Monday, December 9, 2019

TIME is short!

“Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:13-14)
 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.(Luke 1:35)
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44)
Three specific passages here. One prophecy....one prophecy fulfilled...one prophecy to come....

Are we going to be like the proud, learned and non-believing Jew and miss the Savior a second time?  Are we going to allow our friends, family and others to be left behind just because we know?

It will NOT be about gifts this year, but TIME . . . TIME with Jesus, with others and all He has in store for us! TIME is short!

Friday, December 6, 2019

They should have known.....

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me' the One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)
 They should have known! So when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Judea, the learned Jews, perhaps the teachers of the Law, should have known! The very ones who should have known, denied the Coming King and called to "Crucify Him!" (Matthew 27:22-23)

It was foolish for them to believe Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:27) No different today! The wise and learned are the most adamant
against the knowledge of Christ and the accuracy of the bible.

Simple truths are the most demanding at times. Pilate looked Truth in the eye and asked "What is truth?" (John 18:38) It demands an answer!

What do you say?

Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Very Clear PROMISE

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!” Then God said: “NoSarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.  And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.” Then He finished talking with him, and God went up from Abraham. (Genesis 17:19-22)
This is a very clear PROMISE!  "No", God replied to Abraham, "My covenant I will establish with Isaac". One can not rewrite the bible and say differently, as in the Quran. God's Word is His Word and His PROMISE is His PROMISE!

As we are in the CHRISTmas Season, take a close look at God's PROMISES. God does not change. It is we who change, doubt, fear, and even laugh at God as Sarah once did. (Genesis 18:12) God does have a funny way of doing things at times. But as Abraham and Sarah discovered, He keeps His PROMISES!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Where are our minds?

It's officially December and almost instantly our sights are set on CHRISTmas preparations, decorations, shopping, gifts, and trips. What do we buy? Where do we go? What do we do this year? Visions of sugar plums dance in our heads . . . Get the picture? But wait . . .
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:1-5)
 Where are our minds right now? If we are focusing on the good things . . . the right things . . . the Godly things of life, then the wrong things have no room to creep in to our minds! Check the thought patterns. Practice focusing on the things that please God. Surround ourselves with more righteous activities. Lay aside all the music, TV, social media and unwise clatter. Analyze the time we spend on trivial things of life and rearrange our thought patterns.
 The bible is clear: we must take active steps to stay focused upon what God wants for us. Step one . . .
  . . . .looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.(Hebrews 12:2)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Promises . . . Promises

Promises . . . Promises . . . God keeps HIS Promises!

And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
Just after the first sin, God PROMISED a solution. It concerned CHRISTmas!

Jesus, already present as The Word (John 1:1) would eventually enter the world, Emmanuel, God with us. (Matthew 1:23) Even after dying for our sin and entering back into heaven, He PROMISED a friend, a counselor, His Spirit which would indwell every believer. (John 15:26)

As we exit the Giving Thanks holiday let's never forget the Promise  It is a Promise from God but one we must accept and embrace for ourselves. He does not force Himself upon anyone.

Thank God for being a PROMISE KEEPER!

Have we accepted the offer? If so, have we kept our Promise to follow Him?

Monday, December 2, 2019

All we will ever need . . .

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness;Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God;It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Psalm 100: 1-3)

Ok, so we just celebrated Thanksgiving.  Whether you went away for a few days, visited with family and friends, or even had some quiet time alone, it was time to reflect and remember all God has done! No, we may not have all that we want or all that we need for that matter, yet we who have Christ literally have all we will ever need . . . in this life and the next!

So we come to Him shouting with joy . . . even if just on the inside. We should gladly serve Him wherever we find ourselves. He is God, after all! He thought enough to make us and ut us here for such a time as this. We belong to Him and that is something to shout about . . .don't you think

Perhaps our lack of thanksgiving has to do with a lack of connection and commitment on our part?

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) 

Jesus always sought His Father before acting . . . early in the morning, before healing someone, even late at night in the Garden before His eventual crucifixion. What about you and me? Are we that connected to the Lord to seek Him our throughout the day? Are we committed to His work and His plans or is He a second thought after we find ourselves at wits end? 

I am thankful I can always return to Him and know He is waiting for me!

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

You ARE great . . . .but only on Christ!

To my young people today and anyone struggling . . .
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,  having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.(1 Peter 2:9-12)
 You ARE great . . . .but only on Christ! Young people : believe it and live it out!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Control . . . . WHO has it?

 . . .casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.(2 Corinthians 10:5-6)
We all want to be in control of things all the time, right?   No one likes the feeling of being out of control. I recall a night when I suffered from heat exhaustion and would wake up every few hours with my eyeballs spinning and throwing up. It was not fun and very scary to say the least! The dizziness lasted for days and took time to slowly go away. It felt good to be back in control.

As a believer, the way to get back under God's control and stay there is to take captive the ungodly and poisonous thoughts that race through our heads and refocus upon the things of God. The Holy Spirit can do this! We have His power controlling power within us!

If it is not of God, capture it and throw it down . . . discard it. Ask the Holy Spirit to keep your mind clear. Focus upon Him, not the thoughts that draw us away. Holy Spirit . . . take CONTROL!!!!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Seriously though . . . .

Seriously though . . . . Yes, we have heard all these words as believers, but today I  . . . we as a whole . . . need to cling to them! What about you?
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.(Ephesians 6:12)
Our enemies are not our families, our friends, our coaches, our teachers, our students, fellow co-workers or anyone else we might see daily. Disease cannot cause us to run from God. Not even death can separate us!  (Romans 8:38-39) THE enemy is Satan and his henchmen! It is time we realize that once and for all.

Our weapon is prayer. Fellow believers are our support. Our victory is in Jesus, not this world! (1 Corinthians 16:13) Seriously though!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hard to be good . . . find good . . . but God remains GOOD!

There are many who say, Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep....(Psalm 4:6-8)
In this world, even among professing believers, many times it is hard to be good . . . find good . . . but God remains GOOD! 

I am struggling with it in fact . . . this week . . . even today! Lord, help me to seek the good, the Godly, the YOU in others and in this world, so at least I may be at peace with You if nothing else. Perhaps I may even be able to bring a little peace to someone else!!!!
  . . .be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice alwayspray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is goodAbstain from every form of evil.(1 Thessalonians 5:16-22)
Today I choose good . . .I choose GOD!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It is a choice!


I have set the Lord always before me;

Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.(Psalm 16:8)
It is a choice!  One must choose Christ. He is available for the offering. He will not force His way. He will not demand for us for rolls Him. We must choose! However, the choice must be complete and committed. There is no half-in or half -out. It is all-in!
 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.(Acts 2:21)
Once we call upon Jesus to forgive us, with a sincere heart, God the Holy Spirit seals us. He calls us. We answer. He completes the deal! Simple.........
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

TIME is short!

“Hear now, O house of David!  Is it  a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?  Therefore the Lord Himself will g...