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Checking IN 1/30/09 (1510est)

January 30, 2009

It looks to be a busy weekend and, while much is on my heart; even while typing out this brief update, I’m not sure as to how soon I’ll be able to get out here. (Hopefully Saturday evening; although it will be very late) Being on second shift makes for time during the day, but this week has also been hectic. To me, it’s just another sign of the times as told of in Daniel 12:4 and while none of the obligations are negative in nature, most of them fall into the catagory of temporal. This is an age of unprecidented distraction and in these latter years, the enemy has made full use of the state of technology to keep folks focused on the temporal. We can saturate our ambience with input to the point that one can effectively insulate themselves from anything that they don’t want to see or hear. For example, witnessing in the streets in complicated by the number of folks who, in times past may have been open to dialogue, but are now constantly on a cell phone.

Time is running out on this age and yet, as we see the end approaching like a freight train, many have constructed an elaborate cocoon of comfort that filters out anything that would rock their world. Music, games; a plethura of entertainment options and interests that serve to keep them from pondering such issues as “if tomorrow never comes, where will I be?” I’m reminded of the recent Christmas dinner that my wifes employer held. This one guy was playing the video game “Guitar Hero” and demonstrated his talent for those at the dinner. He was so skilled at playing this game that my first thought was “This guy has spent a lot of time playing this.” A great deal of time and effort invested into something that isn’t real. There’s something very sinister about these games that are becomming increasingly interracvtive as a person can become consumed by a pseudo reality. The whole world is being lulled and conditioned to embrace a way that will appear good, but be very very wrong.  And there is a definable spirit associated with Guitar Hero.

I shouldn’t single out video games. A person can become consumed by any number of distractions; be it gambling, material acquisitions, fantasy football, a neverending list of home improvement projects, blogging, (note to self) golf, tennis, professional improvement to the point that it consumes them, and what have you. Last night as we were leaving the plant, CR offered up an observation about the various managers. Many of them seem to be all but married to their positions at the plant to the point that they could honestly say “AAM is what I am.” The number of hours that they are required to dedicate to the company is astonishing. Yet AAM is nothing more than a company whose fortunes are tied directly to General Motors and the perilous circumstances surrounding the big three are well documented. Isaiah 31:1-3 comes to mind as I think of how many have placed all of their hopes on the institutions of this world.

Speaking of AAM, I must get ready for work. Actually, I was just coming out here to check in and keep the blog current. Sorry for taking off down a rabbit trail. There’s much on my heart at the moment, but time is in short supply. Please keep Morgan and Dustin in prayer as an incredible spiritual battle is underway. Souls are in the balance. The stage is set for the final moments of the age to unfold. The glorious return of Jesus Christ is at hand. May the Lord grant each of us an understanding of just how serious this is and what’s at stake. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

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January 31, 2009 (1530)

Hello again. I just found a link that might be of interest, called:

WOE UNTO AMERICA

It actually would fit in better with the previous post as it discusses the perilous stte in which the United States finds itself. Word cannot relay the lateness of the hour or the perilous situation in which we find ourselves. Every saint must draw close to Jesus and FROM THEIR HEART let go of every entrapment; even to the point of loving not their lives in this world. This isn’t an option; we must ensure that our affections are solidly upon Jesus and the world to come.

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The Word I’m Looking For (Episode II)

January 26, 2009

This continues the pondering of certain verses containing the single appearance of a given word in the King James bible. It’s not an exhaustive listing (such a list would be exhausting) but is intended to bring to light a number of notable verses that share this characteristic. And so this installment begins with a passage that probably one of the top ten most sobering passages in scripture.

AFRESH

Hebrews 6:6 “If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

I do believe that a person can reach a point of no return, but if one does reach such a point, they will never again have a desire for the things of God. It is, without a doubt, a serious matter to drift away from the Lord Jesus and it can take place without our even realizing it. Usually in tiny increments that don’t register from day to day, or even year to year. If fellowshipping in a lukewarm setting, the drifting can go on unnoticed until one is at the point of being ready to die. A person can unwittingly leave their first love while their Christian facade remains intact, or they can venture into more obvious forms of iniquity. While I should save this for my testimony (which I must finish one of these days) I had a prolonged season where I was in a backslidden state. It didn’t happen overnight, however, in hindsight, I can identify all of the ingrediants that were in my life which led to several years in a very compromised and defeated state.

Carnal mindedness, mixed with spiritual pride is a recipe for disaster and when I returned to Constantine in 1989, stagnation began to set in. Soon the entertaining of thoughts which ineveitably led to the acting out of those thoughts. All of this led to a lengthy season that I would prefer to not think about. And yet, a lot of learning came as a result of that season. The dangers of not separating from the world, feeling that we’re beyond stumbling, and failing to “keep our hearts with all diligence” are very real to me. So while I really wish that I had never entered into such a dark season, I often wonder if it actually prevented a much more dangerous situation down the road. A state in which a worldly form of godliness becomes so ingrained into ones life that they can no longer receive the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit.

In either March or April of 2004, the Lord brought me out of this state in a way that only he could have done. One night while I was out here surfing the internet, I came across the address of my church in Norfolk Virginia. They are still in the same storefront building that I remembered from years before. That night, while laying awake in bed, I began to remember the old paths. I began to ponder the days when I was close to Jesus and actively involved in street ministry. I found myself embarking on a journey of rememberance; the saints in the navy, the saints in san Diego, the hour back in September of 83 when I came to Jesus, and everything that had taken place since. I found myself asking the question posed in Jeremiah 8:6 “What have I done?” The next day, while driving to work, I completely repented of the past several years, asked the Lord to begin fixing the colossal mess that I had created, and promised to never let such a thing happen again. The Lord was faithful as he always is. A complete restoration; beyond anything that I had ever known before.

There is one more thing that needs mentioning. Before I was saved, there were certain wicked things that I had no problem doing. Yet during the backslidden state, there was like a “barrier” that prevented me from returning to everything that made up who I was before coming to Jesus. It’s as though the Lord, in his mercy, was preventing me from slipping past a certain point. I didn’t understand this until after the season ended, but it kept me from falling beyond a certain point. I should also mention that, in the days following the restoration I wrestled with doubt quite a lot; thinking that I had gone too far. One night, II Corinthians 7:11 hit me as it reveals the fruit that stems from true repentance. Well I didn’t plan to go into all of this, but this series of posts is forcing discussion on some things that I could easily avoid. I thought about skipping over the word “Afresh” since this is not an exhaustive list. As soon as the thought entered my mind, however, I knew that I was supposed to include this word as well. But now, I can move on, and what a word to move on to.

AGONY

Luke 22:44 “And being in great agony he prayed more earnistly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

It’s so imperative to remember how great our salvation really is. We can become dull of hearing and cold if we don’t consistantly visit Calvary. I cannot imagine what this must have been like for Jesus. The disciples had fallen asleep and he knew what was at the door. For the first time in all of eternity, he would be separated from the Father. He would be given into the hands of sinful men and be beaten so severely as to be beyond recognition. He would be humiliated, mocked, and nailed to a tree by those who didn’t believe on him, as he took upon himself the sin debt of the entire world. I regularly pray for a greater revelation of Calvary. I’m convinced that even a lifetime of increased revelation could not reveal the fulness of just how incredibly great our salvation is or a full grasping of what Jesus went through to redeem us from everlasting death.

Well I’ll close for now as I must head off to work soon. In going through all of this, I’m reminded of just how awesome Jesus is. He could have called ten thousand angels, but didn’t. And because of the obediance of one, eternal life is offered freely to “whosoever will.” What an incredible blessed hope. As we get this deep into our hearts, nothing of this world will rattle us. Our time here is ever so brief and after this, forever with Jesus. I just checked and noticed that the LAST TRUMPET NEWSLETTER for February is posted. There’s the link. Until the next time, I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

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Ephiphany Came Softly

January 22, 2009

The other night, while driving home from work, (I’m still adjusting to a second shift schedule) I heard a preacher on an AM station who was discussing a planned event for the latter part of May. The saints of that fellowship are planning to spend three days, shut up inside the building, fasting and seeking the L0rd. The desire is to shut out all distractions from the world, set aside personal agendas, and with one accord, seek the Lord Jesus. To hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches as 2009AD plays out before us. Upon hearing this, I was both rejoicing and discouraged. Rejoicing that a body of saints is this focused upon the things of God and discouraged in that such an event should seem so out of the ordinary. Kind of like when we read in the book of Acts and then ponder the current state of the church. 

Today we have more information at our disposal than any other generation. It’s possible to become caught up in the endless chatter; both from the world and from those proclaiming the gospel, to the point that we unwittingly allow the continuous stream of input to replace coming before the Lord and seeking him in all sincerety. We must turn off our personal spin-machines, diligently search the scriptures, and seek the Lord Jesus who is always as close as the mention of his name. To understand of the bigger picture, receive true discernment in this deception-rich environment when sound doctrine is often discarded in favor of an agenda, and to know the will of the Lord for our lives. We cannot follow from afar; depending on teachers or the institutions of logic, and expect to be properly prepared for the events unfolding before us.

Ephesians 5:17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

This is not a post that was planned, but the urgency of this seems to be mounting. The preacher on the radio, caused a reflection on my part as to just how little many of us, including myself, seek the will of the Lord in all sincerety. We have a plan, we have a career, we have a multitude of excuses as to why we must continue doing what we’re doing. We reason amongst ourselves, settle for a form of godliness, and conform to each others expectations instead of striving to be more like Jesus. We can remember the days, when we were first born of the Spirit; how many outside of the household of faith didn’t understand the transformation that had taken place. As we begin to draw closer to the Lord, an increasing number of professing saints will likewise not understand, and we’ll find a diminishing number of venues where we seem to fit in. Yet we need to be close to Jesus; regardless of what others are doing,  or we’ll be taken away by the array of deceptions that are coming upon the earth. II Thessalonians 2:3

Well, I’ll close for now. I know that this theme has become routine, but the importance of it just keeps coming up. We are all in need of increased understanding concerning these issues. The times that Jesus described as being the most perilous in the history of the world are upon us and we cannot navigate this on our own. More than ever, we must come before the Lord Jesus with thanksgiving in our heart and “hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

I Kings 19:11-12 “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind and earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”

I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

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JANUARY 23, 2009 (12:25)Hello again. I just thought to share this latest post from Michael Boldea:

AS PROMISED (Mike Boldea)

It contains a dream that the Lord gave him recently and the content should reveal to us all the need for us to be abiding in the Lord Jesus closely.

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This Was Your Life and A Gallon of Milk

January 19, 2009

This morning was one of reflection. (Actually yesterday morning as it is well after midnight) I found myself driving to church and asking the Lord for clear indication as to whether I’m in the right place or if I’m being over-neglegent in certain areas of responsibility. I’m troubled as those in my household that seems to just not understand the seriousness of the times and often pray the dangerous prayers such as “Lord Jesus, please do whatever it takes to wake them up.” I’m perplexed in that I have a burden to get into the streets on a more regular basis, but my life is so tied down by work and obligations at home that opportunities are scarce. And when I do get out, there’s the persistant feeling that I’m neglecting responsibilities at home.  On top of it all is the constant wondering if it’s even making a difference. We know that the word of God will not return void, even in the form of a tract that seems poorly written, but questions remain nonetheless.

This morning…er…yesterday morning, we had a missionary family in. Grady and Rebecca Pickins have been married for four years. A supernatural match that only the Lord could have arranged, as Grady told of how he proposed to Rebecca only nine days after meeting her. Prior to meeting each other in Cairo, both had been in the field for some time. Rebecca was in Africa for three years before going to Thailand for a year, and then Indonesia. Grady had been in Europe and in the middle east. Between the two of them, they have worked to spread the gospel in about fifty countries. They cannot be more than thirty years of age, however, from their testimonies and the stories shared this morning, it sounds like they have seen more in a few short years than most of us witness in a lifetime. They have two children, both of which were born in Jordan.

For the past two and a half years, they have been in Jordan, teaching and undergoing intensive training in Arabic which, from what I understand is a very difficult language to learn. One example that they gave was how some words are spoken, but are never written. Other words are only used in writing, and never spoken. It’s as though there are two arabic languages; one written and one spoken. Well, this fact, in and of itself would be enough to give me a headache. They are currently in the states (well DUH) and are preparing to head to Iraq where they will be long term missionaries training up disciples in that country. They will be residing in Sulainmaniya, a town southeast of Irbul with a population of almost 87,000. They are to be here long term as they plant churches throughout this area. Another notable fact is that the town is near the Iranian border where currently a lot of people are coming to Jesus. (I must have missed the CNN report) 

The entire morning was incredible as Grady preached a message based on John 8:32 while telling of the many complexities in this part of the world; even in Jordan. He told of the many souls who have come to Jesus and, in my heart Matthew 24:14 kept coming up. The entire morning was awesome to say the least. To think of all that Grady and Rebecca have seen and witnessed could have caused me to feel completely on the shelf insofar as spreading the gospel is concerned. Of all the tracts distributed and people talked to, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Yet I remember something that Richard once stated. It was along the lines of “we don’t have to see the results; we just have to be obediant. God gives the increase.”

 Of all the incredible testimony that came forth on the morning of January 18, the single thing that I needed more than anything else, had nothing to do with the middle east. As Grady began his presentation, he told of a time when he was twelve years old. He was with his mom in a supermarket when he noticed a booklet sitting on top of a gallon of milk in the dairy section. He began to take it when he thought to himself “no, that’s not mine.” Another voice reassured him “take it. It’s for you.” Well the booklet happened to be the tract “This Was Your Life”  published by Chick Tracts. He took it home, and subsequently gave his life to Jesus. A few years later, he was in a fuindamentalist bible college then he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. (He was asked to leave this college shortly thereafter and he went on to Rhema)

Because of a single tract, placed in a location that most people, including myself, would probably think to be inappropriate, Grady came to Jesus at the tender age of twelve. Today, he and Rebecca are preparing to head to Iraq for a long term stay. Only God knows how many lives have been touched, because of a tract, planted by a person whose name we will probably never know on this side. Words cannot tell how much I was in need of this encouragement. This afternoon, I relayed the story to CR and it seemed to be a piece of encouragement that he needed also. Truth can never return void and upon being confronted with it, a person is called upon to make a decision. Sadly, most tracts will land in places where they will never produce fruit, but the one that does will alter the very fabric of the everlasting as a priceless soul receives the truth that will make one free.

I haven’t ordered Chick tracts for a long time, but a particular one came to mind while I was listening to Gradys testimony. It features two demons who are assigned to keep a particular kid from going to church on a given night. Well the two demons blow it when they get caught up in watching a television program (lol) and fail to effectively distract the boy. He goes to the meeting, hears the gospel and gives his heart to Jesus. He eventually goes on to become an evengelist and millions of souls are born of the Spirit as a result. It’s been a long time since I saw it, but this is the basic outline. (I think I should order some)

Well, I need to go as it’s after2:00 am. The layoff is over and I go back to work on second shift tomorrow. Please keep Morgan in prayer as she came home tonight and her life is in turmoil. I am in need wisdom concerning this situation and walking in the Spirit is an absolute must. It’s often a very fine line between gathering and scattering and scattering is certain to be the result if I try to navigate this situation in the flesh. I’ve done enough damage over the years; especially during the season of rebellion. As we begin to grasp what’s at stake, the lyrics of “I Need The every Hour” take on a much deeper meaning. I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Mark 16:15-18 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

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The Word I’m Looking For (Episode I)

January 17, 2009

This begins another series of posts which will be unlike any previous series. As in the past however, the installments will appear every so often and not back to back. (Going back to back would hinder the free range of discussion) The word of God is beyond incredible and is as timeless as the author of our faith. For quite a while, I’ve been fascinated by those verses which contain the single appearance of a given word in scripture. For example, in the King James bible, “cognitations” only appears once, in Daniel 7:28, while the word “womankind” only appears in Leviticus 18:22. (and it should be the resolution of much debating that goes on these days)

This series is going to cover some of the more notable of these “single appearance words” alphabetically, along with an occasional word which has a second appearance. These will be in accordance with the King James bible and I’m aware that another version, or another language, would yield a much different listing. Nonetheless, it should be interesting. (I hope) Well here it goes starting with:

ABUSERS

I Corinthians 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

What a passage to open things up with. We live in an age where holiness is often placed on a back burner so to speak. I personally know of a lady who is living with a guy to whom she’s not married and is (or at least was) teaching sunday school. I remember Susan (Faithwalk) telling how there were professing christians at the auto dealership where she works, who don’t hesitate to deal in a shady fashion with customers. For years, we’ve heard of the ongoing debates in many denominations as to whether or not it’s ok to ordain homosexuals. There is NO PLACE IN SCRIPTURE  where this behavior is condoned and people are not born gay. It is a spirit that takes control of ones life. This is not the popular interpretation these days, but it’s the scripturally accurate one. To learn just how widespread this problem is in the church, check in to GCM WATCH every so often as the author monitors this situation.

ACCEPTABLY

Hebrews 12:27-29 And this word, Yet once more signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”

A whole lot of shaking going on and much more to soon follow. There seems to be a serious lack of reverence and godly fear these days; in the world and even in the church. We become comfortable and dull of hearing as soothing messages come from the pulpit; massaging the ears and maintaining the cashflow. How often does the fact that we will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ come to mind or enter into the discussion? At times, it seems to be rarely pondered and in  many instances when it’s brought up, the other party will agree but seem noticaeably uneasy about the subject. We should continually examine ourselves and our motives. Every idle word, every idle action, every hour parked in front of a television while souls are sinking for the last time, will be called into account on that day. May we all consider this and adjust our priorities accordingly.

ACCUSER

Revelation 12:10 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

The casting down of the one who made the earth a wilderness. The one who caused a third of the angels to leave their first estate and believe a lie. The one who has been the destroyer of untold billions throughout the history of the earth. This brings up something else that we should be aware of. The devil is so subtle that he caused a third of the angels to forgo their place in the paradise of God and follow him in rebellion. This is astonishing and lets us know that we cannot be too careful when it comes to keeping our heart with all diligence.  The verse following Revelation 12:10  should be hidden in the heart of every saint who understands the lateness of the hour.

Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

This is another situation that many of us fail to grasp the seriousness of. We may well be called upon to glorify the Lord Jesus through martyrdom. To think that our generation is somehow exempt from what every previous one endured is dangerous. This should also cause us to realize the importance of abiding close to the Lord as we cannot do this in our own strength. Stephen, in Acts chapter 7, was not standing in his own strength. The Holy Spirit empowered him and those listening could not touch him until his testimony was completed. No matter what we face in the days ahead, God is in control.

ADVANTEGETH

I Corinthians 15:32If after this manner of men I have fought the beasts at Ephesus, what advantegeth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink: for tomorrow we die.”

(Note: late last evening when writing this out, I accidentally neglected to place the above verse here before submitting. My sincere thanks to beyond blue stockings  for alerting me to this)

We serve a risen Savior. Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He shed his innocent blood and died for our sins. Three days later, he did what nobody had ever done before. he rose from the dead and is alive for ever more. Because he lives, we shall live also. This is our blessed hope and because of this, we shall abide in the presence of the Lord throughout the eons to come. Such ponderings cause one to realize just how temporal this life is and how incredible beyond description the age to come will be.

ADVOCATE

I John 2:1-2 “My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

An awesome passage with which to conclude this first installment. Jesus Christ, our high priest forver who ever lives to make intercession for us. Because we love the Lord and have the Holy Spirit abiding within, our desire is to live for Jesus. But if we slip, we can come to him in repentance and be forgiven. He was tempted in all points as we are and yet without sin. WOO HOO!

Well I’ll conclude for now. This series looks to be a lot of fun as verses come up that, in the normal order of things may never be covered in this venue. Without a doubt, II Timothy 3:16 and II Peter 1:20-21 are ever so true. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

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The Sea of Tranquility

January 14, 2009

In the twenty eight months that this blog has been in progress, Isaiah 26:3 has probably been referred to more than any other passage. It tells of Gods perfect peace that will be ever present as we keep our eyes upon him. A peace that and contentment that is complete in every possible way. A residing in this present world but living as an eternal soul; once lost but now washed in the blood of Jesus. Our season in this fallen world is but a fragment of time in an ocean of timelessness and our salvation is nearer today than it was yesterday. As this truth begins to manifest in our heart, our only desire to fellowship with and serve the Lord will rise to first place inour heart; leaving everything else; even the needful obligations of life, in second place.  The weights and sins which may have once caused contnual stumbling will just fall away, while the threatenings from this present world, regardless of their size, lose their ability to shake us.

I know that this post is almost a duplicate of many others on this blog, but this seems more needful than ever as many are following from afar which is evidenced in their conversation and decisions. The falling away is in full swing (Hebrews 3:12) as sin is rampant, compromise in exchange for unity is the trend (kind of like “land for peace”) and many are content to go through the motions of christianity while loving their lives in this world. It’s heartbreaking because those who are content to allow such things are lacking the supernatural joy of the Lord but don’t realize it. (I squandered several years in such a condition) To those in a state of compromise or lukewarmness, a life of holiness may seem to resemble a prison sentence instead of the wonderous liberty that we know it to be.  My prayer for such is that the Lord would grant them such a revelation of himself that they’ll be forever ruined to remain in a state of compromise.

When a person begins to know the peace of God and joy in the Holy Ghost, the former things lose their appeal. Even the interests that we often classify as neutral will drop to lower slots on our priority chart. In my case one such neutral activity was football. There was a time when I knew every player on every team and the standings of every team. Today it fails to move me as it has no eternal significance. A saint who plays the game has a great platform from which to be a witness for Jesus, but as far as the spectator aspect, the interest is gone. (And it has nothing to do with the Lions perfect season)  As we grow in Christ, the pure joy overflows and the things that we once filled our lives with give way to that which truly satisfies.

I John 2:3-5 “And hereby do we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”

Neither the fleeting pleasure of sin for a season, nor the exhileration of the worlds most treasured pastimes can compete with the peace of God that passes all understanding. The absolute contentment that defies our best attempts to explain it. (Perhaps this is why there are so many posts on the subject. None of them meet the challenge, including this one) A sea of tranquility when the world is giving us a thousand and one reasons as to why we should “be afraid…be very afraid.” Psalm 107: 9 reads “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Satisfied means “wanting for nothing else.” When we are made complete through the precious blood of Jesus, we are complete. It simply cannot be enhanced by the weak and beggarly elements. When we delight ourselves in the Lord, his perfect peace will be ever present and his grace will be sufficient for any situation that we encounter.

John 14:26-27  “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your rememberance. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” 

The old song, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” comes to mind here. So much turmoil we often go through because, instead of bringing everything to God in prayer, we hesitate until we find ourselves in a dire situation. A situation that, had we been abiding close to Jesus, may have either been avoided completly or if it was designed to be a trial of our faith, (I Peter 1:3-9) would have been in a place spiritually where we could face it without fear. Such trials are spiritual mile markers; we need them to know where we are trusting the Lord and where we are lacking. They reveal to us faults and pockets of unbelief that cannot be flushed out when all is smooth in the theater of atoms. This final passage is known to all, but I fear that few of us, including myself, attain to it as we should:

Matthew 6:25  “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for the body,what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than rainment?”

A question for us is “can we honestly say that we have reached this level of complete confidence in Christ?” I’m sure that many have, but I know that many have not and it manifests in their continuous concern over the events taking place in this world. When we grasp this truth, we’ll be in such a place that, even if we are at our wits end and cannot see where our next morsel is coming from, we’ll be at peace. Our pastor was recently talking about a man who started an orphanage in England during a much earlier time than this one. (I think his name was George Mueller or something close to this) On several occasions, they reached a point where there was nothing to feed the children. He would instruct to have the children seated in the dining area while he went in to pray. Every time, without fail, there would be sustinence. A baker would suddenly stop by with a bunch of extra bread, a man selling milk would appear with extra bottles, etc.

Matthew 6:33  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

I’m convinced that in the days to come, we’ll either have to arrive at a place where we are living in this realm, or we’ll be inserious danger of compromising for a morsel of bread. This past year has been one of financial strains for us and yet I found myself constantly acquiring more tracts; fearing not what the fallout might be from this expenditure. (or the wrath of Mrs. timbob who, upon seeing the boxes arrive, would often inquire “how much did this cost? We cannot afford this) My heart has become so desirous to take the gospel into the street as that I don’t consider the fear of consequences in this area. This may seem like a simple matter, but for me it became a spiritual barometer as in times past I would have been much more cautious. (Especially during the prolonged strike when we saw no resolution in sight and the future of the plant was in doubt)

Well, at the conclusion of the previous paragraph, this post had rambled up to a count of 1285 words so I’ll close out for now. Today, if we have any form of apprehension or fear in our hearts, it’s a sure sign that we must draw closer to Jesus. And if everything is well we still need to draw closer to Jesus. Regardless of where we are spiritually, we will always need to draw closer to Jesus. My prayer is that, every day, we’ll abide closer to the Lord than we did the day before and that our affections would be securely upon heavenly things. I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

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Creationicity

January 12, 2009

The very first verse in the bible tells us that God created the heavens and the earth. This means that everything from the most distant galaxy down to the tiniest sub-atomic particle was created by God. The second verse tells us of a time when the earth was without form and void, which begs the question, “how did this come about?” There were waters because the spirit of God moved upon the face of them. In short, the sequence of creation is absolutely astonishing (plant life existing before the sun and moon were created; this won’t be found in the curriculuim of the average high school science department) There was a heaven and a formless earth that had water but no light. I bring this up because I read a post earlier tonight at “Ye Are Gods” which ponders the question “how much time lapses between verse one and verse two?”  Here’s a link to the post as I’m interested in the thoughts of others concerning this:

THE AGE OF DINOSAURS: WILDLY MISUNDERSTOOD

The first time that I heard this issue addressed as a christian, was at a church in San Diego, about seven months after being born of the Spirit. Questions about dinosaurs and the fossil record continued to intrigue me until one morning Pastor Fisher (Wow; I remember his name) made a passing reference to this. He likened the earth to a used car. When one purcheses a used vehicle, they may find, tucked into some of the crevices, candy wrappers, coins, and other reminders from an earlier time. This single analogy marked the first time that I had heard someone offer up a coherant explanation on this. Issues like this are interesting to think on, however, scripture remains our primary authority. Anything that runs contrary to scripture is error; regardless of how logical it may appear.

The account of creation is far more fascinating than most of us comprehend. So awesome is the Lord who inhabits eternity and has created all things that are. He fills the heavens, and yet has the hairs on our head numbered. I’m curious as to the thoughts of others concernng the above link. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

Hebrews 1:1-2 “God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”