Friday, March 16, 2018

Have You Asked?

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3

Someone who I am close to has been calling me for weeks to help give them some advice for a situation they are in. They have a decision to make and the time is getting short- they have to make it within just a matter of days. I asked her yesterday what was she hearing from the Lord in prayer about this matter. She told me that she really hasn't prayed about it. This amazes me! She is a very godly woman and even teaches the Bible-- the same Bible that tells her not to lean to her own understanding but to acknowledge the Lord in all her ways; the same Bible that says that it's not in a man to direct his own steps; the same Bible that says that there is a way that seems right unto a man but the end is destruction; the same Bible that says, "Without Me, you can do nothing."

There is a two-fold message in this word this morning: 1) Be a doer of the word and not a hearer only. It does you no good to just know what it says, be able to quote it or teach it's principals to others. The benefit is in the application- in doing what it says, acting upon it, following it's instructions. The second is- you should never try to make decisions without the council of God. My friend keeps asking me what she should do-- I don't have any more of a clue than she does unless I seek the Lord for an answer. We (none of us) just don't know what's the best thing to do, we just don't have the answers, we just cannot make wise decisions on our own, we are so finite- confined to the knowledge of the moment- unable to see down the road, see the outcome or see the avenues that are hidden from our view. So it's no wonder she doesn't know what to do--- "you have not, because you ask not".

Let me combine the two messages into one word briefly: Look to God's word and apply it to every situation and decision you are faced with- no matter how big or small it may be- because you don't have what it takes to make the right choices on your own.... but He does, and He will show you as you "seek Him first."

Have a great day. Are you trying to make decisions on your own? You can't do it!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

"Doing My Part"

"For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." 1 Corinthians 3:9
In our salvation and spiritual growth, we have a part and God has a part. Too many Christians set back and wait for God to do it all--- He can, but He usually chooses to work with us. This is why the promises of God are conditional.
Let me give you a few examples. He said for us to confess our sins and He would cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We confess, He forgives and cleanses. He said for us to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we would be saved. We believe, He saves. He said to bring your tithes and offerings into the storehouse and He would open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on you. You give, He blesses. He said to lay hands on the sick and they would recover. You lay hands on them, He heals them.
When God told the children of Israel to posses the promised land, He gave them instructions on how to take the cities. At Jericho He told them to march around the city for seven days then on the seventh day they were to go around it seven times then shout. When they did, the walls came down. They obeyed and marched around the city, God brought the walls down. Victory came as they worked together with God.
The real point I want to get to this morning is-- your part always involves an act of faith. It takes faith to believe in Jesus for salvation. It takes faith to give your monies when you have a financial need. It took faith for them to walk around the wall those many days. If we are going to receive the blessings, victory, walk in abundant life, then we are going to have to work together with God by doing what He says. And doing what He says will involve faith.
Have a great day. If we will do our part and step out in faith and be obedient to what He says do, then He will do His part.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"Apply Truth"

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

If the truth makes us free, then why are so many who hear the truth of God's word still not free? Freedom comes as we receive the truth. It doesn't just come automatically. It doesn't come if you reject it. It's like soap. Soap has the power to cleanse. If you are dirty, you can take soap and water and wash away the dirt, grim, perspiration and impurities on your body, but if you don't "apply" it to your body you will remain dirty. It's not the soap's inability to clean you, it's your lack of use.

The Pharisees are a prime example of this. They had the truth- they had the written word of God. But they also had the living word of God. Jesus walked and talk with them but yet they still stayed in bondage- bondage to religious traditions, to pride and arrogance, to deception and self righteousness. Jesus, who is THE Truth, walked among them, testifying of God's word and power to set free and they still remained in bondage because they rejected what He said in exchange for their own teachings and and sinful desires.

God's word is powerful, it can and will set captives free, it will bring us into liberty, it will show us the way to eternal and abundant life, but only as we receive it and apply it to our lives. If we don't, then we will remain in bondage, we will believe a lie and we won't walk in freedom.

Have a great day. Truth received and applied sets us free- "Thy Word is Truth".

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"There Is A Plan In Place"

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
You never can tell about a day. We don't have the ability to see into the day and know what is going to happen in it. We just have to live it minute by minute as it unfolds before us. Some times that unfolding brings good things into our lives. Some times it brings tragedy, heartache, pain, or bad reports. Who can know? God does. He knows what lies ahead each day. He sees the end of the day at the beginning. Actually, He has already seen the end of each day that has yet to be before the foundation of the world. He foresees the future from the past.
Knowing this should bring us great comfort because that means that though things may happen in a day that take us by surprise, nothing takes Him by surprise. He has already seen it. And not only has He seen it, He has made provision ahead of time for it. God doesn't come up with a plan for the events that happen in our life as they happen. He doesn't try to decide what to do on the spur of the moment when faced with the situation. He doesn't try to figure out the best route to take when the situation presents itself. He has already decided, planned and figured out what to do. For example, He saw the fall of man before He ever created mankind. It was at that point that He came up with the plan of redemption, not at the fall when they disobeyed and ate from the tree. 
Whatever you are facing today, God has already seen it in the past, and He has already made a provision for it. He isn't trying now to come up with a solution, He already has one. So trust that He has seen ahead what you are going through, it isn't taking Him by surprise, and He already has a plan to work all things together for your good through it.
Have a great day. Because God has already seen this day before it ever got here, He knows what will happen and He already has a plan in place to take care of it. So trust Him. 
For further reading:
1 Peter 1:18-21
Revelation 13:8
Hebrews 4:13

Monday, March 12, 2018

"It's Not Impossible"

"Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters." Psalm 114:8
According to the laws of nature and the laws of physics it is impossible to turn a rock into water or flint into water. A rock has a solid form and water is a liquid. A rock is unbending, unyielding, firm, substantial. Water is free flowing, it's shapeless taking on the form of whatever it comes in contact with, very yielding, fluid. They are two completely opposites. It is also impossible for water to "stand up". It doesn't take an educated person to know this- even children know this is impossible. The only way it could ever happen was if the God who can do the impossible steps into the picture. And when He does- nothing becomes impossible.
The Lord wants to encourage you this morning by reminding you that it doesn't matter how impossible the situation you are going through looks, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He turned a rock into water once, He can do it again. He did it in the past to meet the need of His people, He can do it again to meet your need. He can do it--- there is nothing impossible for Him!
Have a great day. He can turn your rock into water.