What are we doing for the Lord? Are we using the resources and gifts which God has bestowed upon us for his glory and honor, or are we misusing them for our own glory, or are we hiding them in the ground as did the servant mentioned by Christ in the gospel of Matthew Chapter 25: 14-30?
We have all been given talents and abilities, all different according to the will of God. Some day we will be asked, where is the talent and ability that was given to you? According to what we have done, and how we have trusted and obeyed, and according to our faithfulness or unfaithfulness we will have to answer to our Lord.
How wonderful on that day would it be for our Lord to put his hand on our shoulder and say to us, well done thou good and faithful servant. But how ashamed we will be if we are found empty handed at that day with no crowns to place at our savior's feet.
Let each of us, therefore “Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.” Colossians 4:17.
“Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.”
My Father, I pray that you will rekindle and ignite the fire of revival in my heart. I pray that you will cleanse me from all my iniquity. Create in me O God, a clean heart and pure mind and renew a right spirit within me. I pray that you will create in me a new hunger and thirst for thy word, and that I will desire more of thy fellowship. I pray that I will have a greater love and concern for all the brethren and children of God. Restore to me, O Lord the joy of my salvation, and grant me a greater zeal for soul winning. Let me be all that you have meant for me to be, and let me approve all things which are excellent which will bring honor and glory to thy name. Teach me O Lord to pray continually and without ceasing. Teach me to walk constantly with the blessed Holy Spirit, and open a door of utterance for me that I might make it manifest as I ought to speak. Help me to walk in wisdom toward those that are without, redeeming the time. Let my speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that I may know how I might answer every man. This is my prayer this morning. If this is your prayer also, please share this with others and let me hear from you.
“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth liberally and upbraideth not.” James 1: 5.
Today, my Father of all creation, I want to thank you for causing me to be born to a godly mother. Not perfect in all her ways to be sure, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God - but one whom I believe early in life recognized the need of salvation and to be born again, and reached out by faith to receive the greatest gift that could be offered to her, the Lord Jesus Christ; his life, his shed blood, his death, and his glorious resurrection for the propitiation of her sins.
Consequently, during these many years that have passed since she left us, I believe she has been, and is rejoicing in your presence, around your throne with myriad of angels, singing: “Worthy is the lamb that was slain.”
In life she feared God, obeyed the law, and honored her husband. She made her home a haven of rest - a sanctuary from all the tumult and strife that is in the world. She was a friend to all, and her house was like the “house by the side of the road”, open to all who needed a meal or shelter. She had but one son,who in he lap and at her knee heard of God for the very first time, who was warned by her to escape hell, that terrible place, and to love and obey God who loves us all. From a tattered old hymn book she taught me to sing: “I am happy in the service of the king, I am happy, Oh, so happy.”
Not until later years did I realize just how happy I could be in the service of the king, but now my Father, I know That there is no other road to true happiness.
I believe that when the trump of God shall sound, when the dead in Christ arise, when time shall be no more, and when the roll is called up yonder, she will be there. thank you my Father for the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for the forgiveness of sins. Thank you for eternal life and the hope of heaven, and thank you for a godly mother.
Have you ever had a dream come true? Have you ever had something wonderful happen to you that was beyond your fondest dreams and expectations? If you are one of us who have been saved and truly born again, you have had this happen to you. For once God’s grace has been poured out to us, and we have been enabled by faith to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and have received him as our Lord and Savior, and we know that all our sins have been forgiven and that we are on our way to heaven, our weeping is turned to laughter; our mourning has been turned to joy; and for the first time in our life we are set free.When the Lord turned our captivity to freedom it seemed almost too good to be true. It seemed like a dream, and oh! the joy that filled our heart, and we wanted to jump up and shout the glad tidings and tell the whole world.
We are so happy over what has happened to us that we want to go and tell the whole world. We sorrow for those who remain in captivity to Satan, and we go out to sow the seed of the good news of the gospel in tears, knowing that by the grace and power of God, we shall doubtless come again bringing our sheaves with us as we are promised in the Word of God.
Oh! What a dream has come true for all of us who have put our trust in Jesus, that sin and death would have no more power over us, and he has turned our captivity and made us to be partakers of his glory in his heavenly kingdom.
Dear Reader, if you should find yourself still in captivity to Satan and do not know what it is like to be free from the bondage of sin, I invite you to look upon Jesus as the blood sacrifice for all our sins. Call upon him today, ask for his forgiveness, and he will set you free, and you will experience the joy of a dream come true.
“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing, then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126: 1-6.
“They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion which cannot be moved, but abideth forever. Psalm 125.1.
What a comforting thought this is to the believer. In Christ we are safe and secure. “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54: 17. “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even forever.” Psalm 125.2.
Oh! how wonderful to have the assurance that the love and protection of our heavenly Father surrounds the child of God for whom Christ died and is risen. He has given his angels charge over us to keep us safe in all our ways, and one day he will guide us to our desired haven, the city which we seek, wherein dwelleth the holiness and righteousness of the King of kings and Lord of lords. “The rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hand unto iniquity.” Psalm 125: 3.
God hath not appointed us,his children unto wrath, for our judgment is passed, having been placed on our Savior at Calvary; but he has ordained us to everlasting life in his heavenly kingdom forever.
O praise the Lord for his goodness, and his mercy to all who will trust in him. Bless his holy name forever.
“Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, he was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Christ has risen and conquered death.
Christians, when we were saved we died, as it were,to the world, and the flesh, but the question is, have we risen with Christ or are we just plain dead to the things of earth and nothing more? Since we were saved, have we experienced the resurrection power of our risen Lord, and does his life and vitality flow in us and through us to bring inspiration and hope not only to ourselves but also to others? Are we seeking heavenly things, those things which are above where Christ is? Do things of the earth look strangely dim in the light of his glorious kingdom? Where is our treasure? For where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. When we died to sin, we put off the old man with his evil deed and vile affections. But have we truly put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that has created us?
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on earth, for ye are dead and your life is hid witrh Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth, fornication,uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time when ye lived in them. But now, ye also put off all these, anger,wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor un-cumcision, Barbarian, scythian bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3: 1-11.
As Jesus our savior, when he was on earth, was the image of the invisible God, so we as Christians ought to bear the image of Christ in our bodies while our Lord is now back in heaven with the Father. We are to be witnesses of him even as he was a revelation and a witness of the Father. A witness is one who shows forth or proclaims to be true that which is, and that which is true.
Someone has said that we tend to become like that which we behold and affix our thoughts upon; then if this is indeed true, we need to be constantly beholding the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world, and be steadfastly fixing our gaze upon him. Let his image be formed in us that the world in which we live and have to do will see a reflection of the living Christ in us. And by our yielding our mortal bodies to him they might truly be his holy temple wherein dwelleth the presence of the Holy and righteous God, established in the faith, and resting securely upon the word of God. If we are to be witnesses, then - “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest ny man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power." Colossians 2: 6-10.
Oh! How blessed is the one whose sins are forgiven, whose iniquities are remembered no more! How it blesses my heart and soul to know that there is forgiveness with God! If God should hold grudges, as it were, and mark our iniquities, who should stand? “There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3: 10, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, with the exception of one, and that one person, our blessed Lord and savior was perfect in all of his ways, and he who was sinless himself, bore all our sin and shame on the cross when he died for us; but praise God , he rose again the third day, proving that he was God, and that God the Father had accepted his sacrifice of himself as the propitiation for all our sins, for as many as will receive it by faith, there is forgiveness with God for all our foolishness when we bow before him, acknowledging our folly and ask for his mercy to be bestowed upon us.
Weary sinner, come to the foot of the cross and see Jesus dying in your place. Let the drops of his blood fall upon you by faith, and realize that divine blood was shed for you, and that because of the price that was paid, you are valuable to God. Then by faith visit the empty tomb and see that it is indeed empty - that he is not there but was raised for our justification and because he lives, be sure that all of us who have put our trust in him shall live also.
Wandering prodigal, far from home, far from the Father’s fellowship which you once knew, come home. There is forgiveness with God. Come back to the fold, come apart from the world. Our Father is ready to kill the fatted calf and put a ring on you finger and clothe you with his righteousness. Oh! yes! Thank God, there is forgiveness with God.
“If thou Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.” Psalm 130: 3-5.
If God would cause my pen to fly swiftly across the pages of this book, I would want it to be an instrument to praise him - for who can tell of the majesty and power, and the glory of God our Father? Oh! Holy spirit who dwells within me, I pray that thou will glorify our risen Christ with the words that I think, and speak, and write, and that out of my belly will flow rivers of living waters that might overflow into the lives of others through the way in which I live and the way I speak and write.
Create in me O God a clean heart and a pure mind, and let my meditation be ever of thee. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to thee, O God my savior.”
Whosoever you may be who reads these lines, be it known unto you that - “The Lord he is God.” “It is he who hath made us and not we ourselves.” It is God who has saved us by the shedding of his blood and - ”There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. “At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven and things in earth, and things under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11.
Pen, fly swiftly and tell the world of the glory of my God so that he might be pleased with me and receive me into everlasting habitations.
Have you heard from God our Father this morning? Have you spoken to him, and has he communicated to you his love? Have you stretched forth your hands unto him? Does your soul thirst after him as a thirsty land?
Draw near unto God and he will draw near unto you. “Call unto me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33: 3.
In the morning, as soon as we open our eyes from sleep, we ought to automatically stretch forth our whole being to Jesus our Lord. Our prayer ought to be like that of the psalmist who said: “I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land, Selah. Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning: for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O Lord from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies and destroy all them that afflict my soul for I am thy servant.”Psalm 143: 6-12.
Postscript: An added thought for today - Do you want to be a slave? Borrow money! "The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." Proverbs 22: 7
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