Friday, February 15, 2019

Daily Devotional February 15 - The Axe To The Tree

"Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose life shall she be of the seven? for all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God."  Matthew 22:25-29

I may as well lay the axe to the tree. Those who do not know the scriptures nor the power of God are leading those who want to to believe, to believe like them. It is amazing what Christians are fighting about. They stand behind fallible interpretations and doctrines of men, instead of using the Word of God as their pure text. They would question Jesus if Jesus were on the earth today with the same avarice and contempt as the Pharisees and Sadducee's did during Jesus' earthly ministry. "They do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God."

The good news is:
  • There are many who want to live out their lives in peace with God, following the teachings of Jesus and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit in their inner man. 
  • There are many who do believe the scriptures and will not be led by people hype. 
  • There are many who do hear the voice of God and go and do the will of God for their lives. 
  • There are many that take the Word of God seriously and find them to be true and powerful and comforting. 
  • There are many that do not need for everything to go as they want it to, to understand that God is Sovereign. 
  • There are many who do not need to be titillated with promises of riches to serve the living God. 
  • There are many who willingly sacrifice without comment. 
  • There are many who are willing to stand up for the Bible and its content and live their life without compromising their integrity.
  • There are many Christians that are not worldly and who do live their lives to the glory of God and not themselves.
Don't be afraid to read the scriptures and believe, for in this truth is the power of God released.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Daily Devotional February 14 - It's About Time To Have Agreement

"And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem." Ezra 3:1

If you were to read Ezra 3 you would find that tens of thousands of people had been gathering themselves together with all their animals. They were gathering to build the Temple. They were being freed from captivity and heading to Jerusalem to help build the Temple and worship God. What makes this verse and the meaning of it so important is the phrase, "the people gathered themselves together as one man..."
  • Were we to gather together as one man/woman we could accomplish the impossible.
  • Were we to gather together as one man/woman we would have to let down our guard a while.
  • Were we to gather together as one man/woman we would have to stop competing with one another, especially pastors.
  • Were we to gather together as one man/woman we would have the influence of a mighty people.
I believe we should spend our time finding out what are the God attributes of others/other groups and build true Christianity on the common elements that bind us together. One group/denomination won't mingle with another because of so-called theological differences. I say those who make such a big deal bout it are babies in the faith. And those who nurture consistent separation surely won't be gathering together for the next big move of God as they did here in the Book of Ezra.

Daily Devotional February 13 - A Time To Cast Away

"A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;..." Ecclesiastes. 3:6

We like the getting time, but the losing time is not so much desired. Why is that? Just as the wind culls the weak limbs from the trees, so the natural schema of life culls away our possessions. No one likes losing things, but the precious things cannot be taken. That which lasts forever is not encased in sterling silver or rubies or insurance or skin. That which lasts and lasts are the things of God. Since there is "a time to lose" maybe you should get on board with it and let it go graciously. God is next to you and God can easily fill the void.

We like keeping things, but the Bible tells us there is "a time to cast away." Can you imagine the feeling that would be encountered if we were to cast away the dross before it was taken away or lost to some greedy, self-serving friend or enemy. Listen to God. Pray about your business, your relationships, your investments. Don't hold too long and lose them to natures poker. Listen to God and He will tell you clearly when to hold and when to fold.

Daily Devotional February 12 - Be Still And Know

"Be still, and know that I am God:..." Psalm 46:10

Of all the scripture, this verse best distills the essence of the message of God concerning the anxiety of man. You and I need to be reminded of the All-ness of God. We need to seek His provision for the day. We need to seek His peace for the hour. We need to seek His message for the moment. Open your spiritual ears and listen to the Word of God. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer and can be heard clearly.

If you were to hear what God was speaking to you for today, you might have to change your plans. I've found myself doing my own thing for weeks, even seasons and then I listen carefully and I have to start all over from where I left off. Oh that I could train myself to listen always, then I could be still and see what the mighty hand of God has drawn for me for the day, for the season, for a lifetime. I will practice this message and listen to the Holy Spirit right now.

Daily Devotional February 11 - Can You Hear God Speaking?

"Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, tomorrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin,..." 1 Samuel 9:15, 16a

Before I get started. This week our Vice President Pence was criticized for saying that he spoke to Jesus in prayer and Jesus speaks to him. On the VIEW TV show he was ridiculed and painted as weird, not in touch with reality, even not fit for office. If that is your view please don't bother reading my blog. Of course Jesus speaks to us in many ways; through an unction inside of our inner man, through the actions of others, through answered prayer, through inspiration, through intuition, through wisdom, through understanding, and yes through our spiritual ears. To think that you are not supposed to hear form Jesus would leave us all helpless and powerless, ignorant and vain. Did I say vain? Yes. Our Bible is full of instances where Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit have spoken to people. And I can assure you Jesus has spoken to me many times. He did not always say what I wanted to hear, but I could hear the voice of God clearly. 

God has been speaking to you, in your ear, since you were born and to mankind since the beginnings at the Garden. God is speaking to you, in your ear about the day, your life, your future, what's best for all who will come into contact with you; about your private plans, about your foolishness, about your ways and about everything. If you are thinking that that was in the olden days, you are right. It was in the olden days that God spoke to listening men and women, teens and youth. It's just that God does the same thing today.

I don't want to say this, but the truth is, if you have not heard the voice of God, it's not really God's fault or that God doesn't speak anymore. Your hearing has been hardened to the things of God. Your mind is filled with all else. Your thinking has been programmed to listen to the world and the channel that tunes in God has corroded.

You don't really want to continue to go through life winging it, do you? It doesn't matter how good you are or how much you do, if you are not tuned in with God, you cannot participate with what God is doing. I agree that you can be right on track with what God is doing occasionally by default, simply because you are a good person, but it is very different to follow the voice of God than the voice of reason. You do not need to wing it. Tune in to the God channel and listen carefully. Oh and by the way, you will have to turn off the TV, Internet, and mobile phone for a moment. They distort the signal.

Daily Devotional February 10 - Are You Just A Caller?

"And why call ye Me, Lord, and do not the things that I say?"  Luke 6:46

Getting serious with God is the call to this generation. It does not mean you have to become a preacher or run a ministry. It's about who you are, who you have become.
  • Is who you are the reflection of the essence of God? 
  • Is who you are the person you would want your child to emulate? 
  • Is who you are the best you can be with the measure of faith you have? 
  • Are you living up to your own understanding of what it entails to be a child of God? 
  • Do you fell free inside? 
  • Are you at peace with God?
Living for God and following Christ can be the most beautiful experience. It's not about giving up everything you enjoy or like to do, but it is and always has been about getting a right understanding about what really brings you joy and what you could be doing that would best serve your life and those around you.

There is coming a time when calling on the Lord while serving the world is not going to be as popular as it is today.

Daily Devotional February 9 - Think Upon God

"Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people." Nehemiah 5:19

Here is a man who knows God and knows how God operates. I would say that there are times when we do not want God to think upon us, which means to look deep into our soul and fully determine our intents and motives. When God looks upon us like this God looks through us and thoroughly sees our inner most being, nothing hidden, nothing spared from the eyes of God, nothing not known about our thoughts. How many times in life have you entered into the place where you would lift your eyes to heaven and say, think upon me, knowing that when God does look upon you, the whole you is exposed, your actions, your thoughts and your sins.

You should look to God to think upon you more often. Your fear of God knowing who you really are is unfounded. God knows all about your past, present and future without your requesting an inspection. God already knows the innermost parts of your thought life. You cannot hide from God nor should you want to. God looks upon you with favor, seeing you through the works of Christ and not your own, looking deep into your soul where the Holy Spirit resides, taking issue with the work of Christ on the cross on your behalf and the daily inner work of the Holy Spirit within. God remembers that you were made of dust. It is man that has skewed your view of what God will do with you if he sees you as you really are.

What God will do with you if you were to look to heaven and say, "Think upon me, my God," is to see a beautiful person, filled with the essence of God, a child of His own, perfected in the work of Christ and daily being brought into the likeness of Jesus. God has no interest in what you have done or how bad you have been or how many times you have let your family down or how many times you have let God down or how often you have sinned or what you have done or what you should have done that you didn't do. God looks upon you to infuse you with blessings and to do good unto you and to lift you up and to show you the right path and to lead you on the way and to give you of Himself and to purify your life. God does this so you will enjoy His creation and continue through life co-creating with God His will. Life was meant to be shared with a God that loves you and only can do good toward you and only blesses you continually.

If you know of another god, one that seeks your demise, and one that sees you as a mistake, one that harps on you and makes you fell uncomfortable, one that is constantly revealing your imperfections and making you to fell inferior, you have not met the god of little religions, the god of impotent preaching, a created god, not the God of creation. Quit being afraid of God and stand up and call out His name and say, "Reveal me and speak to me and use me. I am not afraid anymore. I am sorry for having blamed you for having believed in the philosophies of men. I want to believe you and see you and understand. I want you to see me as I am. I am not afraid for you to reveal me, because according to Your Word I am Your creation and you will finish me."