Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Omniscient God!

Job 33:4 from last weeks Message inspired me!  What an awesome thought: “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the Breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” We don’t often think about the breath we breathe, yet without it we do not have life.  If we have difficultly breathing, then we are mindful of how important it is to breath. The Lord has brought to mind – it is His breath in us and we are motivated by His Spirit. Of course we are given a ‘free will’ so we can choose to obey God or to appease our fleshly ways.  Let us meditate up this thought and realize afresh that the Spirit of God gave ‘me’ this breath in the beginning of my life for His purpose! Our God, Jehovah Compasses us throughout our life.  This means He ‘surrounds’ us, He encircles every moment of our life, even when we are lying down/sleeping. Another meaning of Compass is cling. Jesus clings to us! We are what Jesus presents to the Father.  We are Jesus’ glory!  Eph. 1:12 “...We should be to the Praise of His Glory ...”    2 Thess. 1:12 “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him ...”  Another powerful Word from God is: Ps.100:3 “Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”  The Message today is from Psalm 139, and we will explore the “Omniscient God!” meaning a God of  “Infinite awareness & Understanding, possessed of complete Knowledge.” He is Omnipotent, unlimited power!  And He is Omnipresent, His presence in all places at all times! Here’s something to think about: Vs 1 “O Lord Thou has searched me, and known me.”  Sometimes we feel like ‘no one understands me – no one sees me – no one cares for me. We feel isolated. If we are a Reader of God’s Word, this feeling should be overtaken immediately with this Passage of Scripture for it details just how much God knows about us.  We must rise to occasion and fill our heart and soul with His Word, for it is our help in the time of trouble, it is our strength in weakness, and it is our comfort in sorrow.  Christianity has become anemic and somewhat overpowered by the forces of darkness and negativity until we don’t even recognize we have lost our positive awareness that is our Faith.  God tells us in this Chapter, even in darkness, there is Light about me. Loving you, Pastor

The Spirit of this World

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning, how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” ~ Isa 14:12-14

There is quite a contrast to the thoughts of Lucifer, “the spirit of this world” and the “Spirit of God” that dwells in our world. O how precious the Living Word of God is to our soul! John 3:35-36 gives us this powerful information – “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand.  He that believeth on the Son hath Everlasting Life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” Jn 3:30-31 He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: He that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from heaven is above all.” I find myself more and more involved in God’s Word as I see the Signs of Time unfolding in this our day. God has revealed our future in His Word and nothing of this world can detour the plan of God. Sometimes His plan is clear, and often we see through a ‘glass darkly’ as the Word mentions, but ultimately we will see Him face to face; I love the Words that follow: “Now abideth Faith, Hope, Charity, and the greatest of these is Charity, Follow after Charity and desire Spiritual Gifts.” [1 Cor 13:12-14:1] Faith. Hope, and Love continue to abide with the Born Again Believer who seeks for God to ‘increase’ in their life!  I hear the Words of the Job the most ancient of Scripture as he declares: “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the Breath of the Almighty hath given me Life.” ~ Job 33:4 The only “I Will” that is worthy in the earth is: “Jesus went a little further, and fell on His face, and Prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Jesus said unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”  Wishing you a joyous Resurrection Sunday, filled with the Spirit of the Living God! Loving you, Pastor

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hold Fast

Jesus promises that He will come quickly to call for His own and He gives us an admonition: “hold fast which thou hast”. He’s not talking about our bank account, our home, or any possession we have here on earth. He’s talking about crowns we will be rewarded in Heaven IF we “Hold fast”.  Webster defines hold as follows: to use strength, seize or retain; to persevere; to hold on to God in the midst of trouble; to keep good our present position, to not fall off or lose ground; to proceed in a course. We reminded of the Apostle Paul when he made the statement: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Phil. 3:14. Paul made a decision; he purposed in his heart that no matter the cost, no matter the trial, he would press on. We, too, must press on if we are to Hold Fast [On] to the Crowns Jesus wants to bestow upon us. These Crowns include: The Crown of Life IF we endure temptation – James 1:12; an Incorruptible Crown IF we are temperate in all things – 1 Cor. 9:24-25; a Crown of Righteousness IF we love His appearing; a Crown of Glory is given to shepherds IF they faithfully tend their flock; the Crown of Rejoicing is often referred to as the soul winner’s crown. This Crown would then be given as we witness/win the lost to Jesus. We must always remember that Jesus will come quickly, in the twinkling of an eye. Are we ready? Have we made Jesus Lord of our life? Are we walking in accordance with the Word of God? Does our life exemplify Christ? Let us be diligent to “Hold fast – that no man can take our crown.” Selah!     Loving you, Pastor