I Must Tell

Have you ever had something happen to you that was so good and so exciting that you just had to tell it to somebody?   I was in the Post Office, one day, and I saw a man who was a member of the church of which I was pastor.  He said, “I’ve got to tell you something.  I’ve got very good news, I’m about to come into a large sum of money.”  I could see that he was very excited, and as he continued to tell me about it, he said, “I got a letter from the Readers Digest, yesterday, and I’ve been selected as one of the final five to win millions of dollars!”  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that everybody gets selected to be in the final five.

This man was exited over something he thought he might get, so much so that he was telling me about it, as if it were already reality.  It would be exciting to win several million dollars in sweepstakes, would it not?  Have you ever thought about how your life would change with such a gift?  One thing is for sure, and that is if you were to win it, it would only be for a limited amount of time.  The old trueism would once again prove true: you can’t take it with you.

Yesterday, I assisted in the funeral of a lady whom I had not seen for several years.  I had been her pastor a number of years ago.  The minister, who was her pastor at the time she died, told about how she had become such a vocal witness of the Lord’s saving grace.  He told how she would tell telemarketers, “I will listen to you, if you will listen to me for a moment, first,” and she would take that moment to tell them how God had changed her life and how He would change their lives, also.  He told how she had been such a witness to her medical doctor, and had developed such a friendship around her Christian testimony with that doctor, that the doctor had taken the day and had driven to another town to be able to attend her funeral service.

Jesus said that we are the light of world.  We really can be.  We just need to realize that what we have been given is far greater than the winning the Readers Digest sweepstakes, and out of our excitement, we only have to tell.

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Victim Mentality

Do you know people who think that every thing that happens to them, happens because of what somebody else did or didn’t do?  I’ve heard people say, “I don’t go to church, because my parents always made me go to church when I was a child.”  I sometimes ask them if their parents made them do any other things, like brush their teeth, take a bath, and use good manners?

We can never control other people, but we can control how we look at the situations of our lives.  We cannot stop all bad things from happening in our lives, but we can deal with them in the most powerful way possible, and that is according to the teachings of the Bible.

One thing we need to understand is that a moment cannot ruin our forever, because God’s mercies are new every morning.   The devil is “the thief,” and his mission is to steal, kill, and destroy, but in Christ, we can stand against him at every turn, because Jesus has come that we might have life to the overflowing.

Don’t blame others for your situation.  Repent of any wrong-doing on your own part and look to the future, standing on the promises of God.  Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.  Wouldn’t that make a great song?

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Spiritual Laws

Gravity is a natural law, meaning it is an absolute in the workings of the world.  Gravity is always at work.  Any day of the week, any time of the day, any place on the planet, gravity is going on.  It’s a law.

There are also spiritual laws that, like natural laws, they are always working.  Whether or not we are in submission to those laws, will everything to do with the kind of life we experience.

I did an internet search on spiritual laws, and I got stuff from how to become a Christian to mystical eastern religious guidelines.  What I’m thinking about is three very basic spiritual laws that are like branches from which many others may hang. 

The law of love is the greatest and most important.  To love God and love people is the greatest of the commandments and is the summation of all the law and prophets.  If you fail at this point, you will not be in position to benefit from any of the other spiritual laws.

The law of faith is second, but is completely dependant upon your submission to the law of love.  First Corinthians 13:1-3 says that no matter how much you do, or how much faith you have, it is no good without love.  However, the law of faith says that unless faith is operative in your life, you cannot please God, you cannot come to God, and you cannot receive anything from God.  On the other hand, to him that believes, all things are possible.  Everybody has faith, but many people have their faith misplaced.  Adrian Rogers said, “Many people have strong faith in thin ice!”  Faith that has its basis in the word of God cannot fail.

Finally, there is the law of confession, which says, “What you say nails it down in your life.”  In the creation, God said, and it was.  I’m thankful that God has been merciful and has placed a filter between what we say and what we get, so that it doesn’t just immediately happen.  We’d all be dead!  Just think about when you said, “My head is killing me.”

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Resurrection Thoughts

Jesus demonstrated His absolute command of all things in His resurrection.  He showed His command over angels, which are not the little effeminate creatures we see in the pictures, but very powerful creatures.  Most importantly, He shows His command over life and death.  He said He would rise from the dead, and He did.  His resurrection is as documented as multitudes of other events that we readily accept as fact.  His command over life and death is not only in regard to Himself, but to all who believe in Him.  His promise is that even if we die, yet shall we live, plus He promises us that our bodies will be raised, even as He was raised.

We also see that He has abounding compassion to mankind.  In compassion, he told the women who had come to the grave to “rejoice.”  That’s a great word.  It means to experience joy over and over again.  In compassion, He told the women to go tell His brethren that He was alive.  After they had denied Him and deserted Him, He still called them brothers.  Thank God, when we fall, He is there to pick us up and remind us that we belong to Him.

We see that He gives us a commission.  It is to take the gospel to the world.  He promises, “I am with you always,” indicating that His business is to be our business.  We may have a vocation to pay our expenses, but our business is His business.

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Global Warming

I read an article today that said the weather was warmer in the 1930s than it is today.  It said that while some glaciers of the world are receding, there are equal numbers that are increasing, so it’s wash-out.

What if it’s all a hoax?  What if it’s all designed to scare us into giving up the controls of our life and giving even more of our money to the government?

Scientists who say it is not true, say that there has been such well planned effort to put it across, that any opposing evidence is no longer welcomed in the now closed debate.

How does it all fit with Bible prophecy?  Is there any hint in the Bible that mankind will, or even can, destroy the earth?  Not that I know of.   God says that He will one day destroy it with fire and brimstone, as described in 2 Peter 3, and there isn’t the first hint that the kind of light bulbs we use, the kind of cars we drive, or whether or not we use hair spray will have anything to do with it.

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Blessed

When Jacob realized that he was wrestling with the Lord, he said, “I will not let you go except You bless me.”  He had been trying to get away, but then he started trying to hang on.  The Lord did bless Jacob, and as a sign of that blessing he touched the hollow of his thigh, so that Jacob came away with a limp.  I’m sure when people looked a Jacob limping along, it didn’t look like he had experienced blessing, but he had.

I have found that our blessings don’t always look like blessings on the surface, even to us.  In all honesty, we have to admit that some of the events in life that we would have been least likely to have chosen, turn out to be a source of great blessing.

Someone has well said, “When you can’t trace His hand, you can trust His heart.”  Praise the Lord, who works all things together for our good.

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The Secret Place

Psalm 91 speaks of the secret place of the Most High.  This is that place of fellowship, assurance, and contentment that is available to those who are willing to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow daily after Christ.

It is called a secret place, perhaps, because so few find it.  It is not that God has hidden it from you, but rather, He has hidden it for you.

It is a place that you can dwell, as opposed to just stopping by for a short visit every now and then.  You can stay there all the time.  In Psalm 23, the Psalmist said, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.”

It is a place of blessing, where God’s grace abounds toward you, where you abide under His shadow, where you find complete refuge.

It is the secret place because most of the world is traveling a broad road that leads to destruction, but the relative few that find this place enter by the narrow passage-way, whose name is Jesus.

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