October 21, 2019
Lately, I’ve been so aware of the abiding presence of the Lord in my life, and I am so thankful for the promise He made to us when He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 One of the eight compound names of God in the Old Testament is Jehovah-Shammah, meaning “God is there or ever-present.” Just imagine for a moment the feelings Jacob must have had as he fled from his home after deceiving his father Isaac. He had (with the help of his mom) tricked his dad and the blessing which belonged to his brother Esau was pronounced on him. After this event, fear of the unknown as well as fear for his life were most likely “ever-present” or “there with him.” And the Lord spoke to him in a dream and said, “ Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Jacob left that place of despair because of the Heavenly Father’s word that came to him. Did he deserve this? No, but by grace (undeserved favor) we are saved, healed, delivered, set free, and made whole….. strictly grace! Let us realize afresh, that Jesus is God with us! As we praise Him as Emmanuel, we are reminded that He left Heaven to bring His kingdom to us and set up His throne in the hearts of men. Let’s leave our places of despair and rejoice that His light has come and shines in each of us.
October 13, 2019
Nature’s performance this time of year is always worth a 5 star rating. The spider webs are enormous, as well as the spiders! Although I’m not a huge fan of them, I do really enjoy the majestic performance of the geese. Such a display of God’s order; nothing less than perfect. The “V” formation can remind us victory is ours, but it can also remind us of the dependability of our God. He’s always attentive and always on time. Fall’s arrival always brings a grand display of color and the sky seems to be a crisper blue as nature paints more varied hues than Crayola ever did. This time of harvest always brings a new excitement in the air. Jesus talked with His disciples about a harvest of souls in the gospels. Luke’s version goes like this, “Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Notice He didn’t say to pray for the harvest, but rather pray for workers. Nature always produces harvest as the sowers faithfully sow their seeds, and so does the Word of God act as a seed and produce a harvest of souls for the Kingdom. However, there is always a shortage of workers in both fields. We must understand that we are the workers God uses to bring in His harvest, and pray for more workers to be added. The harvest is certain!
October 5, 2019
2 Samuel 23:5 NLT David’s last words are recorded in 2 Samuel 23. “Is it not my family God has chosen? Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me. His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail. He will ensure my safety and success.” Notice the confidence David has in the goodness of God and the faithfulness of the Master! King David was bold to declare the covenant blessing and we should be too. As we see verses like this one in 2nd Samuel, we are wise to let our lips be accustomed to saying them. Someone said the first 7 minutes of our day determine how we’ll live that day and what we say is powerful since we know life and death are choices according to Deuteronomy 30, and that both are contained in the power of the tongue. We need to be choosey with our words and conversation. Deuteronomy 30:15, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.” (NIV) From this translation, you can understand the reward of life and the consequence of death. Continue reading in Deuteronomy, and verse 19 repeats these 2 defining choices. “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” One way to choose life and blessing is to choose what you say. Proverbs 22:17-19 (amp.) “ Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them. So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord.” Amen!
September 21, 2019
Mark Hankins once said, “A breakthrough in revelation enables you to see things from God’s perspective.” He also said, “Something’s not necessary unless it’s necessary.” To me it was an interesting remark, and as I thought about it, I began to consider “revelation knowledge,” ……….the things God gives us understanding about that we couldn’t grasp except for His divine impartation. This subject of “revelation” isn’t taught much, even though it is such a necessary ingredient in our everyday Christian life. 1 Samuel 3:10, “The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” Rare really has the idea of valuable or precious, and the word “visions” is the same as “revelation.” When God speaks to us, it’s like removing the lid from a delicious smelling pot of soup, and discovering what it really contains. There’s nothing on earth like it that brings such satisfaction! Paul’s letters contain many prayers, and in Ephesians, 1:17, there is a powerful prayer he penned about spiritual wisdom or revelation. “ I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” The believer’s life is all about knowing Him better, and so I pray this one often for myself and others. Remember this, “A breakthrough in revelation enables you to see things from God’s perspective.”
September 14, 2019
Proverbs 4:20-23 “ My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Notice here the heart sets the boundaries of our lives, and the previous scriptures identify the primary evidence of the heart’s position, by the words we speak. Of course, as believers, we should be well aware that the guidance system of our course in life is controlled by a very small member of our body, namely the tongue. James, chapter 3, describes it as being similar to a bit in a horse’s mouth. This thousand pound creature is controlled by a very small device that applies pressure to its mouth. Likewise the largest ship also takes a path directed by something very small, a rudder, even in a violent storm. When we know this, we will pay close attention to allowing our hearts to be filled with faith from the word of God, because its results are best for us. Remember our Savior Himself said, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…..”Think about it like this, we can apply pressure to the storms of life with our words. So, just as a master gardener tends his crop, so we must guard the contents of our hearts to produce a harvest of sound, faith-filled words to keep our lives on a proper course.