Thursday, February 23, 2017

The King's Kindness

II Samuel 9:7 - "David said to him, 'Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly.'”

Often, I have heard God's great gift of salvation referred to as "religion" and as a "crutch" for those too weak to stand on their own. Tragically, those who say such things are those who do not see they are dragging themselves through life, unable to stand as they imagine. When you know you are crippled and unable to walk, a crutch is a wonderful thing!

I shudder to consider our state if God had not sought us out in our lameness and restored to us a place of honor at his table. While we may feast on God's goodness here on earth, there will be a day when we will forever be at His great banquet table. There we will know that we were once crippled by sin and that our Great King redeemed us --- not on our own merits but through his love and kindness as our Creator.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Godly Provisions

Romans 13:14 - "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts."

Making provision for our respective bodies is only natural. We provide it food, water, warmth, and the things needed for general health. However, spiritual conflict results when we make provision to selfishly overindulge in those things meant to give us life. Food is good when we use it to sustain a healthy life. When we abuse it, it becomes gluttony. Sex is a God-given joy given to mankind. However, outside of marriage between a man and a woman, it becomes perverse.

The Christian life is fundamentally simple. If we spend our time doing the "do's" then we won't have time to do the "don'ts". God is not trying to be mean and withhold any good thing from us. He merely wants us to be like Him, the Creator of His creation. Turning to Him will always starve the flesh and deny its provision.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

God's Fullness

John 1:16 - "For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace."

If we know Jesus Christ and are saved by His blood, we will never receive more of Him than we presently possess. God's Spirit was given to us at the time of our believing in His salvation. We cannot receive the Spirit minus any part of Him. It is fundamentally unsound to believe otherwise.

However, the key to possessing the Spirit is allowing Him access to our entire being. Have we opened every room of our heart, allowing Him to fill us to overflowing? When we allow Jesus Christ to truly be Lord of our lives, then we are filled and immersed (baptized) in the Holy Spirit. Never settle for a mere "sprinkling" of the Holy Spirit. Tell God to take you under the streams of His delight and to be drowned in His love.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Posterity's Promise

Psalm 102:28 - “The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.”

Never relinquish hope that our children or children's children will come to the Lord. It is the promise of God in more than one scripture. Sometimes, our children might disappoint us in the things of God and not live up to their potential. However, their children may begin to recreate the familial fervor for God as in previous generations.

When God establishes our posterity for His namesake, we can be assured He has desired it far more and longer than any mortal. Even now, He is looking through our future generations and He is establishing them for His purposes. May we agree with God for this grand endeavor that will continue to bring His kingdom to this earth.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

God's Glorious Gifts!

Romans 11:29 - "For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."

What God gives, he does not take back. God's gifts and callings are beyond the possibility of revocation. Other versions say they are without repentance. God is never sorry for what He has given and will continue to watch over us until the things He has started come to a glorious conclusion (Philippians 1:6).

Our duty to God for what He has lavishly given us is to help others. The tragedy is when we take His gifts and talents and "re-gift" them on ourselves, wasting them from any use in the Kingdom of God. No matter how many years we have wasted on ourselves, He can turn these gifts and callings outwardly once again to bring Him glory. Never believe the lie of the enemy, telling us that God disqualifies us from His service. Often, the glory of latter house will be greater than that of the former if we will but only surrender to His will (Haggai 2:9).

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Desirable Fear

Exodus 20:20 - "Moses said to the people, 'Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.'”

The carnal or fleshly mind might read this and see blatant contradiction regarding our fear factor. The fear of man devours faith. However, the fear and reverence of the Lord is possibly the greatest gift given to mankind outside of Christ's redemption. We are told in Proverbs the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Moses likewise understood this fundamental truth as he tells us from this verse in Exodus that it keeps us from sin.

Do we welcome the testing of the Lord? Tests will always be part of the believer's heritage. However, Jesus also told us to pray that we would not be lead into temptation which is also understanding the fear of the Lord for not sinning against Him (Matthew 6:13).

May we pray daily for the fear of the Lord, for from it we will be able to gain all of Jesus' redemption which cost Him dearly.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fruit With Purpose

Romans 7:4 - "Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God."

The angst of youth is often misunderstanding our purpose on earth. This is often carried over into adulthood with many living futile, nihilistic existences until the day of their death. If we are not living for a greater purpose, life is absurd at best without any meaning. Therefore, the logic of Paul's simple statement regarding bearing fruit for God as the main premise of life is simple yet profound.

Bearing fruit – not for ourselves but for God and others is the only thing that will truly satisfy the vacuum in our hearts. Giving is fundamental to man's nature because it is fundamental to God's. Once we understand that living for the Lord is the key to peace and happiness, then we will be finally able to let go of anger and embrace the peace of Christ.