Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cracked Pots

Reading from the Book of Isaiah 6:1-9
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Before God can use us, He needs to cleanse us. Isaiah realized he had a sinful, unclean mouth that needed to be dealt with. Isaiah's heart cried for change and God sent help.

The coming forward of the seraphim with a coal of fire is recorded in verse 6 as an instantaneous happening, but answers may not always come so quickly to us. We would all prefer miraculous deliverance, but most of the time the Lord puts us through a cleansing process.

God will always look for someone who has a perfect heart toward Him, not necessarily someone who has a perfect "performance" before Him. When the Lord has the heart, He can always change the behavior. This truth should encourage those of us who want to be used by God, but who often feel that we just have too many flaws. We come to Him as we are, and He molds and makes us into vessels fit for His use. God uses "cracked pots."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bring Them Here

Reading from the Book of Matthew 14:18, Philippians 4:19
Are you encompassed with needs at this very moment, and almost overwhelmed with difficulties, trials, and emergencies? These are all divinely provided vessels for the Holy Spirit to fill, and if you but rightly understood their meaning, they would become opportunities for receiving new blessings and deliverances which you can get in no other way.

Bring them here to me,” he replied. Matthew 14:18

Bring these vessels to God. Hold them steadily before Him in faith and prayer. Keep still, and stop your own restless working until He begins to work. Do nothing that He does not Himself command you to do. Give Him a chance to work, and He will surely do so; and the very trials that threatened to overcome you with discouragement and disaster, will become God’s opportunity for the revelation of His grace and glory in your life, as you have never known Him before. “Bring them (all needs) to me.”
--A. B. Simpson

“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians  4:19.

What a source--“God!”
What a supply--“His riches in glory!”
What a channel--“Christ Jesus!”

It is your sweet privilege to place all your need over against His riches, and lose sight of the former in the presence of the latter. His exhaustless treasury is thrown open to you, in all the love of His heart and go and draw upon it, in the artless simplicity of faith, and you will never have occasion to look to a creature-stream, or lean on a creature-prop.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Victory!

Reading from the Book of Genesis 3:15
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

I believe that Adam was clothed with Gods glory before he sinned. As soon as Adam and Eve sinned, they realized they were naked. We might say they lost their "covering." As long as they obeyed God, they were protected from everything the devil wanted to do to them, and ultimately, through them. Upon seeing what the devil had done, God immediately announced Satan's doom and told him how it would occur. Satan did not really understand what God was saying, nevertheless, God said it, and it had come to pass.

To "bruise the head" symbolizes a weakening of authority. God has said that the woman's Offspring (Jesus) will take away Satan's authority (which Adam gave him) and gave it first to Jesus and then to every person who will believe. Not only that Jesus died for them, but also that Satan has lost authority over them. We need to understand not only that Jesus died for us, but also that He has redeemed us!

No matter what the devil tries to do to you, he is doomed to defeat, and you are redeemed and victorious over him through Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

An Unmistakable Sign

Reading from the Books of Luke 21:24-28, Matthew 24:3-8, Matthew 24:14, Daniel 12:4, Daniel 2:42, Ezekiel 38-39
The signs of the Second Coming are all around us. When His disciples asked Jesus to describe the signs, He gave them several. The Jewish people back in possession of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24-28)...

The arrival of the exponential curve (Matthew 24:3-8)...and more.

The Gospel preached throughout the world (Matthew 24:14)...

Then the Old Testament prophets also pointed to a number of signs. An increase in travel and knowledge (Daniel 12:4)...

The rise of a united Europe (Daniel 2:42)...

The rise of the Gog of Magog alliance (Ezekiel 38-39)... and more.

Today, all these signs are either present or in the process of being fulfilled. Yet for 1,800+ years, none of these signs were present. Think about that. None of the signs. But today? Today, they're all around us.

Nevertheless, most of the world remains ignorant of the soon return of Jesus Christ. While I can understand why some people might overlook some of these signs, I don't understand how they could miss one sign in particular.

It's a clear and unmistakable sign. I believe in and of itself, it not only shows the return of Jesus is near - I believe it proves the existence of God beyond all doubt. So what is this sign?

Israel.

That's right. The existence of modern day Israel is a clear and unmistakable sign Jesus is about to return.

Monday, April 24, 2017

I Am His Child!

Reading from the Book of  Romans 8:6-14

Romans 8:6-8 
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Each person is born with a sinful nature and our sinful nature is hostile toward God’s authority. Because we have the power of choice, each child has a throne within his heart and shortly after birth, a contest for this throne begins. Jesus, our Creator, wants to sit on our throne and because of our vanity and self-seeking sinful nature, we want to sit on our throne. Our sinful nature is an ego-centric, selfish, and self-centered king.

Romans 8:9-13
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

To understand the differences between following our fleshly desires and allowing God's Spirit to lead us, any time our flesh wants us to do something else, by choosing to follow the Spirit of God we need to know that our flesh will suffer. The Bible says that if we want to share Christ's glory, we have to be willing to share His suffering.

Romans 8:14  
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Once our fleshly appetite is no longer in control, we will get to the point where it is easier to obey God. Even if obedience is difficult, we will get to the place where we actually enjoy doing the right thing. And thus, know, that we are His children.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

It Is Eternal Life!

Reading from the Book of John 17:3, Hebrews 8:11, John 6:47
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+6&version=KJV
Short and simple, eternal life is knowing God and knowing Jesus. This is not merely head knowledge. It is relational knowledge experienced in the heart;

It is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3

This eternal life is the promise of the New Covenant.

“None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.” Hebrews 8:11

God created mankind to know Him. God created mankind to enjoy Him. Jesus, through His death and resurrection, opened the way for this to be a possibility not just in the by and by, but here and now.

God took away your sins, reconciled you to himself, justified you, sanctified you, made you alive, and poured His Spirit into your life for this single purpose. It is a “by grace through faith” relationship, a spiritual union that conforms us to the likeness of Jesus. In other words, God rubs off on us, and we become like Him.

What is  genuinely knowing the Lord and experiencing eternal life?

This is a deep personal relationship that you enjoy with Jesus because it changes you. Because you come to know Jesus and there is nothing better in life. Because you take hold of eternal life and everyday is one more opportunity to grow in your knowledge of Jesus.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”
John 6:47

 Jesus died and was raised so that we could know God. And knowing Him changes us.

That is the most important discovery you can do in your entire life. Think back to the day you believed and asked Jesus into your heart. That was the point when eternal life began for you, the point when you started learning the truth about the God of the universe. Let it be your life’s quest to continue to grow in your knowledge of Jesus. To know and enjoy Him is ultimate freedom. It is what you were created for. It is eternal life.