Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Beauty of Holiness

October 27, 2013: As we pursue ‘Holiness’ in Scripture we find various thoughts regarding this Powerful Word that seems to dictate righteousness.  Righteousness, that being in right standing with our Lord and Savour.  Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit we are admonished to “Give unto the Lord the Glory due God’s Name and to Worship Him in the “Beauty of Holiness!”  This is our cue that God is requiring something special from His people! In the Book of Ex.15 “Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, Glorious in Holiness.” Chapter 28 “Aaron shall Minister, and make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.”  2 Chron. 20  “He appointed singers unto the Lord, that they should Praise the Beauty of Holiness, as they went before the army, and to say Prasie the Lord; for His mercy endureth forever!” Chapter 32 “Their little ones, their wives, sons, and daughters, through all the congregation: they sanctified themselves in Holiness!”  Ps.30 “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of His, and give Thanks at the remembrance of His Holiness.” Ps.47  “God sitteth upon the Throne of Holiness.”  Ps. 48 “Great is the Lord and greatly to be Praised in the City of our God, in the Mountian of His Holiness.” Ps.89 “Once have I sworn by my Holiness that I will not lie…” Ps.96  “Honour and Majesty are before Him: strength and beauty are in His Sanctuary… O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness: fear before Him, all the earth.” In the Book of Isa. 6 “The Lord is high & lifted up and the Seraphims cried Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts!” Chapter 35  “An highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness;” In Rom. 1 “Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by Resurrection from the dead!” Chapter 6 let us“yield our members servants to righteousness and unto Holiness.” Eph. 4 we are to “put on the new man, created in God by righteousness and true Holiness.” And all through the Rev. of Jesus Christ we hear: Chapter 4 C “The four beasts do not rest day or night, saying Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come!”  1 Thess. 3 “The Lord make you to increase and abound in Love one toward another. To the end He may establish your hearts unblameable in Holiness before God, even our Father, at the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all the saints.” Chapter 4 “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto Holiness.” Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Due Season

“He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap Life everlasting. Let us not be weary in well doing: for in Due Season we shall reap, if we faint not. ~ Galatians 6:8-9
Today we read in Scripture that there is a “Due Season.”  The simple explanation of “Due Season” is:  What is owed or what is promised, when it is time, in Due Season, it shall come to pass. In case of what is owed, there will be ramifications if the “Due Season” is not meant. That is also probable if a Promise is not kept.  Today we adventure into Scripture regarding the “Due Season.  Our steps are ordered of the Lord and if we fail to keep on the narrow path, there will be a season when we are due to be examination by our Heavenly Father.  It is important that we do not sow to the flesh, that we do not become weary serving in the Kingdom of the Lord. Because there is a “Due Season” that is there is a time of reaping!  As we pursue “Due Season” in Scripture we find it is mentioned quite a few times.  In the Old Testament, God talks about things in Due Season; Psalms 145:14-18The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and Thou givest them their Meat in Due Season. Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and Holy in all His works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in Truth.”  To all there is a “Due Season” wherein God has given His Children “Meat” C a physical meat when they were in the wilderness and a Spiritual Meat in our season today.  Jesus cautioned that we follow after Him, not for the meat that perisheth, but for the Meat that endureth unto Everlasting Life.  This Message is encourage the saints to think about Spiritual Matters in their everydayness of life.  God’s Word in “Meat” to our soul and we must be filled with this nourishment for our Spirit being.  May Christianity come to maturity – ‘full age’ partaking of the ‘strong Meat’ that “their senses may be exercised to discern both good and evil: And let us not be weary in our Spiritual journey! Loving you, Pastor

Saturday, October 12, 2013

“I Love The Lord, Because … !”

Oct. 13, 2013 “I Love the LORD, because He hath heard my voice and my supplications.”  ~ Psalm 116:1
The Message today is unique or maybe the term is different.  It asks the question, “Why do you Love the Lord?” This is somewhat strange because I am speaking to the Church and to the saints, people who have come to worship the Lord on this, His Holy day!  But as I was meditating in my devotions, Thanking the Lord and of course asking for His help in many things, I heard the Words of King David mightily and clearly in my spirit!  “I love the Lord...” hurriedly I open the Psalms to 116, a Psalm I had read many times.  And here David is telling God why He Loves Him. Immediately I knew this was thought for a sermon.  With this question in mind I turned to Scriptures that would reflect “why we Love the Lord!”  I know we Love Him because He has saved us from sin, He has redeemed us: old things are passed away and we are a new creature in Him.  These are the teachings of Scripture, however here in the Psalm David is exposing His heart to the Lord. I Love you Lord because you hear my voice; I love you Lord because you hear my supplications ─ my humble cry/request, Prayer or Petition! He hears me! Because when I am in trouble or have sorrow I can call upon His Name; “O Lord I beseech Thee, deliver my soul!”  I Love the Lord because He is Gracious and Righteous and Merciful, He preserves me, and when I am low, He helps me! There are many reasons why David was a ‘man after God’s own heart’ perhaps this is one of them, David exposed himself to God. David admitted that when he felt cut off from God, nevertheless God heard his voice, showed him marvelous kindness and once again heard his voice and supplication. [Ps. 31:22].  Do you ever just long for someone to truly listen, to sincerely consider your thoughts, to hear your heart?  David’s heart cry is:  “O Love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord perserveth the faithful … Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that Hope in the Lord!” ~Ps.31:23-24.  What personal thought will we give?  I Love the Lord because He understands my heart!  Why do you Love the Lord?      Loving you, Pastor

“Open thou mine eyes!”

Oct. 6, 2013 “Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” ~ Psalm 119:17-18

There are things of the spirit that would be revealed if we, God’s people would enlarge our vision to ask, to seek, and to press for a greater Revelation of God, of His Son, and The Holy Ghost.  The world tells us we don’t use all the power of our brain … This might be true as we refer to the Christian and their knowledge of who God is, who Christ is and who the Holy Ghost is in our life.  It would seem that there is a spiritual blindness in Christianity … Our country is failing God because it has been lolled into false security, complacency and spiritual blindness. Under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, the Psalmist makes this powerful statement: “…Open Thou Mine Eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Law.” 2 Kings talks about a situation that Elisha and his servant faced. Elisha was trusting in God, while the servant moved in fear as he witnessed the enemy surrounding them. What is needed most when Fear strikes our heart is to ask God to “open our eyes” that we might behold His Word! Prayer is our most powerful tool against the enemy, against fear, anxiety, stress, worry!
In the midst of the fearful moment the servant of Elisha was experiencing,
Elisha Prayed.  “… He said, Lord, I Pray Thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man and he saw: and, behold,” God had sent help for them.  Sometimes we see the circumstance and it looms more powerful then our Faith, but if we will Pray for God to open our Spiritual eyes, that we might behold the wondrous things in His Word… He will sustain us in our hour of trial or temptation: “For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”          Loving you, Pastor