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.
September 6, 2019
E.W. Kenyon once said, “Confession builds the road over which faith carries its precious cargo.” This reference to confession is simply what a person says about situations. Of course, the great confession of Jesus’ Lordship brought us into the family of God as we entered the gates of the kingdom by faith in His blood. Jesus advised folks concerning their everyday talk or confession. He said, “take no thought saying......” This quote is from Matthew 6:31 and Jesus was referring to the cares of this life and how we should not fret about them. His counsel was 2-fold; don’t worry and don’t talk about it. Daily we all face the challenge of rolling our cares over on Him and then leaving them there. (If you’re like me, it’s no problem to give the care to the Lord, but I have trouble with myself still carrying it!) Our course of life will follow what we say. Speaking is how our Heavenly Father created our world. He didn’t acknowledge the obvious that there was nothing but darkness all around. Rather He stated what He desired, “Light Be!” And you know the rest of the story. As believers you and I are imitators of God, so we should resist speaking the obvious and declare light to flood our problems. Col 2:6* As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: How did we receive Jesus? By faith, believing and confessing, so how should we live each day? You got it! By faith, believing and confessing the truth found in the Word!
August 31, 2019
We are all aware of the importance of prayer, but did you ever notice its connection to the activation of Angels, God’s messengers? A messenger is simply one who carries a message. Hebrews 1:14, “for the angels are only spirit-messengers sent out to help and care for those who are to receive his salvation.” Have you considered that angels are on assignment as servants to those who have been born-again? This verse says they were indeed sent to bring messages and do the task of serving believers. Scripture contains several accounts of angels being dispatched because of prayer. The classic example is in Daniel 1:12- 13 “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.” Notice that as soon as Daniel’s words were heard, the angel was sent, but interference detained him. Acts 12:5, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Prayer was happening and then Acts 12:7, “Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.” And then, Acts 12:11, “Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” My favorite account is in Acts 25: 23-24 ‘ Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.‘ So, in conclusion, perhaps one serious effect of prayerlessness could be the lack of Angels commissioned to help! Let us be encouraged to pray!
August 24, 2019
Though I recently celebrated my 73nd birthday, I’ve only really been alive for 61 years because the summer I was 12 is when I was born again. I had no idea at that time about the precious Word which had power to change my life forever, but even in my ignorance, the work began. The Lord directed me and gave me an irresistible desire for His life. Choices were made which brought me to treasure and appreciate God’s presence in my life. So today, I want to thank my Heavenly Father for the most extravagant (It cost Him everything!) birthday gift, the new life, the best gift of all! Philippians 1:6, “ being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” “Work” is such an appropriate term here because our Heavenly Father knows it will be a job to transform us through the power of the Word working in us by the Holy Spirit. Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ is the greatest honor of my life, and I’m so grateful that His mercy is new every single morning, since we need that mercy each day. Without Jesus, our lives would be meaningless because He is the author and finisher of our faith, and daily we should thank Him for His entry into the Earth which allows us to experience real life, the faith life!
August 16, 2019
We’ve often said that one word from God can change your life forever! I’ve said it many times just to myself realizing the many changes that have occurred in my life since I began to take the Word of God, the Bible, to heart. So, as I’ve talked about that one word, I’ve been simply considering the written Word. However, the Bible uses two Greek words defined as God’s Word. One is “logos” which is simply the written word or the Bible. “Rhema” refers to the personal speaking of God to us, which can happen in prayer, Bible reading, or prophetic words spoken by ministers of the Gospel. This “rhema” is like an “AHA” moment when God reveals truth to us. Psalms 119:49, “Remember the word [you gave] me. Through it you gave me hope.” (God’s Word Translation) Hope comes when we hear God speak to us. It’s life changing and encouraging. The habit of rehearsing the words God has spoken into our lives is a very helpful habit! As we do, remember nothing is impossible to Him that believes and no Word from God is impossible of fulfillment! Have a good week!