THE COMMON DENOMINATOR…


Revelation 3:20-22 – “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.  21′ He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.  22′ He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'”  NASB

Notice the words “He that has an ear, let him hear…”  If you are familiar with Chapters 2 & 3 you will quickly realize that this expression is the Common Denominator!  All the churches are addressed in the same fashion – “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches…”  This suggests that the Common Denominator of these churches was a Danger!  A danger that they would ‘forget’ or become ‘too busy’ to Hear what the Spirit said or was saying!  They all had the same root problem and today is really no different.

The apostle John, through the revelation of the Spirit, was saying: “All of you CAN hear.”  You can hear IF your heart has been renewed by the Spirit of God.  You can hear IF you have a spiritual ear.  Jesus said: “This is the characteristic of My sheep – they HEAR My Voice!”  Therefore, the warning came because they were in grave danger of Not Hearing! 

That has been the ‘danger’ and ‘fault’ of every set of Christians since the beginning of the church.  In fact, if you examine church history you will discover something quite disconcerting.  You will discover that church history teaches us that church history teaches us nothing because we continually repeat the same mistakes!

An incredible fact is that if you examine history you will find that each revival had a life span of approximately forty years.  By the time forty years transpired, those who were in the revival had gotten old and their children were taking over, but the children had only ‘heard it’ from their parents rather than experiencing it.  Then by the time eighty years transpire the revival becomes a monument.  Everybody has forgotten why it was there, to begin with, but it is still there!  That is why all through church history we have the Great Mausoleums! 

Simply, we are left with denominations that celebrate a revival that everybody has now forgotten what happened, but we still have the name and revel in the past!  That raises the question – “Why is it that they and we continually miss it?” 

For almost 2,000 years we see revivals come and go and last about forty years and then it is gone.  Why?  Because, in virtually every case, the revival began when people Heard God and God’s words became alive in their hearts!  It became the Living Word and they responded to it making the revival one to one relationship with God.  God has spoken and they knew it!  Then, gradually it became a philosophy. 

What had been a ‘Living Dynamic’ with God speaking and interacting with the people was now a form and ceremony.  God had been put in a box and reduced to a set of rules, regulations, formulas, patterns of action, and ritual.  The idea became that IF you’ve been in the revival you don’t do this/that/the other.  Forgotten was the truth that the reason we did not do this/that/the other was because of LIFE springing up within not manmade regulation.

God help us to return to the altar of life and drink from the fountain of God’s Life again!  God help us to move from the man-made to the God-breathed!  God brings us revival again! It is relationship not theory that produces the Life of God in the Spirit!

Blessings as you go through your day!

LET’S TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT PRAISE…


Psalm 103:1-5 – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your  iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  NASB

I want to delve a little deeper into the subject of Praise and its worth to our Christian walk on an everyday basis if I may.  Another dimension of Praise is that it opens a channel for God to speak to our hearts and be heart in our inner being.  To me, that is awesome!  Not only does praise bring pleasure to the heart of God it opens the door to change your situation positively and powerfully.

Psalm 29:1-2 – “Ascribe to the Lord… Glory and Strength.  The Glory due to His Name: Worship the Lord in Holy Array. (The Beauty of Holiness).”  Then in verses 7-9,we read of “The voice of the Lord.”  It opens a channel for God to speak to our hearts and be heard.

Tragically, sometimes in prayer, we are unable to Hear God because we have locked the ‘talk button’ on and are locked in a ‘transmit mode’ rather than having an open channel of reception.  In Praise the reverse is true in True Praise we become like a ‘radio receiver’ and there is an open channel for God to speak and we are become so focused on Him without making a petition.  We being to hear Him!

Proverbs 27:21 –“As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold: so is a man for praise.”

It is quite normal, in times of Praise, when our spirits become so heated spiritually and so touched and moved by the Spirit of God and the Presence of the Lord of Hosts, that hidden thoughts, motives, and desires rise to the surface.  As we become broken in His presence those foreign impure elements are separated from the precious metal of our lives and THEN we can take them to the Cross and be cleansed, washed, purified, and delivered!

God wants to skim away all that defiles where He can see His face in the molten metal of our hearts!  Praise opens the door to purification within!

In Psalm 29:4-9 we see a beautiful truth:

Verse 4 – The Voice of the Lord is powerful and full of majesty.

Verse 5 – The Voice of the Lord breaks the cedars (royal trees).

Verse 6 – The Voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire. (Fiery darts).

Verse 7 – The Voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness. (Place of testing).

Verse 8 – The Voice of the Lord makes hinds to calve. (fruitfulness).

Verse 9 – The Voice of the Lord discovers the forests. (people).   It is in God’s temple that everyone speaks of His Glory.

Isaiah 33 informs us that the Voice of the Lord defeats the enemies.  Isaiah 66declares that it is the Voice of the Lord that brings recompense to the enemies of God.  Joel 2tells us that God utters His voice before His army and Psalm 46:6 tells us that the Voice of the Lord causes Kingdoms to be moved!

Praise is one of the most powerful endeavors we can engage in and provides unlimited benefit spiritually and even physically to our lives. 

I encourage you to make Praise a daily portion of your life!  Blessings as you go through your day!

PRAISE IS A NATURAL PART OF LIFE…


Psalm 103:1-5 – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;  3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;  4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” NASB

Sometimes, when I am around other believers the topic will turn to Praise and how important and valuable it is!  Yet too often we make it an option rather than an essential in our walk.  For some, it is a part of the Sunday morning ritual rather than a cornerstone of daily life.  It is relegated to a brief time during the Sunday service rather than a fixture in life.  That strips it of much of its power and benefit and robs the individual of an endeavor that God has offered to lift us into His presence in a more pronounced and powerful manner.

Praise is a natural and normal part of life!  It is only considered ‘abnormal’ or in need of ‘restriction’ when it is associated with religious gatherings.  Manufacturers praise their products.  Parents praise their children.  Men praise their automobiles.  Women praise their hairdressers or wardrobes.  Children praise, sportswriters and coaches praise.  Politicians praise, preachers praise. 

If you think about it, life is filled with praise of one kind or another.  It is normal and natural.  It is ingrained into our nature to ‘spontaneously’ give praise to whatever or whomever we value.  Therefore, if God is among the things we value it is normal and natural to release our inner being in praise to Him!

 It is not because God needs our praise but because we need to offer Him praise.  We need to hear ourselves praise Him. There is a ‘release’ in our spirits that is incredibly powerful as we do.  Something happens inside of our innermost being in the activity of praise!

Let me give you an example in the natural.  The crowd at a football game would go crazy if they were not allowed to express themselves when their team scored a touchdown.  The team did not need the praise to score they scored before the crowd began praising.  It was the spectators who benefited by clapping, yelling, standing, waving their hands, hats, and/or banners.  Yet, when it comes to religious gatherings that are forbidden and often frowned upon as being inappropriate!  Did you ever question how a touchdown is more deserving of an outward demonstration of appreciation than God?

I’ve noticed that it is the humblest of souls, the most balanced and open-minded that praise the most and the cranky, malcontented praise the least.  Praise seems to be ‘inner health’ made ‘audible.’  The very word Hallelujah demands an outward demonstration of praise.  Hallel – praise.  Oou – Our.  Jah – God.  Praise is an expression of ‘inner health’, but it wasn’t ‘inner health’ that caused the crowd to praise at the ballgame.  There was an outward stimulus!  The praise was in direct proportion to the stimuli.  That is another reason why the more we talk about Jesus, focus on Him, His person, and work the easier it is to Praise Him!

Praise, for most people, much of the time, does not flow easily.  It is something that must be pressed into because most people begin in the ‘outer court’.  The temporal is so large in our thinking and living that Praise and entering the ‘inner court’ requires an act of our will.  It is when we instruct our flesh to come to attention and determine that we will praise the Lord!  We make the choice to rejoice and enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  We need to allow the Holy Spirit to help us bridge the gap between the heavenly and the earthly realms and this is accomplished through Praise!

If we could grasp the truth that Praise brings pleasure to the heart of God, it would dramatically affect how we view it.  We read in Psalm 149:41, “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people.”  In Psalm 104:1, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.”  In Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord to receive Glory and Honor, and Power: For thou hast created all things, and for Thy Pleasure, they are and were created.”  Then in Ephesians 1:12, we read that we are to be the Praise of God’s Glory!  

We need to understand that God literally derives pleasure, gratification, and enjoyment out of our praise.  Imagine that, we can do something that brings pleasure to God not to mention what it produces within our inner being.

So allow Praise to become a normal natural part of your daily relationship with God!  Blessings as you go through your day!

WISE WORDS WORTHY OF NOTE…


Proverbs 12:25-28 – “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. 26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man’s precious possession. 28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway, there is no death.” NKJV

The Book of Proverbs provides a plethora of wisdom and too often we read for quantity rather than quality and skim over some incredibly powerful words of wisdom.  I have been guilty and I’m reasonably sure that most of you have as well.  The Spirit of the Lord has been challenging me more and more to cease doing that and carefully muse upon each word, sentence, and paragraph as I read and study the scripture.  It has proven to be a dynamic endeavor and I’ve gleaned more from passages that I formerly only gave a cursory reading to.

The words of wisdom, found in these four verses, are an example of the pearls found in the Book of Proverbs.  Each could be examined solitarily but I will highlight them and allow you to do further study and examination to find that which the Lord would speak to your heart from these treasures.

  • Anxiety in the heart produces depression contrasted to a good word bringing a vivacious spirit.

When we allow anxiety, fear, or worry to take a dominant place in our thinking the result will be depression, but if we give or receive a ‘good word’ from God’s word we will find that our spirits soar and become alive with excitement and anticipation.  Depression arises from an ‘inward focus’ or a ‘focus on self’ but the spirit soars when the focus is on God.

  • Careful selection of friends or those you come into an alliance with is critical because those of ill repute and walk-in wickedness will bring you down.

The old saying ‘birds of a feather flock together, and a little leaven leavens the entire lump’ is applicable and factual.  I’ve known many a young person who became so infatuated with a member of the opposite sex that they wanted to enter into marriage thinking and declaring that they could and would change the other person only to discover the reverse was true and endured a miserable relationship.  It is important to surround yourself with people who demonstrate a positive faith and character.

  • The contrast between laziness and diligence.

The translation of this word to ‘roost’ is a most interesting one.  The Hebrew word is ‘charak’ and comes from the primitive root – ‘to braid, entangle, snare, or catch in a net.’  Some translations render it as ‘the slothful man will not secure (keep in his net) what he takes in hunting.’  He will let whatever he gains slip from his hands through a lack of effort and attention.  Laziness produces lack and diligence produces abundance or adequate provision at the minimum.

  • Righteousness leads to life whereas unrighteousness leads to death.

No wonder Jesus said, ‘Straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life and few will find it.’  The path of least resistance is seldom the best way to go.  The pathway to destruction is broad and wide with few visible obstacles but the pathway to life is filled with obstructions placed there by the evil one in an attempt to discourage and shipwreck our journey.

I am quite sure that as you read these and give them thought the Holy Spirit will highlight some areas for you to delve deeper into and embark on a journey to implement them into your life. 

Therefore, as you imbed yourself in God’s truth, I bid you a good day and pray God’s blessings upon you!

AFRAID TO LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?


2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  NASB

I had a person tell me, some years ago, that they didn’t let their co-workers know they were Christians because they feared discrimination in the workplace.  I’ve known some people in my Christian walk who are what I call Secret Christians because they don’t want the people they work with or do business with to know about their faith.  The problem I have with that is it falls dangerously close to what Jesus said in Matthew 10:33 regarding denying Him before men. 

Although those individuals I allude to did not actually deny Jesus they demonstrated a certain shame and fear of others knowing about their belief in Him.  That puts them in the position and condition that prevents them from fulfilling the Lord’s Commission to “Go into all the world…”  It frees them from the watchful eye of those observing their behavior and words and they could easily lapse into activity or conversation that would not be becoming for a believer without those around them questioning their relationship or Christianity. 

Some have told me that by remaining a secret follower they have escaped the possibility of becoming a ‘stumbling block’ to others.  My response was, SERIOUSLY!  They do fall into the category that Jesus described in Mark 8:38 where He said that if we are ‘ashamed’ of him in this wicked generation, He will be ‘ashamed’ of us in the Day of Judgment.

If I am ashamed of Jesus and hide my faith that causes me to wonder if I have faith!  I am not trying to be the judge of another and will leave that to God, but can anyone be comfortable being a Secret Christian?  Jesus told us not to fear those who could destroy the body and in that destroy our livelihood on earth but to fear Him that could destroy the soul.  He also asked pointedly, “What would a man give in exchange for his soul? What would be the profit of gaining the whole world and losing the soul?”  Obviously, there would only be earthly and temporary gain but eternal loss.

I am not suggesting that you must be out on the streets, knocking on every door you see, and giving a specific witness verbally to everyone you meet. That might not be God’s desire, but you can and should always give a ‘silent visual witness’ by your life, words, and deeds.  Then we should be ready always to give an answer to every man for the reason of the hope that is within us. 

You do not have to and should not wear your Christianity on your sleeve and become obnoxious in trying to convert and witness to everyone.  Some are not ready, will not receive, and your actions will only push them further away not bring them near.  Listen to the voice inside and follow your heart but Always manifest the ‘Life of Christ’ and the ‘Character of Jesus’ in your life.  You will be surprised how many people ask about what it is that makes you different.  Some will ridicule but many will come inquiringly and hungrily wanting more than what they have and have seen in others and even churches.  You are letters known and read of men!

So, as you go through life, go with pride that you are a follower of Jesus!  Know that as you manifest Him others will see, and some will respond favorably to His nudging and tugging of their heartstrings.  

Blessings as you go through your day!

MY ROCK OF COMFORT DAILY…


Matthew 28:20 – “… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” NASB

In the context of this statement, Jesus was issuing what we call The Great Commission to His followers.  He identified that He has All Authority in heaven and on earth.  He commanded them to GO and make disciples of all nations.  He instructed them to baptize and teach them to observe All His Commandments.  It was after the conclusion of that discourse He issued the incredibly powerful promise – “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Throughout my Christian walk, I have taken this promise of Jesus as one of my ‘Foundational Rocks’ upon which I stand and take comfort.  No matter what the assignment, how difficult the task, how large the opposition, or how dangerous the endeavor, I know that He is Going to Be with Me!  If He is with me, what do I have to fear? 

If He is with me, what can be too difficult?  If He is with me, there is no reason to shy away from any assignment and the obstacles and opposition are simply possibilities and opportunities for God to demonstrate His incredible power and love.  If I become a casualty in the flesh that is a small thing compared to His eternal purpose.  It would only mean I get promoted earlier than others around me and get to the heavenly party earlier than I would have expected.  That is most assuredly a comfort to me.

He is not with me ‘some of the time’, or for a ‘short time,’ He is with me to the End of the Age!  That means as long as I am on this planet, He Is with Me!  As long as I occupy this tabernacle of flesh, He is With Me!  As long as I breathe life naturally, He is With Me!  Each step I take, each difficulty I encounter, each victory I experience He is There!  He is WITH ME! 

You are not alone!  All mankind could forsake you and you can still know that He is with You!  Therefore, as you go through this day and the rest of your life go in the confidence and comfort that He is with You and will Never Forsake You!  As long as you are here, He is Wherever You Are!  Hallelujah!

So, as you go through your day go in the grace, peace, power, and comfort of the Lord!  BLESSINGS!

WHAT IS OUR PART IN SALVATION?


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

I know that some may consider this wrong and I may receive bad reviews.  Likewise, others will agree entirely and say a hearty Amen!  I may even be deleted from the friend’s list by some for my view on this subject but if that happens it happens.  I am not unconcerned about the feelings of others and would never want to intentionally offend anyone but in pursuit of the truth and in doing what I feel the Holy Spirit would have me do I proceed.

Look at what Jesus said in John’s Revelation:

  • I (Jesus) stand at the door and knock.

That door is the door to our hearts and Jesus is initiating the call to repentance and salvation.  He, through the Holy Spirit, brings conviction and convincing to the heart that we are ‘lost’ and need a savior.  He, through the Holy Spirit, brings us to an awareness that there is an offer of pardon on the table, that there is a door to the kingdom and family of God open to us.  He has done His part!

  • IF anyone hears My voice and opens the door.

The “if’ is important because too often those He is calling and reaching out to every person in the world of every generation but many do not hear or listen.  God said, “Whosoever will let Him come,” “Whoever believes in Him would not perish”, and “God is not willing that any should perish but that all come to repentance.”  Therefore, we know God desires that All Be Saved! 

It is not the select of the elect that have access to salvation, but anyone born of woman.  But they must open the door to their hearts.  They must act upon the conviction and convincing of the Holy Spirit.  They must respond to the call of God to salvation.  They must make the choice to receive Him.  We are not excluded from the process but heavily included in that we must choose to receive what He has offered.  In that choice, we acknowledge our sin, receive His forgiveness, and make a commitment to follow Him! 

  • I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

If we act upon what He has offered and respond to the call of the Spirit of God to come to Jesus and drink of His cleansing waters, He will come to us!  We will not be rejected.  He will dine with us implying that He will break the Heavenly nourishment of Spiritual food with us enabling us to develop and grow in grace and the power of God.  He will walk with us from spiritual infancy through our teenage years, into adulthood and maturity.

He is ‘knocking at the door’ of hearts now. My plea is that we ‘open the door’ of our hearts to Him today.  Allow Jesus to come into our hearts and transform us.  Allow Him to take the child of darkness and make him or her a child of light.  Allow Him to complete the process of ‘adoption’ into the Family of God.

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

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS IS NOT EASY….


Matthew 5:43-48 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR  and hate your enemy.’  44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  47 “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” NASB

I’m sure you have noticed that many of the instructions of Jesus regarding relationships with others are challenging.  Our Lord did not bring an “Easy Button” into the equation when He spoke about interpersonal relationships.  His Gospel is not one of “Easy Believism” but one that is often almost incomprehensible in its difficult for flawed human beings such as we are.  This is one of those examples.

The Jews and most people of that era and many today believe that we should love our neighbor or those like us but hate our enemies or those that differ with or oppose us.  Jesus said that instead of adopting that philosophy or rule of life the ‘Rule of Life’ from God was “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Most find that virtually impossible! 

We want ‘justice’ or ‘revenge’ and want them to ‘pay!’  Loving them is virtually out of the question and praying for them is almost impossible.  Yet, the Lord declared that IF we are to be “sons of our heavenly Father” it must be the Rule of Life for us.  He informed those hearing that if they were to be ‘perfect’ or ‘complete’ in God or as God this must be the ‘Rule of Life’ for us.

Consider the matter of Loving our Enemies.  How do you do that?  It is Impossible unless we ‘forgive’.  I cannot hate and love a person at the same time.  To love someone, I must ‘value them’ and to ‘value them,’  I must not harbor a grievance or resentment toward them.  I must see them as God sees them and realize that God values them as His creation and desires that they should be saved as we. 

Therefore, if God made them, and desires them to be forgiven, I must learn to forgive.  I must swallow my pride, put to rest my resentment and thirst for retaliation and vengeance, and forgive them!  I dare say this will take more than one attempt to accomplish. 

I have found that although I weep with tears streaming down my cheeks and broken-hearted crying out “I FORGIVE” something will happen in a few minutes, hours, days, or weeks that rekindle the old feelings.  In that moment I realize that I have not Forgotten and must go through the process again.  I must continue it until the matter is settled in the heart and I have fully released them from my prison of hatred or hurt.  At that point, I no longer allow what they did to be used in any judgment or action toward them.  At that point, I can love them with the Love of God has forgiven them and then I can pray for them effectually and honestly.

I do not suggest that you pray for them to continue following the path they have been traveling.  You do not pray that they continue that lifestyle and attitude and hurt others.  You do not pray that they can continue serving themselves but pray for their souls genuinely desiring them to come to Jesus and receive His mercy and pardon.  That would mean that you do not rejoice in their destruction but rejoice in the redemption.  This is a battle that I wage almost daily and certainly frequently.  It is something that I strive to achieve in my life and know that only as I forgive am I truly free! 

I want to please God in my life and relationships and although I do not believe I can earn His favor I do believe that He honors our persistent obedience to His commandments.  That opens our hearts to receive more and more of His nature and character into our lives and the more we receive Him we ‘decrease’, and He ‘increases’. 

As you go through your day and for the rest of your life make it your objective to be a person who loves their enemies and prays for those who persecute you.  Be a Forgiver! 

God bless you as you go through your day!

SOUNDS LIKE A NEWSPAPER HEADLINE…


2 Timothy 3:1-9 – “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.” NKJV

The Bible is replete with warnings about the condition of events and people in the Last Days, a time I believe we are now living.  When you review this list of conditions and characteristics of people in this time period it almost sounds like a ‘newspaper headline’ for today. 

Consider the description:

“Men will be lovers of themselves, money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, and having a form of godliness but denying its power.”  

Does that describe the condition of much of the world today or what? We are urged or instructed to ‘turn away’ from this sort of individual or individuals and told that they will infiltrate families, churches, organizations, etc. and deceive people not just women but the gullible. These are ‘ever learning’ but never coming to the knowledge of truth and captivate and capture those of the same ilk.  Those of corrupt minds will be participants in the affairs of this type of individual.

The Last Days will bring trouble and if we are to come through this time of peril we must reject and resist the temptation to participate in the schemes of ‘evil people.’  We must turn our hearts and minds to the Lord Jesus Himself and ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.’  We must always ‘shun the very appearance of evil.’ We must seek the ‘love of God’ to be spread throughout our entire being, our heart, mind, soul, and spirit. 

If we do not want to become entrapped by the devices of the devil in these Last Days, we must recognize and reject this type of mentality and person.  Try to win them but never participate in their devices.

God be with you as you go through your day!

BUT YOU WILL…


Acts 1:6-8 – “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  NASB

The disciples and the followers of Jesus, in that day, continually had a problem with the natural restoration of the Kingdom of Israel.  They failed to grasp the full import of the truth that Jesus’ Kingdom was not an earthly one but a heavenly one. 

They were hoping to throw off the bonds of oppression from the Romans and see Israel restored as a sovereign nation once again.  Jesus addressed this on more than once occasion and each time He would say, “It is not for you to know….”  On this occasion, after He reminded them that knowing the times and season of what the Father had planned was not theirs to know but something important was in their immediate future and it would impact the known world.

You will receive POWER WHEN… When?  Jesus was saying to them: When the Holy Spirit has come upon you and the result of that infusion of power will be your ability to take this message of the gospel that you have been given to Jerusalem, all Judea, Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.  You will Impact the World more through this than you would if I restored the nation of Israel as a sovereign earthly kingdom right now.  They understand it until the Day of Pentecost and the visitation of the Holy Spirit, in a mighty way, truly and literally transformed their lives, those around them, and as a result, swept the world and is still sweeping it today.

Sometimes we become so involved and interested in ‘uncovering secrets’ that we fail to realize the most important truth. That is, receiving the infusion of the Holy Spirit’s life and power to enable us to take the message of the Cross and the Gospel to the world.  With the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we can deliver the witness of Jesus to the lost and do so with God’s Power which is able to convince convict and convert them.  The power that can rescue the lost from their lost-ness and translate them from the kingdom of darkness into God’s marvelous light!

 Instead of trying to uncover the secrets of the Bible and establish dates and times for coming events why not leave that in God’s hands?  Rather seek to be saturated with God’s life and power through the Holy Spirit and allow the Life of Christ to spill out onto those we encounter? 

Our task is to rescue the perishing not to identify when God is going to do His next thing on His prophetic calendar.  I’m not saying finding out what God is up to is bad but it is not the most important thing to be able to predict what is coming and when.  We are ‘watchmen on the walls’ not ‘heralds of coming events’to show our knowledge and skill at research and interpretation.  We are voices in the wilderness!

May God help us and be with us as we go through this day!