Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Beginning To End"

"Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."  Isaiah 46:10

Have you ever turned to the end of a book and read it because you couldn't wait to see how it would turn out?  Human nature tends to want to know the end at the beginning.  It is that way when we are going through a dark difficult time.  We want to see the outcome first.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.  We have to go through it first, then we get to see the end. 

When Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus died, all they could see was grief and loneliness.  They couldn't see the end-- his resurrection from the dead.  When Daniel was in the dark lion's den, all he could see was becoming a meal for the lions.  He couldn't see the end-- he couldn't see his deliverance.  When the three Hebrews were thrown into the furnace, all they could see was being burned alive.  They couldn't see the end-- miraculous deliverance.  When Job was facing his dark time, he couldn't see that in the end his captivity would be turned and he would gain an abundance.  The same with Joseph while he in the pit and prison.  He didn't know it would end in promotion. 
 
When we are in a dark time (trial, problem, testing), all we can see is the present although we long to see the future and how it will turn out in the end.  In the lives of the people above the outcome was favorable.  But that is not always the case.  Things don't always turn out in the end the way we want them to. 


Although we can't see anything but the beginning (present) we have to remember that the Lord sees it all.  He sees the end from the beginning.  He is the Beginning and the End-- the Alpha and Omega; the First and Last.  Therefore, we have to commit the dark times-- beginning to end-- into His hands.  This is where we have to trust the Lord with the beginning, middle and end of what we are going through-- even a favorable end and not so favorable end.

Have a great day.  We can't see the end of our trial, but the Lord can.  Therefore, commit the beginning, middle and end to Him.   

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Senses Bring Doubt"

"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."  James 1:8

When you know you have heard from the Lord on a particular matter, don't get double minded and start wavering.  I said, "When you KNOW you have heard from the Lord".  I didn't say when you think or assume you have heard from Him but when you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, when the word is like bedrock in your spirit, when you have no doubt you have heard, then don't allow doubt to come in. 

When Jesus told Martha that He was going to raise her brother Lazarus back to life, she believed.  But when Jesus told them to roll the stone away, she began to waver and doubt because of her sense of "smell".  He had been dead for four days so naturally his body would stink.  She believed Jesus' words but her natural senses were making her waver.

Again, if you know that you have a true word from the Lord and not just a "hope-so" word, don't let your natural senses convince you otherwise.  Don't look at the situation and believe what your eyes tell you.  Don't listen to the negative and believe what your ears tell you.  Don't let your feelings cause you to believe what they are saying-- it is impossible, it can't happen, it isn't logical, etc.  Our faith and hope is in what the Lord said alone, not what our senses say.  

Have a great day.  Don't let your feelings and natural senses make you believe contrary to what the Lord has truly spoken to you.      





Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Revelation In The Problems"

"But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"  Matthew 8:27

There is a song that says, "If I never had a problem, I wouldn't know that Jesus could solve them."  In our problems, difficulties, trials and tribulations, that is a revelation of who God is that we don't gain any other way. 

The disciples were traveling companions of Jesus.  They were with Him day and night.  They listened to His teachings to the crowds and one on one.  They saw the miracles that He did.  Yet when they were in a boat in the middle of a storm (a problem) they cried out to Him for fear of drowning.  When He calmed the sea, they were in awe and questioned, "Who is this man?". 

Jesus spent lots of time at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus.  They were friends.  One day Lazarus was sick and the sisters sent word for Jesus to come and heal Him.  By the time Jesus arrived Lazarus was dead.  Both of the sisters said to Jesus, "If you had been here our brother would not have died."  What they were saying was-- now that he is dead it is too late, it is hopeless, You could have done something about it while he was sick but not now.  As well as they were acquainted with Jesus, they still didn't know who He was.  They knew Him as only the Healer, not the Resurrection and Life. 

In the disciple's storm they had a revelation of Jesus that they had never had before.  In the death of Lazarus Mary and Martha had a revelation of Jesus that they had never had before.  In your problems and trials there is a revelation of Jesus awaiting you that you have never had before.  So be on the look out for it.  You will see Him in a new way.  You will have a revelation of Him.  You will see Him as you have not seen Him.  And when you do, it will bring a whole new level of trust, faith and encouragement in Him

Have a great day.  There is a revelation of who Jesus is awaiting you in your problems. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

"The Present God"

"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."  Exodus 3:14

When the Lord spoke to Moses to go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let His people go, Moses asked the Lord who should he says sent him.  The Lord told him to tell them that I AM THAT I AM sent you.  The Lord didn't say - I WAS THAT I WAS BUT AM NO LONGER.  He didn't say -- I WILL BE BUT AM NOT YET.  He said I AM-- not past or future, but present.

He is a present, right now God.  He is your healer, now.  He is your deliverer, now.  He is your Savior, now.  He is your peace, now.  He is your way maker, your strength, your comfort, your righteousness, your guide, now.  It is time you start proclaiming and professing who He is now.  It is time you start proclaiming who He is over your circumstances and situations.  Start professing today that He is your healer, if you need healing.  Start professing that He is your peace, if you need peace.  Don't wait until your situation becomes past to say He was-- say it now as well as then.  Don't keep professing it somewhere out in the future, profess it now and know that though you may not see it until the future, He is it now.

Have a great day.  God is the God of now.  He is the God of the present.  He is I AM.   

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

"Converted"

"But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."  Luke 22:32
 
You have to wonder about people who say they are Christians but live a lifestyle that is contrary to Biblical teachings.  You see it on social media a lot.  One of their post will be all about the Lord and the next post will be full of profanity and words of hatred and bitterness.  Why don't their actions line up?  Why doesn't the lifestyle line up with the profession?
 
I believe the main reason is that they haven't really been converted.  Every person in the Bible who came to Jesus and followed Him had a conversion experience.  The prodigal son was converted.  When the story about him opened, he was a selfish, self-centered, rebellious son full of hatred.  At the end of the story, after his conversion, we see that he was completely different.  He was repentant and humble.  Zacchaeus the tax collector was a "legal" thief.  He took whatever taxes he wanted and kept what wasn't given to the government for himself.  After his conversion, he told Jesus he would pay back to the people four times whatever he had taken wrongfully.  
 
So was does conversion mean?  It means to change; to turn to or back to-- in the Hebrew it meant to return to love and obedience to God.  Conversion is not just turning over a new leaf.  It is not joining a church.  It is not becoming a good person.  It isn't just changing your mind.  It isn't simply believing in Jesus.  Even the demons believe who Jesus is and tremble.  Peter even professed correctly that Jesus was the Christ the Son of the Living God.  But he still had to be converted. 
 
Jesus told Nicodemus, the religious leader, he had to be born again.  When we are born again, we become a new person.  In short, we are converted.  Conversion involves repentance.  Repentance brings about in our lives a born again experience.  Being born again makes us new.  When we are new, we are converted and begin to love and follow the Lord.
 
I am not talking about a conversion to the church, some religious program or some denomination.  I am talking about being converted into a relationship with the Living God through His Son Jesus Christ.  Before his conversion, the prodigal son only had a "biological" relationship with his father.  After his conversion, he had a love relationship with him.  That is what true conversion does-- changes us and brings us into a love relationship with the Heavenly Father. 
 
Have a great day.  Have you been converted?