Stand and Knock

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Have you ever knocked on your friend’s door and stood there and waited? Well, if he didn’t answer the door you would leave, right? He’s either not home, didn’t hear you, or busy. Or maybe he did hear you, but he’s acting like he didn’t. Maybe he’s ignoring you on purpose! Whatever the reason, you wouldn’t just stand there and keep knocking. Eventually you would leave.

Thank God The LORD is not like that!

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NASB)

Jesus stands and knocks.

Even when you didn’t hear Him, He stands and knocks. Even when you are busy, He stands and knocks. Even when you are ignoring Him and pretending that you are not home, He stands and knocks.

He’s persistent like that. He won’t give up. He won’t stop reaching out to you. He won’t stop coming over to visit.

He won’t stop until you answer.

May Gods Love be with you

Whosoever

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I was just watching Billy Graham’s 1987 Crusade in Denver. He is, of course, the master and one thing he said that I loved was the “whosoever” in John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

Everyone knows John 3:16. Even the secular world knows it. Have you ever read it and replaced the word “whosoever” with your name?

Because that’s who whosoever is, it’s you and I.

Try it.

May God’s Love be with you

Aliens

1 Peter 2:11,12
1 Peter 2:11,12

Do you believe in aliens? I guess it depends on who’s asking. If it’s Ridley Scott, then no. If it’s the Apostle Peter, then yes. Because… dun, dun, DUNNN! YOU are the alien.

Ahhhhh!

1 Peter 2:11, Peter says “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” (NASB)

Why does Peter call the various churches, “elect resident aliens?” Or strangers? Or sojourners? Or pilgrims? Because they were not in the homeland. They were scattered throughout the land. They were longing for their true home.

Today, we are not in our homeland either. Wait! I live in ‘Merica! Yes, Yes. Settle down. I am talking about your REAL home. Your home is not this physical land. You knew that, right? Your real home is with your Father. Your Father is in Heaven. Our REAL home is Heaven, people!

We are a long ways from home, for sure!

What do we do until we get home? I’m glad you asked. Read on to verse 12: “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Keep your behavior excellent.. uh-oh. Peter is telling us to step it up! Represent Christ like you are supposed to! It may lead to someone accepting Christ. It may lead to someone glorifying God. And that is our main objective while we are away from home anyways: Glorifying God!

We may not look like E.T. (at least I hope no one out there looks like E.T.!) but we are aliens nonetheless. We are sojourners and strangers and pilgrims in a strange land. Not for long though, buddy!

Soon we will be with our Father. Soon we will be home.

May God’s Love be with you
#ChildofTheKing #CitizenofHeaven

Opened

Luke 24:45
Luke 24:45

Yesterday I thought I would read Luke. It’s my habit to look up how long a book is first and then get started. For some reason my eyes fell on verse 45 of the last chapter. And that’s as far as I got.

It reads, “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Luke 24:45

I read that verse several times and marveled at it.

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

Jesus had to open their minds so they could fully understand the Scriptures. Although these men had grown up with the Scriptures and many had studied it, they didn’t really understand it all the way.

Not until Jesus stepped in.

In John’s account (20:22) He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles (and us today) can understand the Holy Words of God.

Only with God’s help, can we truly understand.

Has Jesus opened your mind?

May God’s Love be with you

Give and Take

Heb. 6:18-19
Heb. 6:18-19

The devil promises to GIVE you things, but he can only TAKE things. He can’t give anything. He’s a taker.

A promise is only as good as the person promising it.

If the source of your promise is, “the father of lies,” then perhaps it would be prudent to check the fine print. If the source of your promise is, Jehovah-Jireh “The Lord will provide” (Gen. 22:14) then perhaps it would be prudent to PRAISE HIS NAME!

The devil was a murderer from the beginning. His very dialect is lies. It’s his native language. There is no truth in him (John 6:63). Is this the type of person you want to make a promise with?

God is/was/will be a Creator from the beginning. His very dialect is life. It’s His native language. There are no lies in Him (Heb. 6:18-19). This IS the type of person you want to make a promise with!

God promises to TAKE things. He’ll take your pain, your hardship, and your fear. God promises to GIVE things. He’ll give you rest, love, and peace.

He can give anything. He’s a giver.

May God’s Love be with you

Why Are We Here?

Isa. 43:7
Isa. 43:7

Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? What is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?

Well, it’s not 42.

You know, philosophers have spent their entire lives trying to answer life’s big question. Poets have driven themselves insane looking to crack it. Artists have painted and sculpted interpretation after interpretation attempting to reveal it.

I don’t know what all the hubbub is about. Life’s biggest question has life’s simplest answer.

What is the purpose of life? Ok, here it is. Got something to write it down? Are you ready?

The reason we are here is: To glorify God. That’s it. Boom.

God created us for His own Glory, Isa.43:7.

There. Everyone can now rest their pounding heads. You’re welcome.

May God’s Love be with you

Built-In GPS

John 16
John 16

What did we ever do without GPS? Recently Britt and I went to visit my sister in South Carolina. We didn’t study a map. We didn’t plan out the trip. We just punched in the destination and trusted the GPS. In fact, there were even times that I said, “You know, this doesn’t look right… but, the GPS says to go this way, so… it must be right.” The GPS got us to my sister’s house safely AND at the exact moment it said it would. Amazing.

As Christians we have a built-in GPS of our own: The Holy Spirit. Jesus told the Apostles: “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you… But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” John 16:7 & 13.

There is comfort in trusting that the GPS knows what its doing, isn’t there? It’s nice to have a reliable guide right there in the car with you. When you are looking for guidance in your spiritual journey, consult the Holy Spirit. He is there for Discernment, Guidance, and Comfort. Trust Him to get you where you need to go!

GPS stands for: Global Positioning Satellite/System. The Holy Spirit blows that out of the water! He is more than Global, He is Universal! He is Eternal. He is your Eternal Positioning System. But it doesn’t do much good to get the GPS out and then not use. It doesn’t do much good to ignore the GPS and go your own way!

Allow Him to Counsel you. Allow Him to Help you. He will get you safely where you need to go and at the exact moment you need to be there.

May God’s Love be with you

Revive

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To “revive” something means to bring it back to life. Psa. 85:6 asks, “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”

Note that revival leads directly to rejoicing. If you were dead and someone brought you back to life, wouldn’t you rejoice too?

Revival is a church word. The secular world doesn’t need revived, they need a rebirth (a completely new begining).

Christians have already been reborn, but sometimes we need brought back to life.

Psa. 80:18 – “Revive us, and we will call on Your name.” Come back to life and call on Jesus!

May God’s Love be with you

How Do You Envision God?

Acts 17:25
Acts 17:25

How do you envision God?

In D.A. Carson’s book, “The God Who Is There,” He says there are three main ways that people envision God.

• Model 1. The Soft Grandfather: “God is a benevolent gentleman with a long, flowing beard whose primary job is to be nice and to forgive us.“*

• Model 2. The Distant Deity: “God is incalculably huge and transcendently glorious. So of course you cannot expect him to concern himself with your two-bit existence down here.”*

• Model 3. The You-Scratch-My-Back-I’ll-Scratch-Yours God: “Provided you are good enough, you will get married. Provided you read your devotions every day, you will live a long life. And one day you will go to heaven.”*

None of these models align properly with the Bible.

Model 1 falls short because: Although God is Love, He is also Holy and Just. So when confronted with evil or sin, He is actually angry (Psalms 5:4-6). As Carson puts it, “The grandfather model puts us at the center of the universe and God’s role is to coddle us.”*

Model 2 falls short because: Although God IS huge, He is also intensely personal. If God is so distant and unconcerned, then why are the very hairs of my head numbered (Luke 12:7)?

Model 3 falls short because: It’s a barter system. You trade with someone who needs something you can offer. God doesn’t need anything. You cannot bribe Him. What we consider to be righteous acts are like filthy rags anyways (Isa. 64:6)!

(There is also the Model of God as a Watch-Maker. He made the watch, wound it up, and now leaves it to run on its own. Unfortunately, I think many hold this false view as well.)

So, how should we envision God then?

Turn with me to Acts 17:25. “And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

God doesn’t need us, we need Him. We are here living and breathing and everything else – because God gives it. It is by His Sovereign Grace that anything and everything happens, including a relationship with Him.

This is a tricky subject and believe me, I don’t have all the answers. However, just because I can’t comprehend all of God, doesn’t mean I don’t trust Him fully or rely on Him completely.

• He is loving, yet just.
• He is incalculably huge, yet intensely personal.
• He doesn’t have any needs, yet He desires a relationship with us.

He is faithful. And I am thankful.

I’ll leave you to meditate on Numbers 6:24-26. This is a Biblical “picture” of who God is:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

He longs to bless us, keep us, and give us peace.

May God’s Love be with you

*”The God Who Is There” D.A. Carson

The Hard Truth

2 Cor. 5:10
2 Cor. 5:10

My posts are generally pretty light. I believe in Jesus’s greatest commandment: Love each other as I have loved you, John 15:12However, I don’t want to shortchange you. So, here it is, The Hard Truth:

If you are not saved, this is the best it’s gonna get. This is your heaven. So live it up. ‘Cause it’s only gonna get worse. A lot worse.

I’m talking Epic worse.

If you are saved, this is the worst it’s gonna get. This is your hell. So keep your chin up. ‘Cause it’s only gonna get better. A lot better.

I’m talking Epic better!

While you walk and breathe, it is never too late to turn back to the Father. He is anxiously waiting on the edge of the field for his child to return, Luke 15:20. But once God sanctions your heart to beat it’s last, then that’s all she wrote. Game Over. No do-overs.

Then there will be judgement. God is all about Love. But, God is also all about Justice. “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” 2 Cor. 5:10

That’s it. No candy-coated happy-go-lucky froufrou. No God is a pushover that will let me get away with being a spoiled little brat my whole life.

God “hates with a passion” those who are wicked, Psalms 11:4-7. That’s the NIV. The KJV says, “his soul hateth” the wicked. Psalms 5:4-6 says God “detests” the bloodthirsty, the deceitful, and those who tell lies. “Evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in Your Presence. You hate all who do wrong.

Jesus said “If you keep My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.” John 15:10. Let us never forget that we serve a Loving God but also a God of Justice. This is serious business.

Sorry for the tough love but tickling your ear doesn’t do you any favors. And you know what, I’m not sorry. So, there.

May God’s Love be with you