Monday, April 14, 2014
Mark 16:20 And they went forth,
and preached every where, the Lord working with them,
and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
As we look around us here in the Bible Belt of America we see a great
falling away from grace. Yes we are blessed to live here in the richest area of
Bible believers in America. In short, the South East was nick named the Bible Belt, because of its high number of Bible based churches and
it’s high number of true born again believers. But the scriptures speak of a
great falling away from grace in the last days of time as we know it. Might I
say, even though time will never stop, it will flow over into eternity. The character of time as we know it will soon
change as this earth will burn up and be destroyed by God at the end of the
thousand year millennium. Today we are living at the end of time as we know it.
The true believers will be raptured into Paradise any second now. As we
approach this sovereign time in history, we are experiencing a time where
millions of so-called Christians have grown numb to true grace. Many have
become ignorant of the true Word of God. Few even own a copy of the true Word
of God. Most have switched to a perversion of the true Word that some man wrote
to sooth the conscience of sinners. If you own a copy of the true Word then you
had better cherish it. Our verse today is a little test to try a ministry or a
Christian to see if they are real or not. Our verse is taken from the place and
time where the Lord Jesus has resurrected the grave and spent forty days upon
the earth proving His existence and He has just ascended back to Heaven and has
sat down at the right hand of the Father. Mark 16:19 So
then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and
sat on the right hand of God. So let’s look at our text and refresh our
memory of what the real disciples did in order to be in the will of God as a
Christian after Christ ascended. And they went forth…They immediately were
about the Fathers will by serving. They considered themselves as servants of
the Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, many today command to be served instead of
becoming servants. Many want to be king instead of serving The King. And
preached every where…They were always in season
to preach the Word of God. We need some true God called preachers to preach. So
many today are so concerned about filling their church with a crowd that they
have forgotten that they are only a servant in the Lord’s Church. Adding to the
Church is God’s business and HE said they must be saved. Why don’t we just
preach the Word and watch Him add?! Our Churches are in a mess because
preachers are not preaching the true Word. The Lord working with them…The
disciples were serving in the ministry of the Lord Jesus with the guidance of
the Lord Jesus. Is the Lord involved in your serving?? Is the Lord the head of
the ministry you are involved in?? He only works in ministries that are all
about HIM. And confirming the word with signs following…Well, here is how we can
tell if the Lord is working with us as we serve. He will confirm His presence
through His power. I am not speaking of man-made gibberish or people falling in
the floor flopping like fish. His signs of power will be completely based on
Bible truth. And might I add; 2Cor. 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and
where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. If you are truly saved
then you will know if the power is of the Lord because the Word teaches us that
our spirit will bear witness with His Spirit. And the end of our verse has a
sealing stamp… Amen.
April 15, 2014
James 1:19-20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let
every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Our verse today is a verse that we
all need to be reminded of on a regular base.
In this life it is easy to get disgruntled and aggravated. Especially as we are
surrounded each day with many people that are not living for the Lord, but for
themselves. Whether it is the
cashier at a store we shop in or a co-worker that we work alongside each day,
we will be faced with an ungodly person daily.
Unfortunately, there are many, many unsaved souls in society today. Unsaved people think different than we
do. They have different opinions and
different outlooks and no Bible convictions.
Therefore they will usually be headed in a different direction than we
are as a child of God. As we have to mingle
with these folk in order to carry out our lives, it is so easy for us to “fly
off the handle”. Getting mad and going
into a rampage will only make matters worse.
We must learn to have patience and at the same time stand firm on our
biblical convictions. Many times we
speak too quickly as well as act too fast.
If we would just be patient, the Lord will most likely work it out. He is the all-powerful God! Many times I have personally witnessed Him
persuading an ungodly person or organization in a direction that will be to my
personal benefit. The Lord will surely
tend to His children. One thing for sure
is that we ourselves do not have the power to persuade ungodly situations. Many times we attempt to force the issue. This action usually only
causes the situation to be worse.
We must allow the Lord to do His work.
Yes, many times He will use us to get it done, but we must allow Him to
persuade us as He persuades the situation.
Another group of folk that we must react to in a similar way is the
saved that are out of God’s will. Many
times our disgruntled situation is with another child of God that a selfish,
self-centered person or maybe a ridged, stubborn child of God. We can’t do anything with them my
friend! Just let God handle His child. He definitely knows how. And the third kind of disgruntled situation
might just be fueled by us personally.
Yes that’s right, we are not as perfect as we sometimes think. We must stop and evaluate ourselves. Are we the issue?....Are
we the culprit?? So, our verse has great
advice. Many times we must let go and
let God. We must not over-react and
cause a bigger mess than we can fix. The
Lord is the all-knowing, all-powerful God.
When we can’t…He can! And might I
add, it is so rewarding to see Him sovereignly move in a raw situation. Amen!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
James 2:14 What doth it profit,
my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. In other words,
complete faith gives us peace that He will and we then will experience the
complete power that He did. Ephesians 2:8
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God. Faith is an ingredient that cannot be left out and still be
able to enjoy the abundance of life. Jesus said in John 10:10 …I am come
that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Faith being a substance means that it is the part of our inheritance that we
can hold on to. Maybe we cannot see it but we can hold on to it. It’s that
persuasion of grace. It is that power of glory. It is that presence of the Holy
Ghost. Amen! So having said all that, let’s look at our text verse; What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say
he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? First, look who it
is addressed to… “brethren”. It is addressed to those
who claim to be saved. He gives us a question of life or death. What good is it
if a person claims salvation through faith if there is zero works of grace in
their life? A person who is really born again will have fruit hanging on their
limbs. It’s not that they will be working their fingers to the bone to try and
show that they are saved. It will come naturally. We, as the saved, may not
recognize the fruit in our life simply because it has become a part of our
life. Some of us are quick to condemn our self of fruitlessness and
faithlessness, but if we will pause for a moment we will see the fruit and the
faith through the spiritual eyesight of the Holy Spirit. Many are trying to be
good enough and trying to look good enough. They are busy trying to prove to
others that they have it. Notice the difference…they are always trying to prove
to others that they have it. Those that are truly saved by grace through this
faith do not go around trying to prove anything. They are living in the
spiritual profit of faith! Hallelujah! So, can faith save? Yes, if you have the
right kind. Amen.
April 17, 2014
Psalm 23:3 He restoreth
my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
This great shepherd here that Psalm
23 speaks of is the great restorer of the soul.
I once was lost but now I’m found.
I was blind but now I see. I was
sick but now I’m healed. I was hungry
and now I’m fed. I was filled with
corruption but now…now I am filled with His righteousness. Notice our verse for today makes it plain
that the Lord is our restorer. Praise
the Lord for His rebuilding mercy. I
have two children and no matter what happens or what they get involved in, they
will still be my children. No matter
what the child of God gets himself into or no matter the sin he falls into…He
is still a child of God. The Lord’s
great forgiving mercy restores. He then
leads us down the paths of clean living.
He leads us down the paths of holiness and righteousness. His guidance will never mislead us. His leading will never lead us off into a
trap of temptation. If we fall into
temptation then it was us that reached for the fall. It is our fault and our responsibility to
admit and seek the forgiveness of the shepherd.
Why does He lead us down this road of righteousness? It is for His name’s sake. We are His ambassadors and His
witnesses. We should make Him look
good. Are you making the Lord look
good? Does your words
uplift the name of Christ? Does your
daily routine and habits make Him look good?
If not, then it is your own fault.
He has provided everything we need to live clean and holy lives. The
LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he
leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my
soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for
his name's sake. Aaaamen!
Friday, April 18, 2014
Psalm 21:13 Be thou
exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
Psalm 107:8 Oh that men would praise
the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of
men! Truly, God is good!
Our text verse today reminds us of how worthy the Lord is of our
praise. Yes, He is worthy of all our
worship. He is King and He is Lord. He is the all mighty Creator of the entire
universe. He is to be exalted above all. Our verse explains that He is to be exalted
above all because of His sovereign strength.
We must exalt Him because of the person of His strength. He is God the Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. He is the triune God, the
Sovereign Creator, and the Saviour of mankind.
His person is GOD. My friend, it
is not up for debate whether He is God or not!
It is settled! He does not need
us to argue and debate with unbelievers to try and convince the world that He
is God. He is the great I AM! So He is to be exalted because of His
personal strength and secondly because of His proving strength. So-called atheist say
that we cannot prove that He is a real God.
My friend we don’t have to prove that He is real. He proves Himself. Any person that is alive on this earth and
cannot see the proof that God is real is a Hell bound rebel. The Lord uses His strength to prove who He is
on a momentarily bases. There is no such
thing as an atheist. So-called atheist are just souls of rebellion. The Lord must be exalted because of His
person of strength and His proof of strength.
Thirdly, He must be exalted because of His perfect strength. Yes, He has perfect strength. He has the remedy for whatever we are facing
today. He has the remedy for our every
situation. He has the remedy for our
every sin. Hallelujah! He is to be exalted, for His strength is
above all! He is GOD! He is LORD!
He is SAVIOUR! Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength:
so will we sing and praise thy power.