The Daily Nugget
Friday, February 24, 2017
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
As we are coming up on the season that we celebrate the resurrection day of Jesus, let’s look at a verse that tells of His first visit with His disciples after He defeated death, Hell and the grave. Our verse took place in the evening of the same day that He came out of that borrowed tomb. The disciples were disturbed and distraught and gathered together in a place where the public would not bother them. These men had suffered much persecution for being followers of Jesus. And we too can expect persecution for being a follower of the resurrected Christ. They were hid up in a place with the doors “shut”. They were probably not expecting a visit from Christ Himself. They had been told that He had resurrected the grave, but it seemed like an unbelievable story. My friend, the reason we do not experience more miracles than we do today is simply because we do not believe. Unbelief is a miserable life to live. Notice in our verse that the doors were shut which is insinuating that they were locked. And all of a sudden Jesus appears unannounced and unexpected. Locked doors do not stop Jesus from showing up on the scene, He IS the key. He spoke these wonderful words; “peace be unto you”. When Jesus shows up on the scene there will be peace. I don’t know what you are wrestling with today but if Jesus shows up on your scene of situation then there will be peace. On further in this chapter we see that Jesus proved to them that it was Him by showing them His side and hands that were opened on Calvary’s cross. He then said again; “peace be unto you”. If only we would already have believed. If only we would believe before He steps in. We could ward off much of our misery if we would only believe first off that He was going to bring peace to our situation. Many times we do not have peace in a situation because others have told us that we were crazy for believing such a thing. Thomas was not in the upper room when Jesus showed up that day. Thomas later spoke that he did not believe that Jesus had came by and brought peace. So, Jesus came back a week later and showed Himself to Thomas. Jesus then scolds Him for believing only because he saw it happen. Jesus goes on to explain how that those that believe ahead of time would be blessed. Oh the power that we could experience if we would believe now. If only we would allow the truth of His presence to stomp out our unbelief. Now, the disciples were not ridded of their persecution just because Jesus showed up. They still had to endure what the public dished out… and so do we. But they now had peace that all was going to be alright… and so can we. If we would only believe that He can, He has, and He will. Peace be unto you. Amen.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
Our text verse comes from an instance we are given in Luke 1 where Jesus so boldly sought a man named Zacchaeus. God’s powerful grace fully purchased us before the foundation of the world! Now that is bold grace. When the Lord Jesus sets out to find a soul nothing will keep Him from that needy soul. Here Zacchaeus is under search. The Lord has already planted a spirit of interest and curiosity in Zacchaeus long before the Lord showed up on the scene. He did us the same way. Long before He showed up, He had already showed up. Amen! That drawing Spirit had already been at work priming our soul for repentance way before the day of grace arrives. Sometimes He will draw on us for a month or in some cases a year before He boldly calls us. Zacchaeus was a short fella. He had spent his life trying to look tall and to get above the shortness he faced every day. The lost sinner has a void in their life. There is a short problem in their life. Subconsciously they realize this shortness and they will try all avenues to fill this gap. Many will attempt to fill it with success, others with assets. And then there is those who will attempt to satisfy this void with their attitude. They strive with an attitude of fleshly pride or even of vocal pride. These people usually make those around them uncomfortable, threatened or even angry. We that are saved by grace sometimes quickly get aggravated at these pride dwellers. But we must realize that they are striving to fill a gap that they don’t even realize is there. There are those Christians that become obnoxious with self-pride, but that is another lesson for another day. Here in our verse, Jesus boldly walks up to the self-lifted position that Zacchaeus had placed himself in and called him down. Glory Hallelujah for the day that the Lord walked into my life and called me down to Him! His grace not only bought us, it sought us. Amen and Amen! Thank God for His seeking Spirit. Thank God for His bold, beckoning grace. Even after we are saved and have become a child of God we too sometimes allow our life to become engulfed with carnal living. It is in these times that the Lord sends His Holy Ghost to convict us and call us down from our self-propelled position of carnality. Thank God He doesn’t just leave us to ourselves. Dear friend, is He calling you down today?? Are you a lost sinner and He is calling you down to repentance of salvation? Are you a saved child of God and He is calling you down from your carnal sin?? Thank God for calling grace! Amen.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
We have discussed for a few days now on the subject of experiencing the assurance of our salvation. If we are a true child of God, then real, Holy Ghost filled preaching will stir up the Spirit within us. We also saw yesterday how that true Spirit filled prayer will stir up the Spirit of God within us. Our verse for today shows us that our praise can reveal the power of salvation that is within us. When we choose to glorify the God and to acknowledge Him as Lord then we will experience assurance of our salvation through His powerful presence. The true preached Word acknowledges Him and His truth and He will always honor this type action. When we enter into prayer with the Lord it acknowledges Him as Our Lord and provider. This too will be honored by the warm presence of the Lord. And here in Ps. 50 we see that when we praise Him it stirs action of the Spirit of God. The word “praise” means some type of physical action that acknowledges God as Lord and King. It is some type action that gives Him glory and honors Him as The God. Notice the second part of our verse; “and to him that ordereth his conversation aright”. “Ordereth” means actions that are deliberate and on purpose. “Conversion” here means the way of life or the path of living. In other words, He is referring to the child of God that chooses to live righteously and godly. This is a person who lives right on purpose. They deliberately live a life that honors the Lord. This is a person whose life is showing daily praise to the Lord. Amen! The Lord’s response to this person who gives the Lord praise physically and whose life’s actions are praising Him as Lord is that He will “shew” them salvation. “Shew” means to appear and approve. This person’s salvation will be assured within. Amen! Dear friend, give Him praise. And may I ask, does your way of life praise Him? What a powerful way to have our salvation assured within us! Assurance through praise. Amen.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Psalm 69:13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
In yesterday’s verse we were reminded that real Bible, Holy Ghost filled preaching will confirm salvation within the true believer. When the true Truth is preached in power it stirs up the presence of the Spirit of God within us. There is another way that assurance of salvation can be stirred up within us and that is in prayer. Now there are all kinds of different moods of prayer. The scripture teaches us in 1Thess. 5 to pray without ceasing. And in many other verses we are encouraged to continue in prayer. Therefore there will be many different moods of prayer that we will experience as a believer during this life of continual prayer. There are the prayers that are calmly uttered under our breath throughout each day. These are what I like to refer to as common day fellowship with God. We utter little prayers of request and also of praise concerning different things we face throughout our daily walk. Even in these times of common fellowship with the Lord we experience a calming of our spirit that assures us of His sovereign presence. Many times His Spirit will sweep across our hearts assuring us of this presence. Then there are the prayers that are a cry out to the Lord. These are usually in times of great need. If we have a need then the Lord is interested in that need. He is our everlasting supply. During these times of desperation prayer we experience His power of succor. Only the Lord can comfort us in time of need. Only He can pull the Saint of God up to the almighty bosom of glory and whisper sweet peace into the heart of desperation. So, we can experience our assured position in Christ in our common prayer, our crying prayer and thirdly in our connected prayer. Oh dear Christian friend, there is no power that is like the power we can experience during connected prayer. This is when we have placed our selves in a prayer position stopping all other action and we seek the face of God in prayer. We have entered into prayer that matches no other. The scripture refers to this as closet prayer. Spiritually, you are enclosed in your own private room of prayer. Maybe you are not literally in a closet, but spiritually speaking you are inside the depth of closet prayer. This atmosphere quickly becomes just you and God. You are now connected in prayer. His Spirit is praying His will through you. The scripture speaks of asking and receiving when we pray in His will. This takes place when He prays through us. Praise the Lord! Oh what great peace can be experienced in times of prayer. Friend, take time today to pray. Amen.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
As a born again child of God we are assured eternal salvation. We are saved forever and ever. Because of God’s grace and mercy that He has applied to our life, we have been promised everlasting life. The Word of God is filled with verse after verse that assures this eternal life. Eternity cannot be fully comprehended or understood by our fleshly minds. We will only fully understand it when we enter that eternal realm. All we have the ability to understand as of now is that this everlasting life assures us forever safety and salvation. We are safe in the arms of God no matter the realm of time in which we live. We are promised life in this life and every life hereafter. Yes, this flesh will soon be dilapidated and will eventually dissipate back to the dust from which it came, but the real us will live forever more in our soul. Verse 2 mentions our “hope” of this eternal life. “Hope” here means confidence. What wonderful peace there is in knowing that I am safe, secure and set in place forever. Our hope is safe, secure and set because of His promise. Our verses remind us of God’s promise and that He is the God that cannot lie. I love what Paul says in verse 3. Knowing the promise gives us confidence, but another way the Lord confirms our set position in Christ is through “preaching”. Amen! Thank God for Bible Preaching. Real, powerful, anointed preaching is getting less and less available in our day. So many people have left real preaching and adopted the way of less friction. Real preaching will offend the world, but it will confirm the saved. The saved child of God has the Spirit of God living within, therefore when we hear real anointed preaching that same Spirit rises up within us in acknowledging its authority. Does real preaching offend you or does the Spirit celebrate within you when you hear it? Preaching is a true and promised confirmation of our position in God’s grace. Amen! And Amen!