The Intrusion!

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Dec 172017
 

“…whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Despite man’s efforts to eliminate Christ out of Christmas…out of everyday life…out of government…out of schools….out of the marketplace…in spite of it all, He just won’t go away.

Peter Larson writes:
Despite our efforts to keep Him out, God intrudes.
The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities:
A virgin’s womb and an empty tomb.

Jesus entered our world through a door marked-
‘No Entrance!’
And left through a door marked-
‘No Exit.'”

That first Christmas, there was no room for Him in the inn.

The world never wants to make room for Christ at Christmas and in everyday life.

Man killed Him and sealed the tomb with a huge stone to shut Him out of our lives once and for all.

But God removed the stone to prove Jesus will not be shut up or shut out of His plans.

One day Jesus will intrude on history again.

The way to be ready is to invite Him into your life today.

Will you shut Him out or let Him in?

(PA)

Stay vertical!

 Grace, Surrender to God  Comments Off on Stay vertical!
Nov 112017
 

“When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

Have you ever been wrongfully accused?
Oh, the need to defend and justify becomes so great.

“What will people think if they believe these things are true?” we reason.

Imagine what Jesus thought as they hurled insults and threats upon Him.
The God of the universe had visited planet earth only to be slandered and accused of blasphemy.

Jesus could have done two things in response:

He could have used His power to put the people in their place.
He could have fixed the problem right then.

However-
He chose to respond in a different way.

He chose to “entrust Himself to Him who judges justly.”
It requires great faith to entrust ourselves to God in the midst of personal assault.

However-
If we can do this, we will discover a level of grace and wisdom that will be birthed from this experience that we never thought possible.

We will discover a freedom in God we never knew before.
Whenever we suffer for righteousness without seeking to protect our reputation and rights, we are placing our total faith in the one who can redeem us.

This activates God’s grace in our lives and enables us to experience God’s presence like never before.

Ask God to give you the grace to stay vertical with Him.
Avoid the temptation of responding horizontally each time some event comes into your life that you want to “fix.”
Allow the One who judges justly.

It may be a divine appointment for your growth to another level in grace.

(PA)

Dec 082016
 
trust-follow-jesus-1-638“Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:25.     

The Civil War might have been averted and a peaceful emancipation of slaves achieved had there been more people like Elijah Lovejoy. 

 
After observing one lynching-
Lovejoy was committed forever to fighting the awful sin of slavery.
 
Time after time, mob action was brought against him.
But neither this nor many threats and attempts on his life deterred him.

Repeated destruction of his presses didn’t even stop him.

He said, “If by compromise is meant that I should cease from my duty, I cannot make it. I fear God more that I fear man. Crush me if you will, but I shall die at my post.”

And he did… four days later at the hands of another mob.

And not one member of the mob that killed him was prosecuted or indicted or punished in any way for this murder.
 
But one young man-
– was deeply moved by the Lovejoy martyrdom.

He had just been elected to the Illinois legislature.
His name was Abraham Lincoln.

As a Christian-

– you have a calling that’s much greater than even your own life. 
 
And while most today won’t experience martyrdom-
– the commitment should be the same.
 
So devote yourself to the calling of Christ above all others and you’ll be blessed forever!

Ask God to give you the strength to commit yourself to Him, no matter the cost!

Sep 102016
 

Cross bannerTo you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! (Psalm 123:1)

What does it mean to lift your eyes to the Lord?

You-

Acknowledge His Sovereignty.

We lift our eyes because He is higher than we are. Isaiah focused his eyes on the throne of God and saw Him “high and lifted up” in the temple (Isa. 6:1).

He is sovereign. He is the Master; we are the servants. He is the Creator; we are the
creatures. He is the Heavenly Father; we are the children.

Admit His Sufficiency .

“Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us” (v. 2).

We look to Him because of His sufficiency. Whatever we need, He is able to provide. “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

Accept His Sympathy.

“Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!” the psalmist prays in verse 3.

God is generous, the Giver of every good and perfect gift.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:11).

Acknowledge the sovereignty of God today. He is in control.

Admit His sufficiency. He can give you what you need for this day.

Then accept His Generous Sympathy.

If the outlook in your life is disturbing, try the uplook !

Do you want to praise God now for what He is to you?

Aug 262016
 

worship 1And Jacob was left alone.  And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day … But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Gen 32:24, 26).

Jacob had lived his own life.  He strove with his father Isaac, his twin brother Esau, and his father-in-law Laban.  He wanted his own way of prosperity.  He lived his own life.

But now, on his way back home, he was about to meet Esau, whom he tricked years ago.  He feared Esau might attack him (32:11).

There is no record of him calling on God since he last prayed at Bethel (28:20).  Here, he prayed to God for help (v 12).  All those years he depended on his own strength.  He walked in his own flesh.

But that night, while alone, he met the Angel of the Lord (Hos 12:4).

God had been trying to get his attention, but he simply ignored Him.  Now, he needed God so desperately that he wrestled with Him and asked for His blessing, despite having prospered.  He realized he needed God in his life.  He needed God to be his Lord.  He would live God’s way.  God heard his prayer and blessed him there.

Perhaps you are like Jacob.

You have been living your own life.  God is absent in your life.  You have not fully surrendered to God.

But there comes a point in your life when God manages to get your attention.

You are at life’s end.

In the past, God wrestled with you.  Now, you wrestle with God.  And plead for His ways.

Let’s give our lives to Him.  To do His will and walk in His ways.  For we find our lives only when we lose them for Christ.