Monthly Archives: September 2014

Getting Back on Track

Getting Back on Track

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.  Psalm 119:67

Every day it occurs; a vehicle or some form of transportation leaves its intended course.  The result is a crash, with many of these wrecks being deadly to the human passengers.   A car goes off the road, a train derails off the tracks, a ship or airplane goes off course.   Whenever the vehicle goes off of its intended path and direction there is damage, and trouble.  The loss of life, cleanup, and expenses are enormous.  The same is true concerning the path we take in our lives.  When we get off the path, we need help getting back on!  Going off God’s intended path for us is damaging, costly, and hurtful for us as well.  The Lord has given us clear directions for right and wrong, for Christian living as opposed to worldly living.

In the verse above you will notice the Psalm writer went astray and then affliction came along that got his attention.  In fact, after the affliction, he was better able to obey God’s Word.  Affliction has to do with distress, and difficult events that severely affect a person.  It would seem like all affliction is bad, but sometimes affliction can work out for the good!  Later on in the Psalm 119:71 he says: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The Lord allowed or sent the affliction to His servant so that the person wondering astray could get back on track.  What a wonderful God we have, Who is willing to help us get back on the right path.  May the Lord help us to learn from the moments of life we are given, (those abounding moments and those affliction moments), and grow closer to the Lord and to get back on or continue on the path that He would have us to go.

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The Night Will Come

The Night Will Come

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.  John 9:4

The perfect example of Jesus Christ can be applied to our lives.  Here He is teaching His followers that He is doing the work of God, the very moments in which they were witnessing and living together.  In His earthly ministry, the Lord used His time to fulfill the Father’s will!

We are encouraged to do the same as Christ.  He admonishes the disciples that a time will come when they will no longer be able to do God’s work.  A time will come when no work will be able to be accomplished.   The night will come.

In 2008, I came across this disturbing article with bad news that could eventually affect us.

“Several dozen Muslim nations are signed onto a Defamation of Religions resolution at the United Nations.  The resolution proposes to establish an international law that makes it a criminal act ‘to defame another religion.’”

This is aimed directly at Christians.  Anyone who is spreading the Gospel of Christ would, under this provision, be guilty of a crime against Islam.  The American Center for Law and Justice reports that the only religion named as ‘another religion’ is Islam.  Let there be no doubt what is happening.  There is a full court press on all fronts to create the tyranny in America that already exists in these Muslim nations.  “Christians, indeed all people who love freedom, should be standing up to oppose the forward movement of Islam.”

What Can I Do???  Serve Jesus today.  Give the Gospel today.  Talk to others about Jesus and His gift of salvation.  Go to church each service.  Encourage other Christians.  Help send missionaries around the world.  Serve in your local church this week.  Pray.  Give.  Go.  For Christ and with His Gospel.

The night on earth will come some day.  Now is the time that we serve the Lord, for the time will come, when Christians are gone and can no longer share the Good News of salvation!

Remembering His Life

Remembering His Life

“And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.” Mark 16:1

Another day of remembrance is here.  Every September 11, we will remember the shameful attacks on our country, the sacrifice of men and women responding to help, and the call for international action against terrorists.  It is a day our generation will never forget.

Many who lost loved ones in the attack or subsequent wars that followed will never forget.  Today we pause to remember their lives.  We remember the sacrifice, dedication, and spirit of those who gave so much.  We remember the husbands and fathers, the wives and mothers, the sons and daughters.  We remember their lives.  Some will bring flowers, others will light candles.

Despite the difficult times we have experienced as a nation, we are blessed to live in this great land of freedom.  The Lord has prospered and provided time and again for this nation.  The Christian foundation continues to guide the land, even as many are veering from the Biblical principles that the Lord has providentially blessed.  We have the opportunity to freely remember and reflect on days such as this.

Another day that we should never forget is the scene at the Garden Tomb.  The ladies who witnessed the Crucifixion never forgot the day they saw the empty tomb.

It was Sunday morning, the first day of the week when Mary, supernaturally the mother of Jesus and naturally the mother of James, Mary Magdalene, and Salome, also known as Mary the sister of Martha, along with a few others according to Luke 24:1, came to the tomb with items with which they were going to anoint the body of Christ.  He had been dead three days now.  They brought sweet spices that had a perfuming essence and quality fit for a King.  It was a gift that they brought to remember the life and death of Jesus.

Just days earlier, Jesus had been unceremoniously beaten in a courtroom, had his clothes stripped off Him, had a large cross to carry up a hill, was met with ridicule and mocking, had a crown of thorns thrust onto His head, had nails driven in His feet and hands, and was hoisted up vertically on that cross for all to see.  On that day, man attacked God in the Flesh.  Jesus willingly endured the shame and disgrace of the cross.

These ladies had watched and listened as Christ forgave his tormentors, as He cried out “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  They saw His blood dripping as they watched Him die.  He was taken off the cross, and Joseph of Arimathea begged for His body so it could properly be buried.

Now these ladies were reflecting on the life of Christ that had touched and changed so many people.  They brought these special items to honor His life and death.  When they got to the tomb however, the door was rolled away.  Christ was not in the tomb!  The angel told them in Matthew 28:5-6: “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”  Look, He is not where they laid Him for He is risen from the dead!  They came to remember His life and death, but now He was alive!  Jesus is alive today!  Hundreds of eyewitnesses saw Him following His resurrection. The gifts they brought to remember the life and death of Christ were no longer needed!

Every day is a day to always remember.  Jesus at Calvary and the amazing truth of His empty tomb are events we should remember as well.   Remember the life of Christ.  He is alive today!

If you have not done so, trust Christ for your eternal salvation.  The God of eternity, Jesus, offers to you the free gift of salvation.  He gave His life so you could believe in Him and have eternal life.  Would you trust Christ today?

If you pray to Jesus in faith, He will answer your prayer for eternal life.

Pray to Him:  “Lord, I know that I am a sinner.  I believe that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, and died in my place on the Cross.  He had no sin, yet He paid the price for my sin.  I believe He rose again from the dead.  Please forgive me of my sin and save my soul.”

Did you ask Christ for His forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation?  You may enjoy reading the New Testament book of First John.  This book will help you grow in your new faith in Jesus.

Give Me This Mountain

Give Me This Mountain

Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.  Joshua 14:12

Caleb is asking Joshua for a particular mountain in the Promise Land.  Caleb was a faithful man who served the Lord with Joshua and Moses in both the good times and the mostly bad times in the wilderness.  Before the nation of Israel was forced to wander the wilderness because of rejecting God’s will to go take the land, he was one of two faithful men who said “God has given us this land, let’s go take it.”  In spite of seeing the walled cities and large giants, Caleb knew that God had given them the land if they would simply go there and claim it. 

It is interesting that Caleb is now asking Joshua to give him and his family the very land that those giants lived in.  He and Joshua were the only ones not afraid – for they knew the Lord was with them.  Now Caleb and his family will live in the cities and houses of the very people his nation were afraid of!  The name of the city that he was asking for was named after one of the giants.  The city is given a new name after Caleb claims it.  Verse fourteen of the same chapter tells us why the Lord had Joshua give Caleb his request for this parcel of land: “Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.

God gave Caleb a mountain that most others said they could never have because of the fierce enemy.  Caleb, however, followed the Lord with his entire being.  We should be encouraged to do the same.  Caleb was a man of faith.  He believed God, and God rewarded his faithfulness.  In a poetic ending, Caleb was given the very land in which the feared giants lived.

We too have enemies that we will struggle with, but by God’s grace, you and I can see victory!  Trust the Lord in the difficulties you face today.  The Lord will reward your faithfulness tomorrow!