GOD IS IN CONTROL!

GOD IS IN CONTROL!

I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. —Daniel 7:13-14

And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them. —Daniel 7:27

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! —Psalm 57:5

            A time is coming… yes, it is coming when everything will be in subjection to our God and we are on the victory side.  This will come to pass.  His kingdom, which you brother and sister are in, is an everlasting kingdom.  All this now will pale as much as the temporary will pale to the eternal.  Think of how “large” eternity is and how “small” the temporary is!  Wow!  We have eternal life.  We are part of the everlasting kingdom with all the saints. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChcljJ3QU9M

            In the temporary it may “seem” that men are ruling, but they are not in control.  They may think they are, but they are not.  God is in control. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Eiv1r5UnE  Since God is in control they we can take comfort that when things seem out of control— they really are not.  He is moving His plans and purposes forward.  Keep the finish line in view and finish the race He has marked out for you while keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Dear Father I am grateful to know the end and I look forward to seeing my Lord Jesus with all the saints who love Him.  May I faithfully finish the race in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

HONOR OUR KING!

HONOR OUR KING!

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble. —Daniel 4:37

            Our King is:

  • Always right in the work He does
  • Just in all His ways
  • Able to humble those who walk in pride

Our King is:

  • To be praised
  • To be extolled
  • To be honored

When things do not seem right in our lives we must remember that God is working out His will.  Whatever He is doing is just.  We just do not see the whole picture and so many times to us things do not make sense.  This is where you and I have to trust Him as He works out His plans and purposes.  One thing we surely understand it that our King can humble anyone who walks in pride.  May that not be us.  Let us walk humbly and not be prideful.

There is so much to praise, extol and honor our King for.  He who has created all things is so awesome— “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4).  That God is even mindful of you and me is truly astounding.  Not only is He mindful of us, but He cares for us.  Consider how small we are!  Yet our King knows every little detail about our lives in this massive creation that He not only created but sustains every single moment of every single year, month, day, hour, minute, second… He knows and cares for you and me!  Wow… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE

Sigh.. O Father that I would truly be faithful to You.  I feel I fail You so often, but I am grateful that Your love does not change for me.  Oh, I am so thankful that Your Word tells me this is so.  May I be living consistent as I walk through this day.  May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JGS9WICtIg

HE IS THE GIVER!

HE IS THE GIVER!

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. —Daniel 2:21-22

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. —John 14:26

            It is our Lord God Almighty who gives wisdom.  All wisdom and knowledge comes from Him.  Mankind thinks so highly of itself that it thinks it comes up with knowledge.  It does not.  It would know nothing or have nothing if it were not for our Lord.

            Those in power also think that it is by their doing that they are in power.  It was not.  They would not be in power unless our Lord desired them to be as He is fulfilling His purposes.  What mankind does in the darkness, thinking they are getting away it, well they are not.  Our God knows what goes on in the darkness as well as the light.  Nothing escapes His notice.

            So it is with us brother and sister.  It is through God’s Holy Spirit that we learn what God wants us to learn.  He also gives power to be and do what God desires (Acts 1:9).  As followers of Jesus we cannot do anything in our own strength that honors God.  Oh, that we would listen as His Holy Spirit teaches us and be faithful to what He reveals to us.

Yes, Dear Father, may I be faithful to what You teach me and may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x8TZiwPGa0

GOD’S PURPOSES PREVAIL!

GOD’S PURPOSE PREVAIL!

 Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him.  And the king’s young men told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.”  So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?”  And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set.  And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’ ”  Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.”  So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and led him through the square of the city, proclaiming before him, “Thus shall it be done to the Esther 6:4-11

Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.”  And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated. —Esther 7:9-10

For Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is, cast lots), to crush and to destroy them.  But when it came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. —Esther 9:24-25

O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might.  O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.  For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah  Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.  He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them.  With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.  For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies. —Psalm 54

            God is sovereign over the affairs of men — “God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes” (Daniel 5:21).  He directs them as He wills.  This should give us great comfort.  Esther is a wonderful history on how our Lord does indeed work in the affairs of men.  Nothing escapes His notice.  Nothing hinders His hand.  Nobody is beyond His power and purposes.  He is guiding it all and we can trust Him fully.  May we do so even when things look bleak.  Let us keep our eyes fixed “on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) as we “run with endurance the race set out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Run & trust Him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x8TZiwPGa0

Dear Father I am so glad that You are guiding the affairs of men.  Help me to be faithfully about Your purposes in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.  May it be so!

BORN FOR SUCH A TIME!

BORN FOR SUCH A TIME!

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” —Esther 4:14

            Are you keeping silent with what God desires you to speak and do?  Is so then God will raise someone else up to speak and do what He desires.

            So what is it that God wants you to speak and do?  Who does He want you to share the gospel with today?  Who does He want you to serve today?  Will you do so or will He have to raise someone else up to do so?

            Oh, that you and I would seek to honor Him in obedience.  He will take notice and you will be blessed!  Be faithful to what He desires you to say and do today! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pBqjUdWoQs

Dear Father may I be sensitive to Your desires for me today and obey.  May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

GOD KNOWS AND REMEMBERS!

Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people. —Nehemiah 5:19

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. —II Corinthians 5:10

            As followers of Jesus God is keeping track of our lives.  He knows all about us.  He knows the good we do and He knows the bad we do.  This is not for a scale to see if we have done enough good to be saved or enough bad to be condemned.  No, we could never be good enough to be saved and Jesus already took our condemnation at the cross. 

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.  If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. —I Corinthians 3:11-15        

            Jesus said:

  • I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. —Revelation 2:2
  • I know your afflictions and your poverty–yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. —Revelation 2:9
  • I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. —Revelation 2:19
  • These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. —Revelation 3:1 
  • I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. —Revelation 3:8
  • I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! —Revelation 3:15

Nothing escapes His notice.  He knows my name and everything about me… and you!

Dear Father may I just seek to be faithful to You to honor Your Name.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.  May it be so!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haLkLDfLBok

HE MOVES MOUNTAINS

HE MOVES MOUNTAINS

And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me. —Nehemiah 2:8

            When God desires to do a work even unsaved government leaders will be favorable to us if that is what He desires.  Only our mighty God and King can bring this about in the lives of the lost.  So, whatever the Lord desires you or me to do, trust Him and do it!  He will bring it to pass and even those who do not know Him will be moved by Him to be supportive.  You say, “It seems so impossible!”  Yes, from man’s perspective it even is!  But this is not so from God’s perspective.  He can do whatever He desires with whoever He desires whenever He desires.  Trust Him!

            So is God putting it on your heart to move in a direction for Him?  Has He asked you to do something that is beyond your capability?  Trust Him to do what You cannot do!  No power on earth can stop Him from doing what He has planned.  So whatever the Lord wants to do in and through you— yield to Him and trust Him to accomplish it.  Will you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsMAXhc0QTs

Dear Father, I cannot move mountains, but You can.  I cannot change and direct men’s hearts, but You can.  May I trust You to do so with what You want to accomplish through my life.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.  So be it!

SING PRAISE!

SING PRAISE!

Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! —Psalm 47:6

            Praise Him for His love.  Praise Him for His compassion.  Praise Him for His kindness.  Praise Him for His patience.  Praise Him for His sovereignty.  Praise Him for being all-powerful.  Praise Him for being all-knowing.  Praise Him for being all-present everywhere at all times.  Praise Him for His provision.  Praise Him for His purposes being accomplished.  Praise Him for His marvelous creation.  Praise Him for being a new creation of His.  Praise Him for being in relationship with Him.  Praise Him for our home in heaven.  Praise Him…

            Will you sing praises to our God and King today?  Yes, let us lift up His awesomeness!  May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuuZMg6NVeA

Dear Father You do all things right.  I am grateful that You are fully trust worthy and that You called me into Your service by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.  May I be faithful.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSM96OA39ic

REMEMBER THE POOR

REMEMBER THE POOR

Blessed is the one who considers the poor. —Psalm 41:1

All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. —Galatians 2:10

            There are those who are poor in this world.  That is their present state and the church is called to remember them and to be eager to do so.  How are you and I doing in this area?  How is the local church we attend doing in this area of ministering to the poor.  Now this is specifically talking about people who are materially poor. 

            Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.”  There you have it.  Jesus said that poor people will always be.  That is just how it is in this fallen world.  But He also said we “can help them any time we want.”  The Apostle Paul was asked by James, Peter and John to “remember the poor.”  This was something that Paul was “eager to do.”

            How eager is our local church to help the poor?  Whether it is locally or globally, how is our local church helping the poor?  How are we as individuals helping the poor?  Do we want to help the poor?  Praise God there is coming a time when there will be no more poor!  Until then let us be faithful in helping them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3yUyDzP3z4

Dear Father help me as an individual and we as a local church to extend help to the poor as You desire.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

CONFESS YOUR SIN

CONFESS YOUR SIN!

I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin. —Psalm 38:18

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in us. —I John 1:8-10

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. —James 5:16

            Have you confessed your sin?  Did you talk to Him about trespassing His will?  Are you sorry for your sin?

            Sometimes when I am around certain groups of people, especially leadership groups, I feel like everybody else has got it together and only I don’t.  Are these followers of Jesus completely perfect?  The way many believers portray themselves is that they never fail and sin.  I know this is not the case, but as followers of Jesus we are told to confess our “sins to each other and pray for each other.”  Now let me ask, “When was the last time you confessed your sin to another believer?”  Or, “When was the last time another believer confessed their sin to you?”  When we do not do this we miss out on another believer praying specifically for our need!

            John included himself in these statements—

  • “If WE say WE have no sin, WE deceive OURSELVES and the truth is not in US.
  • “If WE confess OUR sins, He is faithful and just to forgive US OUR sins and to cleanse US from all unrighteousness. 
  • “If WE say WE have not sinned, WE make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in US.

This John, this Apostle of Love, saw himself in need of confessing his sin and through the Holy Spirit wrote to encourage us to do the same.  Confession brings cleansing and a confidence to continue walking with Christ.  On the other hand, those who claim they have not sinned are calling God a liar!  A person like this can be in God’s Word, be speaking God’s Word but His Word is not really in them.  It is all superficial.  They are in self-deception.  Wow!  What a dangerous place to be in!  All because of not confessing sin, of not agreeing with God about trespassing His will.

Let us not portray ourselves as followers that have it all together.  It is interesting that God included the failures of many saints in the past, those counted righteous, “For everything that was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).  These included the failings and sin of Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, the Judges, King David, Jonah…  Take courage!  The enduring truth of God’s Word instructs us if we will heed to the instruction and we can have hope.  God worked greatly through those of the past who failed as they acknowledge their sin and confessed it.  May we be like them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPw46ZmkbFE

Dear Father, thank You for forgiveness.  Without forgiveness I would have no hope at all.  In gratitude may I live faithfully for You, being and doing what You desire in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.