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Post  Admin on Thu 25 Jun 2020, 9:23 pm

God At Eventide  by Two Listeners

June 25 - Ladder of Joy

You see in your lives cause for praise or prayer. You praise or pray. Your heart is lifted thereby into the Eternal, into My very Presence.

Thereafter the drudgery or commonplace or dreary waiting ceases to be the colorless something to be endured. It is the ladder, whereby you rise to Me.

You can then smile at it, welcome it. It is friend, not foe. So with everything in life. Its value for you must depend on whether it leads you nearer to Me.

So poverty or plenty, sickness or health, friendship or loneliness, sunshine or gloom, each may add to the Joy and Beauty of your lives.

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25


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Post  Admin on Thu 25 Jun 2020, 9:23 pm

Shortcuts make long delays!

Shortcuts in our lives often lead to misery, and, more than that, to sin.  

The story of Abraham and Hagar is a very well-known story from the Bible (Genesis 16). 

God had promised Abraham a son to be his heir.

Years passed and Sarah was beyond the child-bearing age.

So, Sarah came up with an idea and Abraham agreed.  

Instead of continuing to wait, Sarah gave Abraham her servant, Hagar, to bear a son in Sarah's place. 

The right thing for Abraham to do would have been to continue to wait and trust God to bring a son through Sarah as promised. 

Instead he took a shortcut.  

The child born out of his relationship with Hagar, Ishmael, became a problem for Abraham and his descendants--and still is even today. 

Shortcuts can be hard to spot.

Why?  

Shortcuts boil down to being assertive and claiming something we think we deserve or have earned. 

These are qualities that are typically praised today. 

So, how can we avoid these hidden traps?  

Keep the words of Jesus always in your mind:

"Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). 

In other words-

God knows what you need.

And He'll make sure you get it.  

Just keep your eyes focused on Him.

And you'll never need another shortcut again.
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Post  Admin on Wed 24 Jun 2020, 10:17 pm

God is My Personal God
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The Lord is my shepherd. (Ps 23:1)

God is a personal God.

He is not an impersonal God or some kind of force that causes things to happen.

He is not so holy that He keeps such a great distance from us.

In fact, He is very near us.

Anyone and everyone is welcomed to approach Him and get close to Him.

Whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:37)

In fact, He wants us to get close to Him.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

He is not someone else's God.

He wants to be your personal God.

Over and over again in His Word, He says, "I am your God." (Ex 20:2; Isa 41:13; 43:3)

He also says, "I am your shield, your defender, your strength, your strong tower, your salvation, your rock, your song."

David writes, "The Lord is my shepherd." (Ps 23:1).

He did not call Him a shepherd or our shepherd.

The Lord is David's personal shepherd.

When I say, "This is my pen," I mean this is my personal pen.  The pen belongs to me.

In the same way, the Lord is my personal shepherd.  The Lord belongs to me.

How wonderful!

The Lord is up close, beside you, inside you, above you, around you.

He is your personal God.
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Post  Admin on Tue 23 Jun 2020, 11:59 am

Beast of the burden
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"Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey ttied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them...." (Matthew 21:2-3). 

A donkey was an animal of commerce in Jesus' day. 

It was used to carry great burdens of goods from place to place and he was known as the "beast of the burden." 

Jesus told His disciples to fetch the donkey for "He had need of it." 

This donkey played an important part in Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. 

It was a day that was the culmination of three years of ministry.  

Jesus chose to use a vehicle of commerce to bring Him into His most important public display. 

We are entering a time in our own history in which God is saying to business people, "Loose your donkey for My purposes. I have need of it." 

God is preparing His Church to be a vessel for ushering in a great harvest of souls. 

He is preparing His remnant of business people, who are like a tribe within the Church, to be a major force in this great harvest. 

"He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk" (Gen 49:11-12). 

Is your donkey tied to the living Vine, the choicest branch of Jesus Himself? 

When we are tied to the living Vine, designed for His use, we will be useful in God's Kingdom. 

Jesus wants to free us from the bondage of business slavery. 

He wants us to walk in freedom so that others may see God's grace flowing through us and our place in the business world. 
Is your donkey available for His use?
Ask Jesus to allow the Vine to flow through you in every area of your life.
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Post  Admin on Sun 21 Jun 2020, 11:18 pm

Godly goal
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"But we all . . . are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).

When you begin to align your goals with God's goals and your desires with God's desires-
- you will rid your life of a lot of anger, anxiety and depression.

The homemaker who wants a happy, harmonious family is expressing a godly desire, but she cannot guarantee that it will happen.

So she'd better not base her identity and sense of worth on it or she will be a basket case of anger or resentment toward her sometimes less-than-harmonious family.

Instead she could decide:
"I'm going to be the wife and mother God wants me to be."

That's a great goal!
Is it impossible or uncertain?

No!
Because it's also God's goal for her and nothing is impossible with God.

Who can block her goal?
She's the only one who can.
As long as she cooperates with God's goal for her, her success is assured.

"But what if my husband has a mid-life crisis or my kids rebel?" she may object.

Problems like that aren't blocking her goal of being the wife and mother God wants her to be-
- but they will put her goal to a serious test.

If her husband ever needs a godly wife, and if her children ever need a godly mother, it's in times of trouble.

Family difficulties are merely new opportunities for her to fulfill her goal of being the woman God wants her to be.

The pastor whose worth is based on his goal to win his community for Christ, have the best youth ministry in town, or increase giving to missions by 50 percent is headed for a fall.

These are worthwhile desires-
- but they are poor goals by which to determine his worth because they can be blocked by people or circumstances.

Rather he could say:
"I'm going to be the pastor God wants me to be."
That's a great goal because nothing can block him from achieving it.

God's basic goal for your life is character development:
Becoming the person God wants you to be.

Because it's a godly goal-
- no one can block it except you.
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Post  Admin on Sat 20 Jun 2020, 3:27 pm

Wilderness
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Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19) 

It is among popular "Christian" belief that an abundance of material and other blessings follow those whose hearts are truly after God and that those who seem to consistently struggle to that end, cannot possibly be in God's perfect will.

I want to submit to you a realization I had about this very thing.
I think we might have it all backwards.

Almost all the great men of faith I've read about in the Bible had to spend some time in the wilderness.
Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, just to name a few.

God had to make them desperate.
He had to cause them to be quiet and undistracted enough to hear His still, small voice.
He had to make them hungry and thirsty enough to cry out for a miracle.

Interestingly, the word for wilderness, in Hebrew, is "meed-bahr".
And meed-bahr comes from the word "leh-da-behr", which means to speak.

Some of us are walking through the desert right now.

It's hot by day -- there is only rugged, thorny, sandy terrain for miles and miles and there seems no end.
By night, the wind is unbearably cold and we stumble over things we can barely see.

Snakes and scorpions live here.
It seems like a lonely place.

But this is actually a place of blessing!

It is for our growth, and ultimately for our prosperity that God has brought us here!

Like it or not, the wilderness is where He can speak to us most effectively.
It is the place He can most easily get our attention.
It is the place we will cry out to God and truly listen for His voice

Know that God is with you today!
He is walking along with us through this wilderness and longing to comfort us!

Cry out to Him and heed His voice!
The promised land awaits!
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Post  Admin on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 5:32 pm

Walk With God
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Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (Gen 5:24)

The idea of walking is used in a metaphorical way to mean living life or conducting oneself in a certain way. 

A man who is alive walks.  A dead man doesn't.

The Christian life has been called a walk.

You can tell a lot about a person by the way he walks.

If he walks confidently, he is probably healthy.

If he walks with a crutch, he might have a broken leg.

If he walks with a walking stick, he is probably elderly.

If he keeps on looking around him, he is probably suspicious or fearful of something or someone.

If he keeps on looking at the floor when he walks, well, he might be deep in thoughts.

To walk by faith and not by sight means to rely on the Lord for our salvation and everything else in life and not depend on the way we see things (2 Cor 5:7).

To walk by the Spirit means to follow the Spirit's leading (Gal 5:16).

To walk with Jesus is to live in a close, personal relationship with Him.

Enoch was a man who lived in close, intimate fellowship with God.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Heb 11:5)

He lived in such a way that he pleased God in his thoughts, desires, plans, speech, and actions.

He was so close with God that he knew God's plan for the future.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints. (Jude 14)

Eventually, he did not see death.  He walked with God till the Lord carried him straight into heaven.

May we also have this testimony that we walk with the Lord and that we please Him.
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Post  Admin on Thu 18 Jun 2020, 9:42 pm

His Presence is Enough
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Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Ps 139:7-10)

Have you ever tried to do something you are unsure of?  Or going some place you have never been before?  Do you feel anxious?

What if an expert tells you he will come and help you do it?  Or be your guide to the new place?

It gives you confidence because you know he will help you to do it.  Or will show you the way so that you will not be lost.

God promises to be with us all the time.

Jesus promises us, "I will be with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt 28:20).

He also promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5).

This promise is unconditional.

We need not fulfill any condition for Him to keep His promise.

God is always with us.  He knows everything about us.  He knows what will happen tomorrow.

We are safe in His arms.  He will carry us through every affliction, pain, or difficulty.

We don’t know what may happen next.  We might succeed or we might fail.

But God is with us.  That is enough.

Because He knows what is best.  He controls every element in the universe.

He will work out everything for our good and for His glory.

Surrender everything to Him.  Live in His presence every moment.
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Post  Admin on Wed 17 Jun 2020, 8:10 pm

Prince of the Outcasts
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"For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier..." (Ephesians 2:14).

Many years ago, the Prince of Wales visited the capital city of India.

An arduous, stately barrier had been set up to keep back the masses of people, most of them lower class, who wanted to catch a glimpse of royalty.

When the prince arrived, he shook hands with some of the political dignitaries who were presented to him.

Then, looking over their heads to the crowds beyond, he said, "Take down those barriers!"
They were quickly removed, and the people, regardless of social rank, had free access to the heir to the British throne.

Several years later, the Prince of Wales visited the same district again.
Waiting on him, were 10,000 outcasts that waited under a banner.

The banner welcomed him with these words inscribed:
"The Prince of the Outcasts."

Not many of us take time out of our hectic schedules to reflect on the majesty of Jesus and what He did for us.

Born into sin, we were outcasts from conception.

But by the grace and forgiveness of Jesus-
- we have been adopted into the family of God.

So often we don't thank Him or praise Him enough for the incredible mercy he showed us on the cross.

We were separated from God.
We were the outcasts.
Sin was the barrier.
And the heir to the throne came and ordered it to be taken away.

As a result-
- we now have free access to the Son.

Thank God for our "Prince of the Outcasts"-
Jesus Christ.

Take a few moments to simply thank God for sending Jesus to provide forgiveness for your sins as a sacrifice on the cross through His shed blood.
Take time to worship Him for bridging the gap so that we can have eternal life.
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Post  Admin on Tue 16 Jun 2020, 9:41 pm

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Partiality Does Not Honor God

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,

And if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”

Have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:1-4)

Man judges another by the outward appearance.

We judge others by their race, gender, age, looks, health, occupation, religion, background, abilities, preferences.

We have preconceived ideas, positive or negative, about others even before we get to know them.

We hold prejudices against those who are different from us.

We show favor to those we like.

We reject those we find offensive to us.

Such partiality does not honor God.

It is filled with evil thoughts.

God loves all the people of the world and is unwilling that any should perish in hell.

To demonstrate His love, He sent His only Son to die for us.

God is no respecter of persons.

He loves us unconditionally, freely, continually.

We must seek to understand and love others.

Enmity, strife, rivalries, dissensions, misunderstandings, bitterness, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, divisions, quarrels, fights come from our sinful, carnal nature.

When we see others who are different from us, we must see them the way God sees them and love them the way God loves them.

We are all sinners before God.  We need His love and grace.

So let's stop judging others.  Let's love one another as Christ loves us.
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Post  Admin on Mon 15 Jun 2020, 9:02 pm

Fear God
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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Prov 1:7)

To fear the Lord means to have deep reverence for Him.

God is a holy God.

No sinner can stand in His presence without being judged for his sins.

God is a God of judgment.

But rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt 10:28)

We deserve punishment for our sins in an eternal hell.  God is just if He sends us there.

But thank the Lord for His grace and mercies.  He paid the price of our sins through His Son Jesus.

Yet we cannot be presumptuous in our approach to God.

We cannot pat Him on His back presumptuously and say, "Hey, forgive my sins ah!"

Only a fool would approach God without realizing his sinfulness and the serious consequences of his sins and the price that Jesus paid on the cross.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Heb 12:28-29)

The fear of God is the starting point of salvation.

It is only when we realize our utter helplessness, our condemnation, and our need for God that we become wise.

We fear God for who He is.

He deserves our reverence and awe.

Fear Him.
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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Jun 2020, 9:29 pm

Grow in Grace
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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Pet 3:18)

Grace is unmerited favor.

God's grace led us to Him.  And His grace is leading us through life.

God is constantly extending His favor towards us.

He gives us the resources to face life.

We don’t have to earn His favor to receive these resources.

He gives them by His grace.

He gives us His strength, wisdom, protection, guidance.

He works in us and outwardly for us.

We don’t have to try to grow by our own effort.

All we need to do is trust Him.

We live by faith in Him that He will help us every time.

Some think that God is angry with them when they see so little spiritual growth in their lives.  Or they think they can't live up to God's standards.  They start feeling guilty.

Sure, we might fail in trusting Him.

But God is patient with us.

When a child falls while trying to walk, the father is not angry at him.  He encourages the child to get up and try to walk again and again.

The loving father embraced the prodigal son when he returned home.  He did not reprimand his son.

We can have a distorted view of God and His grace.

Growing by God's grace means realizing that we cannot grow by ourselves.  We need His favor in order to grow.  We grow in His steadfast love, mercies, and grace.

Does it mean that we do nothing?

No.  There are things we are responsible to do.  We are responsible for praying and reading the Bible daily and faithfully.

God will do the rest.  He will do His work of grace in us to cause us to be stronger, wiser, more loving, more faithful, and bear the fruit of the Spirit.
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Great for Christ!
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"The LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing" (Genesis 12:1-2).

You might be surprised to learn that if you catch a small shark and confine it-

- it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium you put it in.

Sharks can be six inches long yet fully matured.

But if you let them loose in the ocean, they will grow to their normal length.

Sadly, this is what happens spiritually to many Christians today.

They grow up in church, never get out of the "culture of Christianity", and they live their whole lives never being challenged in their faith.

This leads to stunted growth...resulting in generations of Christians who never reach their full potential!

The world is filled with little six-inch Christians who swim around in their puddle.

You can look at them and comment on how fine they are.

But if you were to put them out into a larger arena into the broad view of a whole creation, much like God did to Abram in today's passage, they might become so much greater.

God will help us not to be confined to a little puddle out of fear or insecurity-

- but instead to see that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

If we have internal integrity and relate to the larger world in the ways He has ordained-

- we will be able to grow and serve Him in ways we've never imagined!

Pray and ask God to show you-

- where you can step out of your puddle

- and become great for Christ!
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Do All For the Glory of God

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31)

Paul was explaining about eating food offered to idols.

If you eat, you might stumble your brother because he thinks you are honoring the gods and betraying your Christian faith.

If you don’t eat, you might offend your host or go hungry.

Some say you can eat anything because you have Christian liberty.  An idol is nothing.

But in eating, we must consider our brother who has a weaker conscience.

So it is better to abstain from food offered to idols.

Though eating food offered to idols will not harm us bodily, doing so is not beneficial for others (1 Cor 10:23-24).

Whatever we do (no matter how mundane or extraordinary the task is), we ought to make sure that we glorify God.

To glorify God means to make His glory shine or become known to men.

We glorify God when we enjoy what we do because it is what God wants us to do.

We glorify God when we do it because God says so even though it is tough or inconvenient.

We glorify God when no one is watching because we do it for Him.

We glorify God when we do it to bring Him pleasure.

We glorify God when we trust Him.

We glorify God we walk in His ways.

We glorify God when we don’t complain when the going gets rough.

These actions prove that God is real in our lives. 

They show His love, grace, wisdom, guidance, protection.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Col 3:23)

When we eat, drink, work, travel, sleep, do the laundry, read, watch TV, play, we can glorify God.  Praise the Lord!
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Post  Admin on Thu 11 Jun 2020, 10:24 pm

Under Law or Under Grace?
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For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).

Under hyper law, we have to do and do because the law commands us to do.

Under law, we have to do what the law says in order to show our obedience to God.

Under grace, God is already pleased with us through Christ and we need not achieve anything to please Him. 

Under hyper grace, God is so pleased with us that we can do anything, even take sin lightly, because if we sin, He will still forgive us.

Under hyper law, we have to work harder and harder.

Under law, we have to do something outwardly in order for God to bless us.

Under grace, God will bless us as He sees fit.  We live by faith and gratitude to Him.  We believe that all things, including pain or pleasure, work for our good and His glory.

Under hyper grace, God will bless us and do whatever we tell Him to do.

Under hyper law, God is our hard slave driver.

Under law, God is our discipline master.

Under grace, God is our master.

Under hyper grace, God is our servant.

Salvation has always been by grace through faith since Adam till now.  God extends His grace to His people since creation.

Grace is fully expressed through Jesus Christ. 

In Him, we have full forgiveness and redemption.

We need not do anything to save ourselves.  We are chosen by Him.  He saves us.

God is fully pleased with us because He is pleased with His Son and we are in His Son.

We are free from the need to please Him.

We are free to make known His marvelous grace so that He will be glorified.  Not because we have to but because we want to.
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Be Ready For His Return
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We live in unprecedented times.

As each year passes, Jesus' return gets getting closer. And His return has never been felt so close.

We are undergoing a global pandemic.  There are worldwide protests and riots.  Trade wars are looming.  The global economy will be greatly affected.  Tensions between countries are escalating.  Locusts are destroying crops.  Hurricanes and earthquakes are expected.

Jesus commands us to be ready for His return.

How can we be ready?

Stay awake.
So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. (1Thess 5:6)

When you sleep, you do not know what is happening.  Stay alert by studying the Bible, praying, keeping informed of the global news.

Watch out for false teachers.
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first. (2Thess 2:3)

False teachers will make all sorts of claims.  Know what the Bible says.

Live as if He will return today.
Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed! (Rev 16:5)

Be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matt 24:44)

Look forward to Jesus' return.  Every morning, tell yourself, "Jesus might return today."

Watch your conduct.
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Tit 2:12-13)

Watch our steps.  We want to be found faithful and wise when He returns.

Encourage one another.
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1Thess 4:17-18)

Offer hope to others.  Tell them they can hope in Jesus.  Tell them about heaven and eternal life.

  6.  Be occupied with the Lord's work.

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. (Luke 19:13)

Use whatever time, talents, energy, resources effectively for the Lord.
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Think On These Things
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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil 4:8)

You are what you think.  If you have a clean heart, you will produce clean behaviour.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

The Apostle Paul emphasizes the need for a good thought life.

The Christian life is more than just the external.

The Christian life is something internal and that is more challenging.

Before every action we take, a battle is fought in our minds to determine whether we do this or that.

Paul tells us how we can win this battle of our mind to ensure our actions will be successful and effective.  But first, we must renew our thought life.

Keep our mind on the good things.

Our mind is going to set itself on something. The question is on what?

Thinking here means more than just thinking.  It means to meditate, ponder, give mental value, how to put them into practice.

Paul gives us eight virtues to keep our mind on.  Fill your thoughts with these things. These kind of thoughts are where we must direct our thoughts every day.

The best way is to keep the bad thoughts out of your mind is to concentrate on the good thoughts. We can only think one thing at a time.

Think on the things that are good and honorable.

That is the positive way Paul gives us to keep our minds right before God.
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Shaped By His Hand
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"He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel." Jeremiah 18:6.

If you have ever watched a potter work-
- as Jeremiah did in today’s passage,
- you know the wonder of seeing a lovely vessel take shape from a lump of clay.

God’s object lesson to the prophet was that the nation of Israel—as well as every person from the beginning of time—was to be shaped by His hand.

We are all lumps of human clay waiting for the touch of the master Potter.

When clay is placed on the wheel, the potter already has a specific design in mind.

The same is true of us—God has determined how He plans to work in our life and what part we are to play in building His kingdom. Eph. 2:10.

He shapes with His hands and cuts with His tools so that our character begins to look like that of His Son Jesus.

Each believer will be formed differently to carry out the unique service God has in mind for him or her.

But regardless of our special equipping, we all bear the unmistakable imprint of our Potter.

Too often we look around at the talents and abilities of others and wish to be more like someone else.

But we have been perfectly designed for the purposes God has for us, and He makes no mistakes.

If we spend our time wishing for talents that do not suit God’s plan, or if we refuse to use the spiritual gifts He’s given us, we waste His effort and our opportunity to serve Him.

The Master is pleased with the way that He has designed our life and the abilities He’s poured into us.

To honour the Potter as a vessel should-
- we must submit to being molded and used as He desires.
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Pentecost Unites
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In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be ally with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isa 19:23-25)

The nations are descended from Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

They dispersed and travelled to different lands to start families and nations.

Soon they spoke different languages and developed their own cultures.

God commanded man to multiply and have dominion over the earth.

God's plan is for all men everywhere to fear Him.

However, men turned away from God and went their own way.

Then in the fullness of time, God sent His Son into the world.

He died on the cross, was buried, and three days later, He rose from the dead.

After spending 40 days with His disciples, Jesus ascended to heaven.

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended.

He empowered the disciples to speak in different languages so that the people, who had come to Jerusalem from various lands, could hear the mighty works of God.

Pentecost unites all peoples together.

The apostles preached to Jews, Samaritans, Gentiles, men, women, slaves, masters.

Everyone is equal in terms of their salvation in Jesus.  Everyone is invited to feast at Jesus' table.  Everyone can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  All can be saved through Jesus Christ our Lord.

No one should feel superior or inferior to another.

God has united us as one Body in Christ.

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.  (1Cor 12:13)

God did not give us the license to look down on the race, employment, age, gender, background of another.

When we look down on others because they are different from us, we are saying that God made a mistake creating them like that.

We should walk in love – for God and for one another.

We are all created by God, whether we are Asians, Americans, Africans, or any other race.  God made us the way we are.

We are of equal value to God (1 Cor 12:14-26).

When we see someone, look the way God sees him/her. See him/her as someone for whom Jesus died.  Don’t be judgmental or hypocritical.

One day, we will all worship God together, whether we were Asians, Americans or Africans.
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No More Guilt
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By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he (Jesus) set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (Col 2:14-15)

We are all infected with the virus of sin.

Either we die for our sins or a substitute die for us.

An animal cannot be a substitute for man.

A sinner cannot die for us.  He has to die for his own sins.

Thank God that Jesus volunteered to die in our place.

As God, He can save.

As Man, He can die for man.

The Romans would write the crime that the criminal was guilty of on a piece of wood.  That piece of wood would be nailed on top of the cross that he was to be crucified.

But Jesus took away those charges against us and nailed them to His cross.

It was as if He were the murderer, adulterer, liar, idolater, sorcerer.

He carried our sins in His own body on the cross.

While on the cross, it looked like He was defeated.

But instead it was His greatest triumph.

He conquered the evil powers by His death on the cross.

He silenced our accusers and shamed them.

We are forgiven.  The wrath of God against us was appeased.

For you have cast all my sins behind your back. (Isa 38:17)

God took our sins and threw them out of His sight.

He sees the righteousness of Christ in us.

There is no more guilt in us.  We are set free.

Hallelujah!  What a Savior.
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In the Image of God
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So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27)

Man is the crowning work of God's creative word.

Man was made last.  Everything was created first so that they can serve man.

Man became a living soul. 

Man is a totally different creation from the beasts.

He is able to commune with God.  The beasts can't do that.  Even angels do not commune with God the way man does.

Only man was created in God's image and given dominion over the earth.

Man was made to enjoy God and glorify Him forever.

Man was made to resemble or reflect God.

A Roman coin bore the image of Caesar.  A man bears the image of His Creator.

We are created like God spiritually, morally, mentally, socially.

Unfortunately, that image of God in us is distorted by sin.

But through Christ, we become new creations.  We partake of God's divine nature.  We can once again reflect His image.

By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature (2 Pet 1:4).

What an honor to be able to reflect the image of God!

We are not beasts.  We are not even angels.

We are children of God and we bear His image in us.

Let's live worthy of His image.
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Jesus Loves the Little Children
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And He (God) made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place (Acts 17:26).

God created man in His own image.

He commanded man to fill the earth and subdue it.

The human race started with one man, Adam.

The various nations and races came from Noah's descendents.

Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, spread across the lands (Gen 10).

God determined for them where they should live.

God had you in mind before He created the world.

He had already determined when you were to be born and where you are to live.

He determined everything about us.  Even the very hairs of our head are all numbered.

We differ from one another in terms of our race, heritage, language, culture, philosophy.

But we are all humans regardless of where we come from.

Sometimes, we experience fear or prejudice when we come across others who are from a different culture.

We might feel either superior or inferior towards them.

But God sees us all as His creation.  He loves us all.

There is a children's song:

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world,
Red or yellow, black or white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

He commanded us to love one another, regardless of race, gender, language, culture, education, physical appearance.

Jesus did not die for one race.  He died for the sins of the whole world.

Because He loves us.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28)

Let's love one another.  Let's honor one another.  Let's understand one another.

Because we are all, regardless of race, language or culture, created in the image of the Most High God.
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Godliness with contentment
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"Godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Timothy 6:6).

The world's concept of happiness is-

- getting what we want.

All merchandising is based on this idea.

To really be happy, we need a flashier car, a posh bungalow, or any number of items that are better, faster or easier to use than what we already have.

We watch the commercials, read the ads, and pursue all the latest fashions, fads and fancy doodads.

We buy into the lie that we're not really happy until we get what we want.

God's concept of happiness is summed up in the simple proverb:

"Happy is the man who is content with what he has."

As long as you are focusing on what you don't have, you'll be unhappy.

But when you begin to appreciate what you already have, you'll begin to experience the joys of life.

Paul wrote to Timothy: "Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that" (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

Actually, you already have everything you need to live a joyful life.

You have Christ.

You have eternal life.

You are loved by a heavenly Father who has promised to supply all your needs.

No wonder the Bible repeatedly commands us to be thankful.1 Thessalonians 5:18.

If you really want to be happy-

- learn to be thankful for what you have

- and not to covet what you don't have.

I want to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, knowing that He will add to my life all that I need.
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Walk Worthy of the Lord
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And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Col 1:9-10)

Paul prayed that the Colossian believers be filled with the knowledge of God's will.

"Be filled" is in the passive tense.  Believers cannot fill themselves with this knowledge.

They are to be filled by God, the same manner they are to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

God's will is revealed in His Word.

As we seek God in His Word, we allow His Word to fill us.

We surrender our hearts to obey what He says even if it is uncomfortable, inconvenient, or unpleasant.

Paul also mentioned a similar thing in Col 3:16:  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

What we are filled with controls us.

If the Holy Spirit fills us, we are led by the Spirit.

If the Word of God fills us, we are controlled by the laws and principles of the Word of God.

When we know the will of God revealed in and through the Word, we will know how to walk in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.

Right knowledge leads to right behavior.

The result of knowing God's will is that we might live in such a way that shows we belong to the Lord. 

By the way we live, we prove to be His children and deserve to be called His children.

It is our responsibility to read and study God's Word that we might know and live in a way that pleases the Lord.

A life that pleases God is fruitful in bearing the fruit of the Spirit, good works, praising God, and winning souls.

It is also growing deeper in our personal knowledge of God.

Are we walking worthy of the Lord?
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Move forward!
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The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand (Psalms 37:23-24).

Failure is never a pleasant feeling!

It isn't enjoyable to-
- lose a job,
- see a relationship falter, or
- fail a test.

But the disappointment we feel when we face defeat can be turned to joy-
- if we look at it the right way!

Thomas Edison was busy working in his laboratory at 2 o'clock one morning when an assistant came into the room and noticed that the inventor was smiling broadly.

"Have you solved the problem?" he asked.

"No," replied Edison, "that experiment didn't work at all. Now I can start over again."

Edison could have such a confident attitude because he knew that the road to success is often paved with disappointments that serve to extend the road; not to block it.

Each failure brought him a little closer to success!

Living a life of victory is not about being perfect-
- because we are human; and will always make mistakes.

The key is learning how to get up after we have fallen.

It's natural to make mistakes.
But it's supernatural to learn from those mistakes and move forward!

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Personal Pentecost
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The Flower of the Holy Spirit, or Dove Orchid is the national flower of Panama. Its scientific name is Peristeria Elata Orchidaceae. The name Peristeria in Greek means “dove.” 

Before it blooms, this orchid looks like praying saints.  Then it blooms into a flower that looks like a dove.  This orchid blooms during Pentecost each year, between June and October.

This amazing creation of God is a reminder to us of what happened on the Day of Pentecost.

Before Pentecost, the disciples were instructed to wait for the Holy Spirit, who will come upon them from on high.

They prayed for ten days.  They repented of their doubt, lack of faith, fear of men, failures, selfishness, lust for power.  They emptied themselves so that they could receive the fullness of God.

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and took full control of the disciples. 

From then, their lives were fully transformed.

Peter was not the liar as before.  He preached like a lion.

The disciples were fully committed to Christ and their calling.  They went about preaching the Gospel. 

They stood boldly before their persecutors.  They counted themselves worthy to suffer for Jesus.

They prayed until the place was shaken.  They showed such sacrificial love for one another in sharing their possessions with those in need. 

They loved to gather together to worship, pray, learn from the apostles' teaching. 

The Lord wants the Spirit to fill us as He filled the disciples on Pentecost.

The in-filling of the Holy Spirit is for each and every one of us today.

As we surrender and yield our lives to Him, and as we empty our sin and ambition to Him, we allow Him to take over us.

May we experience our personal Pentecost today.
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