I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
As I read this Scripture, I am persuaded that our Heavenly Father means business. When I think of the love shown to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus, I am moved with great conviction and commitment. His love then permeates and marinades my very soul. I then see a new man living inside of me, the Son of God, Jesus himself. Has this not happen to all of us? Has the King of kings and Lord of lords truly taken up residence in your heart? How can we tell if this has taken place and truly the resident authority in our life is God's will?
Upon returning from India, Pastor Linda and myself experienced the love, unselfish caring and laborers while we were away and when we returned; speaking volumes of His kindness and mercies. 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, omniscient. This means that Father God is all-powerful, in every place, all possible and his mercies endureth 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 the Holy Ghost, all things are possible (Hebrews 10:15) Emmanuel, "God with us." If that's not enough, Father God calls us his children; (Acts 17:29) then makes known that he will make us ruler over many things in the next world; if we obey! (Matthew 25:21)
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)
Praise God for his spirit of liberty and the freedom from all the baggarly elements of this world. This Tuesday our nation will be celebrating Independence Day or better known as, "the fourth of July." Celebrations will be had. Fireworks will be the sound heard throughout the day's activities. Many will have a day off and indulge in what they feel will best suit their lifestyle. This is one form of celebrating liberty.
However, the liberty that Jesus gives us is a spiritual freedom and is accompanied by an eternal celebration. Each and every day we awake, this world is bringing us closer to our eternal purpose and nation. The sounds that are continuously heard, on a daily basis,, fill the air with faith, hope and love. They are, "praise the Lord!" "Praise you Jesus" "to God be the glory" "God is able" and the like. This bringing liberty to the ears of the hearer. The natural celebration of the 4th of July comes but once a year. The Lord's liberty is celebrated every day. Now that's what I call "freedom indeed!" Praise the Lord!
And the men which journeyed with him (Saul) stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. (Acts 9:7)
What a marvelous word we have here; full of insight and revelation. Think about it; one man, Saul, was seeing, hearing and conversing with Jesus, while the others were only hearing a voice. Not knowing who it was that was speaking, they were unable to converse and were left without a personal touch. Seeing nothing only enhance the mystery they were experiencing.
How could this be? Is God so great that people can be gathered in the same room, elbow to elbow, yet one person will see visions from heaven, here the sweet voice of Jesus, converse with the creator; while others will only hear words? I am fully persuaded that our gathering in Father's House this morning will proclaim this: those that seek Jesus will find him, while all others will only hear words.
Remarkable you may say. Challenging to the mind. After all didn't Jesus say that Father is a God of the heart? Judge for yourself; and love the Lord your God with all your heart. Praise the Lord!
Jesus saith unto her, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." (John 20:17)
The sweetness of God that we are experiencing this morning certainly confirms that God is our Father. How remarkable it is that as we sing praises to his name, the whole atmosphere changes and his presence can certainly be felt. The above Scripture was the first message sent to the church, after Jesus had risen from the dead. The scene was just outside the tomb, where Mary was tirelessly in her pursuit to find Jesus. Here Jesus is talking to Mary face-to-face. A man who had died three days earlier and now was alive and well. Equally astounding are his words, for they declare the first Father's Day! Not just any ordinary Father's Day, but that God is your Father! What can we say to all of this, "If God be for us then who can be against us?" Praise the Lord! Have a most blessed Father's Day.
And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:13)
Here we are once again in the house of the Lord. Our week is behind us and our hearts are preparing to make that wonderful transition from earthly to heavenly repose. Whatever your week was like; you were not alone, Jesus, the great Shepherd, was with you every moment. Through the heart aches, in the joyous times or when life may have seemed mundane, Jesus was by your side. Yes! But a breath away.
The source of this invaluable knowledge comes from Almighty God! Only Jesus can be the way, the truth and the life. This church is a resource of his teachings. As we are taught of God, great shall be our peace and eternal life shall be our destiny. Praise the Lord!
Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. (Proverb 20:11)
When I was much younger, attending grammar school, I was advised by the authorities in my life to stay away from certain children. This seemed to be an odd request and was not so easily understood by an eight year old boy. However, as time went by, it became evident to see why I was given this advice and so I kept my distance.
It's not so much what we say that speaks loudest; but what we do! The voice of our doings not only carries weight in this world, but before the very throne of Almighty God himself. The choice is yours. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Revelation 20:12) Praise the Lord!
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. (Acts 10:4)
Tomorrow many towns and cities across America will be honoring the many branches of our military and rightfully so. There will be parades, barbecues and family gatherings under the banner of memorial day. This is one type of honor man can receive on this side of eternity. In the above Scripture, we find a different type of honoring; honor that comes from God only.
Here is a man named Cornelius and when the angel appears to him, he is praying to the only true and living God. However, he is not of Jewish descent; which brings him a step below of being one of God's chosen people. This fact does not stop him from communicating with Jehovah through prayer; nor does it inhibit him from sharing his resources with the poor. To receive such a visitation, his prayers and alms giving must have moved Father God's heart on more than one occasion. The angel informs Cornelius that God is about to pour out the Holy Ghost on himself, as well as other Gentiles. What a glorious day of enlightenment in God's honoring love!
Every prayer you have made, every deed in Jesus's name that you have performed and every service that you have served for God's glory will be a memorial unto you. Can you imagine that? Not only for the hereafter or judgment day, but a reflective in this present world. Praise the Lord!
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30)
Once again we find our plate overwhelming and heaped high with Father God's spiritual food. Who would know how to give us eternal advice better than our Creator, the architect of our soul? The fact remains that no one, I say no one, loves you more than God! As we focus our life into Jesus Christ, a perfect picture of love can clearly be seen.
Throughout my years of service for our Lord Jesus Christ, I've been offered many earthly possessions as a result of one's soul being won to Christ. When this picture is snapped, there seems to be a thankfulness not limited to human boundaries. Of course, salvation is a free gift of God and Jesus gives it free of charge; but to experience the joy, the overwhelming thankfulness of a soul set free from the powers of darkness not only makes one wiser, but completely envelops our created purpose! Praise the Lord!
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. (Galatians 4:26)
I find creation to be so intricate and yet simple to understand. When you or I think about how Father God creating all things and everything in his creation is so precise; it could be mind boggling. Every day the sun comes up exactly on course and on time. The world we live in experiences all of the seasons on time. From the smallest insect to the largest mammal that swims the ocean; all their life support systems work just fine.
Think for a moment about our human body; in itself is a world of amazement. Take mothers for example, Father God has given them the privilege to bear children. Think about that for a moment. Here is one tiny life solely dependent on another, the mother. For the duration of approximately nine months, there is a unity and a bond between the mother and the child. She is so aware of the child. However, on the other hand, the child has no knowledge of the same. What will show up later on in the child's life are some of the traits of the father and the mother.
In the above Scripture, the traits of our Heavenly Father along with the new Jerusalem, which is above, will begin to show as hearts grow in expectancy concerning our eternal home. Yes, we thank Almighty God for eternal life! Have a most blessed Mother's Day celebration. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder