Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Come, behold the works of the LORD
Mankind has taken God out of the schools systems, public areas, government buildings and almost anywhere else He can be mentioned or has a physical reminder, i.e., displays of crosses or the Ten Commandments.
But what will humanity do when God removes Himself totally from their presence?
Jesus told His disciples that He would leave and come back for them and all who believe in Him.
When will that be? I have no idea.
But we are encouraged in Titus 2:13 to look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
One day soon, Jesus will step onto that Shekinah Glory cloud of God and blow the trumpet to call us home in the rapture or we shall see death. "Come up hither." He will say.
What will man then do when God has granted them their greatest wish? A nation without godly Christian moral values and no accountability.
Where will they find hope? Lasting hope?
Genesis 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
We as a nation, no all nations, are once again living in an era of a godless and moral less society.
.....................................BUT STILL THERE IS HOPE...............................................
Just as God sent out Noah to preach the message of repentance to everyone around him for 140 years, God is sending out His messengers of hope to every corner of the globe today.
Where have you placed your hope today? Is it in man? Or is it in God?
When we stand before Him will He be as our Saviour or our Judge?
No one is any good except God. There is none that compares to Him.
A very present help in trouble
My body has made a home in my recliner yet my mind is still pursuing its own interests.
The noise of the day has not ceased for one iota.
All of creation is asking for justice.
(Those to whom breath has been given.)
A young women in her 20's was caught stealing at the mall. Instead of confessing her guilt she proceeds to scream and yell obscenities at the security guard who caught her in the act. Daring him to open her bag to retrieve the stolen items.
While going to work this morning an ambulance, fire truck and police car raced down the road towards the interstate in a mad dash to get to a motor vehicle accident.
One of my co-workers is speaking quiet loudly because a supervisor said something about her work habits.
In each situation I bowed my head in prayer for all involved and thanked God for His grace.
God reached out to me in my sin and offered forgiveness along with redemption. All I needed to do was acknowledge my guilt.
Each day living in sin was one day closer to eternal separation and being condemned to hell. I had no guarantees of living beyond my next heartbeat.
As the Spirit of God spoke loudly to me and showed me my need for a Saviour, I accepted.
The writer of Hebrews says in chapter 4 verse 16 says Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The 'us' spoken of in this passage is the born-again child of God. Only through the shed blood of Jesus can we get near the throne of the MOST HIGH God.
There is saving grace, the work of the cross, and there is sustaining grace, God keeping us and helping us to get through our day. God's grace sustains even those who have not yet obtained salvation, because everyday that they have the breath of life, they are given another chance to accept the work of the cross.
In each instance above the grace of God was bestowed. Was it accepted? Two-out-of-three says no.
What about the accident victim? I don't know. That is why I prayed, so that God may grant them a few more minutes of life for someone to share Jesus with them or that this accident may be in turn a 'wake-up' call to them. Only God knows.
What I do know is that God is ready to act on the behalf of all who call upon Him. Truly, seeking Him and wanting turn away from their sin.
My troubles have ceased because I stand in the shadow of the cross of Jesus and under the sheltered of the Almighty. God will keep me and protect me no matter what. My mindset is not for the here and now, but for a future reward--heaven.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The last thing I remember before going to bed last night was the time on the clock, 10:02 pm. Four hours later, the time is 0201.
Although I would rather be sleeping God has gotten my attention at this hour for a purpose. As I clear my head and resign myself to being awake I make my way to the kitchen. No, I'm not going to eat. Well, that's not true. I will have some butter pecan ice cream.
My new co-workers are on my mind. Over the course of 4 weeks the walls of non-communication have come down and we are all somewhat comfortable with each other. Personally, what I have learned is that 2 of them have walked way from the church and the other three I'm still talking to.
What stirs me at this hour is the eternal salvation of all that the LORD has put in my path.
First Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
The blessing of this new job in the physical is of course the financial boom. However, my goal is not to reap financial blessings but heavenly blessings and reach the lost souls for the kingdom of heaven.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
I received a text message from a friend of mine sometime around 550 this morning. "You are up early!" I replied in mild suprise. Mel. G texted back, 'I'm getting ready for work."
Not quite bankers hours I would say.
As the news from this past weekend plays out over the radio and the rain gently taps against my window, I'm warmed by the message from Sunday morning and the fellowship of bible study with other believers. However, i also am trying to process the bombings in New York, the stabbings in Minnesota and more homemade explosives found in backpacks in New York.
The bible says we as believers have dual citizenship. Although we live on this earth our home is in heaven.
The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:20 for our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are also told that although we live in this world we are not to live for this world. One world, Earth, encompasses our physical existence. While the other world, Heaven, will be home to our spiritual glorified bodies, when we die. Believers that is.
What troubles me (myself included) is are we as the bearers of this great and marvelous gift of the message of salvation going out and sharing Jesus? The church is experiencing great spiritual battles within and without. Many Christians are fighting battles on many fronts as well. Yet, as we prepare to go about our day and live our lives, are we awaiting the return of Jesus Christ to call us home? Are we continuing on with the great commission?
For a time I was only concerned with 'myself and my needs.' No one else mattered. God dealt with me and made me realize that my needs were His concern and I was to do what He had placed in my hands to do. Go out and save souls.
The current state of the church tells me many will fall away from the faith because of false teachers and false doctrines. Many more will have their relationship with the Father will grow cold. Trials and tribulations will give way to wrongly placed prayers and unfounded trust in man. This is the deception that Jesus warned His disciples and us about in Matthew 24:4 "Take heed that no one deceives you."
To whomever is reading this post I encourage you to STAY STRONG IN THE FAITH IN WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN. TRUST ONLY IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. SEEK THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR WISDON AND DIRECTION. LEAN ON NO ONE ELSE.
It is with that fervent desire that I shall pray for you. I will pray for your families and friends who are unsaved. Please pray for me.
Thank you and have a great day.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
It is the Blessed One, and no other, who stands by us on the lonely mountain when the dark storm descends. (O my Lord, if you had not suffered, how could You help me in suffering now?) And He who suffered and overcame will grant us also to overcome.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Good morning to all.
A couple of days ago I was having a difficult start to the day. So, as I rode the bus to work I said a prayer to the Lord above, "Father, would you please send someone my way this morning to offer some words of encouragement? You know I don't ask for signs and wonders, but just to send someone to talk to and fellowship with. Sometimes I feel alone."
I got to McDonald's and decided to get a coffee and spend a few minutes their. I pulled out my IPad and bible (you can guess which one got the most attention). I waited hoping someone would be an answer to my prayer. 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes passed and nothing. I put my things away and headed off to work.
While crossing the street the Lord spoke to me "you asked me to send someone your way to talk to you and encourage you. Yet, when I sat down with you, you, ignored me. Why would I send someone to do what I am more than willing to do myself?"
I was ashamed of myself. Instead of reading the bible and listening for God, I played around on my iPad. My prayer was answered, but I had missed out on the blessing of fellowship with the Father.
Have a great day and God bless.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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Friday, September 2, 2016
Something amazing happened at my church on Sunday. Something truly amazing.
For the three of the past four weeks, my pastor has been teaching on the types of Baptism in the bible.
This Sunday she spoke on the only baptism Jesus did. The baptism of the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11 "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
As she neared the end of her message and the congregation was on the edge of their seats, she put forth this question to us all, "Would you like to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire?"
Without hesitation the whole church came forward to stand before the altars and receive the baptism. Not just the members of the church, but visitors who had come to our church that Sunday came forward as well.
My spirit was overwhelmed by this great sight. My senses were flooded with admiration for the One. To see the whole body of Christ come forward as one, in one accord, was like seeing the day of Pentecost as spoken of in the New Testament book of Acts.
It's so hard to put in, the nuances of that moment in time, as we read it in the scripture. However, when 50+ people come to the altar and pray out loud in one accord to the Most High God, asking for His Holy Spirit to come and empower us for now, He tells us " this is what it was like back then."
So much praise was offered up.
Hands were held high in surrender.
Hands were held high ready to receive this great and bountiful blessing.
God showed up. He walked among His children. He heard and answered our prayers.
Each person was touched and each person received the power from on high.
Now all we need do is go out and be His extensions within this world.