Friday, February 27, 2015

Do We Really Believe This?


Do We Really Believe This?
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 KJV
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Do we really believe what we say we believe? Do we endure the hardships of life and grow and bear fruit through those hard times? Are we secure in the fact that even though our physical bodies change, our spiritual life in Christ is renewed day by day?  We who have the immense privilege of knowing Christ, need not loose heart, quit or give in, for we who endure, gain strength by renewing the inner man daily.

Your troubles and trials, along with the pain and difficulties of life are contributors to your inner strength. It may well be in the trial of your physical life you will undoubtably be lead to find spiritual strength. You can and will endure not only when you hold in high regard the spiritual over the physical, but you will persevere when you value the eternal over the temporal.

What does eternal weight of glory mean? It means that we will have a greater capacity to praise, worship, serve and give glory to God more than ever before. The only suffering that produces this eternal weight of glory is that suffering which is for Christ’s sake and for that which honors Him. It doesn’t mean for every illness, or pain in life we suffer but the suffering which comes as a result of our Christian life, our commitment to Him that gains the eternal weight of glory


Lord, help me to see beyond the physical pain that I may praise and worship You with a passionate love, an eternal weight of glory.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Am I Captured by His Grace?


Am I Captured by His Grace?
Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The power that raises men and women out of the darkness and makes them alive in Christ is in the power of the Gospel (for by grace are ye saved.) Salvation brings spiritual life to the dead. Before we can experience the grace of God, we have to see ourselves as the sinners we truly are before a Holy God. What is this gift of grace Paul writes about? He says, it’s not of yourselves that you have salvation but that the gift of God is through faith in Jesus Christ. No works are involved in God’s gift of grace. Good works cannot produce salvation but are the evidence of His so great salvation ––a work done in you.

Have you been captured by His grace? John Newton, the great song writer and preacher of the gospel, wrote these words in his song, “Amazing Grace”–––“How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.” John Newton was a poor lost sinner, a wretch, as the song describes him, before the Lord captured his heart, on a storm tossed ship.  Picture John Newton’s experiences at sea, with the treacherous waves and frightening storms singing–––Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

Beloved friend, the story of salvation begins you to the foot of the cross, where grace covers all sin. Grace is a powerful force in the world and can save any sinner that will repent and put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. May you begin now to partake of His wonderful grace with your whole heart and from this very moment know the Author of grace, the Rescuer of your soul.

Lord, I know that I’m a hopeless sinner and need Your saving grace to rescue my poor lost soul.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

I Am Nothing Without Love


I Am Nothing Without Love
Read I Corinthians 13

We need to ask ourselves this question, “Are we loving?” That could be a hard question to answer. Maybe we should ask, “Are we patient? Are we kind? Are we trusting?” These types of questions are more a matter of the heart. How do we measure ourselves according to these qualities of love? The Word of God says, “If we don’t have love, we are nothing.” 

Jesus said in John 13:35 KJV, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Making the choice to love others is a command given by our Lord to those who would call themselves Christians. 

The Bible never defines love but describes it. Love is an action word and love is only love when it acts. The true Christian is one who loves when he is hurt, wounded, or taken advantage of with  out seeking revenge. Abraham Lincoln made a lot of friends and he also made some enemies during our great Civil War. Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, during President Lincoln’s administration was said to be; rude, explosive, dogmatic, and obstinate. Yet, Lincoln chose him for that particular job.

History teaches us though Stanton was rude and abrasive, he couldn't resist the patiences that Lincoln showed him. Stanton couldn't resist the non-retaliating spirit of the man called, Lincoln. Love forgives seventy times seven when it has been wronged.  Long suffering endures the insults and injuries of others and kindness pays them back only with deeds of goodness, and unfeigned love.

The night of Lincoln’s assassination, in the little room where the President's body was taken there stood Stanton. He was peering down into the silent face of the President in all its ruggedness and is reported to have uttered this famous remark, "Now he belongs to the ages." Stanton knew the kind of man President Lincoln was and appreciated the kind hearted spirit he shared with those that served with him.

Lord, may I learn to share my love by what I do and not only by what I say.







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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Heaven


Heaven
John 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

A few years ago, I learned that a high school friend had passed away during the night. My heart was grieved when I pondered the question, “Was my friend of long ago, a Christian?” As high school chums we were not Christian friends, far from it. We had lost contact over the years and I knew nothing about his life until I  received word of his death. I quickly emailed the friend that had informed me of his passing and asked her if our mutual friend knew Christ. She immediately responded, “YES!” What relief filled my mind to know he would spend eternity in heaven with our Lord.

There is comfort in knowing someone you love is in heaven, a wonderful, gracious gift from God. What sights to behold and pleasures to experience. A wondrous place prepared for those who know Christ as Savior. Have you imagined yourself walking on streets of gold, standing by the River of Life or having your name read from the Lamb’s Book of Life? Have you pictured the Gates of Pearl or imagined seeing Jesus for the very first time? 

This place called heaven is where God dwells and where Christ will reign for all eternity. Can you picture in your mind the scars Jesus sustained for you and me? Do the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” ring out in your ears? Will the overwhelming presence of God bring the true meaning of “eternity” to heart? Does singing praises to the Lamb, Who is worthy to be praised, bring tremendous joy to your spirit? In all sincerity, are you looking forward to the day when this life is no more and you are in the presence of God? I pray you are preparing yourself for this incredible journey and faithfully serving Christ while there is yet time. (John 9:4 )

Lord Jesus, I am anticipating the sights of heaven but longing to see Your face.