Sunday, January 30, 2011

Faith's Formula

Reading from the Book of Proverbs 3:3-8...

 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
   bind them around your neck,
   write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
   in the sight of God and man.

By faith, Christians "overcome the world, the flesh and the devil".  It is by faith that they "quench all the fiery darts of the wicked".  It is by faith that they "put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and put off the old man with his deeds".  This is the victory that overcometh the world.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

It is by faith that the flesh is kept under and carnal desires subdued, and by faith that we recieve the Spirit of Christ to work in us and to will and to do according to His good pleasure.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
   fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
   and nourishment to your bones.

Have faith in God and not in our own thinking and reasoning.  People who must reason out everything have a very hard time with faith because reasoning is not faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God.  We need to be aware that trying to reason everything out by ourselves is a problem.  It is a serious matter that we should deal with, just as Jesus dealt with it in the hearts of those who followed Him.  By dealing with it, we will achieve "Faith's Formula".

Friday, January 28, 2011

Five Foolish Virgins

Reading from the Book of Matthew 25:1-10

 1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
 9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

All ten of the virgins had the same opportunity, but only half of them were prepared to take it.  In a society where people needed oil to provide light, five virgins were wise and had extra oil on hand.  The other five were foolish and lost out because they did not keep their lamps filled with oil.  When the bridegroom came, the five virgins without the oil missed their opportunity to go with him because they were lazy when they should have been working and were out trying to buy more oil for their lamps at the wrong time.

God is an "equal-opportunity employer".  It does not matter to Him what kind of background we come from, what kind of parents or family life we have, what color or gender we are, what kind of education we recieved, or what our physical handicaps may be.  None of those things make any difference to Him.  In Him we all have equal opportunity.  Anyone who follows His guidelines and do what He tells them to do can be blessed and used by Him.

God puts potential in all of us and if we are willing to develop it, we will see wonderful things take place in our lives.  No, we do not all have the same talents, gifts and abilities.  We cannot all do the same things, but we can all be what God has called us to be and do His will.

Do your part and don't be left out as the five foolish virgins were; for when He comes and the door will be shut.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Way Of Holiness

Reading from the Book of Isaiah 35

 1The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
 2It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
 3Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
 4Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
 5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
 6Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
 7And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
 8And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
 9No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
 10And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Lifetime Learner

Reading from the Book of II Peter 1:3-7

3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

God's power provides everything we need to enjoy great and godly lives, but what He provides comes to us through the full, personal knowledge of Him.  We cannot know God through someone else.  We can know about Him through others, but to know Him for ourselves we must study His Word ourselves and spend time with Him individually.

You can be as close to God as you want to be.  Going to church does not necessarily make us close to God.  Going to church is a good and right thing to do, but we need more than an hour on Sunday morning with God if we are going to learn enough to fulfill our destiny and truly enjoy life.

5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

 Do you want your Christian life to be effective and bear fruit?  Then be diligent concerning God's promises, excercise your faith to develop virtue, grow in knowledge, increase in self control, be steadfast, practice godliness, and show Christian love to others.

Refuse to have a secondhand relationship with God. Get to know Him for yourself.  Be a lifetime learner.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Be Out Of This World

Reading from the book of 2 Timothy 3:1-5

 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.

We live in an unthankful and ungrateful generation.  It seems the more people have, the less they appreciate.  As believers, we are in the world, but we must strive not to be like it.  The more others around us complain, the more we should express gratitude to God.  Look around at our own conditions.  Do we have a roof, heat, food?  Be thankful for the provisions and blessings He sets before us.

 3 Without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

In times such as these, you must stand strong in the truth of God's Word and have nothing to do with people who seem to be religious but do not exhibit true godliness or spiritual power.  Do not get into conversations that head toward strife.  Avoid controversies over things that really do not even matter and refuse to be involved in gossip and tale bearing, which are ungodly and unnecessary.  Do not spread rumors or tell other people's secrets.  These things cause an angry undercurrent and they hinder or eliminate God's power and blessing.  Many homes cannot prosper and be blessed because everyone is in strife.  Mom and Dad bicker and argue, the siblings argue and resent one another and nobody is happy but the devil.

Strife is very dangerous and that as servants of the Lord we must not be a part of it.  It is good and pleasant when brethern dwell together in unity.  Unity releases the annointing and it is also where God commands the blessing to be released. 
See Psalm 133.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fly Like An Eagle

Reading from the Book of Isaiah 40:28-31...

28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
 Quietly waiting on God encourages us, does more to restore our bodies, minds and emotions than anything else we can do. We need to do this regularly. I urge you to insist on quiet time with God. Do not let anyone take those consecrated moments from you. 
 29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
 God will empower you to face everything you need to do with renewed physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strength.

 30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
 31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

If there is something we are suppossed to be doing, the Lord will give us the ability to do it. He will not lead us into a situation and then leave us there to face it alone in our own weak, human power. He is with us. He is our great God. he will harden us to difficulties, help us, uphold us and give us wings to fly like eagles.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Light

 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
   a light on my path.
The study of God's Word brings light, which is something we all need.  We do not always know or see what we need to do, and many times we do not recognize our own problems.  We need God's light to understand ourselves and to see how we need to change and how we can cooperate with God to make things better. 

130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
   it gives understanding to the simple.

Reading God's Word is like looking in a mirrow.  It enables us to see what needs to be cleaned up in our lives.

Kettle Of Eagles Introduction

Reading from the Book of Exodus 19:3-4, 7-8...

3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.

When God calls a leader, He not only annoints that person to do a certain work, but He also places and annoints people around the leader to do part of that work.  That is the great truth Moses discovered when he learned to delegate some of his work to others.

God places certain people in each of our lives to help us.  If we do not recieve their help, we can become frustrated and over-worked.  God has created us to be interdependent on one another, not independent of each other.  We need each other.

 7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD.

As the Lord has led me to begin this new blog, "Kettle Of Eagles", I ask that my family and friends to please join me in discusssion, comments, ideas, questions, prayer. This gift the Lord has granted me, thus far, has led me to learn many aspects of His Word, and teach what I am learning.  We shall become a Kettle Of Eagles, taking flight into Wisdom, Knowledge and Truth.