Hungry?

 

 

Most of us, if we missed a good meal for two or three days, would be very hungry. If we had no water for two or three days, we would likely be thirsty and craving water. Food and water are very important to us! If you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, is feasting on His food and drinking deeply of His water less important than our physical food? Is it more important than our physical food and water? God offers milk, meat, bread and water. What kind of an appetite do we have for His fare? Job, in Job 23:12, said: “….I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary (food).” In Psalm 42:1-2, The Psalmist cries out: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” What would happen, if God’s children hungered and thirsted like that for His food and water? How can we get excited about “junk food” and be indifferent about God’s banquet? Or, how can we be excited about “spiritual junk food” and “turn up our noses” at God’s “prime rib?” Are we hungry for Spiritually healthy food and water? Jesus invites us to come and dine: “Jesus has a table spread where the saints of God are fed, He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine!” With His manna He doth feed and supplies our every need: oh, ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time! The disciples came to land, thus obeying Christ’s command, for the Master called unto them, “Come and dine;” there they found their heart’s desire, bread and fish upon the fire; thus He satisfies the hungry every time. Soon the Lamb will take His bride to be ever at His side, all the host of heaven will assembled be; oh, ’twill be a glorious sight, all the saints in spotless white; and with Jesus they will feast eternally. Come and dine,” the Master calleth, “Come and dine;” you may feast at Jesus’ table all the time;  He Who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine, to the hungry calleth now, “Come and dine.” (“Come and Dine“- By C. B. Widmeyer). Selah! If we are not hungry for God’s wonderful “spread,” we might never have been born again! Or, we may be “spiritually” very malnourished?  Ron

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Giving It All We’ve Got!

Striving hard to accomplish something important to us, we may feel the effort is just too much. Then someone says to us: “Don’t give up now, you’re almost there. Just give it all you’ve got!” And that may just be the encouragement that we need to finish well. Some Christians think that they might try sometime to make a strong effort to be more serious about the race of the Christian life. Many never do get really serious. They just drift along, mildly involved but not truly serious. What a disappointment may await them at the “finish line,” when they hear God’s “Well done!” spoken to those who gave it all they had, but do not hear it said to themselves. The writer of Hebrews, after recounting those who in faith ran well, admonishes us: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” (From Hebrews 12:1-2). Paul’s testimony, found in I Corinthians 9:26, should be ours, as well: “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.” In other words, he gave it “all he had!” When we do, God is there to make our efforts successful! He gives us strength, encouragement and confidence! Words of encouragement are found in Charles Albert Tindley’s hymn: “We’ll Understand It Better By and By.” He wrote: “We are often destitute of the things that life demands, want of food and want of shelter, thirsty hills and barren lands; we are trusting in the Lord, and according to God’s word, we will understand it better by and by. Trials dark on every hand, and we cannot understand all the ways that God would lead us to that blessed promised land; but He guides us with His eye, and we’ll follow till we die, for we’ll understand it better by and by. Temptations, hidden snares often take us unawares, and our hearts are made to bleed for a thoughtless word or deed; and we wonder why the test when we try to do our best, but we’ll understand it better by and by. By and by, when the morning comes, when the saints of God are gathered home, we’ll tell the story how we’ve overcome, for we’ll understand it better by and by.” Selah! Let’s give it all we’ve got, looking unto Him!   Ron

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Zeal

Zeal isn’t always accompanied by judgment. It isn’t always under control. Godly zeal isn’t loud and boisterous. It isn’t a  high level of emotional excitement. What, then is zeal? Zeal has been defined as being brought to the boiling point. Boiling water is useful and often wise; boiling over is not! Just as a fire under control warms our bodies and fire not under control destroys, so zeal under control warms our hearts, zeal not under control generates destructive emotions. Speaking of Israel in Romans 10:2, Paul wrote: “….I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” Where do we find the knowledge to properly control zeal and direct it to desired ends? Is it not obvious? Zeal must always be grounded in Scriptural Truth. God’s Word must control our zeal and use it to accomplish God’s purposes. Even as the Psalmist expressed in Verse 3 of Psalm 39: “My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: (then) spake I with my tongue,” We, too, should muse (think) as to how God wants to use and direct our zeal. This requires disciplining our emotions to yield to God’s Word and make us zealous to know and obey His will. In the hymn, “Search Me, O God,” J. Edwin Orr gives us a great stanza that speaks to the right use of zeal: “Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine; fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine; take all my will, my passion, self and pride;  I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.” Let God use and direct your zeal! Selah! The opposite of zeal is lethargy. The right cure for lethargy is God controlled zeal! God can use harnessed passion!   Ron

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Easily Deceived

 

It almost goes without saying: sin is deceitful. The problem is that even God’s children are among those being deceived frequently. For example: we think in terms of minor sins and really bad sins. That distinction is only valid in terms of sin’s effect on ourselves and others. However, we deceive ourselves by thinking, that compared to many who are deep in sin, we aren’t anything like them. This gives us an excuse (the skin of truth stuffed with a lie) not to regard our sins as being very serious. Which weighs the most, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead? They both weigh the exact same! If we steal a penny or a million dollars, we have sinned by stealing. If the only sin we ever sinned was to steal a penny, Jesus would still have to die on the cross to pay for it. You might question that, unless you stopped and thought that a holy God cannot tolerate a “speck” or even a sub-atom of sin. The penalty due sin must be paid or we would never be able to be saved. When we are tempted to allow in our lives what we consider to be little sins, we might consider Romans 6:2 and honestly ask ourselves: “….How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Remember the present tense of sanctification: we are being saved from the power of sin, even so-called “little” ones. God wants all sin(s) evicted from our lives! In the hymn, “O God, Today We May Forget,” Nellie H. Butler has included two stanzas that we would do well to intensely ponder: “O God, today we may forget how awful and how great art Thou, the terrors that our sins have set around Thy throne, about Thy brow; Thy will, unsearchable to man, Thy power that hath encompassed all—that whirled the spheres, ere time began, and marked rebellious angels’ fall. O Holy Ghost, our Father’s gift, suffuse our inmost beings, till immortal joy our spirits lift, and holds them captive to Thy will. Today Thou dost not come to chide, or bring our guilt before Thy face; but, pure and clean, we may abide in Thine own secret dwelling place.” Selah! The ultimate goal is complete purity; let’s let go of each and every impurity that He pinpoints in our lives.   Ron

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Cover That Up!

Sometimes, we see something that looks awful. We exclaim: “Throw something over that! No one wants to look at that!” Sooner or later, that mess that was covered up has to be removed and eliminated. God has a situation something like that. The minute that someone receives Jesus as Savior and Lord, God has just been given a “mess.” Our “mess” (sin[s]) is stinking, filthy, contaminated and very offensive. But God does not throw us out! First, He clothes us with a pure, perfectly clean robe (of perfect righteousness). Then, in a way only possible to Himself, He slowly, patiently, gradually, works on the “mess.” He purges the “mess,” removing impurities, leaving behind traces of beauty. The more the impurities are removed, the more beauty emerges. God has the only perfect means of cleansing that will do the job. “Jesus Christ, (Who is) the faithful witness, (and) the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1:5). God also uses “….the washing of water by the Word,” (from Ephesians 5:26). As He takes us home, He removes all remaining impurities and we are clean forever! Edward Mote gave us the hymn, “The Solid Rock.” All through our new life in Christ, let us from the heart say: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found, dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Selah! From vile corruption to victorious coronation; from ashes to beauty; only grace can accomplish that!    Ron

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Hide and Seek

Children play “Hide and Seek.” The idea is that someone hides and the others seek to find him or her. God doesn’t play games. However, He does hide things that He intends for us to seek. Sometimes these are parables, proverbs or stories. In Proverbs 1:5-6, the writer admonishes us: “A wise (man) will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: to understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.” The problem is when we are not seeking! If a child hid and none tried to find him or her, there would be frustration. I’m sure that God doesn’t hide something that He doesn’t want us to find. Our problem, especially with today’s technology, is that we are far more inclined to scan than to search. We settle for a glimpse or a glance, when God has hidden gold! In the verse above, the word “dark” has the idea of hiding something. If you or I found an authentic map to someone’s buried gold, we would make a major effort to find it. Why would we give little or no effort to following God’s map, the Bible? Is not His “gold” far more valuable than any earthly treasure? Isn’t it time for us to get serious about the things of God?” Let’s make Eliza E. Hewitt’s mind-set ours, as well: “More about Jesus let me learn, more of his holy will discern; Spirit of God, my teacher be, showing the things of Christ to me. More about Jesus in His Word, holding communion with my Lord; hearing His voice in ev’ry line, making each faithful saying mine. More, more about Jesus, more, more about Jesus; more of His saving fullness see, more of His love Who died for me.” (From the hymn, “More About Jesus“). Selah! If we were to be as devoted to finding God’s treasure as we probably would be to a hidden horde of gold, perhaps we would have the revival for which we have long prayed! Today is an opportunity to start digging! Will we?    Ron

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