As I get older,and I am getting older, (nearing 68), I can hardly keep up with the fast paced ever-changing world. I just ordered new I-phones for both my wife and myself because our old ones do not work so well anymore. Only 3 years old, but the technology has changed so fast. I am looking for something, anything, that is constant and I bet you are too.
Well, I do have a very constant presence in my life. Jesus,
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
and His never changing word
Psalms 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Do you know what is crazy about our new cell phones, in a year or two they will be outdated. Yep, the technology will be such that they will not work so well and we will be looking for upgrades. Can you relate?
So, in this ever-changing world, it is a reassuring fact, that my God never changes. I do not have to look for a new one every two years. I do not need a new Bible to keep up with the times. The one I have will do me until I go to meet Jesus. The God I serve will be there in the good times and the bad times. I am so glad, that in this ever changing world, I do not have to worry about a changing God. Remember, God loves you and so do I.
James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Shortly after 6:00 this morning, my phone rang. On the other end was the New Hanover County Sheriff’s office. They had an unexpected death. A young man, only 38 years old went to sleep last night, but did not wake up this morning. 38, way too young. Our lives are very fragile and our time here is very short,even if we live to be 100. I was reminded this morning of how important it is to be ready to meet God. We all have an appointment scheduled, but only God knows when, but mark it down, we do have that appointment. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: When is your appointment? When is mine? God does not tell us, He only tells us to be ready. If you were to die today, do you know for sure you would go to Heaven? God’s word tells us how to know and be ready. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. My friend, do you know Him? If not, why not give your heart and your life to Him today. Remember, God so loved YOU, that He gave JESUS!!
“Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.”
Psalms 37:34. Sometimes I sit back and think, boy it must be nice. I mean, seams to me that the wicked prosper while the Godly suffer. That is true. God said it would happen. So why serve this God? Because. The wicked will be cut off. The righteous will win. It is a long race to the finish, but our God will exalt us when it really counts. Wait he says. He will deliver. The wicked will perish and the godly will inherit the land. Hold on my child, joy WILL come in the morning
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Revelation 21:3-4 – 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Some of you who know me know that in 2004 I was diagnosed with a terminal disease. God has been good, as you can tell because in 2017 I am writing this post. I am often told by people just believe God and you will be healed. He wants you healed. Really? Then why am I still sick. I will tell you. SIN. That’s right, you read it correctly. You see, until Adam sinned, there was no sickness, no pain, no evil. Life was just perfect. Then, he sinned and a curse was put upon ALL men. The curse is called death. There is a lot of other things that happened that day as well. That will show up in some other post. Revelation 21 however, gives me hope. There is coming a day when there will be no more sickness or death or pain or any other thing that will bring suffering into the life of the believer. We will be free indeed. Free from all the things that the flesh can not protect us from. On that grand and glorious day, ALL tears will be gone forever. All death and sickness, gone for ever. All hatred and evil, gone for ever. Until then, we will keep on holding on to this great promise. If you know someone today who is hurting, don’t try to convince them that God promises that things will get better, at least not in this life. Jesus suffered pain, and hurt and betrayal, and even death. What sin did he commit? NONE. Instead, He paid the price for everyone else’ sin. Look up my fellow believer, your redemption draweth nigh.
Matthew 7:12 – Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. There are words here that can be hard to swallow. We all want to be treated with forgiveness, respect and trust. The issue is, do we want to treat others the same way. We as believers want our sin hid, but want to openly point fingers at the unsaved for their sin. Maybe, just maybe, a little respect and love would allow them to see Jesus. John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Sometimes our condemning spirit blinds the lost from being about to see the real Jesus. The one who will forgive and yes, forget. Today, do a Jesus act in the life of someone whose life is totally out of control. Maybe, just maybe, they will, for the first time, see Jesus.
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
James 1:12. So much is being preached today about God wanting us all well and if you are right with Go, everything will good. Well, guess what, the Bible teaches just the opposite. We are told to endure. Endurance indicated a struggle. You will struggle from time to time as a Christian, but don’t lose hope. Their is a crown waiting at the end
I am in my office on a Saturday morning and thinking about our services tomorrow. I am wondering what has happened in America. As a young child I can remember my parents taking me to Sunday School and Church. I can remember going to Vacation Bible School. I loved it. As I got a little older, I discovered that the church has night services as well as Wednesday night service. My older brother and I would walk a couple miles at night just so we could go. I remember Pastor Edwards and how he love us boys. He had a profound influence in my wanting to be a pastor. Today, things have changed. People don’t think church is so important. It is just something that we do if we feel up to it or have nothing else to do. We live in evil times and if I understand the Bible, we need to be together in church more, not less. Hebrews 10:24-25 – 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. You see, as the world becomes less godly and more accepting of godlessness, it is becoming harder to live a committed Christian life. So, we are exhorted to meet together and draw love, acceptance and encouragement as we face the everyday battles of life. SO, THIS SUNDAY, WHY NOT TRY CHURCH AGAIN. YOU JUST MIGHT BE GLAD YOU DID.