IS GOD’S POWER LIMITED?


Numbers 11:23 – “And the LORD said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.”  NASB

Maybe a better way of asking that question would be, “Is there anything that can limit God’s power?”  Clearly from the overall teaching of Scripture, God is Omnipotent.  That would mean and does mean that His power is UNLIMITED!  He does not have Power, He is Power!  If God decides to do something, there is nothing that could prevent the fulfillment of His decision.  That, I believe is absolute and the clear message of the Bible.

However, I must ask again, “Is there anything that can limit God’s power?”  Maybe we should rephrase that again and ask, “Is there anything that we can do that would cause God to withhold His power?”  Obviously, that is an entirely different question and presents totally new parameters in the equation or question.

There are two distinct passages that address this in the New Testament.  One is in Matthew 13:58 where it speaks of Jesus’ lack of miracles in His home town due to unbelief.  Then in Mark 6:5 referring to the same situation worded it differently saying, “Now He could do no mighty work there, except He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.”  The next verse tells us that Jesus marveled because of their unbelief.

The Bible teaches plainly that with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Luke 18:27; Jeremiah 32:17; Job 42:2; Genesis 18:14).  We are also taught that if we believe and have the expectation that God will fulfill His promises all things are possible to us. (Philippians 4:13; Mark 10:27; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:24).  These are not the only passages we could use but are sufficient to establish that with God all things are possible and with those who exercise faith all things are possible.

We are taught in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus is eternally the same.  He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be the same tomorrow as He is today.  He is the Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent Creator of all things.  He is “The Living God.” (Deuteronomy 5:26; Joshua 3:10; 1 Samuel 17:26, 36; 2 Kings 19:4; Psalms 42:2; Romans 9:26). 

If God is The Living God and nothing is impossible with Him, then why would we doubt Him?  I am convinced that the only thing that stops God from moving on our behalf is us.  If we doubt Him and live our lives without expectation, we will live beneath the place He desires.  If Jesus is the Son of the Living God, and if God is Omnipotent, righteous, holy, just, and loving, why do we doubt His willingness to fulfill His promises and provisions?

Let me offer one possible reason.  We, humans, are prone to earn things and want to feel we deserve them.  That is foreign to Grace and because we love and think as humans we tend to think of God as we think of ourselves.  We feel unworthy of His favor, grace, and blessings and therefore question God because we question ourselves. 

Another is, we have been taught limitations to God.  We have been taught dispensational ideas that relegate certain attributes and demonstrations of God to certain eras.  We have been taught, contrary to the Word of God that what God did He no longer does.  Yet, the Bible teaches that He is the same, past, present, and future.  That is why Jesus would respond with almost shock when someone said, “If you are willing?”  He responded, “If I am willing!”  Indicating that He was amazed that they would question His willingness to do good.

Therefore, rather than questioning whether God is Limited or not we should encourage ourselves that He is Limitless in Power, Limitless in Love, Limitless in Willingness, and become open vessels to receive His Promises, Provision, and Power.

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

NEED A DOCTOR?


Luke 5:31 – “And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.”  NASB

I preached from this passage many years ago and had a man come to me afterward and say, “Preacher you missed it completely today, we are not sick.”  I understood his view but was somewhat surprised since we have a very powerful time of ministering to people who came forward for prayer.  God healed bodies, hearts, and relationships in that service.  So, this man’s view of the condition of the church was different than those who came for prayer and ministry.

He considered himself a religious man, and he was.  However, simply being religious is not necessarily without the need for ministry.  Jesus was addressing the self-righteous Pharisees and Scribes in His statement.  Recognizing the need for ministry is somewhat like being lost if you don’t know you have a need you will seek no help. 

There is a key principle taught in the Bible regarding ministering to others.  Jesus illustrated who our neighbor is in the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  He addressed the need of serving others in His washing the disciples’ feet.  Paul brings this into focus powerfully in Galatians 6:1 as he spoke of discovering a brother or sister entrapped in a spiritual or moral failure.  What is the right biblical response?  Restoration!  Restoration with ourselves in mind, realizing that we could easily be in their shoes.

God’s purpose is always Restoration!  God’s purpose is not condemnation, judgment, and punishment, but restoration.  That should be our view as well.  I ask that you call to mind the declaration of Jesus in Matthew 7 as He spoke about dealing with others who have issues.  His instruction was that we are to ‘seek healing for our own sins’ before trying to correct others.  In that declaration, He made it clear that, from time to time, we all need a doctor, spiritually.

I remember as a young Christian and a fledgling preacher developing a sense of personal piety and falling into the trap of comparing myself to others.  I would look at people who did not look right, talk right, dress right, or, in my view, live right and would piously think, “Thank God I’m not like that.”  One day the Holy Spirit rattled my cage and said, “No, you are worse.”  That shook me more than I can describe.

I attempted to argue and present my good works and abstentions as qualifiers for my belief that I was somehow better than those I was looking down on.  The more I argued the more I realized that I was nothing but a Pharisee and had lost the view of God’s purpose for people.  I was elevating myself, thinking I was whole, when there was a hole in my heart that needed the loving attention of God’s balm of Grace. 

I wanted to please God more than I wanted anything.  I had my list and was checking all the right boxes.  However, in that process, my heart was growing cold toward my brothers and sisters.  I was not as compassionate as I thought I was.  I was not as loving as I envisioned myself.  I was judgmental although I would have argued that I was just inspecting the fruit not judging.  As, I realized my own deficiencies and need, in repentance, I was brought into the Emergency Room of God’s Love and the Healing Balm of God was applied.  I was transformed in a very real way. 

I could, once again, speak of sin with a broken heart.  I could, once again, speak of love out of a heart overflowing with love.  I needed a doctor and thank God the doctor was in the house and willing to treat me and bring me back to health.  In that experience, I discovered that it would not be the last time I needed a doctor, Doctor Jesus to come and address an area in my life.  Thank God, that I have learned that if I have a need, my heavenly doctor is always ready to minister healing.

God bless you as you reach out to Doctor Jesus in your time of need.

DO WE BELIEVE THE PROMISE?


Leviticus 26:3-4 – “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, 4 then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.”  NASB

The Bible, both Old, and New Testaments give some of the most amazing promises from God that I sometimes think we read as though they were the promises of yesteryear or fables.  I do not mean that to be a railing indictment on anyone but an observation.  If I were to point the finger at anyone there would be four more pointing back at me.  Believing the Promises and appropriating them into our lives is of concern and interest to me.

For some time, the Holy Spirit has been dealing with my heart regarding ‘expectation.’  I have read the Bible from cover to cover many times and each time I take the journey of discovery in the Word of God, I keep hearing the gnawing question, “Do you believe that?”  When I answer in the affirmative, I hear the question, “Do you expect it to be a present reality?”  That question is not so easy to answer, because I believe that God knows our hearts and to answer without total honesty would be both foolish and detrimental.

Look at what the passage offers in the “if” and “then” portions of the Promise.  It is nothing short of amazing and although God is offering to do spectacular things for us regarding personal benefit, prosperity, and sustenance, He requires something of us.  Many years ago, the Holy Spirit impressed upon my heart and I have confirmed that in the Word, to my satisfaction, that God is unwilling to be our Candy Store.  By that I mean, He is unwilling to indiscriminately give us the bounty of heaven without a commitment of our hearts.

Before anyone assume that I am suggesting we can somehow earn God’s Grace, Mercy, or Blessings, let me affirm that I AM NOT!  However, the obedience factor is not inconsequential and when God details the “if” in order to receive the “then” He is serious. 

I am reminded of God’s declaration in Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”  We make promises that we have not thought out or do not have the ability to fulfill.  God on the other hand, never makes an idle promise or one that He is incapable of fulfilling. (Luke 1:37).

We read in Isaiah 55:11 – “So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”  Jesus echoed that in Matthew 5:18 – “For truly I say to you until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.”  He also declared in Luke 1:37 – “For with God nothing will be impossible.” 

Therefore, if God says that we will have the needed rains for our crops to thrive and produce and that our fruit trees will have an abundance of fruit, which means His provisions for our personal benefit, He means it! He intends to provide exactly what He said! When He then adds the addendum or caveat that there is a requirement to receiving that, He is serious and not manipulative.  The requirement for having all that God promises is here declared to be walking in His statutes and keeping His commandments. 

The truth could not be more powerfully articulated than in the words of Jesus in John 15:7 – “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.”  Imagine a life where there was no lack. Imagine a life where we had guaranteed answers to our prayers.  That is the Promise of God to those who fulfill the “if” clause in His Promises.

Let me caution each one that if we “ask” amiss or with wrong motives we are guaranteed nothing.  If our focus is on ourselves and our motivation is rooted in selfishness, we are promised nothing.  But, if we follow the prescription of Matthew 6:33 and make God first above all and seek Him first before all allowing His Kingdom to come and His will to be realized in our hearts and minds, we are in a position to receive the “then” portion of this and every promise because we will, from a pure heart, be fulfilling the “if” portion.

God bless you as you seek Him first and foremost and enjoy His bountiful provisions and blessings!

REBUKE AND FORGIVE…


Luke 17:3-4 – “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.  4 “And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”  NASB

I realize that this passage will and does cause a very complex problem for many people.  On one hand, it authorizes you to “rebuke” someone who commits an offense against you and on the other it instructs you to “forgive” them if they repent.  It goes beyond that. It uses the directive that we are familiar with where the disciples asked Jesus how often we are to forgive, and he gave what amounted to a command to give unlimited forgiveness just as our Heavenly Father has given us.

How do you meld rebuking and forgiving and maintain your Christian integrity?  Well, you certainly dare not take the instruction or authorization to “rebuke” the trespasser as a license to retaliate, be mean-spirited, or vindictive. That approach would assuredly would violate all the teachings of our Lord everywhere found in the New Testament.  The better understanding is that God does not expect you to be a doormat.  He wants you to address evil and wrong without denying its existence but to do so with the view and purpose of securing redemption and restoration.

I have been told and unfortunately told others when an offense has taken place and repentance was offered – “Don’t worry about it, it doesn’t matter.”  Yes, It Does!  That is a slap in the face of the person and an insult to their attempt to secure forgiveness and obtain reconciliation and restoration. 

You should never suggest to them that they do not matter enough to you for that to have had any effect on you because you know it did! We endure hurts in the events of life. We are wounded.  We may have even allowed anger to fester for a time in our hearts and wished we could retaliate in some way.  We might have even enjoyed seeing them struggle when the shoe was on the other foot in some situations.  But, to tell them “It didn’t matter,” is an insult and far from the truth.  It Did Matter!

What we are to do when trespassed against is, to be honest about the situation.  It hurt, we were wounded, and God wants us to make the other person aware of their actions and the effect of those actions. However it is always to be in a spirit that has as its core the ultimate desire to see reconciliation and restoration. 

If that is our heart, then we can address or “rebuke” them without being mean-spirited or vindictive.  We must do so in a spirit of love with a genuine desire to see restoration and reconciliation.  That attitude and desire will shine through our “rebuke” and while the other person may or may not ‘REPENT’ we will have addressed the issue in a godly manner thus preserving our integrity and a right heart.

I am convinced that too often we fail to address the trespass and allow “roots of bitterness” to spring up in our hearts and when that happens, Many, are Defiled because of the poison produced.  God’s wisdom is to meet it head-on with a right heart, attitude, and objective.  At that point, there is hope for reconciliation and a real likelihood that this type of thing will not happen again.  We will have saved a friend, restored a relationship and prevented a wound from becoming cancerous spiritually.

May God bless you as you go through your day!

BE MY VALENTINE…


Ephesians 5:25-33 – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31, FOR THIS REASON, A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.” NASB

Today is Valentine’s Day and there will be roses and boxes of chocolate by the truckload distributed today all over the world and especially in America.  Sadly,some of those expressions will simply be the performance of an expected duty on the part of the male and the obligatory card from the female to that supposed special someone in her life.  But for millions of others, it will be a genuine expression of love and affection albeit not necessarily the healthiest way to express love.  There will be gifts of diamonds and jewelry as well and even most extravagant gifts to convey the feelings of love and affection.

I commend every husband, son, or boyfriend who sends flowers, chocolates, and cards or some other gift to that special lady in their lives be that wife, mother, or girlfriend.  Likewise, I commend every wife, daughter, or girlfriend who reciprocates with an expression of her own to that special man in her life.  Yet, I wish that we would add someone else to our list of persons to acknowledge and show devotion, love, and affection for on this day but not limit it to this day.  That would be The Lord Jesus Christ! 

The greatest expression of LOVE one could ever comprehend is found in Jesus’ sacrificial death on the Cross and expressed in John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Also, in the great Love Chapter of the Bible 1 Corinthians 13, we find what LOVE really is!

May God help each of us on this day to Honor that special person(s) in our lives but to not fail in our remembrance of the one whom without we would be Hopeless!  Lord Jesus, would you be my valentine?  I love you with all my heart and one day know that as a part of the Body of Christ I will be a part of your heavenly bride made up of all believers of all ages.  We will spend eternity together and we will spend it in adoration of you and the Father as we worship around that heavenly throne.  I ask you to forgive me for not honoring you more every day of my life and help me to make it not only a desire but a practice to give you the honor due your name Every Day! 

May God be with you on this day! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

I WANT TO BE A VOICE NOT AN ECHO…


Jeremiah 1:9 – “Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”  NASB

When I first became a Christian, I observed something interesting in many preachers that prompted me to inquire of the Lord and seasoned veteran ministers about what I was seeing.  What I was seeing, and hearing was men standing in the pulpits emulating the current popular preacher of the day or in the particular denomination, I was associated with.  I wondered if that was how it was supposed to be done. 

The Lord, shortly after my conversion, impressed upon my heart that He was calling me into the ministry and I too would preach the Gospel.  Since it seemed that the common practice was to copy and mimic mannerisms, speech, and messages of the “current flavor of the month” preacher I tried that.  It would have been comical if it were not so sad.

Although I began simply speaking what I felt God would have me speak I soon transitioned into doing what I was seeing others do and failed miserably at it.  It was distasteful, disappointing, and most unsatisfying for me and I’m sure for those hearing me speak. 

I went to prayer and asked the Lord for a clear directive and felt that the Holy Spirit whispered in my heart – “I want you to be a voice, not an echo.”  That resonated with me in a way that I cannot find words to describe.  It was what I desired all along without really knowing that was it.  Later I felt that the Holy Spirit whispered – “I don’t need copies, I need people who will be obedient to what they hear and speak what is in their hearts with passion and compassion.”  That became the foundation of the ministry that God gave me and has remained so through the years.  My driving desire is to be a Voice and not an Echo! 

I do not want to just speak ABOUT God, I want to Speak for God or on God’s behalf.  Simply, I want to speak only what the Holy Spirit whispers in my spirit not the latest and most popular subject, topic, or method.  I have found that no matter how simple and seemingly shallow that message might appear, It Gets Results!  On the occasions I have copied someone else it was Like Rain on a Tin Roof and accomplished about as much. 

God did not call any of us to be “echoes” He called us to be “voices” speaking what He has spoken and revealed to us through prayer, the Word and the Spirit of God.  It is a driving passion and desire of my heart to have what comes call a “Now Word.” What I mean by that is a word or message that is relevant to the current congregation, situation, and need!  God knows exactly where the people that I speak to are spiritually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  He knows every detail of our lives and sometimes uses other people to speak words that provide the needed help even though they had no idea that what they were saying was having that effect.

Therefore, as you go through your days here on earth seek to Be a Voice rather than an Echo.  Allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you to whatever situation might be before you.  You don’t have to understand it just be obedient to His nudging and urging.  That’s the desire of the Father for each of us.

May the Lord bless and be with you as you go through your day!

WHO IS THAT KNOCKING AT THE DOOR?


Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” NASB

When you get to the last Book of the Bible and begin to read the revelation given to John by the Lord it doesn’t take long to realize that God’s greatest desire is that ALL PEOPLE be saved!  He demonstrates throughout the scriptures and in human history, His willingness to be merciful to man and yet man keeps turning Him away.  How long will He suffer us?  How long will He extend His mercy to man?  How long before the judgment of God falls upon this world and He says, “It Is Enough!”

Most of us have heard, sensed, or felt that knock on the door of our hearts.  We have experienced the prick of conscience and known the feeling of guilt.  We have come to the place where we knew that where we were or what we were doing or had done was wrong.  The issue is not whether we’ve been there or will be there it is what we do when it happens.  Someone is knocking at the door of our hearts, Who Is It?

Satan knocks at the door of our hearts offering everything that has a name if we will just submit to the temptation and follow his lead.  It is all lies but tragically there are multitudes who answer that knock.  Likewise, God is knocking at the door of our hearts calling us to repentance and to eternal life and sadly, too few, answer that knock.  There is a knock at the door of your heart right now.  Today there will be knocks on the door of your life.  Who Is Knocking?

When the Holy Spirit knocks at the door of your heart, He is knocking to offer you pardon from your sin, freedom from your guilt and shame, and access to Eternal Life.  He offers something that can be found nowhere else and can come from no one else.  He offers liberation from the bondage of sin.  So, when that knock comes, I encourage you to look through the peep-hole in the door and recognize the LORD and open wide the door and allow Jesus to come in.  I can assure you that nothing will ever be the same again.  I do not tell you that you will never have another problem, far from it.  I do not tell you that life will be a bed of roses, but if you remember that most roses have thorns you will realize that with the beauty and fragrance of the rose comes some pain.

We are coming to the finale of everything and God is knocking more and more urgently upon the hearts of men and women.  I pray that we each catch the sense of urgency of the hour and allow the Holy Spirit to have access to every facet of our lives and answer the knock on the door so we can have the Lord come in and fellowship with us in a new and more powerful way.

God bless you as you go through your day!

GIVE ME THAT WATER LORD…


John 4:13-14 – “Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”   NASB

Some of the encounters of Jesus stretch the most rigid of ideologies religiously and always cause a major problem for those who are unable to grasp that their particular way of thinking, believing, or understanding might have room for expansion.  The Jews and Samaritans alike had a problem with Him on so many occasions and this was no different.  Here he asks a Samaritan woman to give Him a drink from the well.  She is stunned that Jesus; a Jew would even talk to her much less ask for a drink. 

He stretched her mind when He told her that if she recognized the “Gift of God” or the “Son of God” asking her for a drink she would have asked Him for Living Water.  She, like the disciples, was locked into natural thinking and looked at Him and noticed that he had no means of drawing water, the well was deep and therefore she saw no possibility of His statement having any value or means of being fulfilled.  He went on in verses 13-14 to inform her that everyone who drank from that natural well would thirst again but anyone who drank from His well would Never Thirst again and that water would produce a spring inside of them that would be a continual supply of water and eternal life.

She still could not get past the natural. She wondered if this amazing thing could be real and if there was even a remote chance it could be real. If it could be then she would have something which would eliminate her need to come to the well, suffer the ridicule that she no doubt received, and caused her to come at a time not normally used by women of that day.  Jesus went further and broke down the barriers of the mind to the point that He could touch the heart of this woman and she finally recognized that He was the Messiah.

I cried – “Lord Give Me This Water!”  He did and he does, but I want a continual renewal of the spring within so that the water of life continually flows out of my innermost being and flows out like a river touching others around me.  I want to be a source of life not just a receiver of life.  I want to be one who manifests Jesus, not just one that represents Him.  I want to be a voice crying in a darkened world not just an echo in the chambers of the church.  I want to be a Spring of Life producing the life that comes only from Him.  So, I say – “LORD Renew in me this Water, Daily!” 

May the Lord be with you as you go through your day!

WATCHING DAILY AT THE GATES…


Proverbs 8:33-35 – “Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD;”  NKJV

When I first became a Christian and acknowledged God’s call to preach, I had an elder statesman in the Kingdom tell me, “Son, you need to read on Chapter in Proverbs every day for the rest of your life.”  He went on to tell me that it would be in those daily readings that I would gain more wisdom and knowledge about life than I would in any other endeavor that I could engage in.  I have concluded that he was right because I have found answers to so many questions in life and relationships in Proverbs that I never cease to be amazed at the wisdom compacted into such a small portion of writings.

Here we find a nugget that is incredibly powerful and beneficial.  It is true wisdom to “hear instruction” providing you do not “disdain or ignore” it.  The Lord, speaking through the writer probably Solomon, informs us that we are Blessed if we Listen to Him and that our daily objective should be to Watch at the Gates and Wait at His Door.  He tells us that whoever finds Him (GOD) finds life and obtains favor from the LORD! 

FINDS LIFE – -The most critical thing for any of us spiritually and eternally is to “find life.”  We will either Live Forever in Heaven with God or we will Die Forever in hell with the devil.

OBTAIN FAVOR WITH GOD – -In living that life here in the natural it is difficult enough doing so “knowing God” but to live in the Favor of God is most important and powerful.  That places us in a position where when things go sour for others around us, we can Hope in God because He is our Refuge and our Fortress.  We can live life without Fear and in Perfect Peace no matter what storms may come our way.

The key to this is “Listening to the Lord.”  If we diligently Watch for Him and Wait on Him, we will Hear Him and as we Hear Him, we are to Heed Him.  In that condition, we not only draw near to Him, but we find His Spirit leading us in the paths of righteousness and we find the Divine Favor of God resting upon us and what He has placed in our hands to do.  That is a place that we should all desire!

May God bless you as you go through your day!

TROUBLED HEARTS…


John 14:1-6 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”  6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  NKJV

As Jesus was preparing His disciples for His death and departure they were perplexed and confused.  Their thought processes up to that point had been that He was the Messiah and would establish an earthly kingdom and they would be part of the inner circle of the administration of that kingdom.  Now He throws them a curve and they have some significant questions and were troubled in their hearts.

Jesus perceived this and spoke specifically to it to bring peace to their hearts and to ours as well.  He turned their attention from the immediate and temporal to the eternal and heavenly.  He spoke of “faith” and the “prepared future” that was in store for each of them.  He reminded them of His trustworthiness and assured them that His departure was not a bad thing but a good thing because of what it meant for them and for us ETERNALLY!

Thomas, who represents more of us than we like to admit, was still troubled and had more questions.  He addressed the reality that He did not know where Jesus was going because his mind was still locked into the temporal.  Jesus answered him with one of the most powerful truths that have ever been spoken – “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”   Thomas, I am going to the Father and you too will come to the Father but to do that you have to gain access through Me.  That access can only be gained if I “go away” speaking of the Cross. 

It is only through the sacrifice that Jesus paid that we have access to the Father.  Had it not been for Calvary we would still be in our sins, lost and undone without God or His Son.  Had it not been for the satisfaction of Divine Justice through the sacrificial death of the Lamb of God none of us would have hope.  But, because of His sacrifice, we can take His words and banish our “Troubled Hearts” forever!

In His Father’s House, there is a place waiting for each of us.  I don’t care if it is a Mansion, a dwelling place, a room, a cottage, or a tent it is in the presence of God Almighty and that is good enough for me.

May God be with you as you go through your day!