Archive for October, 2016
They took the things Moses commanded to the front of the Tent of Meeting, and the entire assembly came near and stood before the Lord. (Leviticus 9:5)
There is power in gathering with God’s people before him. Communal worship is important. Go to church. You will be glad you did.
“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.” (Psalms 27:3)
For many, it’s a scary time, be it because of Halloween or because of the U.S. elections.
Either way, we don’t need to fear. Our God is greater than anything we may face.
“When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves — praise the Lord. (Judges 5:2)
Leaders lead and when they do, people follow. Lead you family, your friends, your church. They will follow. And when they do … Praise the Lord.
God’s message for his people in times of trouble is simple: “Do not fear.”
God is with us. God is among us. Do not fear.
… and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son , whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)
This is a great example for us to follow. Tell those close to you that you love them and you are proud of them. That is exactly what God told Jesus.
“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”” (1 Peter 3:14)
Look around you… what is everyone afraid of? That’s precisely what you shouldn’t be afraid of. Don’t fear what they fear. Even if bad things come your way, if you’re doing what’s right, you’ll find a blessing.
They had such a sharp diagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus… (Acts 15:39)
Even Christians can have disagreements. Some so severe they cannot work together. So Paul and Barnabus worked separately. It will happen. Just do not let Kingdom work stop. Agree to disagree and keep working.
My grandson Austin started Kindergarten this year and he enjoyed his first week. Over the weekend, his older brother asked his Mom, Jamie, if she would come have lunch with him. Austin answered, “Of course we will.” Jamie then explained to Austin that he could not eat with his brother because he would have to eat at his school.
Austin: “You mean I have to go back next week too?”
It was evidently quite the shock for him. They were nice enough not to inform him that he would be going almost every week for the next twelve or so years.
And that reminds of how some people want to follow Jesus. They are fine with a week or two, but do not always buy in to a lifetime of following him. Or they do not mind giving up Sunday, but have problems with Christianity being an all-day everyday process.
Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Following Jesus is to commit to a life of saying no to ourselves so we can say yes to Jesus. It is to embrace the cross of Jesus. Every day. It is a conscious decision you make daily to follow Jesus. Deciding to do what he would do. Deciding to not do what he would not do.
So make no mistake. Jesus offers you a new life here and then life forever after this. But he expects you to surrender your life to him. Not just for a day or a week, but from now on. But it is worth it. Just ask any of his followers.
“But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” (Psalms 10:14)
It’s easy to feel like this world is so out of control that justice will never be done. The good will never be vindicated. Evil will never be punished. That’s how it seems.
Yet God does see. He is watching. There will be a Day of Judgment. We will give a reckoning for the good and the bad that we have done.
Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. (II Kings 18:5)
Greatness is rooted in faithfulness. Hezekiah trusted God. Make your life matter. Believe God. Trust God. And you will do mighty things in the Kingdom.