Monthly Archives: August 2008

Trust in the Lord…

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

In All your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

If my path is unclear, I need only to look to this verse and see what is missing. I must not be trusting in the Lord. I must not be leaning on Him. I must not be acknowledging Him in All my ways. Thank you Lord for this clear picture of Your love and care for me.

Recognizing the Signs….

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I was reading in Matthew 24 today and I came across several verses that tied together and really came alive for me. I don’t pretend to know when the Lord will come again, but these verses give me comfort.

Matthew 24:15

Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)

vs. 16    Then those who are in Judea must flee into the mountains.

I just finished reading Revelation a couple of weeks ago so this immediately jumped out at me as the Remnant left of Israel.

vs. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

vs. 29  But immediately after the tribulation of those days, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, ANDTHE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

vs. 30  And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.

After I read that a couple of verses down vs. 32 stood out and I felt alerted to something new.

vs. 32 Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;

vs. 33  so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.

I don’t need to wonder or worry or speculate when will He return. First of all I know that He will. Secondly I know that first the SUN MUST BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT AND THE STARS WILL FALL FROM THE SKY. THE SON OF MAN WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY. He will come on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. Amen.

Christ, the Son of the Living God…

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In Matthew 16:16 God uses Peter to proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Just 5 verses later, Peter is then rebuked by Jesus.

Matthew 16:21-23

From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.

Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”

But He turned to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s”

One moment Peter is a useful tool in the Lord’s hand and praised by Jesus, and the next he is being rebuked as Satan! How crushing this must have been. In fact, I know just what that feels like as I am sure most Christians know how that feels. How many times have I been blessed with opportunities to serve the Lord and receive His blessing only to let Him down with arrogance, anger or pride a moment later. They are sadly to numerous to count. My next thought is then, what can I do? How can I ever get over this? The answer is in the next verse.

Matthew 16:24-26

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Lord I pray to be a useful and faithful servant in Your Kingdom. Please guide me and bless my soul to take up my cross and follow You.

Trusting in God’s promises…

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Why is it that when I am about to begin a sentence it is going to begin with the word “I?”

 

Whenever I think about this blog, I feel so guilty. I cannot think of anything to write about. My bible time with the Lord has been very consistent, and consistently the same. My prayer has been that the Lord, who began a good work in me, is faithful to complete it. I have been saved, by grace through faith, a gift from God. 

There has been a Psalm that my heart clings too most fervently. I decided to have the children memorize it as well and I thank the Lord for such a good idea. Teaching them really does give me an accountability that is so lacking in general.

Psalm 63:1

Oh God, You are my God

Early will I seek You

My soul thirsts for You

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.