Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who Do We Trust?

Job 15:15 - “Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in His sight;"

For the Lord to trust in anyone or anything other than Himself would make Him less than God. Holiness along with all His other attributes emanate from Him only. This fact dismisses any possibility that something or something else could be trusted for salvation.

Simply stated, if we are trusting in any other than Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, along with the Father and Holy Spirit for our salvation we are deceived. In so doing, we have lifted ourselves up to that place where Satan fell, saying that he was his own god. God will never put His uncompromising trust in angels or even in those He calls His children. To do so would mean He is less than God. As sons and daughters of God we will always be pure in His sight through the blood of Jesus. However, in our daily walk with Him we must continue to trust God implicitly. For in so doing we become a little more purified while upon this earth.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Graceful Words

Ephesians 4:29 - "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear."

Do we attract people to our words allowing God's grace to build up rather than tear down? Or do we detract from our conversations by the space we create through our negativity? Demonstrating Christ within us will be most powerfully witnessed through our speech. Paul tells us that if we are opening our mouths, it had better be for the sake of others rather than to take life from these. Beloved, we steal from those we converse with if we are not bringing life to the conversation. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue.

God will not sanctify our lips nor our tongue. These are our own members which we need to bring under His Lordship. Until we do, we may find ourselves as James describes -- a fountain sending forth both fresh and bitter water (James 3:11). We must guard our lips, seeking to speak only those things that will provide faith, hope, and love to the hearer. May all our words be carefully spoken, for Jesus tells us every careless word will be brought before the Judge on that final day (Matthew 12:36).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Though He Slay Me

Job 13:15 - “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him."

The difference between Job and Peter concerning their resolve to die for their Lord were their respective crucifixions. While Job lived millennia before Christ's sacrifice, he understood how death to self and trust in God was the great difference. When Peter proclaimed his allegiance to Jesus and said boldly he was ready to die for His Lord, he was only part right. He would indeed die for Jesus, but he would only truly begin this journey of death after understanding crucifixion. From that point on, it became a selfless adventure toward his inevitable fate.

Job was on the other side of crucifixion and knew his life meant nothing without God. Are we like Peter before the cross, trying to choose the place of our death? Or are we like Job who no longer sees himself as his friends did in their misunderstanding of his intent. Once we bow to crucifixion and our old man of self-centeredness, then we will we say like Job it matters not where or when we die -- we are God's no matter the outcome.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pressing On With God

Hosea 6:3 “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.”

The Lord's double imperative through the prophet in the first part of this verse is even more reason to seek understanding of what He is trying to tell us. First He states that we must "know." Then, we must "know the Lord." We will never have any depth of relationship with Jesus if we merely desire to know Him in our own way. People have been doing this for centuries by "knowing" Christ in a secular, scholarly, or in a humanistic manner. That's why without previous knowledge of who He is and what we are, we will ultimately succumb to pride and study Jesus from afar without a hope of salvation.

However, if we first have the understanding that God is the Almighty who sent His Son to die for our wretched state, then we possess the first imperative of this admonition. Through this knowledge, it is then up to us to seek the Lord, surrendering to Him on all accounts. With such humility is the promise of the watering of His Spirit in our lives. Then, beloved, we will truly be regenerated from on high by His merciful grace.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Earnestly Seeking God

Hosea 5:15 - "I will go away and return to My place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me."

The thought of the Father going away and returning to His own place should terrify a son or daughter of the Lord. Although Jesus said He will never leave us or forsake us, He does withdraw to a place of hiding when we refuse to be hidden in Him. Often, we might do things which look right. We might be teaching a Sunday School class or working in a food pantry. While these are good things, they could be just as sinful, for instance, as taking illegal drugs. We know the Lord does not desire to break the laws of the land, but what about His Law? If God has not called us to do something which looks admirable to most, then we should stop immediately.

Morality is always the chief critic of true Godly spirituality, yet the former is born in hell while the latter is born in humility and obedience. Beloved, we must accept guilt where it comes. If we are sinning willfully, pursuing the lusts of the flesh, then we should repent and seek God's face for His favor to return. Likewise, if we are pursuing "good works" to appease our guilt, then we stand equally wrong before God. Any and all disobedience should be brought to the light. A wrong motive or blatant disobedience will be revealed in the love of His Light. We must earnestly seek Him and He will allow Himself to be found.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Law of Love

Matthew 24:12 - "Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold."

The rise of relativity and the decline of absolutism has made its mark on our society. While mankind's hearts will continue to grow cold in these end-times because of the former, there is still hope for their redemption through the latter. God's laws and His love are inextricably linked. It is impossible to have one without the other.

The hope for all mankind is their discovery of the law of liberty (James 2:12). This ultimately allows a man to live as an individual, accountable only to God. Only in Christ, is there true liberty. Only as we follow the Lawgiver can we know true freedom.

Though hearts be cold and stony, God has promised that He can break into these ungodly lives. He only needs the fire of His love, that is bound to His laws of mercy and forgiveness. In so doing, He can enter into a man's heart and melt and mold him for His good pleasure. He waits, He longs, and He will not relinquish His quest to bring us the to His law of love. May we all yield to His irresistible, powerful presence that will truly set us free!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Unlimited Fruit

Galatians 5:22 - " But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

Growing up, there were limits to the sweets that we children were allowed to eat. However, there were usually no limitations to the amount of fruit we could snack on. In the same way, God does not limit us to the amount of fruit that we can either produce or consume. There is no law of over indulgence regarding the fruit of the Spirit.

Yet, as children do, we often desire those things with are not good for us. We crave the sweet things of this world rather than the nutritious things of our Father. Beloved of God, we must ask the Lord to change our desire and our cravings for those of the Spirit. In so doing, the sweetness of the fruit of the Spirit will be ours to enjoy and to share abundantly with others.