Wednesday, December 04,
Psalm 107:2 Let
the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the
Many may ask; “Preacher, why do you
worship the way you do? Why do you shout the way you do? Why do you testify the
way you do? Why do you preach the way you do?” I’ll tell you why…because I can!
I have a reason! What a verse here in Ps. 107. First of all, we see a
Particular People here. This verse is not for everyone. There are many people
today who are offended by open worship. There are many who have allowed the
Charismatics to steal the joy of real worship. Look closely at our verse. This
verse is a comfort for those that have been redeemed. Hallelujah, I am in that
crowd. I have been redeemed by blood divine…glory, glory Christ is mine! So, if
this verse offends you then have no worries. It is not written to everyone. It
is a precious message to the redeemed of the Lord, a particular people. Then we
see these particular people have Permission. There is nothing like permission
from the Lord. Permission is granted here to say so about the Lord. It is
permission to say so about what He has done for me. Yes, our say so will make
many uncomfortable. But, the reason they become uncomfortable is because they
have not been granted permission themselves. Next, we see their Proclaim. To
proclaim something is to state it as the truth. It is to make an announcement
of soundness. Secular society has many things that they try to con us into
proclaiming. You are uncomfortable in proclaiming it because you have your
doubts that it is the truth. But the truth of what He has done for us is worth
being proclaimed upon the roof tops and upon the mountain tops! Hallelujah!!
Now, why are these Particular People so eager to act upon this Permission to Proclaim. It is simple…they are redeemed. And being redeemed
means they are Protected. Only a protected person can
proclaim with freedom what the Lord has done for them. Are you hesitant to say
so? Don’t be! That is if you are truly redeemed. Let the redeemed of the
LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Amen.
Tuesday, December 03,
in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
verse is a survival verse. This powerful verse is one that contains three
vital ingredients to our survival kit for this war that we are in. If we
activate these three things in our daily battles then we will survive the
battle. “Rejoicing in hope”; Amen and praise the Lord that we have
a reason to rejoice. We have hope! Our word “hope”
here means to have concrete confidence. There are so many Christians
today that allow the enemy to plant seeds of doubt in their minds about their
eternal security. Salvation is of the Lord. He is the owner and
operator of salvation. He is the director of the entire process. If
you have experienced the drawing conviction of the Spirit of God and you recall
surrendering to that draw, then it is settled my friend. Plea the blood
of Jesus over your mind and have confidence in what God did. Rejoice in
your hope! “Patient in tribulation”; To be patient is to endure, to stay
firm, not to quit. Our verse tells us that we must endure in tribulation.
“Tribulation” means troubles, trials and difficulties of life.
Tribulation is a fact of life here on earth. Every storm here makes
Heaven look sweeter. A quitter never experiences the joys and power of
victory. There is nothing more encouraging and strengthening than to
experience the power of victory over a trial here on earth. Victory is
ours. We cannot lose because Jesus has won the victory over sin and
storm. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I
have overcome the world. Hallelujah!! Be patient in
tribulation. Victory is about to reveal itself. Then we see that we
must be “continuing instant in prayer”. Our prayer life must be
stable and secure. Be prayed up. Be familiar with the voice of
God. Strive to have a continual conversation with the Lord. Don’t
worry about producing long prayers just don’t go long without praying.
These three survival pieces can make a great difference in today’s
in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
Monday, December 02,
2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of
the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
today are so wrapped up in this world that they are blinded to the world to
come. This world is a temporary world. According to the scriptures,
this world will burn up and pass away. Many times we find ourselves
slobbering after this world and the things of this world. Notice in verse
15 that if a man is in love with this ole world then there is no way he could
be in love with the Lord. Our love will only truly be directed in one
direction or the other. We will seek either the things of this world or
the things of the next world. Matt. 6:24 No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to
the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Notice in verse 16 that there are three main categories that detour us from the
love of our Heavenly Father. The lust of the flesh; this is
anything that entices the flesh part of us. Our flesh desires things that
are temporary and things that will only suffice us for a very short time.
If we are not careful we will find ourselves so swallowed up by these desires
that we will be blinded to the things of God. The lust of the eyes;
Our physical eyes are the antennas to the sin seeking
flesh. Our eyes are dangerous organs if they are not controlled. We
must take charge of what we let them focus on. We live in a wicked,
sin-filled world. When we sense evil or something that will be a
hindrance to our spiritual being then we should force our eyes in another
direction. Sin to the flesh is like a big piece of chocolate cake and a
quart of fresh milk. It looks good and it smells good, but it will only
last for a few moments and then the satisfaction is over. Oh yeah, and it
will create excess weight that we will have to carry around. Sin is the
same way. The pleasure of it only last for a short time and the ending results
will be excess weight of conviction that we will carry. Then there is the
pride of life. Indulging in temptation will soon create a fleshly
pride about us that is annoying to others and almost impossible to get rid
of. All this is not of the Father, but is of the world. Seek to
love the Father of our eternal world not the things of this temporary world.
We must listen intently to that small still voice of the Holy Spirit of God
that so faithfully is willing to guide us into Godly living. But we must be willing to listen and
follow. Lord, give us clear ears to hear
and strong conviction to reject the lust of this ole temporary world. Amen.