The Unknown Father 8

This father lived everyday with the fear that his son would be thrown into the fire, the sea or some other place that would be hazardous to his health.  Think about the stress this man and his family faced.  I cannot imagine how this boy felt either.  He was unable to control his own body at times.  It would be a nightmare.

The father and the family came to the place that they saw the long awaited deliverance. Look at Mark 9:25, “When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.”

We all know that if Jesus says it that settles it.  There is no room for debate.  Jesus spoke and this boy was delivered.  He had endured so much.  This day Jesus showed up in his life and changed things for him.  His long awaited deliverance was now a reality.  It was here.

Dear friend, maybe you are struggling with some situation.  You might feel like you will drown if something miraculous does not happen.  Cry out to God.  He is a miracle working God and He is waiting to do something in your life.  He might not give you the miraculous deliverance you are seeking; but, He will give you what you need to live.  He will fill you with His grace to keep going on.  He will equip you.

He is more concerned with our character than our comfort.  He wants us to be conformed to the image of Jesus.  Part of that process is the unpleasant molding.  It hurts!  One day we can all rest assured that we will be delivered.  It might be the day that we are called home to Heaven.  As God’s children we can look forward to that.  Then all that we have suffered will seem like nothing as we stand before God.

So, how are you doing?

Everyone Needs 3 Homes

I wish someone could tell me what it is about home.  I mean really.  The other day I was gone all day doing important ministry tasks.  When I got home the first thing I did was eat.  The second thing I did was sit down in my chair and put my feet up.  I thought to myself, “Home”.

According to Dr. Adrian Rogers there are three homes that a person should be concerned with.  Let’s take a look at them.

I. A Family Home – Genesis 2:23-24, “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

How is your family?  You say it is fine; but, what would God say about your family.  We need fathers who will lead their homes as a servant leader and not a tyrant.  We need mothers who will be submissive to God and their husbands.  I know this is a word that is unpopular; but, it is the truth.  We need children that are trained in the ways of our Holy God to love Him.

II. A Church Home – Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

The Church is our support group so to speak.  It is a hospital for the spiritually wounded.  It is a birthing center for new Christians.  It is a spiritual buffet for those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

III.  A Heavenly Home – John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

There is only one way to be heir to a Heavenly home.  You and I must know Jesus Christ as our Saviour.  We must realize that we have sinned against God and we must confess our sin to Him calling upon Him in prayer.  If we are sorry for our sin and not just sorry we got caught we can be saved.  We just turn from our sin to trust Jesus Christ as our Saviour.  The Bible tells us in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  It is simple; but, you must do it for yourself.

So, how are you doing?

 

Preparation

The other evening as I was looking over social media I came across a beautiful picture from a cemetery taken by my friend Rad Drew (www.RadDrewPhotography.com).  The picture is of a grave from circa 1875 and it has this quote with it.

Remember reader as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I.
As I am now so you will be.
Prepare for death and follow me.

— Unknown author from a gravestone, circa 1875.

There is a lot of Biblical counsel in that little poem.  The truth remains that 1 out of 1 will die.  The only exception will be if Jesus returns and takes His children to Heaven.

I want to ask you a question.  Are you prepared to step out into eternity?  Have you made preparation?

If you have not made preparation you need to do that.  You must realize that you are a sinner.  Romans 3:23 tells us that we are all sinners.  Because we are sinners we are separated from God.  Romans 6:23 tells us, “the wages of sin is death;”  This death will be eternal separation from God.  That is the bad news.  The good news is in the second part of that verse in Romans 6:23, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD.”  All a person has to do is to acknowledge to God that they are a sinner and need a Saviour.  We must confess that to God calling upon Him in prayer.  We must be sorry for our sin and tell Him that.  Then when we acknowledge that and tell Him that and ask Him to save us, He will.

If you would like to know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please contact me as I would love to show you how.

So, how are you doing?

Obstacles

The other day I was working in the field.  Where I was working had some very wet areas in them.  One place was so wet that the tractor sank in the mud and then began to get a hold and take off.  It was an interesting feeling.

Then last night I was moving another tractor and disc from one field to another.  I over shot the entrance off of a busy state highway.  I sat there trying to back up the tractor with a disc and rolling baskets behind.  There was no backing up.  I managed to put tractor into the middle of the ditch between the road and the field I needed to be in.  I sat there for a few seconds and prayed.  I switched the tractor’s front wheel assist on and I turned right going up the side of the ditch.  As I did I felt the tractor shifting it’s weight toward my left.  I prayed harder that it would not roll over as it was a huge possibility.  I felt all six tires grab hold and begin to pull.  In a few short seconds I was in the field.  It was the longest few seconds of my life.

In life we will come across obstacles.  Moses and the Israelites were faced with the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian army closing in behind them.  What were they to do.  Look at Exodus 14:15, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:”  Just two verses prior to this God tells them to stand still and see the salvation of the LORD.  Now, He says to go forward.

We have some choices in life when we find ourselves against obstacles.  We can try to go around it.  We can attempt to go over it or we can just go on through it.  What is your response?  Better yet, what is God directing you to do?

So, how are you doing?

I’ll See You Next Monday

Last evening I spent time with our Pastor and his family after Church.  When his Dad retired to bed for the evening he announced to everyone, “I’ll see you all next Monday.”  It took me a minute or so to get that one.  He meant that he was going to bed and he would see everyone tomorrow.  We all got a good laugh out of it.  I think because I did not get it at first.  It is funny.

I began to think.  There will come a day when we will all depart this earth.  What about after that departure?  Will I see you again?  Will I see my loved ones again?

This is a question only they can answer.  Each one of us has been given a will and the freedom to exercise it.  I can choose to follow Jesus Christ or I have the freedom to not follow Jesus Christ.  Now, I believe with all of my heart if we do not follow Jesus Christ we will be sorry for all eternity.

You see, there is a real place called hell and real people go there.  There is coming a day not far off when we will all stand before God and give account for our lives.  Those who have never trusted Jesus Christ will stand before Him as a Just and Holy Judge.  He will pass judgment and proclaim, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.”  These are the most sad words of all ages.

Do you know Jesus?  Even more important does Jesus know you?  Will we see one another next Monday morning here or in Heaven?

So, how are you doing?

Desolation

The other evening I saw a story on the news about Detroit, Michigan.  The video footage they showed was horrifying.  They talked about how sometimes land use reverts back to it’s original state.  That is exactly what is happening in some of the Detroit area.  They showed a man “farming” where there was once houses.  He was using what he had grown to help others.  It was quite a story.

When I saw the desolation of this area it broke my heart.  I was reminded of the words of Isaiah 1:7, “Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers . ”  Our country is becoming; literally, desolate.

There is a tide that is even more serious and that is the spiritual desolation that is sweeping our nation.  We have legislated God out of our schools and public life and then we wonder how we got where we are at.  The problem is that we are not to the place where we are wondering how we got here, yet.  One day we will for sure.

Until then, we need to seek the LORD.  Some need to seek Him for salvation.  Some of us need to seek the LORD for a deeper, personal relationship.  Which are you?  Don’t continue down the path of life in a state of desolation.  Come to Jesus who tells us that He is the Water of Life.  We can drink freely from His well.

So, how are you doing?

Giant After Giant

There are days that our lives are smooth sailing.  There are those other days that are far from being smooth sailing.  When we face problems they can appear to us to be much larger than they really are.  I am guilty of looking at things and thinking that there is no way that I can make it through whatever it may be.

When we face these trials we can really relate them to the giants of king David’s day.  We seem to face more than one problem.  There were more than one giant.  Just like trials are a part of life so were the giants a part of life for God’s people for at least a certain amount of time.  A lot of times our problems seem so large to us.  When the spies returned from spying out the promised land they said that they saw themselves a grasshoppers in the eyes of the giants.  That makes them pretty big.

As long as we are alive on this earth problems will come our way.  Sometimes they will come wave upon wave.  Just like these giants, trials can seemingly come wave after wave.  We must keep our focus on God and His deliverance.  Look at II Samuel 21:22, “These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.”  I can imagine that it seemed like these giants would never be wiped out.  Yet, one day they were obliterated.

It is the same for us and trials.  One day trials will cease.  We will step out into eternity and I hope you are prepared for this.  If you do not know Jesus as your Saviour then contact me and get that settled quickly.  This way you can know for certain that heaven is your home and that Jesus is your Strong man who fights the battles for you.

So, how are you doing?

The Hand of the LORD

The other night I had the pleasure of hearing a fantastic sermon on “The Arm of the LORD”.  It got me to thinking.  At the end of that arm is a hand.  From there I began to run many thoughts through my mind about these hands.

The hand of the LORD will save.  Look at Acts 11:21, “And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.”  This is deliverance.  Jesus in His finished work on the cross delivered all who will believe from sin.

The hand of the LORD was scarred.  Look at Psalm 22:16, “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.”  There is only one man-made thing in Heaven and that is the nail prints in His hands and feet.  Think about that for a moment.

The hand of the LORD is serving.  Look at John 13:5, “After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”  Jesus stooped down and washed the nasty feet of all the disciples, even Judas who would betray Him.

The hand of the LORD is stretched out.  Look at  Psalm 136:12, “With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.”  I think you can ask the Apostle Peter about this one during a sea walking incident.  Maybe you know personally about His stretched out hand.

II Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

There are many other adjectives that will describe the hands of the LORD like strong, stable, special and the list could go on and on.  The main thing is that you know Christ as your Saviour.  If you do not, please trust Him today.

So, how are you doing?

Go With God 1

Genesis 24:58, “And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.”

In our day there are millions of voices that call for our undivided attention.  It is difficult at least to decide which voice or voices to listen to.  Listening to God is a vital attribute of our Christian life.  If we do not listen to God then we will be handicapped in our Christian life.  The sad thing is that some who call themselves Christian will not listen to our Father.

When we trust Jesus Christ as our Saviour it is like getting married (like in our title passage).  We decide that we will go where He goes.  We have to resign ourselves to God with God no matter.

The very most important thing is to go with God in salvation.  Look at Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  There are not multiple roads to Heaven.  There is only one Way and His name is Jesus.

So, as you go down the road of life I hope you will “Go With God” especially in salvation.  He is the Way.

So, how are you doing?

New

I have talked to so many people that would like to move away and start over.  I see people that are unhappy with their lot in life and want to run away.  This normally does not solve any of our problems.  It just relocates them.  When we run away we take our old habits and the like with us so it is the same song, different verse.

The only way to truly start over is to put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation and the forgiveness of your sin.  This will not let us run away from our sin so to speak.  What it will do is give us a clean slate to start over.  Oh, we will still have the consequences of our sin and we will have to live with that; but, we can start over.  We also get a new perspective.  Things will look different to us  We will handle things differently.  How about that for starting over.

Look at Ezekiel 36:25-26, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”  If you want a new heart and a clean start then run to Jesus and He can take care of it all.

So, how are you doing?