The Unknown Father 7

I remember a number of years ago when our son was very sick.  I do mean very sick.  We were going through diapers almost faster then we could buy them.  It was horrible.  I remember kneeling at his bedside and praying.  I can still remember the hot tears stinging my face.  I remember crying out to God as a father to my Heavenly Father.

Suddenly, I felt like someone put their arms around me.  I cannot even begin to describe that for you.  I know it happened though.  Wow!  As I recalled that time I was reminded of “The Unknown Father”  and his loving plea.

Look at Mark 9:24, “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”  He was rocked to his very core.  His emotions had been more than stirred.  The Master was ministering where this man lived.  I can imagine how this father felt.  He was desperate.  He needed a miracle for his son.

As Jesus is talking to him, he makes this loving plea.  Notice how open and honest this man is with Jesus.  He said, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”  He is telling Jesus that he does trust Him; but, it is hard to trust Him because he has been disappointed so many times by others.  We must go to Jesus first.  Too many people try to use Jesus like a genie in a bottle.  “Lord help!” they will cry out; but, when things are all going their way they think nothing of Jesus.

This father was motivated by love and compassion for his son.  We need to get back to having Bible love and compassion for our children and others.

So, how are you doing?

Why We Don’t Have Revival 3

As I was thinking the other day I began to think about a man of God from days gone by.  I was thinking about Jonathan Edwards.  His most famous message was read in monotone; but, the Holy Spirit of the Living God took the message and ministered it directly to the hearts of the people in the meeting.  The result was amazing.

It is reported that as Jonathan Edwards read his monotone message “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God” that people literally thought that the floor of the building was falling out from under them and that they were going to plunge directly into hell.

I cannot imagine how they felt.  Yet, if we access our Father through prayer for the unsaved we could see these kind of results again.  Our God never changes!  He is ready, willing and well able to do it!  The problem is me and you.  We are not willing.  We are not willing to do whatever it takes to have real revival.

My next thought is that we must plead.  Not only do we need to prepare, we need to pray; but, we must plead for revival.  If we are truly serious about revival we will be so desperate that we will plead with God for revival.

Look again at II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  Someone who is seeking God’s face will plead with Him for what is needed.  We must prepare.  We must pray.  We must plead with God for revival.

I don’t mean some kind of nursery rhyme type prayer.  I mean we need to fast and pray like everything depends upon God, because it does.  We work like it all depends upon us; but, we must pray like it all depends upon Him.  I hope that today you will get on your knees, your face before our Holy God and prepare, pray and plead with Him for real revival.

So, how are you doing?

Hell Has Real Pleas

Luke 16:22-23, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

Hell is a real place with real people in real pain.  No matter if we believe it or not the fact remains that this is the truth.  Let’s look at my last thought for this series.

Hell has real pleas.  In the passage of Scripture found in Luke 16 we find that this rich man was pleading for some things.

First of all he wanted Lazarus to take his finger and dip it into water and just touch the tip of his tongue for some relief.  Do you know what it is truly like to be thirsty and not be able to get any water?  It is horrible.  Yet, people will experience this for eternity.  They will plead for someone to take their finger and dip it into water and touch the tip of their tongue to cool it.  Does this move you?  It should.

Second he pleaded for someone to go to his family and share with them how to know for sure they will go to Heaven when they die.  He did not want his family to end up like him.  It was too late for him at this point.  His family still had a chance.  Yet, Jesus tells him that even if someone were raised from the dead they would not believe them.  He said this because Jesus had raised from the dead and many in that day did not believe in Him.

You see my dear friends and readers.  Hell is a real place, filled with real people which experience real pain and make real pleas for comfort and for the salvation of others.  This is a sobering thought.  I hope you will take this to heart and trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour.  If you know Him already then I beg you to go tell others so that they can trust Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

So, how are you doing?