Trust God And Get Busy

Last night I was going through the channels.  This is usually short as we only have over the air television.  I stopped because I saw a Veggie Tales episode.  It was “Gideon – Mighty Man Of Valor”.  This just happens to be my favorite episode of the series.

While I was sitting there our son came in and sat down in the chair next to me and began to watch.  This is no surprise.  I love the music during Gideon and Israel’s battle.  It is like school fight music and would make good music to exercise to (if I were bent on exercising).  I always try to slap my hands against my legs in time to the music and sometimes our son tries to imitate me.  His fine motor skills are not what a young man his age should be so this is difficult for him and it is hard for me to see, truthfully.

I began to think about Gideon.  There is a lot we can learn from him and his life.  We should all take time and make a concentrated effort to study Gideon.  He was told by an angel that God had chosen him to lead the Israelites in battle and then he reduced the size of the army a couple times.

God used Gideon’s great faith and many other characteristics to form him into a great leader.  Look at Judges 6:27, “Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him:  and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.”  Even great leaders have time of fear and failure.  Gideon destroyed his father’s idol worship in the night fearing his father and the men of the city who were involved in the same paganism.  Yet, he did what God instructed Him to do.

Over and over Gideon proves himself.  What about you and I?  God is looking for us to fulfill His plan.  He has called us all to some thing.  We may not see it as great; but, I can assure you it is necessary.  The world needs you and I to stand up and serve God in a way that points them to Him; but, we seem to be failing miserably at this.  May God help us to get back to work where He has called us.

So, how are you doing?

It Is A Faith Problem

Sometimes I get so frustrated with myself.  It is irritating not having the means to do the things that seem important to you.  The other day I attended graduation open house parties.  The frustrating part was that we could not buy gifts for all of those that we love who have graduated.  The reason we could not is due to poor decisions on my part.  Looking back that seems to be in my past a lot.

Maybe you and I find ourselves in situations that are unpleasant because we lack faith.  Maybe the decisions we make are not made based upon faith.  Now we are getting somewhere.  It is not a money problem.  It is a faith problem.

Faith is a confident expectation that God will do what He says.  We can take His promises to the bank of life.  If He promises it then it will be done.  Do we have faith?  Even more so do we exercise our faith?  Here is where the rubber meets the road.  So many times we try to operate on auto-pilot so to speak and we wonder why our Christian life is so dull and boring or even does not exist.  It is because we do not exercise our faith.

Look at I Peter 1:7, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”  Just remember that our Heavenly Father cares more about our character than our comfort.

So, how are you doing?

Press On

Again today I would like to share with you something written by Dr. Paul Chappell from his “Daily in the Word” e-mail devotional.  Today’s offering comes from the Wednesday March  19, 2014 edition.

“Eugene Clark was a gifted pianist, and he wrote a number of hymns. But his life was far from easy. First crippling arthritis robbed him of his ability to play the piano as he once had done. Then he went almost totally blind. Rather than give up and live in sadness, Clark had a dictating machine brought into his bedroom and slowly, one note at a time, spoke the words and music to more songs. Probably the best known of his work today is the song “Nothing Is Impossible.”

Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God;
Nothing is impossible when you’re trusting in His Word.
Hearken to the voice of God to thee:
“Is there anything too hard for Me?”
Then put your trust in God alone and rest upon His Word—
For ev’rything, O ev’rything, yes, ev’rything is possible with God!”

We live in a dark day with trials and storms on every side it seems.  Yet, we must remember the truth given forth in this song, “Nothing is impossible”.  That is right, nothing.  You may be looking at a mountain of a trial; but, remember “when you put your trust in God; Nothing is impossible…”  I understand that it is easier to quit.  I have been there and done that.  We have to keep going no matter.  There is someone that is counting on you to press on and finish the race you are running in.

When the angel spoke to Abraham and Sarah he put forth a rhetorical question.  Look at it in Genesis 18:14, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”  “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?”  Ponder that for a while.  We know that the emphatic answer to this question is a hearty, “No!”  Our problem is that we focus on the circumstances and look away from Christ.  We see storms when we need to see our Saviour.  Press on with Jesus my dear friend.  Together you can make it.

So, how are you doing?

Go Home

What is the first thing you do when you find a stray dog or cat in your yard?  Some of you my readers would take it in as your own.  Those of us on the other side of the fence normally yell in an authoritative tone, “Go home!”  We do this because we want this stray animal to do just that, go home.  It is not that we don’t love it.  It is not that we are trying to be mean.  We just want it to leave and go to it’s own home.

Jesus had an experience with a man in the New Testament that might seem strange.  Look at Mark 5:19-20, “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.  And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”

This man was possessed by demons.  Not just a couple either.  His name is “Legion”.  The Bible tells us that is because the demons were “many” or abundant.  After Jesus cast out the demons this man was obviously thankful and wanted to follow Jesus; but, he was told “go home to thy friends”. Jesus had disciples traveling with him.  He gave this man a ministry to go back to his friends and share the truth with them of what had happened.

The Bible tells us that he left and “began to publish…”.  My friend; we, just like this man have been sent to our “friends” to tell them about Jesus.  In this dark day we need to let our light shine brightly.  Time is short and we must share the gospel with others.

So, how are you doing?

All Because of Another 2

Mephibosheth is a tremendous study.  I would highly recommend you take some time and study him in his entirety.  There is something about him that just draws me to him.  Maybe it is because if he were living in our day he would be considered a person of “special needs”.  He would be considered disabled.  I prefer to see him as differently able.  I cannot put my finger on it.

Our man Mephibosheth (Yes, I do like to say his name.  Ha, Ha!), is a picture of you and I.  Here is a man that is lame.  He cannot walk.  He is without the ability to do many things for himself without help from someone else.

I think of myself and others just like me.  Sin has crippled the human race.  We cannot save ourselves no matter how hard we try.  We cannot do enough good things in life to out weigh the bad we have done no matter how good we have been or tried to be.  We are plagued with an incurable disease from our perspective.  Yet, there is One who is well able to cure us from this plague for all of eternity.

God, the Father showed you and I just how much He loves us by sending Jesus to die in our place.  All we have to do is put our faith and trust in Him.  Maybe the Scripture can say it better.  Look at Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners (in the very act of sin), Christ died for us.”  Every one of us is pictured in Mephibosheth.  We are all spiritually lame.  We need the King of all kings and the LORD of all lords to come along and offer to take care of us.  He has done this.  Will you listen to Him call you today and please respond in faith believing and trusting in Him.

So, how are you doing?

The Smoke of a Furnace

This is a sad scene.  Lot and his family have literally been ushered out of Sodom by the angels that God sent to deliver them thanks to Abraham’s intercession.  As they are leaving; against God’s command, Lot’s wife looks back and she becomes a pillar of salt.  There are some situations in life that do not merit looking back upon.  They just drag us down and make things worse.  We do not want our lives to be any more complicated.  We need to simplify things.

Sometimes you look back on life and it is too late.  Many of you; my readers, like me have at different times looked at your lives and all you saw was smoke rising and loved one’s turned to salt.  Look at Genesis 19:28, “And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.”

Not only did Lot lose his wife to disobedience; but, his sons in law did not even make the journey.  His influence over them was nonexistent.  His life had no bearing on them.  They did not love his God.  In every area of Lot’s life smoke was rising both figuratively and literally.

Don’t lose hope!  I know it is difficult to look out over the ashes of life with the smoke rising from them.  We have to keep our focus on Jesus Christ and continue to follow Him no matter and quit looking back.

So, how are you doing?

Christmas 24

In our lives today we have so many things that we are told make life easier.  Everywhere you go you see someone with headphones or something in their ears that they are listening to.  This is not always bad.  What if this kept people from hearing something they need to hear?  That would be tragic.

Let’s look at the Word of God for a moment.  Look at Luke 2:10, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”  As we saw yesterday, the angel appeared to the shepherds and it was like the angel was standing on them.  I believe that this appearance was in the air just above them to give them that idea.  No matter.

Notice what the angel tells them first.  “Fear not” is the exhortation.  Right, an angel just appears out of nowhere and appears to be standing above you in the air and you are told to “fear not”.  Ha!  In the Word of God we are told 365 times to “fear not”.  This seems to be one for every day of our year.  No matter what life throws at you remember the counsel of the angel and “fear not”.  Easily said and not so easily done, I know.

So, how are you doing?

Christmas 20

The story is told about two sheep in the pasture grazing and chatting.  One sheep laments that he is afraid of so much; but, is grateful for the care and protection of the shepherd.  The other sheep says that he is not afraid of anything.  The first sheep asks the second sheep why he is not afraid of anything.  The second sheep replies, “Steel wool.”

My guess is that angelic visitors to the pasture lands was not a “normal” daily event even in the days prior to the coming of Jesus to earth.  As we have labeled it “The Incarnation of Christ”.  When God became a man and condescended to men of low estate and lived as we live to show us the way.  If that is not love then I don’t know what is, really.

I have tried to imagine how these humble shepherds must have felt.  Look at Luke 2:9, “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.”  They were well familiar with a full moon and the beautiful light it gives off.  This time there was a great light that was shining like no other time before.  On top of that an angel “came upon them”.  This is not a so-called normal thing either I would not think.  The phrase “came upon” means to stand upon.

God had a message to declare and He saw fit to declare that message to the lowly shepherds and it scared them deeply.  Sometimes in life God delivers a message to you and I that strikes fear into our hearts.  I know first hand how this is; but, we must keep going in spite of fear.  Blow your fear out of the water by faithfully trusting Christ and keep on keeping on for His glory.

So, how are you doing?

Thanksgiving 22

When you were growing up did anyone ever stand behind you and ask you to fall backwards into their awaiting arms?  I don’t remember anyone ever asking me to do that.  I have done that for others, as I remember.  I would not do that today for nothing.  I don’t have the physical strength to catch someone and it would take Sampson of old to catch me like that.

I was thinking about the fourteen year old boy who asked Jesus to save him recently.  I thought about how this boy had been in Church before and heard sermon after sermon.  Why this particular Sunday?  I came to me that he had come to the place where he saw that Jesus could be trusted.  We say that he “trusted Christ as his Saviour”.  Well, there you go.

We live in a day that it is hard to find people who you can trust.  Listen to what the Scripture says in II Samuel 22:31, “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”  Then again it is repeated nearly word for word in Psalm 18:30, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”  The important question is have you trusted Jesus Christ to be your Saviour?  Make that decision today before it is too late.

So, how are you doing?