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Ask God what to do!


Ask God what to do!

March 31, 2011

"For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me." Psalm 22:16,17

Have you ever been so alone that even your bones have become your only friends and are depending upon you for answers? Too bad we can't claim them individually on our taxes! Have you ever been so afflicted that you felt forsaken by God? Here, David is in that place. He was crying out to God through what is known as one of the Messianic Psalms, Psalm 22. These psalms give us comfort because we see that King David was just a man like you and I, subject to tears and fears, subject to the excruciating pains from within his heart and mind when he felt abandoned and without hope. His petition is asking God what he should say to his bones that stand waiting so long for his help. It might have sounded like this, "David, this is your feet, how much further do we have to walk? David, this your heart, I'm scared, are we going to be ok? David, this is your knees and your spine, how much longer do we have to pray?" They were all in concert petioning David for answers that David couldn't provide for them. So David cried out to God. Have you ever been there? Surrounded by your enemy and surrounded by the questions that your own physical self so required an answer for? David was there and we are fortunate to see this and take comfort in our times of suffering.

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ." 2Corinthians 1:5 Take comfort in Jesus and His word. He is our consolation!

on May 18 2011

Repentance is a Necessity!

08:07 am ~ Repent

May 18, 2011

"From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of the lusts that war in your members? James 4:1

Do you know that there is a war within each of us, spirit vs. flesh? Paul said in Romans 7:23, "But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members." So where does sin come from? Sin originates from within and repentance is an absolute necessity in this lifetime to be more than conquerors over the wages of sin, which is death. Charles Haden Spurgeon put it this way, "Do not fall under the notion that the necessity for repentance is over. I have heard it said that repentance is merely a change of mind. I wish that those who so speak had undergone that change." In other words there is more to it than just a change in mind with words, there are actions required or as the book of James tells it, these seven steps to repentance that must be taken. These seven steps are found in James 4:7-10 and they are, 1. Submit yourself therefore to God. 2. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 3. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. 4. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners. 5. Purify your hearts, ye double minded. 6. Be afflicted and mourn, and weep, let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 7. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up.

Yes, there is a war within for each of us and this war leads to our captivity to sin, but repentance is when we turn our back on sin and sin no more! These seven steps will help us defeat sin everytime and allow us to partake in the gift of God instead. Although the wages of sin is death The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 6:23 We have the option to choose death or life. Choose life today! Takes these seven steps of repentance for sin.

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on May 5 2011

Priority is preference!

11:36 am ~ Priority

May 5, 2011

"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over the ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance." Luke 15:7

Priority is preference! What I mean is, priority is what is most important to us. When we view things from this viewpoint then we can understand why God rejoices over the one, more than the ninety and nine. God is not willing that any should perish, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2Peter 3:9 God's priority, or preference is that all effort be placed upon the repentance of the lost sinner. Jesus came to seek and save the lost and whenever one lost person repents, all of heaven rejoices! Jesus tells us more about his preference through the story of one woman in Luke 15:8 "Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?" If our preference is toward God and the things of God then we will place high priority on what matters most to him, and that is the soul that has repented of their sin. Likewise as it is the highest priority for a soul to repent and turn to Jesus, it was for this woman to find the lost coin. Listen to what happens when she finds it, "And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost." Luke 15:9

Jesus says to us, Rejoice with me! For I have found what I came to seek for, the soul which was once lost has turned from sin and is now saved from their lost ways! Rejoice in the Lord, set his preference as your priority today!

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on Apr. 25 2011

After easter, what's next?

11:46 am ~ Ready

Be Ready!

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called faithful and true, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war." Revelation 19:11

On Easter Sunday Jesus ascended and we all celebrated in rememberance and honor for our King. The one who died and was raised again to live, even Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Faithful to this we are, always remembering to do this every year so that we give honor to Jesus and so that we can remind ourselves of the power of God to fix our lives and make us alive again, just as it happened to Jesus, but what happens next? From Easter to Easter do we remember that Jesus is coming back? We don't know the time or the day, but Jesus is faithful and true. Let me remind you today that Jesus is coming back! The Second Coming of Christ to the earth is a faithful saying and true. If we truly desire to honor Jesus we will remember this and watch and pray each day. In Mathew 25:1-13 it tells us of ten virgins that were watching for the Lords return, and like these ten we wait to hear his cry on high and at the midnight hour he will come and just like the ten virgins, five will be ready and five will have a sad sigh, because they were not prepared for his return and they had no oil in their cup, then he came, as we read here, and then the door was shut. Remember Jesus is coming back! You can make sure that your ready by having all that you need to shine your lamp, and shine brightly as you wait for his return.

It's the day after Easter and what do we do next? Continue to have our lamps filled and continue to prepare our life for the work that he has called us to do. We continue to watch and pray as we wait for that midnight hour so that we will be awake and alert and ready to go forth to meet the bridegroom. He is coming soon! He is faithful and true!

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on Apr. 22 2011

Listen to His Voice!

03:59 pm ~ Listen

April 22, 2011

"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 show thee things which must be hereafter."

HEY!!! HEY!!! EVERYONE LISTEN!!! This is what a trumpet might say when it talks to us. Very loud it can be, but really, doesn't it have to be this way? What will it take to get the attention away from us and our world so that we might focus on Jesus? The blowing of the trumpet is not a new thing. Hosea 8:1 tells us to set the trumpet to our mouth! and Jeremiah 6:17 reads "I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, we will not hearken." Revelation 1:10 reads, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet." How much louder does it have to be before we will listen? In the days of famine and difficulty turn to Jesus, hear his voice, and focus all of your attention on him. Jesus is sending us all a message with the conditions of the world right before our eyes. Can you see it? Does the trumpet have to get any louder than this? Will we all hearken to his voice and receive him in our life today and begin to work together to get things done?

Some might say, "What's the use? Everything is too far gone!" While others might say, "What can I do? I want to help!" For those that say, "What's the use" the trumpet will only get louder and for those that say, "What can I do" they have heard the trumpet and will see the Lord!

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on Apr. 18 2011

Cleaving to Jesus!

06:05 am ~ Stay close

April 18, 2011

" Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.” Deuteronomy 13:4

Well, it is one thing to believe in Jesus, and an entirely different challenge to cleave to him as you believe. To walk after Jesus is to walk in his footsteps, to do the things that he did, such as having compassion upon the multitudes and preaching the word wherever we go. To cleave to him is not only walking the walk and talking the talk, but it is to stick to him and adhere to his words. We are to be like glue that is stuck to our Master. We should obey and serve despite how the world views us. Love for the world always works to separate us from Jesus, so we always have to be on guard and not allow anything in this world to keep us from loving Him. If we are sticking close to Jesus then we will never be separated. The command to cleave to him is for our good so that our enemy who desires to sift us like wheat does not devour us. Why be so heavenly minded, so zealous for God, and so close to Jesus? Because the devil wants to separate us and pull us apart from God in order to serve him.

It has been said, All we like sheep have gone astray, this happens because just like sheep we keep our heads down instead of looking at Jesus and cleaving to Him, we forget to ask ourselves, where am I, am I cleaving closely to Jesus today?

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