As the first quarter of the year end, we gave thanks to God. But more blessed than thanks is to do his will. I don't know where I get the idea that spring is for young people or children. Perhaps we can take them to the amusement park or the park itself. Let's turn to the bible to help us. I was looking in my devotional to Matthew 18 for March 31, then I looked again and then it was not. Peculiar things here.
So let's turn to Matthew 18:8-9 and read,
["... 1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea..."]
I think we've gone over this before, but there are two things here. One is that God wants to become like little children. Becoming little is an essential part of being happy. We can't be responsible for everything that happens in the world or the world around you. Children do not worry like adults. Their life is very simple or at least it's supposed to be. Being like a child is about trusting that things will work out, even in the worst scenarios. Trust is the essence of faith and real hope and serenity. It is only with the faith of a child that we can hope for
the impossible. Children are more into dreaming of what they are going to do and not how they are going to accomplish it. So we have to become that way. If we want something ask and let the God of the Universe take care of the logistics. God respect a childlike attitude of a trusting heart. But then we go into the other spectrum in destroying of the faith of one who has a basic faith in God. It is not good in God's sight.
Those who put their trust in God are very special to God and it is severe if something happens to them. That's why we don't want to take away from God's word or add to it. We would never want to deal falsely with anyone who trusts God. It is not good in God sight. Those who lead children and adults astray will recieve the severest penalty for prophesying falsely in God name.
No. We never want to see any of God lambs go astray. And that's, let me say why we write and write, to always prayfully lead God's lambs in the way they should go and how them should live. No. I'm not a perfect example but we pray day and night that we speak the truth and outline his precepts faithfully without greed or guile or anything short of faithful. But God gives us the confidence to prod on and preach the gospel. And we thank God day and night for that. May you be blessed. Amen.
We are just so thankful to God for his kind successes in our blogs. We've explored subjects that were quite hidden from view. Our buffet of topics range from all sorts of things and something for everyone it seems. Some have been difficult and some straight foward.
But it seem that each one is talking to someone even one person. And we are thankful for that because, the Passover meal was not just about broken bread, which we've explored and divided Gods word to share, and it's not just about the bubbly wine, the joy of the holy spirit.
Jesus also wrapped a towel around his waist and started and finished washing the dicipile feet and that was part of the Passover meal as well. And that why we are so thankful to God for his Premier gift and what he alone has done with it.
Somewhere along the line we lost direction and we did not know what subject the Lord wanted to touch on but we asked our freinds at church to pray for us and the gift came back to explore Gods word and have more of the bread and the wine of undersanding and joy to see things clearly.
But I must say that God made all this possible all by himself and I want to give him all the praise and all the glory. I just pray that we continue to minister to each other and welcome those who join us from the outside. This is not an inside club, but the gospel of Chist to the nations.
God said my house shall be a house of prayer for all nations and we just want to say Hallelujah! to that and the miracuous thing God is doing in this site in bringing many with prayer to understand his word and come to believe him. May you be blessed. Amen.
Sometimes we get a beautiful day, like this day or any other day and Satan and the cares and worries of this life want to ruin it for you or me. Such was my experiece today. A beautiful new spring time day and suddenly the worries and fears and apprehension start very early to put ideals of doom and gloom in my head. I got on my knees and began to pray to God to send Michael and Gabriel to expulse Satan from my house and heart and head. The fact of the matter I told God, I really feel like prasing your name today and I knew that was an advantage.
Worrying and fretting is a form of idol worship, where we don't focus on God but on our problems. In the Parable of the Sower, the word explains that the seed that fell among the thorn and weed are those who recieve the word but the cares and worries of this life make the little plant unfruitful. I was reading a blog from a gentlemen who put it quite interestenly that those who rob at the temple rob the holy spirit of the space in our life. And I thought that was a fair and interesting observation.
I thought of the Parable of the sower and the weeds and thorns rob the little plants, us of the moisture to keep and be vibrant producers of fruit of peace and rejoicing and praise to God. We turn to Isaiah 53:1 where it says,
["...1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not...]
Isaiah prophesies that the Lord too grew up like a young plant and like a root out of the ground...he was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief... Yes even our Lord has his share of battle with this sindrome to stay focus on God and that's why he can understand when we are tempted to fall away. And it is no mystery why he gave the Parable of the sower to illustrate this point. Sometimes the havoc and the trouble can be overwhelming and that's the right time to bring the concern and put it on the feet of Jesus to deal with.
So don't let Satan get ahead of us on this business of staying focused on God, stay tuned on God and not on our problems. May you be blessed. Amen.
In this hour we take a look at ourselves. Since we decided to humble ourselves and seek God and be cleansed. Now we see the corruption in our mind and soul. And that is good news because we are past the denial state. Like the Laodiceans who said " I'm rich and need nothing...!"
No, when need something or that is someone, we need God to help us see that we need to change. I hadn't realized this until I stumbled and and was flat on my back to sort of speak and that's when I realized who poor, wretched, blind and naked I was in heart.
I couldn't write anymore blogs untill I saw myself as I am really. The Lord would not allow it. I had to confront myself and tell my self the truth that I was in a streak of sin and needed to give it up. I'm just so thankful for God that he is not arrogant, he just wants to help us.
Yes it's time to confess our sin and dirt to God and tell him just exactly what you now see, now that you can see, I can see like really am. No more facade or shirade or circus or media performance of some sort. Just the plain fact about myself.
The ability to confront ourselves is really commendable. The forces of evil want to put you in a fatasy about yourself and distort the real picture. Some where in the bible speaks of the ungodly as " Let their bountiful table be a snare...!". Yes a pretty picture of ourselves can bring ruin and presumptiuous sins.
Yes, it's time to get the act together and really God already knows what manner of person I'am, but perhaps want to see whether we are mature enough in the faith so confront and confess. Yes, I think its time to do that. God has been waiting for this moment. A broken and contrite heart he will not
dispise. May you have a pleasant evening and morning. Amen.
Today the Lord answered a long sought prayer request. But today we decided to stay off the sweets and self indulgence for a season or period, until the Lord tells. We know when we are not living in moderation anymore and taking a little more than we need for this life. How about you? Where is your life at? God took care of monster monday and we are glad. But lets' examine Gods' word and turn to Mark 1:40-45 where is says,
["... 40(A) And a leper[a] came to him, imploring him, and(B) kneeling said to him,(C) "If you will, you can make me clean." 41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean." 42And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43And(D) Jesus[b] sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44and said to him, (E) "See that you say nothing to anyone, but go,(F) show yourself to the priest and(G) offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded,(H) for a proof to them." 45(I) But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter(J) a town, but was out in(K) desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter..."]
Sometime and very frequently we have to renew our request for God to make us clean. We sometimes have to renew our commitment to serve him whole heartedly. We sometime become sluggish and the smile to serve him is gone. We do things out of compulsion and we can even be bitter to tolerate what comes upon us. Jesus talks to church at Ephesus and has discourse for them,
["... 1"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: 'The words of(A) him who holds the seven stars in his right hand,(B) who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2(C) "'I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but(D) have tested those(E) who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up(F) for my name's sake, and you(G) have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have abandoned(H) the love you had at first. 5Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do(I) the works you did at first. If not,(J) I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent..."]
Sometimes we serve the Lord out of a sluggish, lead heart which is too heavy to lift itself up. And it comes to pass that it is when we have to call on the Lord to heal our land. In 2Chronicles 7:14 it says,
["...14if my people who are called by my name(A) humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land..."]
Yes, once in while, we have to humble ourselves and our life to God so he can heal our land of the Leprosy of the world, the flesh and Satan that accumulates upon us. If we tell God, if you are willing you can make me clean, and he will say, "Yes, I'm willing..." Because he promises to heal our land and make us clean. May you be blessed. Amen.
I couldn't believe myself and my way. After a wonderful, blissful, blessed Sunday, by the evening, in the wake of turning in for monday, I had turned into a horrible monster. Impatient! Yelling! Scolding others! What happened to Sunday and the angel like person I'm supposed to be?
There's more remedy in telling it like it is than to hide it! I confess God. I turned back into an angry ogre. So please help us God to remember that we are called by your name. What happened to the kind, compassionate, sypathetic people we should be like?
There was an incident once in the bible, when the dicipiles were disputing on who would be the greatest on the Kingdom of God and Jesus found out about it and rebuked them. And he took a child from the midst and put him in front of them and said unless you become like children, you will by no means enter
the kingdom of God or rather said the Kind-dom of God is a better nomer. How can we turn to Isaiah 61 and say that we have been annoited to set the prisoners free when we don't have the key to our own cell. He who sins is a slave of sin, God says.
And certainly coming monday if we face it with wrath in our hearts, we are are not yet truly delivered. It happens to me. That's why I write. But how much kilowats of power will it take to make the sun shine on you heart in 24 hours, when you are stuck in traffic, on a long check-out line or someone in your family
who needs a double dose of sympathy? I hope you catch my rift. Its' really not that complicated. Put your flesh in its corner, away from your heart. May you be blessed. Amen.
Today was Missions Sunday at our Church and there was missions related festivities. We had a luncheon and it was wonderful. My mother doesn't attend our church, she is from a different denomination. But I left her a Barnes and Nobel to browse the books while I attended my church service. I got there just in time to eat at the luncheon. I took my mother a plate to go for her to eat and thought nothing of it at the time.
But I took her to the park for her to eat the plate of food I had reserved for her. And she ate, I thought about the Lord and how fair he is. My mother is sometimes washing away the dishes while I pluck away at the keyboard trying to reach as soul in my blogs. But as she ate, I thought, how fitting for her to share the Mission Sunday banquet. Whether she realizes that or not, but she is fellow labores in the work of the Lord.
There was a time when King David was to go to battle and left some men behind to mind to logistics and kitchen. And some who went with him said, those who don't go with us will not share the spoils. And King David, said no, those who are left behind will equally share the spoil of victory. The battle and victory belong to everyone who partcipates. And truly the Lord Jesus promised that if anyone gave even to the least of his bretheren even a cold drink of water, they would not go without their reward.
Finally to close, Paul in Romans, says that all who participate in the temple get to share what is offered at the temple and those who minister at the altar get a share of what is offered at the altar. Truly the Lord rewards us abundanly for our effort in his work. And he does this tangibly out of the grace that is in his altar in heaven. So the Lord is nothing short of a sure rewarder of those who diligently seek him. May he have all the praise and all the glory. He alone made it all possible. Amen.
Sometimes I lower my head and look outside to the vast emptiness outside. Not really focusing on anything, just wondering how to deal with my fraility and humaness and overall weakness. And I marvel at the Lord how he is patient with us and accepts our poor offerings.
I'm reminded of the poor widow who offered only two poor mites and how the Lord was pleased with her offering. The rest offered out of their abundance. The Lord was not pleased with that. How mysterious that is. And that give me hope that even in my own poverty I can still offer the Lord something that will
please him. In Isaiah there a scripture which speaks to me of the peace that I seek. In Isaiah 26:3-4, we read,
["...3 You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
4Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock...]
I know that I will have perfect peace if I stay focused on the Lord and not on what I can do. When have I ever been able to do anything for myself? Much less something for him. So we cast away all the clouds and dust of doubt and stregthen our hope on the Lord. He is an everlasting rock...
We can certainly rejoice about that we have God's word and his sure promises. Today I really felt like praying for strength. I really felt like I needed to be touched by God. I turned to Psalm 37:5-7 as it reads,
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!..."]
I think in time of trouble or disconcerting times, when we tell our God our troubles and tell him about our situation, it makes all the difference in the world. It makes all the difference to face our trouble with our God on our side.
Satan has a lot of authority to foil our plans daily if we don't have a daily dialogue with the Lord. So it pays to set as early as possible to commit our way to the Lord and he can make our day bright again. He tells us to be still berfore him and wait patiently for him.
Fretting avails nothing and just a waste of time and enegy. So our focus should not be on others and what they do good or bad but on the Lord. Sometime when the mill is not grinding corn or wheat or the vinepress is empty, is because we forget that the Lord is our freind and he really cares about us.
So the Lord can bring abundance back again and bring joy to our heart. But we have to lift our soul to the Lord and greet him with our praise and prayers. And like we've said, the Lord does not shy away from our problems and he really wants to help us.
So how can we know is the Lord is faithful if we really don't call on his on a daily basis. The Lord is nigh to those who put their trust on him. We should make it a point to tell all our fears and worries and apprehensions to the ruler of the universe. May you be blessed. Amen.
I'm feeling so good lately that I want to thank God and all my friends here that prayed for me. I mourn in advance when the trial come again to try me again. I just pray that I have a heart to put my trust in God and not let go of him for no reason. Now we don't know about the good, there none good, there's none that seek after God. Paul. The bad we have plenty of that in the world, in your truly and in whom ever your ever set you eyes and heart upon in this life.
But let's talk about the meek. Moses, the bible tells, was one of the meekest of all the earth. Let's turn to Numbers 9:1-11 and explore this.
["... 1And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai,(A) in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2"Let the people of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. 3(B) On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time; according to all its statutes and all its rules you shall keep it." 4So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the Passover. 5And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did. 6And there were certain men who were(C) unclean through touching a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and(D) they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. 7And those men said to him, "We are unclean through touching a dead body. Why are we kept from bringing the LORD's(E) offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?" 8And Moses said to them, "Wait, that(F) I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you."
9The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10"Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If any one of you or of your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is on a long journey, he shall still keep the Passover to the LORD. 11(G) In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it.(H) They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs..."]
Now Moses was one who took every issue to the Lord as he does here about a question regarding the participation of some who had become unclean and he asks the Lord about it. It would seem very obvious to Moses what would be the answer from the Lord may be but Moses did not put anything upon himself as authority on anything. I wonder if Moses though he was anybody to look at, much less confide in to give guidance and instructions about matters.
Let's turn to Pr. 15:22 where it says,
["...22(A) Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed..."]
Now Moses wanted everything to be right on the Passover observance and he wanted to be safe, so he took the issue to the Lord. The Lord himself being a meek and lowly being himself did not think that Moses was being trivial with him, so he told him that the Passover was to include those who had become unclean and returning from dirty long journey. It truly typifies us, long and weary and truly unclean to partake on the slain lamb.
Now we turn to Ps. 32:8,
["...8I will(A) instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will(B) counsel you with my eye upon you..."]
So meekness comes with wisdom, because we have the Lord to guide us. And the wonderful thing is that if we ask the Lord for counsel, his eye will be upon us to see that his counsel stand and clear all barrier from undoing what he decrees as the right way to go. Now we've not touched to much on the good or have we, the bad, we know what that is, and perhaps we can pray that we are meek and seek God's wisdom and instructions. His eye will be upon us. May you be blessed. Amen.