LAST WORDS

LAST WORDS

These are the last words of David: “David, the son of Jesse, speaks— David, the man who was raised up so high, David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, David, the sweet psalmist of Israel. “The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue. The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: ‘The one who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of God, is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.’ “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. But the godless are like thorns to be thrown away, for they tear the hand that touches them. One must use iron tools to chop them down; they will be totally consumed by fire.” —II Samuel 23:1-7

What will your last words be? Who or what will be on your mind as you come to the end of this earthly existence? David mentioned how that the Spirit of the Lord spoke through him and how His Words were upon his tongue. Will that be the case with us? He spoke of the Righteous Rock and how He was like cloudless morning Light at sunrise or like the gleaming of light on new grass after a rain. He spoke of the everlasting covenant God made with him and of the judgment to come upon the ungodly. So, what will be on our minds when we draw near to death? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiRhcR4Vg10 Death is just a threshold into glory with our Lord Jesus. Let us leave final words with that in mind. Rejoice… glory is ahead!

Dear Father, thank You for Your grace toward me. May I be a faithful follower of Jesus out of the gratitude of heart. Oh, what joy ahead! Please help me finish the race You have laid out before me. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

KISS OF BETRAYAL

KISS OF BETRAYAL

Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around. —Luke 22:3-6

Judas strategized with the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard on what would be the best way to betray Jesus— the best way to hand Jesus over to them so they could have Him executed. This was satanically motivated. Satan manipulated of Judas to destroy the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Creator and Sustainer of all things, marvel of marvels, would be handed over to death for “thirty pieces of silver” (Matthew 26:14). The One who owns all of creation was given over to be killed for the price of a dead slave (Exodus 21:32). This was one of the greatest sorrowful and grievous moments of decision in all history. How deep the sadness… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k88Y8VGs7dY

Judas had such a low value of Jesus. After being with Him for about three years and seeing the innocence of Jesus, the work of Jesus and hearing the Words of Jesus and still Judas was willing to throw eternal glory away for an eternal hell and all for a few coins.

But I wonder, how much do you and I value Jesus? How is that seen in our lives? Would others say we truly love him, honor him and live for Him? Surely we would not be like a Judas, would we? We wouldn’t just be going along with the believers while all the while never truly putting our faith in Jesus… would we? Oh, may it never be! May we truly value Jesus above all else. May it be so!

Dear Father, may I truly love the Lord Jesus with all my whole being. Oh, that He would be the top priority in my life. May it be so!

FORGIVE!

FORGIVE!

As the king was about to cross the river, Shimei fell down before him. “My lord the king, please forgive me,” he pleaded. “Forget the terrible thing your servant did when you left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind. I know how much I sinned. That is why I have come here today, the very first person in all Israel to greet my lord the king.” —II Samuel 19:18-20

How quick are you and I to ask someone to forgive us that we have sinned against? (II Samuel 16:5-10). Or do we just seek to justify our sin against that person? What is it Jesus said at the cross? “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Look how much we sinned against Jesus as an individual and as a human race and yet from the cross forgiveness was on His lips. God is so quick to forgive those who come to Him. This is how it should be when we sin against another follower of Jesus… they should be quick to forgive— “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13) and “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). We are to be quick to forgive as followers of Jesus. When we are sinned against we are to be quick to forgive and when we sin against another follower of Jesus they are to be quick to forgive. Now, why is it you cannot forgive? Have you experience something Jesus has not? Is there a greater offense or sin against you than Jesus experienced? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWS2p1gHOCo

In the passage above, Shimei owned and acknowledged his sin against King David. The King was quick to forgive even when others wanted to kill him. How many followers of Jesus would rather see someone die than to forgive? You say, “I would never think like that!” Ok, have you allowed a relationship dissolve because of unforgiveness? That is death in a relationship! Have you left a local church only to attend another because of unforgiveness? That is death in a relationship! Have you stopped attending any local church because of unforgiveness? That is death in a relationship! How many churches have you left because of unforgiveness? That is death in a relationship! How many of your relationships have dissolved because of unforgiveness? That is death in a relationship! Unforgiveness is the great destroyer of relationships! This is seen with those who will never ask Jesus to forgive them of their sin. They will spend eternity in Hell (so hard to understand) because of rejecting the forgiveness He is offering because of all that took place at the cross. But how many of your relationship will be fractured for life because you have not forgiven? How many relationships are dead to you? Let us ponder the forgiveness God has given us through His Son and then let us consider why I am not willing to forgive someone… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcuM8n_OciI

Dear Forgiving Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, may I be quick to forgive those who have sinned against me, but also may they be quick to forgive me whom I have sinned against. Yes, Dear Father, may the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ be quick to forgive each other through the power of Your Holy Spirit. May it be so!

OPPOSITION

OPPOSITION

Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven. But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. —Luke 21:10-12

And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. —Luke 21:17

Why does the Name of Jesus cause such opposition and hatred from those who oppose His very Name? Why is it His Name that punctuates the sentences of so many people on a daily basis? It is because of Who He is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sChJUaU5W9I

Dear brother and sister, fellow follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, don’t be surprise when you are opposed. We have the Truth revealed to us in His Word and we know the full picture of what has happened, is happening and will happen on this planet and beyond. Let us rejoice in knowing King Jesus and may we faithfully shine for Him. May it be so even among opposition!

Dear Father, may I stick close to my Lord Jesus as I walk through this day. When opposition comes, may I trust You to guide me in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of King Jesus. May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioL62cqH3iM&index=37&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l

WONDER OF WONDERS AND MARVEL OF MARVELS!

WONDER OF WONDERS AND MARVEL OF MARVELS!

Then Jesus presented them with a question. “Why is it,” he asked, “that the Messiah is said to be the son of David? For David himself wrote in the book of Psalms: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.’ Since David called the Messiah ‘Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” —Luke 20:31-44

Jesus asked this question about the Messiah which is a question He asked to encourage people to consider who He is. The question was how can the Messiah be both Lord and at the same time be the son of David, a descendant of David? Jesus is saying that He is both Lord and a descendant of David. They did not understand how this could be. But we know that He was taking about the incarnation— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BARVAg0gl6w.

God’s Word is clear on this— “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being” (Philippians 2:6-7). In Romans 1:3-4 we read “The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBZiPRPogn0

This is a marvel of all marvels that our Awesome Lord God Almighty, Father of all, Creator along with His Son and His Spirit, present everywhere at all times would come to this teeny tiny speck of a planet in this vast universe. Jesus leaving the glory of Heaven (John 17:1-5) to come to a fallen, sin sick, wicked people and allow them, the ones He created, to mock, beat, brutalize, torture and then crucified Him on the cross— all because of His love for us! This stretches our minds beyond fully comprehending. It leaves us with great thoughts of His majesty in which our puny minds don’t even come close to expressing His infinite Being. Yet, he loves us, is concerned more about us than we are about ourselves and extends His Great Grace toward us. Do we understand who we are in the Lord Jesus Christ? Ponder it and rejoice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuXB1a3NBCw

Dear Father, I am overwhelmed with Who You are and what You have done for me through Your Son— the Lord and son of David. Oh, may I grow in my love for You and seek to be and do what You desire in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son. May it be so!

JESUS OUR CORNERSTONE

JESUS OUR CORNERSTONE

‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ —Luke 20:17

Everything is plumbed and leveled from the cornerstone. It is the stone that sets the direction and placement of a building to fulfill its purpose. So too Jesus being the Cornerstone sets the direction and placement of a person’s life so His purposes for them can be fulfilled. To reject the Cornerstone is to reject the Architect of your life. Who best knows the design and purpose for your life? If we do not “plumb” and “level” our life from Him, then we will not fulfill His purposes in life. May we be building according to the Cornerstone’s direction and not according to our own whimsical ideas. May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLxZEU02uI

Dear Father, may my life be built in relationship to the Cornerstone, Your Son, Jesus. May it be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

LIST…SIN…DEATH

LUST…SIN…DEATH…

Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m pregnant.” —II Samuel 11:5

A crisis pregnancy… What would she do? She sent a communication to the father and told David she was pregnant. The illicit sexual rendezvous did not end with the lustful plan of action being carried out that night. No, now their adulterous affair was complicated with Bathsheba being pregnant. This was not what David had planned. She had no plans to abort the child. David would have to come up with an alternative plan.

David called Bathsheba’s husband Uriah back from the front lines with the seemingly intent of knowing how the battle was going. Instead though he sought to manipulate Uriah to go home so he would have sexual relations with his wife and then they could just make it look like the child was his and not David’s. But Uriah was a faith servant of David and he would not leave the other soldiers. He could not do this while others were on the Battlefield. So David devised another plan— he would get Uriah drunk and then encourage him to go to be with his wife. But this did not work either. Finally, David sent Uriah back to the battle with a letter to Commander Joab. The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed” (II Samuel 11:15). Uriah carried his death sentence and he was innocent from any wrong-doing. No, instead he was faithful to David… faithful to David and David was not faithful to him!

Uriah did die just as David planned. A crisis pregnancy millions of times today has ended in the death of the child. But with David it included killing an innocent man because of the inconvenience. The child from the adulterous affair would also die shortly after birth as a judgment from God on the adulterous couple.

David’s lust sought to have a hidden affair, but all is in the open before God. Nothing is hidden from Him and David’s sin was found out “and you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). Never forget that lust brings about ungodly thoughts and behavior. Love brings about godly thoughts and behavior. The world gets love and lust mixed up all the time. Fellow follower of Jesus, may we have a proper perspective on love and lust and beware of lust! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRP8d7hhpoQ

Dear Father, may my thoughts and actions bring glory to Your Name. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

SEEK THE LOST

SEEK THE LOST

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. —Luke 19:10

Are you looking, seeking for opportunities to see the lost saved? This is why Jesus came— so people could be restored to a relationship with God through Him. Are we seeking opportunities to reconcile people back to God?

Think about it. When was the last time you shared the gospel with someone in some form because you love God and love people? Every person we see, every person we pass by are either saved or lost. We do not know until we engage them in conversation. Again, when was the last time you engaged someone in conversation specifically to share the gospel?

In the above passage Jesus was walking with a crowd when He engaged Zacchaeus in conversation. He saw the one among the many. Do we see the one among the many? May it be so and may we be a light to them.

Dear Father, today help me to shine for You and see the one who is willing to hear about You and may they call on the Name of the Lord Jesus and be saved. May it be so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEhRucEVzH8

PRAY AND DO NOT GIVE UP!

PRAY AND DO NOT GIVE UP!

1One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2“There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

6Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” —Luke 18:1-8

As I was taking some 6 year olds to public kindergarten from our Learning Center, one of the 6 year old boys said, “Mr. White, I have prayed to God 2 times and He has not answered me.” We talked about the above passage and I mentioned that God does not answer us immediately at times, but it could be a long time before He answers us. He answers us when He knows it is best for us and not when we think it is best. Do you know what this 6 year old said He asked God for? So you think it was for some stuff, whatever the stuff is you might think of? This 6 year old boy said he asked God for wisdom and strength. Wow… 6 years old. This is a sharp little boy who had asked his mom for his own Bible and has been reading it. How do I know that? Because when I share Bible stories with the children he says, “I read that in my Bible.” Oh, that this little boy would grow up to be a powerful witness for Jesus. May it be so!

Are you continuing to pray or have you given up? Don’t give up! Jesus told the above parable specially to His “disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Continue in prayer and do not give up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfiYWaeAcRw

Dear Father, indeed, my help comes from You. I will seek You. I will trust You. I will live for You. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus, Your Son.

JESUS SUFFERED, DIED, ROSE & IS COMING AGAIN!

JESUS SUFFERED, DIED, ROSE & IS COMING AGAIN!

For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes. But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation. —Luke 17:24-25

Rejected by the world’s majority and executed by the suffering of the cross was not the end of Jesus! Oh, no… He rose victorious, ascended into Heaven and “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” (Acts 1:1). He is coming back !

Let us be the people He desires us to be and be about His business (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Run the race today that He desires of you and let us keep running until we see Jesus! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFlPdNJAdOY

Dear Father, please help me to keep my eyes on Jesus and run the race You have laid out for me. Yes, may I be faithful in this race by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.