Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Real News!

When the Son of Man appears, things will be just as they were when Noah lived. People were eating, drinking, and getting married right up to the day the flood came and Noah went into the big boat.  They didn't know anything was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. This is how it will be when the Son of Man appears. Two men will be in the same field, but only one will be taken. The other will be left.  Two women will be together grinding grain, but only one will be taken. The other will be left.  So be on your guard! You don't know when your Lord will come.  Homeowners never know when a thief is coming, and they are always on guard to keep one from breaking in.  Always be ready! You don't know when the Son of Man will come.

Matthew 24:37-44

If you like to “keep up" on what is going on in the world today and watch Cable News 24-7 and read every link on the Drudgereport, you will still be terribly ignorant of the “real news” that is happening and will happen until the End.

The Real News is not what country is threatening to go to war with another country.  It is not about the state of the economy!  It does not concern itself with the political fortunes of any party.  

The Real News is about Jesus and what is happening to make the world ready for the Return of Jesus Christ! 

Let me assure you, it is much more interesting to watch God at work in the world around you every day than to watch CNN, Fox News or MSNBC! 

“Lord Jesus, open my eyes to the Real News about Your return to planet earth and help me be ready for it, even today!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.” 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Total Eclipse and Total Submission!

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In those days I will give my Spirit to my servants, both men and women, and they will prophesy.  I will work miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below. There will be blood and fire and clouds of smoke.  The sun will turn dark, and the moon will be as red as blood before the great and wonderful day of the Lord appears.  Then the Lord will save everyone who asks for his help."

Acts 2: 18 - 21

The  total solar eclipse of 2017 sweeping from the Pacific Coast of the United States to the Atlantic has stirred much interest across the land.  A total solar eclipse brings a few minutes of darkness in the middle of the day!

Is this eclipse a random act of “Mother Nature” or a purposeful sign from the God of Heaven?  The Bible is quite clear that before the coming of Jesus “the sun will turn dark.”  It doesn’t say how long that darkness will last or where it will cover the earth.  Could this be the Lord signaling the return of Jesus?  Of course it could!

So, instead of rushing to find a place to get the best view of the total eclipse, you should rush to the arms of Jesus, in faith and total submission to Him!  When you are resting in the arms of Jesus and leaning on Him for every need in your life, it will not matter what happens in the world around you and whether or not the sun shines or goes dark!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You, Lord that Your light never goes out  in the lives of those who place their faith in and are totally submitted to You.  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”

Monday, August 14, 2017

Amazing and Wonderful God!

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.

Psalm 56: 1 - 5

There is a well known song with the line “Whenever I  feel afraid, I whistle a happy tune.”  Simply deciding not to be afraid is the first step on the road to a foolish disaster.  Fear is a God given ability that serves us well in keeping us from stepping off the side of a mountain or jumping into the water when we can’t swim.

Abandoning your fear before the reason for the fear is removed will often lead to a tragedy.  But trusting in God and His promises will serve you well in cancelling the reason for the fear!  

So when you fear, keep on trusting in God.  Praise His promises and no one can harm you!  That is the wonder of knowing an Almighty God!

“Lord Jesus, help me to trust You today, even when I am afraid!  You are an Amazing and Wonderful God.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, August 12, 2017

God's Voice from Your Mouth!

These are evil times, so make every minute count.  Don't be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.  Don't destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life.  When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.

Ephesians 5: 16 - 19

There is something very special and powerful about praising the Lord in song with other people.  When two or three or more sing the same words together the impact on others can be amazing!  

All around the world people gather, and some even pay money to spend an evening just listening to accomplished singing groups lifting up their voices together in Praise to God!

But an even more amazing thing is that God has given us His Word in the Bible and He allows us  to, and even encourages us to join with Him in speaking that “Word of God” to others!  

As a child of God, You can tell the world what God’s plan is for their lives!  It is God’s voice coming from Your mouth!  And that my friend is truly a miracle!

“Lord Jesus, may I not only hear Your Word today, but let Your Words come out of my mouth in the hearing of those who are lost!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Friday, August 11, 2017


That is how it was with us. We were like children ruled by the powers of this world.  But when the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the Law, so he could set us free from the Law, and we could become God's children.  Now that we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts. And his Spirit tells us that God is our Father.  You are no longer slaves. You are God's children, and you will be given what he has promised.

Galatians 4: 3 - 7

The timing of God is perfect!  God is like an archer who always hits the center of the target with his arrow!  It doesn’t matter how strong the wind is blowing or how much rain is falling, God perfectly times His intervention in the affairs of men to perfectly accomplish what He aims to do!

Even as Jesus was born at just the right time, so were you!  In the Mind of God there was a plan for your life.  Your birth came at the perfect time for you to accomplish God’s purpose. 

You may say: “It is too late for me to fulfill God’s Will for my life!”

Oh, no!  If you are alive today, then God’s purpose for this day is what you should be about.   Ask Jesus to reveal His Will for today.  

“Lord Jesus, I can’t change the days I have already lived, but I can do Your Will for today.  Make it clear to me what You want for this moment in time!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.” 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Knife of God's Discipline!

We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God's throne!  So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won't get discouraged and give up.  None of you have yet been hurt in your battle against sin.  But you have forgotten that the Scriptures say to God's children, "When the Lord punishes you, don't make light of it, and when he corrects you, don't be discouraged.  The Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own."  Be patient when you are being corrected! This is how God treats his children. Don't all parents correct their children?  God corrects all of his children, and if he doesn't correct you, then you don't really belong to him.

Hebrews 12: 2 - 8

The proof of God’s love for you is not a million dollars in your bank account.  The things that we call “blessings” are not exclusively for followers of Jesus. Even the vilest man on earth has air to breath, water to drink and food to eat while he lives here.  And he may enjoy material “blessings” beyond those that even God’s children have. 

But you will know that God loves you, not because of the things He gives you, but when His discipline is applied to your life and you suffer loving punishment from the Almighty!  It is the pain of being formed into the image of Christ that confirms your place in God’s heart!  

So when you pray for a “Closer Walk with God” troubles may increase in the wake of that prayer!  The Great Physician will cut away parts of your life that stand in the way of intimate fellowship with God!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me enough to put me under the knife of Your loving discipline.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Good News in One Sentence!

Jesus replied: How can you be a teacher of Israel and not know these things?  I tell you for certain that we know what we are talking about because we have seen it ourselves. But none of you will accept what we say.  If you don't believe when I talk to you about things on earth, how can you possibly believe if I talk to you about things in heaven?  No one has gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from there.  And the Son of Man must be lifted up, just as that metal snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert.  Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life.  God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!

John 3: 10 - 17

The mind of Christ was filled with memories of Eternity in Heaven with the Father and the Holy Spirit!  He had seen it all and even though Scripture speaks of Jesus increasing in wisdom and knowledge here on this earth, He obviously remembered Heaven!  

There was a television show in the U.S. which featured an owner of a company disguising himself and becoming one of the regular employees of his own company.  In a sense that is what Jesus did. But Jesus came, not just to create an interesting show.  Jesus came to rescue all who had been lost to the lies of Satan.   Satan tried to steal men from God, but Jesus came to bring those who would have faith in Him back to the Father!  

Jesus paid the ransom with His own Blood, which washes away the sins of those who turn to Him in faith.  

And that my friend is the GOOD NEWS in one sentence!

“Lord Jesus thank You for paying the ransom to release those who have faith in You from the consequences of their sin!  Praise Your Holy Name forever.  Amen.”