Friday, July 1, 2016

Spirit and Truth Worship

John 4:24 - "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Jesus proclaimed the way to true worship of Himself and His Father to the Samaritan woman. It is impossible to worship God with merely good intentions or fleshly enthusiasm. This type of behavior is best left to sports arenas. However, when God is helping us through His Holy Spirit, there may indeed be a joyous shout or a dance to confirm His presence. However, what we must discern is the truthfulness of our actions. Both of the aforementioned displays of emotion are scriptural in the context of God's Spirit moving through us.

Those who do not know the Savior will often attempt to worship God in the "spirit" that has become most familiar. However, if they do not know Jesus, then they are merely following a familiar spirit that is not of God. Unless we are surrendered to the truth of the Gospel, we cannot worship the Lord in spirit and truth. It is an impossibility. May we all humbly look to God and His scriptures and worship Him according to His word for this is His delight.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

God's Darling

Song of Solomon 1:15 “How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves.”

When we have the faith to look God square in the face, He then responds to how beautiful we are in His eyes. Those who wallow in the guilt of their sin cannot understand God's captivating gaze at us if we are continually looking at ourselves. He is our glory and the lifter of our heads (Psalm 3:3). We must allow Him to do so.

Have we turned away from God in disgust of our sins? We will never know what He really thinks of us until we allow Him to lift our chin and stare into His beautiful face. Then, we will see an expression of love and joy for His beloved that cannot be expressed in words. There is no more holy place than that of the bride looking into the eyes of the Bridegroom. Beloved, God desires us to practice His presence here and look to Him, recognizing His pleasure for us. This is the place of true abiding.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Remembering Youth

Ecclesiastes 12:1 - "Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, 'I have no delight in them.'”

Survey groups suggest a youth is two and a half times more likely to accept Christ than an adult. The older a person gets, the more their "life script" becomes a part of them. As is commonly said, "Old habits are hard to break." There is a certain familiarity in doing the same thing, day in and day out, even if there is a lack of peace, grief, and/or sadness.

God can save a person at any age without a doubt. While nothing is impossible with God, it is imperative that we reach out to the youth of our nations while they are still young. The relativity of our Post-modern world has lulled young people into a place of non-absolutism. Our greatest gift to these is to live like believers in a world that continues to dismiss Jesus Christ as irrelevant. They will know we are Christians by our love, beloved. That will mean stepping out of our comfort zones and possibly befriending a teenager or young person that has no hope outside of Christ.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wind Watchers

Ecclesiastes 11:4- "He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap."

There are many who "watch the wind" in Christendom today. They are so busy looking at the clouds and hoping for the "sweet by and by" that they fail to recognize there is a dying world around them. They have become so enraptured with the thought of the rapture of the church they have forgotten Christ's Great Commission regarding making disciples and building His kingdom.

Beloved, God will return at the "proper time" and not a moment before (I Timothy 6:14-15). We must continue to sow the seeds of His kingdom and expect many to come to Jesus as a result. Jesus told the disciples in his time that the fields were ripe for harvest (John 4:35). How much more so now when God's greatest desire is the souls of men in these last days?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Firm in the Faith

I Peter 5:9 - "But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world."

A prime reason why there is not more victory over the flesh and the devil is firmness of faith. For many of us, our faith has become flabby and out of shape. Faith cannot be engineered by our will but must be implanted by our love and devotion for Jesus. As we turn our gaze upon Jesus, beloved, we resist everything not of God. This supernatural dynamic becomes as natural as breathing.

Once we quit trying to resist the devil, and submit to Jesus firm in our faith, then we are rocketed into a new dimension in our faith. Our trust in the Savior becomes a romance while the distractions of the enemy become small and insignificant.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

God's Proper Time

I Peter 5:6 - "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,"

Peter through the Holy Spirit is very clear regarding how God exalts a person. Humility must come before the Lord can truly use us. He ordains this as the "proper time." The improper time is symptomatic of impatience, wondering when God will act on our behalf. "Why does not God give me more responsibility in ministry?" we might ask. It could very well be that we are more aware of our desire for service rather than serving the Holy One.

When the Lord came to a young Israelite girl and told her that she would be the mother of the Savior of the world, she was "troubled" by this statement (Luke 1:29). She was so unaware of herself and her "proper time" that she was the perfect candidate for God's exaltation. Pride was not a factor because self was not a consideration. We likewise must disregard self and our proper time will come in similar fashion.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Man's Best Friend

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – “For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion."

For many of us, the catalyst that propels us toward the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus is hope. Paul tells us in the book of Romans that hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5). Take away hope from a man or a woman and there is insurmountable despair that can only result in suicide, both spiritually and physically.

Are we a dead lion or a live dog today? Have we so much pride in our deadness that we refuse to come to Christ and surrender to Him? While a mangy, unkempt dog may seem undesirable to some, it is beautiful in God's eyes. Have we become dark and black from sin? (Song of Solomon 1:5) Have we denied our deadness in our pride and refused to see ourselves as a mere dog? When we really see ourselves for who we are without Christ, then we can begin to see ourselves as God sees us. He will always show us our potential rather than our past failings.