Friday, May 18, 2018

"He Knows Everything"

"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4:13

I was driving through town yesterday and the flowers are gorgeous- they are in full bloom everywhere, and lots of them. I started thanking God for creating them and for giving us such beauty to enjoy. As I was, I began to think about the greatness of God and how all knowing He is. I think we tend to forget just how great God really is- He is Omniscient- all knowing. He knows everything- nothing is hid from Him. He knows exactly how many flowers are on every bush on every street in every town. He knows how many blades of grass are in my front yard. He knows how many pears will be produced on my pear trees before they even begin blooming. He knows how many grains of sand are on every beach in the world. There is a song that I heard several years ago that says, "You can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed".

On a more personal level, He knows how many hairs are on your head- how many you woke up with and how many are still there when you go to bed. He knows how many wrinkles are on your face, how many freckles on your body, how many eyelashes you'll grow throughout your lifetime. He also knows the thought and intent of your heart. He knows your thoughts before you even think them. He sees every tear you cry and bottles them up. He knows the day of your death before the day of your birth.

He knows what you are going through. He knows what you'll face before the day is over. He knows how many times you'll laugh today, and how many times you'll cry. He knows how many words you will speak before you go to bed. He knows what you'll need today, and he knows what it will take to meet the need. If you find yourself wondering if He even knows where you are or what you are going through, just remember that there is nothing He does not know. Rest assure that He knows and He knows what to do on your behalf.

Have a great day. God knows everything.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"By My Obedience"

"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." Romans 5:19

This morning as I was praying, the Lord spoke something to my heart that I need to share with you. He let me know that other people are counting on our obedience. When I am obedient to do what the Lord tells me to do, I benefit from it, but so do others. Let me show you what I mean. Noah's obedience in building the ark saved him, but it also saved his family. Moses' obedience to strike the rock brought forth water so that the people could drink and not die of thirst. Jesus' obedience to the Father brought healing, deliverance, hope and freedom to those He came in contact with. And the ultimate example of this principal is Jesus' obedience in going to Calvary. This act of obedience brought the opportunity for every person to receive salvation so that they would not perish but have everlasting life.

If our obedience benefits others as well as ourselves, then the opposite is true also. Achan's disobedience in taking of the spoil at Jericho brought defeat to the armies of Israel and death to his family. David's disobedience in numbering the people caused many thousands to be killed. Adam's disobedience brought sin and death upon all mankind.

It is said that no man liveth unto himself. Our actions have an effect on someone-- whether directly or indirectly, whether for the good or for the bad. Who is being effected by your obedience or disobedience? When we think about it on those terms, then there is a lot more "riding" on our obedience then we think. Obedience keeps us in right relationship with God. It also will bring about something that will minister to someone else when we fulfill our obedience. Through our obedience lives can be changed, bodies can be healed, the captive can be set free, the weak can be strengthened, the hungry fed and the thirsty satisfied. When you are tempted to disobey, stop and think about what the outcome might be for someone else whose life could have been touched through your act of obedience.

Have a great day. They are counting on your obedience.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Paths"

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

Throughout our lifetime we find ourselves walking down many different paths. Sometimes it's the path of happiness and joy. At other times it's a path of pain, suffering or sorrow. There are also paths of confusion and paths that lead us to a cross roads in life where we have to make decisions. There is the path of promotion and the path of demotion. There are paths of broken relationships and restored relationships. Sometimes the paths we walk down are unfamiliar- we've never gone that way before. Sometimes the paths are repeated paths-- like the path around the same mountain that the Israelites took for years.

Each one of us is on a path today. The path you are on may not be a pleasant one, it may be full of pain, it may be testing your faith, it may be pushing you to your limits. It may be a path in the wilderness that is full of temptations. This morning I want to remind you that it doesn't matter what path you are on, you are not on it alone. "For thou art with me". If your path leads you through the fire, through the flood, through the desert, through the valley of the shadow of death... you are not alone. You have a promise from your heavenly Father-- "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:20b) "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5b) So take heart... you are not alone. And there is no one better to have walking along this path with you than the Lord Jesus.


Have a great day. Jesus will walk with you no matter what path you are on.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Drawing Back, Drawing Near"

"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him."  Hebrews 10:38

When trials of life come, we have a tendency to do one of two things:  we either draw near to the Lord or we draw back from Him.  The drawing near to Him I understand.  Because He is my hope, He is my comfort, He is my strength and He is my peace in times of trouble.  Without Him I can't make it through the situation I am facing.   

What I don't understand why we draw back from Him in hard times.  I have done it myself.  But when I do, I miss out on the help I need.  I miss out on the grace He wants to give me to help me to either endure what I am going through or make it through it.  Why do we do that?  We are only depriving ourselves.  We are hurting ourselves.  We are making it harder on ourselves.   

If you are in a place that is difficult this morning, don't draw back from the Lord.  Don't turn from Him.  Go to Him.  Draw near to Him.  He is there.  He wants to help you.  He wants to walk with you through it.  He wants to empower you with everything you need to make it.  He wants to hold you and carry you.  He wants to guide you through.  But you have to let Him.  And you are not letting Him as long as you draw back and turn away from Him.

Have a great day.  Are you drawing near the Lord in your difficult times, or are you drawing back away from Him?

Monday, May 14, 2018

"Hold On, Good Will Come"

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."  Romans 8:18

I woke up with this old hymn on my heart this morning-- "It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.  Life's trials will seem so small, when we see Christ.  One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase.  So bravely run the race, 'till we see Christ." 

Live is full of trials, troubles, heartaches, pain and problems.  No one ever said it would be easy-- Jesus sure didn't.  He sais that in this world we would have tribulations. 

Perhaps you are facing one of those times.  Perhaps you are in a difficult place.  Perhaps everything you hear is "bad news"-- no good news.  Perhaps there is nothing but darkness around you.  Well, don't give up.  Don't "throw in the towel".  Keep on pressing on.  Keep on going forward.  You will eventually come to the end of the tunnel and see light.  Keep your heart and mind fixed and stayed on the Lord.  Keep focused on Him.  Keep your hand in His hand.  Let Him guide you through.  Let Him make the way.  Let Him navigate your course.  Hold on, and hang on.  What you are going through will be worth it when you come to the end if you won't give up.  The glory will be revealed.  It will all then become clearer. 

Joseph didn't understand his brother's hatred for him.  He didn't understand his slavery.  He didn't understand his disconnection from his home.  He didn't understand the lies, the deception and the imprisonment.  There was much he didn't understand, until later.  But at the end he did--  "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." (Genesis 50:20) 

Have a great day.  It may be hard now.  You may not understand it all.  But hold on and don't give up.  Eventually, you will see good.  If not here, in the life to come.