Devotional Thoughts 9-13-2014

Glorious Proposals

I remember when I proposed to my wife that she told me that she knew it was coming but even knowing it was coming she didn’t know how it would actually happen.  But she still ran through all the emotions that you would have expected from her.  You know God can speak to you in so many different ways about so many different things. Last night one of my friends got engaged and the world saw it live.  It got me thinking about me proposing to my wife and the detail and strategy that went into it on my end.  And God was saying to me, you know I’m coming back to get you guys and you will be more surprised and happier in that moment than a newly engaged woman.  God is putting strategy and detail into that thing to make sure it is a moment you will remember for the rest of your life. And even though we (playing the role of the woman in this scenario) want God to hurry up and do it, there is something to be said for letting Him do it on His time.

You see men and women both know when they are going to get married.  You talk about that thing together, you go ring shopping together, you become inseparable. But when the moment of truth comes it is still a joyous occasion for both of you.  There is still that moment of surprise and joy and tears on her face and that unbridled happiness that men feel inside when we finally put the ring on her finger.

I say this to highlight that God is indeed coming back.  We know this.  We just don’t know when He will appear or how He will reveal it, but we do know that it is coming. And it will be a moment that we will remember forever.

Devotional Thoughts 9-9-2014

Love never felt so good

Romans 5:6-8 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately. Mostly old stuff that’s been in the collection for a minute, but when I heard MJ had a new album, I had to take a listen on spotify. And we all have heard this song, Love Never Felt So Good, and it got me to thinking about the truth. When you mess up in this world you have a tendency to get down on yourself. This idea that you are not loved creeps into your mind. And then the enemy starts whispering in your ear and reminding you about how much you suck. You are at a low point. That is why when you read this passage in Romans you have to pause and say that love never felt so good. Because there is nothing better than when you are messing up that someone says, hey I love you. And that is exactly what Paul is pointing out to us in Romans. While we were in the act of sinning, God demonstrated His own love towards us. And let me tell you that God’s love never felt so good.

Devotional Thought 8-19-2014

The Life

 

1 John 5:11,12  11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

 

For many years people have wondered about the meaning of life. They want to know what the purpose of life is, the meaning of life, the reason for living. Its a question that John answers for us and says this should be your testimony.  The purpose of life is that God has given us eternal life and the eternal life is found in the Son.

 

Its a very easy saying and yet so many people do not believe it.  The equation is so simple, if you have the Son you have The Life.  If you don’t have the Son, you don’t have The Life.

 

Choose the Son……..

Devotional Thought 8-18-2014

Either way

Philippians 1:21  21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

I think I understand after all these years what Paul was really talking about in this passage.  You reach a point in your life, especially when you have committed yourself to God, that you understand that you have a job to do and that is reach out and share the gospel. It is truly the only thing that matters in this world.  So when Paul said to him, to live is Christ and to die is gain, what I think he is saying is that it doesn’t matter if I’m dead or alive. Either way I’m winning.  If I’m alive, I get to share the gospel.  This good news that you can be free from your sins AND have eternal life in Christ.  And if I’m dead, than I get to rest from my labors and sleep; awaiting the coming of the Lord.

So until we are resting, let us continue to press forward in the sharing of the gospel.

Devotional Thought 8-17-2014

Same!

Pausing from prophecy for a moment, to just remind everyone that we are all equal. Back in the day when you were playing basketball it would happen that two members of the same team would go up for a rebound and begin to battle.  It was always a third guy on the team who had to yell out SAME! to let them know that they were battling with their brother/teammate.

Today I want to yell SAME! at the world.  It doesn’t matter who you are, Christ died for you just the same.  He rose for you just the same and ministers for you just the same.  I think this world would be better place if we all just realized that small, but not so small, detail.

Devotional Thought 8-16-2014

Blessings

I was curious about this word blessings today.  Perhaps God put it on my heart to really look at that thing closer. Don’t know if I’ve come to any conclusions that are groundbreaking, I just find it interesting that the first time God throws a blessing on something it was to be fruitful and multiply.  And as I think about that thing I’m looking at Genesis 2:3 and it says “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (NASB)

So is it possible that in blessing the 7th day that God somehow made the day itself to be a time of fruitfulness and multiplication?  Can it be that the rest which you have from your work is multiplied on this day?  That your rest is more fruitful on this day?  Again the first time blessings are mentioned things are being fruitful and multiplying.  So is it possible that somehow God interwove rest and relaxation into the day itself?

Now I don’t know what you believe as I write this.  I can only speak for myself and I can tell you that the rest that I receive from God on the Sabbath is unlike anything.  I feel renewed and refreshed having spent time with the Creator and just listening to what He is saying.  I look forward to this time because quite simply there is no other time like it.  It is indeed a blessing.

Devotional Thought 8-15-2014

Daniel 7 continued

Today we will look at this other king that arises after these 10, the one that subdues 3 kings AND speaks against the Most High.

In history there really has only been one entity that has arisen that has subdued 3 kingsAND speaks against the Most High.  Check what Adam Clarke’s Commentary says about Daniel 7:25 “To none can this apply so well or so fully as to the popes of Rome. They have assumed infallibility, which belongs only to God.” They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to God. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to God. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to God. And they go beyond God in pretending to loose whole nations from their oath of allegiance to their kings, when such kings do not please them! And they go against God when they give indulgences for sin. This is the worst of all blasphemies!

Matthew Henry’s Commentary on this verse “It is desirable to obtain the right and full sense of what we see and hear from God; and those that would know, must ask by faithful and fervent prayer. The angel told Daniel plainly. He especially desired to know respecting the little horn, which made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. Here is foretold the rage of papal Rome against true Christians.”

Yes this is all good, but did they subdue 3 kings…..Dr. Mervyn Maxwell, a theologian and historian, described the results in volume 1, page 129, of his book God Cares:   “The Catholic emperor Zeno (474-491) arranged a treaty with the Ostrogoths in 487 which resulted in the eradication of the kingdom of the Arian Heruls in 493. And the Catholic emperor Justinian (527-565) exterminated the Arian Vandals in 534 and significantly broke the power of the Arian Ostrogoths in 538. Thus were Daniel’s three horns the Heruls, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths’ plucked up by the roots.’  (Taken from Amazing Facts)