Sunday, January 15, 2017

Who Can You Really Trust To Never Let You Down?

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So many people let us down, family friends, bosses and our leaders. Who can you turn to? Who can you trust?

"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7.

BLESSED
We do not use the word blessed much these days, but it can be thought of as "Happy" or to be in a place of contentment. It can mean that you have God's favor.

IS THE ONE
This is the ultimate singular. The one is not someone who is looking at God and faith as an extension of a family, culture, a formal religion that is inherited, or someone who is observing traditions for social reasons. This one is an individual who himself has personally chosen to trust; he would say it is a "Me and God thing." It is personal in the sense of ownership but it is not secretive or hidden.

WHO TRUST
Trust is unwavering faith. Believing in someone and looking to them with hopeful expectation. It is based on knowing the person and knowing that they are trustworthy.

IN THE LORD
Your faith is only as good as the thing you trust in. If you trust in a statue then your faith is only as good as that statue. If you trust in a person then your faith is only as good as that person. To trust in the Lord is the most secure trust you can have. He is ever able to save and provide.

The title of Lord reminds us how God is the one who rules over all things. He is the ultimate authority and no one is higher in rank than he is As Lord of all he can command the stars and the seas the wind and flowers.  If you were to trust anyone there is no one better.

He is worthy of our trust, not only is the Lord the All-Powerful-One, he is one who never breaks His word and always keeps His promises found in the Bible. He is the Creator Father who loves you and sent his son to be our salvation by a sacrificial death.

WHOSE CONFIDENCE
Confidence here is like trust in action, it is to trust with experience, trust that has been tested, and is based on knowledge. If you do not know anything about someone it is almost impossible to trust them.

IS IN HIM
There is no one more worthy to put your trust in than The Lord. Express to him that you are trusting in him and that you are confident of his help. And whenever doubts occur reaffirm your trust in The Lord.


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

What is The Power of Wisdom in our Lives? Proverbs 24:3

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We would all like to be wise but what would happen to us if we really were?

"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established." Proverbs 24:3.

WISDOM
Wisdom combines experience, knowledge, and good judgment; but more than that it is a gift from God and the result of diligently seeking it.

HOUSE
This reference can have multiple meanings. At first glance, you would think of a structure where a person lives as in a shelter and a place in a permanent community. Metaphorically it can refer to one's life, family and social standing. In both interpretations, several truths come to mind.

A house is built on a foundation, a basic support that secures and gives stability to the structure. It can refer to a life that extends beyond oneself, a life that touches others and has an effect for generations to come. A house can be a place of identity and being.

BUILT
The effect of wisdom is intentional since it is actively building in a positive and desirable way.  We are all building a life and a legacy but not always with the counsel or guidance of wisdom.

UNDERSTANDING
Understanding does not just come it is the result of hard mental work. You need to think things trough. You need to get informed and educated. Understanding takes time and effort.

ESTABLISHED
When something is established it is firmly set in place, it is ready and has an accepted place. It endures through difficulties and time. When our lives are established by wisdom and understanding they will be lives that others will respect and admire.

SOURCE
Wisdom and understanding are not something you can buy at a store or acquire in a classroom. These are unique things. The Bible teaches that the source of wisdom and understanding is God and He gives it to those who ask of him, James 1:5.

Seek wisdom from God and allow that wisdom to be your foundation then it will empower your works and your legacy will endure.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

What Can You Do When Friends Let You Down In A Crisis?

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It is surprising who gives us discouragement. We think our friends would support us in difficult times but they can attack our decisions and turn on us or just silently withhold their support.

"Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain." Psalm 3:2-4.

MANY
We may have so many problems and so many enemies that we feel surrounded and trapped in an iron corner. They cast doubts and say things like you can't trust in God or there is no hope for your situation. They seem to be everywhere and their gossip spreads through social media until whole communities seem to be against us. We start to avoid people who were our friends and cease to reach out to anyone at all.

No matter how big the problem we are facing the betrayal of our friends is far worse because of the despair they bring.

BUT
Sometimes a word like but is is a turning point or the beginning of a rebuttal statement. Here it is the beginning of hope. The author of this verse turns his attention from those who are full of discouragement to his hope in God.

Here he starts to speak personally and directly with the Most High. You can sense the attitude of confidence and expectation.

LORD
The Lord is the one who rules, commands, and controls. He is in charge and has ultimate authority. When you know who God is on a personal level and an intimate way you find hope far beyond any other hope.

"Lord" is not only a title- it explains a relationship. A lord is a one you are subject to and obey. Many call God Lord but though He is ruler of the universe they themselves have not obeyed him. They make it only a name not a declaration.

The psalmist speaks as if he knew the Lord personally and was actively subject to Him.

SHIELD AROUND ME
A shield is only good for warfare and you use it in battle. A shield offers protection from attack and danger; it is comforting to crouch behind it as it stops sword thrust and arrows, but a shield offers only minimal protection. If a shield is big it is also heavier and its weight reduces your mobility so you cannot turn to face a threat. A shield can only protect one side at a time.

The Lord is the ultimate protection, He is like a shield that is protecting us on all sides; His protection has no gaps in it.

MY GLORY
The Lord gives us more than success since it is He who is our victory. We cannot boast or revel in the conquest of our problems; instead, we look and see it was by God that we endure and will still be standing when the conflict is over.

LIFTER OF MY HEAD
He does what we cannot. He is the one who lifts us out of the dark pit, not ourselves.

I CALL
Here is the desperate cry of a soldier about to fall in battle. Imagine a battle that has turned against you as if your comrades on every side fell leaving you alone and surrounded as you stand against the host of enemies. You raise your voice to cry for help and immediately the general sends the entire army to your position to rescue you as they overrun the adversary.

God is always waiting for the humble prayer, it is as if He is waiting while holding the answer in His hand.

HE ANSWERS
On the surface, it looks like we get out of the problem; but to say He answers does not always mean that He delivers. His answer may be the strength to endure through the difficult time. We can be assured that whatever answer the Almighty gives is more than answer enough.

The world we live in can be very adversarial but the God we serve is the Lord who triumphs and we can have confidence that if we come to Him in humble prayer that we will see the victory.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

What If I Am Tired Of Serving The Lord?

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Sometimes you just get tired of serving God because it is so draining on your time and energy, and after all that work it seems like no one appreciates it. So what do you do?

"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58. 

BROTHERS AND SISTERS...
In the writings of St. Paul serving God was not exclusive to clergy or the faithful of a certain rank; he saw serving God as a privilege and a mandate for every believer.

STAND FIRM...
At first glance, this is not a phrase that illustrates a lot of activity. More than once in the Old Testament God says, "Be still and know I am the Lord," Psalm 46:10. Exodus 14:13. 2 Chronicles 20:17.
To stand firm means to not give way to an enemy in battle or leave a position. A soldier on the battle line does not need to advance as much as he needs to hold his one place in line, so he must stand firm. If he fails to stand firm in his one position the entire line may collapse and the battle lost- when we fail the Lord those we love are hurt too.

LET NOTHING MOVE YOU...
"Let" is a word that tells us that we have a choice. Choose and resolve to allow nothing move you. We must be watchful for the many little things that can move us by an inch from our place. If the enemy can get us to move enough inches then we will have moved a yard. We must be vigilant and diligent to be watchful of all temptations big and small.

ALWAYS...
There is no exception. There is not a day off and no vacation from persevering in service to God. Every situation is an opportunity to demonstrate faithfulness.

GIVE YOURSELVES FULLY...
Again we are challenged to choose to be all out for the Lord. We don't give ourselves halfway or 90% or mostly we must be fully given to the Lord.  This is a reasonable response in light of the fact that he gave himself fully for us in his death for our sins.

YOU KNOW...
We can be assured there is not any doubt.

LABOR IN THE LORD
A condition. not all church work is in the lord. Two people can be doing the same work at the same time and place but one may be in the lord and the other is not.  The difference is the heart attitude, if we are serving selfishly or seeing it as drudgery then it is not in the Lord. but if we are serving with an attitude of  Love, devotion,joy and obedience we are doing that task in the Lord.

NOT IN VAIN...
We may not see the fruit of our labors it but are like the patriarchs who sought a city not made with hands which is to say we obey God's calling in faith. We do not know the outcome and may not even see the fruit of it in our lives here on earth but we have this promise in this verse that our labor, our energies, and our lives will not have been wasted.

Resolve that no matter how tough it is to stand for the lord where you are he is the one who makes it worth it.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

What Are The Christian Values That The Bible Teaches?

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We hear about Christian values in the media and our faith community. Does the Bible list a set of Christian values?  Are some more important than others?

The Bible gives several list of values here is one.

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:12-14.

THEREFORE...
The context of this passage is that Paul encourages those who are made alive in Christ that they should set their hearts on things above. As he expounds on the idea that in Christ we have a focus on heavenly things he makes it practical for how we are to live here on earth.

CLOTHE YOURSELVES...
Clothing is a word picture for covering yourself. In this context, it is to say let all your acts be wrapped up in these things.

This is a beautiful teaching illustration. You must willfully put on clothing. He did not say, "Let your servant clothe you," or "Let clothing happen."  To say, "clothe yourselves" requires a purposeful act. we must become intentional in practicing the following virtues.

COMPASSION...
An act of grace when it is in your power to exercise justice or punishment, it is an act of sympathetic understanding


KINDNESS...
An act of good mercy when it is in your power to withhold it.

HUMILITY...
Taking the role of a servant and esteeming others as better than you are.

GENTLENESS...
An act that takes into account another's weakness and approaches them with care.

PATIENCE...
Enduring over and over the weakness of others.

BEAR WITH EACH OTHER...
Holding another up in times of difficulty, or to carry them in their weakness.

FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU...
The highest standard of forgiveness one could have. The Lord forgave sinners who rebelled against him even dying for their redemption. If that is our example we must never hold a grudge, or seek revenge.

OVERALL...
We are to put on these virtues but over them like an outer garment we put on love. These wonderful virtues are wrapped up with the one that is above all and holds all other values together. It is the supreme governing rule of conduct and is the one thing that is our default behavior. If in doubt this is the one to do.

PUT ON LOVE...
As we put on the other virtues we are especially admonished to put on love, it is something  we must intentionally choose to do.

PERFECT UNITY...
Love is the most powerful and binding of virtues and brings balance where one value may become overemphasized and others neglected. When love is the binding value we are careful to practice all the values sincerely and without hidden motivation.


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