Listening to God…

Listening to God…

Can I sit and be taught by God today?

II Tim 3:16, 17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

But aren’t those the books and teachings of men?

II Peter 1:20, 21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

“Let us seek to know Him in the Word. It is in the Word we will find the Holy Spirit. Don’t read too many other things. Some of you will say, “Look who’s talking!” Well, go ahead and say it, I don’t mind; but I am reading fewer and fewer things as I get older, not because I’m losing interest in this great, big, old suffering world, but because I’m gaining interest in that other world above. So I say, don’t try to know everything. You can’t. Find Him in the Word, for the Holy Ghost wrote this book. He inspired it, and He will be revealed in its pages.”

–A.W. Tozer

That being the case…
II Tim 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

So, who’s feet did you sit at this morning to start your day?
Sitting before the Lord

“Here then I am, far from the busy ways of men. I sit down alone; only God is here. In His presence I open, I read His Book; for this end, to find the way to heaven. Is there a doubt concerning the meaning of what I read? Does anything appear dark or intricate? I lift up my heart to the Father of lights: ‘Lord, is it not thy Word, “If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God”? Thou ‘give’s liberally and upbraids not’. Thou hast said, ‘If any be willing to do thy will, he shall know.’ I am willing to do, let me know thy will. I then search after and consider parallel passages of Scripture, ‘comparing spiritual things with spiritual’. I meditate thereon, with all the attention and earnestness of which my mind is capable. If any doubt still remains, I consult those who are experienced in the things of God, and then the writings whereby, being dead, they yet speak. And what I thus learn, that I teach.”

–John Wesley, Preface to Standard Sermons

It does take commitment.

Romans 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and perfect will of God.”

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IMPORTANT RECALL NOTICE…

Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death…”

Important Recall Notice!

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the serious defect in the primary and central component
of the heart.

This is due to a malfunction in the original
prototype unit’s code named Adam and Eve, resulting in
the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.

This defect has been technically termed,
‘Sub sequential Internal Non-Morality,’ or more commonly
known as S-I-N, as it is primarily symptomized by loss
of moral judgment. Some other symptoms:

(a) Loss of direction
(b) Foul vocal emissions
(c) Amnesia of origin
(d) Lack of peace and joy
(e) Selfish, or violent, behavior
(f) Depression or confusion in the mental component
(g) Fearful
(h) Idolatry

The manufacturer, who is neither liable or at fault
for this defect, providing factory authorized repair
and service, free of charge to correct this SIN defect.

The number to call for the recall station in your
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That will download J-E-S-U-S into your life.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, the
JESUS repair will replace it with:

(a) Love
(b) Joy
(c) Peace
(d) Longsuffering
(e) Gentleness
(f) Goodness
(g) Faith
(h) Meekness
(i) Temperance

Please see operating manual, HOLY BIBLE, for
further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING:

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DANGER:

The human units not acknowledging and accepting this recall action will have to be scraped in the furnace.  The SIN defect must not enter heaven or else heaven will be infected.

Authorized by: The Creator.

I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

And, the rewards are out of this world……….

Prescribed by the Great Physician…

Matthew 4:18-19 “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

**Prescribed by the** **Great Physician**

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The next time you feel like GOD can’t use you, just remember…

– Noah periodically drank too much

– Abraham was too old

– Isaac was a daydreamer

– Jacob was a liar

– Leah was ugly

– Joseph was abused

– Moses was a poor speaker

– Gideon was afraid

– Samson had long hair and was a womanizer

– Rahab was a prostitute

– Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

– David had an affair and was a murderer

– Elijah was suicidal

– Isaiah preached naked

– Jonah ran from God

– Naomi was a widow

– Job went bankrupt and lost his family

– Peter denied Christ

– The Disciples fell asleep while praying

– Martha worried about everything

– Mary Magdalene was…

– The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once

– Zacchaeus was too small

– Paul was too religious

– Timothy had an ulcer…AND

– Lazarus was dead!

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Now! No more excuses!

God can use you to your full potential.

Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger!

**** Start by…

  1. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
  2. Dear God, I have a problem, it’s Me.
  3. Growing old is inevitable growing UP is optional.
  4. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
  5. Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.
  6. Do the math count your blessings.
  7. Faith is the ability to not panic.
  8. Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging.
  9. If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry.
  10. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.
  11. Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
  12. The most important things in your house are the people.

13 When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.

  1. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

15 He who dies with the most toys is still dead.

**Have a great day!!! The SON is shining and he can certainly use you!**

It is comforting to me to know that God can use me. And He does so not requiring that I be a theologian. I only need to be willing, God will provide the opportunity and the strength………..

2 Cor. 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

The Mission of the Church…

Mat 28:19, 20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The Mission of the Church

As with all truth the only absolutes in our world are contained in God’s word the Bible. That is because God is the Author of the 66 books (II Tim 3:16, 17 and II Pet 1:20, 21) that the Bible contains and He never changes (Mal 3:6 and Heb 13:8). The theme of the OT is the coming of a Savior as the perfect sacrifice needed for the forgiveness of our sins. The NT proclaims Jesus coming to be that sacrifice and the knowledge that He will come a second time to put an end to sin and satan. THANK YOU, JESUS……

Today Jesus is at God the Father’s right hand making intercession for all those who call upon His name to be saved (born again Acts 16:31, John 3:3 & John 14:6). When He left this earth He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell ‘born again’ believers who make up the Church. The Church is not a denomination although some denominations do proclaim the Biblical gospel. Do a search in the Bible and you will not find any denominations mentioned. Many attempts to add works to Jesus sacrifice or do not even have the name of Jesus in their doctrine. Some do not even see Jesus as God. They see Him as a great man and a Prophet but not God. Yet we know from historical evidence and eye witness accounts that Jesus is not in the grave like all false Prophets. HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE AND ONLY GOD COULD DO THAT! Check out 1 Corinthians chapter 15.

1 John 4:2-3 “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”

One of the Bible passages that helps us understand what Jesus mission is for His Church as we await His second coming is Matthew 28:19 and 20. It breaks down into 3 areas so let’s explore them this morning so we can actively serve Jesus. The three areas are;

  1. Go and make disciples;
    1. Like Peter, Andrew and the other disciples we have been called to go and make disciples. I, like most you, do not have the gift of Evangelism nor am I a Pastor or Missionary but we are all to be fishers of men. As Spiritual Gifts, Giving and Evangelism are similar. We are all to Give and Evangelize but some believers will have a greater desire to do so and greater experiences based on their Gifts.
      1. Mat 4:19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
      2. Romans 10:14, 15 “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?
    2. As an act of obedience and not a condition for being ‘born again’ believers are to be Baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
      1. Baptism is a step of obedience and a believers’ proclaiming his dependence on Jesus for forgiveness of sins. It is as the book of James notes a sign and proof of our being ‘born again’. Faith without works is dead and amounts to head knowledge without heart acceptance (Mat 10:9, 10).
      2. First we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and then comes water Baptism; Acts 8:36b-38 “And the eunuch said, “See, here is What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”
      3. Jesus’ final command in Matthew’s Gospel is that his followers are to teach and to baptize. Those who are baptized are called “disciples.” From this it seems reasonable to conclude that such people should be both repentant and have faith in Jesus.
      4. Such baptism was to be in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Trinity.
    3. Teach the believers all things that Jesus commanded His Church to teach;
      1. The main function of the Church is to teach believers to love and serve Jesus while focusing on going and making disciples.
      2. Eph 4:9-12 “Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.  And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
      3. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from”
      4. II Pet 3:18 “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever”

In summary, Jesus wants you and I as ‘born again’ believers to be dedicated to going and making disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to do the work that Jesus left for His Church to do. I don’t know about you but I have a lot of work to do…………….

JESUS  IS COMING A SECOND TIME TO EARTH!!!

No one knows when Jesus will return a second time, but one thing is for sure!

Jesus is coming again|||||||

The questions are. Are you ready?????? And when will He return?

Acts 1:7,8 “And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know the times or seasons the Father has put in His own authority, but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; And you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'”

As born again believers, our marching orders are!

Mat 16:24 “If anyone will come after Me, let them DENY themselves, TAKE UP their cross and FOLLOW ME.”

Mat 28:19,20 “Go you therefore and make disciples in every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo I am with you always, even until the end of the world.”

ARE YOU READY FOR HIS RETURN??????????????

If you are not sure you have been born again can I suggest you read the third chapter of the gospel of John and the following verses, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8,9 and Acts 16:31, Romans 10:13. You do not want Jesus returning without knowing where you will spend eternity and just how Jesus will usher in the judgments those who have rejected Him are in for. At that point of time it will be too late to change your mind.  And remember the church you attend or the family you are a part of or the life you live does not assure you of being ‘born again’.

Have a great day and challenge yourself with the above question. And ask if Jesus wants you and I to be a little bolder in proclaiming the Gospel and His second coming. I think the answer is a loud yes. You will never be sorry for presenting or giving your life to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus!!!!!!!

By the way, 7 years prior to Jesus return He will rapture or take His Church (those trusting in Jesus for their eternity) out of this earth. His Church includes all Born Again believers so I will be gone!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you would like to know more drop me a note or comment on this daily and we can talk. Or better yet read the Bible passages noted above. There is no time like the present to listen to God!

God’s Goodness and Mercy…

Ephes. 4:30 “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

God’s Goodness and Mercy…….

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her.

Mrs. Goodnest said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed. The next school day, Mrs. Goodnest and her little girl, Marcy, set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew. She did this for the whole week.

As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally, he said to Timmy, “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?”

Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, I know who she is”.

The friend said, “Well, who is she”?

“That’s just Shirley Goodnest”, Timmy replied, “and her daughter Marcy”.

“Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us”?

“Well”, Timmy explained, “every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it”!

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord makes his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Numbers 6:22-26 (And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today, and always.

Finding Absolute Truth…Yes there is…

II Tim 3:16,17 “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be made perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

 Malachi 3:6a “For I am the Lord, I do not change;

 John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 Finding Absolute Truth….

For all you scientists out there and for all the students who have a hard time convincing these people regarding the truth > of the Bible…here’s something that shows God’s awesome creation > and shows that He is still in control.

Did you know that the Space Program is busy proving that > what has been called “myth” in the Bible is true? Mr. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore Maryland > and a consultant in the space program, relates the Following > development:

I think one of the most amazing things that God has for us > today happened recently to our astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt, Maryland. They were checking the position of the sun, > moon, and planets out in space where they would be 100 years and > 1000 years from now. We have to know this so we won’t send a > satellite, up and have it bump into something later on its orbits. We > have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite, and > where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down.

They ran the computer measurement back and forth over the Centuries > and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put-up a red signal, > which meant that there was something wrong either with the information > fed into it or with the results as compared to the standards.

They called in the service department to check it out and they asked, > “What’s wrong?”  Well, they found there is a day missing in space in > elapsed time. They scratched their heads and tore their hair. There was > no answer.

Finally, a Christian man on the team said, “You know, one time I was in > inSunday school and they talked about the sun standing still.” > While they didn’t believe him, they didn’t have an answer either, so > they said, “Show us”.

He got a Bible and went back to the book of Joshua where they found > a pretty ridiculous statement for any one with ‘common sense.’ > There they found the Lord saying to Joshua, “Fear them not, I have > delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them stand > before thee.”

Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy and > if darkness fell they would overpower them. So Joshua asked the Lord > to make the sun stand still! That’s right, “The sun stood still and > the moon stayed—and hastened not to go down about a whole day!”

The astronauts and scientists said, “There is the missing day!” > They checked the computers going back into the time it was written > and found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that > was missing back in Joshua’s day was 23 hours and 20 minutes-not > a whole day.

They read the Bible and there it was “about (approximately) a day” > These little words in the Bible are important, but they were still > in trouble because if you cannot account for 40 minutes you’ll still > be in trouble 1,000 years from now. Forty minutes had to be found > because it can be multiplied many times over in orbits.

As the Christian employee thought about it, he remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS. > The scientists told him he was out of his mind, but they got out > the Book and read these words in 2 Kings. Hezekiah, on his deathbed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going > to die.

Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof.  Isaiah said “Do you want the sun > to go ahead 10 degrees?” Hezekiah said “It is nothing for the sun to > go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow return backwards 10 degrees. > Isaiah spoke to the Lord and the Lord brought the shadow ten > degrees BACKWARD!

Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes! Twenty-three hours and 20 minutes > in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in Second Kings make the missing day > in the universe!

Isn’t it amazing? Our God provides all the truth and direction needed for our lives. All we must do is believe and seek!

References:

Joshua 10:8 and 12, 13; 2 Kings 20:9-11

II Tim 3:16,17 “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be made perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

If God said it, I believe it and that settles it……!