Archive | June 2019

Joel 3:14 ” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”

As defined, The Day of The Lord is a significant period of time described as a day of wrath, distress and anguish, trouble and ruin,  darkness and gloom for all mankind.  Isaiah 34: 2-8 describes The Day of the Lord as God’s judgment against the Nations…or His ultimate intervention in the affairs of His people.  For in the Valley of decision, mankind won’t have the option to choose anymore.

Hebrews 10:26-27 ” If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

God’s divine viewpoint is true truth.  It is the redemptive revelation, or saving truth we receive when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  But God’s truth is also uncomfortable, and makes us squirm as we face the unlovely parts of our life.  So it’s much easier to water down and bend God’s truth than to change ourselves.  That’s why we’re warned in II Peter 2:20, that when those who know Christ but then become entangled and overcome by sin are worse off at the end than when they were at the beginning.  For there’s only one form of the truth, and when we intentionally embrace half-truths to make ourselves feel better…it’s still sin.

Lamentations 3:31-32 ” For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.”

When it comes to our relationship with God, it’s man that proves to be the unfaithful party.  For God’s merciful kindness towards us is everlasting and forever.  In Isaiah 54:7 it says, “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”  So when you’re going  through sorrow and you don’t feel God near…remember that His deep loving compassion for you can only but gather you back up in His arms.

Deuteronomy 32:39 ” See now that I Myself am He! There is no god besides Me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of My hand.”

The well-known quote, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” came from American baseball legend, Yogi Berra.  Now it may have originally meant the outcome of a Divisional baseball game…but we can also apply it to our journey through life.  Isaiah 46:4 tells us, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  Both Scriptures speak of our future in Christ with that simple word – will.   God will sustain, rescue and heal us…for as long as we have breath, God will take care of us.   So our journey called life isn’t over,  until God decides it’s over.

Luke 6:45 ” The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. “

The old saying goes something like, “Whatever’s in the cup will spill out.”  And it’s really true!  When life shakes you, out of the abundance of your heart emerges either good or bad.  So it’s so important to remember the advice given in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  In other words, the source / or the starting point of all good or evil within you… is your heart.

Psalm 119:161 ” Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at Your Word.”

Jesus reminds us in the Gospels that just as He was persecuted, Christians all around the world will be unjustly accused.  And as evil domination snowballs…so will injustice towards those of the Christian faith.  For it’s not a matter anymore of if, but of when…for the world is becoming increasingly more brazen and emboldened in its attack of what once was considered sacred and off limits.  But just as David declared to King Saul… the Lord is our only judge and it will be Him that will vindicate and deliver us. ( I Samuel 24:14-15)

James 2:8 ” If you keep the royal law found in Scriptures, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’, you are doing right.”

To love your neighbor as yourself,  is an excellent example of unselfish love.  It’s a love that isn’t contrived, plays favorites, or is narrow-minded simply because the person don’t look or act like us.  Jesus Christ patterned this unselfish love for us… always looking on anyone He encountered with love and mercy.  And since the Lord has shown such great mercy towards us…how can we not show this same mercy to others?

Ezekiel 33:11 ” Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ “

God does not desire nor does He delight in the eternal damnation of the wicked.  He has given all of us a free will to chose our own actions and behaviors, but in this verse God is imploring us to reconsider our choices…and sadly, the consequences that come along with them.

Revelation 3:3 ” Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent.”

What was John telling the Church in Sardis they needed to remember?  It was the Gospel Message…the Good News of Jesus.  We should never discount or dismiss the wonder-working power of the Gospel.  For within its message is the Holy Spirit at work in hearts and minds.  And when we hear and receive the Good News, it’s then our responsibility to obey and repent.  For true repentance is a moral reorientation of our soul…a acknowledging of the error of our ways and a turning towards truth and righteousness…of turning to God.

Job 41:11 ” Who has a claim against Me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to Me.”

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (Psalm 24:1)   So look around you today…God has made everything you see, smell, touch, hear, and taste.  And He is under no obligation to anyone for this creative work.  For God is totally and absolutely self-sufficient.