Sunday, January 29, 2012

Believe, then You Can See

Proverbs 4:21 Let not God's word depart from your sight.

Now this is interesting. If it was up to me I would write let not God's word depart from your thoughts. But it wasn't written that way. It says let God's word not depart from your sight. What's the difference? Well we are not just to think of what it says but to see the results of what it says. Or envision the results of what it says.

Matt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit because theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Yet if you look with your eyes in many cases there is no indication that God is moving in power in your life. But if we unite Proverbs 4:21  With Matt 5:3 we have a man that is poor in spirit with the kingdom of God.

He needs the kingdom of God. But is not experiencing anything at present in the physical. But if he cries out to God and believes in God, (by the way he has no choice but to believe in God, because he is poor), it will be granted to him. Mark 11:24

There is an old saying that says seeing is believing. Well that is backwards. It is the believing that alows us to see. If we keep our eyes on the Word of God and the promises instead of our problem we will see the answer to our problem in the spirit and then in the physical.

Or we can be like Shadrack, Meschack and Abendego, who said if God does not come through we will still obey God. To be poor in spirit is to live for Jesus no matter what the cost. Not because we don't care but because we are looking to Jesus and not to ourselves. To truly be poor means there is no choice but to trust God.

Look to the word and Jesus is the word. Look to what He said and take Him at His word. Trust Him to keep His word. Believe Him that He is worthy to be trusted. If we live we are the Lords and if we die we are the Lords. Romans 14:8 If you are poor you have nothing to lose.

We can't live for Jesus if we are not poor. I'm not saying you can't live for Jesus if you have money. I am saying we live for Jesus when our ability is nothing and we rely on Jesus and His word. And we have nothing to lose. Walk with our eyes on the Word of God and not our ability. If we have something we can look to ourself. But if we have nothing we can only look to Jesus.

Is Jesus a man of His word? Most woud say yes but act as if He wasn't. You got to be real if you want to get anywhere.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Minister to God by Helping the Poor

Matt 25:40 To the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even to the least of them, you did it to Me.

Proverbs 19:17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for  his good deed.

Matthew 10:42 And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.

Deut 15:7 If there  is a poor man, don't harden your heart or close your hand from you poor brother.

Prov 14:31 He who is gracious to the poor honors his maker. Contrasted to to taunting his maker.

Eccl 11:1,2 Cast your bread to 7 or 8 places, the return will be later,

2 Cor 9:6-8 Sow with good attitude, you reap what you sow, God will give you what to sow.

Hebrews 6:10 God will not forget you work.

1 John 3:17 Giving to the needs of the poor shows God's love.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Heart after God

What are your plans to keep your heart from growing cold?

Rehoboam had been unfaithful to the Lord. 2 Chron. 12:2 Many times I find myself distant from the Lord and sluggish in doing the work of the Lord. I don't want to be like this. I want to be a servant of the Lord and follow Him fully. Yet I get sidetracked in the mundane things of life and get off the track of living for Him.

Not only that but major problems will come to me at times. Will I fall during these hard times?

Later in this same chapter of 2 Chron. 12:14 it states that Rehoboam did not set his heart to seek the Lord. I think this is the key to a walk with the Lord. Are we going to make Jesus Lord of our life? Or are we gong to make Jesus just a part of our life? How we respond to trouble will show if Jesus is our lord or just there, so we will look good to others.

Life presses us at times. And when we are squeezed, what is in will come out. David set his heart to follow God through thick and thin. Psalm 57 speaks of real trouble. Yet David has decided to have his heart steadfast in God. Ps 57:7

Let us not be of those who shrink back to destruction Heb. 10:39, but those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

Lord I know in my heart there is no good thing if I don't make a place for You. Let me always look to you both when life is good and also when life is hard.

Psalm 57:7-11
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!
8 Awake, my glory!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
9 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.
10 For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens
And Your truth to the clouds.
11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

Third Day I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Live Ready

Luke 12:35 Be dressed in readiness and keep your lamps lit. (NASB)
This verse presents 2 aspects. A heart ready for action. And a life already shining for God.

Living ready, responds to God's Word with faith. Luke 12:35 Luke 8:15

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

John G. Lake's Secrets of Divine Healing


1. Destroy sacred cows concerning sickness and power.

2. Recognize sickness and disease as an enemy.

3. Get fed up.

4 Treat all sickness the same.

5. treat all sickness like a person.

6. Command not beg.

7. Speak to the problem - not to others about the problem.

8. See people as oppressed prisoners of war.

9 Get clean - stay clean.

10. Stay out of pride - anyone could do what your are doing.

11. Be aggressive - develop your aggressiveness.

12. Be led by God's character and nature.

13. Accept responsibility for your fellow man.

14. Decide to obey the Bible, not some arbitrary feeling.

15. Know that God is with you, in you, and for you.