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Archive for November, 2011

Our God Reigns

30 Nov

Pretty soon it will be on this earth.  However, Revelation 19 wraps up a very nasty and deadly 7 year tribulation.  You don’t want to be here for that.

Revelation 19:6 – 6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Since our God reigns on Heaven and soon to be on earth, we need to treat Him like the King everyday of our lives.

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I Will Be Glad

29 Nov

Psalm 9:2 – 2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

It’s a choice.

Look around and see how many people take their eyes off the Lord.  They are not glad.  Nothing but the Lord and His Love fulfills.

So many people have the ability to purchase anything they want.  Do whatever they want.  Most are not happy and some to the point that they want to end their earthly lives.

Others are sentenced to death for their faith in God and rejoice until their last breath.

Choose to be glad, the Lord loves you and gave His life so that you may be with Him forever.  Choose to rejoice and choose to praise Him.

Or choose not to.  It does matter to Him, don’t kid yourself into thinking that it doesn’t.

 

David Was Into Meditating; On God’s Ways And Word

28 Nov

When the word “meditate”  is put in the search engine of the NIV 1984 version of the bible eighteen matches come up.  Sixteen of those are in the Psalms.

David a man after God’s own heart made it a practice to meditate His Word and His ways.  God knows a sincere heart.  How does He know it?  First because God knows everything.  We don’t trick God.

God knows when our heart is sincere, because we seek Him.  He knows if we are just seeking what we want to find, or if it is truly Him.  He even knows to the degree we are seeking.

Matthew 6:21- 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Do you treasure your love and relationship with the Lord?  If you do that is where your heart is and He knows it even better than we do.

Psalm 1:1-2 –  1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

Meditate.  There is a lot of meditating going on in this world and most of it isn’t towards our thought on the Lord.

Much of the meditating today is connecting with your inner self and the new age.  Where does connecting with yourself help you in your walk with the Lord?  I’ve been trying to write on a regular basis that we need to die to ourselves and let the Lord shine through us. 

Psalm 119-98-100 – 98 Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.  99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.  100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.

Wisdom and understanding come from the Lord.  Connecting with the inner self only connects you stronger to a fallen, lost creature who needs the Lord.  It’s kind of like a cat chasing its tail, but worse.  While one is seeking their inner self, the enemy gets a stronger foothold.  The light comes from the Lord.  Only darkness is in someone who doesn’t seek God.  The deeper one meditates into his lost spirit the darker it gets.

We need to meditate on the Lord and His Word.  Let’s meditate on Him and make Him our treasure.

 

Problems Connecting To My Sight From Home

27 Nov

I apologize for not being able to post.  I can’t get my computer at home to connect with my blog homepage.  I’m not sure what the problem is but I’m trying to figure it out.  In the mean time, I’ll work on just email my posts to work and copy and paste them once I get there.

Say a prayer for me and to help get this problem fixed soon.

 
 

Old Testament Offering Of Thankfulness

23 Nov

Leviticus 7:12-15 – 12 “‘If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offering they are to offer thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil, and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in. 13 Along with their fellowship offering of thanksgiving they are to present an offering with thick loaves of bread made with yeast. 14 They are to bring one of each kind as an offering, a contribution to the LORD; it belongs to the priest who splashes the blood of the fellowship offering against the altar. 15 The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning.

The Jews were encouraged in one of their types of sacrifices to be thankful.

God gave us a gift to be able to reflect on how you would feel if you were in somebody else’s shoes.  There is only one true God.  However can put ourselves in the place of doing something for someone and then seeing how grateful they are.  No one appreciates someone who is self centered or ungrateful.  

We need always to reflect on our Lord during Thanksgiving.  We all have so much to be thankful for.  Enjoy your families.  Don’t waste an opportunity to try and plant seeds where the door is open.  In America we get caught up in the sale or success that follows, but our Lord just wants us to love and obey Him.  If you love Him feed His sheep.  John 21:15-17

 

Competence Is Not In Ourselves

22 Nov

2 Corinthians 3:5 – 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

I wrote on this a little bit a couple of weeks ago, but it’s so important.  We can do nothing well without God.  Anything good comes from the only One who is Good and that is God alone.

Luke 18:19 – 19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

If we can know that only God is good and we are not competent in doing things without Him, why do we try to do it on our own?

We need to continue to become lesser and allow the Lord to become greater.  The only way to know what He wants in our lives is to read and meditate on the Word.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

21 Nov

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God,
and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18
Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Always looking to get a rapture verse on the screen.

It’s neat to know that we will be meeting our loved ones in  the air and other believers at the time of the rapture.

Here are a couple of neat thoughts.  We will hear that call on earth right before we are taken up?  The dead are going to rise first.  It’s the time all believers dead and just raptured from earth get their resurrected bodies.  Will we be face to face right next to those we have lost and longed to see?

Obviously my biggest joy will be to see the Lord.  These are interesting questions and only time will tell.  I happen to believe it won’t be all that long into the future.  We definitely need to keep our guard up and hearts receptive so He doesn’t come like a thief in the night to us.

 

Blood Covenant

20 Nov

Matthew 26:28- 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

He died for you.  He died for all of us.  There is a covenant.

The covenant is that we accept His death on the cross in the place of our own death.  We now need to
repent of our sins and worldly ways.  We need to make Him Lord.  That means die to our own selfish life without Him.

When your name goes into the Lamb’s Book of Life, we’re now in a covenant.  This is one covenant we
can’t afford to break or turn our backs on.  Seek Him.

 

Without The Blood There Is No Forgiveness

18 Nov

Hebrews 9:22 – 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

It’s amazing how many churches don’t want to refer to the blood of Jesus.  The whole sacrifice procedure the Jews used to do and will do again was leading up to the ultimate sacrifice.  The animals were only obedience and temporary.  God’s blood is sufficient once and for all, forever.

No blood, no forgiveness of sins.  There is power in the blood of Jesus.

 

Double Minded

17 Nov

James 4:8- 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

This one scripture has a lot and in a way that only James can deliver it. 

Come near to God and He will come near to you.  That is completely true and anyone that has a relationship with God knows just how much.  He’s right there.  People are constantly putting a divide between themselves and the Lord, but that’s not His fault.  The other thing people do is turn their backs to the Lord so they don’t have to see Him face to face when not living for Him.

Yet He is still their “IF” we want to turn around.  I would like to use the word “WHEN” but that doesn’t always happen.

Which leads to wash your hands you sinners.  No not literally wash them but clean up your act.  How do we do that?  By dying to ourselves and obeying God. 

If we die to ourselves and obey God, we are now purifying our hearts.  The only one pure is the Lord.

This leads us to our title double minded.  What is double minded?  It’s trying to have a mind for the Lord and at the same time a mind for our worldly desires and sinful life.  Is that a problem?

1 John 2:15-16 – 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.

Yep, that’s a problem if you take the Word of God literal and seriously.

Our worldly thoughts drowned out God’s will for our lives.  Out with the bad and in with the good needs to be one’s practice.