Friday, July 20, 2018

"Speak To The Mountain"

"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Mark 11:23

Is there a mountain standing in your way this morning? A mountain of fear, of unforgiveness, of pain, of discouragement, etc? The thing about mountains is that they are hard to climb- it takes lots of work, time and effort. They are also too big to find a way around. By the time you do find a way around them you have veered far off your course. So that just leaves one other course of action-- speak to it!

"That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed". We try so many things to get to the other side of the mountain- to no avail- so try speaking to it. Sometimes that's all it takes. Speak to that fear- God didn't give you a spirit of fear. Speak to that weakness- you are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Speak to that condemnation- there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

A mountain in your way will stop your progress- you can't go forward. Therefore, it has to be removed. When you speak to it to be removed, your words/God's word spoken to it in faith are like "dynamite" blasting it out of the way. Once it's removed, you can then proceed unhindered down the path that the Lord has destined for you to travel and you will reach your destination.

Have a great day. If you want to see the mountain removed- then you have to handle it correctly.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

"Watch And Pray"

"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41

"Watch and pray". During Jesus' time of agony before His crucifixion He took His disciples with Him to the garden to pray. What were the disciples doing while He was praying? They were sleeping. Jesus warned them to "watch and pray". Not only was Jesus about to go through His greatest time of suffering- the fulfillment of His purpose for coming to earth was at hand- the disciples faith was going to be sorely tested that night as well. They would see the One they believed was the Messiah taken by angry men, beaten, accused of crimes against heaven, brought before a wicked judge, condemned and crucified. They would be tested as they watched the One they had put their hope in die on a cross. Peter would be tempted to deny that he even knew Jesus. They would be tested as to whether they would remain loyal and follow Him wherever He went- even if it was to death.

The word "watch" means: to give strict attention to, be cautious, active to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one. The disciples' faith was tried that night- calamity was "rocking" their world- this is why Jesus told them to watch and pray. Had they been doing that instead of sleeping their response during the events of the night might have been different.

We are living in a time that the Bible calls "perilous". End time events are unfolding all around us- calamity, temptations, persecutions, deception, instability in nature, in the economy, in health are coming in greater proportions. This is not a time for us to be asleep. We must heed the warning of Jesus to watch and pray like we never have before. We must make that our motto. We must be constantly on the alert. We must not take what we see happening lightly. It is time for us to wake up and arise from our slumber. As the disciples slept an angry crowd came breathing down their necks to take Jesus. They were abruptly awaken in a state of confusion. The Bible tells us of another group that was awaken from sleep and unprepared for what was upon them-- the five foolish virgins.

Are you asleep or awake? Are you watching and praying? Are you giving attention to the events, the reports, the things that are taking place around you? Or are you rolling over and going back to sleep like the disciples did- not giving heed to the warning? Those who are wise will heed the warning of Jesus to watch and pray. Are you one of those wise ones this morning?

Have a great day. Wake up--- watch and pray!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"The Devil Leaveth"

"Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." Matthew 4:11

"Then the devil leaveth him." When you are in times of temptation, it may feel like the devil has "camped out" in your house. You may begin to feel like he has moved in and become your constant companion. He doesn't seem to let up, but continuously keeps trying to get you to give in and wear you down. When Jesus faced the temptations in the wilderness, the devil did the same thing to Him. His temptations came "back to back"- one right after the other.

What did Jesus do when He was tempted? He submitted Himself to God, He resisted the devil steadfastly, He persevered, He kept His sword of the Spirit drawn (the word of God), and He stayed in the fight not giving in to the lies, accusations and temptations that were coming His way. Jesus was already in a physically weakened condition because of the fasting (and afterwards He was hungry), yet He did not let what was going on in His body hinder Him in fighting the spiritual battles that were before Him.

If the temptations are coming repeatedly and rapidly don't quit fighting, stay in the battle, don't give up or give in. If you continue to "stand your ground" the devil will eventually leave you-- just like he did Jesus. It's time we turn the tables on him and "wear him down" and cause him to want to quit. Be encouraged this morning-- though it may not seem like it you will come to a time when "the devil leaveth", just don't give up in the fight. You will be victorious- "greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world"; you are already "more than a conqueror through Christ"; and victory has been promised to you.

Have a great day. It will come to an end, it won't last forever, the devil will leave you for a while.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Anchored In Jesus"

"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil." Hebrews 6:19

Years ago a friend who piloted a boat on the river showed me a sailor's crucifix. In case you don't know what it looks like, it is a ship's wheel, with an anchor in front of it, and Jesus is hanging on the anchor which resembles a cross somewhat. Then he told me the meaning of it- I have never forgotten it. It means- "I am anchored in Jesus, and He pilots my ship." (I thought that was such a great meaning.)

An anchor is intended to help hold a ship steady so that it does not drift across the body of water. In order for it to hold the ship steady the anchor has to be dropped in the right place- a place where it can grab hold of something that is stable. Our lives are like a ship, they have to be anchored to something or they will drift on the sea of life-- sometimes they'll drift out into deep water or when a storm comes it will carry the ship away. What is your life anchored to? Unless it's anchored in Jesus you have nothing to keep your life steady and stable. You are like a ship drifting on the sea going wherever the wind and waves carry you.

A ship has to have a pilot at the hem who knows what he is doing. Our lives are the same way. If they aren't being piloted by someone who is skilled at the hem, they can run aground, take the wrong channel or wind up off course. Many of us try to take the wheel and pilot our lives but we don't know how. There is only one who is qualified to take the wheel of our lives and pilot us in the right direction- Jesus.

So I ask you this morning-- what is your life anchored to? Who is the pilot of your life? If it is not anchored in Jesus and if He doesn't pilot your life--- then you are going to drift in the wrong direction and wind up in waters too deep to navigate through.

Have a great day. Are you anchored in Jesus? Does He pilot your ship?

Monday, July 16, 2018

"Times Of Trouble"

"The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." Psalm 9:9

"In times of trouble." The word "times" is an indication that trouble is not a "one time thing". As we go through the journey of life, we will face many "times" of trouble. Sometimes trouble will come back to back with no time to even catch your breath before the next one comes- as was the case with Job. Then at other times it seems as though trouble takes a break and leaves us alone for a while, but before we know it--- it's back.

Trouble also comes in many forms and invades many different areas of our lives. It can attack us in our health, our finances, our personal relationships and in our relationship with God. They also come in different sizes. They can be as small as the little foxes or as big as a giant. The Bible says that "man is born to trouble and his days are full of them". If I stopped here with that statement it would seem that life was hopeless, we could never expect anything but trouble- no happiness, no joy, no peace, just trouble, trouble, trouble. But thank God we don't have to stop there. When we have "times" of trouble there is hope.  Hope has a name.  Its name is Jesus!

Jesus sticks with us in times of trouble- He does not run out on us, He does not leave us to handle it by ourselves, He does not forsake us. In times of trouble He is our refuge, our hiding place, our security, our safety. When facing times of trouble we don't face them alone- He leads, guides and directs us so that we can safely navigate through them to the other side.

Are you facing one of those "times" of trouble this morning? There is hope and help for you. Look to Jesus. He is big enough to handle whatever trouble comes your way and however many times it comes.

Have a great day. Each time that trouble comes, He will always be our refuge.