It is a wondrous thought that angels attend and minister to our needs as Christians. I like to think that there is one who has my needs at heart, and who protects me from evil and harm.
Do we believe that God’s judgments are right? That is essential if we will understand this morning’s verse. It will help us to appreciate the faithfulness of God. But how is God’s faithfulness expressed through affliction? We need to contemplate the power of this truth in order to see affliction in true perspective.
July 31, 2018 Good Morning Fellow Travelers, Read: Psalms 84 “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” I Timothy 3:15 Jesus died to purchase the Church. His blood redeemed the soul of every believing, faithful person. This was God’s plan and design, created for His glory. Christ values the Church highly. Do you? Do I value the Church? I most surely do, and I am going to share my reasons with you so that you too can be passionate about her. Of course when we use the term “Church”, we…
When we despise the Holy Spirit, we despise the grace of God. We despise the very outstretched hand of God. We despise the very Spirit of God that He has sent to draw us to Himself. To speak against the Son, Jesus Christ, can be forgiven, but to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, that shall not be forgiven (Luke 12:8-10).
Christ taught Nicodemus in John 3 that the entrance to the kingdom of God is the new birth. Repentance was necessary for every one who came believing. Salvation was freely offered by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. From this foundation, man now perceives the kingdom of God.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:15
In John 6:47-48 Jesus explained that He is the Bread from Heaven, and that believing in Him secures life for us now…. You will never be satisfied on our own.
Jesus constantly expressed concern about the lack of faith He saw in those He worked among… Our lack of faith always hinders Christ’s work through us.
Esau came home ravenously hungry and asked for some of Jacob’s lentil soup, Jacob decided to bargain with him: “I’ll trade this soup for your birthright.” It wasn’t a good idea…
Throughout the Old Testament, we see the spectacular manifestations of the presence of God. At creation, He spoke and worlds came into being. At Sinai, He came with storm and fire and tempest. At the dedication of the temple, He came in a cloud. In our story here, He came in a burning bush that was not consumed.
Just one faithful man on his knees, in his closet, interceding before God for his church or his community can have amazing power with God. Such a man is taking the battle to the level where it should be fought.