Category Archives: parable

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.

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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.'”

 

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…

More parables…

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“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?

“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

“These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” Matthew 15:17:20 NASV

I started to realize that I actually thought that I was being a good Christian because I get up early almost everyday and read the bible and pray. These are good things, but, if after I do this I go on with my day thinking I can call it good then it becomes a ritual…A ceremony almost….

The Lord deserves so much more of my time…And what comes out of my mouth the rest of the day does not reflect that I spent time with Him.

I read an excerpt out of Amy Carmichael’s book If.

If I am depressed because others have spoken against me or don’t like me, then I don’t have Calvary love.(paraphase)

I asked my kids if they knew what Calvary love was. They didn’t. I had a hard time explaining it, and after trying to look up a bible verse, I couldn’t find one. I looked up Calvary on Google, and Wikipedia said that Calvary is an english based word for Golgotha, the sight of the crucifixion of Christ. Okay, many people already know this, but it was a good lesson for us. So we talked about how we can love like Christ did at Calvary. One of my children said that it was impossible. Do other people feel this way? I know that I feel that way a lot. But I have read many biographies about heroes of the faith that have. I find them very inspiring, and they always point to their Saviour, never wanting glory for themselves. When I feel like fighting back, I find myself seeing their faces and remembering their stories and realizing they were doing what Christ did in the bible.hand washing

The Parable of the Sower….

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Today’s reading with the kids was out of Matthew 13.

I always thought that I was this kind of seed…

“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty” 13:23 NASV

After much prayer and asking the Lord to help me see my sin and repent, I have come to the conclusion that I am really this kind of seed.

“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”

Now, I know many might say that I am being harsh. But really, what fruit have I produced? Am I not consumed with many things?

Yesterday I went to a women’s bible study with a group of women that I really don’t know yet, but am trying to get to know. I am very blessed that they are willing to share their thoughts with me, a virtual stranger. We were discussing our weaknesses and how the Lord can use our weakness. There were many different answers. I did not speak up. Why? Because I cannot speak without becoming tearful. It is so embarrasing to always want to cry when I am sharing my soul with others. But, I did come to the realization that I have not shared my testimony very often in the last 4 years. I have one on one, but never in a large group. Too terrifying. But the one or two times that I have has always been a blessing to me and others. My spiritual growth seems to have stopped about 4 years ago. I have not pushed myself outside of what is comfortable.

If I want to become the kind of Christian that hears the word, understands it, and bears fruit, I am going to have to give up those things that are keeping me from my Saviour.

I pray that the Lord will guide me and protect me as I try to remove the thorns from my life and that I will bear good fruit for my Lord.