Friday, September 22, 2017

"Favorite Verse"

"The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation."  Psalm 118:14

This happens to be my favorite verse.  I believe it is my favorite because it defines who the Lord is to me.  He is my strength.  Apart of Him I am weak.  Apart from Him I fall short.  Apart from Him I can do nothing.  Apart from Him I am powerless. 

He is my song.  He is the song that I sing.  He is the song of my heart.  It is a song whose lyrics are full of love, mercy, grace, compassion, goodness, majesty, kindness and patience.  I love to sing about Him-- who He is and what He has done for me.

He has become my salvation.  His salvation has always been extended to me, though I resisted and rebelled against it for such a long time.  He whispered His invitation to my heart on many occasions yet I would not reply.  Though I constantly resisted, He patiently waited and kept inviting.  When He offered it one more time, I accepted it.  He became not only my Savior but my salvation.  I could find salvation no other place.  I couldn't find it in my religious works, in my good deeds, in another person, in joining a church.  No place that I searched for it could I find it accept in Him.  Once I came to Him and accepted His gracious invitation I found that He forgave me so completely-- throwing my sins into the depth of the sea.  I found He saved me from all my sins.  I found that He left nothing undone and no trace of my sins.  He took my sins and in exchange gave me His grace, forgiveness and righteousness. 

Now you know why this is my favorite verse.  It is so personal.  What is your favorite verse?  Why?  What does it mean to you?

Have a great day.  We all have favorite verses, but those verses should have a personal meaning to us. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Wanting Truth"

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears".  2 Timothy 4:3

If ever we were living in the time spoken of in this verse, I believe it is now.  People don't want you to tell them the truth.  They want their own truth.  They want to believe what they want to believe.  If you try to tell them differently, they either ignore you, get mad at you, accuse you of being offensive and label you as a fanatic or heretic.  Just try to tell them the truth-- it is almost impossible.  They already have their minds made up.

Your truth, if it is in opposition to God's truth, is not truth at all.  There are not "many" truths.  There is one truth.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  He is also the Word.  That means that His Word is THE Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Anything else outside of His truth is false.  

You may think I am being dogmatic, a fanatic, bold, or even mistaken.  No, this is the truth.  And this is the root of the problem as to why people aren't enduring-- or want-- truth (sound doctrine).  It is because no one is calling what is truth truth and what is false false.  We have let people believe what they want to believe for so long that now they don't want to believe the real truth.  We have failed to stand up for the absolutes and unchanging doctrines of the Word.  We have compromised it and watered it down.  We have added to it and taken away from it in order to fit in with society, culture and the ebb and flow of humanity. 

Believe the false if you want to, but it will not get you into heaven.  It will not give you abundant life or eternal life.  Only belief in God's Word of Truth will do that.

Have a great day.  People don't want the truth because they have had a compromised version of it for so long, that they like it more. 
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Think Correctly"

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil".  Matthew 5:17

Our thinking is what gets us into trouble most of the time.  We can either think correctly about something or incorrectly.  Correct thinking will produce correct living.  On the other hand incorrect thinking will produce incorrect living and behavior.  This is seen true in the area of grace.  Many people think that grace is a license.  Since we are not under the law but under grace they think they have the liberty to do whatever they want to do and it is all right.  This is incorrect thinking. 

Grace doesn't excuse us from living a holy, pure, consecrated, righteous, disciplined and obedient life.  Grace does not give you permission to sin.  Grace does not withhold the consequences of your sin.  Grace isn't a ticket to live anyway that pleases you.  Grace is a gift that empowers you to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

If you think you can live like you want to with no regard to God's commands; if you think you can live after the flesh and not the Spirit; if you think you can ignore God's will and pursue your own; if you think you can live an adulterous, unholy, greedy, unforgiving, ill tempered, with uncontrolled anger, with hate in your heart for your neighbor, in drunkenness, sexually immoral and in rebellion against God's Word all because you are under grace, then think again.  Your thinking is incorrect.

Have a great day.  How you think about grace determines how you will live.  Therefore, you better think correctly.   
 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"September 23"

"Watch and pray...."  Matthew 26:41 a

I am sure many of you have heard about September 23; many of you may not have.  If you haven't, it seems as though there are those who believe that there will be a fulfillment of Revelation 12 because of events that are taking place that day in the Solar System, namely the Constellations. 

I have watched videos and television programs about it as well as discussed it with other people.  There are many varying views-- and much speculation.  Some believe the rapture may take place.  Some believe this may be the start of a great war.  Some believe the Tribulation will begin.  Some believe nothing will happen.  Some believe it is a hoax.  Some believe it is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and a true sign from heaven.  So, which is it?   

To be honest, these types of things intrigue and interest me.  You can't help but wonder when you put all things together.  When you start doing the math on the timeline, when you put the Blood moons in the equation, the fact that it is on the Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year, a Jubilee year, etc.  Is this for real? 

I would like to add my "two cents" to it.  There is much speculation about it, and that is all I can say myself.  I don't know what it means, if anything.  We will have to wait until the day gets here to find out.  The day may come and go as usual or there may be some major event unleashed.  But what I really want to say is this-- we need to live everyday sold out and surrendered to the Lord.  Then it won't matter what does or doesn't happen.  We need to live our lives as my husband always likes to say-- with our lamps full and our wicks trimmed. 

Whether anything happens or not is in God's hands.  We just need to make sure we are in His hands too.  Don't be consumed with signs.  God does give signs, and signs in the heavens, so we can't just completely ignore things.  But the thing we need to most concern ourselves with is being right with God.  So if something does happen, it won't destroy us, make us fearful or lead us astray.  The thing that is most important is to be right with God.  He is coming again.  I believe by the signs of the time that it won't be long.  Are you ready?  Have you made peace with Him through the shed blood of His precious and only begotten Son Jesus?  Do you know beyond a doubt that your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life?  Do you know that when you stand before Him one day that He will say to you, "Well, done good and faithful servant, enter in"?  These are the things we need to concern ourselves with.

What do I believe about September 23?  The same thing I believe about every other day of the year--  "Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes." (Matthew 24:44)  He can come for me at anytime, through life or through death.  So I must be ready.  Are you? 

Have a great day.  Stay focused on what is sure to happen, not on what might or might not. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Holding On To Jesus"

"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee".  Isaiah 41:13

I woke up with another old hymn repeating over and over in my thoughts: 
I'll keep holding on to Jesus,
I'll keep holding on to Jesus
I'll keep holding to those precious
nail scarred hands.
 
Though I cannot see way clearly,
And my step become so weary
I'll keep holding to those precious
nail scarred hands.
 
I want to encourage you this morning to keep holding on to Jesus.  Keep holding tightly to HIs hand.  When my daughter was growing up and we went into a store or other place, I would tell her to hold my hand.  I do the same with my granddaughters now.  Why?  There was safety while she was holding my hand.  Also, I knew where I was going, she did not.  As long as she held on to my hand she would not get lost. 
 
I remember on one occasion we were at the county fair and she let go of my hand.  It only took a moment for her to wonder off and get lost.  I remember when my brother was about four or five years old our family went to the beach.  We went early one morning.  My brother was holding my mother's hand, then he broke loose of her hand and headed straight to the water.  The moment he hit the water he disappeared out of sight.  The tide had come in and it was deeper and the under current was strong.  Thankfully, we got to him before it became tragic. 
 
As long as we keep holding on to the hand of Jesus, we will be all right.  It is when we "break loose" and try to go in our own direction, follow our own will, desires and plan that we get in trouble and the situation of our lives become serious. 
 
Keep holding on to His hand.  He knows where He is going-- you don't.  He knows where He is leading-- He can be trusted.  He knows the safe path-- you can't see it.  It might look dark.  It might look like He is leading the wrong way.  You may be getting weary of going in His direction and holding on to His hand.  But keep on no matter what because there is safety in holding on to Him.
 
Have a great day.  Keep holding on to Jesus no matter what-- it is safer than letting go.