Monthly Archives: April 2008

Spiritually Ready…

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Luke 21:28

“But when these things take place, straighten up and lift your heads because your redemption is near.”

“These things take place,” what does this mean?

  • Luke 21:9  Wars and disturbances take place first.
  • Luke 21:10 Nation rise against nation.
  • Luke 21:11 Great earthquakes, plagues, famines, terrors and great signs from heaven.

 

Luke 21:12

“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.”

Luke 21:13-15

“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.”

“So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;

“for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.”

The opportunity for a testimony sounds like the Apostles. They were brought before officials and were able to offer up a testimony that no one was able to refute. This was to take place before all of “these thing.”

Luke 21:32-33

“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass way until all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

God’s word will always remain true and shall never pass away! What a great comfort it is to know that.

We are to be on guard, do not let the entanglements of this world (ie. worries) weigh you down. The trap will be set and will come upon all on the earth. So be ready, be alert, pray for strength and a way of escape.

Am I spiritually ready to go all lengths for my Lord?

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Willing to Endure All Things…

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2 Timothy 2:10

For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.

Am I willing to endure all things for those who are chosen? They are the lost sheep, the one that is missing, causing the Shepherd to leave the other 99 in search of the one. That is Calvary love. To love like Christ I have to be willing to celebrate when one of God’s chosen is found.

Luke 15:31-32 The Prodigal Son

“And he said to him, ‘ Son, you have always been with , and all that is mine is yours.

‘But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'”

 

In the Hand of the Lord…

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2 Samuel 24

King David has sinned against God by taking a census of all the people of Israel and Judah. When David realizes that he has sinned, he confesses his sin to the Lord and asks for forgiveness.

Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now O Lord, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”

When David arose in the morning, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, “Go and speak to David, ‘Thus the Lord says, “I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”‘”

So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, “Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land? Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.” vs. 10-13

What do you think David chose? What would you choose? My first reaction is to choose to flee from my enemies. Atleast I know there might be a chance of escaping them. If there is a famine you know that you are going to starve and many will die. If there is a pestilence, that too is certain death. That is how I think in the flesh.  This is what David chose, in the wisdom that the Lord gave to him.

Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” vs. 14

Praise the Lord for His infinite power and glory. I am so thankful to have His word so clear before me, which can only be through the Holy Spirit. Choose the Lord, trust in Him, and He shall direct your paths.

There was a great pestilence and 70,000 died when David begged the Lord to have mercy on the people, for it was he who had sinned. The Lord did have mercy. Through Gad, the Lord told David to make an altar to the Lord and offer a burnt offering and peace offering.

Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel. vs.25

The Lord has mercy, would David’s enemies have had mercy? No, they would not have been swayed from their evil intent. In our greatest trials, the Lord is the one on whom we must call upon. Make of yourselves a living sacrifice, a holy offering to the Lord. His mercies are new every morning.

Treasures in Heavan…

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Luke 12: 15-21

“Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.

“And he began reasoning to himself, saying, “What shall I do since I have no place to store my crops?”

Then he said, “This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.’

But God said to him, ‘ You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’

“So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Storing up treasure here on earth seems to be in my nature. I buy things I think I need, but every time we move, I find things hidden away that I didn’t even remember having. We are moving soon and our house looks so nice and uncluttered. All of our possessions are safely packed away, ready to be moved.

Deep down I know that my worldly possessions are not my treasure. This world will pass away. I need to be more concerned about the things above. Concerned about how I can serve the Lord for His Kingdom. But I am so easily distracted. One moment I am marveling at God’s word, the next moment I am worrying about what I am going to wear.

“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?” Luke 12:25

Lord, help me to seek Your Kingdom. I pray that my treasure will be of heaven. Help me to be ready Lord, and waiting with my lamp lit for Your return. Be ready…

The Lord is my Shield…

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Psalm 3:2-3

Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.”

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But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

When I am faced with temptations or trials, the first thought to cross my mind is “There is no help.”

In my weakest moments of self-pity this is how I feel.

But then, as if a gentle whisper were coming to me, (a pause) “But You, O Lord!”

I am awakened from the lies that had blinded my eyes and remember that My Lord is my shield.

I pray Lord that I would not believe the lie, “There is no help” and know the truth, “But You, O Lord!”

Thank You Lord for your glory.

God’s promises…

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Today was the last bible study meeting with the ladies at church covering the book of Judges. I found my mind continuing to go back to the truth of God always keeping His promises.  By the end of the Judges, the people of Israel are no longer calling out to God to help them. But God helps them anyway, keeping His promise that he made so long ago to Abraham. He will make of them a great nation.  God is not a man. He will not break His promises. We can trust in Him, He will never let us down who call Him Abba, Father. All of His promises are yes!

Refiner’s Gold….

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Psalm 12:6

The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

After reading about how gold is refined, I am more in awe of how God uses this process in the bible. I have read many times how God will refine us with fire. What I didn’t realize about the process though is how the heat is used. The first time the gold is put into the heat, the fire is not actually very hot. Each time the gold is put back into the fire, the heat is increased. Why is it done this way? The gold could not survive the hottest fire the first time it is tested. The gold would be destroyed. This is the perfect description of what would happen to Christians as we begin to carry the cross. The Lord is so merciful to me. When is this process of purification complete? When He can see His face in us. (Gold Cord pg. 86)

Thank you Lord for Your gracious, merciful love for me. I know there will be fire as You purify me.  But I also know that You will not destroy me in the process. The magnitude of it  is too awesome for me. I feel so small. Thank You Lord for Your tender care for me.