Saturday, April 25, 2015

God's Heart Throb

Song of Solomon 4:9 - Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. (KJV)

All of chapter four of Solomon's Song of Songs is devoted to his bride. This verse, in my opinion, is the apex of his desire for his espoused. ... Beloved of God, THIS is the attitude of Jesus Christ, our Great Bridegroom, toward YOU! If we have surrendered to His love and accepted His gift of salvation, He sees us as a gorgeous spectacle of His divine work.

Even more gratifying to the Holy One is when we turn our gaze toward Him in love. The scripture here states we arouse His great love and passion for us where His heart beats faster at a single glance from us! Will not He then grant us everything pertaining to life and godliness if He cares so much for us? May we look toward Him, for in our mutual admiration in love is a spiritual existence beyond our greatest expectations.

Friday, April 24, 2015

I Am My Beloved's ...

Song of Solomon 5:16 - His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. (KJV)

If chapter four of Solomon's Song is about the king's love expressed, then chapter five epitomizes the bride's torment in separation. His desire for her to come to him in verse two and her deliberate debate not to in the following verses causes a tumultuous search by the bride for her bridegroom. Once she finds him, she makes her love declaration in 5:16 as stated above.

Is Christ both our Beloved and our Friend as the bride declared? Have we come to the place where we no longer debate His commands but we open our hearts to obey every time He speaks? We will not do this perfectly as Christ's beloved. However, to that degree will we be able to call Him our Beloved and Friend. 

Lord, make us lovers of yours who wait expectantly for Your voice and may we respond quickly to experience Your joy. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Laying Down Our Lives

James 4:1 - From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? (KJV)

James reveals the source of conflict. But Paul tells us how to end it – by being at peace with all men, so far as it depends on us (Romans 12:18). If we have the opportunity to diffuse an argument, then we must not take pleasure in our position of being right, but we must lay down our rights for others.

Our refusal to submit to another or being a proverbial doormat is foreign to the character of Christ. Until we can give ourselves as Jesus gave Himself to unjust men who crucified Him, we should never attempt to bargain for so-called position. Let it go and let God resurrect us and the situation at hand to give glory to Him through our humility.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mountain Movers

Mark 11:23 - 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. (KJV)

Many would say that Jesus' analogy was nothing other than rabbinic hyperbole. However, He reinforces the profundity of His statement in the next verse stating that whatever a man believes he will receive if he does not doubt.

As believers, we should be careful not to minimize or rationalize the word of God. We need to remember that mountains come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. (Remember, a half inch round rock may be a mountain to an ant!) Things are always relative to our size in God compared to the mountain assailing us. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, beloved (Romans 10:17). If God tells us our mountain is to be removed, what right do we have to say otherwise? No matter what circumstances look like, we must pray and not think ourselves into unbelief. Prayer is the enemy of human intellect and reason. In time, believing prayer will pulverize any mountain we face.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Words Matter

James 5:6 - Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. (KJV)

Are we creating martyrs of those whom Christ died for by unjust or slanderous remarks? Are we killing those whom Jesus loves by the fruit of our lips? We bring forth life or death every time we speak, beloved of God (Proverbs 18:21).

Jesus tells us that every word we speak we will one day have to give an account (Matthew 12:36). Will our ledger be full of words seasoned with grace, or words that continually destroy?

Lord, give us lips purified by the fires of Your altar that we may speak life and not death to those whom You love.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wise Stewards of God's Revelations

Mark 9:8 - And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. (KJV)

When God appears in the cloud on our respective mounts of transfiguration, all we will be able to see for a season is Jesus alone. Beware of other influences that will seek to crowd Jesus out prematurely. God wants us to soak in the divine revelation of His Son for the prescribed period He has ordained. Let nothing abort His presence in this holy time.

Conversely, we should not attempt to remain on the mount longer than Jesus desires. There is ample work to do once we go down the proverbial mount to the demon-possessed valleys below. Do all that you can to guard what the Holy Spirit has entrusted. It will provide moments of power and wisdom to those in our lives who desperately need it.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fathering Without Provocation

Ephesians 6:4 - And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (KJV)

Many of us who have raised children failed to do so "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." That is often the reason for rebellion, because deep down, what children want are boundaries set by a father who loves them. They desire a firm but loving daddy who cares enough for them to not let them make wrong choices. Often, our disinterest and lack of love equated to provocation and the anger that so many children experience today.

Those of us who are fathers will never quit being fathers. Even though we have made mistakes, God desires to redeem our children even when they are grown and far from the Lord (Acts 2:39). Though we have sown the whirlwind regarding our children (Hosea 8:7), His desire is to rebuke the devourer off their lives and bring them home once again (Malachi 3:11).

Lord, may You have your way in the hearts of our children, bringing them to You and for Your glory, Amen!