What man is he that feareth the Lord? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul, shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. (Psalm 25:12& 13)
What was it like to sit at the feet of an actual physical Jesus? How did he teach? Here is a poem I acquired several years ago, titled "The Teacher."
He never taught a lesson in a classroom. He had no tools to work with; such as blackboards, maps or charts. He used no subject outlines, no records, gave no grades and his only text was ancient and well-worn. His students were the poor, the lame, the deaf, the blind, the outcasts and his method was the same with all who came to hear and learn. He opened eyes with faith. He opened ears with simple truth. He opened hearts with love, a love born of forgiveness. A gentle man, a humble man; he asked and won no honors, no gold awards of tribute to his expertise or wisdom. Yet this quiet teacher from the hills of Galilee has fed the needs, fulfill the hopes and changed the lives of many millions. For what he taught brought heaven to earth and revealed God's heart to mankind.
God will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life. (Romans 2:6&7)
Many years ago while removing bundles of shingles from a roof I just had completed, singing away and happy in the spirit; God spoke this to me, "Would you work for me?" My first reaction was surprise. Then I thought, I'm already working for you Lord. I spread the gospel of Jesus Christ by sharing with people where ever I go. Again the Lord asked the same question, although this time Jesus began to reveal my heart. I had come to a comfortable place with my earthly service unto God. At one time the place I had arrived at was quite an accomplishment. Now Jesus wanted to bless me with more of his nature by pruning me back. I thought, how much more I wanted to serve God. However, to enter into a more committed life of service, I knew many things had to change in my life. My faith had to increase, my lifestyle altered and a more serious life lived according to the word of God. I had been living behind a shield of preaching the word to others instead of desirously wanting the word to increase in my life. Full-time service would put me under the microscope of all Christianity.
Perhaps God is asking you to do something today. Instead of looking unto Jesus you are looking at the obstacles in your life; things you are not willing to change, alter or remove.
Beloved, Jesus emptied himself of all things, leaving us an example. As God removes, he refills. Your heavenly father will neither forsake you or ever leave you.
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms .(Psalm 95:2)
When Jesus was with his disciples, it is recorded that after the Lord's supper or the Last Supper, they sung a hymn. The next events that took place were praying to his heavenly father to take this cup away and the sweating of his precious blood. How Jesus must have felt at the moment the Last Supper was over; knowing full well the events that were to take place. Was it an odd thing that they would all sing a hymn? Can you imagine what the words of that hymn were. I'm sure Jesus expressed his confidence in God, as well as his willingness to continue in service and love; glorifying God's name. Jesus also must have expressed his dependency on his heavenly father.
Beloved, not so different are the hymns we will sing here today. As we let up praise to Jesus, not only do we express honour, glory and praise; but our complete confidence in our Lord, Saviour and King. Almighty God loves to hear your voice praising Jesus: so much so that even for those who feel their voices are not of an acceptable quality; God said, "make a joyful noise."
Sun, Jan 10, 2016
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Can you imagine that! God has a purpose to everything that happens in this life. These purposes sometimes are so well hid; words like "luck", "looks like it's my day," "that's too bad" or "those are the breaks," press to feed the hungry mind for answers. Contrary to this train of thought, we find that our life is perfectly ordered by the hand of God.
In Psalm 37, like the sweetness of the morning dew, we find that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Also, though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with his hand. The word of God seems to carve out a path through the uncharted waters of our daily life. The nonbeliever, along with the carnal Christian, never seems to know how to apply God's compass to events. A surface evaluation seems to satisfy their hunger for answers. The true believer will dig deep into God's word. With the help of the Holy Spirit and God's favor, a warmth of security and enlightenment will emerge, that time and seasons will have their purpose.
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. (Psalm 73:23 & 24)
To think one day our race will be run. One day the greatest event will take place for all of us; we will be received up into glory!
As we toil from day to day with life's many burdens, Father God's resources are many. Here we find comfort in knowing that our Lord Jesus will uphold us. His holy Scriptures and sweet voice, become anchors to our soul. In this unsettled world, God and God alone will make all the difference concerning life events . Just think for a moment, what your life would be without Jesus. No Bible to read for comfort and guidance. No help to come from heaven. No salvation. Only an obscured existence in an atmosphere of unanswered questions. "I am continually with thee," is always the end result echoed in the hearts of all believers. Through the good days, the bad days, tribulations, or exalted blessings, laughter and tears; his voice is always the same, "I am continually with thee." This the world does not have. Neither can it give this peace of understanding and reassurance.
So how valuable are your eternal thoughts? Day to day activities are the investments that we make into his eternal treasury. For where your treasure is, so your heart will be also.
Dr. Thomas Snyder