The Daily Nugget
Monday, November 24, 2014
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
As Paul the Apostle opens up this chapter he addresses himself as “the prisoner of the Lord”. This title should not be taken as a bad thing but rather as a position of honor and privilege. When he refers to himself as a prisoner he is making a bold announcement of his commitment to the Lord’s service. Paul had firmly committed his life to the Lord Jesus. As we remember his salvation experience that is recorded over in the book of Acts, we can recall how boldly the Lord birthed Paul into the family of God. Well my friend, our call into the family of God was just as bold. Oh how thankful we should be for the transformation the Lord performed in our life. He saved our wretched soul from an eternity of damnation! Praise the Lord!! As we live this life here on earth it is easy for us to get overtaken with the cares of this world. We must learn to have a well balanced life. While we do have many worldly responsibilities that must be met, we must not allow them to totally dominate our life. We must be committed to the Lord. We must not forget that He is the real reason we are here. We must be very careful not to allow the cares of this life to dominate our time. Our verse goes on to explain how we should take time to serve in the Lord’s work. “I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called”. We must pause today and ask ourselves this question. Am I walking worthy of the position the Lord has placed me in? The Lord has saved my wretched soul from Hell, am I fulfilling my position as a born again child of God? Are there enough fruits in my life to prove that God is good? Are there enough fruits in my life to prove that God is faithful? Oh me! Paul is reminding us here to not live a life of selfishness. Don’t be so self-centered dear friend. Be determined to be a blessing to someone else. This self-centered generation is so indulged in themselves that they rarely think of anyone else other than themselves. These last days are no doubt considered the generation of self. Dear friend, take time each day to encourage someone else. Take time to be a blessing. We must take regular inventory of our life to make sure that we are walking worthy of our calling as a child of God. Amen.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Psalm 119:65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
Here we have one of those verses that gives us a load of life knowledge. Godly wisdom and knowledge is a must in order for us to live righteously before the Lord. If we plan to do right then we must know what is right and what is wrong. As a child is being reared up in a christian home it is our responsibility as their parents to correct them when they are doing or about to do wrong. We warn them of the wrong and many times we recite to them why it is wrong. And also there are times that we insert the wisdom of God’s Word as a seal of the command. You see, the Word of God is the base of all knowledge. If we need an answer to our question then we can be assured it is in the Word. As children of God, we too are warned by the Lord of wrong doing and even warned ahead much of the time. With all due respect, the Holy Ghost is our righteous parent. Notice our verse; Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. The Lord does not just deal with us, He deals with us according to His Word. Oh dear friend, the Lord is not some raging out of control parent that deals with us unjustly. He always deals with His children righteously and justly…according to His Word. The next verse goes even deeper into our subject. Ps 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. Oh how we so desperately need the wisdom of God. We live in a society today that worships secular education as a god. Yes, education is a good thing, but when it becomes an ultimatum over Godly wisdom then much pain and misery is to follow. If only parents would spend as much time and effort preparing children for eternity as they do preparing them for their earthly future. Many parents demand their children to go to college. They spend tens of thousands of dollars and force the child into something that they despise. And all along this occupation was not even close to the will of God for the child. Dear friend, the most vital thing we can teach our children after they are saved is how to listen for the voice of God. We must teach them that all decisions must be evaluated through the will of God. The first of ten commandments teaches us to not put any other gods before God. We must be careful not to put the demands of man ahead of the commands of God! The Psalmist asked the Lord to teach him “good judgment and knowledge”. As we begin our day we must pause and plea with the Lord to lead us in the paths of righteousness today and to give us the wisdom to follow the path. My friend, there is much misery to reap from veering off the path. Many Christians run their self crazy trying to find the will of God for their life. The problem is that the Word never tells us to LOOK for the will of God. The Word teaches us to LISTEN for the will of God. Amen!!