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.
We hear so much today about the sin of abortion. It is rampant in our nation. I do not apologize for my stand because abortion is murder. Plain and simple, murder. Yet, we allow this atrocity because some women say, “It is my body and I can do with it as I please.”
Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is not “my body”. The body you live in belongs to God Almighty. He created this vile body and it belongs to Him. The Bible even goes so far as to say that our bodies are God’s temple. Look at I Corinthians 6:19, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
Now, the next time you involve yourself in something that you should not remember you are taking Jesus with you. Dr. Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship said that having sex with your mate is like having Church. This is because our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. He further said that the next time you and your mate have sex remember it is a worship service. I am not going there.
We want to take ownership of our bodies; but, we seem to lack in stewardship of our bodies. When I roll up to the buffet line I don’t normally think about my body being the temple of the Holy Ghost. I normally thing about how full I can get my plate before I have to go eat and start over. This is just as wrong as the person who has sex outside of marriage. So, the next time you want to get a new tatoo, smoke a cigarette, drink alcohol or go to the local buffet and “buffet your body” just remember the body you are abusing the temple of the Holy Ghost of the Living God.
Yesterday as I stood before the people gathered I challenged them with the thought that is today’s blog title. In other words, what is important to you.
To so many people in my life that suffer from COPD, air is a necessary thing. I mean, if you do not have air then you will eventually cease to have life.
Look at Matthew 6:19-20, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
What it important to you? There are the necessities like air, water, food and the like. Now, think about this and think about it in relation to your relationship to the LORD Jesus Christ. Do you want Him more than necessary food? How about more than water or air?
I am seeing far too many people who come to the end of their lives. I wonder if they have made preparation or not. If Jesus is not important to you then I beg you to reconsider and make Him a priority in your life. Your first priority needs to be to trust Him as your Saviour. Then you can begin to lay up treasure in Heaven.
There is a southern gospel singing group Ponder, Sikes and Wright and I enjoy their music. My favorite song of theirs is a song titled, “He Still Speaks”. It is a powerful song for sure. It talks about how the world laughs and mocks us when we say we have heard from God.
As I was pondering this song again I thought about a passage of Scripture. Let’s look at I Samuel 3:8, “And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.”
Here in verse 8 we are told that the LORD called Samuel three times. He thought that it was Eli the priest each time. Finally, after three times Eli has the spiritual insight to tell young Samuel how to respond when God called again. In our day our pulpits are powerless. Our sermons are spiritless. This leads to immature Christians that do not know how to respond to God.
God still speaks; but, we don’t know how to respond. Even worse we do not want to respond to God. We are afraid that if we do we will be sent to the deepest, darkest Africa. More than likely, not. If we truly abandon to God it is a possibility. The thing is that if God calls you to it then it will be an honor to go for Him.
The mind is a powerful thing. We can dream up things that never really happened. We can invent things. We can solve complex problems. This is possible because of the powerful mind that God had given to each of us.
What do you think about? I mean really. If we do an inventory of our thoughts it might give us some insight into the condition of our heart.
There is something that caught me the other day. Our Big Creator God thinks about me and you. It blows me away to think that God takes time to think about me. So when you are lonely and the devil whispers in your ear that nobody loves you or even thinks about you we can rest on the truth of God’s Word that He thinks about us. Look at what He says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
This makes you and I special to say the least. God thinks about us.
As I was reading I noticed something. I was reading through the book of Jeremiah and I began to notice how God was dealing with Israel and Judah. Now, I understand that these are God’s chosen people; but, they have forsaken Him and so the gospel has come to the gentiles. You and I now have the opportunity to be saved because of Israel and Judah have rejected God’s Son.
So, we can look at how God deals with Israel and Judah and see how He will deal with nations of today. Take of your rose colored glasses and take a look at America. The Sodomites are running rampant and seeking to destroy Christians and the Church. Murder is rampant and we call it a woman’s choice. The Church herself has left her first love, Christ.
When this happened to Israel and Judah there was something soon coming. That is God’s Judgement. Yes, God judges His people who live in disobedience. Look at Jeremiah 25:7, “Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.” So based upon how God has dealt with His children in the past why would we expect anything else or less today? We thing we are too good for that or we think we are exempt. I have news for you. Judgement is coming soon. Return to God quickly!
As we discussed earlier, the ark is a picture of the presence of God. When Moses met with God in the tabernacle it was in the holiest place of the tabernacle.
Again, we need to have right priorities. They Israelites brought back the ark; but, they did not just leave it anywhere they could sit it down. It had a designated place. It was put into the place designed for it.
Far too often we try to put things into the Church that have no business being there. Some so-called Churches you go to today have rock bands on the platform and lights and light shows like a worldly rock concert. I am sorry to say this is not what God intended. I hate to sound like this; but, I sincerely doubt whether the presence of God is even there.
We need to get back to a place where we crave the presence of God and not the fleshly things.II Chronicles 5:7, “And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims:” In all actuality it is verses seven through ten.
We need to put things where they belong. We need to get the world out of the Church and as one author penned, “practice the presence of God”.
Yesterday I spoke to you from my heart. Today I would like to continue my thoughts. My heart is still aching after that incident. I am sure that you can imagine my pain. As I began thinking about this whole thing I was reminded of Matthew 21:37-38, “But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.”
This is where I began hearing from my Father. He spoke to me about how His Son Jesus was treated by his own people. The tears began to fall. I know it is a whole different situation. Yet, I now feel like I have a better understanding of how my Father felt when people reject Christ and say all manner of evil things about Him. Oh my!
Sometimes in life we experience things that are unpleasant. We wish that we had not experienced them. The Father tells us that these are for our good and His glory. Well, I dropped the ball in our experience the other day for sure. Thank God for forgiveness!
The people of Jesus’ day did not understand Him. Not even His own men. How this grieved the heart of Jesus and Father. Just like I sat in the van grieved only on a far different plane. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am sharing this from my heart to yours in order that we might understand the heart of the Heavenly Father. He loves us supremely and He allows these things into our lives to drive us to Him. I know in my life it caused me to see some things differently. If people would not reverence and respect Jesus why would fallen man have any respect for God’s special people like our son. The rhetorical answer there is, “They will not.” God help them!
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.
Very early in my ministry I did some counseling with a young couple that were having deep marital problems. I remember the lady relating to me a story of an accident that she had been involved in. She related to me how she had called out to God in prayer. There was one problem. At the time of the accident she was not born again. You see God will only hear the prayer for salvation from the unregenerated person. The truth of Psalm 66:18 comes in to play. I know this verse deals with those who know Christ as Saviour. Yet I believe it has wisdom for us here today. Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” The problem is “iniquity”. Sin separated people from Holy God.
Even those of us who know Christ as Saviour have to deal with sin. If we are living in sin we can rest assured that God will not hear our prayers. He, Who is Holy cannot hear prayer from unholy people.
Today is Sunday. It is the LORD”s day. Some people who say that they are Christians will not even darken the door of His House. Yet, they will “pray” and expect God to hear and answer their prayers. One man labeled Proverbs 28:9 as “The Non-Church Goer’s Prayer”. Proverbs 28:9 says, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” This is serious. People who do not attend Church have turned away their ears from hearing God’s Law and the Word of God says that their prayer is an “abomination” (something makes God want to vomit).