For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (1 Corinthians 3:11-13)
Many believers would like to know what kind of crown they will have when they get to glory. The Lord will take everything that could not be burned by fire and make your personal crown. Everyone is forming his own crown. We need to be careful and not be all wood, hay or stubble. We have all experienced that these will be consumed with fire. There must be something left for the crown. Our fiery trials are certainly producing the materials needed to forge a most glorious and magnificent crown. There is a crown of glory that does not fade away. (1 Peter 5:4) Be sure that yours fits perfectly! Praise the Lord!
For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. (Isaiah 56:7 & Mark 11:17)
As some of the brethren continue to go out into the neighborhoods, highways and public places inviting others to partake in this, "our house of prayer," my thoughts are escalated into heaven. How pleased Father God must be to see the love of Jesus being emulated through his true Saints. His loving voice to all who are, "in need of prayer." God himself chose prayer to communicate our needs, desires and passions to his ever listening ear. Will there be obstacles? Will there be divine presence? Will hearts throb with excitement and joy to see what the Lord will do? Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. (1 Corinthians 3:8 & 9). Praise the Lord!
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and tender of mercy. (James 5:11)
Some years ago, a brother in the Lord was sent to my door to be an encouragement and support. Although he was motivated by the spirit of God, he reasoned the outcome of his mission. If he admitted that my plight was God's will, then it would have a vast effect on his life. But if he challenged, with success, what Almighty God was doing; then his life could remain exactly as it was, seemingly with God's blessing.
So as it was with Job's accusers, I also felt the sharpness of his tongue cutting deep wounds into my spirit. His condemning words, "God doesn't expect us to leave everything known and dear to us and move halfway across the country. This can never be God!" These words added a heavier weight of loneliness and grief to my already overwhelming situation.
It seems that when we reach out to God and start to get closer to our creator, having given so much, that someone will come along to help us according to their perspective of life's values.
Beloved, don't let this overwhelm you. Put on the garment of patients, get into the vehicle of love, faith and praise. God will strengthen and comfort.
And the Lord said to Job's accusers, "ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath." (Job 42:7). "And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. (Job 42:10). It's the way of God. Praise the Lord!
Two things have I required of thee: deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. (Proverbs 30:7 – 9)
Once again, we find that our souls are stirred by the wisdom and spirit of God's word. Basic life seems to be the ingredients or props needed to express man's fallibility. Can you imagine that? Asking Almighty God to limit one's riches. We can understand not to be desirous of poverty, but riches!
Then there is that tug of vanity, motivated by our natural surroundings. Someone once gave me this advice; "We all have a little larceny in us, otherwise life would not be worth living." He went on to say, you can't tell me that you don't want…….. naming several vices.
Then there are those lies that seem to want to take up lodging in our tongues, to the extent that one may feel not only are lies unavoidable, but a necessary strength to conduct life. What is the antidote?
The author of these Proverbs strongly suggests that we talk it over with him. Praise the Lord!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:21)
So sweet is the breathe of the holy Scriptures. All praise, honor and glory be unto Almighty God! Jesus and Jesus alone can give you the peace, comfort, happiness and joy sought after by all mankind. Yes, all mankind. However, so many are mixed up in their receiving of the same. Some seek it in fleshly desires. Others in a self righteous, self-willed environment. Still there are many whose appetite will only be satisfied through the ruling over of others. As we embrace this scripture, a reservoir of enlightenment concludes, "that Jesus and Jesus only can provide complete contentment." Let's take a close look.
First of all, this is the last verse in the Bible. There are so many other closing statements that could have been written. However, here Father God chooses once again to establish that Jesus is the only way, truth and life. Always fulfilling, always comforting, always echoing that he wants you to succeed with God.Here, Jesus extends his personal grace to us. Now grace means, "having favor with God." Therefore, God's holy word concludes that he not only wants you and I to succeed; but has already given us the same favor with himself that Jesus had. Can you imagine that! You may say, "not for me." So let's judge for ourselves. The last two words are ALL and AMEN. Praise the Lord!
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverb 16:3)
Can this be? Are we expected to have the Lord always in our mind; to so influence our thoughts to the point that we will see their reality? In the book of Isaiah, we can read this: that if our mind is stayed on the Lord, he will keep us in perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3)
There seems to be two kinds of work in existence; the work of this world and the work of the Lord. Jesus was asked, how does one do the work of the Lord? His answer was this, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.(John 6:29)
So, here is found our commitment to all our works under the sun; that as we perform any task that our minds are stayed on Jesus. In purity, in hope and love; revealing the reality of Almighty God's created purpose. Our thoughts will be transferred into our work for all the world to see. Can you imagine that? Praise the Lord!
When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverb 16:7)
Good morning in the sweet matchless name of Jesus. Although I am not here this morning in the natural, my thoughts will certainly be; along with my spirit.
When surface reading this proverb, the words enemies and peace seem to capture the center ring of our attention. Of course, doesn't everyone have enemies? On the other hand, peace is a commodity most desired and probably the most lacking in such relationships; but let's go beneath the surface.
As we travel into our inner man, our soulish pallet is offered this feast of paramount proportions; we can please the Lord! Yes, that is right! You and I can please God! All of the obstacles in our life will pale to this reality; that it is possible to please the Lord in all our ways. What then?
The proverb goes on to say, "he maketh." Not you or I, but the Lord maketh our enemies to be at peace with us. Certainly worthwhile entertaining. Praise the Lord!
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17)
Faith will stand amid the wrecks of time,
Faith unto eternal glories climb;
Only count the promise true,
And the Lord will stand by you.
Faith will win the victory every time!
Where does this precious faith come from? How or where can someone gather up an overwhelming supply? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
In order to hear God's faithful voice, one must first unclog earthly ears with the hearing of God's word, the Bible. Only then will his voice be heard clearly. Almost too simple to be true? But it is! Praise the Lord!
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. (Proverb 18:10)
Sound familiar? How many times have we worshiped Almighty God, with this very Scripture. Think for a moment, what this name engulfs.
Names are descriptive: Caesar, Washington, Columbus and so on, seem to be more descriptive than the John Doe's of this world. Some names seem to carry a depth of meaning that others lack.
Parents sometimes take the longest time to select a name for their unborn child. Perhaps, it is with hopes that the character or what that name represents will rub off on their child. Why even when Solomon was born, Father God reviewed his name; reclaiming the child with this name, Jedediah, "loved of God!"
At the name of "Jesus," every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that he is Lord! Yes, Jesus is the Lord's name! We know he was born in a manger in Bethlehem. Grew up in favor with God and man. Expose the powers of darkness along with man's sin nature. Revealed God's eternal purpose for all mankind through love. His precarious death and resurrection from the dead made this possible. Now, we find Jesus is also a strong tower of safety. Can you imagine all this in one name, Jesus! Praise the Lord!
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savior of his knowledge by us in every place. (II Corinthians 2:14)
As we quickly approach the release of "I Am Yours," my thoughts seem to go directly to the awesome possibilities. Just think, Father God's sovereign unlimited authority, power, compassion and mercies all enveloped in one name: JESUS! His name will be held high. Thousands of voices singing, praising and glorifying God. Thanking him. Exalting him. Inviting him to hear and see just what his love has done. Even more profoundly, what his love is about to do.
Look at the above Scripture, "always causeth us to triumph in Christ." See what I mean; the possibilities are awesome. Do you think he will forget about you? All your love and service to him. Your faith built strong and pure; founded on the living of his word. He maketh manifest the savour (excellent taste) of his knowledge. I can see nothing else but a complete satisfying of every hunger and thirst. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder