Do You Know How It Feels?

As I get older I have come to the realization that nearly every part of my body hurts.  I cannot do what I used to do.

I have heard all of my life that when you do a hard days work you should lay your head on your pillow at night tired and have a sense of accomplishment for your hard work.  This is absolutely true.

As I am thinking along this line I want to ask you a personal question.  Do you know how it feels to lay your head on your pillow at night knowing that you have eternal life?  If not contact me and let me show you how.

Paul says in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We live in a day where the only constant is change.  With God Almighty, He never changes.  He loves you supremely and He has sent His only Son to purchase eternal salvation for you.  All you have to do is receive it.  It is that simple.

So, how are you doing?

Thank God He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away

A dear friend gave us a copy of a CD by Jim Brady  titled “Jim Brady Singing The Hits”.  I love it.  There are so many good songs on this CD.  Jim does a wonderful job singing them and really giving them life for the listener.  One of my favorites is “Until Then” and Jim does a slam dunk job on that.

The song that has really hit home for me is the song “He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away”.  As I listened while driving down the road I really began to hear the words and the truth of the song.  We have probably heard that He is the Potter and we are the clay.

God has a plan for our lives.  He knows the end from the beginning.  He also has an expectation for us.  He expects us to be saved.  He expects us to put our faith and trust in Him.  This really came home for me when I read Jeremiah 18:4, “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”

Notice it was the clay that was marred.  The clay was in the hand of the potter.  The potter did not have any flaws.  He being perfect, could have given up on me and you immediately; but, He didn’t.  I love the last line of the verse as it says, “… so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”  He has the power to make us what we were intended to be prior to the fall of the first Adam.  The second Adam came to redeem fallen man from sin and make him a new creation.  “Thank God He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away”!

So, how are you doing?

Grace and Mercy

Joshua 2:1, “And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.”

Recently I attended a camp meeting at a local Church.  One of my favorite Preachers was there.  The format was to have my friend preach one evening while another family provided the music.  Then the next night my friend would do the music and the other Brother would preach.  It was a great meeting.  I really enjoyed meeting Brother Ron Hoy.  His a big man with a big voice.  He has written some song and I was privileged to receive a copy of their CD’s.

The first song I listened to was “Grace and Mercy”.  It is an awesome song about the two spies coming to Rahab’s house.  This song is so full of truth.  I listen to it all the time and I cannot help shedding tears every time.

Brother Hoy brings out some things in his song that are just wonderful.  I love the picture he paints of salvation in the song.  The two spies are represented by grace and mercy.  If it were not for God’s grace and mercy we would be forever lost.  Then the talks about the scarlet thread (vs. 18).  This causes me to think about the scarlet thread of the blood of Jesus that is all throughout the Word of God.

If it were not for Jesus’ finished work on Calvary we would have no hope.  All because of Jesus we can have mercy and grace extended to us and we can be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Have you been visited by the grace and mercy of God?  If you have not then let me take the Bible and show you how you can be saved.

So, how are you doing?

 

Preparation

A number of years ago we went to Church at a small country Church.  One of the families in the Church would arrive fairly early.  The husband was the keeper of the grounds.  He did this ministry to the absolute best of his ability.  I remember driving up and seeing the shrubs trimmed with crosses on the tops of them all.

When you would ask him where his wife was at this morning he would always respond, “She’s out in the car paintin’ the barn”.  This causes me to laugh out loud today (some almost 20 years later).  It was a priority to this woman to have her makeup on and done just right.  If you need to “paint the barn” then you should “paint the barn”.  Just a thought.

As I was reading the other day something caught my attention.  Look at II Kings 9:30, “And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.”  Jezebel was “painting the barn” so to speak.

In the case of Jezebel, it backfired on her.  Jehu called to the men near Jezebel and told them to throw her down and they did.  As a result God’s Word came true and the dogs ate her and licked her blood. I know this is gruesome; but, it is the truth.

Now, I am not on a rant against make-up today.  If you need it then put it on.  I am thinking about preparation though.  One day soon the sky will split wide open and we are going to be with the LORD.

What concerns me is that so many people are not ready to meet Jesus and even worse is the fact that people do not care if they are ready or not. This concerns me deeply.  What am I going to do about it?  you and I need to be vigilant about sharing the gospel with people so they might have the opportunity to trust Jesus Christ as their Saviour and so they can know that Heaven is their eternal home.

So, how are you doing?

Covered Head to Toe – Your Head

As you know I spent some time as a firefighter, working EMS and dispatching.  As a firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital.  If you do not have it you will die.

Have you ever thought about the Christian having personal protective equipment also?  I did.  Today I want to start at the top with the head.  In the fire service we wear a helmet and nomex hood.  The hood is fire resistant and keeps your head and neck from catching fire.  Then there is the helmet.  This is a vital piece of equipment too.  It protects from falling objects like rafters and beams.

In the Christian life God has equipped us with a helmet also.  Look at Paul’s words in Ephesians 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation,…”  God knows that we are vulnerable in our head and mind.  The battle is often fought in the mind.  Our Loving God has given to us a helmet that He calls the “helmet of salvation”.

It is vital to know for sure that you are born again.  If you do not know for sure you are part of the family you will never take full advantage of the benefits of being in the family.

If you died today and God said, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” what would you tell Him?  If you don’t know for sure that you will go to Heaven when you die please contact me.  I want you to know for sure.

So, how are you doing?

All Because Of Another 3

Last night my family and I went to Calvary Baptist Church for services.  It was a wonderful evening.  Pastor Randy Glenn had my wife sing several songs and I was privileged to lead the congregational singing.  What an awesome night!

Pastor Glenn mentioned in his message Psalm 23:1.  I love this Psalm.  I truly loved his focus.We do not want because the LORD is my shepherd.  Amen!  Psalm 23:1, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

This verse goes right with my thoughts these past few days.  You could mix Psalm 23 and our text in II Samuel 9 and say, “All because of another I shall not want.”  Our God is also our provider.  Look at II Samuel 9:7, “And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.”

Mephibosheth could not provide for himself.  He relied on others.  In salvation we cannot provide it for ourselves.  It took the sinless sacrifice of Jesus to pay for our sin and satisfy God’s holiness.  “The LORD is my shepherd.  I shall not want.”

So, how are you doing?

All Because Of Another 2

I truly enjoyed writing yesterday’s post.  It was great to stroll down memory lane.  As I was thinking about the topic of “All Because of Another” I remembered a story that was hared at a friend’s memorial service.

My friend has been drinking and was involved in an automobile accident.  He was covered in blood that was not his.  He took his Bible and went to see the Pastor and ended up trusting Jesus Christ as his Saviour.  Praise the LORD!  This man was a dear friend and brother in Christ.

As I began to think about this I just kept thinking about him being covered in blood that was not his.  I am sure you see where I am going.  My mind raced to Jesus’ crucifixion.  As we have recently come through the Resurrection season I could not help but be reminded of some things.

You see, my friend came to the place where he realized what he was doing was not working.  He went a got help.  Far too many people just keep going on through life struggling and fighting against God.  This is futile and will end in eternal judgement.

What you and I need is to be covered in the blood of Jesus and have our sin washed away.  I hope you will do this before it is eternally too late.

So, how are you doing?

All Because Of Another

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?

So, how are you doing?

We Need To Be 2

Someone has said, “Thank God I am not what I used to be.  Thank God I am not what I am going to be.”  So many people are just slaves to so many different things.  I think it was Martin Luther who said, “Free at last.  Free at last.  Thank God Almighty I am free at last.”

We come in contact with people every day that are bound by sin.  Do I or do you take the time and make the effort to do anything at all about it?  Only you and I can answer for ourselves.  God knows, so we might as well be honest with ourselves.

The Apostle Paul exhorts us in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”  When we do not reach out to others and share the gospel with them it is show us that we are ashamed.  Don’t be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I still remember a time I had an opportunity to witness to someone and did not.  God forgive me!  You see, the thing is that God wants us to spread the news of salvation.  This leads me to next thing we need to be.

We need to be an evangelist.  In God’s word an evangelist is described as a preacher of the gospel.  Not every man, woman, boy or girl is called to be a Pastor.  It seems to me that we are all called to be an evangelist.  I do not mean that we all book evangelistic meetings in Churches.

What I am talking about is that we take every possible opportunity to share the gospel with others.  The gospel is the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Fewer and fewer people will listen and hear the gospel.  They don’t what to be told they are sinners and that they (of all people) need a Saviour.  Sadly, it is true though.  We need to share the truth with others.

We must tell them they are sinners; but, there is a Saviour waiting to forgive their sin and make them His child if they will turn from their sin and receive Him as their Saviour.  It is so simple that people cannot “get it”.  Too many people want to “do” for their salvation; but, Jesus has “done” what needs to be in order for us all to be saved.  Are you?

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?