Saturday, April 21, 2007

Look well to thy herds

Pro 27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
Pro 27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
Pro 27:25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
Pro 27:26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
Pro 27:27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.


These verses tell us to look well to our work and we will have enough for our household and those that are dependant on us. And if we do NOT look well to our work, we cannot expect riches to last forever. And if we are fortunate enough to have inherited riches, we cannot expect them to last from one generation to another, unless we tend to them.

We are to "look well" to our work. "Look well" to our resources. Don't waste them. Don't fritter them away. Yet, don't hoard them. We can't take them to heaven! We have to use them well. Sometimes that means saving, sometimes it means giving. It rarely means spending on things that profit us nothing.

Excess baggage

Gal 6:14-18
(14) But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.


I think this is a lifetime undertaking. To be crucified to the world, while still living in it. It is a great goal, but not something you can say once and just be there. I keep slipping back into the flesh. It is hard not to glory in accomplishment. Yet man is only vanity. It is the cross that stays.

(15) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.


We are new creatures, but we are still dragging old baggage along with us. Every now and then, we succeed in leaving a piece of it at the cross, but we are still dragging bits and pieces of our worldliness around with us. if we live long enough, and keep leaving bits and pieces of our baggage at the cross, maybe someday we will really be crucified unto the world, and sanctified.

(16) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
(17) From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
(18) Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen


I should let no man trouble me, for I bear the mark of the Lord Jesus. Some will try to trouble us. We can't be troubled. We are sealed.

So, I just read what I wrote, to see what God is telling me. (I asked Him to open my eyes to the scripture and I ask Him for a word for you, and I asked Him for a word for ME.) He is telling me to keep dropping my old baggage, just let it go, and glory ONLY in the cross. I wonder if He has something specific in mind, or if it applies to progress.

Am I something?

Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Gal 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden


I have never been able to figure this out, how we should bear one another’s burdens, yet three verses later it says every man shall bear his own burden. The first burden in verse 2 is the word “baros’ in Greek and means “load or weight”. The second burden in verse 5 is the word “phortion”, which in Greek means “task or service” So in verse 2 it says we are to help each other with our loads, or problems, and in verse 5 is says we are each to do our own work. I wonder why they didn’t use different words when they translated it? the Greek words were different.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Don't be deceived!

2Co 11:1-3(1) Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.(2) For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.(3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

I understand what Paul is saying in these verses; more now than I did a few years ago. Many people start out believing, and then Satan starts working on their minds and they are deceived and they walk away from what they knew.
Satan does not attack unbelievers. They are no threat to him. It is God's people that he works on. He is trying to destroy God's work. He knows he cannot win, (read the end of the story!), but in bitterness he does all the damage he can while he still can. Just like any jealous and hateful person you know, even if they cannot take what you have, they will still do all they can to damage and hurt.
Satan's best work is to cause people to drift away from God. When people are apart from God, they lose a LOT of blessings, and they do not increase the kingdom of God. So, Satan is able to damage both the person and the kingdom.

We don't have to let it happen! Stand fast in Christ.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

As occasion serve thee

1Sa 10:6-7
(6) And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
(7) And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
(9) And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.


Verse 7 is where the rubber meets the road. To have the confidence to know the Lord is with you and to do as the occasion serves. Even if we are not led to prophesy, we have to learn to do what the occasion calls for, with out second-guessing the Lord.
How many times I have failed to pray for someone, although I felt I should. I don’t know when God is with me; I don’t know when He is leading me to do something and when I am in my own strength.
It is important for us to learn to discern the Lord's leading. We are missing too many opportunities to serve our Savior, because we haven't learned to hear His voice.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Caution

1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1Co 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1Co 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.


It says they all ate the same spiritual meat, which for us is the Word of God, and they drank the same spiritual drink, which is the Holy Ghost and they were all followed by the Rock which was Christ. But they did not all reach the same conclusion.

We all read the same bible, we all carry the same Jesus within us, and we all seek the same Holy Spirit, but we do not reach the same conclusions. What’s up with that? With many, God will not be pleased. How can we all be fed from the same resources and wind up at different ends?

1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Co 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
1Co 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
1Co 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1Co 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.


Paul said the ends of the world were come on them of Corinth. Surely we are closer now than they were then. So these warnings are even more critical. There are preachers that preach peace and security and they would have people be calm and secure in their salvation, not fearing anything. But, Paul says right here, “let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” I don’t think we should be quite so complacent as some are.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The measure of a man

1Co 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

This is the way we should measure all men. Not by their speech, but by their power.

Praise

Read this out loud for yourself, slowly. It’s a prayer. When you finish you will have rejoiced and praised God. And you will want to read it again!

Psa 66:1-20
(1) Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
(2) Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
(3) Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
(4) All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
(5) Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
(6) He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
(7) He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
(8) O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
(9) Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
(10) For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
(11) Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
(12) Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
(13) I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
(14) Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
(15) I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
(16) Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
(17) I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
(18) If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
(19) But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
(20) Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

If THAT doesn’t put you into a spirit of worship, you aren’t listening! It was a blessing to me this morning.

Justified

1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.


And there is the greatest praise of all. Verse 11. such were some of you, (me actually), but I am washed, I am sanctified, I am justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Praise God.

I cannot undo my history. It is done. I am already condemned to die. I will die for stealing, for fornication, for covetousness, for drunkenness, for reviling. I am dead. Even if I could get away with the one sin, I have several others to seal my sentence. I am still walking, but my sentence is already passed. I am just like the man in prison, waiting for the death penalty to be carried out. There is no parole for good behavior. I am dead.

But then there is verse 11. Praise God, I am forgiven. Jesus died. Jesus went to the death penalty. I am washed clean. I am alive! I want to stay clean.

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
1Co 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Walking

Psa 73:21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
Psa 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
Psa 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.


You know how a toddler walks along with the parent, barely able to reach Dad’s hand and he hangs on to one finger cause his hands are so small, and he trots along trying to keep up? That’s how I feel walking with God.

Psa 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
Psa 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
Psa 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psa 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
Psa 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

When God rose to judgement

Psa 76:7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
Psa 76:8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
Psa 76:9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.


“The earth feared and was still when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek”. We are not often afraid of God, because we depend on His love and tenderness. But the earth fears and stands still when He comes to Judge. What if we did not number ourselves among the “meek of the earth”? What if we were the object of His anger? That would be something to fear.

Monday, April 2, 2007

4-2-07

Psa 72:11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.
Psa 72:12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
Psa 72:13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
Psa 72:14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.


We don’t know how poor we really are. We have enough to eat, we have a roof, we have plenty to wear, we have extra to buy the things we want. But we are so very poor. We have NOTHING with which to buy a passage into heaven. We have NOTHING to take with us to heaven. We have NOTHING. We are exceedingly poor. All our diamonds are just coal.

But our King shall deliver the needy and the poor. In Christ we are as rich as ever we need to be. With His blood we have all the heavenly riches we need to buy that passage into heaven.

But, here and now, we haven’t a penny to buy that blood with. I don’t care how hard we work, or how much we save, or with what skill we manage our finances, we will still not have even a fraction of the price needed to buy the blood that gets us through the gates of heaven. Praise God the blood is free!!! Free! And there is no use trying to buy it. It is not for sale. It is Free. Free as only the King can make it.