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Post  Admin on Tue 17 May 2011, 12:04 pm

"Fight For Peace"
"Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it." 1 Peter 3:11
"Fight for peace" seems like such a contradiction in terms. You would think that in order to have peace you would have to cease from fighting or have no conflicts. On the contrary, most wars that have been fought throughout the history of the world have been fought with the goal of peace in mind. Tyrants, terrorists, rebels have risen up and sought to bring death, destruction and bondage to certain people groups and nations. They do this through physical attacks. In order to stop them, and in an effort to bring and live in peace, the retaliation comes in the form of wars. Thus, wars have been fought in order to bring about and ensure peace.
Now I come to the point of my message. We have a very real enemy who is out to steal, kill and destroy us- including our peace. When he comes, we cannot sit idly by and allow it. We must "fight" in order to maintain our peace. While peace is given to us freely through Jesus- He gives us His peace- we have to battle to keep it; not because He will come and take it away, but because the enemy will try to come and take it.
Staying in peace isn't always easy, especially when bad news comes, when the cares of this life seem more than you can bear, or when others are placing demands on you. Staying in peace isn't always easy when the devil brings his accusations, when he speaks his lies to you, when he brings fear into a situation, when he tries to place confusion in your path. But we must maintain our peace. And again, we have to "fight" in order to do so- we have to engage in spiritual warfare against the enemy. We have to fight the good fight of faith. We have to use the Sword of the Spirit (God's word) against the enemy. We have to go to God in prayer. We have to stand fast and unmovable. We have to apply God's word to our daily lives. We have to pray in the Spirit.
The word ensue above means to pursue. To pursue something is not always an easy task, but if you really want it you will do it. And in order to maintain your peace, you will have to do it... you will have to fight to keep it.
Have a great day. Peace is freely given from the Lord, but it is often maintained through a "fight".
For further reading:
1 Timothy 6:12; 1:18
John 14:27; 10:10
Philippians 4:6-9
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ANOTHER COFFEE BREAK

Heaven XV: Daniel

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the body of Christ. All of our
reference points are changing, and they are changing drastically!

But it isn't just within the body of Christ. Changes within the body are
essential in order to deal with the changes that are happening in society
and in the world around us. The world's economic system, which is based in
the Babylonian mindset (Jesus referred to it as "Mammon"), is literally
shaking at its roots. The instability of money and financial markets has
reached global proportions.

The earth itself is rocking and reeling under the weight of sin - to the
point where (as the apostle Paul prophesied), "For the earnest expectation
of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the
creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who
subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from
its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of
God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of
childbirth together until now." (Romans 8:19-22 NASB)

The massive earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions that we've seen in
the past couple of years really just portend the events to come in the
months ahead. There have been a number of prominent prophetic voices
telling us that the quake that decimated northern Japan with its subsequent
tsunami was a forerunner to a massive quake to hit the northwestern coasts
of the US and Canada. Even geologists who have no connection to the
prophetic voices who are speaking are telling us that the northwestern coast
of the US is way overdue for a quake of spectacular proportions.

There is a critical necessity, therefore, that believers pay close attention
to the voice of the Holy Spirit. So long as God's people are listening and
heeding what the Lord is saying they can absolutely trust in and rely on
God's faithfulness in the midst of chaos.

Proverbs 1 is a strong Word of Counsel to all of us, and the 33rd verse
tells us, "But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be
quiet from fear of evil."

Tremendous opportunities are being given to many to invest in the Gospel of
the Kingdom. Those who hear the Word of the Lord and obey every command to
invest with their seed sowing and their abundant giving will see their
finances multiply greatly. This great transfer of wealth into the hands of
God's people, however, is not so they can build a collection of mansions,
Rolls Royces or Bentleys (and it's not that God objects to His people having
these things!); the purpose for this great wealth transfer is to capitalize
on the moment so that the Kingdom of God expands and multiplies in the
earth. Our first priority as believers is to extend the boundaries of the
rulership of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ.

We are shortly to begin a thousand-year warm-up period of training and
preparation for ruling and reigning with Christ throughout eternity. I had
an extraordinary experience some time ago in which an Angel of the Lord
visited me to amplify the picture drawn in Revelation 20:1-3. That passage
reads like this:

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless
pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old
serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And
cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him,
that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should
be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."

In this experience, the Angel of the Lord picked me up and literally flew me
around the globe. In city after city, town after town, countryside after
countryside, in the midst of every conceivable situation and circumstance I
watched the Holy Spirit whisper into the ears of those people in active
pursuit of His presence a command to be ready to speak two words.

You understand, of course, that this was not a whisper to Christians in the
general sense of the word, but rather those who were attuned to the voice of
the Holy Spirit. There is a huge difference between what we call "the
Church" and "The Bride of Christ." Not all Christians are members of the
Bride of Christ. Witness, for example, Jesus' parable of the ten virgins in
Matthew 25:1-12. All were believers. All were Christians. All were
dressed in white. All were expecting the Bridegroom's return. But only
five made it into the bridal chamber because they kept their anointing fresh
and continually did whatever it took to ensure that they would never be
caught off guard when the Bridegroom came.

But, I digress.

As we traveled the globe, I saw the Holy Spirit whispering into the ears of
people driving their cars, some at work, some at play, some in bed and
awakened by the Holy Spirit's alert, some sitting at the breakfast or dinner
table - in other words He was speaking to those whose spirits were attuned
to Him.

We returned back to our starting place. Time zipped past in a flash. I
have no idea how much time had elapsed other than having the sense that it
was a relatively short period. Again I was picked up in the Spirit and
taken above the earth by an Angel of the Lord. This time it was as if I was
watching various places and people through a telescope or a huge magnifying
glass - the same folks who had been alerted by the Holy Spirit to be ready
to speak these two critically important words. The command from the Holy
Spirit went forth.

I watched as the command of the Holy Spirit was released into the hearts and
spirits of those on alert. The Bride was ready!

With one voice and one sound I heard the two words spoken around the earth,
all at the same time, in every nation and tribe, in every city and town, in
every conceivable situation and circumstance. It was a prophecy, and the
decree of the Lord, "Be Bound!!!"

The words reverberated throughout the earth and the atmosphere. The angel
who held the key to the bottomless pit had been awaiting the release of the
command to do so, and in a split second Satan was bound and cast into the
pit, chained and restrained for the next thousand years to come. It was
absolutely dazzling! It was also very humbling, and yet there was a clear
sense of ecstasy over the fact that the Lord had used His Bride - the very
people whom Satan had tormented, tempted and tried throughout the years, the
very people who had overcome him - to put Satan under their feet. He was
taken out of commission and locked away, prevented from tempting another
soul for the next thousand years to come.

Get ready, people of God! Get ready, Bride! Get the cobwebs out of your
soul and your spirit! Be ready to respond in an instant to prophesy, to
decree, to declare the Word of the Lord as He directs. That day is upon us!

WOW! Kind of got long-winded there in my introduction today. Anyway, GOOD
MORNING! Ready for a break? Then pour yourself a good cup of this really
dark brew, grab a "vitamin" or two and let's get back to our narrative on
Heaven.

Though not as young perhaps as was Jeremiah and Ezekiel when the Word of the
Lord first came to them, Daniel was still a teenager when He first began to
receive dreams and visions and prophetic instruction from the Lord.
Daniel's life, and the challenges he faced intrigued me from the moment I
first began to read His narrative in the Word.

My conversations with him centered on the following topics: (1) His
relationship to Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach and
Abednego), and what he saw and experienced when they were thrown into the
fiery furnace; (2) the prayer life he led which resulted in him being cast
into the den of lions, and what he experienced there; (3) his life as Prime
Minister during the reigns of numerous kings and monarchs; (4) his fasting;
and (5) his 70-week prophecy of the Messiah.

Maybe the Lord intended it that way in order to make an impression in my
spirit, and maybe that's just the way he normally appeared but when I was
introduced to Daniel, he was dressed in the exquisitely- made robes of
someone you would expect to see in a royal court. Had he worn a crown one
would easily take him for being the King instead of the Prime Minister, so
regal was his bearing.

Daniel was primed for our conversation, obviously readied by the Lord for
this moment because of the power and impact his sharing would have on me,
and the degree to which his counsel would affect me in the years to come.

After being introduced to him, I asked, "Would you tell me about your
relationship to Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, and what unfolded when they
rejected the king's orders to bow down and worship him? I know that they
were cast into the fiery furnace, but it is hard to really get that picture
in my mind because of all the events the Bible records surrounding it."

If there was anyone I met in Heaven who was really good at weaving stories
in such a way as to implant strong visual images, it was Daniel. He first
drew a picture of his three companions in such a way that I was able to see
them visually - holographically, if you will - as they appeared in the
courts of Nebuchadnezzar. They - like Daniel - exuded the presence of the
Lord. Their mannerisms, their bearing, their bold stance (at first when
they, along with Daniel, declined to eat the king's meat, choosing instead a
vegetable diet; and later when they refused to bow before the king's golden
image) and the spirit they radiated displayed an unwavering confidence and
trust in the Lord.

"My companions and I," Daniel began, "were each one of the house of David.
We were all considered and treated as part of Judah's royal family and given
that accord once we were in Babylon. We had all applied ourselves to the
learning of the Law and living it with strict observance. It was not a
legalistic observance, however. Each of us had developed a love for the
Lord God that knew no bounds. Furthermore, we each had personal experiences
- experiments, if you will - in which we saw God demonstrate His Word to and
through us.

"It is my personal conviction that it was the presence of the Lord upon us
which resulted in the favor we were given in Nebuchadnezzar' s courts, as
well as that which we received with later rulers. Even though
Nebuchadnezzar didn't at first realize what he was seeing with us (and
didn't until later) the presence of the love of God created a kind of
magnetic attraction that drew out his favor.

"That favor rapidly dissipated like a mist heated with the morning sun for
Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah when the command was given to bow down to the
king's image, and they refused."

I interrupted Daniel to ask, "What happened to you? Why weren't you there
to respond to the king's command? If it applied to your companions,
wouldn't it have applied to you?"

"That's a good and logical question," he answered. "Had I been with them at
the time, I certainly would have been counted with them because I could not
and would not have bowed down to the king's image. You must understand,
however, that the king revered me as much as he did the Lord God. Though he
didn't understand and serve God - and in fact worshiped many false gods -
because I'd been able to not only interpret his dream of the great image but
also bring that dream in its entirety back to his memory, it was a
supernatural event.

"The king knew that I had a special relationship with God, and that put me -
at least in his thinking - on a level above him. Were the people to regard
him as a god and worship him, he felt that it would elevate his stature as
something that, while not attaining to the relationship I had, would at
least put him on the same level as the other gods of the kingdom. In any
case, because of his fear and reverence for me and my relationship with the
Lord, I was exempt from his command.

"Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were my fellow-companions within
Nebuchadnezzar' s court, and while they held special status as magi within
the ranks of his counselors and advisors, he still considered them inferior
to his god-status and therefore subject to the same command as the rest of
the people."

Again I interrupted Daniel. "What is that term, magi?" I asked. That same
term appears in the New Testament referring to the wise men who brought
gifts to Jesus after they had seen His star in the heavens."

He grinned and nodded his head. "The term "magi" has come to refer to a
special class of representatives and counselors to the king (or kings) of
the east - in part because of the wisdom of God imparted to them, and also
because they became a part of what developed as a prophetic school among the
Jews in captivity. Throughout the years and in the generations to follow
they became a special, elite class of royal representatives. In modern
language, you would call them ambassadors. Magi, however, were more than
just ambassadors. In many cases they became the alter ego of the king to
represent him and his interests. They had prophetic insight given to them
by the Lord and were able to act with a level of insight and authority that
ordinary counselors and advisors lacked."

That answer prompted another question on my part.

"My father says that you were responsible for this school of the prophets,
and that the magi of your era grew up under your training. He says he
believes that the magi who visited Jesus knew the prophetic words you had
delivered as well as those of Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and others, and that
you established the foundation for their training and preparation; that they
were looking for the coming of the Messiah-King because of their schooling
in those prophecies."

Daniel's answer was a bit of a revelation to me.

"Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were really the first of that school, and
their miraculous deliverance in the midst of the fiery furnace laid the
foundations for all who desired to know the Lord God whom we served. When
they stood up to the king and boldly declared that they would not bow to his
image and he threatened them with the furnace, they made a statement of
faith that would ring as truth throughout the centuries that followed.

"O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it
be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery
furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be
it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the
golden image which thou hast set up." (See Daniel 3:16-18)

"Their bold declaration of faith in the Lord God, and confidence that He
would deliver them from the fiery furnace, and even if He didn't, they
wouldn't bow was something no one of that generation had ever heard. The
deliverance of the Lord marked my companions as having access to something
supernatural. It stirred the minds and hearts of those who saw - and in
successive generations, those who heard about - their walking about in the
furnace of fire with the Lord, untouched and unharmed. A fair number of
people decided they wanted to follow in their footsteps and learn what they
knew of the Lord.

"That really is how the school of the prophets got its start. My primary
objective is sharing with them and training them was to get them to focus on
the prophecies of the coming Messiah. Our nation was in captivity. There
was going to come a day when many of our people would be living in our
homeland, and they needed to be alert to see and recognize Messiah when He
came. We focused on the prophecies of David, of Isaiah, Jeremiah and
Ezekiel. Those prophecies became second nature to many within that school
and there grew up a small group within that school who watched for the signs
of His coming.

"As God continued to unfold for me more prophetic understanding of Messiah's
coming, I was able to impart that understanding to those within the school
of prophets. They began to understand that the heavens would declare the
glory of the Lord, the heavens would clearly show the coming of Messiah.
The magi who came to see Jesus after His birth were watching carefully for
those signs, and they saw them. They knew that indeed, the Messiah, the
King of Kings had been born into the world, and they came to give honor -
not only because of what they knew, but because the kings whom they served
as counselors wanted to pay honor and recognize Him as being THE King over
all the earth."

I've run of out of time today. In our next Coffee Break, we'll go into the
discussions in which Daniel describes his life of prayer and intercession,
and why - even with the threat of the lion's den - he wasn't about to
compromise his prayer life.

Next: HEAVEN XVI: Daniel, The Intercessor.

A paradigm shift is taking place in the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit has
been preparing the Bride to show forth the greater works that Jesus
promised. We are in the midst of a huge transition. That which God is
about to reveal will shake and shatter the religious foundations of the
calcified church!

Blessings on you!

Regner

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"Yes, He Does Love You"
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38,39
Yesterday we talked about how satan is an accuser- he accuses the brethren, he accuses us to ourselves and he accuses God to us. We said that one of the accusations he brings against God is that "God is against us". Another one of his main accusations against God is that God doesn't love us.
Satan is always trying to convince us that God doesn't love us, especially when we make a mistake or yield to a temptation. He is there immediately with his accusations. The truth is that God does not and cannot stop loving you. He said so in His word. God loves us unconditionally. He loved us even while we were still sinners and enemies of His.
Satan will tell you that God has stopped loving you because you sinned. No, the sin did not separate you from God's love. It will break your fellowship with Him, it will hinder your relationship with Him, it will interfere with your ability to hear Him and it will put distance between you- therefore, you must confess your sin and repent of it- but it does not stop Him from loving you. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, did God stop loving him? We can see from God's reaction of what Adam did that He did not stop loving him. Sin now put enmity against God and man but it did not destroy God's love for him. While confronting him about his sin, God told Adam that there would come a Redeemer to reconcile mankind back to Himself. Why? Because God still loved mankind. Man's sin "messed up" the relationship, it "messed up" the intimacy, it "messed up" the fellowship, but it didn't "mess up" God's love for us. Thus we read, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) He is pretty plain about the fact that He loves us- always has and always will.
Satan is your enemy and he is out to steal, kill and destroy your relationship with God. He does that through his accusations. If he can get you to believe them- especially the one that God doesn't love you- then the process of pulling you away from God has started. Let me ask you a question, "Who are you going to listen to and believe? Your enemy who is out to destroy you through his lies, or are you going to listen to the Lord who is "for you" and tells you nothing but the truth?
Have a great day. Sin will interfere with your relationship with God, but it doesn't stop Him from loving you, or else He would not give you the opportunity to confess it and get the relationship back right with Him.
For further reading:
Romans 5:8; 8:35-39
John 3:16,17
1 John 1:9
2 Corinthians 5:19
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"God Is For Us"
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
The Bible tells us that satan is an accuser. He accuses the brethren. He accuses us to ourselves. He accuses God. The accusations that he brings against God are: God doesn't care about you, He has forsaken you, or God isn't for you, He is against you. He always comes with his accusation that God is against you and not for you when something goes wrong in your life or not according to your plan. He aims to steal, kill and destroy. And he is primarily out to destroy your relationship with God.
The best way I know of to destroy a relationship is to attack it in the area of trust. If you can't trust someone, it is very hard to have a relationship with them. Many marriages have broken up because of the trust factor.
The accusations that satan brings against God started all the way back in the Garden of Eden. "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:4,5)
He accused God of withholding something "good" from them, therefore, breeding mistrust in God and lack of trust in His word.
When God "withholds" something that we perceive as "good", it could be because it isn't "good" at all. It could be that it might cause more grief, pain or sorrow in the long run. It could be that it might cause you to fall. It could be that it might, in reality, be a snare to you. But it is never because He is against you or doesn't care about you. On the contrary, it is right the opposite. God warned them about eating from the tree, not because He didn't want to bless them with good things, but because He knew it would bring "death" to them. His warning was a sign of His great love and care for them. They should have trusted that He had their best interest at heart and not listened to the accusations of the enemy.
Remember today that God has your best interest at heart too. He is for you. He isn't against you. He isn't "withholding" something from you because He is being "mean" or "untrustworthy" . His very reason for doing so is because He does care about you. So stop listening to satan's accusations against God. They are all lies.
Have a great day. God is not against you... He is for you.
For further reading:
Psalm 118:6; 84:11
James 1:17
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"Refreshed"

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3:19

"When the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." We all long for times of "refreshing" . Sometimes we feel as if our relationship with the Lord has grown stale or cold. This is why we look forward to revival services or conferences. The phrase "times of refreshing" implies that there are special occasions when we get spiritually refreshed. Most Christians tend to wait for those special times. But we need "daily refreshing" as well.

Each day has its own set of trials and problems that drain us. Each day we spend our "spiritual resources" ministering to others, helping the needy, encouraging a brother, praying for the sick or witnessing to the lost. Each day there are mountains to climb that exhaust us spiritually. Therefore, each day we need to be refreshed.

This refreshing doesn't come from watching Christian programs. It doesn't come from going out and doing more "works". It doesn't come from a prayer line. It doesn't come from counseling. Although there is nothing wrong with these things, but true refreshing can only come from one source and place-- the presence of the Lord. In His presence are pleasures evermore, joy unspeakable, peace that passes understanding, strength, grace and refreshing.

His presence is where the cares of this life, the worry, the stress and the fatigue are all washed away. Confusion can't stay in His presence. Fear can't stay there. His presence brings healing and restores our soul.

If you are in need of some spiritual refreshing this morning, don't run to the television, to your prayer partner, to a chair to set down and relax, instead run to your prayer closet, shut the door and wait until the presence of the Lord invades those weary places and the refreshing comes.

Have a great day. The refreshing we desperately need and long for comes from getting alone in God's presence.

For further reading:
Psalm 23:3; 16:11
James 4:8

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"Peace and Love"

"Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 6:23

Peace and love are the two greatest longings of us human beings-- what we wouldn't do in order to have either one. Wars have been waged in the pursuit of peace. Pharmaceutical companies have made a fortune on the sell of medicines that promise to make you feel at peace. Many have compromised their values in order to keep peace. So many others "sell themselves" for love. Young girls has given themselves away having believed the words, "I love you". Children have engaged in acts of rebellion hoping that they might get some attention which to them would symbolize love. There are people of great means that would give it all away just to find someone who truly loves them and not what they have. Relationships have suffered and families have been destroyed because of lack of love.

We work so hard, pay great prices, compromise our values and morals just to have peace and love while all along peace and love are free gifts that we all can have. Peace and love are not feelings. They are not some emotion. They are not ideals. They are not abstract ideas. Both are embodied in a person- God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Love is a person- "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1 John 4:8) Peace is a person- "And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6b) "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace." (Ephesians 2:13,14)

This wonderful God doesn't just possess peace and love, He IS peace and love. And He has freely made both available to us, because He makes Himself available to us. We can have peace and love in our lives through having Him in our lives. And we can have Him in our lives because of the greatest act of love and peace that has ever been shown- Jesus' death on the cross. At the cross God's love was demonstrated and His peace was being poured out. No longer do we have to remain enemies of God because of our sins, we can come into a relationship of peace and love with Him.

Are you looking for peace and love in your life? You will never find it if you are looking in the wrong places. It is only found by looking in the right place, and that place is God Himself.

Have a great day. Peace and love are attainable, because they are found in a person-- His name is Jesus.

For further reading:
John 3:16; 14:27
2 Corinthians 5:19
Colossians 1:20

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"Travel the Road"

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat." Matthew 7:13

When we are born, we are born as travelers traveling through this life. We are all traveling on the same road- a road that leads to death and eternal damnation. Because of Adam's sin, sin was passed upon all mankind and death- eternal separation from God- as a result of sin. So as "travelers" through this life, we are all traveling on a broad wide "road" that leads us to death.

Because of God's great love and mercy, and His desire that none perish, He stepped into this world through His Son Jesus and provided a way for us to be able to get off that "road/way" and get on another that would lead in the opposite direction- to eternal life. Jesus is that way that leads to eternal life. But while we were born, without a choice, on the broad way that leads to eternal death, we have been given the choice as to whether we will stay on it or take the way which the Lord has so graciously provided so that we can have everlasting life.

Once we have made the choice to get on the road that God has provided that leads to life, we then have to travel it. The Bible refers to the way that leads to eternal life as a road, a path, a way, a highway. Roads were made to be traveled. That is their whole purpose. Roads are not resting places. They are not places where you "pull up a chair" and sit down. They are not camp sites. They are not places where you homestead. They are places where you travel. The point I am trying to make is- once we get on the way that leads to eternal life, we then have to travel it. We have to press toward the mark. We have to run the race that is set before us. We have to keep walking and not grow faint or weary. You don't get on it and then just stop.

There is another thing about roads- they lead to somewhere. If you continue to travel them, they will come to an end at a particular place. This road I am talking about will come to an end when we leave this earth, but it will take us to our destination- - right into heaven into the presence of the Lord forever. So don't sit down on the road, keep walking on it, it is taking you somewhere.

Have a great day. Which road are you on? If it is the road that leads to eternal life, are you traveling it or sitting down?

For further reading:
Matthew 7:13,14
Romans 5:12; 3:10
Hebrews 11:13,14; 12:1
Philippians 3:14
Genesis 5:24

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"Change"

"My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change." Proverbs 24:21

For some time now the "buzz" word and cry has been for "change". We hear its cry ringing throughout our nation, the global community and even within the church. The desire to change comes naturally because we were created as beings who were designed for change. From the time that we are born until the time we die, we will be in a constant state of change- our appearance changes, our age changes, our maturity level changes, etc.

Change is not always a bad thing, sometimes it is needful. Sometimes change is neither good or bad- it isn't necessary but it is just something that we desire. Then there are times when change is bad and can be detrimental to us and those around us. This morning I want to address "change" as it relates to the church. If ever there was a day in which things are changing in the church it is now. The music is changing, the way we dress is changing, our activities are changing, we way we conduct services is changing. Is all of the changes we see happening bad? Not necessarily. But on the other hand, it is when it goes against the Word of God. For example, the church is changing by ordaining homosexuals to serve as pastors. This change is clearly in disobedience and rebellion against God.

Outside of the changes that are obviously in opposition to God's word and holy standard for His church, how do we know if the areas of change that we are moving into is actually a "good thing"? The answer is simple- does this "change" bring you closer to the Lord? Does it cause a holy fear and awe of God to rise within you? Does it bring you to repentance over the hidden sin in your life? Does it cause you to desire a deeper relationship with the Lord? When Jesus came to earth, He made some changes. He changed the way people worshipped God. Worship went from the killing of animals to worship that was in spirit and in truth. He changed the way to the Father- no longer through the priest and sacrifices but through faith in His sacrifice on the cross. The greatest change was in the covenant- He gave us a new one. A covenant that was not written on stone, but now written on the tables of our heart. All the "changes" Jesus made drew us closer to the Father.

Again, we have to ask ourselves, as a church and individually - is this a change that will bring me closer to Him? Not all change does. Some changes only feed our selfish desires, the lusts of our flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. So which is it doing?

Have a great day. Change is not always bad- as long as it is drawing you into a deeper, more surrendered relationship with the Lord.

For further reading:
John 14:6
Hebrews 7:11,12
Colossians 2:13,14
Philippians 3:21
2 Corinthians 3:2

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"Think About What's Above"
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:2
This verse is pretty plain, to the point and easy to understand. Set our affections, which in the original text means to set our minds or thoughts on things above- or in other words, "think about what is above and not on what is here below."
Most of our thought life is consumed with the cares of this life. We spend our time thinking about tomorrow, the future, our jobs, our problems, our financial situation, what we will eat and drink, what other people think about us and what we are going to do next.
Let's look at what this verse is saying to us:
"Set your affection/thoughts" ... To set yourself to do something means there is a deliberate action involved. You don't just "happen" to think about the things above, you must make yourself and discipline yourself to do so.
"Set your affections/thoughts "... To set your mind means to become firm, solid, or permanent, as mortar, glue or cement. It doesn't mean we occasionally think about the things above, or just when we are in church, or only when we need help. Our thoughts about the things above should not be passing, momentary thoughts only but permanently set on the things above.
"... on things above..." What is above? The eternal; the abiding place of God; the Kingdom of God; heaven; the place of God's rule; our future home if we have accepted Jesus as Savior and are following Him as Lord.
"...above, not on things on the earth." Our thoughts should be focused above- on a higher place- not on a lower one. Am I saying we should never think about what we are doing or have to do here on earth? Of course not. But I am sure we spend too much time consumed with the daily affairs and tasks of this life without regard or thought to what is above. What is above is eternal and what is here below is temporal. We need to be setting our thoughts on what is eternal, because this being temporal means it is temporary- and it could be gone tomorrow.
Have a great day. Where are you setting your affections/thoughts on? On things above or on what is here below?
For further reading:
Matthew 6:25
Luke 21:34
Romans 12:2
Philippians 4:5-8
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"Snaky Area"

"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" Genesis 3:1

The other day my granddaughter was over and we were playing with her bouncing ball outside. A couple of times the ball rolled into an area that was around some taller grass. When this happened, she would tell me, "You, get it, that's snaky". We have lots of snakes in our part of the country and evidently her mother has been teaching her to be careful of certain areas around the yard that are grown up with weeds and grass because they are "snaky" areas. (This means that they are good places for snakes to be and hide.)

The Bible refers to satan as a serpent/snake. He likes to "hide" in certain places waiting for us to get within a close enough distance for him to "strike" at us. That being the case, we should have the same kind of spiritual awareness that my granddaughter has physically. When we see a "snaky" area, we should stay away from it or turn and go in another direction.

Let me clarify what I mean. Those "snaky" areas are areas of temptation where the devil would like to deceive us through or entice us into partaking in order to destroy us. Eve was in a "snaky" area- in the presence of the tempter. She should have turned and gone from that spot instead of staying there and engaging in conversation with the "serpent". The end result-- she was "bitten" by his lies and disobeyed God.

We don't have to fear the devil. We have power over his powers through Jesus. The greater One lives in us. But that doesn't mean that we should stay where it is obvious that he is. Joseph was in a "snaky" area when being seduced by Potiphar's wife and he ran from that area. When Jesus was in a "snaky" area while in the wilderness, He took out the sword of God's word and "chopped" the serpent up.

We need to watch out for "snaky" areas- those areas of temptation, the snares and traps the enemy has laid for us- and when we see them either pull out our "sword" ready to destroy his lies or look for the way of escape that has been provided for us out of the temptation and take it.

Have a great day. Watch out for those "snaky" areas and stay away from them.

For further reading:
Genesis 3:1-6
1 Corinthians 10:13
Matthew 4:1-10
Luke 10:19
1 John 4:4

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"Put Behind You"
"Then the disciples went away again unto their own home." John 20:10
The crucifixion of Jesus was past. The disciples had discovered the empty tomb. Now we see them back at their own homes- back to everyday life, and back to the way things were before. This reminded me of how we are. A couple of days ago we celebrated the death and resurrection of our Savior. It was a wonderful day. There were special events planned for the day, time with family, special church services to attend, programs that centered around Jesus resurrection, and so on. It was a "big" day.
I wonder, though, now that the day that we set aside to celebrate what Jesus did for us has passed, have we "returned" to life as usual? Will what we celebrated Sunday be just a once a year event- forgotten until next year?
Everyday for the Christian should be a day of remembrance and celebration. Each day when we wake up we should acknowledge the price that He paid for our sins. I don't take it for granted until next year, or even until next Sunday. Daily I remember the sacrifice that He willingly paid. I remember His victory over death, hell and the grave. I seek this wonderful risen Savior on a daily basis.
What about you? Is your acknowledge of Him and what He has done for you at the cross forgotten now that the celebration is over? Will your love for Him be shown daily, weekly, monthly or annually? Will you be like the disciples, putting the events behind you and going on with life as usual?
Have a great day. The day we set aside to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus may be passed, but will you continue to celebrate Him or will you put it behind you forgotten until next year?
For further reading:
John 21:1-3
1 Corinthians 11:26
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"Keep It Up"
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9
There comes a reaping time once we have sown. It is a natural law and a spiritual law. Depending on what you sow will depend on what you reap. There are things that we sow that we reap from immediately, others take a little time before they are reaped, but then some reaping doesn't come until eternity. That is where I want to focus this morning.
I want to encourage you to not grow weary in your walk with the Lord. Don't quit, don't give up. Keep persevering, keep pressing toward the mark, keep following Jesus. I truly believe we are so close to the end of time as we know it- the last of the last days. Since we have come so far and are so close, it is not a time to be getting weary, distracted or side-tracked.
For those who will continue on there is a "crown of righteousness" that is laid up for them in eternity. It is for those who have remained faithful and have not given up. That crown will come, not while we are on this earth, but we will receive it in eternity- once we leave this life.
Even though there are things that we do reap while we are on earth-- blessings, the answer to prayers, etc.-- the greatest reaping will come when we leave this earth-- eternal life, a new name, a crown of righteousness, a pure white robe, and the greatest of all will be when we see our Savior face to face and hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord."
Have a great day. Don't grow weary or faint because there is an eternal reaping that will make it all worth it. ("He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.- Revelation 21:7)
For further reading:
2 Timothy 4:7,8
Matthew 25:21
Revelation 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,21
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"Empty Tomb"

"And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus." Luke 24:3

What a dark time for the disciples. The one they thought would save them had been crucified and now His body was missing from the tomb. How confused and hopeless they felt. Scriptures even talk about the emotions that were high and the disbelief that was shrouding them. But what appeared to be defeat and a hopeless situation was actually just the opposite.

The fact that the tomb was empty was "a good thing"- though they didn't realize it at first. It meant that victory was achieved. It meant that our salvation was accomplished. It meant that there was now hope and the opportunity for eternal life. What they perceived as hopelessness was instead the greatest victory.

The tomb had to be empty in order for the whole plan of God to redeem mankind to be fulfilled. Often, what we perceive in life as defeat may very well be victory. What looks hopeless may actually be the answer to the situation.

If you are feeling as if there is no hope; if the situation seems overwhelming; if it looks like defeat, remember the empty tomb. Had it not been empty then there truly would have been no hope.

Have a great day. What appears to be hopeless may actually be the avenue of hope.

For further reading:
Luke 24

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"Clouds Obey"

"And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth." Job 37:12

This verse is talking about the clouds and how they are led by the Lord and obey His commands. That is pretty amazing when you consider the fact that clouds are nothing more than gases and vapors. They have no shape or form. They have no brain, sense of reasoning or intelligence, yet they know the voice of their Creator and they obey Him when He speaks.

It makes you wonder how a "mindless" vapor that floats through the atmosphere for only a few moments than dissipates is more obedient to the Lord than most of us. We have been given an intelligence, a will and emotions, yet we can be so stubborn and disobedient when it comes to following the Lord's commands. The point I am trying to make is that if anything in God's creation should be quick to obey and follow Him, it should be us. We are the ones who have the privilege of knowing Him, loving Him and having intimacy with Him. We are the ones whose lives have been redeemed from destruction. We are the ones who experience fellowship and communion with the Heavenly Father. We have been received as His children. His Son died for our sins.

Am I making sense this morning? I just thought it was interesting that all of nature obeys the voice of their Creator- even those parts who are nothing more than a vapor with no substance to them, and we who have been created for fellowship with Him fall so short in this area.

There is a song that says- "There ain't no rock gonna sing in my place, as long as I'm alive to glorify His holy name". Well, I am not going to let a cloud obey my Lord above me either. Are you?

Have a great day. Are you living in greater obedience to the Lord than the rest of creation?

For further reading:
Psalm 148:7-14; 19:1; 104:1-3
Luke 19:40

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"Line of Demarcation"

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." 2 Corinthians 6:16,17

What is a line of demarcation? There are specific lines of demarcation throughout the world that divide one area, country or region from another. But the more general definition is: The setting or marking of boundaries or limits; a separation; a distinction. A line of demarcation is used as a boundary line to separate one thing from another.

Let's look at this "line of demarcation" in a spiritual sense. There should be a "line of demarcation" between the Christian and those who are "of the world". There should be a distinction and something that separates us from them so that others will know the difference. But nowadays it is often hard to tell who is and who isn't a Christian. Many profess to be but their lifestyles don't back up their profession.

When the Lord gave the Law to the Israelites, He intended for them to obey it as a sign that they were different from the rest of the inhabitants of the land. It was a sign that they were God's people, distinguishing them from those who were not. In the early church the people that the apostles preached to took note that they had been with Jesus- there was something different about them from everyone else.

In the story of Lazarus and the rich man, after they both die the rich man went to hell and Lazarus went into the "bosom of Abraham". In the conversation between the rich man and Abraham we hear these words- "between us and you there is a great gulf fixed." I believe that is a word for us on this side of death as well. There is a "gulf"- a line of demarcation that is between the Christian and the world. On this side is light, on their side is darkness. On this side there is life, on their side is death. On this side there is hope, on their side there is turmoil. On this side we are the children of God, on their side only enemies of His. On this side we have obtained forgiveness, on their side they are still in trespasses and sin. On this side, we have the Fruit of the Spirit, on their side only the fruits of the flesh.

The Bible tells us that we are the light of the world. There is a distinction between light and dark- a dividing line that separates the two. What I am saying is that there should be something different about us who profess to be Christians that distinguishes us from everyone else. That difference is Christ in us living His life through us.

Have a great day. Is there a "line of demarcation" in your life that backs up what you profess?

For further reading:
Acts 4:13
Matthew 5:14
Galatians 2:20
2 Corinthians 5:17
Luke 16:25-27

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"Finish The Race"

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

In the Bible our Christian walk is compared to many things. Paul compared it to a race. We get in this race through acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Sadly, many who come to Christ think that once they have prayed "the sinner's prayer" that is all it is to it. That is so wrong. If it is a "race", then it has to be ran. Runners don't sit on the sidelines. They don't preoccupy themselves with other things. They run, and they run well with the finish line and prize in mind.

Getting in the race is important, but finishing it is just as important. Only those who finish will win the prize, and you can't finish it if you sit down and do nothing. Just because you start the race doesn't mean that you will automatically finish it. There is something that you have to do if you are going to reach the finish line.

1) You are going to have to stay in the race- you can't give up just because it gets tough and you become tired and weary.
2) You are going to have to keep your eyes on the finish line. If you are looking at the things around you it will distract you. Distractions will cause you to go in another direction.
3) Remember the prize. You aren't running in vain, there is a prize that awaits you. And this prize is not just given to the one who crosses the finish line first. It is given to all those who finish this race.
4) Don't get discouraged. You may feel like you aren't making any progress and should be further along in the race, you may feel like you will never reach the end, you may begin to wonder if it is worth it. You will get there if you persevere and it will be worth it.
5) Take notice of how you are running the race. You can't run it all over the course and think that you will wind up on the finish line. You must run it well. You must stay focused. You must keep up the pace. You can't keep stopping and starting. You can't decide to run for a while and quit, run for a while and quit. Stay consistent.

Do you need to check your "pace"? Do you need to take a look at the way you are running? Are you still running the race or have you let distractions come in and take you off course? Have you quit altogether? You have to start the race to get in it, but finishing it is the goal.

Have a great day. Start the race, run well, finish the race then receive the prize.

For further reading:
2 Timothy 4:6-8
Hebrews 12:1-3
Galatians 6:9

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"Seek The Lord"

"And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper." 2 Chronicles 26:5

"...he sought the Lord..." In regard to the Lord, what are you seeking? So many are more involved in seeking what the Lord can do for them instead of seeking Him. They are seeking His blessings, His provisions and His benefits. But very few are just seeking Him- seeking to know Him, seeking to please Him, seeking to have a closer relationship with Him.

I understand that there are times when we have to seek the Lord because of a situation that we find ourselves in and need an answer from Him or His guidance. But for the most part, we have it "backwards". We tend to seek more after what He can give us and do for us; we seek His hand and what's in it; we seek after the tangible things that come from Him; but if we would seek HIM- then all these things (the things that we truly need) will be added to us.... without having to "seek" after them. They would come as a result from seeking Him first.

Ask yourself this morning, "What am I seeking?" Are you seeking the blessings or the giver of the blessings? Are you more interested in seeking what He can do for you instead of He Himself? Are you seeking after the things that He gives or to know who He is? Are you seeking Him for His gifts or just because of who He is?

Have a great day. Are you seeking the things that God gives, or are you seeking the God who gives good things?

For further reading:
Psalm 34:4
Deuteronomy 4:29
1 Chronicles 16:10,11
2 Chronicles 15:12
Acts 17:27

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"Available"

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." Isaiah 6:8

There are so many people in need. They are all around us- you don't have to look very far to find them. Even with so many needs there isn't one need of one person that the Lord doesn't want to reach. He loves people and He cares about them. He desires to reach into the needs of hurting humanity. And He has chosen to do so through His people. We are His hands extended. We are His mouthpiece. We are His legs to carry His message into the world. He could reach people without us, but He has chosen to do it through us. That being the case, when was the last time you made yourself available to be the vessel that He can reach someone else through?

You may say, "I can't travel to the other side of the world and be a missionary". True, you may not can, but are you available to be a "missionary" to the lady who checks you out at the grocery store, or another mother whose child is on the same soccer team as your child, or to the mechanic who services your car?

You may say, "I am not qualified." Do you know Jesus as Savior and Lord? Has He changed your life and forgiven your sins? Then you are qualified. You don't have to have a religious title to tell someone about Jesus. You don't have to have a doctorate in order to reach out to them. He uses "weak and foolish things" - so that pretty much qualifies the rest of us.

You may say, "I don't know how to talk to them". You can tell them what the Lord has done for you. Moses didn't know how to talk but God used him anyway. Just make your voice available to Him and He will give you what to say.

You may say, "I have nothing to give." Can you give a cup of cold water to someone who is thirsty? Can you offer up a prayer for someone? Can you give a hug to someone who is hurting and tell them that Jesus loves them and that He cares?

We make so many excuses why we can't make ourselves available to the Lord to reach this lost and dying world. Where would we be if He had not made Himself available for the Father to use to save us from our sins and give us eternal life?

Have a great day. When was the last time you made yourself available for the Lord to use?

For further reading:
1 Corinthians 1:26-28
Matthew 10:42; 5:16
Exodus 4:10
Romans 10:14
Ephesians 2:10
Acts 1:8

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"Recharge Your Battery"

"Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward." Isaiah 58:8

This verse is in the middle of what some call the "fasting chapter". It tells us some of the benefits that comes from fasting. There are benefits to fasting- fasting from food, from television, from other forms of entertainment, from personal desires and pleasures and spending that time on things that build up the spirit man instead.

Jesus said, "When you fast"- not "if" you fast. Therefore, it has a place in the Christian life because it is important to our spiritual walk and growth. There are various reasons why we fast. Without doing my "alms" before you I want to share something about fasting that the Lord showed me.

The other day I felt that I should fast. Usually I will do it if it has been a while since I have, or if I am going to be ministering somewhere to help prepare myself, or if there is some need I have, or if I need to hear from the Lord in a matter. The other day none of the above was going on, yet I felt I should. This is the reason the Lord gave me-- I needed to "recharge my 'spiritual' battery" before it ran down. Fasting does "recharge" us- it gets us more focused on spiritual things and off of earthly things. It denies the flesh giving the spirit an opportunity to build us up. So sometimes we do it just for the sake of a "spiritual recharging".

If a battery runs down it causes a lot of problems- it can leave you stranded, in the cold, in the dark, without communication and so on. Once it is "dead" it takes a lot more time and effort to get it recharged so that it is usable again. On the other hand, if you keep the battery charged up- through recharging it regularly- it will always be ready to use whenever the situation arises or you desire to put it to use.

The same thing happens to us spiritually. When we get spiritually run down, we become weak, powerless, our lights get dim and we are less useful. At that point it takes extra time to just get us back to where we were. But if we stay "charged" up, not waiting until we have lost our spiritual "power", we are able to hear the voice of the Lord more clearly, move at a moments notice taking advantage of the opportunity that is presented to us, and our lights shine brightly.

The whole point of what I am saying this morning is that we need to do whatever we have to do in order to keep our "spiritual batteries" constantly charged and not let them run down. That may mean fasting, getting alone in a quiet place, getting up a little earlier to spend time in the Lord's presence, turning off the television and spending that time in Bible reading. There are many ways that help recharge our spiritual batteries and we need to do them while there is still a "charge" left in them, not after they have completely "died".

Have a great day. It is a whole lot easier to keep a battery charged up than it is to let it run down and then have to recharge it.

For further reading:
Isaiah 58
Matthew 6:16

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"Fear Or Peace?"

"Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." Luke 21:26

When you read this verse in context, the state of the world looks pretty ominous. It must truly be bad for men's hearts to be "failing" them out of fear, and that fear is the result of the conditions that are taking place in the world. I have been afraid before but never to the point where my heart fails.

So what are those conditions? Wars, famine, persecution, seas and waves roaring, earthquakes and other natural disasters, economic collapse- pretty much what we are beginning to see happen in the world around us, only it will be on a much larger scale. Many people are beginning to experience the fear that brings "heart failure" even now.

This morning I want to bring you a word of encouragement- this is written to those who have put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ making Him their Savior and Lord. That word is- "Do Not Fear". We have nothing to fear. I didn't say we won't face or go through fearful times, I said that we don't have to be afraid when they come. We have a shelter, a place of refuge, it is called the "secret place of the Most High". The Lord is our refuge. He is our strong tower that we can run into and find safety. He is our shelter in the time of storm. He is our "Goshen". He is our "Ark". We have nothing to fear even in the midst of fear because He is with us, His rod and His staff comforts us. He knows how to deliver us from every evil work and preserve us unto His heavenly kingdom.

For the rest of the people- those who don't know Jesus as Savior and Lord- they shall continue to fear because they have no peace abiding in them. This is because they don't have the Prince of Peace living and dwelling in their lives. How hopeless! Yes, but not necessarily. That can change, they can invite this wonderful Jesus into their lives to be their Savior, to make Him their Lord and when He comes into their lives, He will give them His peace. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27) Then His peace will establish their minds and their "hearts". And when His peace establishes their hearts, their hearts will not fail because of fear.

Have a great day. The conditions around us may be fearful, but there is no need to fear if you have placed your life in the hands of the Prince of Peace.

For further reading:
Proverbs 18:10
2 Timothy 4:18
Psalm 91; 23:4

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"Trying To Hear - part 2"

"And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful." Mark 4:18,19

Yesterday we talked about a very common phrase that we use- "God is trying to tell us something.". We said that this leaves you with the impression that God has a hard time articulating what He wants to say and that He struggles with being able to communicate His message to us. Of course, that isn't true, God never has a hard time communicating- He speaks very clearly and is easily understood. What we should say instead is that it is "us who are 'trying' to hear what He is saying"- not Him trying to say it.

We also said that one of the main reasons why we don't always understand what He is saying is because we are being distracted- the distractions take our full attention away from our "listening". This morning I want to talk a little more about what some of those distractions are.

The verse above clearly lets us know that the "cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things" will "choke the word" (choke out what is said)- in other words, these things will hinder us from hearing Him. There are other things that hinder as well, and they come from without and within. We already know that too much television and too much time spent in other forms of entertainment will distract us, but there are other things such as our culture, society and education that will hinder us from hearing what the Lord is saying. When God speaks, everything He says has a "Kingdom perspective" to it- His Kingdom. His Kingdom and this world often clash with each other. For example, His Kingdom teaches that we are to "forgive those who trespass against us". Our culture, society and intellect tell us to "get revenge or hold a grudge". So when He is telling us to forgive that person that hurt us, we have a hard time hearing that because we are distracted by what these others teach us. (In this example, we are also distracted from hearing by our own pain and hurt that was inflected upon us by that person.) To sum it up- when our culture tells us one thing, when society says one thing, when our intellect says one thing, and God says something that is in opposition to what they are saying, we have a hard time hearing because we are so influenced in our way of thinking by them.

Our own agenda often distracts us from hearing what the Lord is saying to us. We have our own plans laid out and when He speaks to us in a contrary manner- like when He says that our plan is not His plan for us- then what we want often overshadows what He is saying. Our own determination to do something, our rebellion, our own desires, all make it hard to hear what He is saying.

What is distracting you? What are the "cares of this life" that are choking out His voice/word? What influences you other than Him, making it hard to hear Him above them? Until we deal with the distractions we are always going to be "trying to hear".

Have a great day. The Lord speaks plainly but distractions will distort His voice.

For further reading:
Luke 11:2
Isaiah 28:12
Acts 7:29-32

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"Trying To Hear"

"And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." Acts 9:5

How many times have you said, or heard someone else say, "The Lord is trying to tell us something."? I have been guilty of saying it. It almost conjures up the idea that God is having a hard time saying something- that is never true. It is not, "God is trying" to say something, instead we should be saying, "We are trying to hear what He is saying".

I understand what we mean when we say that, but the truth is that God never has to "try" to say anything, He just comes right out and says it. He doesn't have a hard time communicating or articulating His words or their meaning. When He wants to speak to us or get a message across to us, He knows just how to say it and He speaks plainly. Look in the Bible, every time God spoke to the people He spoke plainly and didn't "try" to give the message to them. He spoke plainly to Moses out of the burning bush. When Balaam was going to curse God's people, God spoke very clearly to him not to do it. When Saul encountered Him on the road to Damascus, He didn't try to tell Saul something, He spoke so clearly that immediately Saul repented of what he was doing and turned to wholeheartedly follow Jesus. The Lord spoke to David at Ziklag to pursue the enemy and take back what was stolen from him. He spoke clearly to the prophets-- He didn't "try" to tell them what He wanted to tell them.

Like I said earlier, we are the ones who are "trying to hear" what He is saying. For some reason we make it so difficult when really it isn't hard to hear. Jesus told us that His sheep would hear His voice. When we read His word, we are hearing Him speak, and speak plainly. For example, how much plainer can He get we He says, "Love you enemies, or do not commit adultery"?

He biggest hindrance to us hearing is called-- distraction. I can remember when I was growing up, if I was watching television and my mother came in and told me something, most of the time I would not hear what she said. It wasn't because she wasn't saying something I didn't understand (I knew what she meant when she said, "Go clean up your room."?). But the television had my attention so I was not fully listening to what she was saying. I believe this (distraction in various forms) is what hinders us and keeps us "trying" to figure out what God is saying.

God has always spoken plainly. He has never had a hard time or struggled with what to say, how to say it or how to get the message across. It is us who are having the hard time hearing, but that is because we are either not listening or not listening attentively.

Have a great day. God is not having to try to tell us something, we are having a hard time trying to listen to what He is saying.

For further reading:
John 1:37;10:16;27
Revelation 3:20
Mark 12:37

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"Ducks"

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." John 10:27

The other day I went outside and as I stepped off of the carport I heard a noise to my right so I looked that direction and to my amazement I saw a duck coming off my patio and she was being followed by thirteen baby ducklings. The noise that I heard was the mother's quaking sound that was leading her babies. As soon as the mother saw me, she immediately turned around and headed back to the patio with non-stop quacking-- she was "calling" her babies to follow her. I ran into the house to get my camera and as I got to the sunroom I saw them going around the back of the house- so I went out and then followed them with my camera. Just as I started to turn the corner at the back of the house and follow them into the side yard, a big hawk swooped down and then back up right in front of me- it was so close he almost flew into me. He had his eyes on those babies and had I not been there and startled him, he would have surely got the scragglier. The mama duck and her babies continued on until they found a dense bush to hide under.

The thing that stuck out the most to me about the whole scene was that while I was following them and they were trying to find shelter, the mother never stopped quacking as she led them. She "talked" to her babies the entire time I was following them. They were following her voice. They weren't leading the way, they were following. They weren't following by sight, but by the sound of her voice. They followed and went in the same direction she did. The ducklings knew this was the voice of their mother and while they didn't know where they were going or how to get there, they just kept following her voice and heading in that direction.

I am trying not to be too lengthy but I wanted to share this because it paints such a beautiful picture of how the Lord leads us-- He does it through His voice. His voice speaks to us in a small still form, through His written word, by His Spirit and sometimes through others.

We want to follow the Lord by sight. But that is not the way He leads us. He leads us by His voice. What makes sheep follow the shepherd? They know his voice so when they hear it they follow him. What made these ducklings follow their mother? They knew her voice, listened for it and followed her. What will make us follow in the direction the Lord is desiring to lead us? Knowing His voice and listening for it.

Have a great day. He leads us by His voice and when we hear it, we should go in that direction.

For further reading:
2 Corinthians 5:7
John 10:1-16

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"Ducks - Part 2"

"And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes..." Malachi 3:11a

Yesterday I shared my story about the mama duck and her ducklings that were at my house and how this mother duck led her babies by continually quacking for them to follow her. That mother duck loved her babies and was trying to keep them from harm so she stayed in constant communication with them leading them in the right direction. It was such a beautiful illustration and example of how our Heavenly Father leads us by His voice. His loves us, therefore, He speaks to us and if we will follow Him it will be well with us.

I also told you that as I was following them trying to get a picture of this amazing sight, I turned the corner of the house heading into the side yard and all of a sudden a hawk swooped down and then ascended back up right in front of me- so close it almost hit me. He was after that one little ducking that was lagging behind. Had I not been there, it would have surely got the baby.

I want to share another spiritual parallel this morning from my encounter with these beautiful creatures. That hawk is a bird of prey. It goes around looking for something to destroy and consume. It would have surely devoured that duckling had I not been there. That duckling was no match for the hawk. My presence scared it off because the hawk is no match for me. My presence into the situation came at just the right time- when the hawk was making his descent to latch hold of the duckling.

We have a very real enemy who goes about seeking whom he may devour- like a bird of prey. He has one goal and that is to steal, kill and destroy. But we have a Heavenly Father who is watching over us. We are no match for this enemy, but he is no match for God. This hawk was much bigger than the duckling, but he was not bigger than me. The enemy, though he often appears much larger than we are is not bigger than God. Our Father intervenes in the situations that we get in and He delivers us from the devourer. He comes in and fights our battles for us.

That hawk just knew he had that duckling, but I came up unexpected and foiled his plans. Our God will foil the plans of the enemy against us. He will come in at an unexpected moment but always right on time. So this morning, do not fear the devourer. Your Heavenly Father is watching over you. He promised to not only lead us by His voice but to protect us and deliver us from the devourer.

Have a great day. Our Father is watching over us. He is our deliverer from the enemy who would try to destroy us.

For further reading:
Isaiah 59:19
Deut. 3:22; 20:4

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"This Isn't Right - Part 2"

"I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee." Luke 15:18

Yesterday I gave you my translation of what the prodigal son was saying when he finally came to his senses while in the pigpen and decided to go home. He realized that "this wasn't right" for him to be sitting in the pigpen starving when he was his father's son and should be living in his father's house.

We discussed that as Christians having some things in our lives just "isn't right". As a matter of fact, it is just "wrong" for us to be (or call ourselves) Christians and be living in adultery, involved in homosexuality, rude and unkind, drunks, thieves, hateful, proud, unforgiving, liars, cheating, cursing people out, and so on. If these things are in our lives, then we are living in the "pigpen of sin".

After having discussed that "this isn't right" for a Christian to be practicing sin, let's now look at what "is right". As His children we are to be "imitators" of God. Our lives should reflect and represent who our Father is. What would that be like? What type of character, attitude and lifestyle would be right for a Christian to possess? It's called the Fruit of the Spirit. The right character for a Christian is love- not hate; joy- not depression; peace- not confusion; gentleness- not rudeness; goodness- not mean tempered; meekness- not pride or arrogance; faith- not fear and condemnation; longsuffering- not impatience and anxiety; temperance- not self indulgence.

If you are a Christian, is what's in your life "right" or "wrong"? If it is wrong (and that would be because you are living in sin or doing sinful things) then there is only one way out of it. The prodigal son showed us the way out of the "pigpen"- it comes through repentance, then drawing near to the Father, and staying near the Father.

Have a great day. There are some things that are just "wrong" for Christians to be doing, but there are some things that are "right" because they are evidence that we are our Heavenly Father's children.

For further reading:
Galatians 5:19-26

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Post  Admin on Tue 05 Apr 2011, 11:37 am

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"By Faith"

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. " Proverbs 3:5

What a simple, straight forward verse, very plain and to the point. What is so hard about understanding what this verse says? It isn't hard to understand its meaning, but applying it and living your life by it isn't always easy.

We, being human, like to try to "figure" things out. We want to know exactly how the problem is going to be solved. This is often a "hurdle" that we have to get over when it comes to putting our trust in God in a situation. Our trust is attached to what we can see, understand, comprehend and figure out. As long as we can figure it out, we trust Him. In reality, that is not trust. True trust and faith in God has nothing to do with whether we understand it or not. It has nothing to do with whether we can see the solution or not. True faith and trust in God is linked it His character. Our trust is, or should be, based on who He is and the fact that He is faithful to do what He says He will do.

The just live by faith, not by our ability to understand everything because the truth is- we won't always understand everything. Faith has nothing to do with seeing or understanding, it is the evidence of what we don't see. Mary didn't understand how she could conceive a child when she had not been with a man, and even though it happened to her, she still couldn't tell you how it was possible except through God. But she put her trust in God's word about the situation and conceived.

We can't figure out how God is going to do a thing or answer a prayer. We just have to trust that He will do it and that He will do it in the best way.

Have a great day. If we could figure it out, we wouldn't need to have faith in God and we could solve our own problems.

For further reading:
Luke 1:34-38
Isaiah 55:8,9
Hebrews 10:38; 11:1,6

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"Lack of Faith"

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Are you struggling with an issue? Are you having a hard time doing what you know is the right thing to do? Are you wrestling with keeping the commandments in a certain area? Then go to God about it. Tell Him you are struggling and ask for His help.

In my early Christian walk I was taught that you don't "confess" anything that is "negative" (even to God), and admitting that you are weak and struggling was considered negative. So I was left to try to solve my own dilemmas- which of course I never could do. I was told that all I had to do was just "speak the Word" (speak positive) and it would all be all right. There is power in God's word and we do need to remember what His word says concerning our situation, but it is not "negative" or wrong to admit to Him that you have a problem.

Asking God for help when you are struggling is not a sign of weak faith, it actually shows a great deal of faith because you are putting your trust in God's ability to help you. It takes faith to go to God and believe that He will help you.

He knows you are struggling with that issue and He wants to help you, that is why He makes Himself available to you. That is why He has given us the invitation to come to Him. So go to Him. Don't try to handle it yourself. Ask for His help. Ask for His strength. Ask Him to give you whatever it is that you need in order to get victory in this area.

Have a great day. It is not a lack of faith to admit to God that you need His help.

For further reading:
Hebrews 11:6
James 4:2
Luke 11:9
2 Corinthians 12:9
Mark 9:23,24

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"The Lord God Is"

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." Psalm 84:11

"For the Lord God is..." We find in this verse that God is all we need in every area of our lives now and in the future.

"God is a sun." He is our light. He lights up our lives. He removes the darkness so that we can see clearly as we walk through this life. He also removes the darkness of sin from our lives through faith in His Son Jesus. He takes us out of darkness and places us in light and makes us children of light.

"God is a shield." He is our protection. He keeps us in safety. He comes between us and the enemy of our soul. His very presence acts as a guard around us.

"The Lord gives grace". We need grace in order to stand when all hell is raging against us. When the trials of life seem to be more than we can bear, His grace ministers to us by giving us peace, wisdom and strength. We need His grace in order to be saved and stand before Him sinless on that day that is coming.

"The Lord gives glory". He honors us with His glorious presence. He gives us honor here on earth through favor with man. He honors us by allowing us to become His children through faith in the Lord Jesus.

"He gives us all good things". Whatever is truly good for us and for our benefit, He will give it to us. He supplies all our need- spiritually and physically. He does not withhold anything that is good for us. That also means that as a loving Father He withholds what is not.

Not only does He give us all good things, meets and supplies every need, gives light. protection and honor to those who walk uprightly before Him, but He is the One who gives us the ability to walk uprightly and become right with Him in the first place. He truly has all, gives all and is all we need.

Have a great day. The Lord God is... everything that we need or will ever need.

For further reading:
John 1:12
1 Thessalonians 5:5
Proverbs 3:4
2 Corinthians 12:9

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