But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. (Galatians 4:26)
Today in some cultures the celebration of Mother's Day is at hand. Encircled with mixed emotions, all mothers will receive different recognitions of honor. Does not the holy Scriptures command to honor thy father and mother? (Matthew 15:4). Yet, when Jesus was informed that his mother and brother were awaiting him outside, before his audience, Jesus immediately address the salutation this way, "Who is my mother, or my brethren?" (Mark 3:33)
Beloved when God imparts into a life a "born again experience;" there must be a mother somewhere. Unlike Jesus' natural mother from without; this mother births from within. A spiritual mother, parenting a spiritual child. Engraving an image upon our hearts and minds of eternal life; vacating the premise of separation from God to an occupancy being filled with his spirit. Yes, the Jerusalem which is above is more than just an expression of words; but a reality of mother and child. Praise the Lord!
And there are also many other things Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen (John 21:25)
This Scripture concludes the Gospel of John; the fourth Gospel proceeded by Matthew, Mark and Luke. How fitting to end the series of "hands on experience" of the life and ministry of Jesus. The conclusion here is that there are many other things that Jesus did. In hopes that you and I might grasp what he is saying; the author goes on to paint this picture, "I suppose the world could not contain the books written."
Can you think of any subject matter in all your experiences that could receive this credential? The apostle John is saying here that Jesus never stop being Jesus. All that has been written in the Gospels about him barely scratches the surface. Yet, in the Gospels we can see this man waken in the middle of the night to screams of help. (Mark 4:38) . Exhausted, overworked and pressed out; he is jolted with the screams of panicked men. How does Jesus respond? With anger, correction or being disorientated? His response, "peace, be still." (Mark 4:39). With their own eyes, they did see their troubles vanish!
He fed his lambs, he bathed his sheep and he opens heaven for all that seek him. He never limits your unlimited God! Praise the Lord!
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (Revelation 21:5)
Can you imagine that? Talk about a second chance! "And he that sat upon the throne." This is God Almighty himself speaking. Oh! How he loves us. To tell us what will take place in the next creation, is to marvelous for words. Of course, there will be much more. But here, Father God wants us to know that all things, and he means all things, will be made new. Your mind, body, family, purpose for existence; even the world you live in.
Why do you suppose that Father God would do this? Think for a moment. If Adam and Eve had not eaten from the tree of knowledge and had eaten instead from the tree of life; such a world would already exist. Perhaps God did not fail at all when Satan entered the garden of Eden. Could it be that the impossible has happened? That through his creation, God not only has succeeded in fathering an eternal family; but also will make all things new. The impossible made possible all because of Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord!
rust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5 & 6)
As we embark into the global world of music, these Proverbs lend encouragement and Godly guidance.
Some people are always worried. They are always concerned what tomorrow will bring for themselves and others. They never bring themselves into the full rest and peace of God. Their plans are sometimes opposed to the inevitable change that happens to us all. Happiness, contentment and peace of mind seem to be the elusive culprits they can never catch.
On the other hand, there are the, "live and let live people." No substance in their lives, no past, no future, only a present. Processing a free will attitude that opposes responsibilities for themselves and others alike. There is no fear of God, leaving everything to "chance." They have been accustomed to large doses of self.
However, we can see in the above Proverbs a guide; a friend, a counselor suited to take us through what ever this music will bring. To trust in the Lord with all your heart and to allow your understanding to be directed by the knowledge of the Lord; will always produce the journey Father God intended. Praise the Lord!
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:
The words, shall wipe away all my tears, are incorporated in the song, "His Mighty Hand." This marvelous Scripture gives insight into our eternal future. It seems to embrace all the heaviness of this life and to reveal in part the bliss, the paradise and the riches of eternal life. But how can this help us in our present life?
I see here the nature of our God and Father. It's brilliance shining in every word. He is compassionate. Touched with our infirmities. Father God knows every tear that you and I have shed. Every sorrow you have endured. Every painful happening that occurred in your whole life; like no one else! Even deeper than our own thoughts; God is there.
When prayers are made, let your heart be lifted, as you think of whom you are speaking to. Through our present tears, sorrows and pain, there is a hand that is not shortened. It's no wonder Jesus advises us to, "pray always!" Praise the Lord!
And when he (Jesus) had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. (Revelation 8:1)
Can you imagine that? In all of heaven a hush that will be measured by time; all of heaven silenced!
In the preceding pages of revelation, it is recorded that there are millions upon millions of Saints that already occupy its domain. Along with myriads of Angels, Father God whom possesses a voice of immeasurable magnitude and our Lord Jesus in all his glory and splendor. Yes, silence for about the space of half an hour. Why would Father God record this future event? Why would he take us into his confidence concerning his intentions?
So many people feel that God will never do anything harsh or unappealing to their personal existence. Life simply goes on. Sure people live and die, but God pretty much leaves things just as they are.
So what did silence all the inhabitants of heaven? Could it be that God actually meant what he's been saying since the beginning of creation? Was he now making good on his word? Words that he has already recorded in the Bible. What do you think? Praise the Lord!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
What a most marvelous, compassionate, loving God our Heavenly Father is. Just think for a moment, that whosoever believeth. Can you imagine that? Who so ever. That's anyone! The liar, the robber, the self pitied failure; all sinners! For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. This is why I say marvelous, compassionate, loving God! For if it had not been for Jesus, we would all still remain lost.
As we celebrate Easter worship service, hearts will be on fire with love and adoration for, "His only begotten Son." The sweetness of everlasting life swallowing up all earthly domains. A childlike innocence, that will settle heart aches and debates. Yes, the new life of Jesus' resurrected power living in you! How glorious; thank you Father God. Have a most blessed and glorious Easter. Praise the Lord!
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I send it. (Isaiah 55:11)
As we approach the celebration of Easter, I thought of how remarkable the word of God is. Nothing, no nothing can void out its intended purpose. Joseph found this out when the word tried him, kept him and raised him up to be the second highest in Egypt; therefore delivering the 12 patriarchs of Israel from famine. God's purposes were accomplished. The word prospered and was pleasing in his sight. The inspired word of God did not go void!
Again, Jonah knew the power of God's word as it brought him deliverance from the belly of the great fish. Jonah simply sent the word on to God's ears. These words had already been declared in the Scriptures; again they did not go void!
Jesus sent forth the word of his God his Father upon Lazarus, blind Bartimaeus, the five loaves and two fishes, Simon Peter and so on; the results always the same, very pleasing in Father God's sight!
Beloved the Scriptures are immovable, complete and will accomplish God's purpose in every situation. We only need to parallel each of life's situations with one already expressed in the Scriptures. As we add our faith and trust to the word of God, so shall we prosper! Praise the Lord!
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. (Proverbs 16:1)
Can these things really be? This world seems to be involved in so many different activities. Self motivating, pleasure seeking, sometimes overwhelming lifestyles. Compounded with social duties, inner wants and hurts, domestic needs and responsibilities. We seem to be in an arena of challenge; a theater in,which we are all playing a part. So how can the Lord even suggests that he is preparing our hearts, let alone the things we speak? Isn't the world we have just described the catalyst for our conversation?
Some years ago I knew a man that was seeking truth. However, his methods were quite peculiar to the result he finally obtained. As he took a close look at this world, he concluded there could be no God! If there were, he could not be a good God. The elements of this world had finally wore him down. There seem to be no good in the world he lived in. So, he started on a quest to disprove there was a God. He just couldn't understand that if a good God existed, how could he allow the world to be this way.
This man not only found God's existence, but has loved and served him for over 40 years. This man experienced that the preparation of the heart and the answer of the tongue, if desired, are really from God! This man is myself. Praise the Lord!
Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. (Isaiah 43:10)
What a comfort to our soul to know that Father God always was and is. Not created, neither can be created; sovereign, omnipresent, omnipotent, all-powerful, all possible and his mercies endure forever. These are just some of the characteristics of his person. Just think for a moment God!
His holy Word tells us that in him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28) Yes, he has even chosen you to be his witness! Can you imagine that? Along with the witness of his holy ghost (Hebrews 10:15), all things are possible. Emmanuel, "God with us." If that's not enough, Father God calls us his children. (Acts 1728) Then, he goes on to make known that we will be made ruler over many things. (Matthew 25:21)
Yes, God is our father and we are his children. (John 20:17) With this knowledge and his promises, our position on this earth is greater then the universe itself! Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder