Saturday, March 14, 2020
Not where moth and rust destroy
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4
When Christ teaches you something about Himself, He implements it into your life through experience. As the crowds gathered around, Jesus chose to board Peter's boat and teach the people from there. All day long Peter sat in the boat listening to Jesus teach the multitudes. At the close of His discourse, Jesus allowed Peter to experience the reality of what He had just been teaching the crowd. The crowd had heard the truth, but Peter was to experience it. Jesus put His teaching into language a fisherman could understand. He told Peter to put out his nets into the deep water. Peter hesitated, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing.” He was tired. He probably was not expecting a dramatic encounter with God at a time like that. Yet, as Peter obeyed Jesus, he pulled in such a miraculous catch of fish that his boat almost sank! Peter was filled with amazement and recognized that he had just experienced the power of God (Luke 5:4—11). He learned that with a command from Jesus, he could do anything. Thus, Jesus was able to reorder Peter's priorities from catching fish to catching men (Luke 4:10). Peter's obedience led to a dramatic new insight into the person of Jesus. This was an invitation to walk with Jesus in an even more intimate and powerful way. God does not want you to merely gain intellectual knowledge of truth. He wants you to experience His truth. There are things about Jesus you will learn only as you obey Him. Your obedience will then lead to greater revelation and opportunities for service. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
Before this begins...read this passage.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21 NASB
Right now, my friends, please really look at your life, take your eyes off the world around you. Look at you for a moment will you? Where is your hope and peace found?
I have tried to share where mine is and have been met with hearing a disparaging remark of you have greater faith than I do.
Oh my dear reader it isn't that. It's just knowing through walking with Jesus that He can and should be trusted.
But I can't see where this is going! It looks so grim! There's no hope to be had!
Yes there is, if, interestingly enough you open your eyes.
But my eyes are open!
Not those eyes, your other eyes.
Jesus came into this world to open the eyes of the blind. To be the light of the world. Right now that light of hope is reflected through the lives of people who have put their faith and trust in Him for Salvation. There's light to be seen!
People are panicking and buying up massive amounts of supplies. Thinking that it's going to descend into anarchy.
I still have my hope in my Savior. Being prepared is one thing. Allowing that fear to drive you takes away your peace in the midst of it all.
I have seen what God can do in all sorts of situations. Does He allow disaster to happen? Yes. Is He always going to swoop in and save the day? No. Read in Deuteronomy. There are situations described where He didn't and wouldn't be stopping an act of evil. But He's an all loving all knowing God! He is supposed to save people! My friend there's much more going on than life saving. He is into life changing as well. He is also a God who must bring about the end of sin. He is bringing about this world into preparation for His return. Preparing it for the rest of Bible prophecy to be fulfilled. He, in all that, has never forgotten even one sparrow that has fallen to the ground.
I watch for His working in this world. Both near to me and far away. He gave us commands to be watching and waiting for His return. He spoke of us being able to understand the weather yet miss what He is doing or will be doing when the time is right for His return.
My dear reader open your eyes. Look around you. If you are in Christ, if you are saved, our Savior is both with us and is coming soon to get us. If you are living in fear, why? What has been holding you back? Do you really believe that God doesn't love you? That's the farthest thing from the truth! It matters not what has happened in your life up till now. When you believe in Christ, when you invite Him into your heart. When He is your Savior. All things are passed away, behold all things have become new. When His forgiveness happens and you ask Him to be the Lord of your life, He washes away all of the sins of your past. There may be worldly consequences to the sins of your past but in Christ you are forgiven and are now beloved by God. Then hope resides within you. Then fear can be banished from you.
Then the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. The Bible says so!
Today, as you find that all the sudden you have time on your hands and more time to think about life. Invest in what really matters. Turn to a life in Christ where real treasure is found.