ENABLED AND GIFTED TO DO HIS WORK

ENABLED AND GIFTED TO DO HIS WORK

Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer. —Exodus 35:30-35

This Moses did; according to all that the LORD commanded him, so he did. —Exodus 40:16

               Building the tabernacle was such an intricate work that required great skill.  Our Lord directed Moses how to build the tabernacle and Moses oversaw the work.  But the Lord also “has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan.” 

            So our Lord pulled a team together to do the work.  Both Bezalel and Oholiab were also inspired to teach their skills to others.  So, it was not just Moses, Bezalel and Oholiab that were doing the work, but others were taught and prepared to help as well.  Then all the people were to give supplies for the work to be done.  So, workers were prepared to do the labor and suppliers were to provide the resources for the workers.  Each one did their part and the work was completed.

            The same is true today.  Jesus gave specific gifts, mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-13 “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  Then “to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (I Corinthians 12:7).  So, in the Body of Christ, the Church, there are those the Lord has gifted to encourage others in the work God has given them with the gifts they have been given.

            So the questions are— Are you and I being faithful with gifts He has given us?  Are we doing the work He has called us to do?  Will we be faithful in the work our Lord has given us as  Moses, Bezalel, Oholiab and all the people were in building the tabernacle?  Dear Father, may it be so!  May we be faithful in the gifts and abilities You have given us to do the work You have called us to.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkZE8AogDE

BE THANKFUL!

BE THANKFUL!

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. —Psalm 28:6-7

            What song are you singing to the Lord today?  What tune do you want to lift up to Him?  What song will exalt Him?  What song will give thanks to Him?  What song comes to your mind?  This one comes to mine— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3cLuPrei50 

            I acknowledge my own weakness and any strength I have is from my Lord.  He is my protection and I need not fear anything because He can be fully trusted to always do the right thing even when I do not understand.  He helps me and oh how I need His strength and help.  My hearts exalts You oh Lord and I am so thankful to You.

            I thank You for:

  • Being my strength when I am weak (II Corinthians 10:9-12)
  • Being my shield, protecting me (Ephesians 6:16)
  • Being totally trustworthy (Psalm 119:138)
  • Being my help (Hebrews 13:6)
  • Being worthy of exultation (97:9)
  • Being the song in my heart (Psalm 32:7)

Brothers and sisters, fellow followers of Jesus, we should be the most thankful people on the planet— full of joy and song.  He has given us His Word and we are not in the dark.  We know much of His plans and purposes as He has given them to us in His Word.

Dear Father, I am thankful for all You are and for all You have done, are doing and will do for me.  I am amazed and overwhelmed when I think about how immense You are and yet You consider me.  I cannot grasp the greatness of Who You are, but I can understand the smallness of who I am.  Therefore it astounds me that You desire relationship with me.  I thank You and may I be faithful to You by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Dear Son Jesus.  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=who+have+I+in+heaven+but+you+Sons+of+Korah

I NEED NOT FEAR!

I NEED NOT FEAR!

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?…  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. —Psalm 27:1, 14

            “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”  Jesus IS my Light and Jesus IS my salvation.  Without Him I would still be walking in darkness.  I would still be blinded by the god of this world— Satan himself (II Corinthians 4:4).  But God said, ‘“Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6) and “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).  My Lord God Almighty is the One who did this and so He “is my light and my salvation—- whom shall I fear?”  I need not fear anyone or anything.  “The Lord is the stronghold of my life” and it was He who brought Light into my life. 

            What is going on in your life?  Or, whatever may happen in your life… “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  He knows all about your situation you are presently in or will be in.  Trials and tribulations will come in one form or another (John 16:33).  Satan would use them to knock us down, but our Lord actually desires to work through them to build us up (James 1:2-8).  So… who will we depend on?  I will wait on the Lord.  I will depend on Him because He, and only He, is 100% dependable! 

Yes, Dear Father, whatever may come my way, let me wait on You and depend on You.  Nothing in all creation can separate me from You.  So may I live by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Precious Son Jesus.  So may it be! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0gu0nOaFsI

PROVED, TRIED AND TESTED

PROVED, TRIED AND TESTED

Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. —Psalm 26:2-3

            How is your walk with our Lord… really?  Are you walking in His faithfulness or in your own ways?  Do you keep His steadfast love always in your sight?  When tests come, will you pass and your faithfulness be proved?

            I recently read that only 17% of Christians in America truly believe in the authority of God’s Word.  What that really means is only these 17% of believers accept God’s authority!  So whose authority are the 83% of professing Christians putting themselves under?  Self?  Government?  Something or someone else?

            Think about this!  Do you realized the tens of millions upon the tens of millions right here in the U.S. do not know Jesus?  Is it any wonder our nation is a mess?  Oh, brother and sister, fellow follower of Jesus, may our hearts cry out to our Lord for the lost.  If we are truly faithful and keep His love in sight then we will have this passionate desire to reach the lost with the gospel.

            Oh, Dear Father may I proved to be faithful with whatever tests come my way.  May my heart and mind keep your steadfast love in sight and may I walk in Your faithfulness.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Dear Son Jesus.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUjUvoynGMM

WHEN TAUGHT BY GOD WE ARE FRIENDS OF GOD

WHEN TAUGHT BY GOD WE ARE FRIENDS OF GOD

Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long… Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way… Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.  The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. -Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 12, 14

            For those who truly want to know our Lord’s ways, He will teach them His paths and lead them in His Truth.  I love sharing God’s Word with people, whether verbally or in written form, because if they truly want to know the Truth then He will show them— “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8).  The Holy Spirit of God does the work in a person’s life.  It is He who changes hearts by using His Word.  There are those who are being drawn to Jesus.  May we be sensitive to encourage them toward Jesus when we come into contact with them.

            Then when a person calls on the Lord to saved from their sin to a relationship with God, then they are considered God’s friend— “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).  Those who were once at odds with God, enemies of God are now at peace with God and are saved through the life of Jesus (Romans 5:1-11).  Now His Holy Spirit teaches us and reminds us what Jesus has said (John 14:26).

            So today, O Lord, be pleased to cross our paths with those who desire to know the Truth of their existence and purpose and Who You are.  May we respond, Dear Father, by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Precious Son Jesus as we share Your Truth with them.  Yes, may this be so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__voVCEZo3w

HE KNOWS ALL ABOUT EVERTHING ALL THE TIME

HE KNOWS ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME

And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. —Exodus 23:8

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. —Psalm 24:1-2

            Our Lord is the Owner, Creator and Sustainer of this Earth and all of creation— all that is seen and unseen.  As the Owner/Creator/Sustainer of this Earth, He can do whatever He desires with it.  Just as the Earth is our Lord’s, so is every person on this planet His whether they acknowledge that or not.  And… He can do whatever He desires with any of us.  “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?” (Isaiah 45:9).  “So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him…. Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand… (Jeremiah 18:3-4, 6).  He does what He pleases and we are to be faithful to His desires.

As the Owner/Creator/Sustainer of this Earth, our Lord knows everything, about everything and everybody at any time.  Those who are receiving bribes in the shadows might as well be receiving them in broad daylight as far as our Lord knowing— “even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you” (Psalm 139:12).  Those receiving bribes blinds their thinking.  They take bribes even when it means hurting the innocent.  They are selfish, self-centered, satanically motivated to do wrong.  But… our Lord knows because “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).  Those who take bribes are very short-sighted… or even blind.  All will give account to our Lord!

As followers of Jesus we can take great comfort in knowing that He ultimately is in control and that nothing escapes His notice.  We can also be encouraged that He will set all things right at some point in the future.  And… we will be with Him forever and ever in heaven… that perfect place.  Oh yes, even so come Lord Jesus!  Dear Father it is my desire to be faithful to what you desire to do in and through my life.  May this be so today and for the rest of my life by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  So be it!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAw8P9BbL0A

JESUS IS MY SHEPHERD!

JESUS IS MY SHEPHERD!

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. —Psalm 23

            So now let us read it like this—

JESUS is my shepherd; I shall not want. JESUS makes me lie down in green pastures. JESUS leads me beside still waters. JESUS restores my soul. JESUS leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for JESUS is with me; JESUS’ rod and JESUS’ staff, they comfort me. JESUS prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies; JESUS anoints my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of JESUS forever. —Psalm 23

            Jesus is the one who looks after my life and I can trust Him fully.  I will not be in want of anything because He will make sure my needs will be met to the point I shall not be in want.  He provides the nutrition I need, my daily bread and his daily Word.  He also quenches my thirst— both physically and spiritually.  It is He who restores me when I fall down and cannot get up on my own.  He lifts me up and helps me walk again.  Jesus is the One who desires me to walk in righteousness to honor His Name.  When the darkness of difficulty enters my life I need not be fearful because Jesus is there to protect and comfort me.  Jesus blesses me, encourages me and gives me more than I need.  I can depend on the goodness and mercy of Jesus all my life and one day I will be with Jesus forever.

I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…  I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep… My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” —John 10:7-11, 14-15, 27-30  

Jesus is the only “gate” and His sheep enter through it.  He gives discernment to understand those who would do harm and who not to listen to.  Jesus is the only One who can save us from sin and to a relationship with Him.  Again, Jesus will provide what we need and we shall not be in want.  He desires us to live a full life and He has laid down His life for us to make that possible.  So may we do so!

Now He desires us to have a communicative relationship with Him… to really know Him intimately as He does His Father and as His Father knows Him.  We need to listen to Him and follow Him.  He gives us eternal life and He protects us forever just as His Father does. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx9-LkuVWt4

Dear Father I am so grateful for this life You have given me.  May I live faithfully for You and share this good news with others by the power of Your Spirit and in the authority of Jesus so they too may know the life Jesus gives.  So may it be! 

PERSEVERE AND SEE HIS PROMISES COME TO PASS!

PERSEVERE AND SEE HIS PROMISES COME TO PASS!

And on that very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions. —Exodus 12:51

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. —Psalm 20:7

               Are you trusting our Lord for what He desires to accomplish in and through you and those around you?  Moses was commanded by our Lord to lead the Israelites out of Egypt where they had been in bondage for 430 years.  It was a long process of judgments before Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go.  Would you have persevered when—

  • The work was made harder for the Israelites and they were discouraged and would not listen to Moses.
  • Moses lacked confidence to speak to Pharaoh
  • Aaron’s staff sign became a snake, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Aaron’s rod touched the Nile River and it became blood, the fish died and it stank, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Aaron stretched out his staff and frogs covered the land, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Aaron stretched out his staff and gnats were on the people and animals everywhere, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Our Lord brought dense swarms of flies in all the houses of Egyptians, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Our Lord brought a plague and all the livestock of the Egyptians died, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Moses and Aaron took dust, threw it into the air and boils broke out on people and animals, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky and hail fell all over Egypt with lightning and thunder, on people, animals and fields, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Moses stretched out his hand and swarms of locusts destroyed every green thing, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Moses stretched out his hand and a darkness that could be felt enveloped the land for 3 days and nobody moved, but Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go.
  • Our Lord struck down the firstborn of Egypt— from Pharaoh’s own son to the firstborn of the prisoner and firstborn of livestock and then Pharaoh let the Israelites go.

Moses led the people as they journeyed out of Egypt.  Look at all Moses persevered though before seeing the Lord accomplish what He said he would do.  Not all the power of Egypt, its Pharoah or armies could stop what our Lord desired to do.  Will we trust our Lord through the process of what He wants to do in and through our lives? To be sure, it will not be exactly what we expect.  Oh, Dear Father, may we surely trust You for all You want to do in and through our lives.  May we do so because we love You and want to honor You through loving obedience.  Yes, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Sx_U0Ztr8  

GOD IS AND IS NOT SILENT!

GOD IS AND IS NOT SILENT!

For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. —Exodus 9:14-15

But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the LORD God.  —Exodus 9:30

 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. —Psalm 19:1-4

            Evidence?  A person needs evidence that God exists?  Creation screams out His presence.  Past and present judgments reveal that He is in control and we are not.  When He judges the world in various ways it is to show that there is none like Him.  His judgments are to get the rebellious and wicked people’s attention.  He is giving them opportunity to acknowledge Him, to repent from their sin and turn to Him.  But even when He brings judgment there are many who will just harden their hearts and seek to grind out through the judgment.  Oh, that they may call out to God.  But for many under judgment they call out for the moment and it is not to have relationship with Him.  They only want relief and when the difficulty passes they forget all about Him.

            God could cut any nation or people off from the earth at any time if He so desired, but He desires relationship with people.  He wants to save people from their sin and to an eternal relationship with Him.  He wants to save them from this sinful, fallen, dark and satanically manipulated world to a perfect world with Him— one with no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).  He is always at work seeking to get people’s attention to the Truth and away from the eternally destructive deception of Satan.

            Not only does He work through judgments He brings to the earth, but His very creation is a day by day and night by night reminder that He exists.  No place on the earth can escape the message that creation communicates.  There are no excuses for not believing He exists (Romans 1:20).  The problem is that the design of wickedness, Satan’s and man’s, is to suppress the Truth.  The darkness of wickedness seeks to extinguish the Light of Truth, but it cannot.  The Truth about God is ever present and when men cannot suppress it, they just reject it and go their own way.  This is so sad to reject the God who seeks to give them the joy of eternal life in a perfect place.

            Brother and sister, fellow follower of Jesus, let us rejoice that we know Him, are loved by Him, love Him and seek to serve and honor Him.  And… let us seek to encourage others to know Him as well.  Yes, let us bring the Light of the gospel message to others today and for the rest of our lives that they can escape satanic bondage and experience the freedom that Jesus gives.  Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Precious and Blameless Son, Jesus.  So be it!

TRUST GOD TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT HE DESIRES THROUGH YOU!

TRUST GOD TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT HE DESIRES THROUGH YOU!

But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do.  He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. —Exodus 4:10-16

            Ever make excuses as to why you cannot do what God wants you to do?  Have you ever excused yourself from God’s desires for you because you’re not a “great speaker?”  This could be just speaking to a neighbor, friend or relative about Jesus.  You keep from doing so because you may not have the right words to say or you do not have the confidence in a particular situation to speak.  Or it just may be you are fearful because of who the person is.  Moses had all these excuses.

            Actually, when Moses was making all these excuses as to why he couldn’t do what God was asking him to do, God got angry with Moses.  Wow… do we want God angry with us?  Will He get angry with us if we are disobedient?  Well, I remember what Jesus said— “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me” (Matthew 17:17).  It does look like God is surely patient, but there is a time when His patience runs out.

            Have you ever wanted God or asked God to send someone else instead of you?  The reason may have been you just did not want to do what God was asking or you just did not have the confidence to do so.  But… Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”  Knowing this should give us confidence that if God is going to call us to do something then He will enable us to do it!  May we be faithful to His desires for us.

            Even though Moses still had his brakes on and did not want to do what God desired him to do, God was gracious to him and gave him a teammate to serve with him.  Moses’ brother, Aaron, would be Moses’ spokesman.  Moses would share with Aaron what God would want said and Aaron would speak.  God would teach them both what to say.  How patient God was with Moses!  What grace He extended to Him!  God knew what Moses needed and He provided for the need. In this case the need was for Aaron to be the speaker.

            Let us trust God to provide what we need to accomplish what He has called us to.  Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Dear Son Jesus.  May we trust You for what You desire to do in and through us.  What You desire to do You will do!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ODe4sGCKxc