Watch & Prepare

Watch & Prepare

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.  (Mt 25:13 NKJV)

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  (Mt 24:42)

The Bible verses above remind us to be aware of the return of the Lord—to have a watchful frame of mind and heart.  It’s a good idea to watch and to be expectantly, eagerly awaiting our Savior’s return. Here are two good tips for doing that:

  • In holiness, we prepare ourselves for His coming;
  • Meanwhile, we continue to preach the Good News (gospel) to all mankind.

The Lord instructed us to be holy (Lev 11:45; 19:2; Nmb 15:40; Rom 12:1; 1 Pet 1:15, 16), because we serve a holy God.

In obedience to the Lord, we serve the Kingdom by sharing the gospel with everyone—right until the moment of Jesus’ return.  Lastly, we want to maintain a vital, loving relationship with the Lord Jesus!

You Will SAY

You Will SAY

If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will SAY to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  (Mt 17:20b, emphasis added)

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Rom 10:8-9)

These verses teach us that one consequence of faith is words.  Our faith encourages and inspires us to speak to our situation (circumstances) and command them according to the Word of God.  In Romans 10, we’re reminded that the word of faith is in our mouths and our hearts. The passage then proceeds to elaborate on the “word of faith” message.

Faith says:  “I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and that God raised Him from the dead; and therefore I am saved.”  This means that in ANY trial, trouble, or evil circumstance in our lives, we can calmly and peacefully expect Jesus to:

  • deliver us,
  • protect us,
  • heal us, and
  • meet our every need.

Study the Bible and locate passages of Scripture that you may speak into your situation with a faith-filled heart.  Then wait in hope and expectation as God works on your behalf.

Out of the Mouth

Out of the Mouth

Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth [words], this defiles a man.  (Mt 15:11 NKJV – parenthesized word added)

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. (Mt 15:18)

If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Cor 3:17)

The definition of defile is:  spoil, sully, impair, debase, or degrade; to desecrate or profane something sacred.  The words that come out of our mouths are capable of defiling us!

From the verses quoted above, we understand that our words can displease God, because we are His holy, sacred temple.  He never wants us to speak words which would degrade us.  Words are the heart’s reaction or response to people or circumstances.  He wants us to respond to all things as He would—with love and mercy.

Jesus is our example in all things.  (1 Pet 2:21-24; Jo 13:13-16)  He has called us to follow Him, as He leads and shepherds us. 

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good . . .  (Lk 6:45a KJV)  Let us encourage ourselves to speak forth only words which are good and edifying—which bring glory to God and blessings to mankind.

The Touch of Faith

The Touch of Faith

. . . and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment.  And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.  (Matt 14:36 NKJV)

She came up behind Jesus and touched the tassel of his garment, and her bleeding stopped at once.  (Lk 8:44 ISV)

As we read these two different reports, you’ll notice that in one “the hem” of Jesus’ garment was mentioned; and in the other, “the tassel” of His garment was touched by the needy, faith-filled woman.

In the Mosaic Law, God instructed His people regarding the corners, or fringes, of their garments. Jews were to “make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a “cord of blue on the tassel of each corner” as a reminder that they were God’s people called to keep His commandments (Numbers 15:37-41). It seems like a strange instruction until we learn that in the Ancient Near East, the corner of a person’s garment represented his identity; it was a symbol of who he was and what he stood for.  (Source of above note:  https://biblemesh.com/blog/why-were-people-healed-from-touching-jesus-clothes/)

According to the above historical note about the tassels of a person’s clothing in Bible days, the tassels represented a person’s identity.  So, the woman with the issue of blood would have known that symbolism.

 It helps us to understand that the woman not only reached out in faith and in need, but she also reached out with a desire to identify and connect with Jesus’ identity.  She was humbly connecting with the Son of God, her Messiah.

In the same way, when we have a need, we would do well to follow this woman’s example.  Draw near to Jesus with a humble heart; recognize and appropriate His identity; and reach out and touch Him by faith.  In the biblical account of the woman healed of the issue of blood, Jesus established that He responded to this touch of faith!

He’s never too busy to perform a miracle for you!  

Who Will Turn It Back?

Who Will Turn It Back?

Are you feeling powerless, hopeless, and helpless?  If so, this should cheer you up and encourage you powerfully!

For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it?  His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?  (Isa 14:27 NKJV, emphasis added)

Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.  (Josh 21:45 NKJV)

Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.  (Isa 46:11 NKJV)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.  (Mat 24:35; Mk 13:31; Lk 21:33 NKJV)

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.  (2 Cor 1:20 NKJV)

Who is strong and mighty enough to stop the Lord’s plans?  Who can prevent Him from fulfilling His own Word?  NO ONE!

Believe God’s Word today, and continue to trust in the promises that He has made to you in His Word.  He’s not a man that He should lie!  (1 Sam. 15:29; Num 23:19) 

God’s Word stands FOREVER!  (Isa 40:8)  It’s a sure foundation.

The way for you to win and to be victorious is to focus upon God and upon His Word.  Believe God’s Word and trust Him.  Persevere in faith and don’t give up!  The fulfillment of God’s Word in your life is inevitable as long as you persist in faith.  The Lord will NEVER give up on you!

A Perfect Way

A Perfect Way

Greetings and welcome!  Think about this before you return to the daily grind.

God [is] my strength [and] power, and He makes my way perfect.  2 Sam 22:33 (NKJV)

[It is] God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.  Ps 18:32 (NKJV)

In these passages from the Bible, the writer is describing God’s help and the blessings of a relationship with Him.  This is how our relationship with our Father God, through Jesus, blesses us:  God gives us –

  1. Swiftness to pursue or to elude our enemies;
  2. Strength;
  3. Protection; and
  4. A firm footing!

A firm footing is very important under all circumstances.  But you can well imagine how vital a firm footing is during battle!  Firm ground upon which to place your foot during battle can mean the difference between winning and losing—surviving or dying.

These precious promises are for us.  The Lord gives us His strength and power; His counsel and protection in battle; and makes our feet secure!  This is His recipe for victory in every area of our lives!  This means we have victory and favor in our day-to-day jobs.

Receive His strength!  Tap into God’s power; and listen to His counsel.  You will find God’s counsel in the Bible; in advice from trusted, spiritual friends; and from the pastoral staff in your home church.  Glory to His Name!

Do Not Take Revenge but Trust God

Do Not Take Revenge but Trust God

We’re meditating upon the awe-inspiring statements in Scripture that remind us that God Himself fights on our behalf!  Hallelujah!

You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.  (Deuteronomy 3:22 NKJV)

One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.  (Joshua 23:10 NKJV)  God has PROMISED to fight for us!

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.  (Psalm 59:1 NKJV)

Do not say, “I will recompense evil;” wait for the Lord, and He will save you.  (Proverbs 20:22 NKJV)

Don’t take revenge in any situation.  Do not be fearful.  Patiently trust in and wait upon the Lord to save, fight for, and deliver you.  According to these verses, God has promised to do all of these things–and more.  Be wise, and heed His advice—you’ll be glad you did!