Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What Adorns Our Heart

What does it mean to “Adorn our heart?” To adorn oneself is “to make more beautiful or attractive.” Perhaps the question is “Why Adorn our heart?”  Of course the answer is God sees out heart. It is more important what God sees then what man sees. But in today’s world it seems mankind is more concerned with what humanity thinks of them then what God Thinks of them.  Last week in Worship we examined the “Principal Thing” that God requires. Prov. 4:7-9 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt Wisdom, and she shall promote thee: Wisdom shall bring thee to honour …” If the Principal Thing is Wisdom and then Understanding, that truly would be a “thing” of the heart and the mind … perhaps it could be called the “inward appearance of the Christian!” Today’s Message continues as we keep in mind the “Principal Thing --- Wisdom and Understanding.” As we continue in Prov.4. Our life is to be a “Shining Light that shines more and more!” We are admonished to “attend to God’s Word and incline our ear to Hear Him.” Vs23 continues: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of Life.” As God looks at our heart, it should be beautiful in Spiritual things as well as in the natural things of life. A Christian’s heart should be attractive to God, that is “pleasing to Him, beneficial in quality, able to lead someone to acceptance of Him.”  If our life is a “shinning path” and we are working each day at being a brighter image, let us hear the Words of Wisdom from God’s Word. 1 Peter 3:3-5 admonishes us concerning this very Principal; “let it not be the outward adorning, but let it be the “Hidden man of the heart, even the “Ornament of a Meek and Quiet Spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” The Ornament of the outward individual --- something that looks attractive but usually having no practical purpose, however the Ornament of the inward man is a quality of Grace, beauty and honour to the One who sees the heart.  As we understand Ornament it is a decoration that adorns our personage or our home, office, etc. But the question posed is: What Adorns our Heart? What is the Principal Thing that rules our heart? O Church may our Light so Shine that others may see Jesus in us as an Individual in whose heart Christ Lives supremely!   Loving you, Pastor

The Principal Thing

Let’s talk about “Principal Things!”  A “Principal Thing” – principal, meaning what is first in order of importance to us? Or, Who is the highest authority in our life? As we talk about “Principals Things” we think of the natural things that are important in our life. We also think of the People who are “Principal” or of great importance to us. The Word of God talks about “What is the Principal Thing!” Let us look at Spiritual Things, and meditate upon Proverbs 4:5-7 “Get Wisdom, get Understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the Words of my mouth. Forsake her [Wisdom] not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the Principal Thing; therefore get Wisdom: and with all thy getting get Understanding.” It is probable that as a Born Again Bible believing Christian, one has heard these Words before. Today we explore in depth the answer to “How to have Wisdom and Understanding” that we might please the Lord.” Job asked the question many years ago as he was being tried in his Faith; “Where shall Wisdom be found & where is the place of Understanding?” This discussion is found in the 28th Chapter of Job. There it talks about the “price” of Wisdom being more than gold, silver, rubies, coral, pearls, onyx, sapphire, crystal, etc. Many decisions encamp about us as we journey through the life that God has given to us and often we just make the decision without asking God for Wisdom and Understanding. Yet the “Principal Thing” is to seek His Wisdom and His Understanding in the issues of our life. There is great discussion in God’s Word pertaining to His Wisdom that will bring Under-standing to the difficulties that we often face.  He is a Holy God and desires to embrace us with His Holiness, Wisdom and Understanding. Note Prov. 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom: and the Knowledge of the Holy is Understanding.”  The problem is: We often forget that the Holiness of God should prevail in our life. For with His Holiness we can partake of Wisdom and Understanding. It is about our Fear of God and our Love to follow the example of Jesus Christ our Saviour. I encourage Ps. 111 this week in our devotions. 
Let us pursue His Holiness together, Loving you, Pastor

Monday, July 23, 2018

Flourishing in Christ

“Trees of Righteousness” Flourishing in Christ is a powerful statement! To Flourish has several meanings: Spiritually it means to develop a successful growth in the Lord, to be conspicuous, to shine!  A growth that proclaims Christ lives in us! We are not our own, but He is the Master of our Life. Scripture teaches Trees “flourish” – Grass withers! When one “flourishes” it is noticed! May we be noticed for our Spiritual condition is greater than, our physical condition or any negative characteristics that dwell in us. Christendom is fastly changing in our day as the Laws of our country seem to be defying God’s Law. As this occurs, the true meaning of living a life for Christ has dimmed in many areas of our society. Yet our Lord and Saviour remains the same, He never changes. We must “Flourish” in Christ so that others will see His righteousness in us. Righteousness simply means that we do the right thing. That we stand for right principles that we are not detoured by the “thoughts” of humanity, but we are focused on the Christ, which has Redeemed us.  I know that most of  you who read this column, are “Born again” saints, but we must stay focused on the Word of God and dwell in a realm of faith, trust, love, and right choices! As I focused on “Flourishing in Christ” I was immediately brought into the Word of God, what does it say about “Flourishing?”  The above Scripture in Ps. 92 gives us some thought: If we are to “Grow” like a cedar in Lebanon, surely someone who is not serving Christ will notice we are different. The Cedars of Lebanon were 100 feet tall with a circumference of about 40-50 feet. The Cedar’s fragrant wood was rot-resistant and knot-free, making it ideal for building purposes and greatly appreciated for its beauty. God is calling for “Trees of Righteousness” in this day.  His Word to us is found in: Isaiah 55:12 “For ye shall go out with Joy, and be led forth with Peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into Singing, and all the Trees of the field shall clap their hands.” We are His Trees of Righteousness! Loving you, Pastor