The Daily Nugget
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Children are treasured gifts from God. Those of you who have children I’m sure can relate with me when I mention the gasping effect that first sight of your baby gave. It is a feeling that is unexplainable. You never get over that feeling. As the child grows we also experience the disappointments, aggravations and even sometimes anger that goes with raising children, but the rewards outweigh the rough times. No matter how old the child is you still enjoy giving them the things you know they desire. My mind goes back to some things that my children desired over the years and oh what great joy it gave us to be able to give it to them. Whether it was big or little, whether it was something of great price or something that cost nothing, the reward of giving it to them was priceless. But I also recollect many things I did not give them that they desired. If that desire was something that I felt would bring harm to them then I refused. If it was of danger or possible death then I refused. If I had a whisper inside that said No then as a loving parent I refused the request of the child. Why? Because I love them! And my friend it is the same way with us. The Lord loves us as His children. How many times has the Lord arranged the verses and chapters of your life in a way that He could give you your desires? He has worked great miracles in order to enjoy the sovereign fulfillment of giving to His children. But also we can think of many instances where the Lord did not allow us to have our desire. Why? He knows all and He knows what is for our good and what is a potential danger for us. He sees on down the road. What about those times we ask Him to heal and it appears He did not? What about those times we requested to be delivered from a trial and it appears that He did not? Well, maybe He did heal as He carried that person home to eternity. Maybe He did rescue you from great trial by allowing you to stay in the small trial that you were already in. My friend Romans 8:28 is one of the greatest promises in the written Word of God! He is fervently upholding His end of the deal. Remember, He knows all. He is the all knowing, all able, self existent God. Why does He give to us and tend to us so intently? Because He loves us! So my friend don’t stop asking Him just because things have not turned out the way you thought they should have. Take time today to thank Him for not giving you every desire and then thank Him for all the little and big desires that He has so graciously handed you. What a wonderful God! If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Amen.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Galatians 5:6 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
The flesh gives us much trouble. As a child of God, the desires of our flesh are rarely the desires of our spirit. Paul explained it well in Romans 7. Our verse encourages us to “walk in the Spirit”. “Spirit” is capitalized therefore it is referring to the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost. If we walk in the Spirit then we are told that we “shall not” fulfill the lust of the flesh. I have always enjoyed tending a vegetable garden each summer. It is something that relieves stress and gives a sense of accomplishment. My garden was a spot of ground just outside our back yard. Every spring I would disc it under and plant it. Then I would spend the next three months toiling over the weeds that so eagerly worked around the clock to take over my garden. I had a friend who recommended that I change over to a raised bed garden. He said it would be much easier to tend and that he guaranteed that I would raise just as many vegetables. So I reluctantly decided to try it. I hauled in crossties and began the project. I built enough raised beds to cover the same ground I had had in an open garden for many years. The difference was that there was much of the area that was not just mowed grass. Several feet is between each bed. This area would be for access to the beds and now the garden had become part of the yard. Several friends had passed by during the project and made remarks that there was no way I could raise the same amount of vegetables in those small beds as I did in the open field. Well, to make the story shorter this morning, every since I changed over to raised beds I not only raise as many vegetables as I did before but even more! You may ask how. You see, in a raised bed you plant the plants closer together. When I built the beds I placed the best and richest dirt I could find in them. Therefore I can plant more plants in a smaller area. So how did this solve the weed take over problem? By the time the vegetables are mature they are so thick that there are no room for the weeds! Yes every once in a while there will be a weed sprout between the tomato plants or the squash plants, but I have easy access to walk right up to it and pull it out. It is the same way for our spiritual life. In order to keep our life from being taken over with the flesh then we must walk in the Spirit. We must fill our thinking with spiritual thinking. We must listen to spiritual music and read spiritual material. We must engage in spiritual conversations. Do you get the point? Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Before long we will have room for the Father to walk among our life and He will pluck out many temptations that are attempting to sprout up in our life. And when a weed of the flesh does sprout up between our spiritual walk, He will convict us and the weed will soon be uprooted. Let’s start today planting spiritual things so thick that there are not room enough for the lust of the flesh. Amen!