Friday, February 24, 2017

The Love of Christ

                      The Love of Christ
                                        Romans 8:31-39
                    If God be for us, who can be against us?   

To separate means to: disconnect, detach, breakup, split, parting (of the ways), estrangement, rift, rupture, breach, divide. Paul declares Christ’s love for us by posing this question; Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? The fear of separation from God is not possible to those who are Christ’s. If we are truly born again by the Spirit of God, we can know and experience the boundless, unwavering love of Christ.  What security this brings to the believer. There is no need to ever fear the past, the present or the future––– we are secure and protected, in the love of Christ.

God assures us that the hard things in life are working for our good and not against us. He encourages us that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. God allows the trials of life to come so that He may use them in our lives for His glory. He will never desert us, for He is closest to us when we go through the most difficult times of our life. We, my friend, are victorious in Christ. We need not fear what my come into our lives because–––He gives the victory with no conditions attached.

Believers can experience defeat, discouragement or depression at times. Our God is concerned with the trials we face and what could cause us to give way to frustration or despair. All our suffering will one day be gone and we will be with Christ in glory. The best is yet to come for us and we are to anticipate His coming! What hope we have in Him who will one day appear in the clouds, to take us home to heaven. This should cause our hearts to rejoice, knowing; victory is ours through Christ, who loved us enough, to die in our place. We are His beloved and nothing can separate us from His deep affectionate love.

Lord, thank You for Your sacrificial love shown on the cross of Calvary.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

For the Glory of God

                  For the Glory of God

                                       John 11:l-4
 . . . “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”  But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Have you ever considered that your suffering is a gift from God to you and, “It is for the glory of God?”  Or, is it hard to think that suffering is a gift when you are in the midst of the suffering?

Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was very ill and in that message they included words so important to those whom suffer, “he whom you love is sick.” The sisters of Lazarus were distressed and hurting for their brother. They wanted Jesus to be there for him, but Jesus did not come to Bethany immediately. He tarried awhile before making that journey. Martha, in her pain said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21).

Jesus knew Lazarus was sick and that he had already died before He even came to Bethany. What was His purpose in waiting to come to Lazarus and to Mary and Martha? Jesus told His disciples,“It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be Glorified through it.” The death and resurrection of Lazarus was intentional to bring glory to the Son of God. Amen!

What a great gift the Lord gave to them in their despair. With deep affection and a compassionate heart the Lord Himself came to them. Jesus drew near to whom He loved and raised Lazarus from the grave. We may never be healed in this life from certain adversities or sickness, or be raised from the grave. But, will it be said of you, they suffered for the glory of God in their life and in their death? Is your suffering meant as a gift from God to bring glory to His name? Why else are we here, but to glorify Him!

Lord, I glorify You.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Spiritual War

                       A Spiritual War 

                                     2 Corinthians 10:4,5
( For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought 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? How does one demolish the influences of the evil one and defeat falsehood? Only by the Gospel according to the Word of God 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 especially through books, articles, internet, etc. As Christians, we are to keep our hearts pure through the reading of God’s Word and sound teaching. To permit erroneous ideas into our minds is dangerous and threatens our ability to view God correctly.

“ Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments (elementary principles) of the world, and not after 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  indeed (John 3:36; 8:36).

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Love Story

                        A Love Story

                                         Ruth 1:1-2
Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth–lehem–judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth–lehem–judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

The story of Ruth is an exciting adventure during a most difficult time in history, “when the judges ruled.” It was the worst of times because, “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” During this time in history, we come to the little book called Ruth, a true historical account of God using the most difficult of times to show He is never idle. Ruth is a picture of the helpless, and hopeless sinner, separated from God and doomed to eternal death. The story of Ruth is not only a picture of God’s amazing grace but of God’s redeeming love for unworthy sinners.

As the story begins, the curtain is lifted just enough for us to see the beautiful picture God is revealing to us of His redeeming love. Not all the actors in this small book even realize the impact their lives will play in God’s wonderful plan. Ruth, the Moabites is a member of a race that began in an incestuous relationship (Genesis 19) under the curse of God (Deuteronomy 23:3-6). His plan was to take Ruth from in the lowest conditions of life to the highest honor ever, the lineage of Christ.  This story has only one outstanding message–––REDEMPTION!

As you read this delightful story of redeeming love, prepare your heart to grasp the wonderful picture of salvation through Ruth’s life. If you will cast yourself upon His redeeming grace, and believe in His finished work on the cross for you––––that is REDEEMING LOVE.

Lord, thank You for Your perfect and gracious love to redeem a sinner like me.