Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. (Proverbs 20:11)
When I was much younger, attending grammar school, I was advised to stay away from certain children. This seemed to be an odd request and was not so easy to be understood by an eight year old boy. However, as time went by, it became very easy to see why I was given this advice and 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)
And the men which journeyed with him (Saul) stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. (Acts 9:7)
Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; (Genesis 16:24) but Lots wife looked back from behind him and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)
God is doing something beautiful in your life and in your church. Everything God is doing is before us; not behind us. What has been done is done. What is ahead will happen.
Some years ago, a brother in the Lord name Barry, shared this experience with myself. He made frequent trips to Israel, being a Hebrew himself by birth. While traveling through the region where these happenings concerning Lot's wife took place; he noticed pillars of salt standing here and standing there. A natural phenomena by man's standards, but a Memorial and strong reminder, "not to be looking back on the plow." (Luke 9:62) Put the past in the past where it belongs. Embrace the miraculous days we are in. Let your mind be happy and your heart overjoyed!
Just think we know him now by faith and the manifestation of his presence; but then face to face. Praise the Lord!
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:21)
Thousands of years ago, King David wrote this above Scripture. The words'for ever and ever,'were directed through him by the Holy Ghost. As we worship God today, as the church of the living Christ, we become that 'for ever and ever'.
As you and I praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; the Goliaths, the King Sauls, cave time and so on, will receive the same inherit blessings as David did;the man after God's own heart! Mountains will crumble, valleys will be leveled and all the powers of darkness will yield their resources to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus! Yes, when David wrote, "my mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord;" he gave us beauty for ashes. Praise the Lord!
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered and said unto him, "Art thoua master of Israel, and knowest not these things? If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" (John 3:9,10,12)
Oh yes, Jesus! Not like any other man. Heavenly originated, earthly manifested, divinely orchestrated, eternally purposed and certainly life changing. "If I have told you earthly things." Here Jesus was enlightning all of us to the fact that there are heavenly things and earthly things. These earthly things may not be the ones you or I might think them to be. Jesus was reinforcing with Nicodemusthe element of being born again; God's operation in the natural or earthly realm to reveal himself not only as the creator, but a Father. This as a result of the precarious death Jesus would suffer on the cross. Ushering into our soul the existence of a resurrected life to be lived in this our natural earthly body.
Nicodemus's question was on these lines, "How can these things be?" Perhaps there are some asking similar questions today concerning other teachings Jesus enforced; such as: greater works, all things are possible, as I was in the world so shall ye be in the world, I ascend to my Father and your Father; to my God and your God, andye shall receive the Holy Ghost and so on. These are only some of the earthly things between you and your Creator. So then what about heavenly things? How well does the architect of our soul know us!
Dr. Thomas Snyder