- 2019Jul 18
Do you know Him?
Thought- Do you know Jesus?
Scripture- “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” -Revelations 19:16
Insight: As we see the world devolving right before our eyes into deeper chaos, political upheaval, divisiveness and hatred, and with global catastrophic events unfolding with seemingly more and more frequency, we must ask ourselves a simple question: What is going on? I believe the Bible is clear that before the return of Jesus to the earth a second time, humanity will experience the birth pains that precede his arrival. Mark 13:8 says “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.” I am not going to discuss those signs and predictions in any more detail, I will leave that to the experts in Eschatology, but I do think it is critical to ask yourselves a very important question: Do you know Jesus? Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior? The Bible says He can show up at any time. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 says “for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” For those who have rejected Christ or turned away from the salvation He freely offers, the end times on this earth will be treacherous beyond anything we can imagine. Maybe you should rethink the value proposition of denying the deity of Christ. You wouldn’t make a bet in Vegas where the best you can do is tie, but if you lose then you lose everything. That is what those who reject Jesus are betting.
So, with all of that in mind, here are a few things to consider when pondering just who Jesus is and what He accomplished the first time He walked on the earth for a mere 33 years and why you might want to follow him as your personal Lord and Savior. No one has ever done anything close to what He did, because no one else was God in human flesh, come to earth to offer us a lifeline for our sins and to fulfill the scriptural predictions of the Messiah as foretold by the Jewish prophets of old.
- IN CHEMISTRY, HE TURNED WATER TO WINE.
- IN BIOLOGY, HE WAS BORN WITHOUT THE NORMAL CONCEPTION.
- IN PHYSICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF GRAVITY WHEN HE WALKED ON WATER AND THEN LATER, ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN.
- IN ECONOMICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURN BY FEEDING 5000 PEOPLE WITH 2 FISHES & 5 LOAVES OF BREAD.
- IN MEDICINE, HE CURED THE SICK AND THE BLIND WITHOUT ADMINISTERING A SINGLE DOSE OF DRUGS.
- IN HISTORY, HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE FIRST AND LAST, THE ALPHA AND OMEGA.
- IN GOVERNMENT, HE SAID THAT HE SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, AND PRINCE OF PEACE.
- IN RELIGION, HE SAID NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM.
- HE HAD NO SERVANTS, YET THEY CALLED HIM MASTER.
- HE HAD NO DEGREE, YET THEY CALLED HIM TEACHER.
- HE HAD NO MEDICINES, YET THEY CALLED HIM HEALER.
- HE HAD NO ARMY, YET KINGS FEARED HIM.
- HE WON NO MILITARY BATTLES, YET HE CONQUERED THE WORLD.
- HE COMMITTED NO CRIME, YET THEY CRUCIFIED HIM.
- HE WAS BURIED IN A TOMB, BUT ON THE 3RD DAY HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND HE LIVES TODAY.
His name is Jesus, do you know him?
Prayer- Father God, may the Holy Spirit fall on the earth and give those whose eyes have been covered by the enemy the eyes to see clearly the truth of who Jesus is and why He is the only hope in the World. Let our prideful rebellion fall away and let us acknowledge that all human wisdom has failed and that only the wisdom from you God will prevail in the end, through your Son, whom you have given all inheritance to. We pray in the power of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord and Savior. Amen!
- 2019Jul 16
Thought- If Jesus needed it, we all need to find quiet time alone to pray and meditate on God’s word.
Scripture- “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone.” –Matthew 14:23
Insight: Sometimes if we are not careful, we can let the busyness and noise of the world drown out the still, small voice of God who is trying to speak with us (1 Kings 19:12 NKJV) but are we too busy to hear? Do we seek solitude to sharpen our ability to hear or do we mindlessly run from task to task all the while thinking our busyness is a sign of productivity, instead of the burnout it is leading to? In this always “on” world of communication and noise, if we are not careful, we can find ourselves cut off from real communication with God, which requires us to be in a posture to hear Him when He speaks. It is easy to be like a kid trying to run up a descending escalator that at first seems fun, but then over times leads to peril and fear as we need to run faster and faster just to remain in the same place until we eventually collapse from exhaustion.
Jesus often retreated to lonely places to pray (Luke 5:16) so He could renew His energy and restore His strength. Obviously if He needed to then how much more do we? Don’t let the busyness of the world keep you from an intimate conversation with God. Instead, find a quiet place for you to go and pray where you can take in the wonder and amazement of all that God has done and is about to do in your life. Let the awe of it all transform you from deep inside you so that the chaos of the world is overwhelmed by the peace and the beauty and tranquility that God intended us to live in, and which can be felt deep in your soul. Make sure amidst the swirling chaos that you don’t miss it. Find alone time and invite Him in to be present with you and to give you the peace we all so desperately need.
Prayer: Father God, give us the desire and the discipline to carve out quiet time alone with you so that we can hear your beautiful, sweet, still small voice that we all need to hear. Help us to find the alone time, the quiet time we need with just us and you Lord. Help us to make room for you in the deepest part of our hearts and in our souls. We need you just as much today as ever before. We pray in Jesus name. Amen!
- 2019Jul 12
Us or Him?
Thought- Is it all about us or do we do what we do so God is glorified?
Scripture- “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” – John 17:1
Insight: I must admit to myself that many times I want the recognition for the good deeds I do. I lacked parental affirmation as a child from my father, so I seek it from the Father. How silly is that? God knows all of my good deeds, but He doesn’t need to affirm me. I should be content knowing that He is pleased when any of His children obey the scriptural teachings, most of all because they bring blessings to us. It is plain wrong to seek glorification for ourselves at the expense of God getting all the glory for anything good we produce in His name. He alone is worthy of all the praise and without Him, none of what we accomplish would have any eternal value. It is because of and through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can accomplish great things. We should be forever content that we get to share in the same power that raised Jesus from the grave (John 14:12) but we should never try to steal the glory that rightly belongs to God alone. I have struggled with wanting to share in God’s glory many times, but I am learning to simply trust that He alone is enough for me and a content heart is my reward.
Prayer: Father God, help us to be content in knowing that we get to share in your inheritance and not seek your glory on earth for our good deeds. We pray for strength in Jesus name. Amen!