Saturday, February 18, 2017

Breathed His Last - Mark 15:37

Mark 15:37 ESV 

And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.

The seed of God, the word of creation lays down His human life as He prepares to pick up His divinity He had laid aside to enter our world. 

He would experience our death, even as He experienced our life. Because of this sacrifice, we now can experience His life. We can begin to breathe the breath of God with the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

Now when we breathe our last here on earth, we know that the breath of God has no end and His life has no end, and we can be assured that we are part of His life 

Turns Into The Wine

In the Old Testament, God would reveal Himself to the world through Israel so they would know that "I am God." 

In the New Testament, God would reveal Himself as Jesus Christ so they could know God on a personal basis, as a Father and son. 

This is where the water of the Old Testament turns into the wine of the New Testament. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

In Your Hand - Job 2:3-6

Job 2:3-6 ESV 

And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Read the book of Job. Satan is given free reign over the earth and is given the power to test man. It is a time of teaching and refining Job in his understanding and receiving of God. The same thing applies to each of us. God uses our life down here to prepare us for life with Him.

Job received a double blessing from the Lord for his faithfulness. Each one of us lives in the world of Satan's domain. He will do what he can to thwart God's work in you. 

In the New Testament we see the parable of the talents where the faithful servants are rewarded doubly for their work.

Our work is believing God. We are tested during our walk on earth. If we are faithful, we will come into a life that is more abundant, and doubly so. We will enter the peace of His rest in the green pasture of His presence. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

His Purpose - Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28 ESV 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

God has a plan for us. That plan is for life beyond this one and is for everyone. His plan is for us to be a part of His plan. 

He foresaw a people who would answer His call and become the body of Christ, aka the Bride of Christ. These He will glorify.

Plan on it. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Morning Star Rises - 2 Peter 1:19

2 Peter 1:19 ESV 

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

1 Peter 2:9 ESV 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

In the creation account, the day begins with darkness and ends with the light of day. As the song of creation is spoken by our Creator, we see the chorus at the end of each day, "And there was evening and there was morning, the first day" to remind us of what He is doing. He is bringing His light into the world. The world begins in darkness and then is filled with light. 

This is exactly what takes place in the person who is able to receive the light, who is able to perceive the difference between day and night. Then the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Into Perfection

There can be no appropriate image of God other than the one He gave us, His Son. To fashion our own image of God requires that we become more like His Son. This we cannot do this by our own hands, but by giving ourselves to God He is able to mold us into perfection. 

Not Far - Acts 17:26-27

Acts 17:26-27 ESV 

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

When a person reaches out in the darkness for something solid, they may find their hands touching the rock of our salvation. The answer to our questions may seem out of reach until we begin to reach. Then we can find the Creator who is always close to those He loves. 

Who does God love? The world. He gave His Son for the world, for the light in the darkness. 

Lift up your hand and you will find His.