Sunday, October 30, 2011

God The Breaker

" The one who breaks open will come up before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it, their king will pass before them, with the LORD at their head."    ~ Micah 2:13

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Gospel: Food or Medicine

The current stress and strain of making a living has given rise to new levels of nervous, fussy, neurotic temperaments in our society. We are showing signs of increasing instability in our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual equilibrium. We are played out with business, pleasure and fatigued with formality & fashion.

In order to cope & combat we seem to be reaching out for some five hour like stimulant to spice us up and whip our jaded nerves into line just to make it through the day or week. I am concerned that we are not turning to Christ and the Gospel as our source of wholesome thinking & living but instead we are looking for the new religious "pick-me-up" get us by.

Recently I taught a series on The Lords Prayer. During this time I was deeply moved & convicted that this was far more than a prayer teaching but an actual model of the way Christ lived out His life. He said that we are to pray to the Father, "give us this day our daily bread". There is something very powerful about the daily bread... Jesus said that He was the "bread of life" in John 6:48 and He went on to say "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he shall live forever; and  the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of he world". 

And on the night He was betrayed, "...when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me".  In remembrance involves more than just memory; the word suggests an "active calling to mind".

As we "actively call to mind" Christ death, burial & resurrection we are living by the Gospel.
The Gospel to the hungry becomes food, daily bread and a way of life rather than a medicine for temporary pain and pick-me-up.

"...The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel"
 ~ Mark 1: 15

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Lord Willing

Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power. ~ Psalms 110:3 

By nature, God's people have wills as stubborn as have the rest of the sons of Adam. But when God's grace reaches us, the will surrenders and yields the sweet fruit of the spirit. The formerly self- willed rebel soon begins to cry, "What will You have me do, Lord? May Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Authentic Christian Peacemaking

"The incentive to peacemaking is love, but it degenerates into appeasement whenever justice is ignored. To forgive and to ask for forgiveness are both costly exercises. All authentic Christian peacemaking exhibits the love and the justice--and so the pain of the cross" --  John R.W. Stott

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Perishing

"We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders." 
— G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Harvesting Hope

Hope produces confidence, safety and security. Hope is the expectation of salvation, deliverance, restoration and healing.

I Timothy 1:1 "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope"

The Apostle Paul not only acknowledges Christ as our Savior, and our Lord but also our Hope.  The word Hope as it is found in the third chapter of Joel verse 16 literately means "a place of repair".

The Prophet Isaiah says  that God is " ...the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in..." The Lord longs to repair the breaches in our life and heal the breaches in our soul. The God kind of Hope actually restores and gives back the losses in our lives.

False hope is hope that is based on human promise, pride and power. Human hope always disappoints unable to deliver and keep its promises. Read the following account of the God kind of Hope in the middle of  hopeless circumstances found in Lamentations 3:13-24;

 "He has caused the arrows of His quiver to pierce my loins. I have become the ridicule of all my people--Their taunting song all the day. He has filled me with bitterness, He has make me drink wormwood. He has also broken my teeth with gravel, and covered me with ashes. You have moved my soul far from peace; I have forgotten prosperity.

And I said, My strength and my hope Have perished from the Lord.


Remember my affliction and roaming, The wormwood and gall. My soul still remembers and sinks within me.


But this I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassion's fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.


The Lord is my portion says my soul,  Therefore I hope in Him!"

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Every Christian

"Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it."   John R. W. Stott