Restrained 

Scripture 

1 Samuel 25:26 Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, because the Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal.
Observation 

We are so prone to make rash decisions when our ego has been bruised, or when we feel someone has failed to treat us the way we treated them. Yet if we will listen and pay attention instead of allowing our anger to make us deaf. God will keep us from sinning. To do this He may use His word, or another person to speak to us and keep and keep us from acting, or behaving in a rash manor. Because the truth is…only God can save. Only He can deliver and restore us. Restoring our reputation, emotions, and our lives. We need to quit reacting first when we’ve been wronged or feel we’ve been. God wants to deliver us from this, and save us from ourselves if we will just listen.

Application

I will allow God to speak to me and slow me down when my emotions are running high, and I am about to act in a manor that will destroy what He wants to do through me.

Prayer
Holy Father 

Keep me in check and change me. Touch my life and help me see that you are my salvation and deliverer.
Amen.

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Thanksgiving

What God showed me this morning. (I put an explanation of my devotional method at the end)

S: Psalm 50:23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God.
O: Sometimes thanksgiving is truly a sacrifice. When we find ourselves in deep grief, and sorrow, or we are under intense emotional distress. It can feel almost impossible to find a way or reason to offer thanksgiving. Yet, if it is nothing more than just being thankful for salvation we glorify God; and that’s the start of the road to healing.
A: Even when it’s hard I will find a a way to offer up thanksgiving as my sacrifice. Because I want to glorify God.
P: Holy Father, today I offer up my thanksgiving to You. For I am thanking you for what You have done for me in Jesus my Lord, and all you have brought me through and given me.

Amen
I use a devotional method that uses the acronym S.O.A.P. Scripture, Obsrevation, Application, Prayer. Some may be familiar with it, if not let me briefly explain how it works. You have a Bible in a year reading plan and you read the chapters for the day while asking God to speak to you through what you read. Then when a verse jumps out at you write it down that’s the S. Then the O is what did you observe about that verse, or what is it saying to you. The A is how will I live differently because of what I saw in the Observation. And the P is pray that application or observation into your life. Give it a try God might just work in you through it.

The opposite

   I recently preached a message on Daniel 2 and during my preperation I was reminded in Ironsides commentary that the image shown to Nebuchadnezzar was top heavy and  standing upon an unstable foundation since iron and clay do not mix. Yet I felt that there was something else there.

While meditating upon this section of Daniel (and sitting in the woods in 25 degrees) I had one of those moments where I thought man this has to be the Holy Spirit because I’m not this smart! 

Today in a culture that is embracing secular humanism at a far greater rate than ever before we are constantly bombarded through education, Media, and the Internet in subtle and non subtle ways that humankind is progressing and getting better all the time.

In fact recently one of the democrats running for president stated a traditional humanist belief that “deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases need to be changed.” ( If you don’t believe me Google it). A statement like that is born out of a deeply held humanistic belief that man is getting better and all we need to do is get rid of the archaic ways of thinking brought about by ancient and out dated religious views.

However the image in Daniel 2 that God gave to Nebuchadnezzar reveals God’s view of “Humankinds progress”. Consider it’s make up head of gold (Babylon) chest of silver (Medo-Persia), waist of bronze (Greece), legs of iron (Rome), Feet of Iron and clay (the last empire or the one world government of the antichrist) the elements that make up the image degrade from head to foot. 

Here’s what I realized…If man is progressing to a greater future where there will be no more war, prejudice, or poverty as we are being told then why does God reveal to a pagan king the opposite to be true?

If what the world says is true then the image should go from an iron and clay head to gold feet!

It doesn’t which can only mean that the closer we get to the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ the worse humankind and it’s governments will be. This image is God’s message against the claims of secular humanism and all others who claim that mankind can improve themselves by their own efforts.

The fact is it shows us that what will happen is that this way of thinking, and all that man has built will one day be destroyed until nothing remains except the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. 

It’s time to wake up Christian and forsake all of the humanistic and worldly philosophies and embrace the Lord of all who has and will come!

Perhaps

imageJoshua 14: 12 “Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken.”

We often let fear dictate the limits of our faith. When in fact our faith should dictate the limits of our fear. Here Caleb shows us that a man of faith who has received a promise from God will walk in it regardless of the obstacles in the way.

the truth is that our faith excels in the land of perhaps. Caleb had no other assurance of success than a simple promise spoken forty plus years before. Yet he remembers it and says perhaps the Lord will be with me.

What I long for

There is deep desire and longing I have. Something I want to see fulfilled in the church that God eventually allows me to pastor.

I long to see people coming to Christ and miraculously delivered from addiction, and all the bondage of sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Where we have to empty and fill the baptistery twice a week to keep the water from getting cloudy, and whereeople are receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and set on fire for witnessing to those around them.

This is my longing.

God is not a Republican!

I’ve been shocked at myself over the last few years. See I am a very conservative person who has voted republican since 1986. Recently however God has been dealing with me over this. See my tendency is to believe there is salvation for my nation in the republican party. Oh sure if you ask me I would tell you that the only hope for America is Jesus, but then I would expound the virtues found in the republican party as the path we need to take.

Here is what I’m coming to realize God is not a republican, but neither is he a Democrat. So I have abandoned both parties in favor of the Gospel. Real hope and change isn’t found in the face of Obama, Mitch McConnell or any other elected official. It’s found in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in Him only.

I have come to believe that the biggest mistake the church has made in the 20th century was the moral majority movement. I say this because during this period the body of Christ in America quit relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to effect change, and instead relied upon the arm of flesh found in men and women who used us for political power.

As hard as it maybe to hear we need to realize that we forgot the power of God through His proclaimed word, and embraced a political ideology that replaced the call of daring faith for financial security and peace. So we aligned ourselves with men and women who give lip service to our beliefs while accepting bribes, kickbacks, and political favors.

We need to abandon our faith in these men and women and reestablish it in the gospel of Jesus Christ as the source of true security! As long as we are in Christ we are secure regardless of how the world treats us. I’m not saying don’t vote, rather I’m saying seek God first before voting. Keep politics in perspective and remember that we can bring about real change only if God is working with us as we spread the gospel of His son Jesus Christ!

Mark 16:20 They went out and proclaimed everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through the accompanying signs

I am still a conservative both socially and economically, only now I’ve decided that spreading my faith is more important than my political views. Because you know what? Socialists go to heaven if they believe in Jesus as Lord and savior!  Because socialism is an economic philosophy that has nothing to do with saving faith!

Mark of the Beast?

Let me give a little insight into my end times theology. I am not looking for the Antichrist or his mark because I do not believe the Church will be here. The reason for this is Jesus bore the full wrath of God that we deserve. So since the Bible calls the great tribulation period “The wrath of the Lamb” I do not believe the Church will suffer the wrath of God and will be raptured or taken out before hand.

However this article caught my eye so I have provided a link.

http://androidcommunity.com/motorola-digital-tattoos-and-vitamin-authentication-pills-are-the-future-20130531/

 

So could this be an avenue for the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation?