Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Omnipotent God

Numbers 11:23 - "The LORD said to Moses, 'Is the LORD’S power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.'”

We have all doubted God's word. For instance, we may find it easier to believe for another rather than for our own healing. However, if God has spoken to us, and we have faltered in belief, we should know He is most patient with our mortal flesh. Though we often deny Him, He cannot deny Himself nor His word. It will not return void, beloved.

Have we aborted God’s power through unbelief? It is imperative that we wait on God. In time we “shall see” God’s word come true if we grow in faith, believing His power is unlimited.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Certain Judgment

Ecclesiastes 8:11 - "Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil."

Both man's and God's justice can often seem slow and arbitrary. There is something to be said for nations which impose swift judgment on crimes. There are seldom repeat offenders. The guilty quickly learn that retribution is swift and certain.

However, God weaves His mercy into the dynamics of judgment lest we be consumed. He tells us through the prophet Jeremiah how his mercies in the midst of judgment are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23).
Let us all know that whether or not we witness judgment in this lifetime, it will surely come. May we all live accordingly, beloved.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Wise Leadership

Ecclesiastes 9:18 - "Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good."

The peaceniks love this verse, stating how many of our past leaders have not shown wisdom but have instead resorted to "weapons of war." Abraham Lincoln deplored the conflict he was immersed in, but knew there was no other recourse to stem the tide of unrest than through the civil war which engulfed the nation. Woodrow Wilson sought to keep America from conflict in 1917, yet evil would not rest through its relentless provocation. Consternation still rages whether Harry Truman's decision to use atomic weapons was prudent to end World War II. And, lately President Bush is and will be the subject of debate whether the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were necessary.

However, I believe Solomon is getting at something deeper and greater than just the decision of government leaders regarding the toll of human mortality. What about the toll of human despair brought on by a man not governing his family? What is the cost of a man not humbling himself before God and acquiring wisdom to lead those in his charge? The casualties are much greater than all wars combined, beloved. As men, we need to rise up and collectively humble ourselves on behalf of those with whom we are entrusted. In so doing, we ensure future generations the opportunity to live in peace and security. While wars and crimes against humanity are inevitable in our sinful, fallen state, they can certainly be minimized through widespread revival in our respective homes. May we all acquire God's wisdom to do accordingly.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spiritual Fathering

Hebrews 12:9 - "Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?"

I am thankful today for the love and discipline of my father. It meant life for me, even though he did not father perfectly. There is only one who will exceptionally look after us in a paternal manner. God will always be the benchmark of the loving disciplinarian.

Our Father watches to fill up what is lacking in us as sons, fathers, grandfathers, and uncles. With each passing year, we have the opportunity to learn more what good fathering entails. May we all be grateful and blessed that our Father in heaven continues His wise instruction in our respective lives.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Attracting Light

Matthew 5:16 - "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

The light of the Lord does not automatically shine forth from us. Just because we are redeemed doesn't mean we are a lighthouse for those whose ships are running aground. We must "let" our lights shine, as Jesus stated.

If our light is barely visible, then we are merely ornamental and offer no real light to drive back the darkness. If we burn too bright and without wisdom, then we might offend those we are trying to help. Yet, if our light does not blind but instead provides a lighted path to the Savior, then we have accomplished a great thing. May our lights burn appropriately to always lead others to the Lightgiver.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Needs Versus Wants

Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

We may possess a reciprocity mindset that says, if I give then I will get. We might believe God will multiply our blessings if we just believe. However, Jesus' promise is that He will "add" to our needs, not always fulfilling our wants.

Oftentimes, if God would multiply His blessings in our lives, they would destroy us. Consider Jesus' use of Solomon to illustrate His example regarding the lilies of the field. He knew this wise king was nearly destroyed by his abundance. Jesus tells us true wisdom is to allow God to add to our lives when He sees fit, and to expect nothing more or less. The mind set upon the truth of Jesus' words to seek first His kingdom will create a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

God’s Love for Us

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

How long has it been since we have heard the sweet wooings of our Beloved? He is always speaking, but are we listening? Nothing will change a man or a woman more than a revelation of the love of God for His beloved bride. The epiphany of His love upon the soul is linked inextricably with an understanding of His wisdom for our lives. Through it springs faith and hope as we fall deeper in love with the Bridegroom and His Father.

Maybe some have never experienced this intimacy? All we need to do is surrender to Christ and declare to Him that we are His. In short order, He will begin to speak to your heart saying, "How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful you are!"