Tuesday, December 31, 2019
"There’s a natural spring that rises on the east side of the city of Jerusalem. In ancient times it was the city’s only water supply and was located outside the walls. Thus it was the point of Jerusalem’s greatest vulnerability. The exposed spring meant that the city, otherwise impenetrable, could be forced to surrender if an attacker were to divert or dam the spring.
King Hezekiah addressed this weakness by driving a tunnel through 1,750 feet of solid rock from the spring into the city where it flowed into the “Lower Pool” (see 2 Kings 20:20; 2 Chronicles 32:2–4). But in all of this, Hezekiah “did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago” (Isaiah 22:11). Planned what?
God Himself “planned” the city of Jerusalem in such a way that its water supply was unprotected. The spring outside the wall was a constant reminder that the inhabitants of the city must depend solely on Him for their salvation.
Can it be that our deficiencies exist for our good? Indeed, the apostle Paul said that he would “boast” in his limitations, because it was through weakness that the beauty and power of Jesus was seen in him (2 Corinthians 12:9–10). Can we then regard each limitation as a gift that reveals God as our strength?" Our Daily Bread for December 31st 2019
There are promises of God. Some may regard them as unfair. Or even limiting our choices. No...consider how you decide what is truth. You are not trying to consider if you are not sifting the information in front of you. God has said He has indeed put information in front of all mankind. Including the tribed on this world that have never seen technology or any advanced form of civilization. They will see it in their own way. In your life it's the same. God WILL show you truth, but as Scripture says it, it's up to you to accept it.
Believing people are indeed everywhere. Unfortunately like Scripture points out even Demons believe, and shudder. They have the fortitude to at least shudder at the power and magnitude of God. Humans, not so much. Believing doesn't get you very far. Trusting is necessary. Believing and trusting is like water. You can see it. You can't taste it, but you know it's there. You know it can quench your thirst. Here we are again with quench and thirst.
God has something in mind for many people with today's blog. It doesn't even seem to flow even to me. But as a man once shared about another man who had been resisting coming to Christ, sometimes it's only a missing piece that is needed to say yes to Jesus and open the door.
We all have limits in our lives. Not one person who has ever lived has had a perfect life. Not even Jesus? Do you consider a life where Satan is actively trying to kill you a perfect life? Do you consider how much evil was trying to beat Him into submission a sign of a perfect life? Being God and man, He knew the heart of every man and woman He met. How perfect do you think it was to know that much about every single person you would encounter?
His death was hardly a sign of a perfect life. His Resurrection certainly was though.
You will never find perfection in this life. We live in a sin cursed world. There is no climate change happening. There is preparations being made for one event.
The return of Christ.
The world, though sin cursed, obeys Jesus. It's making itself ready for the events in Revelation, Ezekiel, Daniel and other parts of the Bible.
The promise of His coming is the most important of promises. Because it applies to both believers and unbelievers. Both will immediately know He kept it.
Those in rebellion throughout the book of Revelation KNOW. Yet they choose their path.
You're hungering and thirsting. We all are. Putting your finger on the what is the problem.
What are you hungering and thirsting for?
Jesus spoke of a perfect peace. Not as the world sees it but as He offers it. The woman at the well understood it after meeting with Jesus. You too can understand it if only you would open the door of your heart and let Jesus in.
Quit searching for things in this world to fill that thirst. Joy is found in this life but often is short lived. Joy in Jesus is for eternity. It promises never to run out.
Think today on this last day of 2019. After midnight this year will be no more. After this moment of reading this, that moment will be no more.
God brought you to reading this blog because He knew you needed to read it.
Jesus loves you. He doesn't want a life separate from you. It's you who chooses a life separate from Him.
Come to Christ today. Open your heart today. Quench your thirst today.
Monday, December 30, 2019
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:5-8 NASB
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Saturday, December 28, 2019
I will not forget you! Isaiah 49:15
Egged on by my children to prove I’d endured years mastering the basics of piano, I sat down and started playing the C Major scale. Having played very little piano in nearly two decades, I was surprised I remembered! Feeling brave, I proceeded to play seven different scales by heart one right after the other. I was shocked! Years of practicing had imprinted the notes and technique so deeply in my fingers’ “memory” that they instantly knew what to do.
There are some things that can never be forgotten. But God’s love for His children is far more deeply imprinted than any of our fading memories—in fact, God can’t forget them. This is what the Israelites needed to hear when the exile left them feeling abandoned by Him (Isaiah 49:14). His response through Isaiah was unequivocal: “I will not forget you!” (v. 15). God’s promise to care for His people was more certain than a mother’s love for her child.
To assure them of His unchanging love, He gave them a picture of His commitment: “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (v. 16). It’s a beautiful image of God’s constant awareness of His children; their names and faces always before Him.
Still today, we can easily feel overlooked and forgotten. How comforting to remember that we’re “etched” on God’s hands—always remembered, cared for, and loved by our Father. - Our Daily Bread for today, December 28th 2019
For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10:18
It is common for all of us to seek approval for our actions. As children, we longed for the affirmation of our parents. As we grew older, we also valued the opinions of our friends, colleagues, and employers. At times, the esteem of others can claim such importance that it becomes our way to measure our worth as a person. But Paul said that he was not striving to obtain the approval of people. Some of his critics thought their criticisms could determine what he did. Yet these same people were praising themselves for their own opinions and behavior. They were seeking the approval of others, and they were receiving it. Jesus said that those who seek to gain the approval of other people “have their own reward”(Matt. 6:2–5). Paul, too, realized that achieving the praise of others is not difficult, but earning God's approval is a far greater accomplishment. The affirmation “Well done!”that Jesus received from the Father became Paul's goal as well (2 Tim. 2:3–5). Paul knew that self-approval is not hard to attain. Paul himself had once been pleased with his own life, until he came to realize that the righteousness he was so proud of was mere rubbish in the kingdom of God (Phil. 3:8). After his conversion, Paul understood that God's evaluation of his actions was what mattered, not his own opinion of himself. Whose opinion matters most to you? The commendation that matters most is the one that comes from God. The pleasure that your life gives to God should be your motivation to live righteously. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
I confess that for much of my life, most of my life, that the approval of others meant a great deal to me. It's exactly as Blackaby put it. We grow up craving it from parents, then are taught in some form to seek it from others in order to gauge our self worth.
Certainly this is the farthest from the truth.
I have told, rather flippantly, several in recent months of not caring concerning certain things in my life. It's not that I didn't care, I just didn't care.
It's not to attribute it to being unfeeling or truly numb towards situations or people, because it's not.
What is it then? It's that I think I am learning that the only one who's opinion matters, the only one whom I look to for approval, is Jesus. I don't need the approval of anyone else. In Revelation we read of Jesus, the faithful and true witness, saying "Well done". It doesn't read, "Well done. Based on the personal interviews of those who you knew in life plus my own recommendation..."
It means that only one person is the important one to seek approval from.
Paul got it right after learning it himself. Like Paul, it's taken most of my life to get it.
We all take cues from those around us. Of continuing a conversation or ending it, based on reactions.
Look at Paul's writing. He got past that really quick. He would rather let the truth be heard (since in those days the letters he wrote were read aloud publicly) than to try to spare feelings.
We have all read or watched settings in a courtroom. At times witnesses are pleading with the Judge to let someone go. Or when the bad guys are cornered into confession. Emotions run rampant when there's no where to go or when the truth screams to be told of how someone feels.
In the court of God, all men are found guilty of sin. Only those who have received Salvation through Jesus Christ have Him as their Defender in Court. The verdict is read. We who are relying on Him, stand at that moment. Hear the verdict of "guilty as charged". Then Jesus steps out from behind the table and says "Judge, this one is one of Mine. I take his place."
Think on that one scene very hard.
If you haven't received the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ alone, you will be trying to defend yourself. History records one of the greatest statements on that one point. "He who defends himself in Court has a fool for a client."
Jesus did all the work to save. He died and arose again. Sits at the right hand of His Father.
Our approval should only come from Him.
Remove and Replace. That's how you improve your life. Remove the things you do or things you have and replace with right actions and right stuff. Even if it means taking a loss on it. Scripture says 'cast away from you'. Other places say to burn it. Still others, to destroy it.
Take every thought captive.
This is a process. Not a destination.
Live your life seeking the approval of Jesus and you will find a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Seek the approval of others and you will leave Jesus standing and waiting.
Look at your life today. Look to see just what is really important. Because if your life is full of stuff that isn't, it means you are telling Jesus He's not that important to you after all. He died for you but this or that is more important. Watch your thoughts. As the movie quote goes your thoughts can betray you.
Seek a deeper relationship with Jesus. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.
Friday, December 27, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary.
And He shall be called...
Advocate - 1 John 2:1
Lamb of God - John 1:29
The Resurrection & the Life - John 11:25
Shepherd and Bishop of Souls - 1 Peter 2:25
Judge - Acts 10:42
Lord of Lords - 1 Timothy 6:15
Man of Sorrows - Isaiah 53:3
Head of the Church - Ephesians 5:23
Master - Matthew 8:19
Faithful and True Witness - Revelation 3:14
Rock - 1 Corinthians 10:4
High Priest - Hebrews 6:20
The Door - John 10:9
Living Water - John 4:10
Bread of Life - John 6:35
Rose of Sharon - Song of Solomon 2:1
Alpha and Omega - Revelation 22:13
True Vine - John 15:1
Messiah - Daniel 9:25
Teacher - John 3:2
Holy One - Mark 1:24
Mediator - 1 Timothy 2:5
The Beloved - Ephesians 1:6
Branch - Isaiah 11:1
Carpenter - Mark 6:3
Good Shepherd - John 10:11
Light of the World - John 8:12
Image of the Invisible God - Colossians 1:15
The Word - John 1:1
Chief Cornerstone - Ephesians 2:20
Savior - John 4:42
Servant - Matthew 12:18
Author & Finisher of our faith - Hebrews 12:2
The Almighty - Revelation 1:8
Everlasting Father - Isaiah 9:6
Shiloh - Genesis 49:10
Lion of the Tribe of Judah - Revelation 5:5
I AM - John 8:58
King of Kings - 1 Timothy 6:15
Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6
Bridegroom - Matthew 9:15
Only Begotten Son - John 3:16
Wonderful Counselor - Isaiah 9:6
Immanuel - Matthew 1:23
Son of Man - Matthew 20:28
Dayspring - Luke 1:78
The Amen - Revelation 3:14
King of the Jews - Mark 15:26
Prophet - Matthew 21:11
Redeemer - Job 19:25
Anchor - Hebrews 6:19
Bright Morning Star - Revelation 22:16
The Way, the Truth & the Life - John 14:6