Do not let this happen to you!

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Jan 192018
 

“…they were unaware of it” (Luke 2:43).

Jesus was 12 years old.
Mary and Joseph travelled to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.

They were evidently very distracted by the excitement and business of the Feast.
In fact, Mary and Joseph began their return trip to Nazareth only to realize well into the trip that Jesus was not with them.

It would be three days before they would be reunited with their 12-year-old son.
It caused quite a scare in Mary and Joseph, and they reprimanded Jesus for “wandering” off.

As a parent, I find this story truly amazing.
How can parents of the Son of God not know their son is not in their presence?

Yet this story illustrates how each of us can become so busy that we continue to operate not realizing that Jesus is no longer with us.
Obviously, there was very little fellowship taking place between Jesus and His parents during the trip.

Are you experiencing daily, even moment-by-moment, fellowship with Jesus?

If not-
– you will wake up one day and realize Jesus is not with you in your endeavors.

It may, like Mary and Joseph, create a certain fear in you that you may have lost a very important relationship.

Doing business without Jesus’ presence-
– leaves us powerless and prone to live in fear.

Jesus said He would never leave or forsake His children.

However-
– we can walk away from His fellowship by refusing to be with Him.

Do not let this happen to you!

He longs to have daily fellowship with you because He loves you!

(PA)

Switching off Jesus?

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Jan 182018
 

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…” (Isaiah 9:2, 6).

The Sunday school children were making their annual presentation of the Christmas story.

Parents were proud.
Grandparents were sentimental as they reminisced about Christmases past.

All had gone well until.
There is always an “until” in a children’s Christmas presentation.
All had gone well until they reached that time to show the holiness of the newborn Saviour.

Mary and Joseph looked suitably significant.
The shepherds had hit their marks and were on their knees in a position of worship.

At the right moment-
– the student who controlled the lights was to throw all the switches but one
– that single switch controlled a small light bulb placed in the manger.

The light from that single source would be most impressive for the folks watching, at least, that’s what was supposed to happen.

Unfortunately-
– the boy who was to turn off all the lights but one got rattled.

He hit all the switches.
The congregation, thrown into pitch-blackness, sat in stunned silence.

That’s when one of the shepherds, a third-grader, said in a whisper that carried through the entire church:
“Hey! You switched off Jesus!”

For that boy, “switching off Jesus” was an accident!

In Jesus’ day there were many people who “switched off the light” Jesus wished to give them.
The inn keeper, Herod, scribes…

Today there are also those who willfully turn off the light the Saviour brings.
In their ignorance, they deliberately deny and disregard the Lord Jesus who has come so they might have joy and peace.

They keep the light turned off.
They cannot say, “You are my Saviour and my Lord.”

It is the Lord’s wish and will that you walk in the light of the Saviour.
If Jesus had been born one thousand times in Bethlehem, yet has never been born in your heart, then you will, on Judgment Day, still be lost.

That would be a terrible and unnecessary tragedy-unnecessary because Jesus came into this world to save you from such a sorry ending.

Jesus was born so that you might live in the light and not grope in the darkness of sin and Satan.
So you could be in the light, Jesus spent His entire life doing what you could not.

Switching off Jesus?
Or walking in His light?

(PA)

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)

Nov 142017
 

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him” Psalm 37:7.

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited?
And still there is no manifestation?

Are you tired of seeing nothing move?
Are you just at the point of giving it all up?

Perhaps you have not waited in the right way!

“With patience wait!” Romans 8:25.

Patience takes away
worry!
His promise is equal to His presence!
He knows your need better than you do!!
His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all.

Patience takes away your weeping!
Patience takes away self-works.
The work He desires is that you “believe”. John 6:29.
And when you believe, you may then know that all is well.

“weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

Patience takes away all want!
Your desire for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger than-
– your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening!
Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go,
– know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too.

Patience takes away all wobbling!
“Make me stand upon my standing” Daniel 8:18.
God’s foundations are steady.

When His patience is within-
– we are steady while we wait.​​

Patience gives worship!
A praiseful patience paves the way for a joyful worship.

“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Col.1:11,12. 

“Let patience have its perfect work-
– that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:4.

(PA)

Stay vertical!

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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)