Wednesday, August 21, 2019

"Fresh"

"And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted." Exodus 16:21

All the coffee drinkers I know don't drink leftover coffee, they always pour out the leftover coffee and make a "fresh" pot each day- and throughout the day. They say that there is something about fresh coffee that is more palatable. Isn't it that way with everything? Vegetables and fruit just taste better when you pick them fresh from the tree or vine. The fresher something is the better- it tastes better, it smells better, it is more enjoyable.

If such things as fruits, vegetables, meats, etc. are so much more enjoyable when they are fresh, wouldn't it stand to reason that spiritual things are as well. So why do we settle for what's been leftover when it comes to spiritual things? We want fresh produce and coffee but are content to eat the leftovers from last week's church sermon for the next week or month or longer.

Does that describe you this morning? Are you eating and drinking something that was left over from the last time you attended church or some conference? There was a reason why God sent "fresh" manna everyday to the children of Israel while they were in the wilderness. There was a reason why He told them to gather it each morning. There was a reason why He said not to leave any leftovers. There was a reason why the leftovers stunk and bore worms.


God desires that we have a fresh word from Him each day, a fresh touch of His presence, a fresh revelation from His Spirit, a fresh anointing to go out into the world and reach humanity for Him.

Which one are you? The one who partakes of the fresh "manna" each morning, or the one who tries to live on what's leftover?

Have a great day. Are you settling for reheated leftovers? Fresh is always better, especially when it relates to spiritual things.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"Warning Signs"

"They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all." Luke 17:27

When asked what would be signs of His return, Jesus told us certain signs to look for. We are seeing those signs fulfilled before our eyes. I believe with all my heart that the return of the Lord is on the horizon. It won't be long. In saying that, I am not saying that it will happen tomorrow- but it might- but it also might be a few more years. Even at that, time is passing so quickly, years seem no longer than months any more.

Even with all the warning signs, even with all the prophecies, even with all the alarms that are being sounded, even with all the events that are being fulfilled, I am alarmed at the number of people who are ignoring them. Multitudes just aren't listening. They aren't heeding the warnings. They are going on with life as usual. They are still "eating, and drinking", and living life like it's some big party that will never end.

Because they are not heeding, they are not making preparation for their souls. Instead they are mocking and making fun of those who are sending out the cry, "Prepare the way of the Lord". It has been my experience from just living on earth that you don't ignore warnings. We have a siren that goes off in our town that alerts us to a tornado- we don't ignore it, but instead we seek shelter. When the fire alarm goes off, we don't ignore it either, we exit the building. When driving down the street and I hear a siren, I don't go ahead and cross through the intersection, I wait for the police car or ambulance to cross first. The consequences for ignoring these warnings can be fatal.

If we heed these physical warning signs to protect our lives, why we are neglecting the warning signs to protect our souls? We certainly can't say that we haven't been warned. We are being warned. What are you doing with the warnings? Are you heeding them? Are you making preparation for your eternal soul because of them? Are you ignoring them and not making sure that it is well with your soul? As in the day of Noah when the flood came upon the earth, those who heeded the warning- Noah and his family- were saved. Those who didn't perished. Which group do you want to be in? Heeding brings the blessings of safety and eternal life. Ignoring brings the consequences of destruction and damnation.

Have a great day. There are many warnings signs and if you are wise you will heed them.

Monday, August 19, 2019

"Darkness Is Light"

"Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee." Psalm 139:12

"The darkness and the light are both alike to thee." It doesn't matter how dark it may be outside, it doesn't prevent God from being able to see what is happening. He sees in darkness just like He sees in the light. He sees just as well in the dark as He does in the light- it's all the same to Him. How encouraging! If He can see in natural darkness as if He were looking at the light of day, then He can see the "dark" times we go through as if they were light.

The darkness of your trial doesn't hide you from God's view. The veil of darkness that you feel you are behind does not shroud you from His view. He sees in darkness. He sees you this morning. The confusion, the heartache, the pain, the weakness, the distress, the sorrow doesn't block you from His view. Though what you are going through may be dark, it is not too dark for His eyes to penetrate through.

You may be going through a "dark" period. You may feel as if the darkness is so dense that you are hid from even God's sight. Take comfort this morning, you aren't. He sees you. You are not hid from His sight by the things you are going through. Nothing is hid before Him, everything is open and naked in His sight-- even you. Elijah was hiding in a dark cave of despair, but God saw him. The darkness did not hide him. You dark "cave" does not hide you either.

Have a great day. God sees just as well in darkness as He does in light.

Friday, August 16, 2019

"Camouflaged"

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11

A while back my husband killed a copperhead snake in our yard. He showed it to me and told me to be very cautious around the yard and pay attention to my surroundings. These snakes are small, very well camouflaged and very poisonous. Last night I dreamed that I was in our garden. I was picking the squash and as I was pulling back the leaves to get to them, there he was- a copperhead snake. He was well hid. The way he was coiled caused him to look like several dead leaves laying beside the plant. If my husband had not showed me what they look like and told me to be cautious and careful, I never would have seen him. And of course it could have been fatal for me. In my dream I was glad that I had heeded my husband's warning.

We have an adversary who is out to destroy us. He doesn't always come right out in the open plainly visible. He lies in wait to attack us under a camouflaged covering. He came to Eve in the form of a serpent, but the Bible says that he also comes as an angel of light. In the appearance of an angel of light he often blends right into "religious" surroundings. It is often hard to distinguish him from the real. This is why we need to know what he "looks like". This is why we need to know his characteristics. This is why we need to know what type of tactics he uses in his pursuit to destroy us.

My husband showed me what this snake looked like, he told me what their habits are, he told me what type of areas that they like to stay in, he told me which places to be especially careful in because this snake could easily hide in them and not be spotted. The word of God does for us what my husband did for me. It reveals the devil's real character. It tells us how to detect him. It tells us what to look for and look out for. It exposes him so that he becomes more visible and unable to deceive us. Take heed to God's word concerning your adversary. Don't think that you can't be deceived. Don't think that you'll always be able to easily spot him. He is there and he lies in wait to give you a deadly "bite". But the word of God will keep you safe if you'll listen to it and pay attention to its warnings.

Have a great day. Our adversary is often very well camouflaged, but God's word shines the light of exposure on him so that he isn't hid any longer.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

"Insurance"

"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

In the movie, "Lilies of the Field", during the scene where all the people had joined together and were working diligently to build the chapel, a local business man who owned the building supply store asked another man a question. The man that he asked was not a believer in Christ. The business man asked him why the people were doing this, why were they giving their time, their resources, their energies to help build this chapel. He told him that it was because of their faith and they wanted to pass on their faith to their children and give them a place so they could grow in their faith. Then the business man asked the nonbeliever why he was doing it- why was he helping? This is the point of this morning's message. His reply was-- you know I don't believe. I don't believe that there is something else out there after this life, but just in case I am wrong, just in case there is something, I am doing this for insurance.

The nonbeliever was helping build the chapel- giving of his time and resources to do some "righteous" work so that when his life was over and he discovered that there was a heaven and a hell out there he would be safe because of the work that he did. Your good works are not an insurance policy. They don't secure you a place in heaven. They don't save you from hell. You can build churches, you can give monies to the church, you can go to church, you can teach Sunday school, and countless other "righteous" works but they are not your guarantee that you'll be saved. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." (Titus 3:5)


If our works insure us a place in heaven, or escape from hell, then the rich young ruler had nothing to worry about (Matthew 19:16–30). This man was a "worker"-- he kept the law, he supported the work of the temple. Yet he went to Jesus and asked Him what to do to be saved. If his works had been enough to insure his eternity he would not have left Jesus sorrowful. And Jesus would not have made the statement indicating that this young man did not have eternal life.

There is no eternal life insurance policy. You can't pay enough premiums through doing good works. But there is an "assurance". There is assurance of eternal life when we put our faith in God's gift of eternal life that was given to us through His Son Jesus. Jesus is the way that leads to eternal life and delivers us from eternal death. Works are not the way, they don't secure anything.

Have a great day. You can't buy eternal life insurance, but you can have assurance of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.