Friday, October 31, 2014

Turning Out for God

I Thessalonians 4:7-8 - "For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you."

Everyone has a calling on their lives from God. Some may not have a ministry to hundreds or thousands, but of greater importance is our calling to sanctification or holiness. This is the Lord's mandate for each of us in order to minister first to our family and friends and whomever else He decides. We do not choose our work. That is for the Lord to decide. However, we do choose whether God will equip us. To reject sanctification disqualifies us from the work He would have us to do.

Never minimize turning from sin, beloved of God. Without our turning there can never be His turning us out to do His great work. May we turn and keep turning away from the seduction of this world that we might return to Christ as He will then turn us loose to perform His will.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Abounding Love

I Thessalonians 3:11-13 - "Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you; and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints."

Praying the apostolic prayers are essential. Paul's understanding how the church needs revelation is paramount to our walk with the Lord. In this instance, we should make it a daily prayer to pray that our love would "increase and abound" to one another. In order for this to happen, God needs to supernaturally move on our hearts and first show us our great need to love the way He does. Then, there is the magnificent release of His Spirit within us.

Beloved, if we are truly born again and know Jesus Christ, all of His fulness dwells within our spirits. It is our responsibility to invoke Him in prayer for its release. This is the key to the establishment of "hearts without blame." The more we know about ourselves, then the more Christ can release His love to us and others through our broken vessel. This, my friends, is sanctification by with which we will see God (Hebrews 12:14).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Fringes of God's Ways

Job 26:14 - “Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”

Job refutes his opponents by speaking of the wonders of God in creation. Yet, he states "these are the fringes of His ways." Secular society would aim to limit or exclude God altogether from creation. However, He goes far beyond that as Job describes. What we see with our human eye and mortal understanding is but only a "fringe" of His overall wisdom and grandeur. His power is incomprehensible and without limit. That is why we only hear a "faint" word of Him when He whispers to our souls, "I created all this and so much more than you will ever know this side of eternity."

Beloved of God, may we cry out to Him that He might speak a bit more often and not with faintness of breath. May we hear His loving voice regarding all He has done. For in so doing, will we understand that He does all things right and good. May our love and faith grow exponentially as He reveals Himself to those for whom He gave everything.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A "Put on" for God

Colossians 3:12-14 - "So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity."

Have we ever been accused of being a "put on"? Being two-faced is wrong if we are using our masquerade to fool others. However, if we are Christians and confess we are often two different people, then we then have the power through humility to be a proper put on. When we allow ourselves to think right about ourselves, we start to think right about others. What we then put on our minds about ourselves and others become expressions of our hearts that transform.

Beloved, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit is a choice. It begins by choosing to put on the Lord Jesus Christ in our every thought. The miracle then happens as His character becomes ours with hearts expressive of Him.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Setting God Aside

Mark 7:9 - "He was also saying to them, 'You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.'"

To point the finger at the Pharisees is often to have three pointed back at ourselves. While we may not have a written form of the Talmud that we use to dissect the Law of God, we invariably do this in other ways. Compromise comes through forcing our own way rather than God's. It can often come in the most subtle ways also. Have we desired something we should not have? Then, we can sometimes justify our position by doing a little more for God in another area. We add to the law by trying to love someone a bit more so we can act a bit more rude to another through our self-justification. Or, we might fall into the trap of doing for God rather than being for God. To clarify, how often do we do for God because we are afraid not to? We have become so accustomed to giving to a certain charity or helping out a person in a certain way, yet we have lost our love in the midst of it.

If we will allow the love of God to be our great motivator in whatever we do, then we will never fall short of His expectation. Jesus Himself stated that if we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind and our neighbor likewise, then we have fulfilled the Law (Luke 10:27). However, this takes sitting before the Lord and seeking His will everyday rather than assuming we know it from past experience.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Greater is He ...

II Chronicles 32:7 - “Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him."

Do we really believe that greater is He that is in us, then he who is in the world? The author of Chronicles tells us in 32:1 that after all Hezekiah's faithful acts, the king of Assyria then attacked. In trying to reason this, some would tell us that we must have some sin in our lives. Otherwise the devourer would not have a foothold to provoke us. However, when we have been faithful and generous and loving is when we will sometimes experience a deluge of conflict as our seeming reward. These "rewards" are often orchestrated in heaven to allow us to create the heavenly gold God desires (remember Job and his testing, my friends).

When we are sure concerning Whom we have believed – and know with surety it is He who is greater than all our troubles – there is nothing that will come our way we will not accept as a gift from God. Should we embrace calamity? We should only receive it for what it is – an instrument to bring us closer to God. As with Hezekiah, if we will but trust in the Lord then our troubles will self-destruct much like the Assyrian army later in this chapter. … May we trust implicitly and love explicitly, beloved of God.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

An Unrestricted Grasp

Philippians 2:6 - "who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,"

What are we grasping for today? Our grasp will only be restricted by our reach. If we are truly reaching for the things of God, then we have acknowledged we are not God and have need of the Savior. However, if we are grasping for those things which are selfishly desired, then we have not emptied ourselves regarding our fleshly desire to be our own gods. Jesus understood perfectly what the Father desired. He emptied Himself of any agenda other than that of His loving Daddy and He achieved the pronouncement, "This is my beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased," by so doing.

Our grasp will always be symptomatic of our desire. What we truly love, we will pursue. Our pursuits will always be out-stripped, well beyond our grasp, if we seek things for ourselves. Conversely, if we persevere, we will overtake and possess those things God desires for us through His will.