Unnamed but Not Unknown

Working for God can sometimes put people in the public eye. They are surrounded by people who want to hear their every word. There are some that will go to foreign countries and they will see and hear marvelous works. But then there are those who may seem to remain nameless. They work for the Lord steadfastly and without any praise from man. Sometimes this can be somewhat of a battle. You may want to do “great things” and instead you are teaching a class or taking up offering. There was a man in the Bible who is nameless to us, that Jesus removed a legion of devils from in a place called Gadarenes. The people were afraid of Jesus after they had seen what happened because the devils went into swine and the swine ran down a steep place to a lake and died. These people sought for Jesus to leave. So He did. Luke 8:38-40 says, ” Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought Him that he might be with Him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, (39) Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.” This man wanted to go with Jesus, he wanted to be apart of His ministry, but Jesus had other plans for him.  The man did not get mad or sulk, he went throughout telling what Christ had done for him. As you notice this man has no name that is mentioned but his work was still profitable. In verse 40 it says, “And it came to pass, that , when Jesus was returned, the people GLADLY received Him: for they were all WAITING on Him. ” Now how about that. Because of a man that is nameless to us, went out and obeyed Jesus and ministered to the people, they were thrilled to see Jesus when He came back and they were glad. Never think that your ministry is too small, never be concerned if so and so knows your name or not. Just go and be obedient to Jesus. Do what He has instructed for you to do. It may not be the plan you had in mind but it will be HIS PLAN. And we may not be known by others here but He knows our name and He knows what we do for Him and why we do it.

Good Intentions

Sometimes things that people do in the name of the Lord may seem righteous and they may in fact mean well but however they do things which are not pleasing to God, and they are off track. Luke 11:27,28 says, “And it came to pass, as He spoke these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice,and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. (28) But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” You see here this lady who perhaps was overwhelmed with His words, thought she was saying a good thing. I notice that Jesus did not scorn her which leads me to believe that her heart was in the right place but that she was on the wrong track. He simply stated that it is better to hear the word of God, and not only hear it, but do it! Let us ever check His word, and hear, and obey it. We should never take someone’s word for it, because even though their heart may be in the right place, they may be acting in the flesh and what they are saying may not be from God. There is one rule that I believe will keep you on track and that is this, if someone tells you something and it is NOT backed up by the Word of God, do not believe it! If you seek God to find out the truth, He will reveal it to you. So let us be careful not to get off track, and let us not take what someone says as the gospel, but instead, let us pray and read God’s word and He will guide us if we listen, and let us do His work. 

Just Speak The Word

There was a centurion man that came to Jesus and was beseeching Him to healing his servant. This man must have been a kind hearted man and even though he was in authority, he must have ruled with a light hand. He was truly concerned for this servant and his motives were totally unselfish. He asked Jesus to heal his servant and Jesus said I will go with you. And this is what the soldier said, (Matthew 8:8) “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” The soldier recognized that Jesus had all authority and that all He needed to do was just speak the word.  His faith kind of reminds me of a child’s faith in that in his mind there was no doubt that Jesus could just say the word and his servant would be healed. He just knew and understood that if one is in authority all you must do is order it done. No wonder Jesus said that He had not seen faith like his in Israel. When we come to Jesus, let us have this faith and assurance that Jesus has all the authority to order it done. He does not need to work through anything fancy or cause a big scene to get the job done, He simply can speak it. Let us never take for granted all that He has done and does with His unseen hand. How many times have you gone to work or whatever destination and returned safely. Just because there was no flashing light or big crowds does not mean you were not protected. When you decide to ask God for something or step out in faith, realize that we have the easy part because all we must do is have the centurion’s faith and understanding that God has all authority and power. All He has to do is speak the word. Sometimes He may choose to wait but that does not mean His powers is weak, let us not grow discouraged, because whether He answers your prayers in a day or months, He still has all power and authority and all He must do is speak the word and He will. 

No God But Our Lord

People sometimes get overwhelmed with their problems and we forget who is in control. 2 Samuel 22:32 is part of a  song that David spake unto God after God had delivered him from Saul. 32 ” For who is God, save the Lord? and who is a rock, save our God?” Don’t you love that verse! David knew that in his own strength he was nothing but if he allowed God to lead him, there would be victory. He knew that God was THE ROCK and where can one go to be saved other than the ROCK. In this chapter, David says that through God’s gentleness he was made great, and this reminds me of the time that David  could have killed Saul but he didn’t do it, and instead he cut some of his garment to let him know that he had been there. Thanks to God’s gentleness Saul was spared and David was spared the guilt of a potential bad decision. David didn’t rest in his own might or knowledge, instead he let the TRUE GOD lead him and guide him. Sometimes we may want to react one way, when what we need to do is remember that there is no God save our God, and no rock other than our God. We need to remember that through His gentleness, we can be made great. 


 

Peace and Rest

Learning to trust the Lord and rest in Him, is not as easy as it sounds. I mean, you trust Him, but do you truly trust Him with everything in your life. That is what takes learning, and on God’s side, patience. Thank goodness He has more patience than we could ever imagine because us humans sure require it of Him. In one of my favorite verses of the Bible, David talks about that sweet assurance you get when you do finally trust in Him completely. Psalm 4:8, ” I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep, for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” Last night I had something on my mind that was causing some stress, but can a man when he wants to, add one inch to his height? No, and the thing I had on my mind had left me at a wall, with nothing I could do about it. Then I thought, God knows, He knows what I need, and He is capable of making anything happen, so why fear what I cannot change. Then that verse came to me and I thought like David and I said to myself, I will both lay me down in PEACE, and SLEEP, for THOU, Lord ONLY makest me dwell in safety. It is very liberating to rest in Him. I prayed that He will guide me, because I still must face this challenge, but I am not worried, and I know it will all work out well, for He only makest me to dwell in safety. 

My prayer for you all today, is that you will try to start learning to completely trust in the Lord. That is what He wants from us, and He has the patience to teach us to learn to lean wholly upon Him. Amen.

Not For Today

When our precious Lord came down to earth to walk among us and to be faced with the same hardships and trials that we are faced with, and then He died and arose from the dead, He made all men equal. There is absolutely nobody better than the other. My mother sings a song, ” The Ground Is Level At The Foot Of The Cross,” and that is the pure gospel. In the song it talks about how a I can call on His name and a king can do the same. Jesus shows no favoritism. Acts 15:8,9 says, “And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us; (9) And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.” In saying this there is one more part of scripture I want to share. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be a comforter, and to give us Spiritual power. A lot of people do not believe that speaking in tongues is for today, but I have never read in the Bible where it says, “okay, now this is for now but 2,000 years from now you won’t be using this.” There is a reason for speaking in tongues, the Bible says we speak mysteries unto heaven and we as Christians should want whatever the Lord will give us, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Acts 10:9-16 ” On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: (10) And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, (11) And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: (12) Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of  the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.(13) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat. (14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.(15) And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.(16) This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.” People today try to say that speaking in tongues is not right, but God says DO NOT call what He has made clean unclean. He Himself has given us His Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. Therefore embrace His Holy Spirit. Do not call what God has provided for you unclean, or irrelevant. God has given His salvation and His Holy Spirit to anyone who will except Him. Come and taste and see that He is good. 

Praise Report!

I just received news that the young lady that my son witnessed to, is reading the Bible and wanting to find out more about our Lord! I just cannot thank the Lord above enough for His endless mercies! Some may think that a 12 year old is too young to experience the salvation, but honey let me tell you, Jesus died for her and if she was the ONLY one, He still would have died for her! God has no age limits! I thank Him and praise Him. This could change her family tree down through the ages! I ask that you join me in thanksgiving! Because God is saying, set another place at the table, take out another robe, shine up one more crown because this child is heaven bound!!!

My prayer is that this young lady will be encouraged in the Lord, and I pray that God will reveal Himself to her, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little! Amen!

Teaching Our Children

I want to detour from my usual post today. There is something I want to share. I don’t know about you, but I often doubt myself in raising my children. I do the best I can, I try to teach them the Bible as often as I can using those moments that spark conversations. Even though I try and I pray over them, I wonder if it is really sinking in. Do they really listen to what I am saying and the life I am living. This morning my 12 year old son told me about a conversation with a girl his age regarding heaven and hell. The girl stated that she was an atheist and became very angry with my son when he told her that if she didn’t get saved, she would go to hell. I was so proud of my son, because he told her this, not out of spite but out of concern for her soul. You see he cares for because they were friends. Now she will not talk to him, and he told me that they probably won’t be friends anymore….In this day and age, nobody ever wants to “rock the boat,” but I was so glad that he didn’t worry about what people would say. I felt sorry for him because the girl and somebody else began to insult him with names, but I knew he did the right thing. I was so glad that I had just read the verse in Luke that I posted about the other day, so I quoted it to him, Luke 6:26 “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” I was so thankful to Jesus for these were His very own words. This was a perfect example. I told him that he struck a nerve with this young lady, because if he hadn’t, she would not have gotten so angry. I truly believe the Holy Spirit was dealing with her, I believe she felt conviction. I told him that God has mercy on children but one day, if she does not change, when she stands before the Lord, she may say, I didn’t know, and I believe God will remind her of the time when she was in 6th grade and how she was warned. I told my son to continue to be kind to her, showing her the love of Christ. I am very proud of him. I am very proud that he had the boldness and the courage to speak the truth. So let us be like him and go out in boldness, teaching and living the life of Christ, for we never know who is watching and who will be reached. 

My prayer today is that you all will remember this young lady in prayer. I pray that she will be saved and in turn, her whole family. For who knows what can grow from such a tiny seed that has been planted…I pray that you as parents will continue to live and teach Christ to your children, because they are listening and they are not too small to bring someone to Christ. Amen.

The Least, The Great

When I read the Bible and I read the passages that Jesus spoke, and the lessons He taught, I am always left in awe at His wisdom. Jesus had and has a way of breaking things down so that we can understand them. His teachings have withstood and held up through the ages, and they will continue. He gives us His word and not only that, He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us through our everyday lives. He is so wonderful and amazing. Describing Him is futile because there are no words that can contain how magnificent He truly is. I am getting off track here and I apologize, I just wanted to show you how relevant His teachings are and how we can relate to them and glean from them today. When He taught He knew those teachings would be for today as well. Matthew 2:19 says, “ Whosoever therefore shall break one of these LEAST commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the LEAST in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall DO and TEACH them, the same shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven. ” What we can learn from this verse is, you do not have be a minister of a congregation of a thousand people to be great in heaven. If someone has a very large audience and is not teaching the truth, then they will be the least in heaven. It is so much better to be faithful over a few things than to be a ruler over many. You may have a Sunday school class that only has two people in it, but if you will teach the truth, and DO the truth, then you will be great in heaven. You cannot judge the relevance of your ministry by it’s size. David was small, but was able to defy the odds and take down the mighty giant. If you will keep Christ first, teach and do His word, then you will be able to take down any giant that gets in your way as well. So do not ever think that just because you may not be reaching thousands of souls that your ministry is not important or vital. Remember the simple fact, that if only one person would have come to Jesus, He would have still died, therefore how can we put a limit or be discouraged just because we only reach a few. Let us go out teaching His truth and DOING His truth, that you may be great in the kingdom of heaven!