Friday, July 31, 2015

Suffering Will End!

Daniel wrote:I looked around and saw two other people—one on this side of the river and one on the other side.   The angel who had spoken to me was dressed in linen and was standing upstream from them. So one of the two beside the river asked him, “How long before these amazing things happen?”   The angel then raised both hands toward heaven and said, “In the name of the God who lives forever, I solemnly promise that it will be a time, two times, and half a time. Everything will be over, when the suffering of God's holy people comes to an end.”
Daniel 12:5-7
The suffering of God's holy people will come to an end! That simple and yet profound truth stands at the door of an Eternity of Bliss for all those who come to faith in Jesus Christ!

Today there are many, many drugs that we call "pain killers." They are designed to eliminate the pain and suffering that comes with injuries and all kinds of chronic physical problems. But taking away the pain without dealing with the underlying problem that is causing the pain will only make matters worse down the road.

God takes away the pain from His followers by permanently addressing the problem that is causing the pain. The issue is sin and it's consequences. Pain and suffering came to this world because of sin, and it will be ultimately eliminated because sin will have no more free reign!

A person who goes to the doctor just to get rid of the pain can easily become addicted to pain killers! If you seek to follow Jesus just to get rid of the pain and suffering of this life you will be disappointed. Even as a follower of Jesus you will suffer here on this earth. The end of suffering and pain will come when you stand before the Throne of God in Heaven and fall down praising His Holy Name with all the Angels!

"Lord Jesus, give me the strength to stand firm even while I suffer here on this earth like You did. And Lord I do look forward to that Day when I stand before You in Heaven where there will be no more suffering and pain! May You be praised forever. Amen."

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Leaders Tell Lies!

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The two kings will meet around a table and tell evil lies to each other. But their plans will fail, because God has already decided what will happen.   Then the king of the north will return to his country with great treasures. But on the way, he will attack the religion of God's people and do whatever else he pleases.
Daniel 11:27-28

If your country has leaders who tell lies to each other and even lie to other countries, you can take heart by reading these verses!  It is very distressing to live in a land where lying has become the normal state of communication.  Political leaders are not even embarrassed when the evening news plays video clips of them boldly contradicting themselves over and over again! 

It reminds me of a bunch of small children trying to impress each other by "making up" stories that have no basis in truth. 

These lying leaders will even attack those who worship God!  But you can be sure that "their plans will fail!"  You see the struggle on this earth is not a conflict between "good and evil."  It is rather a battle between God and those who oppose Him.  "Good" can be defeated, but God cannot!  Good works may be overcome with evil, but God will never lose to Satan!

Make sure that you are committed to God through His Son Jesus Christ and not just committed to "doing good works."  Lying leaders can crush the good works you might do, but they can never defeat the God of Heaven who has called you to serve and worship Him.

"Lord Jesus, You are the Truth and the only Truth.  No lies of men can overcome You.  Strengthen my heart so that I will not fear those who lie and try to lead me in the paths of unrighteousness.  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An Angry God!

 After this, I looked at the sky and saw something else that was strange and important. Seven angels were bringing the seven last terrible troubles. When these are ended, God will no longer be angry.

Revelation 15:1

When someone is angry, it is usually a good thing to get as far away from them as you can! And we almost never think of being angry as a Godlike attribute! But God does get angry and His anger is frightening to say the least.

What makes God angry? The complete answer to that question would be long and yet there is a simple answer as well. God gets angry when men turn their hearts to other, false gods and worship them.

And if you read the Book of Revelation you will see that God expresses His anger by bringing destruction and disaster on those with whom He is angry. Seven angels will bring the "last seven terrible troubles" on those with whom God is angry!

When you turn your heart to God, His approval and blessings follow, but when you turn your heart away from God, His anger is headed your way! Like a child who really believes his parents will never discipline him, we are tempted to turn our hearts away from Jesus and toward the world around us. God's grace covers all our sin, but does not cover us if we reject Jesus and turn our hearts to false gods! That is when we come face to face with an Angry God!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to fear the consequences of turning my heart away from You! When I hear the words of Satan trying to lure me away from Your heart may I shut my ears and raise my voice to praise Your Name, now and forevermore. Amen!"

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nothing to Worry About!

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Who can measure the wealth and wisdom and knowledge of God? Who can understand his decisions or explain what he does?  “Has anyone known the thoughts of the Lord or given him advice?  Has anyone loaned something to the Lord that must be repaid?”  Everything comes from the Lord. All things were made because of him and will return to him. Praise the Lord forever! Amen.

Romans 11:33-36
The sin of unbelief wells up in my heart when I start to worry about the circumstances of my life!

God is the richest, wisest, and most knowledgeable of all!  With His resources, wisdom and knowledge available to me through His Holy Spirit, why would I ever fret about anything?  The God who is with me has infinitely more money than Bill Gates or Donald Trump.  My God is wiser than a million Solomon's together! God knows everything that could ever be known about everything!  Oh, and I should also mention that God is more powerful than all the energy in the cosmos put together.  You see He is the source of all that energy!

So when I think about who Jesus is, and that He is with me always, I cannot bring myself to worry!  There is no problem that Jesus cannot solve!  There is no conflict that He can't resolve!  So with Jesus I can say I am at peace even when everything around me is falling apart!

But with Jesus in my heart I literally have NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to think about You and not the things of this world.  The world may be falling apart on every side, but You are my strength and shield inside.  Thank You Lord Jesus that I have nothing to worry about.  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Slave of Sin!

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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 11:28-30

It is a very heavy burden to be a slave!  Slaves cannot demand anything of their masters, and slaves never have "free time."  In today's world we have decided that slavery is a terrible thing and should not exist anywhere in the world.  But ironically, there are more slaves today than ever before!

Today there are slaves with human masters, and their are slaves of destructive behavior.  Slavery is when your life is controlled by someone or even something!  We use another word for slavery today!  That word is addiction.  When you are addicted to something, anything, that behavior controls your life and mind.  Like a slave you do the will of your master and find no way to be free!

Don't misunderstand the freedom that Jesus offers all men is this: Jesus wants you to become His slave!  You might ask why being the slave of Jesus is better than being the slave of anyone else?  The answer to that is simple.  When you are controlled by Jesus, then you are the slave of God Himself who is your Creator.  When your loving Maker manages your life, He always has your best interests at heart. 

"Lord Jesus, I want to be controlled by You and be Your slave today and every day for the rest of my time on this earth!  Jesus, I know for sure that compared to the master called SIN, Your yoke is easy to bear and your burden is light.  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Knowing Everything!

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Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face.  We don't know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.

1 Corinthians 13:12

This is a verse that is so often overshadowed by the verse that follows it.  That one is of course the verse about "faith, hope, and love."  But seeing God now like a cloudy picture in a mirror is certainly important as well!

I know that God is real and is on His throne in Heaven.  There is just too much "evidence" of God in the world and even universe around us to logically exclude God from the picture!  Everything we see around us "screams" about the Creator.  Look at the sky on a clear night and you will see the thin edge of Eternity, or look at a tiny flower in your yard and you will be confronted with the beauty of God's mind! But our picture of God on this earth is a cloudy one.  There are so many questions about God that the Bible does not answer.  But this verse promises that the answers will come when we are face to face with God in Heaven!

Here is a most amazing promise!  Now we don't know everything, but later those who are followers of Jesus will know everything! 

I think the saying was on a "bumper sticker" on a car and it says it well.  "Those who think they know everything really annoy those of us who do!"  I don't suppose we will be annoyed in Heaven, but later when you see Jesus face to face, you will know everything!  

"Lord Jesus, I don't know everything now, but I know You and You, Jesus are everything I need!  May You be praised forever! Amen."

Monday, July 20, 2015

In Control Forever!

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 5:7-11

These are the Words I have been looking for. "God will be in control forever!" And it says He will make you "complete, steady, strong, and firm."

Have you ever heard the term "control freak?" It refers to someone who wants to be in control of everything with which they are involved. This is the kind of person who doesn't enjoy flying in an airplane unless they are themselves the pilot. Someone who always wants to be in control finds it hard to be at peace when another person is behind the wheel in the circumstances of their life!

But the ultimate question in the lives of everyone on earth is this: Who will control your life? Will it be you as you stumble through life from one bad decision to another? Or will you let Jesus pilot your life through the turbulence of each moment?

You see, not only does Jesus want to be in control of your life, but He also wants to make you "complete, steady, strong, and firm." No one else can do what Jesus offers everyone who will come to Him in faith! And when you let Jesus be in control of your life, you will be safe and He will be in control forever!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to let You control everything about my life. May my every decision be led by Your Spirit, and my daily life bring praise to You, forever. Amen."