Naked Before God

Job 1:20-22, “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.  In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

When I was a young child my mother received a phone call from the neighbor telling her  that I was out playing unattended.  This would not have been a problem in that day oh, so long ago; but, I was playing in the buff.  Yes, I was totally naked.  When Mom came out to get me I ran and hid among the axles and plumbing of the trailer so she could not get to me.  Eventually, I gave in as was caught and given proper clothing.  I think I also received the board of education to the seat of knowledge.

My trip down memory lane today?  Simple really.  Job was acknowledging that if we have anything that it comes from God our Saviour.  He did not bring anything into the world and when he passes over the river Jordan, he will take nothing with him.

There were no hindrances.  Far too many times we surround ourselves with things that are a hindrances.  Adam and Eve were perfectly content in the garden of Eden to be naked before God until sin entered.  Look at Genesis 3:10, “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”  Innocence was now gone and man is guilty before God. There had to be a covering of their shame.  Their sin had to be atoned for and we find the first animal sacrifice and the shedding of blood.

We need to get naked before God and just be honest with Him because He already knows everything.

So, how are you doing?

Listen Behind You

Isaiah 30:20-21, “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:  And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

Have you stood in line recently at some fast food place while someone vacillated on what they wanted to order.  My wife went through the drive-thru and waited over ten minutes and left and went to another where she was waited on quickly.

Far too many of us (myself included) have trouble making decisions.  We fear failure and embarrasment in front of others.  Here is the thing.  If we will only listen to God then we can avoid making bad decisions.

This is the thought that came to my mind as I was reading our Scripture for today.  He tells His people to listen because they “shall hear a word behind thee, …”  The problem is that we do not listen and we try to do the old Frank Sanatra or Elvis Presley mantra of “I did it my way.”  This does not work when it comes to the work of the Lord.  You and I must do it His way and His way alone.  If we are going to accomplish great things for God it only makes sense to do these things His way.

So, how are you doing?

Nail It

Isaiah 22:23, “And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.”

In July 2011 I had the awesome opportunity to go to a youth conference at Hyles Anderson College in Hammond, IN.  If you don’t like them please don’t slam me with hate mail.  I can find some good most anywhere even if I don’t agree with the source.

This conference had the theme of “Nail It To The Cross”.  It was awesome.  One of the college’s choirs had recorded a song titled, “Nail It To The Cross”.  I love the song and I play it over and over in my vehicle while driving.  The whole point of the song and the conference is to take your sin to the cross of Jesus and get forgiveness.

Those nails were put into a sure place.  They would not come out.  Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross in your and my place to pay the highest price of all time and eternity.  You who know Christ as Saviour have been purchased with the blood of Jesus as the payment.  I hope that you and I will give our lives to Him becasue He, as the songwriter penned gave, “His Life For Mine”.  Glory to God!

So, how are you doing?

Knock, Knock

Isaiah 22:22, “And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.”

Far too many people are just too lazy this day and age.  I speak from experience as a lazy person.  If I could have a remote control to control my remote controls I would be happy.

People today want to go places in their field of business or in the Church; but, they want someone to put in a good word for them so that they can be assured of the promotion, etc.

This is not how it should work; but, it does go this way far too much of the time.  There was a time when people were rewarded for a job well done and hard work.  So many people walk up to a door in life and peck on it and when it does not open they walk away.  They possibly miss some great things that God has planned for them; but, they just walk off.

Life is like door to door visitiation.  Sometimes you just have to keep knocking.  Look at the Scriptures in Revelation 3:7, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;”

When you walk up to a door, ask God if it is open to you or closed to you.  If it is closed, walk on.  If it is open slam the door open and go on in.

So, how are you doing?

Consider

Job 2:3,6; “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.  And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”

We don’t take much time these days to really ponder things.  We don’t meditate on the Scriptures.  We don’t even give the Pastor’s sermons a second thought or dare say, a glance at the notes we took during the service.

Here is something I want you to take with you today and ponder, meditate on or consider.

There is nothing that comes into your life that has not passed through the will of God.  Wow!  That brings some new light on some things.  As you see in our Scripture passages above, God suggested to Satan to go after Job.  God knew the outcome; but, He still suggested Job.  I am thankful for the later part of verse 6, “…but save his life.”  God is in control and we need to remember that.  It will allow peace to permeate our lives.

So, how are you doing?

Window

Genesis 711, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”

I remember when my wife and I were first married a young lady I worked with made a pencil drawing of a window for me.  I don’t remember why I asked her to draw it; but, I did.  I still have it here in the house somewhere.  I should find it.

We are told in our Scripture passage today that the “windows of heaven were opened”.  This is what made me thing of that pencil drawing.  I can still see the picture in my mind.  The curtains were blowing in due to the wind coming in from the outside.

There is another window that you and I should be thinking about and doing something about.  Window is the “10/40 Window”.  You might have never heard of such a thing.  It is a geographical area between the 10th parallel and the 40th parallel and it is closed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is illegal to hand out gospel literature.  It is illegal to have Church.  The Word of God is illegal.

Some see this window as a window of opportunity.  I met a man going there as a missionary.  I pray that God will protect he and his family and give them souls for their labors as they do God’s work.  I hope we all get a burden for the “window”.  God help us to send more missionaries to the field.

So, how are you doing?

Him That Knoweth

James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

One of the toughest thing in life is to watch a friend or loved one suffer with dementia with the loss of their memory.  I know as I have driven many of these dear ones from nursing facility to hospital and back.  It strikes fear into the hearts of the roughest and toughest of individuals.

The other evening I made dinner for our son.  The time came for me to turn the oven back on to fix dinner for me and the wife.  I walked into the kitchen and spun around trying to figure out why I was in there.  I turned to the dishwasher and started it as I should have earlier in the day and had forgotten.  When my wife called on her way home she asked what we were having for dinner I went blank.  When I realized what I had done I figured we would have clean dishes for dinner.  She stopped and got us the submarine sandwich  that was the sale for that week.  Such is life.

My point is that sometimes we set out to do something and because we are tempted by something else we give in to that temptation.  Stand strong in the power of God and resist the temptation.  Then you will not have egg on your face like I did.

So, how are you doing?

Keep The Door Of My Lips

Psalm 141:3-4, “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.  Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.”

Knowing this blog is posted on the internet site “Facebook” I have to mention this.  I spoke earlier to someone and we were chatting about the site.  We were lamenting about how some people just put anything on their page.  I recounted for this person of someone who we both know and how they had even gone so far as to curse in something that they had written for all the world to see.  I was shocked and really hurt by this.

One of these days in the not so far future we will all stand before God and give an account for every word, Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”  Paul warns us in II Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

So, how are you doing?

His Name

Psalm 111:9, “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

When our son was born I did not want him to be the third.  I don’t mean to be disrespectful to my Dad; but, I wanted to name him something different.  So my first name is his middle name.  I remember we put a lot of thought into what we should call him.  Some people flippantly name their children.

I was told once that oriental people toss silverware down the stairs and name their children after the sounds they hear.  I think the person that told me this story must have been pulling my leg.

I get so frustrated with people who just flippantly use the name of Jesus or God in vain.  It irritates me greatly.  They do not care that Jesus went to the cross and died the most brutal death known to man for them and they use His precious name as a curse word.  I remember hearing about a message by the late Dr. B.M. Page entitled, “Cud Chewing Cows and Cursing Christians”.  You don’t hear sermons like that anymore.  He was exhorting the saints gathered against chewing gum in Church and he was warning against using words that are not necessarily curse words; but, sound like them.  Christian we need to abstain from this!  Watch your mouth!

So, how are you doing?

 

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See You At The House

Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

Well, here we are again.  In the first three days of this week there have been three different people that I my wife or I know that have stepped out into eternity.  One young lady had her life taken by her husband.  He then attempted to take his own life; but, up to this point has failed.  Another man who has served the LORD for many years in preaching at camps and Churches round the country has left behind a wife and five sons (4 of them adopted).  Yesterday morning a dear, sweet lady that I have known since I was a teenager lost her battle to cancer.  She is now united with her LORD and her husband who preceded her to heaven.

There is a common thread here.  All three of these who have passed on to Heaven have either given a clear testimony in front of me or I have talked with others who have seen their clear testimony of known Christ as their Saviour.  I am thankful for that.

The greatest gift you can give to your family and friends is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ that is so evident that they do not have to wonder at your passing where you are spending eternity.  Remember the testimony of Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

Dear, sweet Linda Paige, we will deeply miss your smile, your laugh and so many other wonderful things about you.  We would not wish you back to this vale of tears for nothing.  We will see you and John before long.  Until then, “See you at the House.”

So, how are you doing?