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 conviction and commitment. His love then permeates and marinades my 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 our hearts? How can we tell if this has taken place and truly the resident authority in our life is the son of God.
We are the body of Christ serving, caring and loving as the master himself; would he have been on the earth today. The pages of time will engulf our deeds into the years of forgetfulness, but God will never forget the labor of love to this loss and dying world. Jesus can never forget! So shall your reward be great. Praise the Lord
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
When we read this Scripture from the book of Revelation, our hearts seem to flutter with joy and excitement. The Lord Jesus is on his throne, beautiful, glorious and magnificent in every way. The four and twenty elders are worshiping him; expressing the overwhelming desire of their hearts as the words in verse 11 come alive. There crowns of gold are cast before our Lord as rose petals. With adoration and desires of affectionate love, Jesus is worshiped!
How can it be otherwise in the kingdom of God, heaven and paradise; all enemies are now out of the picture. Worship of the expression of heart are freely given in an atmosphere of love. Father God has succeeded in swallowing up all the crimes of Eden and Jesus is the reason for all this success.
Can you imagine that! What a day that will be to behold; the Lord Jesus Christ in all his glory, proceeding out of the Father. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
So what is the conclusion of the whole matter? Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Fear him and keep his commandments. Your eyes shall then behold the King of Kings and Lord of lords in all his beauty. Praise the Lord!
And Jesus said unto them, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." (Acts 1:7)
We seem to be living in a time when questions like these surface frequently: What do all these world events mean? Why are there more and more bad things happening? Is the end near? And so on.
There once was a man who had two sons. He was very gentle in character and believed in rewarding instead of punishing to promote discipline. One day he purchased a brand-new car and realized that his garage needed cleaning. So he started to clean and move items himself. One of the items he found in the garage was an old "for sale sign." He had a thought. Placing the for sale sign by the front of the garage; he called his two sons and said, "boys someday this garage and all that is in it will be yours. I need it cleaned so I can put in the brand-new car I have purchased. He then divided the workload up giving each boy the responsibility of one half of the garage. As he left to go and pick up his purchase, he shouted out, "I will be back around evening with the new car." Both boys started their tasks. As items were moved back and forth pass the for sale sign, thoughts filled their minds. Nevertheless to say, only one boy was ready when the new car arrived.
Don't be misled by signs. Jesus said, as he was leaving this earth to receive the kingdom meant for us; "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." (Acts 1:8 a) Be a doer of the work and the word; not a forgetful hearer! Praise the Lord!
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. (Proverb 21:21)
What a most wonderful proverb! Full of the warmth of God's wisdom. It provides meat for the soul; embracing all our difficulties, enlightning life's sometimes questionable path with an enduring presence of Father God's love.
As I sit here writing this message, I can observe a mother bird feeding her newborn "chicks". Realizing that now they will be accustomed to the types of food that they will eat here after. They are totally dependent on their parents. As the bird returns to the nest, a choice has to be made which one of the four chicks will receive the precious cargo or have to wait for the next journey. Of course the hungriest and the loudest seem to win the prize.
Take a look at this proverb. Righteousness and mercy will produce life, righteousness, and honor. Our righteousness is not enough. We also have to demonstrate mercy. As the Holy Ghost brings the food of God's word to our soul, we will then know how to feed others. God will honor with his parenting character. The quoting of the Scriptures is not what others need. It is our living of them.
As food enhances the physical body with power to live and grow; so much more does the living of "the word of God" gives us a divine power to be called, "the children of God!" Praise the Lord!
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. (Proverb 29:23)
As this proverb is being read, most readers will give an Amen even before they have finished reading all its context. This may result in keywords being overlooked. One's 20/20 spiritual vision could become blindness, resulting in the heavy suitcase of pride being added to the already overwhelming weights of this life.
A careful look at the beauty of this gem, will bring us to the undisputed fact that everyone has pride! Humility is not a state of mind, but a practice in the spirit or one's character. The apostle Paul advises, "what can man boast of that God has not given to him?" Or what can I give to God that he hasn't given to us first? When we realize this, and live its reality day by day; then pride can never find its residents in us. Only the humble in spirit can occupy this neighborhood whose streets are paved and upheld with God's honor and love. Praise the Lord!
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (Proverb 15:3)
Sometimes it's hard to believe that God is seeing everything. There are times when it seems that there are no rules. Day by day men's wills are being exercised without any reasoning of right or wrong. They are void of the fear of the Lord and are unaware why they have been created. So masked are Father God's eyes that even the cleverest of persons sometimes forgets that HE is watching!
One of the joys of exercising God's gifts is that when I am praying for people, the spirit of the Lord will talk about their personal lives. So impressed is the hearer, that sometimes they are surprised that God knows! The Bible is not a lifeless book of yesteryear. Exactly what God did in his inspired word, he does today; seeing all, knowing all and pertaining to all. His presence is unlocked through faith. Fully persuaded that if his eyes are watching, his person will be there also. Jesus said, "behold, I stand at the door and knock." As we open our hearts, the floodgates will open and he will embrace our every need. Praise the Lord!
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.(Proverb 28:1)
Once again we see the wisdom of Almighty God, the character of man, along with an open display of Father God's advice.
As we observe the manner in which others handle life in general, conclusions are drawn. Why even a child is known by his doings. (Proverbs 20:11) Here we find a deeper awareness and importance for having a strong foundation. For no other foundation can we build upon for success than that which has already then laid, Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 3:11) So, what happens in this life's almost seemingly endless journey that would bring about such a difference in character?
I'm reminded of times in my walk of faith when God had called upon me and others to be strong and do exploits. (Daniel 11:32) However, no sooner than the work of God had begun many fled. As I observed other areas in their life, the same pattern existed. Instead of the word of God producing a holy boldness; a weak character of surrender seemed to steal away blessing after blessing.
The lion knows his position. When he roars, others are reminded of his God-given abilities and authority. Jesus is referred to as, "The lion of Judah," in the book of Revelation. (Revelation 5:5) As his offspring, our role should reflect the same. Praise the Lord!
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. (Proverb 24:10 )
Yes the day of adversity! In the book of Job, God has said, "Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." (Job 5:7). But here we find a sure word of encouragement: strength!
About 39 years ago I was encouraging another pastor named Jonathan. He seemed to float in and out of being a strong spiritual, "man of God." As we Fellowship on a regular weekly basis, he seemed to handle his shepherding duties just fine. The Lord Jesus called me away for a season. Upon returning, I attended a gathering of the saints. No sooner was I in the room, when Jonathan came running to me, embraced me and said, "thank God you're back!" He looked as if he was being chased by a mob. I realize he had fainted because of the adversary. Jonathan was going on his own strength and terror was gripping him.
Beloved if you take time with God, he will be there in the times you need him most. As Jonathan and I conversed, the Holy Ghost enlighted the above proverb to him. Jesus explained that it was not our strength we live by, but by every word that has proceeded out of the mouth of God. This is where everyone finds their strength in times of adversity. Praise the Lord!
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! (Isaiah 52:7)
Some years ago, I had the privilege to fellowship with Pastor George Stormont, author of, "Wigglesworth, A Man Who Walked with God." He spent several days in my home and we held a special meeting together. Here is a part of one of the letters I received from him; which I pray will help clarify the above Scripture.
March 1, 1991
Dear Brother Snyder,
Greetings with joy!
Your letter and enclose check came as a complete surprise today, and I thank you warmly for both.
Praise God for the good report of blessings in the assembly. God is most certainly doing a refining work in the midst of his people; but He is also recommissioning them to "REACH THE LOST AT ANY COST!"
If only all our members would teach others each week what they learn in God's house and from his word, we should soon see a dramatic increase in power and in numbers.
Pastor Stormont, who personally experienced the Welsh Revival, seems here to not only encourage us, but bring us into the living word. Yes, IF ONLY! 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."
When 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!
Dr. Thomas Snyder