Lord Jesus, I know that this body of flesh is attracted to sin. But I want to be even more attracted to You my Lord! Draw me to You more today than ever before! Praise You now and forever. Amen."