The Daily Nugget
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Mark 8:5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. 6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
He’s all we need. Praise the Lord! All our needs are met through Him. As we walk through this life here on earth we tend to get so caught up in this society and its waywardness. Our country is in a mess today because we are leaning on society to council us. We are not of this world so why are we seeking advice from it? We are from far away. We are from a country where the land is glorious and the Lord is there. He has promised us many times over that He would provide our needs. He never promised that He would provide the secular life that we lust after such as riches, toys and the lust of the flesh. As we wade around out here in this old world each day we will find ourselves being swallowed up by it if we take our eyes off HIM. Notice with me here in our verses for today. This is the story where there were needs and He as Savior and God met those needs. First, we see the Council of the Lord. If we would pause for a moment and seek the Lord He shall be found. He counseled these people here of what has already been provided. Lean on what He has provided and He will multiply it. Then we see His Command. He commands them to sit down in verse 6. To sit down signifies a relaxing in the situation. To sit is to relax and to allow yourself to be supported. How many times does the Lord send a message to us to sit down and we are up stirring around trying to satisfy the situation with our flesh? If we would just shut up and sit down long enough then we might hear from the Lord. So He Councils them and He Commands them and then we see His Completeness. He had provided 7 loaves of bread. Seven is completion. He has completely provided. We are only complete when we rely on Him. In verse 7 He takes 2 fish and makes enough of them. I’ve been through enough to know He’ll be enough for me! Two is the number of witness. He will show His witness in our situations if we would just sit down and listen up. In verses 8-9 He is their Comfort. They are sent on further with the satisfaction of Comfort and peace that He is enough. It is all about HIM! He is enough. Amen.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Psalm 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
We all, as God’s children, desire to be led of the Lord. If a person does not have that deep desire to be led of the Lord then I would be very skeptical of their position in the Lord. Even the backslider has that inner pull to be guided back into the will of God. The Psalmist reveals a powerful nugget here in verse 3 concerning the guidance of the Lord. As we seek the Lord daily we pray and ask the Lord to guide us into this day and its happenings. But as we enter into what the Lord has set up for us at this point and time we sometimes get frustrated because things are not lining up as we had foreseen them. A few days ago my wife and I were traveling an interstate highway. As usual I was anxious to get to our destination. If I could win an argument with my bladder then I would drive straight through without stopping, but that never happens. We stopped for a quick bathroom break and as we started to leave a lady stopped us as she saw my wife was wearing a Roll Tide T-shirt. She explained how she was from Tuscaloosa and then when she found out we were from the Wedowee area she set into another conversation. To say the least I was ready to get on the road! As we then started to leave I noticed I had left the handrail folded out on our camper. Good grief, we are never gonna get back on the road! Well we did finally get back on the road and only traveled maybe 3 miles and the traffic abruptly stopped. I could see that the issue was only about a half mile ahead. It was a terrible wreck. We sat still in traffic for 40 minutes as the paramedics loaded three ambulances with injured people. As we sat still, because I had no choice, the Lord calmly explained that He was the one that had detained us at the rest area. My first fleshly thought was that the Lord must need me. Over 40 minutes of being forced to sit still He explained that I was detained because of His sovereign will. You see, God doesn’t need us particularly. He has a sovereign will. There is a church in Wedowee that God has sovereignly strategically placed there in the exact spot where He wants it and He has appointed a Pastor as the under-shepherd. My friend, God has a will and a plan and it will be fulfilled. Many times we pray the Lord will guide us, but subconsciously we are desiring our personal plan. Notice our verse; “for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.” Brothers and Sisters, this thing is about Him and His sovereign plan. We must pray that He will guide us and lead us into His will. And we must pray for understanding and for patience in accepting His will. My friend, He’s not leading and guiding us because we are some special God-child, but yet He is busy completing His sovereign will. Actually we should be strongly humbled that He is willing to use us to get it done. He could have used someone else, but it pleased Him to use little ole us. Oh how we must be in our place and be spiritually ready at all times to be used of the Almighty God. Amen.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
Life is full of decisions. We have to make choices that determine our directions. Many of these choices concern sin and righteousness. These choices are obvious to the child of God. Sadly, we don’t always make the decision to go for righteousness, but in our spirit we know which direction is pleasing to the Lord. And then there are those decisions that must be made in our walk that we toil over and ponder over. These choices are not clearly seen. They require a closer walk with the Lord. They require a more personal conversation with the Him. As we go through life, the Lord has our steps mapped out according to His will. It is our responsibility to follow the right path. This is where spiritual discernment comes to play. As a child of God we have the Spirit of God living within us. It is His Spirit that connects with our spirit that gives us that discerning power that we so desperately need to be able to successfully walk with God. If we are walking hand in hand with Him, then knowing the right direction will be fairly clear. But many times we have allowed the things of the world to clog our thoughts and the times we have allowed strife and pride to blur our vision. These times are times of unclear direction. It is these times that cause us to seek the way of least resistance. It is these times that cause us to seek a more carnal direction. Most of us are familiar with GPS guidance. At first we all depended on those devices that you can place on your car’s dash, but now most of us have this app on our phone. To use this GPS devise you enter the address where you are headed, enter it into the system and then it will guide you into every turn and path that you need to perform in order to arrive at the desired destination. In order for the process to guide you step by step the information must be entered. A few days ago I was heading out to a particular destination so I put the address into the program and pulled out onto the road. After a while I wondered why I had not heard the GPS speaking as it guided. My trip was mapped out on the screen but no voice was heard. I had forgotten a very important step. I had not pressed enter. Many times we get in a hurry and forget to enter the throne room of the Lord in order to get voice guidance. My friend, voice guidance is very important. Voice guidance gives us warnings along the way and it gives us step by step turns and detours that are vital on this trip of life. Oh my friend, make sure your voice guidance is activated. This voice guidance will help us avoid much rerouting today. Take time to enter the throne room this morning. Amen.