The Daily Nugget
Monday, October 20, 2014
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
As Christians, we need council and guidance every day. As a child of God we are privileged with the Spirit of the Lord within us. He is our guide. He is our counselor. Our word “counsel” here means (to advise, to resolve, consult, guide, to purpose). As this day and this week unfolds we will face many circumstances. We will have to make personal decisions in many of these situations. We will be under pressure to make the right decision. We all know how it feels to make the wrong decision. So, how can we have a greater success rate of decision? Listen to the voice of the Lord! Will we hear Him vocally? No, we will hear Him Spiritually. That small still voice of God is vital in our daily living. Many times we feel as though His voice is absent and not available. But to the child of God He is ever present. We know this because He has promised to never leave or forsake His own. Yes, He is there…He is here! The issue we face is that we allow sin to produce callouses on our spiritual ears. When we allow worldly things and situations to come between us and the Lord then we will have a hard time hearing His important counsel. It is very vital that we stay clean with God. We must repent daily. We must ask the Lord to search us daily for areas we must clean up. Living on a farm we have had and do have barns and buildings that store supplies and equipment. Throughout the year these buildings get cluttered and unorganized because we are in a hurry. Instead of putting things back where they belong it is easy to just lay it down out of place. Over time this causes clutter. Every so often we have to have a barn overhaul. This means picking up and placing things back in order. This means gathering up trash and discarding it. You see, it is the same way with our lives. We all get in a hurry and misplace spiritual areas and allow our prayer life to be cluttered with an unorganized life of sin and flesh. Our minds are just like a closet. We sometimes allow it to get cluttered and unorganized. This problem can only be fixed by pulling everything out and placing it back in its place. We will find some things that just need to be thrown away. This type maintenance is what we must have in our spiritual lives in order to be able to hear the guiding voice of the Lord. Having a hard time hearing Him?? Maybe you need to have a clean up day. Ask the Lord to reveal spiritual clutter in your life. Ask Him to give you the wisdom and strength to clean it up. My friend, we must have a clean line of clarity between us and the voice of the Lord! Amen.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Jude 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Here we have two verses of truth and warning. As a child of God we encounter many people who claim to have the Lord as their God and Saviour. But after a little time their spirit tells the truth on them. These present themselves as an authentic child of God, but their spirit tells the truth. They present themselves as a blood bought member of the bride of Christ, but their spirit tells on them. They attempt to worship the Lord in Spirit and truth, but their spirit tells on them. You see, the true child of God has the Spirit of God living within their soul. When the Spirit of God moves in, it takes over our being. The Spirit of God is an all powerful proof and presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ. This same Spirit cannot be totally hid. Even in the times that a child of God allows sin in their life, the Spirit of God shows through to the outside. He is a big and powerful being that cannot be hid. I have experienced this many times as I counsel or witness to a person who has allowed sin to enter their life. This person may have bowed to sin and allowed sin to dirty up their testimony, but the glory of the Spirit of God will show through. It is almost as if the Holy Spirit of God is back there beyond that cloud of dirty, dusty sin hollering out “Hey! I’m back here! Yes, it’s me! I Am that I Am!”. Amen friend! Sin does not have the power to hide the Spirit of God from another true child of God. Then we have those that claim to be His and they present themselves as His but their spirit says different. I have also encountered these along the way. They are telling me what they know I want to here. They are showing me what they know I want to see. They are working hard to try and prove something that they do not have. As they work to present the Christ that they do not have, there is an ungodly voice coming from within them that says “Who? Jesus? I’m not Jesus. I am a spirit but not the Holy Spirit”. These people are those that our verse mentions. 2Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. My friend, if you are a child of God, don’t be negatively influenced by false disciples. Try the spirits whether they be of God or of the enemy. Well, I want to end with this statement of joy. It is good to know the Lord lives within my soul. Does He live in you? Or are you a well without water? Amen!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Psalm 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Glory Hallelujah, Amen!! Any child of God that will take a few moments and dwell on the goodness of God in their life should break out into a shouting session that gives the Lord praise and honor for all the wonderful blessings and protection He has given. My friend, God is good! Our verse here is an example of the Psalmist giving God the praise He deserves. He mentions the wonderful works of the Lord. The Lord is continually working in our life. Even in the times that seem as if He has left us hanging all alone, He is working. He is continually working in the background arranging our life into His sovereign will. He will remove this and add that and rearrange something else in order to line us up in His big picture. Take a moment and Praise the Lord for His wonderful works which He has done! And then he mentions the thoughts of the Lord that are to us-ward. Isn’t it a mind boggling thing to think that the Lord thinks of us?! The sovereign Creator of the universe actually has innumerable thoughts of us in just one day. Wow, God was thinking of us before we even got out of bed today. He already has this day arranged. He already knows what today will be, what tomorrow will be and on down the road. He is God! Our verse mentions that His works toward us and His thoughts toward us are so many that it is impossible for us to gather them and thank Him for each one individually. My, my, my, God is good. Give Him glory, praise and honor for His marvelous works. The Lord…He is good. Amen.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
This world today has a motto of “more, more, more”. As we have said before, the American Dream is an actual nightmare. Most people are not working to provide but to become rich. As we study this verse we soon find that it is an orange, flashing warning sign for us. A greedy person is someone who doesn’t want all the land…just what joins him. A greedy person is not someone who wants all the money…just what he can get his hands on. A greedy person worships stuff, things, and the prosperity of monetary terms. A greedy person’s home will be an edgy home. A greedy home will always be an irritable home and a place of distant family relationship. You see, “a greedy man troubleth his own house”. Be careful that you do not become addicted to gain. Gain is one of the worst addictions of this generation. Gain is a habit that requires more and more substance to be satisfied. It is an addiction that will completely consume a life and destroy it over a period of a life time. Friend, it is a slow, painful death. Greed is a spiritual killer. A greedy person will not be a spiritual person but a selfish person. The last part of our verse means that a person that does not seek to be greedy and selfish will live and have a lively spiritual life. Their home will be a warm place of comfort spiritually. Their life will be filled with the joy of salvation. Their pathway will be paved with content and grace. Be very careful not to let yourself fall into the enemy’s trap that is baited with greed. Greed is almost irresistible bait. Seek God’s grace instead of the world’s greed. Amen.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
Isn’t it good to know the Lord? What a glorious benefit to have been introduced to the great sovereign creator of all! Our verse for today reminds us of the great advantage we have as a person who God has claimed as His own. There are millions and millions of people upon the earth. What small bit of traveling I have done makes me stand in awe at the astronomical number of people that roams the face of this earth. The sad thing is that very few of these know the Lord. Many attempt to make themselves familiar with a god, but very few know The God. There is such a great deception upon the earth today. My friend, there is no replacement for the real thing. Have you ever had a particular thing that you wanted or needed and you shopped and shopped for the one you wanted? You soon realized that the prices ranged from low to high for what appeared to be the same thing. It is that way with almost everything you shop for. But most of the time this is because of the quality. Not every time, but most of the time. There have been many times that I have purchased the very cheapest product that I could find. I soon realized that I had wasted my time and money because the cheap product began to fall apart and break into pieces. Unfortunately, many of the products in our country now is produced cheaper in another country. Very little pride is put into the assembly of things there. My friend if you ever own a product of authenticity then the cheap product will not impress you any longer. Well my brothers and sisters, it is the same way with the Lord. There are many cheap, fake gods out there, but there is only one true God. The world is busy embracing cheap gods that continually let them down. Our verse reminds us that there is only one true authentic God and that is the Lord! He will never break, wear out or fall apart. He is the Lord! Our verse also reminds us that we can trust Him to guide us into all truth… “even unto death”. So my friend, stay with the true God. And by the way, He is not a cheap God. Christ paid the supreme price that we may know Him as the true, authentic, sovereign God. It is good to know The True God! But the most powerful thought is to know He knows us! Amen and Amen.