Friday, March 6, 2015

A Simple Salvation

Psalm 116:6 - "The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me."

How low can we go? How simple can we become? The mighty paradox of the Kingdom of God is the weak are made strong by His grace. As Paul states, not many of us who are wise by the world's standards have found the wisdom of God in salvation (I Corinthians 1:26-27).

While God's redemption is utterly simple in that we must embrace the seeming foolishness of the cross, it is often not easy (I Corinthians 1:18). We all have this mental beast on our shoulders that wants to be king instead of allowing God His proper place in our lives. When we finally do experience the simplicity of the Gospel, then we can say with the psalmist: "Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you." (Psalm 116:7)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

God Amongst Us

Exodus 25:8 - "Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them."

God has never been in the business of building places for His presence. Just as the Hebrews were instructed to construct God's dwelling place according to His desire, so we too must continue to prepare that place for His glory to rest within us. Those of us who know Christ will always be justified and cleansed by Christ's blood. That is Jesus' completed work in us. However, it is our responsibility to manifest Christ's presence within us through sanctification.

Just as the Israelites were obedient to the smallest detail of the construction of God's dwelling place, so must we be concerned with obeying God in all things. As we do and we no longer quench the Holy Spirit within, He will rise up and take possession of our entire life for His glory sake.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our Lives in Perspective

Psalm 39:4 - “LORD, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am."

Youth creates an illusion regarding our respective mortality. As we grow older, we understand more fully how we are but a mere breath and significant only in how we treat others, especially God.

Wisdom is our greatest asset which leads us to choose how we should live towards God and man.

Throughout God's word we are reminded how the fear of the Lord is the way we obtain this great treasure. When one truly understands they are merely passing through this life as a vapor, then eternity--and the things we do in view of it--become paramount and the only thing which really matter.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Giving Our Children a Hand

Jeremiah 47:3 - “Because of the noise of the galloping hoofs of his stallions, the tumult of his chariots, and the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers have not turned back for their children, because of the limpness of their hands."

Fear can be paralyzing. However, it is unconscionable for fathers to allow the world to consume our children while we are afraid to stand up to those who would seek their lives. For too long, the church has sat idly by and allowed our offspring the misfortune of "finding themselves." This has only resulted in more hedonistic narcissism. Many of us who failed to raise our children and grandchildren on God's word have seen the result -- children given over to the enemy because of the "limpness of our hands."

However, as long as we draw breath, there is time to lift up the banner of Jesus and let the younger generation know whom we have believed. We must speak up, act up, and show up for Christ's sake. This witness will strengthen our hands and bring light to an increasingly dark world for our children’s sake.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Delighting in God's Word

Jeremiah 15:16 - "Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts."

We have all known picky eaters. Maybe we are one. Proverbs 27:7 tells us "A sated man loathes honey, but to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet." When hunger is the driving force, it doesn't matter how something tastes. The only concern is to quell the hunger pains.

Are we famished for God's word? Are we daily in the Holy Bible, digging out its treasures? The only way to get hungry for God's word is by getting into it. Then, we will long for it when we miss a day. The Word of God is not a drudgery, beloved. It is "a joy and the delight" of our hearts if we will but discipline ourselves to seek God there daily.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Light Out of Darkness

II Corinthians 4:6 - "For God, who said, 'Light shall shine out of darkness,' is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

It is an extraordinary thing when we gaze into the face of Jesus. It is remarkable, when we do so, how the darkness in our lives suddenly becomes light! It is as though God flips a switch when we come to Him in surrender and our souls are flooded with understanding. Though we grope in the darkness, we will not find true illumination until we submit to God. Remember, human knowledge is no substitute for God's wisdom.

Never underestimate God's ability to bring light to what seems like a hopelessly dark situation. Does the darkness seem impenetrable, beloved? Gaze upon Christ and God will call light out of your darkness.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Only One Way!

John 8:24 - "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

This is one of the most profoundly sad declarations of the Lord Jesus in the Gospels. His requirements have always been simple, yet not easy as those opposed to Him encountered. This was especially true for those steeped in the pride of life and self-determination. If we were able to interview the Pharisees that Jesus spoke with that day, I am certain they have mourned the tragic loss of their souls for nearly two thousand years.

Pharisees are still common today, yet not necessarily by that name. The root definition is "to become separate." The choice to not believe the Gospel is in itself a form of Phariseeism or separating oneself for selfish pursuits. However, when one becomes set apart for Jesus and believes in Him, then this verse juxtaposes hope and joy eternal rather than a somber warning.