Archive | December 2017

Matthew 6:27 ” Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “

In our minds,  we’d love to have it…the perfect Christmas, complete with bells and mistletoe, gifts and family.  But it usually doesn’t work out that way, and in the weeks leading up to Christmas stress takes over and we find ourselves focused on the wrong things.  We’re worshipping the problems by worrying…we’re devoting ourselves to a crazy schedule out of desperation…and we’re putting up on a pedestal the to-do list only we think must get done.  Quit fretting and stewing over the small stuff…Christmas will happen with or without every detail being done and it will be perfect in its imperfect way.  For if you think about it…there has been only one “perfect” Christmas…and it happened in all places –  a cow shed.

Micah 3:8 ” But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.”

The OT prophets had it pretty rough.  They faced rebuke and persecution from all sides, especially when their message was the total opposite of what the people wanted to hear.  So where did this boldness come from?  How were these mild-mannered, many times even timid men able to stand before Kings and High Priests proclaiming God’s Word?   It was the Holy Spirit within, enabling them to go boldly into battle for the Lord.  Are you brave enough to pray the prayer the Apostles did in Acts 4:29?  ” Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.”  Boldness empowered by the Holy Spirit will change your perception.  For you’ll no longer have your limited vision, but God’s.

Psalm 107

I urge you to read this Psalm sometime today…for within the 43 verses, you’ll see yourself portrayed somewhere.  For this passage tells of those who wander and are lost.  It tells of being in desperate situations…places that invoke  feelings of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.  There are the lost – those who are wandering alone in the wilderness.  There are the guilty – those who are slaves to sin and full of shame and self-loathing.  There are the fools – godless ones being deceived by the world.  Finally, there are the tossed – those who have been battered by life’s storms.  But in all these situations, when they cried out to God for help, He answered.   So despite what you’re going through today… God is there,  ready and willing to help you.

Hebrews 7:17 ” For it is declared: You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

There are many similarities that have been written about Melchizedek and Jesus Christ.  From Psalm 110:4 it says, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”   This King Melchizedek of Salem (early Jerusalem) was also a High Priest…combining both the kingly and priestly duties and later gaining Jewish respect as an ideal Ruler.  In Hebrews 5:6 it tells us that Jesus is the Great High Priest called of God…but He is also the King of kings and the Lord of lords…and Ruler over all.  Jesus is the supreme King and Priest…ruling with justice and compassion.

Acts 26:18 ” I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”

In this verse the Apostle Paul, (then called Saul) was describing his conversion on the road to Damascus.  The Lord’s commission to Paul then was simple…Go, uncover the truth, and open blinded eyes.  The Lord commissioned him as a servant, (a bringer of light and confirmation) and a witness, (a minister of the Word of Christ) to both Jew and Gentile.  But if we think about it, as Believers, this commission applies to us also.  We are all called to tell others about the Good News of Jesus.  The easiest way to do that is to share your testimony…your personal story of how Jesus came into your life and how now your life has been changed forever by Him.

Psalm 143:10 ” Teach me to do Your Will, for You are my God; may Your good spirit lead me on level ground.”

God is the source of all truth… and the starting point of gaining this knowledge is the fear of the Lord.  And as we learn to trust God, the closer we are drawn to Him and His love.  Finally, as He shepherds us, we are lead to safe ground…a stable and unchanging foundation where we can build our life and hope upon.

II Chronicles 31: 20-21 ” This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s Temple and in obedience to the Law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”

King Hezekiah sought God’s ultimate plan and purpose in his life.  He did what was right in the sight of the Lord and followed His Word carefully.  It says that he sought the Lord wholeheartedly in all he did…and in doing so, he blessed many and in turn was greatly blessed by God.