If God Went Missing

If we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, let’s consider a question: What if God left us? He won’t do that, of course, but suppose it did happen: how many of us would even notice? Just think along this line for a few moments. Are we so aware of His Presence that, if He were to leave, we would exclaim: “Where did He go?” “Tell me that He’s coming right back!” Would we sense the huge loss, or would we even notice? Is it possible that our lives are so cluttered that without realizing it, we have only allowed Him to dwell in the attic or cellar of our lives? These are places we don’t go to very much. If His Presence isn’t the most important thing in our lives, what can we do to change that? We must allow Him to clean His abode in us. If His Presence is the burning desire of our hearts, He will fill us with Himself. Paul wrote to the Colossians (and to us): “For this cause we also, since the day we heard (it) do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9-10). If He fills our being, His Presence will take over and His will be increasingly done. That old Adamic nature will be unable to function when God rules and reigns! “Would you live for Jesus, and be always pure and good? Would you walk with Him within the narrow road? Would you have Him bear your burden, carry all your load? Let Him have His way with thee. Would you have Him make you free and follow at His call? Would you know the peace that comes by giving all? Would you have Him save you, so that you need never fall? Let Him have His way with thee. Would you in His kingdom find a place of constant rest? Would you prove Him true in providential test? Would you in His service labor always at your best? Let Him have His way with thee. His pow’r can make you what you ought to be; His blood can cleanse your heart and make you free; His love can fill your soul, and you will see ‘twas best for Him to have His way with thee.” (“His Way with Thee”- By Cyrus S. Nusbaum). Selah! How much of our lives is really under His control?  Ron

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How Many Counts?

If we could make a list of all our sins today, and then make a list of all sins committed for every day we have lived on earth, with how many sins have we been charged? If you  haven’t taken Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have that many counts against you! You will be judged “guilty” on all counts by the Judge of all! On the other hand, if you have truly surrendered your life, in repentance and faith, to Jesus as your Savior and Lord, all charges have been dropped! How is that possible? Because Jesus took your place, and suffered the penalty for everyone of those counts! Because of His saving grace, you are cleared of all charges! “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:6-9). It was His death on the cross that made the offer of full and free pardon able to be offered to “whosoever will.” Refusing the pardon leaves one responsible for all counts against him or her, and the just penalty will be their fate forever! For those pardoned, they can sing from the heart the lyrics in Margaret J. Harris’ hymn: “He Took My Sins Away.” In her words: “I came to Jesus, weary, worn, and sad, He took my sins away, He took my sins away. And now His love has made my heart so glad, He took my sins away, He took my sins away. The load of sin was more than I could bear. He took them all away, He took them all away, He took them all away. And now on Him I roll my every care, He took my sins away. No condemnation have I in my heart, He took my sins away, He took my sins away. His perfect peace He did to me impart, He took my sins away. If you will come to Jesus Christ today, He’ll take your sins away, He’ll take your sins away, and keep you happy in His love each day, He’ll take your sins away. He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and keeps me singing every day! I’m so glad He took my sins away. He took my sins away.” Selah! Those who come to Christ are completely forgiven. Have you come? If you have, rejoice! Your record is cleared of all charges against you!   Ron

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Faith is Patient!

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him….”

When we are impatient, it is anything but restful. Faith is patient, no matter how long it has to wait. If it is genuine faith in God, we are at rest because we trust Him all the way to Heaven. The problem is that we want answers now, or to understand why He hasn’t solved our problem, or why He doesn’t respond to our crisis or emergency in the way we want or expect. That is only conditional trust: “If He isn’t going to answer my urgent plea for help, then why should I trust Him?” Unconditional trust accepts His answers when they might be “yes,” “no,” or “wait,” even if we have to wait until Heaven! He knows what He is doing; He doesn’t make mistakes, He will always do right (even when it seems wrong). When we trust completely in His wisdom, knowledge, love, mercy, grace, and promises, we can “let go,” relax, and rest, confident that “….all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to (His) purpose.” (From Romans 8:28). Edgar Page Stite’s hymn, “Trusting Jesus,” speaks of unconditional trust: “Simply trusting every day, trusting through a stormy way; even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus, that is all. Brightly doth His Spirit shine into this poor heart of mine; while He leads I cannot fall; trusting Jesus, that is all. Singing if my way is clear, praying if the path be drear; if in danger for Him call; trusting Jesus, that is all. Trusting Him while life shall last, trusting Him till earth be past; till within the jasper wall, trusting Jesus, that is all. Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by; trusting Him whate’er befall, trusting Jesus, that is all.” Selah! God isn’t a puppet or robot that we can bid do whatever we wan’t; He is a wise and loving Father to all the redeemed and He will always do right! We do not have to understand, only trust!    Ron

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God’s “Toolbox”

  • Imagine God’s Word to be His “toolbox.” In it is every tool needed to shape us into the likeness of His Son. “For whom  He did foreknow, He also did predestinate (to be) conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). God’s tools include teaching, counsel, correction, rebuke, chastisement, discipline, learning from mistakes, Godly friends and mentors, sound reading and viewing, etc. However, all these tools, in order to be effective, must be used by the Holy Spirit. He will use these tools as they are in harmony with God’s Word. The finished “product” is when we see Jesus and become like Him, seeing Him as He is! (I John 3:2). God will sometimes even use a dull or broken tool, but He will make it work for good in the lives of His “called ones.” (See Romans 8:28). May our prayer be that of Charles Price Jones, in his hymn: “Deeper, Deeper in the Love of Jesus.” He prayed: “Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus, daily let me go; higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know. Deeper, deeper! blessed Holy Spirit, take me deeper still, till my life is wholly lost in Jesus and His perfect will. O deeper yet, I pray, and higher ev’ry day,and wiser, blessed Lord, in Thy precious, holy Word.” Selah! Sometimes God uses the devil’s “grindstone” to sharpen His tools! (Source unknown).    Ron

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Holy Ground

And he said,Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place where thou standest is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5).  

We are highly unlikely to have an experience like this one that Moses experienced. However, we do have a holy ground experience, if we know Jesus as the Savior and Lord of our lives. It is called “prayer.” It is not prayer as a religious exercise or duty. It is prayer from our  hearts, a loving consciousness of being alone with God in wonderful communion of our redeemed hearts with His heart! If God’s Word is alive in our hearts, and we are “closeted” with Him in a quiet place undisturbed by distractions, His Presence can be known. Unconfessed sin can interrupt this wonderful experience. But the joy of his Presence is once again ours, once we deal with the sin(s). Interacting with God is a glorious and serious matter for a child of God. Be very aware that you are on “holy ground!” Selah! He is discerned with the eyes of faith. What an experience!   Ron

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Wisdom vs. Wisdom

And my speech and my preaching (was) not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of  power” (I Corinthian 2:4).

The opening chapters of I Corinthians portray a sharp contrast between man’s wisdom and God’s wisdom. By “man’s wisdom” we do not mean things like: don’t put your hand on a hot stove. What we have in mind is man’s way of looking at life and at himself. God calls that kind of wisdom foolishness. The natural mind (the minds of those who do not have Jesus as their Savior and Lord) is blind to God’s wisdom. That mind cannot grasp God’s wisdom found in the Bible, until a person is born again. Once the Holy Spirit enters a human being, a whole world and a whole lifetime of discovering and applying God’s wisdom is opened up to him or her. Paul’s inspired mention of God’s wisdom as being “hidden” is very apt. That is because it has to be revealed to us. That’s what God does in the Bible for His children. Selah! If you are not beginning to understand God’s Truth, have you entered into a saving relationship with Him and started “digging in” to His Word?  Take care of this while you can!   Ron

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Grace vs. Works?

  •  And if by grace, then (is it) no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if otherwise (it be) of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6).

We tend to extremes. We are told, by not a few, that works have no place in grace. And some justify ungodly conduct and talk on the basis of that assumption. It is true that grace, not works, brings salvation through faith. However, grace-given salvation produces and develops Godly lives. This is a major ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is not our “doing” that wins God’s favor; it is God’s “doing” in and through us that demonstrates that we have it! WE DON’T DO IT; GOD DOES IT; USING US! Selah! We simply work out that which God has worked into us. Ron

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