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It's All Relative

August 15

"We then who are strong
ought to bear with the scruples of the weak,
and not to please ourselves."
Romans 15:1

Be patient with those who are weak, truly lending them an ear and fully listening to them, for they are equally valuable in the heart  of the Lord. "The world" scorns the weak, laughs at them and mostly avoids them. Not so the believer in Jesus Christ. Everyone is equally valuable in his sight.

Perhaps they are victims of one or another form of mental illness? That does not change their value in the eyes of the Lord. Are they of lower intelligence and not able to converse except on simple things? Still ...that does not change their value in the eyes of the Lord. We forget that intelligence and abilities are all relative - we ourselves are not as great as we think ourselves to be.

PRAY and ASK God for grace to be filled with love for the lowly, for this is greatly pleasing to the Lord. Seek out the strong points and gifts in them and encourage them to grow in using their gifts, for no matter how weak and lowly the person, each one has gifts and talents that God placed within them and they are greatly valuable in the Body of Christ. Encourage them to use them, and appreciate them when you notice them.

vs 7:
"Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us,
to the glory of God."

When you find yourself annoyed by the weak, remember the condescension of the Lord himself who is so much greater than us, yet he receives us and listens to us constantly. Have, therefore, the same patience and depth of heart to receive all -as Christ receives each of us.

God Will Make Himself Known Through Israel

"Wail, O gate! Cry, O city!
for smoke will come from the north,
and no one will be alone in his appointed times."
Isaiah 14:31

In Hebrew there are no vowels. The words "Philistine" and "Palestine" are the same in Hebrew. The root of these words is the same root. Philistia, Philistines, Palestinian, same word - denoting the enemies of Israel forever wanting her destruction.

Islam is the ancient hatred for the Jews. There is no other explanation for the hatred that causes them to boast of how they will destroy the Jews and drive them into the sea - because of a little piece of land the size of New Jersey, surrounded by massive countries who really couldn't care less about the land - they only want one  thing - the destruction of Israel.

Islam has now completely surrounded Israel with thousands upon thousands of missiles aimed at her. Never, ever, has Israel been in such danger as she is today. But throughout her history, Israel has been up against the current Goliath, placed in impossible situations, but they have always had the victory because the God of Israel has been their defense.

vs 32:
"What will they answer the messengers of the nation?
That the LORD has founded Zion,
and the poor of HIS PEOPLE shall take refuge in it."

Who are "his people?" The Jews.

Most Bible students know that God has foretold the great destruction of Russia and Iran in Ezekiel 38. But interestingly, there are no "Palestinians" listed in that war. Why not? Because BEFORE the war of Ezekiel 38 the Lord will remove the "Palestinians" in the Psalm 83 war, also spoken of in the book of Obadiah. In the coming Psalm 83 war Israel will obtain more of her covenanted land just as she did in 1967 and 1973, and will rebuild her Temple.

Don't be misled by the media. Do the Muslims need more land? If you have ever had any doubt that the hatred of the Arabs is NOT about land, take a look:

It's Not About Land

When It's Over

August 13

"The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of the rulers.
He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke,
he who ruled the nations in anger,
is persecuted and no one hinders.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
they break forth into singing."
Isaiah 14:5-7

As we watch the approaching great Tribulation and seek again and again to inform and warn the people who for the most part are asleep and unaware, our message is hard and foreboding, because what's coming is hard and foreboding.

"For then there will be great tribulation,
such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no,
nor ever shall be. "  Matthew 24:21

But there is a day coming when the Tribulation will be over and the Lord will put down the evil rulers of this world. Then the whole earth will come into rest and quiet, and the peoples will break forth into singing.

HOW we look forward to that day!

All The More

August 12

"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls,
though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved."
2 Corinthians 12:15

I love the apostle Paul, I love his heart. Though he receives rejection and all kinds of opposition, he doesn't return spite for spite, in fact he says he loves "all the more."

All the more!!!

If you've had only rejection from loved ones, don't return spite for spite, but love "all the more." For sure this is humanly impossible, it can only take place by the grace of God. With his grace, it will be Christ in you loving even the unlovable. Ask for it.

He Is The God Who Multiplies

August 11

"But this I say:
He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."
2 Corinthians 9:6

Whatever you sow, be it money or any work you do for the Lord, believe that you will reap bountifully from it because the Word of God says you will.

vs 10:
"Now may He who supplies seed to the sower,
and bread for food,
SUPPLY and MULTIPLY the seed you have sown
and increase the fruits of your righteousness..."

God is a multiplying God. From just a few fish and loaves of bread, he multiplied them to feed thousands. May he multiply whatever you have, whatever you sow for him, and multiply it.

"Now to him who is able to do
exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us,
to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Ephesians 3:20-21

The Faith To Rejoice In All Circumstances

August 10

"I am filled with comfort.
  I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation."
  2 Corinthians 7:4

The apostle Paul suffered greatly in his ministry - rejections, imprisonment, beatings, even having been left for dead. Read 2 Corinthians 11:24-29 to learn the extent to which he suffered, it's incredible. Yet he rejoices no matter what tribulation assails him.

It's hard to imagine how anyone can be joyful in tribulation. He had a wisdom not many have, a perspective rare among men. But he knew that God takes every suffering and works it out to become something good in us later.

"And we know that ALL things work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are the called
according to his purpose."

In all our various trials and tribulations, let us try to grasp the truth that our God truly WILL make all things happening in our lives to work together for good. It's hard to get there when you're in the midst of suffering, it's something to actually ASK God's help in. But we need to get to where, in this assurance, we can rejoice regardless what the devil throws against us. In this is a great demonstration of the power of faith, overcoming the human reactions to trials and looking through the perspective of faith and promise.

Unequally Yoked

August 9

"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers,
for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?
And what communion has light with darkness?"
2 Corinthians 6:14

The company we keep -- is it important?

It most certainly is. Don't think in your pride that you will be unaffected by being yoked with unbelievers. Many think they might bring the unbelievers around to righteousness, but more often the opposite happens, they will bring evil influence upon you. That is why the Scriptures directly warn about this. It is the Word of God.

Don't think it won't happen to you. Instead, hear the Word of the Lord.

vs 17:
"Therefore, come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
and I will receive you."

All Because Of A Lie

August 8

"Then David said, 'I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash,
because his father showed kindness to me.'
So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father."
1st Chronicles 19:2

The king of Ammon died, and David sent his servants with words of comfort to the king's son. But the people of Ammon told the new king that David really didn't want to comfort them, he actually was sending spies.

verse 3:
"And the princes of the people of Ammon said to Hanun,
'Do you really think that David honors your father
because he has sent comforters to you?
Did his servants not come to you
to search and to overthrow and to spy out the land?'"

The chapter goes on to say that this lie led to war, and thousands of lives were lost.

Because of a lie.

This is a true demonstration of how Satan causes disaster. His favorite tactic is to cause disaster through deception. He suggests a lie to one's mind and creates a situation that evolves to ill will between people, and disaster often follows.

All because of a lie.

From Darkness A Great Light

August 7

"The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned."
Matthew 4:16

This has to be experienced to be appreciated. Many of us, when we look back to our days before our "born-again" experience, marvel at the total change that experience brought. I can say that truly I was in darkness, and stand amazed at the light that dawned. On the day I was "born again," it was truly as though someone flipped a switch and suddenly, I "saw." Changed everthing. Forever. Praise to our God forever and ever!

"He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock,
established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth,
praise to our God;
many will see it and fear,
and will trust in the Lord."
Psalm 40:2-3

Not Much Time Left

August 6

"He who is unjust, let him be unjust still;
he who is filthy, let him be filthy still;
he who is righteous, let him be righteous still;
he who is holy, let him be holy still.
And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward with me,
to give to every one according to his work."
Revelation 22:11-12

There comes a time when it's too late. The unrighteous will have no more opportunity to repent. The door will close. Those who were unjust, filthy, unrighteous, will be left behind to a world of regret. Those who are born again, who love righteousness, who love God, and love his Word, will be taken to be with him before the door closes.

If you're paying attention to what's happening in the world, you know that time is near, "even at the door." It's SO obvious to those who ARE watching. Last call for those who will heed the message.

He Will Make All Things New

August 5

"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away.
Then he who sat on the Throne said,
'Behold, I make all things new.'
And he said to me, 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'"
Revelation 21:4-5

This is the hope he has given us as we walk through the pains of life. The day is coming when our trials will be over and then we'll have all eternity to bask in the joys of heaven.

But sadly, many won't be there. Jesus said, "You MUST be born again." John 3:6-7

MUST is a very stern word. MUST!

Only when one recognizes his fallen sinful state and surrenders his life to Jesus Christ - only then is his name written in the Book of Life.

vs 27:

"...But there shall by no means enter it
anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie,
but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life."
Revelation 21:4, 5, 27

That's why we constantly urge people to come to the Lord.

The Secret Of Happiness

August 4

"A little that a righteous man has
is better than the riches of many wicked."
Psalm 37:16

Books could be written on this short verse...

The secret of happiness lies in the word 'focus.'

FOCUS on what you have . . .NOT on what you don't have.

If you will focus on what you have, you'll begin to realize just how much you truly do have.

"Now godliness with contentment is great gain."
1 Timothy 6:6

It's also peace and joy. It is the very secret of happiness.

Call Upon God In Your Distress

August 3

"Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.
Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue me.
Say to my soul, 'I am your salvation.'"
Psalm 35:1-3

Never think that you're alone when troubles come upon you. Do not fear because you think you don't have the strength to prevail against your enemy. It's not up to you, it's up to the Lord, who is your defense.

Call upon him, put your situation in his hands and rest in confidence that he will sustain you and defend you, for he surely will though it may be hard to imagine that when you're in the thick of it. Later you will see it.

"The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
To all who call upon him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him;
he also will hear their cry and save them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
But all the wicked he will destroy."
Psalm 145:18-20

God is faithful!

Jesus Christ Came To Destroy The Works Of The Devil

August 2

Are you hurting? Are you oppressed? Hear the Word of the Lord to you:

"For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that he might DESTROY the works of the devil."
1st John 3:8

The works of the devil are all the horrific things that he perpetrates on this earth, all the pain, all the sorrow, all the disappointment. Jesus came to bring to us new life -to whoever will receive it:

"The Thief does not come except to steal,
and to kill, and to destroy.
I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 10:10

Here is one of the most powerful verses in the entire Bible, one that has set many free.
Read it carefully:

"...He has anointed me (Jesus) to preach the Gospel to the poor;
he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed..."
Luke 4:18

The Strategy Of Satan

August 1

"You believe that there is one God.
You do well. Even the demons believe, and tremble!"
James 2:19

Many people do not believe there are such things as "demons." One of Satan's greatest successes is persuading people that he doesn't exist. If they aren't aware of the malicious demonic forces out there, how can they deal with them?

Yet the Scriptures show us not only that they exist, but that they are behind all the pain, suffering, deception, temptation, and hatred in our world.

Almost a third of the Gospel of Mark shows Jesus casting these evil spirits out of afflicted mankind. Where did they go? They don't die. They're still here.

How can you fight your enemy, if you don't believe he even exists?

The strategy of Satan is always the same: deception.

God has given us weapons to use. Start by asking him HOW to use them.

Anger Does Not Work God's Work

July 31

"...let every man be swift to hear,
slow to speak, slow to wrath;
for the wrath of man
does not produce the righteousness of God."
James 1:19-20

Anger is a hugely powerful force as we all know, and when it is aroused it is capable of all manner of evil.

Settle it in your own soul beforehand, that you will never speak or act while anger is raging within you. It can only work evil. It will NOT produce the righteousness of God.

It is one of Satan's favorite efforts.

"Be sober, be vigilant,
because your adversary the devil walks about
like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
1 Peter 5:8


July 30

"...looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God,
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble,
and by this many become defiled..."
Hebrews 12:15

I used to think this was referring to how bitterness defiles the person bearing it, and of course it does. But it's more than that. The very air around a person carrying bitterness is defiled when the bitter person speaks out, contaminating the atmosphere around him and defiling the listeners by the bitter words he speaks.

When a circumstance arises that unfairly comes against a believer, the only remedy for that is to run to the Throne of God for help, and God will surely help a hurt son or daughter running to him stung with the fiery darts of a bitter person.

Do not nurture it by dwelling on it, by obsessing over it, no, take it to the Lord who will provide the grace needed, and who alone can give the peace that passes understanding.

Recognize these things as attacks from your malicious enemy, Satan, who delights in those who obsess over hurtful words or unfair dealings. Don't give him the satisfaction. Humble yourself before the Lord and seek his grace to overcome.

Smooth Words and Flattering Speech

July 29

"Now I urge you, brethren,
note those who cause divisions and offenses,
contrary to the doctrine which you learned,
and avoid them.
For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ,
but their own belly,
and by smooth words and flattering speech
deceive the hearts of the simple."
Romans 16:17-18

Deception often comes through smooth words and flattering speech. They are very effective tools Satan uses to lure the unsuspecting. Satan knows very well what he is doing.

If you're going to a church to hear warm and sweet, smooth and uplifting speech, you're in the place of deception. These are those who lure people who only want to be made to feel good, and most of the mega-churches are of this kind.

RUN from the "feel good" gospel. Jesus said instead, to take up YOUR CROSS daily and follow him.  (Luke 9:23)

Be Patient With The Weak

July 28, 2018

"We then who are strong
ought to bear with the scruples of the weak,
and not to please ourselves."
Romans 15:1

Be patient with people. Be patient with those who are weak. Truly lend them a an ear fully-listening to them; for they are equally valuable in the heart of the Lord. They too are made in the image of God. Ask God to let you see the Lord in them.

vs 7:
"Therefore receive one another,
just as Christ also received us,
to the glory of God."

When you find yourself annoyed with the weak, remember the condescension of the Lord himself who is so much greater than us, yet he receives us and listens to us constantly. Love him by loving them.