Friday, January 20, 2017

Somethingness Out Of Nothingness

Isaiah 38:17 - “Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back."

King Hezekiah was overjoyed when Isaiah told him God was extending his life another 15 years. The king was to die in the prime of his life but God had mercy.

How many of us have been granted a grand reprieve? Our lives were full of bitterness, not understanding that God was there all the time. Our existences were filled with nothingness, yet we did not know it. The anxiety and the pain of living filled us with overwhelming despair, masking how truly empty we were in reality. Then, the glorious revelation of Jesus Christ came when He "cast all our sin behind His back." The epiphany of this great act and the realization of the emptiness of our lives as he backfilled them with His love, joy, and peace became our moment of transformation.

If you have not done so, or have lost your way and are “stuck,” please consider the following: Embrace God this day. He desires to turn our nothingness into great somethingness.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Zeal for the God Within

Psalm 69:9 - "For zeal for Your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me."

What often appears as religious fanaticism to the world, can be the zeal of and passion of a believer for the God who lives within. It is a wonderful ambition to keep our bodies pure, both in what we consume and what we allow it to do. However, this verse speaks to us about the temple of the Lord and how He lives -- not only in our bodies but also in our souls and spirits.

Are we consumed with what God thinks about His living quarters within us? Or, are we ashamed when we participate in some conversation, or watch some movie, or when we go somewhere He would not approve? He is our guest yet so many of us treat Him like a hobo in a flophouse! When we have a zeal for the God who dwells within, then we will become partakers of the reproach of the world. Is no one reproaching us for our zeal? Then possibly we have none. May we all live passionately and fervently for the One who dwells within.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Strength in the Skies

Psalm 68:34 - "Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel and His strength is in the skies."

If we could see into the supernatural this day with the ability to comprehend what was going on in the heavenlies, we would see a glorious covering of glory over the nation of Israel. Even in their spiritual blindness to Yeshua, God still broods over this land like a mother hen over her chicks.

Even so, God's strength and power is in the skies throughout the earth. Certainly there are principalities of wickedness over certain areas. Yet, God still reigns and rules supreme in the heavens. Some versions suggest His strength is in the "clouds." While we may not see Him today in the heavenlies, beloved, there is a day coming we will all see Him coming in great power on the clouds. Come Lord Jesus, come!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Our Burden Bearer

Psalm 68:19 - "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. Selah."

We often marvel at someone who has done a particular feat daily for years and years. I am reminded of a fellow who has run every day since the early 1970s. Truly remarkable when you think how life often attempts and succeeds to derail our daily plans. There is something to be said for faithfulness and perseverance of this sort.

Is there ever a day that you know you should do something, yet you blow it off? We have all done this. However, God never tires of daily bearing our burden. If all 6 billion souls on this planet would turn to Jesus this very day, He would still be strong enough to carry every care and woe of the human race. All we must do is trust, surrender, and rely upon Him as the "God who is our salvation."

Monday, January 16, 2017

In Jesus' Name

Acts 3:16 -" And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all."

What is in a name? No sane person would name their child "Stupid." Most people know that when you call something by its name, the meaning of the name is reinforced. When the angel Gabriel announced the name of Jesus (Yeshua) to Mary before His birth, heaven had an agenda. Jesus literally means "God saves." The etymology of Yeshua means every kind of salvation mankind needs or desires. He is first and foremost our Savior from sin. Additionally he is our Healer, our Deliverer, our Sustainer, our Protector, and our Overcomer. Jesus Christ is the salvation solution for every circumstance.

Are we Christians who call on the name of Jesus Christ in faith of its great strength? If not we have denied the power He came to give every believer. May we look to the Savior and the power of his name. Our God is mighty to save!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Godly Stability

Isaiah 33:6 - "And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is his treasure."

What are we banking on for retirement? I'm not speaking of earthly retirement, but what have we banked for our eternal repose? Everyone receives dividends for however they are preparing. Some are readying themselves for this inevitable day by avoiding Jesus and giving themselves to the things of this world. Their lack of the fear of the Lord is evident by their lack of treasure as suggested in our lead verse.

However, those who have opened their bank account in heaven through their surrender to Jesus, and then have faithfully added to their ledger day by day, can be assured of dividends both in this life and the one to come. Their treasure is reflected in earthly "stability," as this verse suggests, and also the assurance of eternal peace with Him who faithfully guards their riches. Beloved, our greatest treasure is the fear of the Lord. May we surrender to His fear and reverence and we will never be dismayed what man might throw our way.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Universal Prayer

Psalm 65:2 - "O You who hear prayer, to you all men come."

When does a man become a fool and say there is no God? Surely every man at one time in their lives has offered a prayer to heaven. Possibly the only time was when they were in a dire circumstance. As a wise man has said "there are no atheists in foxholes."

If, perchance, there is someone who has never said a prayer to God in this lifetime, they certainly will say one in the life to come. Scripture tells us that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). We can either pray for grace in this lifetime or mercy in the one to come. It is our choice. For every man will pray to God and eventually come to him. May we all choose to come to Him in this lifetime.