YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO GOD…


Psalms 8:4 – “What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?”  NASB

The Book of Psalms is loaded with glorious truths that excite the heart and explode in us a new sense of Spiritual Power and Spiritual Presence.  When we feast at the table of the Psalms we come away with a new awareness of God’s Person, Love, Grace, and Majesty!  Here in Psalms 8, we find David expressing a new infusion of Hope and a deep sense of Surety and Security for the Child of God. 

I love how he begins, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth.”  In a very real sense, he is saying, “Jehovah, my God, You are my sovereign Lord and Master…”  In verses 1-3 he draws our attention to God in His Glory, in His Work, and in His Power. 

In verse 4 he draws a contrast between God and man.  Man, in comparison to God, seems so insignificant, helpless, frail, and utterly useless.  God, on the other hand, is filled with glory, majesty, power, and perfection.  The contrast is arresting and revealing of how dependent man is upon God, his creator to give and sustain life.  Without Him, we are hopeless and helpless.  In contrast to God’s Creation, David asks, “What is man?” 

It is easy for man to develop a sense of his unworthiness to the point that he gives up.  When we view the contrast between man and God some develop an unhealthy sense of unimportance.  They allow the enemy to plant the seed that we are without worth and worthless and that leaves man without Hope.  That is a terrible state to find oneself in but that is not the end of the story. 

Yes, we are insignificant in comparison to God.  Yes, we are without hope without God.  Yes, we have sinned and come short of His glory.  But, in God’s eyes, man is very important.  Man is far more important to God that most can see or believe.  I am convinced that one of the most needed things in the face of trial, difficulty, tribulation, or persecution is the realization that “I am important to God!”  I am important enough for Him to care for me and provide for me.  That is not Hopeless it is Hopeful.

I ask that you examine the Bible’s revelation of the Worth of Man to God.  We will touch on the high points and move rapidly through the discussion.  I hope that it will inspire you to dig deeper and meditate more on God’s View of Man.

MAN IS MORE VALUABLE THAN ALL THE CREATURES OF THE EARTH.

We need only refer to Genesis 1:26 to verify that assertion.  God gave man dominion over them.  None but man, of the creatures became living souls.  In fact, the animals became the source of food and clothing for man.  You are worth more than all the creatures of this earth to God. 

MAN WAS CREATED IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD

You and I are the Reflections of God.   If you will, God wants us to be the Reflection of Perfection.  Are we perfect?  Far from it but In Him, forgiven, and filled with His Spirit we can fulfill his decree, “Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:48).  If it were not possible for us to be holy and filled with His perfection it would not be in the Bible. 

THE SOUL OF MAN IS WORTH MORE THAN THE ENTIRE PLANET.

In Matthew 16:26, we read, “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  We must remember and realize that God ascribes unparalleled worth to the soul of man.  That is true even in light of the reality that God knows everything about us.  Knowing our warts, flaws, and the kinks in our armor, He still ascribes that worth to man.  That is incredible!

MAN IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR GOD TO ALLOW CHRIST’S BLOOD TO BE SHED FOR US.

Consider John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 as you allow that to sin into your spirits and encourage you.  He has provided a pathway for redemption and the unparalleled sacrifice at Calvary is evidence of how much God Loves us and Values us.

MAN IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR JESUS TO RETURN FOR US.

I ask that you reflect on John 14 and as you meditate on that portion of God’s Promise you will find a serene calming of all your fears.  He is returning for those who are waiting for Him, walking after Him, and watching for Him.  As we consider the provisions, He has made for us, how can we not be filled with a sense of worth and peace?  You may feel inferior, unimportant, insignificant, worthless, hopeless, and helpless but God sees you as Valuable!  You are worth the Blood of God to God!  That is Amazing!

What have we to fear if God is for us?  Why worry if God is able to do all things and is on our side?  Remember who and whose you are.  You are Royalty, God’s Children!  Let the declaration of Matthew 10:28-31, sink deep into your being.  He said, “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 “Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

What should we do?  Being praising Him for His Love and Truth.  Seek His assistance and guidance in our daily walk.  Come boldly before the Throne of Grace and ask His help, protection, provision, and guidance.  If you are born-again you are a King’s kid and an heir of God through Jesus!  I rebuke the spirit of unworthiness and helplessness right now and ask the Holy Spirit to flood you with Peace.   

God bless you as you bask in His presence today!

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES – – Part Three…


Job 40:6-9 – “Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm, and said, 7 “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. 8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? 9 “Or do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?”  NASB

We have considered a couple of the most common excuses to justify sin and today it would serve us well to address one that is incredibly damaging.  It is the excuse, “I Can’t Fulfill God’s Requirements Because I Have a Sinful Nature.” 

When a person says that, are they saying that every faculty and even the very essence of their makeup was poisoned and made sinful by Adam?  That sin nature came to you through the bloodline?  Do they mean that they were born in sin and the substance of their being is so saturated with sin that they have become sin themselves?  Those are both true and false declarations. 

If a person is saying, “God You made my nature itself sin and I am and will always be a sinner, therefore you cannot blame me for my condition, you did it” that is an indictment against God. That position ignores the Lamb of Sacrifice and the work of Jesus on the Cross.  What is sin?  God says it is Transgression of the Law but beyond that, the Bible clearly reveals that sin is ‘missing the mark’ and to miss the mark we must, as did Adam, become rebellious and disobedient.

If God is responsible for my sinfulness, then I cannot be blamed and there can be no condemnation.  That would make God the most-evil being ever!  If I am not personally responsible for my sin, then I have no sin.  Yes, Adam brought sin into the race and yes, through Adam all are under the domain of the devil.  However, we must never forget that the Bible makes it clear that the ‘soul that sins shall die’ and that is the result of personal choice and personal rebellion against God’s Law.  If we make it solely about a ‘sin nature’ then it is God’s fault, not ours.  I suggest that God does hold you accountable for Adam’s sin but for your own. 

It is time that we stop blaming God or anything but ourselves for our failure to serve God and enter into a deeper relationship with Him.  He stands at the door and knocks.  He has invited us to enter into His presence.  He has provided the sacrifice in the Blood of Jesus on the Cross to atone for our sins.  Our sins not Adams, not parents, not society’s, but ours!  I am guilty LORD and I stand in repentance.  I make no excuse for my failure to comply with your Word and Will.  I ask mercy not judgment!

I have had some tell me that they are “Waiting for God’s Time” before they fully pursue His purposes.  I heard of a woman who had lived in sin for many years and she received Jesus in a church service.  She went to the pastor and told Him that she wanted to know God’s will for her life.  He said, “Well, God had to wait a long time for you to come to Him, so you will have to wait a long time for Him to come to you.”  WHAT?  No, No, No, a thousand times No!  God invites us to come and wants us to enter in NOW!  I am not saying rush out and pursue a ministry before you are prepared, established and ready, but God is not going to punish you by making you wait for Him to direct you because you waited a long time to accept His pardon.  That would be diabolical.

ALL EXCUSES FOR SIN ADD INSULT TO INJURY

When accused of a wrong we find ourselves in a position where we must confess, justify, or deny.  Regarding our sin, there is no justification, so the only wise course is confessed and repent.  Excuses render repentance virtually impossible.  You cannot repent of what you do not believe you are guilty of and refuse to admit.  Therefore, I urge each of us to take all our excuses and self-justifications to the Cross and lay them at the feet of Jesus in repentance.

God requires no more of us that we are reasonably capable of doing.  He asks that we give all of ourselves to Him and serve Him with our whole heart.  He has promised that He will give us aid and comfort.  He will guard and guide.  Excuses are evidence that things are not right on the inside and we are, in a very real sense, blaming God for our condition.  Sin is not God’s fault it is the fault of the individual.  We, as did Adam and Eve, choose the path we will take and in that choice is our guilt.

This is a simple prayer we could and should pray: “LORD, I am guilty, and I ask you to forgive me for my disobedience.  I ask that you cleanse me with the Blood of Jesus and receive me into the beloved.  I thank You that You promised that if I would come You would not turn me away.  I receive Your forgiveness and will make no more Excuses!  Amen!

God bless you as you embark on the adventures of today in Him!

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES – – Part Two…


Job 40:6-9 – “Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm, and said, 7 “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. 8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? 9 “Or do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?”  NASB

We considered the excuse of “Inability” last time. Today I would like to invite everyone to consider some additional excuses used to justify sin or disobedience, which is what sin is.

How many have said or heard say, “I just don’t have the time.”  I heard someone give the following illustration:  They said, “Suppose I were to tell one of my children, ‘Go do this thing and if you do not, I will disinherit you or punish you with the worst possible punishment.”  Then that child responds, “But Dad, I cannot possibly do what you have now asked, because I have the other things you have given me to do, there is not enough time to do both.  If I had nothing else to do, I could fulfill this directive, but I do not have time to take on a new task.” 

If that child’s statement was a factual expression of the situation and you knew it when you gave the second command, then you are being an diabolical tyrant.  Therefore, if God were to require you to do something that you do not have time to do, He is totally to blame for your failure.  He not you should be punished.   We know that God is not unfair or unkind so where must the fault lie?

Do we really think that God is unaware of the amount of time required and the amount of time we have available?  God never requires us to do beyond our ability.  He does not say, “Love the LORD your God with the power of an angel, He says with All Your Heart!”  For us to insist that we do not have time to fulfill the directive of the one who is beyond time, is to charge God with being unreasonable. We know that God is the most reasonable of all.  God desires that we redeem the time and utilize each moment for His glory, and He will give us the needed and required help to succeed.

I have heard mothers insist they could not do something for God because they had to care for their children’s needs.  God never asks us to neglect our family duties!  But to assert that God is asking something of us that depletes our ability to fulfill our family duties is to charge God with being unreasonable.

I heard a farmer argue that he could not fulfill something that God was asking of him.  He said, “I have to plant my crops.”  I have heard teenagers insist they could not fulfill God’s request because they were too loaded with schoolwork.  The truth is that everything we do should be done for the glory of God.  What is a mother’s first duty?  Her family.  What is a farmer’s first duty?  His farming.  What is a student’s obligation?  His education.  Why?  To enable them to enhance their lives for God’s service!

It is important to remember that everything does not depend on us alone.  We are the Body of Christ not simply isolated and individual entities in the Kingdom of God.  I believe that to be religious or spiritual also requires being industrious.  I do not believe that an idle person can fulfill the purposes of God.  God expects us to do the daily and practical duties of life and is fully aware of the time and effort required to fulfill them.  All we do is to be done for His Glory.  Who owns the family?  Who owns the farm?  It’s God’s!

I want to deal with another excuse that I believe incredibly germane and one that needs to be viewed carefully.  We will do that in the next devotional so I will pause here.

May the LORD be with you on this wonderful day!

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES…


Job 40:6-9 – “Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm, and said, 7 “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. 8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? 9 “Or do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?”  NASB

I suggest that in the main frame of reference, Job spoke correctly of God, yet in his anguish and agitation under his trials, he said some dumb, harsh and ill-thought-out things.  It was for those things that God rebuked him.  That rebuke is found in the first eight verses of Chapter 40.

Rather than attempting to go back to the original intent or definition of Job’s words, I hope to apply them to people today.  It is my hope to show that every excuse for sin is an attempt to condemn God.  It may not be intentional but that is the result.  I feel it would be germane to our discussion to consider some of the excuses in a more expansive manner.  I also hope to show that attempting to excuse sin adds insult to injury.  Will we be successful?   Only God knows and only time will tell. 

TO MY FIRST POSTULATION:  Every Excuse for Sin Condemns God.

I believe that assertion becomes clear if we consider the reality that nothing can be a sin for which there is a justifiable excuse.  If God condemns that for which there is a justifiable excuse, He becomes tyrannical and must be wrong.  He is neither!  If God condemns that for which we have a good reason for doing, not intelligence in the universe can justify Him for so doing. 

However, God does condemn all sin.  He condemns it utterly and will make no apology for that action.  It is necessary that we realize God is all-wise, compassionate, forgiving, and loving, and will allow no justification for sin.  Sin must be repented of and rejected.  If we believe there is a justification for our sin, then we believe that God is wrong, and our belief seeks to condemn Him.  Therefore, every excuse for sin places blame on God and accuses Him of being unjust!  Whoever pleads an excuse for sin is literally calling God an abusive tyrant. 

SECOND:  What Are Some Excuses Offered as Justification for Sin?

We need to examine them and consider whether the principles established by God are valid and true.  I don’t want to bog down in the minute but ask you to track with me as we consider some of man’s justifications for sin.

There is the oft used excuse of Inability.  How often have we said or heard someone say, “I can’t do that!”  What are we saying when we say that we are incapable?  It is a charge against God that He has asked you to do something that you are incapable of doing.  He is asking you to live in a manner that is not humanly possible.  It is to charge that God, who is Omniscient and Omnipresent has placed this burden on man with full awareness that man is not capable of fulfilling the demand.  That is a horrific picture of who God is. 

What is God’s penalty for sin, which is missing the mark and falling short of His Grace?  It is to remain unregenerate with embracing sin not confessed and not forgiven in our lives.  The ultimate penalty is Eternal Death!  Therefore, whatever God has required of us carries with it the penalty of eternal death if we disobey.  If He knows we cannot do it that would make the requirement diabolical.  That charges God with tyranny of the worst kind!

I contend that God never requires something of us that He has not or will not give us the ability to do.  The Bible says that “His commandments are not grievous.”  They assuredly would be if we could not do what He requires.  Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden light.”  Excuses for why we cannot says, “LORD, your yoke is so hard that no man could possibly endure it, and your burden so heavy that no man can bear it.”  That, in my view, is Blasphemy!

There is a denominational confession of faith that says: “No man is able, either by himself, or by any graced received in this life, perfectly to keep the commandments of God; but doth daily break them in thought, word, and deed.”  Wow!  That says that no person can keep God’s Commandments.  That’s true in our own ability but it goes beyond and declares that even with God’s help we cannot!  That is tragic because it makes the Gospels and God a lie.

I wish to examine some additional excuses in the next devotional and hope that God is using me to challenge you and cause you to think.  If I do that, He will do what He desires in our lives.

May the LORD be with you as you embark on today’s leg of your life’s journey in Jesus!

BEGIN RIGHT TO END RIGHT – Part Two…


Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God…”  NASB

Exodus 20:3 – “You shall have no other gods before Me.”  NASB

Today, let’s move on to the second consideration of this First Commandment and hopefully glean some benefit that will help us both embrace the Commandment and grow spiritually.

THE ASSERTION OF THIS FIRST LAW IS – God is Available.

That reality is incredibly important.  He said, “I am the LORD thy God…thou shall not have any other gods before Me.”  Just coming to the conclusion that God exists is powerful but to have the God Who is available to man is incredible!

He is available to minister to our needs.  He is not an abstract, theoretical entity but the Living God!  He is not the figment of some ancient’s imagination, He is Real.  He is here, there, and everywhere all at once.  He is Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent.  He is the Creator of all things!

There is no need for any person to ‘miss’ God.  God is available to us anytime and all the time.  I am reminded of the story of the prodigal son and the elder brother.  The younger brother was a waster, whereas he was a worker.  The younger son lived a corrupt wasteful disrespectful life and then came home and was received by the father.  The elder brother lived not as a son but as a slave.  Everything was his and available, but he never partook of it because of the misconception of who he was and what was available.  God is fully available to us for ‘whatever we need.’

The father of the elder brother said, “Son, you have been with me all this time, and all I have is yours!”  Simply, you didn’t take what was yours and lived as though you had nothing, but it was there all the time.  That’s the way it is with God.  He is there all the time and as Jesus said, “It is My Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

KNOWING GOD IS AVAILABLE – How Do We Enter into and Possess Our Inheritance?

There are certain conditions that must be met in order to possess and be possessed by the God Who Is.  There is a saying, “There is gold in them there hills.”  But for the gold to become ours we must mine it.  Someone said, “Reading makes a man full but until he reads, he remains empty.” 

I heard the story of a little boy who was learning to play the violin.  He worked at it for about an hour and declared, “There is no music in that violin.”  However, that same instrument in the hands of a master violinist produced wonderful music.  The absence of the music was due to the lack of preparation.  Sadly, some treat God the same way, they give it a little try and then give up.

Some fail to meet the conditions and fail to find God due to preoccupation.  I asked a man, “How can you ignore the existence of God?  You have seen him in your mother and grandmother.”  He said, “I keep busy and do not allow myself to think about God.”  Some try to put God out of existence through wishful thinking.  They continue to live a sinful and negligent life and hope God is not real.

What conditions are to be met?  It is found in the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”  In another way of saying it, “If you will let all the other gods of your life go, then you can have the True and Living God!”

Some argue, “But I don’t have other gods.”  I counter with, “Yes we do!”  In too many ways and too many times, we are polytheists without realizing it.  We do not worship the Roman god Mars, but we worship what he stood for.  We no longer bow at the shrine of Venus, but we seek that which she stood for and seek pleasure.  We would never consider bowing at the altar of the god Bacchus, the god of drink and revelry but what he stood for is pursued religiously by millions.

Years ago, the city of Dayton, Ohio conducted a study to determine how the people of that city were spending the money.  The combined expenditures of the citizens revealed that people were spending more than $100,000 more per week on alcohol than groceries.  About 30 years ago a study was done on how people on some form of government relief spent their money.  They discovered that from 1933 to about 1985 those people had spent upwards of $3 Billion on drink far more than on food.

Jesus said, “If any man is willing to do His will, he will know His will.”  There is a road to spiritual certainty and that road is the Road of a Surrendered Life.  God surrounds us as much as the atmosphere in which we live and breathe.  He is standing at the door of our hearts and seeking to come in and fellowship with us. 

We are to have no other gods before the True and Living God!  He alone is worthy.  He is more than enough for whatever we need or face.  He is greater than all other powers and He desires to be Our God! 

If you are not now enjoying the benefits of having no other gods before Him, I urge you to turn your life completely over to Jesus!  He is waiting and will not turn you away!

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

BEGIN RIGHT TO END RIGHT…


Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God…”  NASB

Exodus 20:3 – “You shall have no other gods before Me.”  NASB

I have often said and believe that if you want to build a sound structure you have to begin with the right foundation.  If you omit the basic principles or steps and begin at a wrong starting place you will never reach the desired destination.  That is true in life and in God.

God gave the Ten Commandments as guides for life, not options. They are guides to help us develop a healthy relationship with Him and handle life’s difficulties.  The Ten Commandments are God’s Ten Laws of Life.  I never ask anyone to accept what I say or think as the final word on human conduct or direction in life. I always refer them to the Word of God and encourage communication with the LORD Himself and His Spirit.

Jesus, summed up the Ten Commandments in Matthew 22:37-40, “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Tragically in this age of confusion, when many seem to have thrown their old convictions and beliefs on the trash heap and have loosed their moral moorings, we need to revisit the Ten Laws of Life.  They are guideposts not simply prohibitions to keep something from us or us from something.  I realize that there are those in today’s world and in today’s church that disagree and believe these laws of life are antiquated.  I disagree!

Some feel that the Ten Commandments have been left in the believer’s rear-view mirror spiritually.  I contend that you can no more run past these laws of life than you can run past the North Star in the skies from the earth.  These are not merely arbitrary rules like which side of the road you drive on.  They are rooted in Divine Principles and are Guides for Life which are invaluable and liberating.

Albert Einstein did not begin each day reciting the multiplication table.  Yet, he could not ignore that 2 x 2=4 without utter confusion.  Modern Scientist do not rush to the apple orchard daily to reaffirm the law of gravity.  Yet, they cannot ignore that law without disastrous results.

I ask that you join me in considering the First Commandment that begins with God.  “I am the LORD your God…”  It begins with the Great Assumption of the Reality of God.  I suggest that it is not an assumption but a recognition of all the evidence in the creation of the Creator. 

The Bible makes virtually no defense of the declaration that God Is!  It is not an appeal to get us to accept it but an assertion that GOD IS!  There is no effort made to prove the existence of God.  It is assumed and even declared in scripture that only the fool would say there is no God.  The Psalmists do not argue proof of God’s existence but rejoice in His Mercies.  The Prophets do not try to prove Him they proclaim Him! 

They do not take that position because there is no proof.  There is abundant proof of the existence of God.  An ordered universe is incredibly revealing of His existence.  The human body is another incredible evidence and argument against evolution.  I believe that the writers of the Bible did not deal with proof is because evidence alone is inadequate in a real sense. 

I know people who have an old rose from a casket pressed in a book for a keepsake.  It is a reminder or evidence that you loved and lost but it is a poor substitute for that person.  Some have baby shoes hidden away in a box or a drawer reminding them of that little baby that once sat on their laps and hugged them.  Those are evidence of that the baby that toddled out of their lives but not out of their hearts.  But they are poor substitutes for that baby.

I believe that the writers do not concern themselves with proof is because they have something better to offer.  It would be of little value to argue about the reality and usefulness of bread when the table is spread.  Of what value would be an argument about the reality of water to the thirsty when they are standing near a gushing spring.  They did not argue to prove God because THEY HAD GOD!

I want to discuss more but will pause here and take this up in the next devotional.  Until then may God bless you richly and guide your journey. 

THE WAY TO SUCCESS – Part Two…


Genesis 6:1-8

In the last devotional, we began considering the way or secret to success.  We discovered and discussed that Success was impossible without a plan and that Noah Received God’s Plan and followed it explicitly.  That leads us to the next factors for consideration.

NOAH BELIEVED GOD’S PLAN – (Hebrews 11:7; Genesis 7:7; Genesis 8:20).

We read in Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” 

Knowledge of the plan does not automatically mean it will appear feasible.  When I think of God’s Plans revealed to man, I think of Gideon and how far-fetched that plan seemed.  It seemed impossible, but with God All Things are Possible!  It always requires Faith, Trust, Confidence, and Obedience.

Trust is an absolute requirement in the success of God’s Plan and Purposes.  We must trust in the face of danger, failure, and all opposition and obstacles.  Trust is not only in times of ease but at all times!  Noah believed God!  That is far more powerful than we give it recognition.  Consider what was happening around him.  Consider the fact that it had not rained on the earth.  Consider the fact that there had never been such an undertaking among men. 

This was far beyond anything that Noah or anyone else had ever contemplated.  No wonder, the Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we “walk by faith, not by sight.”  Not only did Noah receive God’s Plan and believe God’s Plan but he took the next step.

NOAH WORKED GOD’S PLAN – (Genesis 6:22; 7:5).

In Genesis 6:22 we see the key, “Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.”  Obedience is an absolute requirement for success in God’s Purposes.  I believe that knowledge and faith require obedience and work to enjoy fulfillment and success.  That is true in virtually all of life.  If we go to the doctor it is important that we follow his advice.  If we hire an attorney, it is usually vital that we follow his counsel.  That applies in the natural and in the spiritual.  If we are to have God’s Success, we must follow God’s Directives and Plan.

Noah did ALL that God told him to do.  That is vital!  It is not doing part of what God directed. It is not doing some of what God directed. It is doing ALL that God directed that enabled Noah to succeed. He obeyed in the face of ridicule and scorn.  He obeyed when he could see no logical reason to do what he was doing.  He obeyed because He believed God and trusted God.  He like the apostle Paul was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.  He Obeyed!

NOAH FOUND GOD FAITHFUL – (Genesis 7:17; 8:1)

In Genesis 7:17 we see, “Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days; the water increased and lifted up the ark so that it rose above the earth.”  In Genesis 8:1 we are told, “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.”  God did what God said He would do!  He was faithful to His faithful man.

The floods came just like God said they would. Noah’s family was saved, just like God promised.  They were spared amid a corrupt people and spared from the destruction of the flood.

To have success in God’s Plan in life we must obtain the plan, believe the plan, act upon the plan and we will find that God is a God of His Word!  He never fails.  Therefore, if success is your desire then I suggest three considerations.

  • Seek God’s Direction through prayer, the word of God and wise counsel.
  • Believe God’s Direction weight it with the Word of God.
  • Obey God’s Direction by implementing and incorporating it into your life.

You will find God always faithful.  He may not move in your time frame, but He will move and bring you to the fulfillment of His Promises.  Noah pleased God and it brought about the deliverance of his family and the preservation of the race.

What will you have?  My desire is to walk in obedience to All that God says! May the LORD bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

THE WAY TO SUCCESS…


Genesis 6:1-8 – “Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 And the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”  NASB

A key is the declaration found in the last verse, “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”  That is powerful beyond words! Everyone wants to be a success, or at least, they are interested in knowing how to get on the road to success.  The criteria for success differs with different people.  Success is defined a thousand different ways with a thousand different people.  For some it is money, for others it is power, there are those who see it as position or fame and the list goes on. 

The success story found in our text is incredible.  Noah lived in a world filled with people so evil and corrupt that God said that He regretted making man.  That is descriptive of the depth of depravity man had descended.  In verse 8 we read that Noah found Grace and Favor in the eyes of the LORD.  That is contrasted to the disfavor of the rest of humanity.  One man stands alone in exhibiting righteousness when everything around him is plunging deeper into the darkness.

Man had become so corrupt that the stench of their corruption was repulsive to God. His own creation has become a foul odor to him. God vows to destroy man from the earth and yet amid that stench in the nostrils of God, there is a sweet aroma of righteousness in Noah.  My immediate question is, what was the secret of Noah’s success?  What was it about Noah that pleased God, and can we achieve and attain that status today?

NOAH OBTAINED GOD’S PLAN – – (Genesis 6:13-21)

In verse 13 God tells Noah that the end of all flesh has come before Him and in verse 14 He gives Noah the plan for the preservation of humanity in one family.  He gives him the plans for the Ark of Safety and the Ark of Life.

There can be no Success without a Plan.  Success does not happen by chance.  That is especially true in the things of God.  God has a plan and gives man that plan and it is incumbent upon man to follow that plan.  Psalms 127:1 gives a wonderful truth to be remembered in our walk.  “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…”   I have often been reminded and reminded others that either way the house is built but one way is successful and the other is in vain.

Years ago, I read a detail of the Great Clock at the Strasbourg Cathedral in France.  In addition to the regular features, it has a combination of moons and planets moving through the days and months with the accuracy of the heavenly bodies.  It was built in the 14th Century but this clock could not exist without a plan.

The beauty of God’s Plan is that it is totally fool-proof.  Noah realized that God had all in His control and was faithful.  He maintained his relationship with God even in the face of difficult circumstances and his faithfulness resulted in God’s favor and the revelation of God’s Plan.  That Plan led to his success and our survival as a race!

I have only begun to lay this simple foundation for the Secret of Success and will address a bit more in the next devotional.  Until then, may the LORD be with you and guide your footsteps and life.

Blessings abundant as you enjoy this day in Him!

A PROPHETIC WORD THAT I GAVE IN 1984 – You Judge It… (Part Three)


Psalms 25:4-5 – “Make me know Thy ways, O LORD; Teach me Thy paths. 5 Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, For Thou art the God of my salvation; For Thee I wait all the day.”  NASB

I am repeating a prophetic word that I gave in Chandler, Texas on March 11, 1984, and asking you to examine it and see if I was right and if it still resonates today.  I ask that you reread the first blog post and then read this offering.

In the Humanist Manifesto II, they declared, “We affirm that moral values derive their source from human existence.  Ethics is autonomous and situational, needing no theological or ideological sanction.  Ethics stems from human need and interest.  To deny this distorts the whole basis of life.”  If you agree with that, we are on total opposite pages.  I believe the Bible and the Bible contradicts that thesis and precept. 

Let me offer some additional facts to anchor my declaration that our world is in trouble and needs God and stands on the brink of God’s judgment.  On the moral scene we discover that since 1973, more than 15 million babies have been aborted.  (That was 1984 and today that number has soared to over 60 MILLION!)  The 15 million was twice the number that Hitler destroyed in Nazi Germany.  That difference is so much greater today and we call Hitler a barbarian?  Wow! 

The same legal philosophy that allowed the Nazis to do what they did now allows Americans to kill unborn babies.  In 1984 we were aware that New York’s highest court ruled that the New York State Legislature must determine which human beings are actually persons who are entitled to live.  How about all humans including the unborn, especially those with a heartbeat? 

My brothers and sisters, if the courts can decide that unborn children are not persons, they can decide that people of 60, 70, 80, etc. are not persons.  They can decide that the deformed and the handicapped are not persons.  They can decide that Jews or Christians are not a person.  That is beyond frightening it is a belch of evil from the pit of hell.  We are dangerously near the judgment of God and His turning us over to reprobate minds.  It will only get worse if we do not deal with the problem today.

In the State of California, their Supreme Court ruled that a child could sue his/her parents for being born.  That’s right!  There was a lawsuit brought against the Sacramento hospital.  The courts required the hospital to pay $900,000 in damages.  That is mind-boggling.  In the State of Delaware, the Attorney General issued an opinion stating that a doctor who failed to kill two unborn babies with lethal saline injections could be sued for criminal malpractice.  That is an expression of evil that must be recognized.

In 1984, there were studies that indicated that over the previous decade one-half of all teenage girls had engaged in sexual intercourse by the age of 16 years of age.  Time Magazine, usually a defender of the humanist acknowledged the blooming tragedy of unwed pregnancy.  Their article stated:

“According to federal figures, illegitimate births increased so rapidly in the 1970s that 17% of U.S. babies (one out of six) are now born out of wedlock.  In 1979, the last year for which statistics were available, at that time, it was estimated that 597,000 illegitimate babies were born, up 50 percent since 1970.  Among unmarried teens there are 3 live births to every 5 abortions.  1.3 million children live with teenage mothers, about half of them unmarried.”

Those studies indicated that 43% of all girls graduating from High School are sexually experienced.  The percentages were even higher with boys.  Before you insist that it is not that way with Christian teens let me offer this statistic. “Among Evangelical Christians, 33% of the girls and 40% of the boys engage in premarital sex by the time they graduate from High School.”  There are those who were identified then and may still be called, “Technical Virgins.” They engage in everything except vaginal penetration and actual coitus.

Our world is in deep trouble and in need of revival, renewal, and restoration.  I am sometimes labeled a fanatic, an alarmist, and other derogatory names. We are told by many that we are only to preach love, mercy, and forgiveness.  However, I do not consider it love to allow people to destroy their lives with sin.  The need for love has never been greater and we need people to love enough to be willing to expose the Lies of Hell to this Generation.

If we are to save this and successive generations from the Anti-God, Anti-Moral, Anti-Home world we must return to the Old Paths of Biblical Morality and Truth!  Here’s what we need to give this coming generation:

  • A Heritage That is Worthy & Worthwhile – A Good Name that demonstrates Morality and Integrity.
  • Train Them Up in the Way They Should Go – – Biblical Foundation must begin in the Home.
  • We Must Become Men and Women of Intercession and virtually Pray without Ceasing.
  • We Must Point Them to Christ in our Words and Through Our Lives.

God desires to send upon us Revival but will not send it without our cooperation.  If we will follow the prescription of 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 – “My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now My eyes shall be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.”

God has sounded the Alarm not it is time for us to become tools in His hand to Save America from destruction and see the Harvest of the Kingdom gathered.  Will you receive this word and as Isaiah said, “Here am I LORD, send me”?

God bless you and have a fantastic Sunday!

A PROPHETIC WORD THAT I GAVE IN 1984 – You Judge It… (Part Two)


Psalms 25:4-5 – “Make me know Thy ways, O LORD; Teach me Thy paths. 5 Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, For Thou art the God of my salvation; For Thee I wait all the day.”  NASB

I am repeating a prophetic word that I gave in Chandler, Texas on March 11, 1984, and asking you to examine it and see if I was right and if it still resonates today.  I ask that you reread the first blog post and then read this offering. This is Part Two of that Word.

CURRICULUM CHANGES and AIMS

We have been inundated with the ‘Values Clarification Courses’ in our schools.  The motive and purpose are to indoctrinate the young to reject the moral absolutes of the Bible.  I offer this fact for your consideration:

A Carter Administration Educrat, during a discussion funding for government-controlled preschool day-care centers, made an astonishingly revealing statement.  He said: “One of the reasons we need to establish preschool day-care centers for children from three years of age and up is because in spite of the billions of dollars at our disposal and the thirteen years we have the children in our public schools, we are still unable to undo the harm done to them before they arrive in kindergarten.” 

The Harm?  What he expressed was their view that the harm being done was that the children were being taught to believe in God, have an absolute value system, and respect authority, including their parents.  How does that make you feel about the government and public education?

In 1984, the Federally-funded U.S. Office of Education offered the following materials to help educators function as ‘change agents.’  That’s right CHANGE AGENTS!  The offerings are ED 056-345: Humanism – The Counselor’s Role as a Change Agent.  ED058-664 – Change Agent Teams Changing Schools: Case Studies.  ED054-513 – Emotional Arousal and Attitude Change During Simulation Games.  That is a clear threat to everything biblical and godly and a clear attack on the home, biblical values, and morality.  It is a plan to brainwash our children.  How does that make you feel about the government and public education?

Additionally, in a document titled: Report to the President’s Commission on School Finance, the concern expressed was that the majority of our youth hold the same values as their parents and that pattern, according to them, MUST BE CHANGED!  Wow!

In August 1973, the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare awarded $5,900,000 to 21 institutions to train 500 educational personnel to become leaders of educational change. 

Among the subjects taught in school one incredibly disturbing one was found in a Sociology textbook which explained “Situation Ethics” in this manner: “There are exceptions to moral laws, depending on the situation. What is wrong in one instance may be right in another.  Most children learn that it is wrong to lie.  But later they may learn that it is tactless, if not actually wrong, not to lie under certain circumstances.”  So much for the Bible’s version of “Thou Shalt Not Lie.”

I want to delve into this prophetic word a bit more and hope that I do not bore you with the details I give but it was heavy on my heart in 1984 and has expanded exponentially today in 2019.  What was happening as a trickle then is a flood today!

God bless you as you go through this day in His Presence!