Monday, December 21, 2009
Enlarging the Soul's Capacity
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. â€”Hebrews 5:13, KJV
Solid food is nourishment by which the capacity of the soul is enlarged. Sooner or later, a newborn baby must go from milk to something solid; if that does not happen, there will be a deformed child. It is the same with the analogy here.
What do I mean when I say solid food is nourishment by which the capacity of the soul is enlarged? The soul's enlargement will mean simple trust in God, unfeigned love for one another, and the ability to understand what God is pleased to reveal. Now by simple trust in God, I would remind you of 1 John 4:16: "We know and rely on the love God has for us." That verse has gripped me for years. But it involves simple trust, simply taking seriously that God really does love us. When one really believes it, it changes everything. The ability to digest solid food is the enlargement of the soul, where you become able, simply in a childlike way, to trust in God. Jesus said, "Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it" (Mark 10:15). Christians need to rediscover this simple trust in God, which is the soul's enlargement.
I am referring to the ability to perceive God's will. That has to do with aptitude to receive what God wants to say. It is understanding His Word, and it is knowing His direction for today. It is His Word and His will.
Understanding His Word is simply being able to read the Bible and know what it means, that God speaks to you. Maturity includes seeing His will. By this I mean that you know God so well that you know what He is thinking. It's the same with my Husband: I do not have to tell him or ask him what he thinks; I already know. When you know God, you know His will.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. —Psalm 27:14
Just as in the natural birth process, there is a gestation period for a miracle. The Bible is filled with examples of people waiting for God's promises. Abraham and Sarah waited for God to give them their promised son. The children of Israel waited in captivity for their deliverer to appear.
David waited on God while he was being pursued by Saul's men. Israel waited for her Messiah, and the disciples waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit. We are waiting now for our blessed hope, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for His Church.
God always comes through for those who wait on Him. The promised Son was born; the deliverer appeared; and the enemies were defeated. The Messiah was sent; and the Holy Spirit came. One day we who are waiting expectantly will be caught up in the clouds to be with our Lord forever! God is never late, and He never forgets His promise (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
I am waiting on You, O Lord. I know that
You always act at the right time. So I
praise You for all You do. Amen.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Having Two Sets of Ears
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. —Revelation 3:20
It is wonderful when we hear with both sets of ears. Every minister knows what it is like to preach and find that people only hear with their physical ears. So all they think about during the sermon are the preacher's mannerisms, his oratory, his eloquence, and his style. Sadly, that is all some ever take in.
It was to the second set of ears—our spiritual ears—Jesus referred in the parable of the sower when He said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear" (Mark 4:9). His promise of spiritual hearing in Revelation 3:20 is contingent upon the second set of ears being opened.
What happens, then, if your second set of ears are opened?
Well, first you find that instead of merely concluding that the minister was a good speaker, you suddenly think, He is speaking to my soul. Now you begin to view life from a new perspective and to think about issues you have never considered before: the question of whether there is life beyond the grave, for example.
However, there is another course of action you may take. Let us look at Revelation 1:3: "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take it to heart what is written in it" (emphasis added). The Greek word for "take to heart" means "mark attentively" or "take heed." This means that the message of Revelation is not mere opinion or mythology; what is said is true, so you must consider this whole matter most soberly. In fact, you must heed its message.
The message of Revelation is the unveiling of the divine will concerning Jesus Christ. This book tells you all you need to know about Jesus and all you need to know about yourself.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Dealing with Difficult Relatives (From someone who's been there. LOL)
by Max Lucado
Does Jesus have anything to say about dealing with difficult relatives? Is there an example of Jesus bringing peace to a painful family? Yes, there is.
It may surprise you to know that Jesus had a difficult family. If your family doesn't appreciate you, take heart, neither did Jesus'.
"His family ... went to get him because they thought he was out of his mind" (Mark 3:21).
Jesus' siblings thought their brother was a lunatic. They weren't proudâ€”they were embarrassed!
It's worth noting that he didn't try to control his family's behavior, nor did he let their behavior control his. He didn't demand that they agree with him. He didn't sulk when they insulted him. He didn't make it his mission to try to please them.
Each of us has a fantasy that our family will be like the Waltons, an expectation that our dearest friends will be our next of kin. Jesus didn't have that expectation. Look how he defined his family: "My true brother and sister and mother are those who do what God wants" (Mark 3:35).
When Jesus' brothers didn't share his convictions, he didn't try to force them. He recognized that his spiritual family could provide what his physical family didn't. If Jesus himself couldn't force his family to share his convictions, what makes you think you can force yours?
Having your family's approval is desirable but not necessary for happiness and not always possible. Jesus did not let the difficult dynamic of his family overshadow his call from God. And because he didn't, this chapter has a happy ending.
What happened to Jesus' family?
Mine with me a golden nugget hidden in a vein of the Book of Acts. "Then [the disciples] went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.... They all continued praying together with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and Jesus' brothers" (Acts 1:12, 14, emphasis added).
What a change! The ones who mocked him now worship him. The ones who pitied him now pray for him. What if Jesus had disowned them? Or worse still, what if he'd suffocated his family with his demand for change?
He Still Moves StonesHe didn't. He instead gave them space, time, and grace. And because he did, they changed. How much did they change? One brother became an apostle (Gal. 1:19) and others became missionaries (1 Cor. 9:5).
So don't lose heart. God still changes families.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Favor With God
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. —Luke 1:30
The greatest message of the advent of Christ into this planet are the words "fear not." Why? Because you have found favor with God.
The God of all creation came to earth with the specific purpose of revealing Himself to you. If you are born again of God, you are on your way to heaven; you have been made righteous in God's eyes; and favor is part of your covenant right.
The literal translation of the word "favor" is from a Hebrew word meaning "cause for rejoicing, exultation, exuberant joy, and gladness of heart."
The precious blood of Jesus paid the price for your sin and made God's heart glad. He sits on His throne and rejoices, because He knows you will be in eternity with Him. Fear not; you have found favor with God.
Jesus, allow me to walk in Your favor,
being fearless and bold for You.
I long only for Your favor
and grace. Amen.
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