Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Have You Not Known Me?

Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, 
and yet you have not known Me, Philip?
John 14:9

These words are not spoken as a rebuke, nor even
with surprise; Jesus is leading Philip on. The last
One with whom we get intimate is Jesus. "I have
called you friends." Friendship is rare on earth.
It means identity in thought and heart and spirit.
The whole discipline of life is to enable us to en-
ter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ.
We receive His blessings and know His Word. but
do we know Him?

When once we get intimate with Jesus we are never
lonely, we never need sympathy, we can pour out all
the time without being pathetic. The saint who is in-
timate with Jesus will never leave the impression of
himself, but only the impression that Jesus is having
unhindered way, because the last abyss of his nature
has been satisfied by Jesus. The only impression left
by such a life is that of the strong calm of sanity that
Our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, I still get lonely, I do need sympathy, and
I am not sure that Jesus is unhindered in my life...
I wonder if this is possible in our technological,
our fast paced life?  However, the question that
Jesus asked of His disciple cut me. We have had
so many years together. 

The Scary Message

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of 
God. Romans 3:23.  
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God 
is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

Last Saturday there was an alert given in Hawaii which
gave the people no more than 20 minutes to find shelter.
The targeted island had no basements because the is-
land is an island of sand. People ran out into the streets
filled with fear. Some drank and then sent texts to family
and friends, "I love you." One man put his daughter into
the sewer. What do you do upon finding out that you will
die in 20 minutes? Or consider the families that went to
bed and didn't wake up in their beds, or did not wake up
at all because of mud slides due to heavy rains along the
coast of California? None of us knows what the day will
bring--or the night either.

Many read my posts but I don't know who you are or whe-
ther you are a Christian. Then some of you want to share
the Gospel with friends and don't know what it contains
or how to say it. I found a simple presentation of the Gos-
pel from a Palestinian--who is a pastor in Hawaii. The
video below describes what it was like to have 20 min-
utes to live and how he lived it. He also shared how impor-
tant it is to know where you are going before you are faced
with death.

A  Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior
      Rom. 3:23 and Rom 6:23

B  Believe in your heart that God has raised Jesus
     from the dead. Rom 10:9,10

C  Call on the Name of the Lord or Confess with
       your mouth that Jesus is Lord. Rom 10:13

For all who call upon the Name of the Lord will
be saved!

Reader, good works do not save you nor does prayer or
going to church or baptism. It is knowing that you can't
clean up your life by yourself and that God sent His
only Son that by believing and confessing you will be
saved--now and for all of eternity. What a great deal!

Time is short. Peter says,
"The end of all things is at hand; 
therefore, be of sound judgement and 
sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 
Above all, 
keep fervent in your love for one another 
because love covers a miltitude of sins."
1 Peter 4: 7, 8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1mrUemeWss

Monday, January 15, 2018

Why The Delay?

Many of us are pondering as to why our Lord seems
to delay His coming. It reminds me of the ten Virgins
who slept even as they expected their Bride Groom
to come and take them into the Bridal Chamber.
(Matt 25)

Peter has plenty to say in 2 Peter 3
Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the
last days...and saying "Where is the promise of
His coming?

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as
some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward
us, not will that any should perish but that all
should come to repentance.  (verses 3, 4, 9)

God is doing great things in the world as He wants
to grab all of those whose hearts would be soft to
His call. Then Peter shares what is to come and
goes on to call us to walk in holiness.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the
night, in which the heavens will pass away with a
great noise, and the elements will melt with a fer-
vant heat; both the earth and the works that are in
it will be burned up. 

Since, therefore, all these things will be dissolved, 
what manner of persons ought you to be in holy 
conduct and godliness. Looking for and hastening 
the coming of the day of God...we, according to His 
promise, look fornew heavens and a new earth in 
which righteousness dwells.  (verses 10-13)

Reader, tomorrow I will share what God is putting on
my heart as a result of the two blogs this week. God
desires that all should come to repentance. He does
not want any to perish. We are living in such exciting
times where each day events show us how short the
 time really is.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Two Sides

Enter His gates with
     Thanksgiving,
And into His courts with
     Praise...
Ps 100:4

I have recently come across some statistics on the web
that have led me into thanksgiving and awe.

In 1900 there were no Christians in South Korea, but
today there are 7,000 churches in the capitol alone.

In the 1800's the southern part of  Africa had no Chris-
tians but today it is estimated Christianity at 63%.
There are 34,000 people coming to Christ each day in
Africa.

There are 140 million Untouchables in India and it is
estimated that 10% have come to Christ.

In China it is estimated that there are more self avowed
Christians than those who belong to the Communist
Party. It is also estimated that soon China will have
more Christians than any other part of the world.

More people in the Islamic world have come to Christ
in this generation than all the generations put together
before.

There are a massive number of people coming to Christ
in Iran. House churches are prominent and widely dis-
seminated.

Indonesia is the largest Islamic country but 15% of the
people are Christians.

Followers of Jesus globally are increasing more than
80,000 per day. It is believed that 510 new churches
are planted every day.

The Cost

Open Doors says that 250 million people are being per-
secuted today for their faith in Jesus. It comes to one 
out of every twelve Christians

Radical Religion is the primary cause of persecution, but
we pray for the Persecuted Church and it is wide spread
in every area where Christianity is vibrant and growing
in Asia and the Middle East. We read their stories and
are amazed at how many will not quit evangelizing even
after threats and prison. In some countries the new Be-
lievers know that they will have to take Prison 101.
However, once they find Jesus and are baptized, they
are committed and faithful--regardless.

Reader, the west looks so puny in comparison with other
areas where people have recently come to realize that
Jesus died for them and they can come into Eternal Life
through Him. I would encourage you to contact an organ-
ization, Voice of the Martyrs, and read the personal stories
of suffering and triumph. God is doing amazing things!

https://www.persecution.com






Thursday, January 11, 2018

Trusting

You would have no power over me if it were not 
given from above. John 19:11

Nothing that is not part of God's will is allowed to 
come into the life of someone who trusts and obeys 
Him. This truth should be enough to make our life 
one of ceaseless thanksgiving and joy, because 
God 's will is the most hopeful, pleasant, and glor-
ious thing in the world. It is the continuous work--
ing of His omnipotent power for our benefit, with
nothing to prevent it, if, we remain surrendered
and believing. 

Someone who was passing through the deep water
of affliction wrote a friend:

"Isn't it glorious to know that no matter how unjust
something may be, even when it seems to have 
come from Satan himself, by the time it reaches us
it is God's will for us and will ultimately work for
our good?"

"And we know that all things God works for the 
good of those who love him." Rom 8:28

Think of what Christ said even as He was betrayed:
"Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given 
me?" John 18:11

We live fascinating lives if we are living in the center 
of God's will. All the attacks that Satan hurls at us 
through the sins of others are not only powerless to 
harm us but are transformed into blessings along the 
way.  Hannah Whitall Smith

Reader, this woman had so much sorrow in her life,
and yet she continued faithful to the God she believed.
I am sure that her emotions did not always match with
what she knew to be true, but she lived in victory. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Abounding In Grace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercies,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.
Annie Johnson Flint


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Biblical Meditation and Intimacy

Meditation is very popular today, but it is not
fruitful unless it is done from the Bible.

I will meditate on Your
     precepts,
And contemplate your ways.

Make me understand the way
     of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your
     wonderful works.
Ps 119:15, 27

Many years ago a woman sat down with me and
taught me how to meditate in scripture. I was en-
raptured with what I learned when I took a verse
or two of a passage and pondered it until God
showed me what was within. I learned to write
out the things that I saw in the verse, to write
out a prayer and then to pray the truth back to
God, for others. I started a notebook which be-
came a journal for that year. I worked through
the 23rd and 139th Psalms and then I tackled
the book of Ephesians. I met with other women
to intercede for the church, the nation and the
world. We used the same format, shared what
we gleaned and then prayed. We stayed on tar-
get instead of getting lost in our own concerns.

As my children were growing up I taught them
how to do this and we worked through several
chapters of Proverbs. 'Wisdom' stood out for
my daughter and she gave a beautiful talk on
the subject of wisdom when she graduated
from High School.

What is my point? My point is that if you want
to know God, His character and His ways, and
if you want to hear Him, it has to be from His
book. Reading the Bible from cover to cover
is important, but if you want to see His heart it
is best to linger.

David says this in Psalm 1
Blessed is the man...whose delight is in the 
     Law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree
     Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in
     Its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
     Psalm 1: 1, 2, 3

Reader, may I encourage you to sit down with
someone else and take the verses above and
ponder them, write out what you hear, what
you see? Share it with each other and with God.
Once you catch on you will find a big boost in
your quiet times!

(If any of my readers have used this way of
reading the Bible, would you share it in the
comments below? CB, that means you!)