Tue, October 25, 2016
He Will Sustain You
Luke 3:19-20 – But when John rebuked Herod...He locked John up in prison.
Like Herod, some people are willfully predisposed against the truth (Matt. 1:15). They don’t want the light shining on their deeds. Nevertheless, God in His mercy, sends in the prophets to speak what they have seen and heard from God (John 3:32, Acts 4:20)—not their own words or ideas, but what God has put in their mouths. The prophet has a difficult job—not just because it can lead to physical discomfort like prison, but because it involves weeping and mourning over the lost conditions of the people to whom the prophet is sent. The verbal attacks (Jer. 18:18b), the scornful looks (Jer. 1:17), being tolerated by those who say one thing to your face and another thing behind your back (Ezekiel 33:30-33)—this is the “prophet’s bread” (Ezek. 3:1-4). When the Lord nudges you to step into a sacred moment and speak the truth in love, remember He will sustain you with His personal presence (Acts 23:11).
Wed, October 26, 2016
Matthew 19:27 – Peter answered Him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?
There is a great danger of serving God for what we can get rather than for what He is. Sometimes I hear myself asking Peter’s question. If you do that too, do what I do. Listen to the words of Ira F. Stanphill’s classic song, Follow Me. In fact, why not google the song right now and listen deeply. These profound words will bring you back to ground level and readjust your heart. Let the Lord minister to you today.
Thu, October 27, 2016
Mark 10:28-30 –“ I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age…and in the age to come, eternal life.
God’s reward is commensurate with sacrifice! His reward is both present and future (though the present reward sometimes comes with persecution). And the motivation behind rewarded sacrifice is that our service is all done: for His sake (Mark 10:29; Luke 6:22), for the gospel’s sake (Mark 10:28; Mark 8:35), and with a willing mind (I Cor. 9:17; I Peter 5:2). The hundred-fold blessing in this present life comes in that the joy and satisfaction we receive from serving God is so much greater than any satisfaction we may have received from the things we have sacrificed for Him along the way. Have you found that to be true?
Fri, October 28, 2016
What Do You See?
Hebrews 11:24-26 – By faith Moses…was looking ahead to his reward. By faith…he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.
What do you see? Though surrounded by the splendor of Pharaoh’s palace, Moses saw a greater treasure. He caught a glimpse of something “of greater value than the treasures of Egypt.” We are submerged in a culture that insists we buy into, and be shaped by, its values (not God’s). We must fix our eyes on Jesus because otherwise we will be carried downstream and away from our faith in Christ. Be persistent, determined, and never lose sight of Him who is invisible. Too many voices are whispering, calling, and diverting us from our heavenly mission. Don’t let your heart be deceived, your life wasted, your future stolen. Look ahead. Persevere. Don’t make excuses or compromise your faith.
Sat, October 29, 2016
A Day is Coming
Luke 6:23 – Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven...
God rewards His people in ways that, whatever the nature of the reward, are so great that just thinking about them brings tremendous joy and anticipation. The thought of heaven and loved ones greeting us, and being set free from pain from a body that doesn’t work; the idea of a place where sin and sorrow cannot exist, and where singing and celebration and worship continues endlessly; the reality that our Jesus, in glorified body, will welcome us home and call us “good and faithful”—these are only a few of the experiences that await those who are faithful in following Jesus. The concept that Jesus will come again to Planet Earth and set things right and restore order and be seen for who He is—King of Kings and Lord of Lords, how it makes our hearts glad. Do not be discouraged with life as it is now. A day is coming and we will rejoice in that day and leap for joy.