Prep Time

The other evening on the way home from Church my wife commented on our music listening.  She asked me if I realized that on the way to Church we listened to music.  I said yes.  She then told me that on our way home I do not turn the music on.  Our son watches a DVD in the back seat.  I did not even realize I was doing this.

I am sure you do not even care about why this happens.  I am going to share with  you anyway.  On the way to Church we are listening to music that reaches to the heart.  We are preparing for the services.

The problem that people have is their heart.  We must prepare our hearts to hear and obey God’s Word.  Look at Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

The unspoken meaning in Jeremiah 17:9 is that God knows our heart.  He knows it is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:”.  We are not fooling Him at all.

So, as we go to Church we must take dedicated time to knock the heart in line with the LORD and the Word.  Then we can take the next step to prepare for the services.

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?

Are You Ready?

On Wednesday evening while patiently waiting for the ladies Bible study to come to a close we heard a scream.  Our Pastor and I walked quickly to the roadside and saw taillights down the road.  I told him to tell my wife I would be back.  While I was waiting for the diesel truck I am borrowing to warm up to start Pastor jumped in with me.  We took off to the scene.

What an experience!  There was a small vehicle like a Plymouth Neon or something similar.  A man was walking around the vehicle and looking off the side of the road.  A female was doing the same thing.  When we pulled up the female walked to the front of the vehicle and began to look it over.  The male told us in poor English that they had hit a big buck.  By the looks of their vehicle they may have bumped into a big buck; but, they did not hit one.  The only damage was their front license place was bent at the bottom in the middle.  There was one casualty.  It appeared that the big buck stepped on a small frog in the roadway as he crossed in front of the car and was bumped.  We all had a good laugh over that.

The man nor the woman were hurt.  They were deeply shaken up; but, unharmed.  As they began to leave I reached into my shirt pocket and got a gospel tract that has a smiley face on the front and says, “Smile, God loves you!”.  I put it into his hand and clasped my hands around his and I told him, “When you calm down, read this.”  I don’t know if he ever will; but, one thing is for sure.  I did my part in giving him the gospel.  It is up to him to do with the gospel as he wants.

My point?  I Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”.  You never know what situation you will come upon and you had better be ready.  In the early years of my ministry I was exhorted many times to, “Be ready to preach, pray, sing or die.”  I assure I would rather preach or pray and I will die trying to sing.

So, how are you doing?

He Knows My Name 4

I remember taking a drive through the area of Renfro Valley, KY.  I love the area.  It was the Grand Old Opry before it ever existed. You can still go there and hear good bluegrass music, shopping and best of all you can eat at Gene’s.  I recommend the cornbread salad on the salad bar (the only bar I go to).

As my wife and I drove around the area looking for the place we were staying we noticed a few nice homes.  There were some homes that you wondered if anyone really lived there.  I am assured by a good friend that they are in deed inhabited by human beings.  Wow!

There is another truth I am looking forward to.  The truth that He knows my name because He gives me a new place to live.  Look at John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  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.”  Some of the newer “versions” say He goes to prepare for us an apartment.  Wrong!  He is preparing a mansion and all of Heaven for us.

He love you and I so much that He has prepared mansions in Heaven for us when we depart this valley of tears we will abide in them in Heaven.  If you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour then you can look forward to a mansion in Heaven too.  He assures us that He has gone to prepare a place for us.  He knows my name because He has prepared a new place for me to live.

So, how are you doing?