MY ROCK!

MY ROCK!

For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? —II Samuel 22:32

Really, who else is there? Who is like the Lord God Almighty? What other plan through the ages has been for the benefit of Mankind? Where is there another who has taken care of the eternal sin problem— having made remedy Himself? Is there another who has paid the penalty for every sin— past, present and future? Have you heard of another who loves us with an eternal love? What other has come and lived among those He created? Name another who has created all we see and don’t see? Is there another? No, there is not!

All other imagined god’s are dictators expecting followers to work for their salvation. This is what sets Biblical Christianity apart for all other religious systems— salvation is a gift that makes a believer blameless before God without doing anything. Then after salvation we find out that “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). It is out of the loving gratitude of the heart that the follow of Jesus wants to serve Him. It is a marvel when we consider Who He is and all He has saved us from. Let us rejoice for all that He is and for all that He has done. Yes, let all of us who know Him praise His Name! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5zY3odoE5E

I thank You Father that Jesus is my Rock and I will not be moved because I am in Him. It is truly a Marvel as to Who You are and what You have done. Out of loving gratitude may I truly grow in my love for You and serve You in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

OLD AGE

OLD AGE

Now Barzillai was very old, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man. The king said to Barzillai, “Cross over with me and stay with me in Jerusalem, and I will provide for you.” But Barzillai answered the king, “How many more years will I live, that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king? I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the difference between what is enjoyable and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king? —II Samuel 19:32-:35

Barzillai was a faithful supporter and servant of King David. He had provided for him when David was in exile. Now that the King was returning to Jerusalem He desired to repay Barzillai for his faithfulness and have him come to Jerusalem. The King would take care of him for the rest of his life.

Barzillai realistically acknowledge where he was in life. A sorrow of this fallen world is that we age and eventually cannot do and experience things we use to. In Barzillai’s case he knew his taste buds had changed along with his hearing. He knew he did not have many more years to live and wanted to die in his own town and be buried with his parents.

Yes, old age takes a toll, more on some than on others as healthy bodies become weaker and health issues are experience. Glasses, hearing aids, false teeth, synthetic body parts, canes, walkers and wheel chairs are well known among the elderly. Loss of independence follows in older age. No more motorcycle riding or driving a car. Even a walk outside during warm sunny weather becomes impossible for many who are aged.

Yes, this fallen world takeS a toll on the body, but the good news of trusting Jesus includes a new body that will not perish (I Corinthians 15). As we age as followers of Jesus, this is the hope that we have in Him—- “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2). Praise God for our eternal body soon to be ours!

Dear Father, I am grateful to know Jesus now and to soon be with Him forever. I do look forward to my eternal body which will not feel the effects of the fall. Thank You for all that You are and all that You have done for me in Jesus. May I live out the rest of this life in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfiYWaeAcRw

OUR EBBING LIFE

OUR EBBING LIFE

Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. —II Samuel 14:14

Your life and my life is ebbing away. With each tick of the clock we are closer to death. That is just a fact of life. We all have this in common. Tick, tick, tick and now we are that much closer… Once water is poured out on the ground it cannot be retrieved and as we live life it cannot be retrieved. Life lived is life gone and we draw closer to our final breath on this planet.

Yet, for those of us who love and live for Jesus, ahead of us is forever life in Heaven. Yes, we will die unless Jesus comes back in our life-time, but death is just a brief passage, an archway to our home in Heaven. The way our life is poured out here on earth will be assessed at the judgment seat of Christ. He is looking to recognized us there for faithful service. There will be no condemnation. Jesus already took that for us… He poured His life out for us and now may we pour out our life for Him. Let us use the time wisely and be the type of people He desires us to be. Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus as I walk through this day. Oh please, help me to serve in such a way today as to affect eternity. May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiRhcR4Vg10

GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU DID!

GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU DID!

“You are the man!” —II Samuel 12:7

David lusted after Bathsheba when he saw her bathing and then had sexual relations with her. When she told the king she was pregnant he immediately thought of a plan to hide his sin. When plan A and B did not work, then he put into motion a more wicked, evil plan C to have Bathsheba’s husband killed. The king succeeded in his sordid deed.

Now David thought he had gotten away with both adultery and murder. But there is one who knows all things and David had not gotten away with anything. In time God sent a messenger to David.

The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! (II Samuel 12:1-7).

We may be able to hide sin from people, but that sin is not hidden from the Lord God Almighty, Maker of the Heavens and Earth. No, He knows! David did acknowledge his sin—

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge” (Psalm 51:1-4).

Thank God for His mercy and forgiveness. Without it none of us would have any hope. Yes, let us thank Him for His mercy and love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH2A0voHZu8

Dear Father I thank You for Your great mercy and love toward me. Now may I live faithful to You and Your desires. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.

SEEK THE LOST!

SEEK THE LOST!

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

Jesus told the parables of The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Lost Son. There is much rejoicing after finding that which is lost. So it is in Heaven— “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent” (Luke 15:7). Are you and I seeking out the lost? Are we going to where they are? Do we have the loving compassion for the lost? Someone did for us when we were lost!

Will your eyes seek to the lost sheep today? Will you be concern over the lost coin? Will you have compassion for the lost son? Will your eyes see the lost family member, neighbor, cashier, people around you as you stand in line, fellow worker or student? Jesus did and wants us to! May we be like Him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_ZWEO36jok

Dear Father help me to have open eyes and a seeking of the lost as I walk through today. May this be so I the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

OUR GOD OVER THE IMPOSSIBLE

OUR GOD OVER THE IMPOSSIBLE

“How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” —Luke 18:24-27

God can do anything He wants to do. God is God and we are not. There are things that we want to know, but they are out of our grasp. There are things we want to understand, but they are beyond our comprehending. Instead of getting frustrated with those things that are unanswered, let us be faithful to those things He has revealed to us. “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”

God is either fully trustworthy or He is not worthy to be trusted at all. I sincerely believe His Word and that He is fully trustworthy. Oh, wouldn’t I like to be like that! God can take the impossible from the human stand point and make the possible out of it. Only He can do that. You and I cannot change people. We cannot change circumstances. There are times where we think we are in control, but we are not. Yes, we are responsible for our choices, but it is God who is Sovereign over us even though we cannot even come close to fully comprehending it.

Woe to the pilot who does not believe his instrument panel in flight and tries to fly “but the seat of his pants.” He will soon be in trouble along with all those on the plane. Woe to the person who does not believe in the Word of God and seeks to live life… their end will be far worse.

I am grateful to know that God is Sovereign over me and that I can trust Him fully. It is wonderful to know that this is true and that God is Sovereign over everything. He is working “out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11). Yes, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

Dear Father, there is so much I do not understand. But I do understand that You are working everything for my good. Please help me to be faithful as I finish the race You have marked out for me. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus my Lord. So be it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9TjvjBIKcw

PRAY!

Pray!

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up… However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? —Luke 18:2, 8

Are you ready to give up? Have you prayed for a person or persons for years and have not seen an answer? Maybe you have prayed about a situation and it has not changed. Are you questioning whether God cares? Are you asking if He even knows? Are you losing faith?

If you are, then this Word is for you. This parable in Luke 18:1-8 was given by Jesus to deal with this very issue. It is not up to you for the timing and circumstances as to when and how your prayer will be answered. It is up to you to trust God for that. That is faith. Faith is a dependence and trust in God to do the right thing. Do you trust Him to do the right thing? Then keep seeking Him in prayer. That is faith. Keep praying for the person, persons, circumstances and situations! He is at work! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsx1DIc5o4A

Don’t give up. Keep praying. Trust in the goodness of God. Know that He does hear and that He is always working. Faith trusts in the One who cannot be seen to do the things and touch the people that we cannot change. Oh, don’t lose heart, but cling to the One who is over all things! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT6lFcM-Fv8 He will answer!

Dear Father I trust You to answer according to Your plan and purposes. Oh, that I would fully trust You for that. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Yes, so be it.

REMEMBER!

REMEMBER!

Remember Lot’s wife! —Luke 17:32

When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” —Genesis 19:16-17

But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. —Genesis 19:26

Lot’s wife disobeyed and she was judged because of it. We are to remember her and not do what she did. She longed for the place she had been, longed for her stuff, was tied to the temporary of this world. “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36). The temporary was more import to her than obedience.

How is it with us who claim the Name of Jesus? Where is our treasure? Where is our heart’s focus? May it be on the eternal and not on the temporal. The shelves of our lives bear witness to what is important to us. What are they filled with— Heaven’s treasure or earthly wares? Oh, that we would have the right focus and “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). So be it…

Dear Father, may I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and finish the race marked out for me. May I not turn back. May I not focus on the temporary. May my treasure focus be on that which is eternal. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzoxsxsIMCE

BEWARE OF THE TEMPTERS!

BEWARE OF THE TEMPTERS!

And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. —Luke 17:1-2

The Lord Jesus is not happy with those who tempt others to sin. In Romans 1:32 we are told there are those who do evil things and “they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” What are some of the wicked things they approve? Well here’s what is mentioned in Romans 1: 21-31—-

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

These darken hearted people encourage others to love anything other than God. They encourage sexual immorality of all types and the worship of creation. They have a love for money and have no problem murdering others. They are quick to ruin the reputation of others and turn children against their parents. They are cold hearted… These people know judgment will come, but they keep on doing these evil things and like it when others join with them in doing so. Jesus will have the last Word! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e37m3I5eH8g

Dear Father, how sad it is that man gravitates toward sinful, wicked behavior and not toward You. I am grateful that You drew me to Jesus and may You be please to work in and through me to draw others to Jesus as well. May this be done in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zgTrH5RUD0&t=5s

THE PLACE OF TORMENT!

THE PLACE OF TORMENT!

“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

It is hard to wrap our minds around eternal life in a place of pleasure— Heaven where everything is going to be perfect. But Heaven is easier for me to understand than “this place of torment.” The Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15), eternal fire (Matthew 25:41), Hell (II Peter 2:4), Hades (Luke 16:23) and so many other portions of God’s Word speaks to this terrible place. Part of Hell being hard to understand is because we do not truly understand the eternal absolute wicked darkness of sin and the affront it is to God.

Sin is the issue, our rebellion against God. This is what will send people to Hell. Hell is what all people deserve because of our sinful rebellion against God. Those who do not understand this think higher of themselves than they are. They do not have a proper perspective of who they are before an absolute Holy God who cannot have sin in His presence. Heaven will be sinless! Oh, I long for that day!

The rich man in the verses above had no thought about eternal torment until he was in it and then he had a desire for his brothers to know the Truth so they would end up where he was. There is only one way to avoid Hell— it is hearing and obeying the Word of God through His servants— “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13) and “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjkzW8oNlvg

Servant of God, may you be faithful in sharing God’s Word with those around you. Yes, Father, may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.