Archive for September, 2012

Let It Flow

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. (Matthew 25:29 NLT)

When the plumbing pipes becomes backed up the fresh water cannot flow through so we turn off the water from the source. Our lives are like these pipes in that the blessings that the Lord entrusts us with must flow through us to benefit others. If we do nothing with the talents, abilities or gifts that we have received freely from the Lord then the blessings are turned off from the source and we will lose even what we have. The best way to go is just let it flow!


Inspired Instruments

Those who think they are prophets or spiritual persons should understand that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. Those who ignore this will be ignored by God.  (1 Corinthians 14:37, 38 NCV)

An author uses the pen as an instrument to produce the letter and so God used the holy men in the Bible as His instruments to produce the inspired Word of God. God worked sovereignly through people to inspire His Scriptures. It is the people whom God indwelled with His Holy Spirit who were inspired to write His Word. The Scriptures are God-breathed and without error. The Creator of heaven and earth has no difficulty working through individuals to bring them to a place where they can record accurate messages. The Lord also has no difficulty speaking to us today through His Scriptures to those who do not ignore His guidance. God continues to use His people as inspired instruments writing His will in their hearts to fulfill each person’s created purpose for His glory.


Parable Power

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
(Matthew 13:10 NIV)

The parable paints a portrait with heavenly meaning using an earthly story. The common element of all parables is that they use everyday experiences to draw a comparison with the truth about the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus purposely taught in this manner to prompt His disciples to draw closer to Him and encourage dialogue when they asked questions. Through dialogue people develop a relationship and Jesus desires to have a genuine relationship with His people. Through investigation comes learning and Jesus wants His people to have an unforgettable learning experience in order to grow spiritually themselves and to be able to competently instruct others in the truth of the kingdom of God. Jesus’ use of parables challenged the hearer to respond to the kingdom. There are only three responses to the Lord Jesus; rejection, uncertainty or belief. The choice is yours.


War Horses

Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
(Revelation 19:11, 14, 16 NLT)

Jesus first came to Jerusalem alone as a humble servant riding a donkey. He loved His enemies and took a beating. Jesus will return to the earth as the everlasting King of glory mounted on a war horse together with all of heaven’s armies. He will come prepared to fight crushing every enemy. Who’s side will you be on? People get ready!


Ice Cold Love

Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
(Matthew 24:12 NLT)

In the fast pace modern culture we have lost the patience to acknowledge one another with love, genuine interest or respect. Initial greetings are made with the least amount of words as possible. The Lord Jesus predicted that the love of many would grow cold as a sign of the end times. Thaw out and be nice since our love is frozen if we’re cold like ice.


Stainless And Blameless

Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
(Isaiah 1:16, 18 NIV)

Everyone wants to look good. We spend much time and effort fitting and matching clothes to wear. When our clothing becomes soiled with even a small visible stain our immediate reaction is to attempt to remove the discoloration or change into something clean. We value our external appearance because we want to look presentable in public. How much more should we value our eternal appearance as seen through the eyes of our Creator God? Our souls became stained when we sin. The sacrificial blood of Jesus is the stain remover that washes away all of our sins so that we may present ourselves stainless and blameless before the Living God.


Fiery Faith

When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
(Isaiah 43:2, 3 NLT)

When life’s difficulties come the first reaction is usually to question God and ask why is this happening to me? The best lesson is the living lesson because we learn more by personal experience. Everyone needs to go through the fires of adversity to fully appreciate the Lord’s miraculous deliverance. The Bible uses the word “when” and not “if” indicating that everyone will feel the heat of oppression at some point in their life. We may only see the burning flames around us but “our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29 NKJV) and His presence is with us in the midst of the blaze.


Round And Round

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.
(Jeremiah 18:3 NKJV)

Round and round on the potter’s wheel.
Pressure on all sides is how I feel.
When will it stop? When will it end?
Life’s monotonous routine I can’t comprehend.
The Potter is moulding me but it causes me pain.
All this takes time so I must not complain.
A beautiful vessel one day that’s what I’ll be.
For the hand of The Lord is making me.


The Mirror’s Reality

The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
(Isaiah 2:11 NIV)
When I look in the mirror may I see King Jesus lifted high for who am I?


The Wisdom Seat

“I cannot keep from speaking.
I must express my anguish.
My bitter soul must complain.
(Job 7:11 NLT)
The book of Job in the Bible is written in the form of a dialogue to provide us with wisdom in the management of life’s adversity. The main character Job has several conservations with his friends and with God. Job’s friends accuse, condemn and offer him the wrong advice then Job complains to God about his terrible circumstances. Wisdom’s dialogue is initiated when we take the time to sit still and listen to God in prayer. We need to spend less time questioning God or talking about our problems to the wrong people and more time in the wisdom seat praying for God’s wisdom to learn how to grow spiritually through the difficult times.


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