Archive | January 2018

Mark 4:34 ” But when He was alone with His own disciples He explained everything.”

Jesus taught the crowds that clamored around Him with parables…but when He was alone with His disciples, He would explain the meaning behind them.  It tells us in Mark 4:10 that, “When He was alone, the Twelve and the others around Him asked Him about the parables.”  Reading about God from some author isn’t the same as being alone with God yourself.  Solitary time with God and His Word enables you to ask those tough questions you’re confused about.  And as you probe deeper into His Word,  that alone time with God becomes even more important…for it’s then that He can teach, edify, and exhort you.

I Chronicles 16:23 ” Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.”

If you had never heard the Good News of Jesus…where would you be today?  It’s a very sobering thought, and for many of us, we’d probably be dead.  Now whether it was spiritual or physical death, we’d all be doomed to spend eternity in hell.  But instead, someone brought us the Good News…proclaiming deliverance and victory over the guilt and punishment of sin.  And so we stand here today, forgiven and set free.  So why wouldn’t we want to proclaim His salvation to others?

Nehemiah 9:16 “But they, our forefathers, became arrogant and stiff-necked and did not obey Your commands.”

Stiffed-necked…that’s quite a word picture in my head!  When your neck is immobilized by a cervical collar, you can’t swivel your head independently without moving your whole body also… for you lack the flexibility and capacity to turn.  When we’re stiff-necked towards God, we’re unwilling to turn away from sin…refusing to listen and heed His Word.

Philippians 1:3 ” I thank my God every time I remember you.”

When the Lord brings to mind a person…what do you do?  You may say to yourself, “I haven’t touched base with that person in a long time, I wonder how they’re doing…and leave it at that.  But have you ever thought that there’s a reason the Lord laid on your heart that individual?  God wants you to do two things.  The first is to pray, thanking God for them and asking for His Will to be done in their life.  But secondly, He wants you to contact them.  We are to love one another, and your encouragement may be the very thing they need that day.

Revelation 3:7-8 ” These are the words of Him Who is holy and true, Who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.”

Jesus Christ is that open door, sacrificing His life in order to make a way to God.  And it’s only through His death, burial, and resurrection that we have this open door of faith that we can freely walk through. The final sentence in these Scriptures states, “See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.”  This has to give hope to all that have been praying for a lost love one.  No one can shut this door on them.  This open door of hope will always be there…standing wide open to welcome them in.

Galatians 1:15 “When it pleased God…”

How many times have I put God in a little box…expecting Him to behave in a certain manner, showing up and fulfilling His duties, only to see Him move in a completely  unexpected and surprising way.  That’s when all my welled planned out intentions are blown out of the water and I have to admit again…He is God and I am not.  God’s Will isn’t up to me, nor do I have any control over it.  It’s God that chooses when, where and how to move…not me.  My job is only to be flexible and submissive when He throws me a curve ball.

John 11:7-8 ” Then He said to His disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judea.’ ‘But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while ago the Jews tried to stone You, and yet You are going back there?’ “

The disciples thought Jesus was confused and making a mistake for wanting to go back to a place where He had almost been killed.  But where they were coming from was a very incorrect and sorely limited understanding, perception, and interpretation of just who Jesus was and what He could do.  Psalm 18:30 tells us that, “As for God, His way is perfect.”  Nothing that God has done or will ever do is a miscalculation or blunder.  His Will in your life is faultless, flawless, and correct in every detail…and His timing is always perfect.