The Daily Nugget
Friday, February 27, 2015
Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
In these last days we see so many Christians wandering away from the truth. Many are wandering from the true Word. Many are wandering from true preaching. And then many are wandering from the true foundation of doctrine. The result of this wandering is that they soon find themselves lost in the wilderness of the world. They find themselves in a situation of misery asking themselves daily; “how did I get here?” These then ease into a state of distrust. They no longer trust the very ones they should trust. The very ones that can help lead them back to light are the very ones they shun. My friend this generation is spoiled. We think too much of ourselves. We are like little brats that demand our way or the highway. There is a verse that sinks deep into the pail of feelings. This verse throws all our little whining sessions out the window. Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Great Peace…have they which love the Word of God. Oh what wonderful peace the true Word gives us. Without the true Word a person will continually be looking for something to fill the void of peace. Many turn to man made religion and programs of temporary fulfillment. And notice the last part of Ps. 119:165; and nothing shall offend them. Oh my! Nothing shall offend them. How many times have we witnessed Christians walking away from the true works of the Lord because someone or something offended them? My friend, life is full of disappointments. We that are saved children of God have a verse that gives us great joy and hope over all these disappointments. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Yes, there are many things in this life that upset us and disappoint us. There have been and will be many more situations that we will get upset over. BUT we have the promise of God Almighty that if we are a called, saved, sealed child of God that truly loves the Lord then all these situations and circumstances are working for us. These things will somehow and some way eventually work together to make us better Christians and to give the Lord all the glory. Amen! I love the Word of God and all it’s promises. Now, let’s notice our text verse for today. Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. So many Christians today find themselves surrounded by dead religion. Sadly they are raising their children in this dead religion and the children grow up thinking that this deadness is what God is all about. These wound up in this dead religion because someone back down the line was offended. Somebody became all upset and tore up over some little situation. They walked out from under the truth and life of the light and eased over into the shadows of the field. Over a period of time they eased out into the darkness little by little. Today they are confused and miserable in a place of dark dead religion. Our verse says it well. Oh how sad to witness such pitifulness as this. Dear friend, be careful that some drama of life does not cause you to forget Ps. 119:165 and Rom. 8:28. You may be upset today but tomorrow the Lord may reveal the light of the situation. Lean on the truth of God’s Word, it will never let you down. Otherwise, you may just find yourself wandering in the darkness of dead religion. Amen.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Proverbs 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
No matter what your agenda is for today, you will be faced with circumstances and situations. Decisions have to be made in these times. Even if we decide to ignore the situation at hand then we have made a decision. Please note that ignoring the issue will not cause it to go away. Even though the right decision many times is that we should not act but wait upon the Lord to do His work. We must realize that He does not always choose to physically use us in a situation. Many times the most faithful thing we can do is wait upon the Lord. If we allow patience to do its perfect work then we will behold the powerful plan of God right before our eyes. And then there are those times that a physical action is required of us. We must have faith that the Lord will empower us to handle the situation with wisdom. As a Pastor I am required of the Lord to make action in many situations and circumstances. Many times I wish I could just ignore it and pretend like the problem is not there, but this would be actions outside the will of God. Notice our verse states that we must seek to handle the matters of life wisely. We must seek the Lord’s wisdom in order to understand the situation. When it doesn’t make sense, turn to God. If we apply God led wisdom then we will experience “good”. The Lord has a sovereign and present plan and oh what glorious power we can experience if we just let Him work in the situation. Our verse encourages us to trust the Lord. Many times the best thing to do is just to give Him the reigns and sit back and ride. And then other times we are required of the Lord to act and act now. The most important thing is that we act wisely. Listen to His voice of guidance. Trust Him! And then we can enjoy the wonderful asset called “happy”. Happy means to be blessed. Amen! …and Amen! So seek to handle that situation wisely my friend.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, …
Those of us who are saved and assured in Him have that unexplainable desire within us to want to fellowship with other born again believers. Today’s churches are missing a very important ingredient of bonding and closeness. That ingredient is fellowship. Without the true fellowship of believers the church will become a gossip station for all the busy bodies, a hindrance by those who are addicted to the world and its toys, and a community gathering for those that feel the so-called obligation to be religious. What the church was originated for is no longer what it is used for…what a shame. The church was initially created to bring believers into a fellowship of worship with the Lord as well as a bonding relationship with one another. We meet together as believers alike and in one accord with one thing in mind and that is to draw closer and to know more about the Sovereign God of the universe who gave His life upon Calvary for the remission of our filthy sin. Those believers who so choose to allow other worldly things to keep them from this fellowship gathering called church will always find themselves struggling with their salvation and will always find themselves at a distance from the other believers. You see if you only came home to your spouse once a month then your marriage would suffer due to lack of bonding. Friend, don’t make the dreadful mistake of thinking that fellowship among the Brothers and Sisters in Christ is not that important. It is extremely important! We need one another. A church family that is close to one another in fellowship will be close to the Lord in faith. If your church attendance is frivolous then you can be assured that your faith will be just as faulty. Amen!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Yesterday we were right here in some of these same verses. We looked at the assurance we have of getting relief from our burdens if we would bring them unto the Lord. He did not say He would remove them but He did promise relief; “I will give you rest”. Our daily burdens may seem cruel and un-needed, but in reality they are great assets of growth and wisdom. So, let’s leave the thought of our burdens and entertain the word balance. We see a great big example of that word here in our text for today. The Lord says; “take my yoke upon you”. He is referring to the yoke that is of an ox. This is a wooden bracket that fastens around the neck and across the shoulders of the ox and then the other half of the bracket goes around the neck and across the shoulders of another ox which stands beside the first ox. When these two are yoked together then you have one yoke of oxen. These oxen were used to plow and pull. They would plow the fields and prepare the ground for growing and many times they were used to pull carts that carried goods to others. Most of the time one of the oxen would be an older, well trained and experienced ox. The one that was yoked to him would be a younger inexperienced ox in training. The younger ox would many times have other things on his mind other than work such as going back to the barn, but he was yoked to the master ox and where the master ox went then he had to go too. He could jerk and pull in attempt to escape the yoke, but he only would accomplish rubbing himself raw and weary. My friend that is us. The Lord wishes and wills for us to be yoked to Him. His yoke is not of bondage but of freedom. His yoke is that of balance. If we are yoked to Him then we are forced to be balanced. We put up with so many different cults and beliefs of religion today because many are unbalanced. We have those that pull away from the Lord in their own belief of salvation believing that salvation is hinged totally upon man’s move toward God. This is unbalanced! Man does not move toward God for salvation. God reaches out to man. Then on the other end of the spectrum we see those who are attempting to live under the strict law of man attempting to mix it with grace. These are miserable. They do nothing but roam to and fro in great bondage while this other crowd of liberals are running wild in believing they can save thousands of souls and receive great reward for snatching all those from Hell. My friend, this is the repercussions of unbalanced Christianity. We must be balanced. We must be yoked to the Master. If we are connected to Him then we will plow in His will and we will carry the loaded cart of grace where He carries it. Right in the middle of all this unbalanced religion is balance. Right in the middle of liberalism and legalism is Lordism. Have you ever noticed that when you hang a picture you have to put the hanger in the exact middle of the frame in order to make it hang level. That hanger in the middle will balance the picture so that the beauty of it can be enjoyed and experienced by many. Friends, let us be yoked up to Him so that we may all enjoy and experience the beauty of His sovereign, saving grace. Amen.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Life can be bewildering at times. Yesterday may have been great with no issues that tore your nerves up and then today the bottom fell out of your bucket. Isn’t it amazing how drastically things can change from one moment to the next? But many times we are guilty of allowing our reaction to the situation to overtake us. Here we have a verse today that will give us advice and wisdom that can tremendously help us with this thing called life. Notice first that we are directed to the times that we are heavily burdened. Now burdens are real and here to stay until we translate to our Heavenly home. There are several verses here in chapter 11 that directs us during times of burden. Matt.11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Are you burdened about something? Is there a situation or a person weighing heavy on you today? Then our verses here are just for you. If we are burdened then He said to “come unto him”. We must be bold enough in our faith to go straight to Him with all our burdens. He promises to give us rest from the exhaustion that this burden is weighing upon us. Notice though that we are not told that He will remove the burden. We somehow have convinced ourselves that if we will bring our burdens to the Lord that He will get rid of them completely and we will never see or hear of them again. That is a lie of the Devil. The enemy wants us to think that so that when we go to the Lord with our burden and He does not remove it then we will lose faith and be discouraged. The Devil wants us to think that God is not able to carry our burden and to help us with surviving this trial. BUT we have scripture that assures us that the Devil is a liar! Our burdens are for a reason friend. Those burdens will teach us great and mighty things about God’s grace and mercy. Those burdens will grow us and mature us as Christians. We must learn to not be trying to escape the situation too fast. First and foremost, carry that burden to the Lord. Go tell Him all about it. While you are with Him, ask Him for relief from its heaviness. He has promised to give you relief from this stressful weight. And then ask the Lord for wisdom to handle this burden in a way that His will can be accomplished as soon as possible. That’s what we need…relief and wisdom! So, that lagging you are doing will not fix the problem and it sure is not going to make the burden any lighter. Run to the Lord and call unto Him. Ask Him for relief and wisdom. He promised! Amen.