Friday, November 16, 2018

Happening Now

Jesus said, "When you see these things beginning
to happen, you can know that my return is near,
even at the doors...So be prepared, for you don't
know what day your Lord is coming.
Matt 24:33, 42

Reader, I just watched a duo who, on November 13th,
laid out all the things that have taken place in the last
eight days that have prophetic implication. They are
both from California and shared some incredible things
related to the two big fires. Some of you may be snow
bound this weekend, but others may have an hour free
to watch the video. It is definitely worth your while!

Jack Hibbs and Don Stewart teaching on current events
and how things going on now, line up with prophecy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjQ91QHERqk

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

His Wonderful Deeds

Others went out on the sea in ships; they were mer-
chants on the mighty waters. They saw the works
of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
Psalm 107:23, 24

Remember, our faith is always at its greatest point when 
we are in the middle of the trial, and confidence in the
flesh will never endure testing. Fair-weather faith is not
faith at all. Charles Spurgeon

May our prayer be that of an old Englishman: "O Lord,
send us into deep water of the the sea, for we are so close
to shore that even a small breeze from the Devil could
break our ship to pieces on the rocks. Again, Lord, send
us into the deep water of the sea, where there will be
plenty of room to win a glorious victory."
Mark Guy Pearse

Reader, every day now I wake up to storm clouds on the
horizon. It is indeed difficult these days to know the truth
in any given situation depicted by the media--any media!
I would rather be out to sea where God controls the wind
and the waves, than to be cruising just off shore. So, take
courage, dear heart, and trust your heavenly Father who
still controls the events on earth. And, look up, for your
redemption draws near.
Come, Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

By Faith Abraham Obeyed

By faith Abraham...obeyed and went, even though
he did not know where he was going.  Heb 11:8

This is faith without sight. Seeing is not faith but rea-
soning. When crossing the Atlantic by ship, I once
observed this very principle of faith. I saw no path
marked out in the sea, nor could I even see the shore.
Yet each day, we marked our progress on a chart as
if we had been following a giant chalk line across the
water. And when we came within sight of land on the
other side of the Atlantic, we knew exactly where we
were, as if we had been able to see it from 3,000 miles
away.

How had our course been so precisely plotted? Every
day our captain had taken his instruments, looked to
the sky, and determined his course by the sun. He was
sailing using heavenly lights, not earthly ones.

Genuine faith also looks up and sails, by using God's
great Son. It never travels by seeing the shoreline,
earthly lighthouses, or paths along the way. And the
steps of faith often lead to total uncertainty or even
makes the darkest of midnight hours as bright as the
dawning of the day.

Let us move forth today, not knowing or seeing, but
trusting.   From Days of Heaven upon Earth

Jesus wondered that at His coming would He find
faith on the earth? Sometimes I wonder if we are
at that point. "Seeing is believing" in our culture.

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Narrow Winding Path

The Lord alone led him. Deuteronomy 32:12

The hill was steep, but cheered along the way
By conversation sweet, climbing with the thought
That it might be so till the height was reached;
But suddenly a narrow winding path
Appeared, and then the Master said, "My child,
Here you will walk safest with Me alone."

I trembled, yet my heart's deep trust replied,
"So be it, Lord." He took my feeble hand
In His, accepting thus my will to yield Him
All, and to find all in Him.
One long, dark moment,
And no friend I saw, save Jesus only.

But oh! so tenderly He led me on
And up, and spoke to me such works of cheer,
Such secret whisperings of His wondrous love,
That soon I told Him all my grief and fear,
And leaned on His strong arm confidingly.

And then I found my footsteps quickened,
And light unspeakable, the rugged way
Illumined, such light as only can be seen
In close companionship with God.

A little while, and we will meet again
The loved and lost; but in the rapturous joy
Of greetings, such as here we cannot know,
And happy song, and heavenly embraces,
And tender recollections rushing back
Of life now passed, I think one memory
More dear and sacred than the rest, will rise,
And we who gather in the golden streets,
Will oft be stirred to speak with grateful love
Of that dark day Jesus called us to climb
Some narrow steep, leaning on Him alone.
LB Cowman

Reader, I dedicate this poem to all who have
lost loved ones, who weep in the night. But,
especially to one dear friend who lost the
love of her life in recent days. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Outrageous Faith

I have faith in God that it will happen just as he 
told me. Acts 27:25

A number of years ago I went to America with a steam-
ship captain who was a very devoted Christian. When
we were off the coast of Newfoundland, he said to me,
"The last time I sailed here, which was five weeks ago,
something happened that revolutionized my entire 
Christian life. I had been on the bridge for 24 hours
straight when George Mueller of Bristol, England, 
who was a passenger on board, came to me and said, 
'Captain I need to tell youth I must be in Quebec on
Saturday afternoon.' I replied, 'That is impossible.'
'Very well,' Mueller responded, 'If your ship cannot
take me, God will find some other way, for I have
never missed an engagement in fifty-seven years. Let's
go down to the chartroom to pray.'

"I looked at this man of God and thought to myself,
'What a lunatic asylum did he escape from?' I had never
encountered someone like this. 'Mr Mueller,' I said,
'Do you not realize how dense the fog is?' He replied,
'No. My eye is not on the dense fog, but on the living
God, who controls every circumstance of my life.'

"He then knelt down and prayed one of the most simple
prayers I have ever heard. When he had finished, I 
started to pray but he put his hand on my shoulder and
told me not to pray. He said, 'First, you do not believe
God will answer, and second, I BELIEVE HE HAS.
Consequently, there is no need whatsoever for you to
pray about it.

"As I looked at him, he said, 'Captain, I have known my
Lord for 57 years, and there has never been even a single
day that I have failed to get an audience with the King.
Get up, Captain, and open the door and you will see that
the fog is gone.' I got up, and indeed the fog was gone. 
And on Saturday afternoon George Mueller was at the
afternoon meeting in Quebec. 

Reader, this is one of the most encouraging things I
have read in a long time. I have a promise from God
but have wondered, as the years went on, if I needed
to fast and pray more to see it answered, but the verse
above has answered that burning question: "I have
faith in God that it will happen just as He told me."
God has spoken and He will do it. Hallelujah!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

lacking Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask of God...
James 1:5-8

An open door in service is from the Lord and not from 
man. We may therefore, be independent of man alto-
gether, and we shall be if we keep our eyes wholly 
upon the Lord, remembering He always gets an open 
door before us if we keep His word and do not deny 
His Name.  Edward Dennett 1831-1914

I know your works and what you are doing. See! I 
have set before you an open door, which no one is
able to shut. Revelation 3:8

Reader, our lives are crazy these days because we
don't stop and ask God about the thing. We just
keep adding to our schedule. One of the indications
of the lateness of the hour is that the "Enemy is 
wearing out the Saints."

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Peace

Being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

I hear the words of love,
I gaze upon the blood,
I see the mighty sacrifice,
And I have peace with God.

'Tis everlasting peace!
Sure as Jehovah's name;
'Tis stable as His steadfast throne,
For evermore the same.

The clouds may come and go,
And storms may sweep my sky--
This blood-sealed friendship changes
     not:
The cross is ever nigh.

My love is oft times low,
My joy still ebbs and flows;
But peace with Him remains the same--
No change Jehovah knows.

I change, He changes not,
The Christ can never die;
His love, not mine, the resting place,
His truth, not mine, the tie.
Horatius Bona 1808-89

Reader, I LOVE the old hymns because they contain
so many truths from the pens of Godly men and wo-
men. They fill my heart with hope and a re-assurance
of where I stand with God. May this hymn give you
peace today.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

What is Needed

It is not in me. Job 28:14

I remember saying one summer, "What I really need
is a trip to the ocean." So I went to the beach, but the
ocean seemed to say, "It is not in me!" The ocean did
not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said,
"Perhaps the mountains will provide the rest I need."
I went to the mountains, and when I awoke the first
morning, I gazed at the magnificent mountain I had
longed to see. But the sight did not satisfy, and the
mountain said, "It is not in me!"

What I really needed was the deep ocean of God's
love, and the high mountain of His truth within me.
His wisdom had depths and heights that neither the
ocean nor the mountains could contain and that could
not be compared with jewels, gold, or precious stones.
Christ is wisdom and He is our deepest need. Our
inner restlessness can only be pacified by the revela-
tion of His eternal friendship and love for us.
Margaret Bottome

Reader, how often we look forward to some wonder-
ful event, and when it happens, it leaves us flat. As
a child I soon realized that the anticipation often out-
weighted the doing of it. True satisfaction is knowing
that "Christ is our deepest need."

Monday, November 5, 2018

Patiently

I waited patiently for the Lord. Psalm 40:1

Once we learn to wait for the Lord's leading in
everything, we will know the strength that finds
its highest point in an even and steady walk. 
Many are lacking strength we so desire, but God
gives complete power for every task. He calls us
to perform. Waiting--keeping yourself faithful to
His leading--this is the secret of strength. And 
anything that does not align with obedience to
Him is a waste of time and energy. Watch and
wait for His leading. Samuel Dickey Gordon

The rest of the verse at the top goes on to say:
And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. I
have found that my life has been lived in many
vestibules--waiting. Right now I am eagerly wait-
ing for His coming, but walking the path that He
has laid out for me--while rejoicing!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Victorious Living

Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in Him
and he shall bring it to pass.  Ps 37:5

Victorious living is the heritage of every believer. It 
is supernatural. It is the life that Christ came to give.
The same Lord who lived in his sinless humanity on
earth over 1900 years ago now dwells in the heart of
everyone who has received him as Savior.

Are you thanking the Father that Jesus Christ came
and clothed himself with your humanity the moment
you believed in him? Are you counting on the fact
that because you put your trust in Christ, he, in you,
is equal to every situation and every circumstance as
it arises? Are you now meeting every circumstance,
every temptation by saying, "Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your all-sufficiency?

God says your whole life is to be abandoned to him.
How simple it is to put God in charge to live his life
in and through you, so he can bring to pass that which
is his perfect will for you. Then you will live positive-
ly and productively. Then he will bring it to pass.
Ethel Jones Wilcox--I can't find the dates but since
she said we were 1900 years from the birth of Christ,
she probably lived in the early 20th century. She was
the author of Power for Christian Living.

Reader, I need to be reminded of where I come from,
on a regular basis and that, "He is equal to every situa-
tion and every circumstance as it arises..." which even
includes the training of a puppy!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Yielded

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,
"We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29

Has the Spirit borne witness that you are to do a cer-
tain work for God? As you heed that impression and
pray over it, does it become deeper and more indelible
on your heart? As you yield toward the carrying out
of that impression does there come a deep and settled
peace to your soul? If so, it is the leading of the Holy
Spirit.

...Has there been a time in your life when you came
to the place where it became your fixed intention to
surrender everything to the will of God and working
of the Spirit? Is it right to expect God to lead you to
the field of His choice if you have already determined
in your own heart where you want to go? If you really
want His guidance, you have to be ready to put your-
self in His hands and gladly follow His directions,
wherever they may lead. Does selfish ambition enter
into your plans, the desire for recognition and praise
from other Christians? It is better, and infinitely more
satisfying to please God than men.
G Christian Weiss
G. CHRISTIAN WEISS was director of the 
Gospel Missionary Union as well as director of 
missions for the Back to the Bible broadcast. 
Dr. Weiss also served as a missionary in 
North Africa and was well known for his clear and 
simple explanation of the Bible's message in nu-
merous books and booklets.

Reader, surrender to God, not to the situation, is
the beginning of freedom.