The Daily Nugget
Friday, May 27, 2016
Psalm 132:14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
This past week we have dedicated our daily studies to the glorious promises that await the child of God in the rapture. We have chosen this particular verse today as we ponder on our promise of eternal rest. As we reside here on earth it seems as though this carnal body continually desires rest. Sometimes it seems that we arose from a nights sleep more tired than when we went to bed. It is a very tiring thing to reside upon this earth. Not only do we experience physical tiredness but also mental tiredness. As we contend with the pace of this world we can easily become weary in the mind. I must say that mental exhaustion is probably the hardest tired to recover from. The cares of the world weigh heavy upon the mind. Dear friend we must learn to lean on God’s grace. We must learn to not allow anxiousness to overtake us. God is sovereign and He knows all and is in control of all. Even though it seems that many things are out of His control, He still has His controlling hand upon this earth. He has a plan and His plan will not be altered. We must learn what to put our hands on and what not to touch at all. We learn this through Spiritual discernment. Daily prayer and meditation in His Word will increase our ability to hear the voice of the Lord. We can narrow down our list of cares dramatically by crossing out the cares that are absolutely out of our control. If it is obvious that we cannot alter the thing ourselves then we must lean totally on His grace. Yes, we will still be concerned about the matter, but we must be careful not to allow it to overtake us. Wow friend, I’m feeling tired just discussing the cares of this world. This leads us to our verse for today. When the trump of God blows and we are caught up in the rapture to be with our Lord in the eternal realm of His time then we will have entered into eternal rest. It will be total rest of the body and mind. We will have received our glorified body and glorified bodies don’t get tired. Hallelujah! What a day that will be when we will experience eternal rest. Our carnal minds cannot wrap around such a celestial thought. Rest… eternal rest. Praise the Lord for this soon to come forever rest. Amen.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Oh the precious promises that await us in the rapture! When the saved by grace are pulled from this earth they will experience great sovereign changes through the glorious power of the celestial hand of God. So far this week we have discussed the completion of redemption, the reunion that awaits us, and the time of reward that is soon to come. Today let’s look at the revealing of the truth that we will behold. There are so many things that we do not have the ability to understand here on earth as we are in this carnal body. The Lord purposely did not endow us with the power to understand all things. As we look around us and see all the changes that are taking place we just shake our head in disgruntlement. The filthy sin of this wicked society makes no sense to us that are born again. We are experiencing a great falling away. This God blessed America has turned her back on her only hope. It is so very discouraging to see such filth and wickedness. This world is full of sin, BUT our God is faithful and sovereign. Amen! Even though we don’t understand now, we soon will understand completely. When we are changed from this vile body to a body of victory and completeness we will totally understand as He understands. We will then have the mind of God. We will be “know it alls”. In our text verse John said that the Lord invited him to see what was ahead. As we study the book of Revelation we soon see that the Lord showed John some pretty amazing things. Some things were so amazing and mind boggling that the Lord commanded John not to share them with us. Wow, that’s some powerful revealing awaiting us. When we get there we will then know why, who, when, where and what. We will know who was really saved, who was authentic in their worship and who was really on the side of the Lord. Today, here on earth, we don’t know a lot of things. We guess at more than we know. We shake our head in confusion today, but come morning we may be in the land of understanding. We will be in the awe of glory and truth. The only truth we have now is the written truth of God’s Word and the embedded truth of the Holy Ghost in our soul and spirit. But then… we will experience the great revealing of all. What a day that will be! So my friend if you don’t understand today, don’t fret, for the truth is at hand. We all will soon know all that is to be known. Amen.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
What are some promised things we can look forward to at the rapture? There are some precious changes that will take place! Well, we have studied so far about our redemption completion and our reunion that is awaiting us in the festivities of the rapture. Today let’s discuss the rewards of the rapture. The scriptures teach us of the Judgment seat of Christ. This is when all the saved have gathered at the throne room of God and our earthly works will be recognized. The Word of God refers to this as a time of reward. These crowns of reward will be given by the Lord Himself. We could go deeper into this study, but for the sake of time I must say that we will not truly be deserving of these rewards. We cannot do anything without the Lord giving us the strength and wisdom to do it. The real reward belongs to the Lord Jesus. I believe we will experience a time of worship where we will cast these crowns at the feet of Jesus. He is worthy of any reward we may receive. It is Him that did the good works through us. It is all about HIM! Let’s notice some verses of promise concerning our time of reward. 2Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. We do not totally understand or have an exact explanation of this humbling moment of reward and then a time of offering these to the Lord who deserves them, but we do know that these rewards are real and will be a glorious part of our being raptured into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. What great promises we have awaiting us in the soon to come rapture. Until then we are “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
1Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Yesterday we started a discussion on the promises of change that we will experience at the rapture. We will experience a body change. In other words, our redemption will be completed. Today let’s look at another exciting change that will take place when the Church is raptured. We will experience reunion. We all have enjoyed the times of reunion here on earth. Family reunions are times that we gather for a time of fellowship with our extended family. It is a time of food, fun and family. But it is never a perfect reunion. Sometimes we are reminded of old sin when we are gathered with our earthly family. Then there are those extended family members that don’t live for Jesus like you do. Sometimes they will bring their sin with them and sometimes even bring their sin buddies with them. These are spots in the feast that the Lord speaks of. He even warns us of spots in the feast as we gather for worship here on earth. When we have church services we are having a reunion among the Saints of God. But even though it is a grand thing to gather with the brothers and sisters of the faith there are always spots of corruption that spoils the party. Non-Christians drag in their wickedness and filth and it hinders the reunion. Then there are the backslidden Christians who cover up their sin and spot the service. Even though we have a good worship service, what would it be like without sin?! When we are raptured from this earth and gather in the skies of eternity there will be NO more hindrances in the worship service. Why? Because there will be no sin there. Hallelujah!! No More Sin! Our text verse for today has a great word of promise embedded into it. It is the word “together”. We will be united with the redeemed by grace. We will be united in the air with the ones we just left the face of the earth with and we will also be united in the celestials with the ones that have gone on to Glory before us. Yes! We will see all our saved friends and family that have died in the fleshly body years before us. My friend, that includes the Apostle Paul, King David, Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Then there will be Jonah, Elijah, Elisha and Mary Magdalene. We will meet Mary and Joseph, and your saved grandparents and mine. But the most exciting reunion will be the physical reunion with Jesus! The same Jesus that died on the cross. The same Jesus that shed His blood, that purchased us into this great glorious eternity. We will have just entered into our eternal stay with God Himself. Oh yes dear friend, reunion is on the horizon. We shall be joined with the perfect crowd of redeemed believers. Hallelujah, Amen, Glory!!! What great promises of change the rapture will bring forth. Amen.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Those of us who are saved by grace, that have been sealed unto redemption by the blood of Jesus Christ get excited when we read, hear or speak of the rapture of the Church. We get excited because it reminds us of the promises the Lord has given us that will be redeemed at that very moment we are taken off this earth and delivered into the physical presence of God Himself. For the next few days let’s look in our Bibles at a few of these promises. First of all, redemption will be completed! Yes, we that are saved have been redeemed. We have been redeemed from the awful judgment of our sin, but our redemption has not totally been unfolded. Yes we are completely saved, but the eternal change has not yet been completed. You see, we are still living in this body of corruption. Our soul is completely clean and whole and free from sin, but our body is still corrupt. When we are pulled from this earth our body will be changed into a glorified body. 1Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. Amen!! This old sickly, sinful body will be changed into a perfect body. It will be a body without ailments, a body without imperfection, a body that needs no medicine, a body that needs no adjustment. It will be a body without any corruption. Our fleshly bodies now show the signs of sinful corruption and death. That’s why we have wrinkles, sags, scars and… ugliness. But our new body will be perfect, spotless and beautiful. How do we know this? Because it will be a body like His body. 1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Dear friend, it is exciting to know that we shall soon experience the completion of redemption when we are raptured from this corrupted earth and delivered into the eternal glories of the Lord. Amen.