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"In Thy Presence is fullness of Joy: In Thy right had are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)
“A Blast From The Past”– Recently I came across an article I wrote in
June, 1989. Interestingly, the message theme resonates powerfully today!
Taking the thoughts of the past, join with me now in being challenged concerning
our “Priorities in Life.”
If God allowed us a special glimpse into the future- Five, Ten, maybe even twenty years from now, would things be different from the Present? Would the course of life be pleasing? With this glimpse into the future, how might it lead to changes in life right now?
Having the Lord giving us such a futuristic gift, I believe we would come to realize many of our present day time consuming adventures and priorities wouldn’t seem so important! The fact is we might even consider such pursuits worthless! When looking back at life’s travels, facing and addressing the present day challenges and responsibilities, even dreaming and planning for the future, how can we gauge what our priorities must incorporate?
Life on Earth is precious but short! Our lives are “just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). Isaiah 40:6-8, God’s word declares: “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” I believe Jesus speaks to the “crux of life’s priorities” with these words; “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? “For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38).
Friends, Jesus said to look at Creation- the birds, grass, even yourself. He is challenging us to see and know Him as the creator and sustainer of All Life! Why then are we all so anxious and worried leading to misplaced priorities? Our Father God knows what we need! Jesus declares: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34).
Before the Lord Jesus, fix your eyes on Jesus! Make your Priority in Life be– To Love Jesus your All Your Heart, To set your Heart to Seek and Serve Him daily, To Make Jesus Lord of ALL! All the other things will find their proper place as you fulfill God’s Highest for your life and service unto Him!Read More
We’ve all heard, maybe even said: If only I had- “A New Phone-Faster Computer-Newer Car-Bigger House-A Million Dollars-etc.,” BUT THEN WHAT?
Searching and longing for STUFF will never satisfy! Something new, better, bigger, will always come along and capture one’s appetite!
No matter our earthly status or wealth-[if exalted or unknown; having abundance or facing lack]—the fact is: It is the “Blessing of The Lord that makes us Rich.” Earthly position, status, possessions are only temporary and easily come and go! In Jesus, we are privileged to serve and proclaim the Power and Blessings of God’s Eternal Kingdom!
1) In Christ Jesus are “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:3)
2) In Jesus, as Peter declares: “you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD,
A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may
proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His
marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE
OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”
3) Because of Jesus’ Redemption, “He has made us to be a “kingdom and priests to our
God; and we will reign upon the earth.” (Rev. 5:10)
4) No matter what may come in this life, no one and nothing “shall separate us from the
love of Christ.” …But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who
loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any
other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:35, 37-39)
5) Our Lord God is “Jehovah Jireh.” As we obediently obey and serve Him, He will “supply
all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus!” (Phil. 4:19)
How Much Is Enough?
Our Lord God is “More than Enough, Now and Forever.”
Reflection: Memories of time past. Thoughts of Success and moments of Failing, Joys and Sorrows– For some, the past continues to haunt, emotionally cripple, even steal away opportunities of the present and future.
As each day quickly passes, hear the exhortation of God’s Word; “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14)
Yes, friend, we all carry past memories. Yet, be challenged now and anew to fix your eyes on Jesus, for He has precious dreams and goals before you, this year and beyond!
Christian friends, it is critical we recognize the urgency of the hour. We must look beyond ourselves and see the needs of broken hurting humanity. I urge you, please hear and heed the call and commands of Jesus: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” Go tell the “Good News” –Jesus Saves, Heals, and Delivers! Go by the power of the Holy Spirit and make Disciples! Jesus alone can; “Heal Broken Hearts and Memories!” Jesus alone can give “Hope and be our Peace in a world filled with turmoil!”
Christian Believers; Join me in Believing and Expecting a Mighty Move of God to “Win the Lost and for a Great Revival” to sweep across our Nation and The World in 2015!Read More
Uncertainty stirs numerous emotions within each of us. Daily, we face “The Unknown”! Events and life experiences touch and challenge us all—“Financial needs & obligations, Family relations, Physical needs and concerns, National and World Events, etc.”
Friend, “Uncertainty—Not Knowing,” can lead one to travel down a spiraling path to Hopelessness, Helplessness, and Destruction. In contrast, “Uncertainty—Not Knowing” can, in turn, prove to be an opportunity to “Press In-Seek-Serve” the Lord Jesus!
Receive encouragement from God’s Word and Promises! (Jn. 14:27) Jesus says: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (Jn. 16:33) Jesus declares: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Be assured today, God does not lie. His Word is Everlasting and Unchanging. Jesus Loves You! He alone is- Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, Our Peace and Soon Coming King!
Whatever your need or concern might be; “Ask—Believe—Receive from Jesus’ outstretched hand.” Allow the Holy Spirit to touch you with power! Each Day and Hour—Trust the Everlasting God, Receive Jesus’ Peace to guard your heart and mind, Seek out and Follow the Holy Spirit’s direction, Believe for Miracles, Let Jesus prove Himself “More than Enough” for EVERY UNCERTAINTY AND UNKNOWN!Read More
Looking back at years past with the memories; witnessing the present signs of Winter ending with Spring and Summer pressing upon us, daily we are confronted with “Change.”
At Present, we are speeding through the year 2015. We each possess dreams and goals to be pursued and realized. Reflection on the past “Life Changes” stirs many memories of exciting and blessed experiences. Other “Changes” bring to light memories with feelings of disappointment and difficulty, sometimes too hard to express in words. Yes, the past is ours, but we must turn and press forward to capture the unknown and what lies before us.
Realize, no matter what may lie ahead, for Christians, our great Comfort and Certainty is: “The Lord God does not Change!” “Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday and Today, yes and Forever.” (Heb. 13:8) We must look to Him in every situation and leading in life. We must know, “that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) Change is Exciting when You Know Jesus is in control and will bless us with His Great Gifts!
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