Friday, March 13, 2015

What Shall I Offer

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” ~ Ps 116:12

It is the season of “Offering” – God Offered His Son, and Jesus Offered His Life!  What will we offer unto Him?  This is why we encourage a Lenten Discipline.  In this Message today, I Pray that God will move the hearts of His people by the power of His Holy Spirit – move us to action, to dedication, to sacrifice. For our Salvation was a great sacrifice of our Father God. His Son became the perfect Lamb/Sacrifice for our Eternal Life. It is the Father’s desire that the Word of Christ would dwell in us “richly.”  The “Offering of God’s Son was that Jesus would dwell in us, that we would speak to ourselves in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, always having a melody in our heart unto the Lord [Eph. 5:19].  His Offering declared we are a “Peculiar People” and as we Praise Him, He will bring us out of darkness and into His Marvelous Light [1 Pet. 2:9].What darkens your path today? What work of darkness has the evil one harassed you with? We overcome by the Sacrificed Lamb, the Blood of Jesus! Most often when we talk about “Offerings” we thank of our financial gifts to Him. In Ex. 35:5 “Take ye from among you an Offering unto the Lord: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an Offering of the Lord; gold, and silver...” God calls for our financial Offerings ... He may call for monies, He also calls for flesh! He desires that we “Present ourselves: Rom.12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the Mercies of God, that ye Present [offer] your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Jesus offered/gave willingly His Body and Blood to serve Humanity with Eternal Life. So when God said “...Whosoever is of a willing heart/flesh bring an Offering unto the Lord!” The greatest Gift we can give to God is our life, our flesh, our actions, our Love! It is the Example of Christ in us motivated to “Offer service unto Him!”  Meditate upon Eph. 5:2 “... Walk in love, as Christ also hath Loved us, and hath given Himself for us an Offering and a Sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.” Continue strong in your Lenten Discipline meditating upon; What Shall I Offer? Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I Will

As we read the Word of God we begin to see a multitude of “I Will.”  All through the Old Testament God was establishing His Covenant with the Patriarchs and their decedents.  I thought, what a wonderful God, leading and guiding Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!  But wait, that would be us too! For often, the term “Generations to come,” was applied to the Covenant that God was making with these leaders.  We know that God is a Covenant making God, and we know that we are partakers of His Covenant, but sometimes we forget the power of sacrifice that was in God’s heart as He “willed” to Covenant with humanity.  The Covenant would ultimately have to be written in blood, it would be the Blood of His Only Begotten Son.  The Covenant of the Old Testament would be enlarged in the New Testament and sealed in the Blood of Jesus, our Saviour! When God said “I Will” Redeem them, He kept His Word. Over and over in the Old Testament God declared His Covenant with an “I Will!”  I turned over to the New Testament to see the “I Will’s that came from the heart of Jesus!  “I Will not leave you comfortless”  “I Will pray the Father for you!”  “I Will be his God”   “I Will give you rest,”  “ I Will never leave you nor forsake you.” etc.  No wonder David seeing afar off could say:  “I Will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth I will make known Thy Faithfulness to all Generations!” This question filled my mind, “What will I do for my Lord?”  What “I Wills” do I have for Him?  May we say with Jesus, not my will, but Thine be done!  I love this Passage from the Old Testament – Ex 33:19 God said, I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy!”  Loving you and praying for you, Pastor