It is sad to watch our nation go from drifting away from God to now running away from God. You see on television that the city of Detroit is putting up a statute of satan. Planned Parenthood is selling human body parts taken from aborted children. It is horrible! Yet, America still exists. This is a miracle! God’s judgement is sure to come crashing down upon America.
People laugh and even scoff at the idea. People live like there is no God. There is coming a day in the not so distant future that they will scoff no longer. It is by the mercy of God that we have not been destroyed as of yet. Look at what king Solomon said in Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Rest assured that one day God will judge America for her sins. I am sorry that I can be named in the list of those who have sinned against Holy God; but, I am. Now, all we can do is beg God for forgiveness and turn away from our sin and seek Him.
As we look around it does not take long to see the Christianity is quickly becoming hated. I had the pleasure of hearing a missionary friend of mine speak to our Church. He told how there was a plot to capture him on one trip and then behead him. The joke is on the attackers. My friend has male pattern baldness so they would have nothing to grab to hold up his head for the camera as they celebrated.
Why would missionaries go all over the world? Because they are motivated by our LORD. In verses 19-23 we see his LORD.
This man came to Jesus’ disciples in hopes of getting his son healed. They could not. Then Jesus goes to him and begins to talk with him. Look at what this man says to Jesus in Mark 9:22, “And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.” He is pleading for Jesus to have compassion upon his son, his family and himself. He was speaking to the God of Compassion. Jesus is LORD. That means He is the Boss. The Master.
This man cried out in desperation for help and compassion from Jesus. I am sure he had heard all the stories of Jesus healing others. One more time the man took his son to try to get him help. This time he took him to the Master who is The Great Physician..
There is a lot to think about with our topic today. From a martial arts standpoint feet are important. As you engage in battle you need to widen your stance. I mean you need to stand with your feet about shoulders width apart. This makes you more stable and less likely to be knocked over. We need to protect our feet. Like the child’s song says, “Oh be careful little feet where you go.”
Look at Ephesians 6:15, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” The word “shod” means to bind under one’s feet, i.e. put on shoes or sandals. If we are going to engage in battle then we need to have our feet protected and placed in the right stance to make sure we have stability.
As I am preparing this post today I am reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan. This man lay on the side of the road left for dead. The religious crowd walked by. One even moved to the other side of the road to walk on by. God forbid! God has equipped is to walk over to those in need. He especially wants us to walk over to them in the heat of battle because they might need to be rescued or encouraged.
A number of years ago my wife and I were in Church and a great man preached a great message that I still today remember the title to. Brother Bob Carrico preached a message titled, “All Because of Another”. I wish I could say that I remember the rest of the message; but, I don’t. I am going to take his thought and develop it here.
As I am thinking about this today I think I remember the original message being about King David taking care of Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. Traditionally, the new king would destroy all the family of the former king to eliminate any uprising from them. Look at king David’s response in II Samuel 9:11, “Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.”
Mephibosheth is a picture of salvation. He was given what he did not deserve. He was made a son to the king. What an awesome account. This is not just some Bible story in a book. This is a real life event. Now, imagine how Mephibosheth felt. I cannot. He was summoned to the king and probably expected to be executed. What he did not know was that David had made a promise to Mephibosheth’s father Jonathan. David meant to keep his promise because of the relationship he enjoyed with David. Now that David is king he has the power and authority he needs to make good on his promise.
What about you my reader? Do you feel abandoned? If you will humble yourself and realize that you are a sinner and that you need a Saviour you are on the right track to finding WHO you need. You see, Jesus will never abandon you. If you will realize you are a sinner and you need a Saviour then you can put your faith and trust in Him and be saved. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). The wages of this sin is death (Romans 6:23). The Bible tells us that while we are in the very act of sin that God showed us His love in Jesus as He died on the cross (Romans 5:8). We can have eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). All we have to do is realize we are a sinner, confess that to Jesus and call upon Him in prayer asking Him to save us (Romans 10:9-10). Will you trust Him today?
I had the privilege of attending a revival meeting at another Church recently. It was a good meeting. I found myself sitting in the second row of chairs back from the platform. My hearing is not what it used to be, so I try to sit closer occasionally.
It was interesting. My cousin was leading the congregational music as it was at their home Church. As I sat there I glanced around and noticed that I was the only one in the row of chairs. When my cousin finished his responsibilities he took his seat next to me. I appreciated that.
The next night I sat in the same place. Another man; who is a dear friend, came and sat next to me. I don’t think he just did that. I think he on purpose sat there. I appreciate that too. Nobody wants to be alone, normally.
I felt important sitting there with these men making a definite effort to come sit with me. I know that I am nobody special. These two made me feel special by such a small act of kindness. They made my cup run over. Look at Psalm 23:5, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
I enjoy reading the book of Jeremiah. I came across the verse quoted yesterday and found there was a lot there so I decided to break it up and spread it out over a few days. Yesterday we saw that we are “Commanded To Stand”.
Today we are going to look at the next command of this verse. Look at Jeremiah 6;16, “Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
We are commanded to see. If you are like me you can look at something and not see it. We don’t perceive it. this is not good. It is like eating a meal with someone and they have a crumb or something on them and you or I don’t say anything. We see it; but, we will not do anything about it. We see it; but, we are not motivated to do something about it.
This is the problem with too many Christians today. We will sit comfortable in our padded Church pews while the world goes to Hell and we do nothing about it. God is exhorting Jeremiah and the nation of Israel to open their eyes and see.We as God’s children need to open our eyes and see. We need to see as God sees. That is the problem. we let our sight be skewed by a host of things. We do not see men and women as God does, lost and on their way to eternity in hell. Jesus taught more about hell than He did heaven so why do we not attempt to warn people about it? We have lost our vision. We have given up the mission. We have set aside compassion. In other words we are no longer living like Christ. God help us!So, how are you doing?
As we continue our thoughts on “I Know A Man Who Can” I thought about another group of people. Look at our third installment of this series.
“I Know A Man Who Can” – help the broken.
The other day I heard someone preaching on the parable of the Good Samaritan. This person said that he believed that the man beaten and left for dead was a picture of you and I. Well, I can relate to this. I am not going to say this man was right or wrong. I understand where he is coming from. He went on to say that he believes that the Samaritan is a picture of our Heavenly Father. Again, I will not say that he is right or wrong. I do see why he would think this.
I am sure that in your life you feel like this man on the road. You have been beaten, bruised and even broken by a cold, cruel, calloused world that hates Jesus Christ and anyone who stand for Him. As the days get spiritually darker we can associate with this man. I am sure that we have been on the side of the road so to speak and watched as those who should stop to help pass on by. How hurtful and discouraging this is.
If we find ourselves in this position we must cry out to God Almighty. He will “help the broken”. Now, if you find yourself in the position of seeing some beaten, bruised and broken soul on the side of the road be the hands of Jesus and do what you can to help. You will not be sorry.
As a Pastor I interact with many people of all kinds, shapes and sizes. There is one thing that people are looking for. They are looking for people to be real. A little boy was scared in a thunder and lightening storm. He went into his parents room and asked to sleep with them. His mother said no and told him to go to bed in his own room. A little while later the boy called to his mother for mercy and asked once again to sleep with his parents. His mother said no. He again asked; but, this time he asked her to come sleep with him. She said no because she had to sleep with the boy’s daddy. The boy said under his breath, “Chicken!” He was speaking of his dad. Again the boy tried to get his mother to come sleep with him in his hour of terror. The mother tried to comfort him by telling him that Jesus is with him. The boy replied, “But Mom, I need somebody with skin on.”
This idea came to me after reading a photography article. You can read the article from Digital Photography School here.
When we deal with people they just want us to be real. There are enough fakes in this world. It does not matter what it is there are fakes. I mean, counterfit money are everywhere it seems. The news is filled with police impersonators, physician impersonators and the list goes on.
When we talk to people they know if we are being real or just spinning them a line. So, when we deal with people we must be who we are and if we cannot answer all their questions then we need to say so. Then we need to find the answer and get back to them. I am guilty of forgetting as I get older to get back with people. I will be working on something and get an answer and then I cannot remember who I am supposed to tell.
Jesus was real with people. When He confronted the woman at the well He shot straight with her. If we are going to have an impact on people we must speak the truth to them. They will know it. Look at Ephesians 4:25, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.”
There was a story on the news just a few days ago about a couple that had a child with Downs Syndrome. The mother left. So, this father has decided that he will take the child and raise it himself. My hat is off to this man. He is a hero. Maybe, he is not a Bible kind of hero; but, he is to be applauded for his courage and his commitment to care for his child no matter.
What would motivate people to do what we do each day? There are many reasons; but, I would like to think that you could find the answer in the first phrase of II Corinthians 5:14, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”. That is what we have been talking about this month. Love. Not just some “feeling”. Take some medicine and that will pass. What I am talking about is a love that binds us, commits us to someone or something. That is real Christlike love. The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance tells us that “constraineth” means “to hold together, i.e. to compress (the ears, with a crowd or siege) or arrest (a prisoner); figuratively, to compel, perplex, afflict, preoccupy”. You see that is a very powerful commitment.
Do you love the LORD so much that you have been arrested and made a prisoner of His? What has He compelled you to do? You see, as we look at “A Gift From God” it just might be that you are God’s gift to someone. Even more important is the fact that they might be counting on you not even knowing that you are God’s answer to their prayer. You might be “A Gift From God”. That is humbling.
As we are full-blown into the Christmas season I am bringing this series of blog posts. The reason this thought hit me was because I believe that we have too much commercialism and secularism that is trying to push Jesus Christ right out of Christmas. Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas anyway.
Today I would like to “Consider Him and His Compassion”. Jesus was full of compassion. I believe that is what motivated Him to come into this world. He knew what He would endure by we whom He created. Yet, He voluntarily went in our place and gave His life for each and every one of us.
Look at Matthew 9:36, “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” Jesus was moved by what He saw.
One man described compassion as another person’s pain in your heart. Jesus looked out over the city of Jerusalem and lamented, ” (Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34). When was the last time you looked at someone or a group of people and was actually moved or motivated to do something for the cause of Christ? I would venture to say that some of us could truthfully say never. That is a sad commentary on a person.
We want to be more like Jesus; but, we don’t want to pay the price. We are going to have to be moved with compassion and get out of our comfort zone and serve the LORD more fervently than we ever have before.