The Daily Nugget
Friday, March 24, 2017
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Here we have a verse that instructs us as Christians on character building. Dear friend, character matters. Sometimes we are guilty of making decisions selfishly and overlooking the damages our decision can make or has made to our personal character. Character directly affects our personal witness. If we mar our witness then we will be ineffective in showing the joy of truth that is in the Lord Jesus. Sadly, once we damage our character it is very, very hard to regain that that we lost. I’m sure you, as well as myself have many times in our life that we would like to rewind and redo. We can all think of those past actions and words that we sure regret to this very day. But unfortunately our words and actions are like toothpaste out of the tube, they cannot be put back where they came from. Our verse is a stern command that we must follow in order to keep our character clean and acceptable to the Lord. First it mentions that we should not be slothful in business. In other words, be responsible. We must be responsible to our responsibilities. Our word “slothful” means to be tardy in responsibility. Don’t overlook the importance of your job or position whether it be your position at work or even your position at the church. Maybe your position is just a laborer or maybe you even own the business, don’t be slothful at your responsibilities. Be up and at it! Even our position at the church should be taken serious. Don’t slack at your commitment to the Lord. Our verse mentions our service to the Lord. If you are a song director, a choir director, a teacher, a deacon, or just a lay member do your very best!! If you don’t know what your responsibilities are then ask your Pastor or see what the Bible commands. So many ministries of our day are no longer a ministry but a nuisance to the community because the people are power seekers of their position instead of servants! If you have a position then get it done right and on time. Your character relies on you doing right. Stop blaming everyone else and everything else for your sorriness and do right. We must, must, must make Jesus look good. Bad character gives Him a bad name. Slothfulness ruins our witness as a responsible Christian. If your lost neighbor sees that church attendance is not important to you then he will think that salvation must not be as important as you verbally claimed. Also our verse commands that we should be fervent in spirit. Don’t serve with a chip on your shoulder. Ask the Lord to remove strife from your heart and be happy in your service to the Lord. My, my what a verse. Lord, help me to fulfill my responsibilities with joy and ferverance of spirit. Amen!
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Psalm 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
I once was lost but now I’m found. I was wandering aimlessly without a path of hope, but the Saviour came unto to me and rescued me from a life of sin and destruction. I had marred and scarred my life with self-will, self-righteousness and self-destruction, but along came Jesus and had mercy on my darkened soul. He shared with me His sovereign truth and anointed me with His saving blood and now I’m saved, saved, saved by His marvelous grace!! Praise the Lord for His mercy and His truth. Many today are seeking glory for themselves. Many are striving to be recognized as the best. But there is only one best and that is Christ Jesus the Lord. There is only one who deserves all the glory, honor and praise and that is Christ Jesus the Saviour. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Amen! Thank God for His mercy. It is through His mercy that we did not receive the judgment that we had earned and it is by His mercy that we do not reap what we sow in sin even today. Mercy, oh hallelujah for His sweet mercy. Yes, He deserves all the glory because of His mercy. And then there is His truth. Bless His name for the real truth. Religion of today is founded upon the made up truth of mankind. Society’s guidelines of life is a compiled bunch of lies that will not stand on judgment day. But God’s truth is forever settled in eternity. He has shared this sovereign truth with us. We have the eternal truth in our hands. He moved upon men of old that we, as His children, might have a copy of His eternal truth. Glory hallelujah!! No, not unto us, but all to Him. Thank you dear Lord for the wonderful, powerful, bountiful Truth. Thank you oh Lord for having Mercy on me. Amen and Amen!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
My, my we have picked up some shiny nuggets for the past few days here in the salutation of Jude! And today we find a truckload in the last verse. After giving the Lord Jesus praise as Lord in verse 24, Jude just opens up into full worship in verse 25. In order to get the juice out of this verse we must look at the meaning of each word of praise. This praise is directed to the “only wise God”. Our word “only” here means one and only. Oh yes! One will never be able to serve the Lord nor worship Him fully until He becomes their one and only. “Saviour” here has a meaning that will send you into the realm of immediate appreciation praise. Here it is; it means to win a war and be proclaimed victor! To set free from a jail cell! To make well from a dreadful sickness, to counsel bitterly alienated parties until they come together in reconciliation! To declare acquitted in a court of law! Hallelujah!!! Yes, yes, He is our Saviour! Then Jude gives the Lord a fourfold description of praise. “Glory” sums up the outstanding attributes of the Lord. It is His glow. If He is in you then there will be a glow upon you that the world will recognize. They might not have the ability to know what it is, but they will know something is different about you. “Majesty” describes His greatness. The Greek word it is derived from means mega. Everything about Him is HUGE! “Dominion” means visible vigor, strength and power. The only way anyone can deny there is a God is to purposefully reject Him and rebel against reality. But one day He will be recognized by all, lost and saved. “Power” refers to His almighty ability and authority. Amen! “Both now and forever”. He is Lord and King in the present here on earth and in Heaven. He will be Lord and King throughout eternity. Amen, Amen and Amen!!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
As we pick up today with the second part of our verse, the Lord shifts us immediately to the judgment. Who is the only one who has the power to keep us from falling to the destruction of sin and to present us before the sovereign Father as spotless and without blemish?? It is Jesus! His finished work on Calvary furnished the supreme blood sacrifice for our filthy sin. What can was away our sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus! What can make us whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus! Oh precious is the flow that makes us white as snow. No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus! Nothing can for sin atone, nothing but the blood of Jesus! Naught of good that I have done, nothing but the blood of Jesus! Now by this I’ll overcome, nothing but the blood of Jesus! Now by this I’ll reach my home nothing but the blood of Jesus! Glory! Glory! This I sing, nothing but the blood of Jesus! All my praise for this I bring, nothing but the blood of Jesus!! Dear friend, it is by the precious, powerful, purging blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God that we can be cleansed from all our sin. It is through the anointing blood of Jesus that we can be justified, sanctified and glorified that we can be presentable before the King. All because of the Lord Jesus’ blood we can have this great assurance within that gives sweet peace to our soul. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long! We alone cannot and will not ever be able to cleanse ourselves enough to be presented before the Father. It is only the finished work of Christ that can present us spotless and faultless with exceeding joy. Dear friend, salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is in the Lord. No other name has the power to present us saved and born again before the judgment seat of Christ. Amen.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,…
As Jude is closing out this short but mighty powerful book he reminds us of the great authoritative God we serve. He gives praise to whom it belongs, the Lord Himself. “Now unto him”. The “him” is the Lord. Many times we tend to convince ourselves that it is us that has seen us safely to the point that we are at today, but in true reality it is the Lord. Now unto him “that is able”. It is the Lord that has the power to watch over us as His children. I have heard many stories over the years where people have acted in miraculous ways to save the life of another. One of those was where a semi truck had fallen off the jack and onto the mechanic. The mechanic’s adult son was there with him and in a moment of time the son reached and lifted the semi enough for the Dad to escape. I must say right here that I’m grateful for the day the Son rescued my soul from great danger! Our word “able” here comes from the powerful root word dynamite. Our Lord is the all-powerful God over all. Our verse mentions that He is able to “keep us from falling”. As a saved child of God we are eternally kept by the power of God. We are safe in the arms of the Creator. As we see the fakes falling by the dozens all around us, we can be assured as a child of God that we will not be destroyed. Are we capable of falling into sin? Yes! This carnal flesh can be swayed by the enemy. But to completely fall into the pit of sin of no return will not happen to the child of God. There is always a way of escape for the child of God. 1Cor. 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. To fall here means to trip and fall. Physically speaking, when we trip over something and fall it is because we were not as aware of the danger as we should have been. We were more than likely preoccupied by something else that took our eyes off the path we were traveling. Spiritually applying, we must be on guard at all times of trip hazards. Many times we get distracted by carnal temptations such as money, hobbies, laziness and selfishness and we overlook that trip line Satan has placed in our path. For the saved this fall will not be a detriment of death because we are in the Lord’s “kept” plan. But a fall can hurt. It can break things and bruise areas that will cripple us for a long while. It is a matter of fact that we likely will loose ability to enjoy the life we have took for granted for so long. NOTICE… our verse does not say that we will not trip and fall in this carnal flesh, but that our God has the ability to keep us from falling. If we trip and fall it is our fault. No one else is to blame. It is our fault. But IF we are willing to look to the Lord for safe travel on this path and we are willing to ask Him to guide us in every step then we can be assured He is able to keep us from falling. Amen.