Friday, September 22, 2017

Trust God When You are Afraid!

Have pity, God Most High! My enemies chase me all day.  Many of them are pursuing and attacking me, but even when I am afraid, I keep on trusting you. I praise your promises! I trust you and am not afraid. No one can harm me.  Enemies spend the whole day finding fault with me; all they think about is how to do me harm. They attack from ambush, watching my every step and hoping to kill me.  They won't get away with these crimes, God, because when you get angry, you destroy people.  You have kept record of my days of wandering. You have stored my tears in your bottle and counted each of them.  When I pray, LORD God, my enemies will retreat, because I know for certain that you are with me.  I praise your promises!  I trust you and am not afraid. No one can harm me.  I will keep my promises to you, my God, and bring you gifts.  You protected me from death and kept me from stumbling, so that I would please you and follow the light that leads to life.

Psalm 56: 1 - 14

If you are a man or woman of God, you will be attacked by those who do not fear Him!  Aligning yourself with God will put you squarely on Satan's target list!  

King David, who was a “man after God’s own heart,” declared that even when he was afraid, he kept on trusting God!  

Human emotion will flow through your heart every day.  You will be happy and joyful, sad and grieving, and sometimes even fearful, but you must keep on trusting God through it all!  Surprisingly it can often be harder to trust and depend on God during good times than during the difficult ones!  

“Lord Jesus, help me to trust You and depend on You no matter how my heart feels, even when I am afraid!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Yell Fire Today

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The LORD said: Ezekiel, I am sending you to your own people.  They are Israelites, not some strangers who speak a foreign language you can't understand. If I were to send you to foreign nations, they would listen to you.  But the people of Israel will refuse to listen, because they have refused to listen to me. All of them are stubborn and hardheaded,  so I will make you as stubborn as they are.  You will be so determined to speak my message that nothing will stop you. I will make you hard like a diamond, and you'll have no reason to be afraid of those arrogant rebels.   Listen carefully to everything I say and then think about it.  Then go to the people who were brought here to Babylonia with you and tell them you have a message from me, the LORD God. Do this, whether they listen to you or not.

Ezekiel 3: 4 - 11

When a man yells "fire" in a burning theatre he is not concerned about what people think of him for delivering the message!  How foolish for someone to say: "I have never heard anyone yell 'fire' more eloquently."  And who would think to say: "That man is not properly dressed, or well educated enough to yell 'fire' in this theatre."

Delivering the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the same, it has nothing to do with the eloquence or education of the messenger.  A poor man who can't even read or write can tell others about Jesus the same as a rich man who has a doctorate degree. 

The Gospel is really quite simple.  God created man in His own image, but the man and woman sinned and fell away from God.  Jesus Christ came to earth, paid the price for man's sin on the Cross  and called all men to come back to God by believing on Him and obeying His Word!  Being Saved is a matter of "Trusting and Obeying" Jesus.

The world is on fire and there is only one exit from the certain death promised in Hell.  That exit is Jesus Christ!  If you know the message and have a mouth, then speak or yell fire, today!  

"Lord Jesus, You had the courage to come to this earth and die for my sins.  May I have the courage to tell those around me that You are the only way to get out of this world alive!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen."

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pray Before Praise After!

Moses said to Israel:
After you eat and are full, give praise to the Lord your God for the good land he gave you.  Make sure that you never forget the Lord or disobey his laws and teachings that I am giving you today. If you always obey them,  you will have plenty to eat, and you will build good houses to live in.  You will get more and more cattle, sheep, silver, gold, and other possessions.  But when all this happens, don’t be proud! Don’t forget that you were once slaves in Egypt and that it was the Lord who set you free.  Remember how he led you in that huge and frightening desert where poisonous snakes and scorpions live. There was no water, but the Lord split open a rock, and water poured out so you could drink.  He also gave you manna, a kind of food your ancestors had never even heard about. The Lord was testing you to make you trust him, so that later on he could be good to you.  When you become successful, don’t say, “I’m rich, and I’ve earned it all myself.”   Instead, remember that the Lord your God gives you the strength to make a living. That’s how he keeps the promise he made to your ancestors.  But I’m warning you—if you forget the Lord your God and worship other gods, the Lord will destroy you, just as he destroyed the nations you fought.
Deuteronomy 8:10-20
When God blesses a nation, along with those blessings comes a serious warning!  If that nation begins to take the credit for the blessings of God, then God has said He will turn away from them. Then comes trouble and even the destruction of that land!
Take time to consider the blessings that God has poured into your life.  Of course, first of all would be the people that love you and are loved by you in return.  Then there would be your abilities to work and do good deeds for others.  And of course, there are the physical blessings like a place to live, food to eat and air to breathe!
Verse 10 of Deuteronomy 8 encourages a very interesting, and perhaps almost never implemented practice.  It says: "After you eat and are full, give praise to the Lord your God for the good land he gave you."
For many, it is a common tradition to thank God for the food before you eat it, but do you Praise God after you have eaten and are full?  The next time you are able to eat enough food to make you full, spend some moments in Praise to God who made you able to be hungry and provided the food for you to eat!  
After you have enjoyed and been satisfied by the blessings of God be sure to Praise Him instead of taking credit for the blessings He has given you!
"Lord Jesus, You are the source of everything that is good and all my blessings come from You and You alone!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Monday, September 18, 2017

No Meaningless Moments!

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Your Law requires two witnesses to prove that something is true.  I am one of my witnesses, and the Father who sent me is the other one.  "Where is your Father?" they asked. "You don't know me or my Father!" Jesus answered. "If you knew me, you would know my Father."  Jesus said this while he was still teaching in the place where the temple treasures were stored. But no one arrested him, because his time had not yet come.

John 8: 17 - 20

The timing of things that happened to Jesus came from God, not from men!  During the life of Jesus there were no co-incidences, no accidental meetings, no events that occurred at the wrong time or wrong place.  The Will of God ruled over the life of Jesus and He orchestrated everything about His life so that it all happened as God planned!

The Bible clearly says that those who follow Jesus should live as He did.  I believe that living like Jesus means that for us as well there are no co-incidences, accidental meetings or things that happen at the wrong time or the wrong place.  Nothing comes into your life that God did not already know about!  

Your job is to, like Jesus stay in continual communication with the Father so that you will know how to respond to each and every situation of life!  As a follower of Jesus there are no meaningless moments of life.  Every minute of every day has been planned by the Father for you to live and give Glory to Him!

"Lord Jesus, I thank You, Lord that You are in control of everything that comes into my life.  Everything that happens to me must first pass through Your hand!  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

First Step on the Road to Faith!

Faith that doesn't lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!  Suppose someone disagrees and says, "It is possible to have faith without doing kind deeds." I would answer, "Prove that you have faith without doing kind deeds, and I will prove that I have faith by doing them."  You surely believe there is only one God. That's fine. Even demons believe this, and it makes them shake with fear.  Does some stupid person want proof that faith without deeds is useless?  Well, our ancestor Abraham pleased God by putting his son Isaac on the altar to sacrifice him.  Now you see how Abraham's faith and deeds worked together. He proved that his faith was real by what he did.  This is what the Scriptures mean by saying, "Abraham had faith in God, and God was pleased with him." That's how Abraham became God's friend.  You can now see that we please God by what we do and not only by what we believe.

1 Peter 1: 17 - 24

It is always exciting to find out that someone we meet is also a “Believer” in Jesus Christ.  But remember that there are those who believe in God and even tremble at His power, but are unwilling to submit themselves in obedience to His will for their lives! 

Believing is only the first step on the road to a living Faith!  If you study hard and believe all the correct doctrines of Scripture but do not obey God's Word your faith is, according to these verses "alone and dead." 

Sometimes you will be asked: How much time do you spend reading God's Word each day?  The answer to that question will reveal much about your relationship to Jesus.  But an equally important question is this: How much time do you spend obeying the things that you found in God's Word today?  Obedience is the testimony that shows all those around you that your faith is alive!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to be an obedient believer and not one whose faith is dead!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."


Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Great Mystery!

Here is the great mystery of our religion: Christ came as a human. The Spirit proved that he pleased God, and he was seen by angels. Christ was preached to the nations. People in this world put their faith in him, and he was taken up to glory.

1 Timothy 3: 16 - 17

The amazing truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that God became a man!  How could that be?  How could the Almighty Creator of Heaven, Earth and everything else that is, transform Himself into the body of a human being and live among us for more than 30 years?

How He did it is really unknowable, but why Jesus became a man is clear and truly astounding.  Jesus came to earth so that we could go to Heaven because He loves us!  It is only because He came here that we can go there!

The closest we can come to understanding the love of Jesus is perhaps when we become a parent.  The little baby given to you lets you know something of how much Jesus loves you!  A parent would do anything for their child, and Jesus would do anything for you, in fact He did!  

“Lord Jesus, I know that You became like me so that I can become like You!  Help me Jesus to be more like You today, than ever before.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.” 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

With Jesus When He Comes!

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We believe that Jesus died and was raised to life. We also believe that when God brings Jesus back again, he will bring with him all who had faith in Jesus before they died.   Our Lord Jesus told us that when he comes, we won't go up to meet him ahead of his followers who have already died.   With a loud command and with the shout of the chief angel and a blast of God's trumpet, the Lord will return from heaven. Then those who had faith in Christ before they died will be raised to life.   Next, all of us who are still alive will be taken up into the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the sky. From that time on we will all be with the Lord forever.

1 Thessalonians 4: 14-17

Do you hope to still be alive when Jesus returns?  I still remember when I first learned that some people will not die, but will be alive when the Lord comes back to earth.  I was a child, but I thought that it would be nice to never die and just go to Heaven with Jesus when He comes.  The fear of death is a strong motivator in this life.

So I would ask this question: Do you want to be alive when Jesus returns, because you love Him and want to see Him face to face, or do you fear death and  believe that if you are still alive when He returns you won't have to die?  

The truth is that even if you leave this life before Jesus returns you will not miss the Second Coming of Jesus.  According to these verses in 1 Thessalonians you will either see Him coming from here on earth or, because of your faith, Jesus will bring you with Him when He comes!

As a follower of Jesus, don't let the fear of death rule your heart and mind.  For those who believe, physical death is no more permanent than a few hours of sleep at night.  He will bring you with Him when He returns!

"Lord Jesus, help me to be ready for the Day of Your return.  Thank You, Jesus for the promise of Eternal Life with You in Heaven.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."