Friday, October 12, 2018

Moses, an Old Testament Picture of Jesus

Moses, an Old Testament Picture of Jesus
Deuteronomy 18:15 
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen.

There are a number of ways in which Moses was an Old Testament picture of Jesus. Moses, with great power, led the children of Israel out of Egypt and out of physical bondage. Moses stood before Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go” (Exodus 5:21). Jesus, with greater power, leads people out of spiritual oppression and slavery to sin.  Jesus came “to proclaim liberty to the captives. . . to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18).

Several of the miracles of Moses is like Jesus’ miracles, most notably, the provision of bread in the wilderness which was called, Manna (Exodus 16:32-35). This miracle is comparable to Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-13). “When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, ‘This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!’” (John 6:14).

Moses was like Jesus in that he would intercede for his people. Exodus 32:11-13, 30-32 tells us that when the Israelites sinned, Moses was ready to plead to God and ask for forgiveness for their sins. Moses’ intercession was only temporary. Our Lord’s intercession is everlasting. “. . . But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (I John 2:1). Jesus is now “at the right hand of God,...interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).  Jesus “always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Moses was like Jesus in that he held intimate conversations with God.  “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11). Jesus had a relationship with the Father which was beyond compare. Matthew 11:27 says, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son.”

Lord, thank You for the Messianic Prophecy of Jesus through Moses.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Where is Thy God?

Where is Thy God?
Despondency and Depression are Tumultuous Emotions

Psalm 42:1-3 KJV

As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?  My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?  

There is a conflict that runs between our faith (spiritual realities) and sight (our human emotions). As we read Psalm 42, notice the psalmist struggling with some depression and the feelings of isolation from God. These emotions may have come from an absence of fellowship or discouragement from other believers, or by relentless unbelievers. Whatever the cause, these sentiments are real and recorded for our benefit. 

Some have assigned David to this psalm with his heart longing for the worship he knew in Jerusalem. He has left his home, the throne on which he ruled and now is fleeing from his son, Absalom, in great despair. Eating nothing because of his extreme grief and the bitter words expressed, his heart is overwhelmed. The Psalmist feels it is important to be honest with God about his doubts and struggles with a heavy outpouring from his heart. The writer is responding to the oceans of trials in which he seems to be drowning in and alleges that God is ultimately responsible for each turmoil.

Have you wrestled with the emotions expressed in this psalm? Has your soul been “cast down,” within you? Are you facing challenges at this time and want to rely on God to work in your life? Psalm 42 reveals the character of God and ways He will help you to “walk by faith,” when you are downcast, in despair and depressed. Remind yourself, “Hope in God, He is your help!” Give thanks to God for His saving power and His mighty hand working in and through your life. He is the Lord God of all Truth (Psalm 43:11). You can trust Him.

Lord, thank You for Your presences in my life.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Our Highest Focus

Our Highest Focus

                                                     Ecclesiastes 12:13 


“. . . Fear God and keep his commandments, because this applies to every person.”

Is there true satisfaction in the things of this world? Are some of man’s greatest and most notable achievements only efforts ending in emptiness and pride? It has been incredible what man has accomplished, yet God is rarely given the acknowledgment due to His name. The theme and purpose of the book of Ecclesiastes are revealed through the reflections and experiences of just one man, King Solomon. He was the wisest man that ever lived and declared he had seen everything “under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:14).  In his conclusion to the whole matter, Solomon determined that man’s existence was filled with futility and hopelessness. All that he had sought after in life, and in his pursuit of the real meaning of human life was meaningless.

The apostle Paul wrote about all he had accomplished religiously before he was confronted by Christ on the road to Damascus (Philippians 3:4-6). His conclusion, “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). Paul’s greatest desire was to: “...know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to His death;” (Philippians 3:10).  

Our purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy fellowship with Him. Because of the fall of man, fellowship with God has been broken and man struggles to find peace and joy. Only through faith in Jesus Christ, can purpose in life be discovered. To exalt God is to fear and obey Him while keeping our hearts fixed on our future home, heaven. His purpose for our lives enables us to experience true and lasting joy–––the abundant life He desires for every believer. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).



Lord, may my greatest achievement in life be to trust You and love You with all my heart.

Friday, September 21, 2018

No Confidence in the Flesh

No Confidence in the Flesh
Philippians 3:2-11 
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh...

Paul encourages the Philippians to worship God and have no confidence in their flesh. He gives a religious rundown of his attributes prior to salvation and refers to himself as being a righteous man, “blameless,” which was, useless or rubbish, compared to the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ. To know Christ was not an intellectual knowledge but it was to know Him through the experience of faith, “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). In trusting Christ, Paul was turning his back on Judaism and Phariseeism and then he literally, “suffered the loss of all things,” to gain Christ.

Paul desired a sincere personal intimacy and deeper knowledge of Christ. He realized the Supreme power of His resurrection, and the intense sufferings Christ had experienced. Paul was willing to suffer loss for the cause of Christ exchanging death for life while expressing and demonstrating a passion for the Gospel to those who were lost.

Are you resting in the hope of your salvation in a past event or in the power of the Gospel to convert sinners? Is your confidence in yourself because you think you are a good person? “All have sinned, and come (fall) short of the glory of God”(Romans 3:23). Does your life show distinct signs of a transformed life or are you living a false or dead faith (James 2:14-26)?  I pray that you truly know Christ and are living the Christian life by faith so that others may see the light of Christ and bring glory to His name.


Lord, may I put my confidence only in You.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dwelling in the Secret Place of God

Dwelling in the Secret Place of God
Psalm 91:1-2,14-16 KJV
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. . . He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

What does Psalm 91:1 mean, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty?” The Word of God says we are to abide in Christ (John 15). To abide means to be in a state of spiritual rest, regardless of outward circumstances. How near do we have to be in order for His shadow to fall upon us? As we draw closer in our relationship to Christ, we grow nearer to His shadow which is a metaphor speaking of His provision and cherished promises.

God promises He will answer our prayers and comfort us in times of difficulty. He promises to remain with us and protect us when we are troubled. Can anyone claim these treasured promises? No! They are promises only to those who “know my name” and love Him (Psalm 91:14). A personal relationship with Christ is required to have such special promises. We do not have to leave our responsibilities, or our relationships to dwell in the secret place.

Are you dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and do you abide beneath the shadow of the Almighty? The Most High God is Elohim, the true God of absolute authority and supremacy. To abide under the shadow of the Almighty is to be in the presence of El Shaddai, the ever-existent One, the One mighty to nourish, supply and satisfy.

Lord, I’m blessed to know Your name.


Friday, September 7, 2018

A Spiritual War

A Spiritual War 
2 Corinthians 10:4,5
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

In 2 Corinthians 10:4, the Bible speaks of fortresses or spiritual strongholds which hold people captive by the forces of evil. How can one dispel the satanic assaults that the prince of darkness promotes? Can a person demolish the influences of the evil one and defeat falsehood? Only by the Gospel, can one be rescued from the lies and deceptions of hell (2 Corinthians 4:3,4). 

Wrong philosophies, false teachings, and those that oppose the Word of God are the enemies of Christ. They are fortresses that seal off the mind, damage good reasoning, and assault one’s purpose in life. If we allow ourselves to be taken in by deceptive doctrines and distorted theories, we will find ourselves in a battle called, spiritual warfare. 

Be careful what you allow to influence your mind through books, articles, internet, etc. As a Christian, you should seek to keep your heart pure through the reading of God’s Word and sound teaching. To permit untrue ideas into your mind is dangerous and threatens your ability to view God correctly. “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). When the world tries to say, “There Is No God,” beware!

We are not instructed to fight demons or wage an attack on Satan himself, according to the New Testament, but we are called to dispute error with truth. Only the truth of God’s Word can conquer the fortresses that hold people captive, shattering the chains of sin and making them free  for eternity (John 3:36; 8:36-40).


Lord, may the influences in my life, help me to spread the Gospel of Christ.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Satan, Our Enemy

Satan, Our Enemy
Ephesians 2:1-3

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience...
James 4:4 
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

When attempting to work with women in addiction, one can see how hard Satan works to deceive, destroy and kill those that have been captured by his lies. My heart was moved as I entered a courtroom a while ago to see twenty to thirty men and women restrained by chains around their wrists and ankles. As they shuffled across the crowded room to their seats, their faces were unresponsive. They were then ordered not to have eye contact with anyone seated in the courtroom. While listening to the charges brought against them and then having the question posed,  “How do you plea?” the answer, “guilty” was quite overwhelming!

What a picture of the ugly chains of sin mankind has been shackled with throughout human history. A man has no hope without believing in the truth of the gospel; that Jesus did for them what they could never do for themselves. Satan has bound them with his lies and will utterly destroy them unless they believe in Christ and trust Him by faith (John 3:36). 

If you are struggling with the chains of sin my friend, trust Christ today. Repent of your sins and put your faith and trust in what Jesus did for you on the cross. The gospel of Christ is the truth that will set you free from the bondage of sin, and He is the only One who can promise eternal life to all who believe.  (John 6:47) “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.”


Lord, I put my faith and trust in You.