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!
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalm 37:1-4)
As we experience more and more the hand of our God upon our life, a great desire seems to well up inside to do the things that please God. Sometimes the going gets rough and we find it hard to trust in the shadow of His Wings. The elements of this world seem to be greater than our deliver. Apostle Paul gave us some very good advice. It is found in the book of Ephesians, chapter 6 verse 11; Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Yes beloved, Jesus does love you always; even in times of adversity. So much so, that he ordained, "spiritual armor,"to be clothed with; that you and I may never be overcome by the fiery darts of any situation.
Have you on this spiritual armor? Perhaps there is a hole or two in it. Let's go before God with worship and praise, Jesus will mend the breaches. Let our worship be the needle, our praise be the thread and the lifting of our hands the finished product. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder