Archive | February 2015

Psalm 112: 7 ” He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

Who’s report will you believe today?  The Doctor’s grave news, or the promises of your Lord?  The sad account from a family member, or the unfailing mercy and love of God?  Fix your eyes on Jesus, and the certainty of His trustworthiness.

Psalm 112: 5 ” Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.”

Fairness and honesty are rooted in God’s character and ought to be emulated by His people everyday.  Our dealings with others should be morally right and generous, especially to the poor and down-trodden among us.

 

Psalm 112:4 ” Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

Bad things come to the righteous…we are not immune from sickness, suffering, and lawless acts, for we live in a broken world.  But we do need to always remember – that despite how dark and miserable things may be…the dawn will bring with it new wisdom and enlightenment for our weary souls.

Psalm 112: 1 ” Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands.”

To stand in awe of the Lord and all His glory is motivation enough to live a godly life before Him.  To find that inexpressible joy and comfort within His Word is once more motivation to follow Him.

II Chronicles 7:14 ” If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The Lord is calling us to a higher place… a deeper place with Him.  He’s  tired of us playing Church and acting so spiritual one day a week, only to behave badly the other six. He’s wanting Christians to take a stand around the world, and to boldly proclaim His Name.   The Lord wants only the very best for us, but until we  get rid of our arrogance  and return to the God of our Fathers, our country… our world,  will continue down this path of destruction.

Matthew 6:21 ” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Where are your riches stored up?  Are all your desires and affections towards the things of the world, or is your heart right before God…passionately desiring Him first and foremost in your life?  Your heart lies where your treasure is.

Matthew 6:20 ” But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Our real reward awaits us in heaven… and whatever your concept of heaven is, it will far exceed what you can ever imagine.  Jesus spoke about earthly wealth as a way to help the poor among us and in doing so providing ourselves with heavenly riches.  As He told the rich young ruler…”If you wish to be truly obedient,  Go, Sell everything, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”