The Daily Nugget
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Oh my friend, if it were not for the Lord’s blessings upon our life! As human beings we so often take for granted the mighty hand of God. He watches over us as an eagle watches over her young. His sovereign eye is honed in on us and our well-being. Yes, He allows storms and trials to pass over, but it is all for good and glory as He overshadows us with His wings. We many times mistake this flesh as the eternal part of us, but it is the soul that is the real us. Not a scratch can be put upon the saved soul. It is eternally protected by the almighty power of God. Oh how we take His blessings for granted. I once read part of a book written by a man named Henry Porter. He portrayed a story of a day in time when the sun did not rise. 6 am came and it was pitch black. 8 am came and not a glimmer of light. By noon there was absolute chaos upon the earth. People were frantic. By 6 pm every church was full of people calling out to God. No one slept that night for fear filled their very soul. But the next morning at 6 am the sky began to turn beautiful colors of red as the sun once again rose above the eastern horizon. The talk of the day was how the sun hid for a day. By the end of one week all were back to their normal living. At the end of one month the churches were empty again and few showed up on Sunday mornings to show gratitude and thankfulness unto the Lord of life. Oh friend, how much we take for granted the blessings of life. Do you only give Him all of you when your life is in a mess? Are you guilty of taking life for granted? The Lord Jesus deserves our worship. We must put Him first and foremost. We must make Him the most important date on our calendar and then work everything else around Him. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. May we never be found living selfish and self centered forgetting His hand of blessing. Lam. 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Amen
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Genesis 41:49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
As I ran across this verse this morning it jumped off the page at me. This verse is based on when Joseph was gathering corn in preparation for the drought to come. As we are on this walk of life we also find ourselves gathering corn. The corn we are gathering is wisdom and strength from the Word of God. We gather for daily bread as well as for times of spiritual drought. I can’t number the times in my life where I found myself in a dry time. It is in these times we can recall all the nuggets of wisdom and knowledge that we have banked in our mind and spirit from before. Dear friend it is vital that we take in some type of the Word each day even if it is just a few verses. A little is better than nothing. As we travel life’s highway we must take care of our spirit. The wickedness and evil of this world is out to smother us with its ungodliness. We must keep our spirit refreshed and revived with our true purpose so that we can continue this earthly mission successfully. Not only is this daily gathering for us but also for others around us today and sometimes even for the next generation. Have you ever noticed how squirrels gather nuts in the fall? They work themselves ragged gathering nuts by the thousands. They store some in hollow trees and they also will bury some. They will return to many of these in the winter months for food, but there are many of the buried nuts that they never return to. It is these nuts that sprout into new saplings and become nut bearing trees for the next generation. Squirrels are God’s tree farmers. How much corn of the Word are we gathering for our own food? How much wisdom are we gathering that will play a vital role for the next generation? You see, the daily corn of the Word that we gather will affect us spiritually. It will make a difference in us as we respond and react to daily circumstances. Daily Word ingestion will affect our weekly worship. If we have not gathered adequate grain this week then our spirit will depend on someone else’s spirit for worship when we all gather in the House of God. This is why some are enjoying the grain harvest and some are not. Are you a participator in the harvest? Dear friend, gather some corn! It is vital to your spiritual condition. Amen.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Psalm 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
It is good to be blessed. There are many verses in the book of Psalm that talks of being blessed, but here we have the verse that soars above the rest. When someone says they are blessed my first thoughts are “I wonder if they are feeling blessed because of their doings or God’s doings”. If we feel blessed because of what we have done then it will only be temporary at best. If we are blessed because of what the Lord has done then we are blessed for eternity. What a verse we have here! When I read this verse I feel worship brewing deep down inside my soul. Let’s look at the first part of our verse. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest. Glory! It does not get any plainer than that. Praise the Lord; it is good to be picked. He chose me. He stepped over many and chose me. You may say; “preacher, I don’t believe that. God wouldn’t choose one over the other”. My friend, you better read our verse again. And, might I say…it gets better. And causest to approach unto thee. There is another good word; “causest”. This word simply means to direct in a certain direction. The Lord caused me to accept Him. This world’s religion is teaching a false doctrine that says “we went looking for God and found Him and then talked Him into saving us”. Not hardly! That is not biblical friend. Why would we go looking for God? He is not lost. We were the lost ones. We are the ones covered in depravity. We cannot talk God into saving us!! He choosest and causest. These two little words will eliminate liberal thinking in your life. What a verse! Now, if we are able to experience these two words then look what is next. We may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. Now that is worship. If we that are saved ever realize that He came to us then and only then will we be able to worship Him in His glory. Then, we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. What a God! What a salvation! What a life! We must praise Him for His wonderful works in our life. Amen.