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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018

Last words are usually significant words. Presidents, kings, corporate leaders, and people of influence reflect back on their years of service and work and summarize what they consider to be most important for future generations.

King David was unquestionably an important and influential ruler and man of God. These are his last written words (see Psalm 72.20):

"Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen." (Psalm 72.18-19)

This man after God's own heart knew the richness of God's blessings and favor. This One alone works great and mighty things. Yahweh singularly was and is worthy of the highest acclaim and praise. Nothing could be better than that the entire earth would reflect His matchless glory.

When David's life was nearly done, that which was foremost was His Creator Father. And that's a legacy life lesson we do will to learn. A time will come when life itself will no longer satisfy, but if we have walked intimately with our Father and Creator, our joy, hope, and very life will be Him, and not ourselves. That thought and truth is worthy of a double Amen! (verse 19).

If we would learn a lesson from King David, it would be that we don't have to wait until the end of our days to know that Yahweh is our all in all. I pray that we each are wholeheartedly acknowledging that today, regardless of our age.


Steve

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018

It may sound cliche' but it is absolutely true: little in the hands of the LORD is plenty. A case in point is the story of a widow and her son, down to their last meal amidst a severe drought and famine (1 Kings 17). Elijah the prophet requests a piece of bread (verse 11), and hears this account of desperation: "As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die." (verse 12).

This response is met with a seemingly outrageous challenge: "Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.'" (verses 13-14)

That which is done in faith never lacks God's supply. I've noted in life that some of the wealthiest people I've known also happen to be some of the most generous people I've known. Coincidence? "he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9.6)

From the perspective of one who by nature is prone to sow sparingly, I'm learning the lesson that what we keep and preserve is never enough, but what we sow unselfishly in faith abounds.

May we be those who sow generously of our time, abilities, and resources for the cause of the King and the kingdom.


Steve

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

August 7, 2018

It is all well worth it. Sometimes we're discouraged and question it, but this verse is an important encouragement:

But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work." (2 Chronicles 15.7)

These words, originally addressed to a newly-appointed king, are timeless reminders to us. Be strong. Find strength in the LORD. "He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power." (Isaiah 40.29)

Do not lose courage. It's a frightening and evil world we live in. "Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." (1 Peter 5.8) But, "greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." (! John 4.4)

There is a reward for your work. The hope of resurrection and immortality far outweighs any adversity we face in this age. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15.58)

Claim His promises of strength, courage, and reward. There are blessings in faithful living and service.



Steve

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

August 1, 2018


If asked to give one reason as to why you love the LORD your God, what would it be? Perhaps this would be your answer:

"I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live." (Psalm 116.1-2)

It is a privilege to be heard. How often have you found yourself in conversation with someone only to realize they weren't really listening to you? How amazing it is to know that the God of the universe, busier than anyone, gives you His full attention! He carefully notes what you say and ask. You literally "have His ear." Little wonder the Psalmist would declare: "Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live." Why not continually call upon the most important One in all the universe?

If only I could be as attentive to my God as He is to me. A variety of trivial thoughts flood my mind when I seek to come before Him in prayer. Wanting nothing more than quiet stillness to hear His thoughts and voice, I instead find myself often listening to the noise of my cluttered mind. Truly prayer is a spiritual battle. Regardless, the Psalmist's words stir my heart to resolve to frequently converse and commune with My Father who hears. It is the most productive of all time spent.


Steve

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

When things go wrong, they is a prescribed way for them to be set right.

"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7.14 NIV)

Humble prayer, earnestly seeking the face of God, and dealing decisively with sin, is what God requires of His people. The result is His attentiveness, forgiveness, and territorial healing. That's not too difficult to understand, is it? In fact, what God requires of His people is always simple, as Micah 6.8 so simply states: "And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?" It's like the famous author, Mark Twain, once stated: "Some people are troubled by the things in the Bible they can’t understand. The things that trouble me are the things I can understand."

Have you earnestly sought your heavenly Father today in humble prayer, not seeking what you want, but what He wills? Are you harboring a sinful habit that you have thus far been unwilling to confess and forsake? Humble lives of prayer and holiness are what the Father seeks. He then can use our consecrated lives to impact others with the saving kingdom gospel, and have a positive influence on a land desperately in need of healing. 


Steve

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July 25, 2018

Sir Isaac Newton is regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all times. This epitaph was written concerning him: "Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night; God said 'Let Newton be' and all was light." This brilliant scientist and theologian was a student of what God had made, and was a testimony to this truth:

"Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them." (Psalm 111.2)

Perhaps a new age of enlightenment would dawn if scientific efforts were focused on the marvelous works and design of our Creator Father. Certainly we experience great enlightenment when we carefully study that which God has created. How can one look at the intricacies of plants, trees, and living beings, and not be in awe of their Creator? How can we observe the powerful forces of nature, such as wind, water, and fire, and not be awestruck by the Mighty One who has unleashed such power? How great and awesome He is!

The mighty works of God, done on behalf of His people, recorded in Scripture, gives us delight. That the Almighty Creator of the universe would care so much as to provide and deliver leaves us with deep gratitude for His works. Less conspicuous, but no less important, is His daily care and provision for each of us. 
"Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them." We do well to be students of His great and mighty works.


Steve

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018

You've likely heard the fictitious story of Aladdin's lamp and the three wishes. There is a true story of not three, but one request, offered to Solomon by God.

"In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, 'Ask what I shall give you.' " (2 Chronicles 1.7)

If you've read the rest of the story, you know how Solomon responded and how God answered. But, for a moment, place yourself in Solomon's shoes. What would you request? Something good and noble, or something centered on yourself and your wants and desires? Perhaps the question isn't so easily answered.

When I first came to terms with the potential of prayer as a child, I remember earnestly praying for a sum of money. I had never prayed more fervently in my young life. As you might imagine, that was a prayer He chose not to answer as I had asked. I did not then know the truth of James 4.3 "You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures."

Solomon chose wisdom and knowledge for the task of leadership in that he knew he was ill-equipped to lead the people of God by his own resources. It is wisdom to humbly seek that which we know we do not have, and desperately need.

To seek God's wisdom is to ultimately seek God. The Giver is more important than the gift. We can be sure that we never ask amiss when our heart's desire is for our Father, and His Son. May this be our earnest prayer and desire.


Steve

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