O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 136:1)
"For his mercy endureth for ever." The mercies of our God are beyond searching out. After receiving Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you may only possess a shallow understanding of the mercies of God.
In Psalm 136, there are 26 versus, each ending with, "his mercy endureth for ever." Its design was for the Levites or priests to sing the first part of each verse and then all the people would carry their burdens to Almighty God saying, "for his mercy endureth for ever." The nation of Israel came to realize the vast inexhaustible reservoir of God's mercies.
Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. The same life that was manifested in Jesus is part of our heritage; a life that not only reveals the mercies of God, but extends their impact to others. One may ask, what are God's mercies?
Jesus said, "I will have mercy and not sacrifice." (Matthew 9:13) He chose to forgive; this imparting hope into the lives of others. Our Lord chose to serve and not to be served. Hopeless, brokenhearted and sick persons found God's mercies through our Lord's service.
Beloved, when you extend the mercies of God, as Jesus did, others will receive new hope and new life. Your heart will be filled with the love of God as you proclaim, "for his mercy endureth for ever!" Praise the Lord!
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. (Proverb 27:9)
Can you imagine that? Words having the same effect as the sweet savor of perfume. How wonderful the sense of smell is! When offered a fragrance that is agreeable with the recipient, a light sweet smile of pleasure seems to pass over one's countenance.
Many times I've observed at the fragrance counter in a department store, customers sampling a sniff of the different perfumes. Not all reactions seem to be favorable. The facial expressions tells it all. Knowing a choice must be made; a continued ongoing investigation eventually reveals a candidate.
Can you think of a better friend to take counsel with then our Lord Jesus Christ? Where do we find his sweet counsel so needed to rejoice our heart? The Bible! Father God has said that his word is a lamp to our feet, a light to our eye and it rejoiceth the heart! As we read God's word, the certainty of a sampling of the sweetness desired will arrive in our heart. Hearty council, so settling, that it will become part of our life. How do I know? Just take a look at the faces of God's children and you will see the perfume of heaven! Praise the Lord!
Humble yourself therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6&7)
Ever since Father God created man, both male and female, his guiding hand has enlightened, guided and protected all seeking his touch. However, between God and man there lie many barriers.
Moses sat all day before the children of God; enlightening their troubles to the wisdom of God. (Exodus 18:13- 16) Because Moses possessed natural limitations; the Israelites had to wait in long lines. Sometimes days went by before they could bring their burdens before God's chosen. Many became discouraged, leaving the long lines to work out there troubles; void of God's wisdom and knowledge. This is not true for us, we have Jesus! Long lines are no longer a barrier. The Lord Jesus will immediately hear your petitions and prayers. He will lift the heavy burdens created by, "the cares of this world;" exalting you to heavenly places. For God resisteth the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Thank you God for your compassion love and mercies. Praise the Lord
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
This is yet another gem in the treasure house of the holy Scriptures. Its brilliance illuminates truths that are hard to be found by this world's standards. Here the spirit of the living word instructs all God's favorite children to fight for their faith. Keep all its precepts, doctrine and statutes. The world fights for, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. (1 John 2:16) Our fight is to please God; for the just shall live by faith. (Habakkuk 2:4). If you do this willingly, to the end of your life, a crown of righteousness will be reserved for you. This crown will be awarded on judgment day; to these words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:21)
The key that unlocks the whole thing is love! The rule of thumb is Jesus! When Jesus asked Peter, "lovest thou me more than these?" (John 21:15) I have to ask myself, how much do I really love Jesus? Enough to have him appear in every area of my present life? See what I mean. You be the judge. Praise the Lord!
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverb 4:18)
Here we have another proverb just chocked full of the breath of God's word. First, we are enlightened once again to the fact that it's the spirit of just men made perfect (Hebrews 12:23). Not every lifestyle will do. Yet, I see a deeper expression in this proverb, light! Just think that in the hereafter, paradise, heaven, the kingdom of God; there will be no more night (Revelation 22:5). No need for a flashlight or even the sun. Almighty God, our father, will be the light. Can you imagine that?
Some 38 years ago while traveling around the country doing God service; I met a young man named Todd. He was attracted to the way Jesus ministered through me; my lifestyle in general. He was seeing the light. Upon making a request to come and stay with me, I realized that he was seeking God's help. I agreed to his request.
Some days later, he arrived at my door. Realizing he had just journeyed over 1000 miles, my warmest greetings were easily conveyed. About two days had gone by, when the Lord revealed to me that I was to lay hands on him and pray. To my surprise as I laid hands on my wide eyed excited houseguest; I could only see darkness. We are talking dark darkness! Nothing was revealed to me by Jesus. So I shared exactly what I was seeing. Todd's face was gripped with conviction! Shaking his head in a yes mode, he said, "I have to leave but I will be back." That day he flew back to his home. Corrected some deep sins in his life and immediately returned. I thought what commitment. Within a week while staying in my home, Todd had a visitation from heaven; it was a visitation of light!
Yes, beloved, in him there is no darkness at all. Want more light? Just make more room. Praise the Lord!
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)
This is a repeat of Wednesday's Bible study. Please bare with me; for here is a Scripture so chocked full with comfort, spiritual health, wisdom and fatherly guidance, that only the great shepherd himself could bring it to life. We have a scene where 70 hand chosen men were returning from their battlefield experiences. They had seen miracles: sicknesses healed, all manner of physical and spiritual conditions altered right before their eyes. They had seen these partitions granted in the past by the hands of Jesus, but now God was doing them through their hands. Granting power and authority through the name of Jesus. It's no wonder they were excited as they focused on these events.
Jesus knew one day each and every one of these miracle workers would leave their earthly existence and stand before none other than himself for judgment. Jesus knew also that there is great joy when the powers of darkness are overcome by God's mercies. He also knew that it was so easy to lose focus.
Always remember the greatest joy for you and I will be these words, "Well done my faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord." Not temporal joy, but eternal! Not because of the miracles that were done, but because your name is written in heaven. Thank you Jesus! Praise the Lord!
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person; yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. (2 Samuel 14:14)
I could spend a month of Sundays enjoying the riches of wisdom embedded in this Scripture; to find myself only beginning to explore its treasuries.
The Holy Spirit introduced myself to this Scripture some 32 years ago. I was preparing to write a letter to the great man of God, DGS Dhinakaran. His daughter had just been involved in an auto accident. As a result of this event, she went home to be with the Lord Jesus. He also had been injured in the same accident, along with his wife Stella. Unable to know what to write, I went into compassionate prayer for him and his family. Then like the sweet song sung every morning, as the day star arises to illuminate the earth, Jesus brought me to this Scripture. Let's take a look and see the mercies of it all.
First, Father God has devised a means for everyone to leave their earthly tabernacle and return to him. God describes existence here as being banished from our true habitation. This brings in the reality that we must all take this journey when he said, "neither doth God respect any person." Finally, Father God gives the description, "as water spilt on the ground." We can see it for a moment; then it disappears into the soil; to take life somewhere else. Perhaps in our drinking water, or the great oceans of the world or maybe a plant we most desire. Father God in his most merciful way has once again revealed his son Jesus Christ!
In the trading of our temporal life in this world for eternal life with him; we will have completed the cycle and the purpose for our created existence. Praise the Lord!
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)
The light of God is a most fabulous event, under any circumstances. Along the road to Damascus, this light brought men prostrate on the ground. When it appeared on Mount Sinai, it brought fear into the hearts of the Israelites. On the mount of Transfiguration, this light from heaven brought the sweet voice of God. In God's house this morning we will truly experience that same light. His presence is all around. Even when I drove onto the property, I could feel his presence.
This presence or glory of the Lord, will always emulate the resurrected Jesus. When Jesus said, "I am the light of the world, he that cometh to me shall never dwell in darkness;" he was giving the church a revelation of his light. As we experience his presence here this morning and enter into the glory of his holiness, the sky is the limit. May this light guide you and manifest itself in you throughout the new year. Praise the Lord !
And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10 & 11)
Here it is the year 2017. Even the calendar is based on the birth of Jesus the Christ. Such an overwhelming warmth can be felt in his presence.
All grown up now; Jesus reveals wisdom, knowledge, revelation and life all who continue to seek the Holy Ghost. Learn of me, take my yoke upon you, greater works than these shall ye do; are just some of the advice he still gives today. Boring? Outdated? Antiquated in use?
Are there any sick in the world today? Any confused, in need of God's advice or his divine intervention? Are the powers of darkness stealing, destroying, killing and holding on to souls so precious to God that he gave his only begotten son to be their Savior and a deliverer from the powers of darkness. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
Have a most blessed Christmas. Praise the Lord!
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverb 25:11)
This proverb has been one of my favorite for years. Yes, a word from the Lord has a most profound and picturesque effect always on its hearer. This is one reason why we the children of God gather.
As we come together into God's house, worship him, pay our tithes and make prayers on life's weighty matters; this sets the theme of communication. We await a word fitly spoken.
When you or I go into the produce department of a supermarket, we look for the freshest, most appealing vegetables or fruits on display. All of these products have a shelf life and we know the fresher the better. Not so unlike the sermon we will hear today. Fresh words will come out from heaven and be displayed upon the tables of our mind. It's no wonder God compares his word to fruit (apples of gold). We supply the containers (pictures of silver). The rest is easy. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder