Yesterday I had the privilege of filling in for a Pastor who terribly sick with what is going around. After the Sunday evening service we were all standing around talking. The subject of our son came up and I shared that one of my biggest concerns for our son is who will take care of him when my wife and I are no longer able.
A young girl in the Church was listening to this conversation. When we finished she looked at me and said, “You need to read your tie.” I thought to myself, “Okay”. Then she pointed to my tie and said, “With God all things are possible.” Yes, you guessed it. I was sweetly and kindly rebuked by this little girl who is probably eight or ten years old. She was reading my tie and quoting Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
This really caught my attention as it would most people. I have to agree with this dear heart. She is right. So, why do we doubt? This little lady sure didn’t. Oh, to have the faith of a little child and trust Jesus like that.
Is there something in your life that you need to trust Jesus for? If there is maybe it would do you good as it did me to take another look at Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
We have seen in the Scriptures how God uses many different things, circumstances and even the unbeliever to work out His plan. I mean, He used a donkey to speak to Baalim. I am glad that it has not been recorded in Scripture some of my less than positive moments in life.
God even used an heathen king to bring about His plan. It all started when Herod received word of a King to be born in Bethlehem. Look at Matthew 2:3, “When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” This word “troubled” means to stir or agitate. Herod was an unhappy camper. He was the sitting king of that day and he would have nobody else dethrone him if at all possible. I don’t know too many rulers that want to be dethroned. It usually means death to the sitting king.
In this instance it would have meant death too. Think about it. Lets go a little deep here. If Herod came face to face with King Jesus then Herod would have to die. He would have to be just like you and I. He must die to self. He must crucify the old man. Even worse, he would have to bow the knee to Jesus and he was not willing to do that. This prideful dictator would bow to nobody.
Okay; friend, it is your turn. Will you humbly bow before Jesus and confess you are a sinner and you need a Saviour? It is up to you. The truth is that you can bow before King Jesus today and trust Him as your Saviour or you can bow before Him as your Judge. The choice is yours to make.
Well, here I sit once again with tears running. As you can see from the title today I will be trying to memorialize one of God’s dear saints. Almost twenty years ago I had the privilege of becoming a reserve police officer in our little burg. It paid nothing; but, your training and uniforms were free.
During my time as a reserve deputy town marshall I met so many different people. One of those people was David Spannuth. David is a stellar Christian man and his sweet wife Connie is a stellar Christian woman. I remember how excited David told me that he was when he found out that another Christian brother was coming on board the police department. We enjoyed many hours of sweet fellowship. I would come out and ride along with him (even though I was not allowed to do so) and we would talk about the LORD. Such sweet fellowship.
Yesterday, we received word that David Spannuth had gone to be with our LORD. I managed to hold back all the emotions until this writing. Now the tears fall for those who know and love David. There is now a part of them that has departed. Oh, we would not wish David back to this vale of tears and pain. There is one thing for sure. One day I will see my friend David Spannuth again. I believe that it will not be long until that meeting will be taking place.
Let me ask you my reader. Are you really prepared for Heaven? Was there a day in your life when you realized and acknowledged that you are a sinner? After you realized this did you cry out to Jesus to forgive you of your sin and ask Him to save you?
If you have never done that would you please contact me and let me take the Bible and show you how to be born-again so that you too can spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, David Spannuth and me.
When you talk to people you find out that they have many different ideas about what happens after you die. It is truly sad when you consider some of the ideas that people have about this subject.
When you talk further with them you find out they get their ideas from many different places. Some of the most toxic places are so-called institutions of higher learning. No, this is not a rant against schools of any kind. Some people get their ideas from perceived notions. Some even get their ideas from friends and family.
These people are much like Herod the king. They gather all these people around them and they pick their “religion” cafeteria style. They take what they like from each system of belief and form their own “religion”. Look at Matthew 2:4, “And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.” He gathered all these different people in search of Christ. Instead he should have simply sought Christ and left off these “religious” people.
Maybe you find yourself searching for something this Christmas season and you just cannot put your finger on what you are looking for. I can make a suggestion. Look for Jesus. He will never let you down. You have His Word on it.
Two evenings ago the news reported that a pirahana type fish had been dumped into the White River in the Indianapolis area. The problem with this fish is that it seems to attack men in the genitals. The female news anchor was dumbfounded. It seems that someone no longer wanted to care for the exotic fish so they just dumped it into the river. Authorities are warning against swimming in the White River.
At first we see this news story or read about it and maybe we laugh. If it attacks you in the secret parts you would not be laughing, I am sure. Now, you and I who name Christ as Saviour know of something far worse that is attacking all of mankind (and womankind); yet, we just sit comfortably in our Churches and do seemingly nothing about it.
I am talking about the pirahana of sin. Yes, I know that word is now acceptable in our day and time. I am not too concerned about that. I am more concerned about people dying in their sin and going to hell. Yes, people die at a rate of two people per second and I believe the vasts majority go to hell. The question is, “What are you and I doing about it?”
Moses had a choice to make and he chose the road less traveled. He took the path that was rough and rocky; but, he took it. Look at what the Word of God says about Moses in Hebrews 11:25. “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” Which way will you choose? It is pleasure or not.
My dear friend Dr. Larry Lilly has posted an article that is worth reading. You might think his article has inspired mine. Truthfully, yesterday’s blog post of mine spurred my thoughts for today. You can read Dr. Lilly’s article here. I encourage you to read it.
Yesterday I posted about being used. Now, I hope you do not get the wrong idea. If I am used for God and by God I am not complaining. I just get weary of those who say they are a child of God using other people. It is a real problem today.
Today, my thoughts come from the same experience with my camera lens again. As I thought about the lens being refurbished I also thought about people being refurbished. Yes, we can be refurbished too. We can yield our lives to Christ for salvation and then we too can be just like my lens. We can be refurbished.
You seem skeptical. Look at II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” There are too many people running around saying they are refurbished; but, their lives tell a different story. One thing is true. You cannot argue with a changed life. Has your life changed. I hope so.