Friday, September 21, 2018

"God's Size"

"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?" Isaiah 66:1

"Stop telling God how big your problem is, and start telling your problem how big your God is." I am sure that you have heard that said before, but do you practice it? Are you living by it? When problems come, is their size all you can see?

No matter how big the problem, it is not bigger than God. No matter how big the mountain, it is not bigger than God. No matter how fierce the lions, how hot the furnace, how deep the pit, how wide the valley, how dry the wilderness, how raging the storm--- it is not bigger than God. When you are going through such times and difficulties, don't focus on them, focus on God. Focus on His "size", His power, His ability. Remind yourself that He is the one who created the universe, who parted the Red Sea, who made man from a handful of dust, who uses the earth as a footstool; then look at your problem and compare it to Him. There is no comparison- He will always be bigger and more powerful.

Is there really anything that is too big for God? Is your problem more than He can handle? Is it stronger than He is? The answer to all is: NO! Then start living like it. Stop letting the problems rob you, defeat you, destroy you, hold you captive, steal your joy, or make you fearful, because they are no match for God. He will always be bigger and more powerful.

Have a great day. Your problem may be big, but your God is bigger.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Flourish"

"The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish." Proverbs 14:11

As I read this verse I thought about the parable of the wise man and the foolish man who built their houses upon two different foundations- sand and rock. The "house" that this parable is referring to is a person's life. The foolish man (the wicked) built his life upon sand and it was destroyed. The wise man (the upright in heart) built his on rock and it was not destroyed.

If you want to keep your house from being overthrown like the man whose house was built on sand, you have to build it on the right foundation. You have to put your trust, faith, confidence, and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you don't, your lives will always be overthrown. The enemy will overthrow you and put you in bondage. The storms of life will overthrow you and destroy you. The trials of life will overthrown you. Whatever comes against you will put you in a state of ruin.

But for those who put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, the storms will not destroy us- we will continue to live and grow (flourish). The enemy can not overthrow us- his attacks only strengthen us as we come through them victorious. The trials of life will not overcome us- God's strength will be made perfect in our weakness so we will rise up strong in them. We are not overthrown by what comes our way... on the contrary, it actually causes up to grow.

Have a great day. There is only one place to build your life if you don't want it destroyed-- on the Rock, on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"The Choice Is Simple"

"So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life." Job 7:15

Several years ago I was keeping my little granddaughter and after our lunch I left her in the highchair to "play" while I washed the dishes. Of course, you know when you give a baby a toy it will always wind up on the floor. I gave her a couple of toys to content her-- you guessed it, they all wound up on the floor. After about the third time of picking them up, I decided to "load her down" with toys hoping that it would take a longer time to drop all of them. I placed the "dozen" toys on the table in front of her and she got the strangest look on her face. I think she went into "overload". She looked like she was so overwhelmed at having so many choices- she didn't know where to begin or what to play with first. I said to her, "Did Nanna give you too many choices?" As soon as that came out of my mouth, the Lord reminded me that He only gives us two choices at any given time.... and we still don't know what to do!

He gives us the choices: to be hot or cold (Revelation 3:15); to serve Him or mammon (Matthew 6:24); to serve Him or false gods (Joshua 24:15); to choose life or death, blessings and cursing (Deut. 30:19); to forgive or not forgive; to obey or disobey.  In the Garden of Eden He gave man the choice to eat or not to eat of the forbidden tree. Of course, Adam blew it although it was a simple choice to make. We do the same thing when it comes to making choices. We make the choice so hard, even when God gives us the answer to which choice to make. "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." (Deut. 30:19)

Are you in a place of decision? Are you struggling between one choice or another? Are you having a hard time making a decision even though you know which is the right one? Are you making a simple choice difficult? Jesus had a choice to make too in a garden- choose His will or the will of the Father. Of course, He made the right choice leaving us an example that no matter how difficult, or simple, the choice might be we can still choice the right one.

Have a great day. We aren't overwhelmed with too many decisions at a time. So making the right one ought not be that difficult.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Light Out Of Darkness"

"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." Psalm 119:130

Have you ever gone through a "dark" time? You are in the middle of a problem but you don't understand why or what's going on? When you don't understand, there is only one thing to do-- seek the Lord for an answer. As you do, He will answer you. He will show you if there is something you have done to cause it- like unconfessed sin, your reaping where you sowed, if you've opened the door to the enemy. He may tell you that it is just a test that will make you stronger in the end. When He speaks to you, His answer is His word that brings light into the situation so that you can "see clearly" and have a better understanding of what's happening to you. "The entrance of thy words giveth light."

Once God speaks to you about the situation, it is up to you to do whatever He tells you. If He tells you there is sin- you need to repent. If He tells you that it is just a test- rejoice and commit to trust Him deeper. If He tells you to bind or loosen something- bind it or loosen it. If He tells you to take your hands off- take them off. If He tells you to make restitution- go make it. If He tells you to go to an offended brother- go to them. If He tells you to fast- fast. If He tells you to forgive- forgive. Once His word comes into the situation, it enlightens you so that you can see clearly- you are no longer "groping around in darkness" trying to figure it out. But you will stay in that darkness unless you obey what He says. That's when that word He spoke to you becomes "a lamp unto thy feet and a light unto thy path" showing you the path out of the darkness.

Have a great day. His word gives you understanding and it leads you in the right direction.

Friday, September 14, 2018

"False Security"

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast."  Ephesians 2:8,9

I had a conversation with a lady yesterday and in asking about the state of her soul the conversation went like this:
Me: What about your relationship with Jesus?  Are you saved?
Her: Yes
Me:  Is He your Savior and Lord?
Her: Yes
Me:  So you have been born-again?
Her: I have been baptized.
Me: Baptism and being born-again aren't the same thing.  Being baptized is not what saves you.

I am concerned at the mentality, and lack of spiritual understanding, that most people have.  I have asked many people on many occasions about their salvation and the answers I got were "mind blowing".  One young man told me he believed that he was saved because when you look at creation around you, you have to believe in God.  Well, the creation does declare the Lord's existence but belief in Him only does not save you.  The devils believe-- they even recognize Jesus and call Him by name in the Bible-- but they aren't saved, they are headed to the lake of fire.  

Others have told me that they are saved because they were brought up in church, joined a certain church, didn't cheat on their taxes, tried not to cuss, they had grandparents who were Christians, one even told me he was saved because he was born in America.  What!?   

Now you know why I am concerned.  (And rightfully so.)  I am concerned that people are placing their eternal security in the wrong place and things.  God sent His Only Begotten Son into the world to die for us.  His shed blood played the price for our sins.  He took the punishment for our sins that we deserved.  There are not enough good works that we can do to be saved.  We can't attend church enough to be saved.  Religious adherences won't save us.  There is nothing that can save us except faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.  Jesus said we have to be born-again.  If we aren't, we won't enter into the Kingdom of heaven.  

What are you placing the hope of your eternal security in?  You can be sincere in your belief, but be sincerely wrong.  Make sure you have it placed in the right place and the right way.  It is "eternal" security we are talking about.... eternity is a long, long time.  (It never ends.)

Have a great day.  Are you truly saved because your trust and faith is in Jesus Christ?  Because you are born-again?  Because you are following Him as your Lord?  Everything else that you are placing it in is not secure.