Sunday, January 15, 2017

Go With God Not the Governor!

I, the LORD All-Powerful, have something to say to you priests. Children respect their fathers, and servants respect their masters. I am your father and your master, so why don't you respect me? You priests have insulted me, and now you ask, "How did we insult you?"   You embarrass me by offering worthless food on my altar. Then you ask, "How have we embarrassed you?" You have done it by saying, "What's so great about the LORD's altar?"   But isn't it wrong to offer animals that are blind, crippled, or sick? Just try giving those animals to your governor. That certainly wouldn't please him or make him want to help you.   I am the LORD God All-Powerful, and you had better try to please me. You have sinned. Now see if I will have mercy on any of you.

Malachi 1: 6 - 9

When you are rushing to the hospital to save the life of someone who is with you in the car, you have no problem breaking the normal traffic laws, because you respect the “law of life” more than the speed limit.

And when you see clearly that the Will of God contradicts the will of the Government what should you do?  Of course, you ought to  obey God instead of the government, but that is so often not the case.  In the United States we often hear the words, “but that is not Constitutional” when it comes to praying, telling someone else about Jesus, or even quietly reading the Bible in a public place.  And so, many if not most Christians in this country have decided that it is more important to obey the government than to obey God!  There is a verse in the Bible that tells us to obey our leaders, and so we try to hide behind that verse, even if what we are told to do is clearly against the Will of God! 

God tells us to “pray without ceasing,” but men tell us when and where it is acceptable and even legal to pray!  God tells us to “preach the Gospel to everyone,” but there are laws that prohibit doing that in certain places.  I guess the bottom line is to decide which document is more significant: the Bible or the Constitution!  If, for you the Constitution is primary, you will honor it above the Bible and let its precepts limit your obedience to the Word of God.  If the Bible is more important than the Constitution you will honor the man made document and the laws it has generated until they contradict God. Then you will go with God not the Governor!

“Lord Jesus, give me the courage to do everything you have called me to do and be.  May my only fear be that I might not do Your Will!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Legacy Destroyed!

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 I, the LORD God, will protect Jerusalem. Even the weakest person there will be as strong as David, and David's kingdom will rule as though my very own angel were its leader.  I am determined to wipe out every nation that attacks Jerusalem.  I, the LORD, will make the descendants of David and the people of Jerusalem feel deep sorrow and pray when they see the one they pierced with a spear. They will mourn and weep for him, as parents weep over the death of their only child or their first-born.

Zechariah 12: 8 - 10

It is very curious that only a few weeks after the United States moved to officially set itself against Israel by abstaining from a Security Counsel vote instead of vetoing it, the leader who made that decision will have his legacy wiped out by the incoming President!  

God has a way of being true to His Word no matter how long ago that Word was first uttered!  The vote that America did not shut down, was one that declared parts of Jerusalem to be illegitimately “occupied” by Israel.  That is by any measure, stepping way over the line of offense to God!  

For those of us who are Americans, it might truthfully be said that the country we have been for the past eight years will be wiped out on January 20, 2017.  The continued warning is this: The United States must continue to move back toward God and honor Him in every way possible.  If that is not what happens and Israel continues to be or becomes our foe, we will lose the amazing blessings from God that have been showered on us for more than 200 years!

Don’t forget that Revival begins in the heart of one person!  The way to change your home, community, nation and the whole world is to let the Holy Spirit have His way in your heart and become everything He wants you to be today!  

“Lord Jesus, may I be totally committed to You this day and every day forward for the rest of my life!  Show me today, my part in fulfilling Your Will on this earth!  And may You, Jesus be praised forever.  Amen.”   

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vision From God!

While standing guard on the watchtower, I waited for the LORD's answer, before explaining the reason for my complaint.  Then the LORD told me: "I will give you my message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance.   At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting-- it will happen!

Habakkuk 2: 1 - 3

Have you ever seen the message of the Lord in the form of a vision?  I suppose that would be the case when the Word of the Lord creates in your “mind’s eye” a picture of what is going to happen as the Will of God is fulfilled on the earth!  Perhaps He does that because it is easier to remember what you see than the things you only hear!  

Have you ever looked into the sky and imagined that you saw the return of Jesus?  If you believe that He will return, but have never thought about what it will be like when He does, I would highly recommend it.  Letting your mind embrace the promises of God for the future is in every way a good thing!  

A continual vision of the things of God that are to come will help you to be ready for that day when it arrives!  Let your mind be always distracted by the promises of God and your heart be filled with a longing for what is to come!

“Lord Jesus, help me to look to the sky today with a vision of Your return!  May You, Jesus be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Friday, January 6, 2017

Seek God Not Gold!

I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have.  I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little.  Christ gives me the strength to face anything.

Philippians 4: 11 - 13

It is the problem of having too much!

As human beings, we are tempted to think that the worst human condition of man is being poor.  And that the best thing to happen to a man is to become rich.  Truthfully, that is exactly backwards, and here is why.

When you have more than you need in this life you are continually tempted to believe that you have no need for God!  A rich man, quite naturally depends on his riches.  But when you are poor and continually in need, you have plenty of reason to call out to God for help!  When you store up lots of things in this life, you can ignore your desperate need of God.  

But when you see how needy you are, and call out to Him for your daily needs, you are constantly reminded of your dependence on the God who made you!  

Seek God not Gold and trust Him to give you what you need.  You will never regret it and you will have all your "real" needs met in Jesus, now and forever.

“Thank you Jesus, for being the source of everything I need now and always.  Praise Your Holy Name!  Amen.”

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Entitlement of Heaven!

God is the one who makes us patient and cheerful. I pray that he will help you live at peace with each other, as you follow Christ.  Then all of you together will praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Honor God by accepting each other, as Christ has accepted you.  I tell you that Christ came as a servant of the Jews to show that God has kept the promises he made to their famous ancestors. Christ also came, so that the Gentiles would praise God for being kind to them. It is just as the Scriptures say, "I will tell the nations about you, and I will sing praises to your name."  The Scriptures also say to the Gentiles, "Come and celebrate with God's people."  Again the Scriptures say, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles. All you nations, come and worship him."

Romans 15: 5 - 11

If you are not a Jew, you need to know that Jesus came to this earth for you as well!  Jesus is indeed the Jewish Messiah, but He also showed kindness to you so that you would praise Him as well.  

Jews don’t stand justified before God because of the DNA of their birth.  Jews are justified because of the Cross of Jesus Christ.  That is the same reason Gentiles can expect Heaven to be their Eternal Home!

Yes, God loves Israel and desires that all of the “blood relatives” of Jesus turn their hearts to Him.  But not being Jewish does not limit the love that God has for you!  

God loves you more than you can ever know!  The Creator of all there is has your best interests in His heart!  His agenda for your life is that you become like Jesus who was the Perfect Man!  And when you become like Jesus, you will have Perfect Peace no matter what happens in this life!

Success in life does not depend on who you are and what you do, but rather on who He is and what He did!  Your righteous acts are because you know Jesus, they are not the reason you know Him!  

Jesus didn’t deserve Death on the Cross and you and I don’t deserve Heaven!  But because Jesus got what I deserved, I can receive the entitlement of Heaven!

“Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for Gentiles as well as Jews!  And thank You, Lord that I can receive what only You deserved, a Home with You in Heaven.  May You, Jesus be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Monday, January 2, 2017

Educated Fools!

My child, you must follow and treasure my teachings and my instructions.  Keep in tune with wisdom and think what it means to have common sense.   Beg as loud as you can for good common sense.   Search for wisdom as you would search for silver or hidden treasure.   Then you will understand what it means to respect and to know the LORD God.  All wisdom comes from the LORD, and so do common sense and understanding.  God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects all of those who live as they should.  God sees that justice is done, and he watches over everyone who is faithful to him.  With wisdom you will learn what is right and honest and fair.  Wisdom will control your mind, and you will be pleased with knowledge.

Proverbs 2: 1 - 10

My grandmother used to tell me that there are people who are “educated fools.”  Lots of learning and even degrees of higher education do not insure that you will be wise.  You can know everything, but have no wisdom about how to properly use the knowledge you have.  And also you can know almost “nothing” but have wisdom about everything you do know.

Wisdom does not come from the classroom or from reading books!  Wisdom comes from God.  And these verses in Proverbs 2 say that common sense and understanding also come from the Almighty!  

So if you are foolish, you need to turn your heart to God rather than simply learning more information.  Without a heart that desires to walk with Jesus you will be a foolish man no matter how much you know!

And if you are wise, you need to be warned that one result of turning away from God is that you will become a fool!  And the truth is this: When you reject God in your life you won’t even know that you have become foolish.  You will simply become angry at those who have not also walked away from God!  

“Lord Jesus, draw my heart back to You, so that I might once again be wise!  Without You in my life, I can’t even see that I am not being wise.  May You Jesus be praised forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Only One New Year's Resolution!

You will live forever! Years mean nothing to you. Don't cut my life in half!  In the beginning, LORD, you laid the earth's foundation and created the heavens.  They will all disappear and wear out like clothes. You change them, as you would a coat, but you last forever.  You are always the same. Years cannot change you.  Every generation of those who serve you will live in your presence.

Psalm 102: 24 - 28

Many people make New Year’s Resolutions every January 1.  It is a good time to list the changes you want to make in your life during the coming year.  For Christians some of the more common ones might include: More time in Bible study and prayer.  Consistently avoiding a sin that has been difficult to conquer.  And of course, lose weight and get in shape are on almost everyone’s list, at least in the affluent Western world.

Did you know that God never makes New Year’s Resolutions?  The reason is simple: God does not change, because He does not need to change!  God is not getting better and better every year.  God is perfect, and that perfection was and is and always will be!  

Don’t forget that your righteousness and perfection come from Jesus Christ, not from successful New Year’s Resolutions.  Let the love of Jesus change you in the ways that you need to be changed, so that He will get the glory for the person you become.  

Truthfully, for a follower of Jesus there is only one New Year’s Resolution that is necessary!  Resolve to be more yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life and to be more willing to do the Will of Jesus every day!  That one will cover everything else that is necessary!

“Lord Jesus, I do resolve today to let You truly be the Lord of my life, today and everyday as long as I live!  May You Jesus be praised forever.  Amen.”